Things to Do: July 23-29, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of July 23-29, 2018:

  • Hydros on the Mall – July 25
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – July 25
  • Thunder on the Island – July 25
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Health Care at End-of-Life – July 26
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – July 26
  • Master Gardeners: Solving Garden Problems – July 26
  • Sunset at Southridge – Note: rescheduled for August 3
  • Beer Choir – July 27
  • GESA Summer Concert Series – July 27
  • Art in the Park – July 27 & 28
  • 2018 HAPO Columbia Cup & Air Show – July 27-29
  • Country Nesters Hunt & Gather Vintage in the Park Show – July 28
  • Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – July 28
  • Boat Race Party – July 28
  • Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2018
  • Summer Camps 2018
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Hydros on the Mall – July 25

Columbia Center Mall, 1321 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick
From 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Get up close to the top Columbia Cup hydroplane teams at the Hydros on the Mall event (NE JCP parking lot). Meet the teams behind the hydroplanes, get your photos and autographs from your favorite team.

This year we have added food trucks, be sure to sample a variety of fabulous local food by Don Taco, Mami’s Spicy Ceviche, Ninja Bistro, Uncle Brothers Fish Fry, Delicious Crepes & Waffles, Snowie Shaved ice, Brothers Cheesesteaks, and 3 Guys Concessions. ModJamz will be rockin’ the house, vendor / retailer tents and family yard games for the whole family! Guaranteed to have something for everyone!

Sundown In Tri-Town – July 25

Volunteer Park, 1125 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free family fun

Join us on Wednesday’s this summer for Pasco’s Sounds of Summer at Pasco’s Tardeadas in Volunteer Park. Fun for the whole family, including Live Music, an Evening Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Vendors, Booths & Activities, and a Beer Garden.

Thunder on the Island – July 25

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Free family fun – food and beverages will be available for purchase. Junkyard Jane will be the featured band at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018 on July 25th. Here is the rest of the summer line up:

July 25 – Junkyard Jane
August 1 – Cody Beebe and the Crooks with Austin Jenckes
August 8 – Black Rose Concept
August 15 – Fallout

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Health Care at End-of-Life – July 26

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30 (includes lunch)

Speaker, Laurie Jackson from Compass Care located in Yakima will be discussing the difficult choices that ourselves and loved ones have to make when a patient has a terminal illness.

And part of what makes the Columbia Basin Badger Club so special is that members ask questions directly of our speakers and can expect direct answers and a better understanding of the issue. All our forums are open to the public and we invite everyone to join and share in the benefits that the club provides.
Info & Registration:

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – July 26

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

Attend the Live @ 5 summer concert with a performance by Nerve Centr on July 26. This family friendly concert in the park is Free with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over. Note: this is the last concert for the season.

Master Gardeners: Solving Garden Problems – July 26

Waterfall Classroom at the Demonstration Garden, Mid Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union st. in Kennewick
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you find resources to help solve your gardening problems.

Sunset at Southridge – Note: rescheduled for August 3

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free family fun

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Experience live entertainment, food trucks/vendors and kids activity. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.

Beer Choir – July 27

RF McDougall’s, 1705 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to participate – beer & food extra

Sing! Drink Beer! It’s Tri-City Water Follies’ Boat Race and Art in the Park Weekend!

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like.

Never been to Beer Choir? Our mission is threefold:
1 Sing loudly…
2 In public…
3 While drinking quality craft beer.

We’ve added a number of new songs in the guide of our Beer Choir Hymnal supplement (printed on spill proof paper) prepared by our amazing keyboard player Dan.

GESA Summer Concert Series – July 27

Flat Top Park in West Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Red Mountain Lions Club is sponsoring the outdoor summer concert series again this year with a fantastic line up for the public to enjoy free of charge. The Badger Mountain Dry Band will be performing on July 27. Concerts are held at the pavilion at Flat Top Park and begin at 7:30 p.m. The Red Mountain Lions Club will have refreshments for sale at a reasonable price.  Note: this is the last concert for the season.

Art in the Park – July 27 & 28

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Visit beautiful Howard Amon Park for the 68th Annual Art in the Park. The park will be filled with 220+ artist booths of all variety of art. This two-day art festival attracts artists from across the country, as well as many local favorites.

For the past 68 years, Art in the Park artists have showcased the best of clay, fiber, sculpture, painting, jewelry, photography and many other art forms. Art in the Park is a fun, family-friendly event featuring more than just art.

We also showcase local entertainment groups and musicians in a beautiful river front park. Concessions are provided by local non-profit organizations.

2018 HAPO Columbia Cup & Air Show – July 27-29

Columbia Park in Kennewick and several locations on the Pasco side of the Columbia River
General Admission Tickets –
– Weekender Two Day: $25 adults, $10 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
– Saturday One Day: $15 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
– Sunday One Day: $25 adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under free
Pit Pass: $10 per day or $45 for a three day pass

Join us as we welcome summer! Hydroplane racing action starts Friday evening with Dash for Cash – the top four teams will compete for a generous cash prize. Racing starts Saturday, with two sets of heats and concludes on Sunday with two more heat sets and a Final Heat. There’s something for everyone this year at the Tri-City Water Follies! See you there!

