Things to Do: August 6-12, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 6-12, 2018

  • Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 6
  • National Night Out – August 7
  • Umatilla County Fair (Hermiston) – August 7-11
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – August 8 – note: cancelled
  • Thunder on the Island – August 8
  • Farm City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston) – August 8-11
  • Master Gardeners: Seed Saving for Adults & Children – August 9
  • Atomic Cities Peace Memorial – August 9
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Hillsboro Hops – August 9-13
  • Legends of Washington Wine – August 10
  • Rodeo Kickoff & Street Dance – August 10
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 10
  • West Richland Yard Sale – August 10 & 11
  • Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers 2018 Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime – August 11
  • Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 11
  • Pasco Chamber 2nd Annual Crawdad Boil – August 11
  • LIGO Public Tours – August 11
  • Second Annual Bow Wow Film Festival – August 11
  • 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
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 6

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.

National Night Out – August 7

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

  • Kennewick from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Southridge Sports Complex (2901 Southridge Blvd.)
  • Richland from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at John Dam Plaza (815 George Washington Way)
  • Pasco from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Park (1520 W. Shoshone)
  • West Richland from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Flat Top Park (4705 W Van Giesen)
  • Benton City from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at City Park

Umatilla County Fair (Hermiston) – August 7-11

The Umatilla County Fair is typically the first Full week in August and is located at the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center in Hermiston. From concerts and livestock auctions to pro rodeos and carnival rides, there are entertainment options for your whole family!
Info & Tickets:

Sundown In Tri-Town – August 8 – note: cancelled due to the heat!

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 8

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. Black Rose Concept 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 8 – Black Rose Concept
August 15 – Fallout

Farm City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston) – August 8-11

The Farm City Pro Rodeo will be taking place in conjunction with the Umatilla County Fair at the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center in Hermiston.
Info & Tickets:

Master Gardeners: Seed Saving for Adults & Children – August 9

Waterfall Classroom at the Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Have you ever collected seeds from your garden and planted them the next year? Bring your family to the Demonstration Garden and learn the basics and take home what you collect to plant next year.

Atomic Cities Peace Memorial – August 9

Lee Landing at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The public is invited

The annual Atomic Cities Peace Memorial ceremony, sponsored by World Citizens for Peace, will be held on Thursday, August 9, 8:30 p.m, the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, at the Lee Landing – the Columbia River end of Lee Blvd. in Richland’s Howard Amon Park.

The one-hour program of song, speech, and prayer remembers the past with hope for the future. Highlight of the ceremony is ringing of the “Bell of Peace” – a gift from the mayor of Nagasaki to the city of Richland on the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. The “Bell of Peace” is a model of a bell that was recovered from the ruins of a church at ground zero in Nagasaki.

In accordance with the Memorial’s theme of reconciliation, the “Bell of Peace” is rung in memory of those who died on both sides of the war – the Americans who died at Pearl Harbor as well as the Japanese who died in Nagasaki. Because of Richlands’ historic role in producing the plutonium that fueled the Nagasaki atomic bomb, the “Bell of Peace” model uniquely symbolizes the spirit of reconciliation.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Hillsboro Hops – August 9-13

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 Hillsboro Hops!

Legends of Washington Wine – August 10

The Walter Clore Center, 2140A Wine Country Road in Prosser
From 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $100 per person plus tax (in advance) – must be 21+

The Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame Induction & Gala is the Clore Center’s marquee annual event and fundraiser. The evening brings together industry groups, passionate consumers, and enthusiastic supporters from across the Pacific Northwest to celebrate a Legend of Washington wine and their contribution tot he industry’s success and longevity. All proceeds from the event directly support the Clore Center’s ongoing efforts to promote the industry’s growth and development.

In 2018 the Clore Center is pleased to induct Dick and Wendy Shaw in the Hall of Fame. This year will feature a delectable heavy appetizer-style reception and wine with grapes sourced from several of the Shaw’s vineyards. A live and silent auction will highlight Washington’s most sough after wine labels, vineyard tours, wine experiences, and a chance to catch up with the Shaws on their quaint island in the Puget Sound. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for guests to show their support for Washington wine and the Clore Center with a paddle raise.
Info & Tickets:

Rodeo Kickoff & Street Dance – August 10

Downtown Kennewick in front of The Parkade Bar & Grill
From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Family friendly

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event to kick-off our 70th Anniversary celebration. We are once again partnering with the Parkade Tavern to bring Stompin’ Ground to downtown Kennewick, bringing Kennewick Avenue to life on Friday, August 10, 2018. There will be dancing in the streets so don’t miss out! Beer Garden! See y’all Friday to kick off the Fair Stompin’ Ground Style!

Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 10

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset
Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on August 10 is “Black Panther.”

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!

West Richland Yard Sale – August 10 & 11

Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st Ave. in West Richland
From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. both days

Each year the West Richland Chamber adopts local families to provide a glorious Holiday Santa Gift experience, as well as a complete Holiday Dinner! Bring the whole family out to the Sandberg Event Center August 10 & 11 to snag some amazing deals! All proceeds go to the Holiday Family Outreach Program.

To schedule a time to drop-off your unwanted items to donate to the Yard Sale, call May at (509) 948-3794.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers 2018 Drink Some Wine and Solve a Crime – August 11

Start & End at Southridge Sports and Event Center in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $75 (register online)

The 2018 Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers “Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime” event is a fun way for individuals, couples, and large and small groups to spend the day tasting wines in the heart of Washington Wine Country. