Things to Do: July 30 – August 5, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of July 30 – August 5, 2018:

  • Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – July 30
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – August 1
  • Thunder on the Island – August 1
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 1-5
  • 1st Thursday Kennewick – August 2
  • TriConf  – August 2-4
  • Moxee Hop Festival – August 2-4
  • Sunset at Southridge – August 3
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 3
  • Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 4
  • PetSmart Adoption – August 4
  • Stone Cool Car Show & Dance Bash – August 4
  • 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

Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – July 30

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Join us for Family Fun Night, every Monday from 4-7 p.m. until August 27!

Ride the carousel!
Grab a tasty treat from WE ice!
Get your face painted from Vivid Imaginations Professional Face & Body Artistry!
Chow down with specials from our concession stand!
Cool off in the aquatic playground behind the carousel!

But most of all, enjoy part of summer vacation together as a family.

Sundown In Tri-Town – August 1

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 – August 1

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. Cody Beebe and the Crooks with Austin Jenckes 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:

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

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 1-5

Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 7:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
General Admission $8

Join the Dust Devils for several nights of fun as we compete against our division rival the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes!

1st Thursday Kennewick – August 2

Kennewick Community Center and Downtown Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free family fun

Rock Painting, Refreshments, Art & Fun; Get ready for an amazing 1st Thursday Kennewick filled with multiple activities at the Community Center (500 S. Auburn St – SE corner of Keewaydin Park)

Free rock painting – we will supply paint, brushes and rocks for you to try out this fun, all ages and abilities, art activity. Cyber Art 509 will be showcasing various artists work. Community Center Oil Painting students will be displaying art. TriConf {Creative} Kickoff Party – Keynote @ 6:30 p.m.

1st Thursday Kennewick businesses will be open late to showcase local art, live demos, and local talent!
✴ DS Watkins Studio & TurtleDove Press
✴ Prohibition Glass
✴ Gallery Underground
✴ Rockabilly Roasting Co.
✴ The Roxy
✴ SmokeStop Vapor (until 7)
✴ Gathered Home
✴ Wind Watcher Studio
✴ Spectra Art Gallery
✴ You & I Framing & Gallery
✴ The Lady Bug Shoppe Kennewick
✴ Downtown Business Center
✴ Historic Downtown Kennewick Farmers Market
✴ City of Kennewick Government -Community Center
✴ East Benton County History Museum
✴ Bergan’s Timeless Treasures
✴ Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Jay Freeman

TriConf – August 2-4

Kennewick Community Center (behind City Hall), 100-210 W 6th Ave. in Kennewick
Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.,.
Tickets: $10 suggested but $0 is okay, too

TriConf is back and this time we’re giving it a {CREATIVE} twist!

TriConf is the original community-organized, barcamp-style conference. This year, TriConf {CREATIVE} will be focused on everything creative and crafted — food and drink, art of all types, and music. Additionally, we are moving it to Downtown Kennewick to celebrate two great things coming to the area: Fuse SPC’s Kennewick expansion and the beginnings of a new Certified Creative District in Downtown Kennewick.

What is barcamp? Barcamp is a style of event where the community nominates 20-min lightning talks they could give on subjects that they are passionate about.
Info & Tickets:

Moxee Hop Festival – August 2-4

Moxee City Park, S. Rivard Rd. in Moxee off of Highway 24

The East Valley Community Enhancement Association and the City of Moxee sponsor the annual three day Moxee Hop Festival during August that has become a great local tradition to celebrate the Harvesting of the Hop. Events include a 5K family run/walk, live music, beer garden, food and craft vendors, breakfast in the park, pony rides, kids games, farm equipment displays, a bar-b-que cook off, and the coronation of the Hop Festival Royalty candidates.

Sunset at Southridge – 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.

Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 3

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset
Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on August 3 is “Despicable Me 3.”

Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!

Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 4

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 date: August 11

PetSmart Adoption – August 4

PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Adoptable dogs will be available from Mikeys Chance, cats from POPP, and small animals from Little Lives Matter. Visit PetSmart and possibly adopt a forever friend!

Stone Cool Car Show & Dance Bash – August 4

Stone Ridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $5 at the door – 13 and under free.  Show n Shine participants who bring a car to show get free admission into the dance (Tickets will be available at the door until sold out. We highly recommend getting tickets in advance!)

All ages welcome at this 2nd annual series of Car Shows and Sock Hops at Stone Ridge Event Center. We will be rockin’ all your favorite 50 & 60’s tunes. Dancing in the garden under our 30′ gazebo! Beer garden for 21+.

Event Schedule
– 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Show n’ Shine Registration: No fee. If your ride is out of sight, come show it off! All cars, trucks, bikes. All makes, models. Best in Show awarded by popular vote.
– 6 p.m. Show n’ Shine: Enjoy live music, Beer Garden, Snacks & Food and check out all the cool cars!
– 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live Music! Dust off your dancin’ shoes and get your groove on! Outdoor Sock Hop & Dance Bash. Karaoke until 10pm inside!

Future dates: September 29
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
– 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.

August 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:
– August 3: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– August 4: My House Has Stars at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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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