Our ticket packages include General Admission, Private Viewing Areas, Hosted Areas, RV Ticket Packages and Hydro Getaway Packages. General admission passes are available at all area Albertsons and Safeway stores. Note: there are parking fees in both Columbia Park and the Pasco side of the Columbia River.

Country Nesters Hunt & Gather Vintage in the Park Show – July 28

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free admission

Love the thrill of the hunt! You will find your antique & vintage best score here! Wonderful vendors are bringing you fresh treasure finds. John Dam Plaza is a great location just a short walking distance from the 68th Annual Arts in the Park Show being held at Howard Amon Park.

Special Attractions: Dance Connection & Tri-Cities Quilt Guild (Quilt Raffle) – Delicious food: (from fabulous food trucks)

Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – July 28

Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N County Line Rd in Grandview
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We have more than a dozen varieties of peaches, and also several varieties of Nectarines and Plums so hop a ride on our hayride and load a box full of sweet peaches to take home and enjoy, can or freeze.

When the pickin’ is done refresh yourself in our beautiful park with a cool lemonade and a bit to eat from our BBQ and some fresh made Peach Donuts while the kids frolic on the Playgrounds. Visit our Animal Farm, shoot some apples to try and win donuts in our Apple Slingshots or watch the kids ride our Barnyard Train around the blueberry patch.

Future dates: August 4 & 11

Boat Race Party – July 28

Pasco Red Lion,  2525 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets (must be 21+)

Tri-Cities has been home to the best Boat Race Parties for over 10 years. Its always been a race fan’s favorite cap to Saturday before the final races at the WaterFollies in Kennewick. Just a skip over the bridge and you’re there! Fun entertainment, great music, live DJs, concert sound, and prizes – come join us at the official Boat Race Party source and cool off at the Hottest party of the year!

– Featuring Entertainers, Disc Jockeys, Live Bands, Karaoke, Live Performances, more!
– Cash Prizes – Have fun and Win Cash!
– Give-A-Ways – Car Stereos, Gift Cards, Helicopter Rides at Water Follies, and more!
Info & Tickets:

Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2018

This summer take your kids to the movies for free or at a discounted rate! Movies are being offered through:

– AMC Classic Kennewick 12
– Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco
– Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8
– Richland Parks & Recreation Department

For details, visit:

Summer Camps 2018

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2018. For more information, visit:

J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. through September
Rides are $1 per person

Proceeds go to the HHH Kiwanis Club which funds various programs within our schools, communities and scholarship opportunities.

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact call Dick Nordness at (509) 948-2433 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including being a member of our service organization.

REACH Museum Guided Tours 2018 through September 22

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2018 with geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad, Ice Age Floods expert Gary Kleinknecht, or geologist George Last leading the geology related tours. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.

– Foodie Tour – August 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $139.99
– Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – August 11 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Vineyards and Winemaking – September 6 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $114.99
– Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls – September 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $99.99
– Hops to Bottle – September 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. $119.99
– Cold War Bus Alphabet House Tour – September 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon $29.99

Payment is required in full the Monday prior to the tour. Full refunds will be given if cancelled two weeks before the tour date. 25% of ticket cost will be withheld if cancellation occurs after the two week deadline. Tours are subject to cancellation. All tours depart from The REACH (1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland) unless otherwise stated on the tour website page.
Tour info:

Art Exhibits

DrewBoy Creative: The Society of Artists Who Make Things for People to Look At – through August 19

Drewboy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

An Art Show by The Society of Artists Who Make Things for People to Look At…

The artists:
Amy Boaro
Anthony Bright
David Garcia
Douglas Gast
Emily Richman
Erin Schmidt
Gracie Jai-Dee
Katie Newman
R.G. Biv
Steve Lee
Tara Clark
Thelma Harris

Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: Philip Harding through August 17

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
– Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
– Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 noon
– Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Free admission

The Artwork of Philip Harding focuses on the primary concerns of existence – how the universe came into existence, how life and consciousness came into existence, and the impact of evolution, the processes of entropy/disentropy, and how our minds experience and understand the world.

About the artist:

Art & Music Festivals – Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Nightlife Music

For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

The Reach Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday – closed
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free – annual memberships are also available for purchase

Museum exhibits at The REACH celebrate the natural, scientific and cultural history of the Tri-Cities area. You can find hands-on activities for families on Saturdays and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.

July Events Flyer

Info: and

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
– July 27: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 7 p.m. and IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System at 8 p.m.
– July 28: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Oasis In Space at 3 p.m.

The Bechtel National Planetarium, located on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect.

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.
Tickets and info: and

LIGO Public Tours

127124 N Rt. 10 in Richland

Come take a look at LIGO! On the second Saturday of every month we offer free public drop in tours that will give you an excellent look at our facility. Tours usually last about two hours. Tours work best for participants of middle school age and up, but all ages are welcome.

First Walking Tour: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Auditorium Talk: 3:00 p.m.
Second Walking Tour: 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

For activities to do around the Tri-Cities region including Farmers’ Markets, Outdoor Recreation, Wineries, Breweries, Performing Arts & Music, Social Clubs & Groups and more, visit the Tri-Cities Washington Guide website:

This guide has been described as “An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations.”

Submit Your Community Event

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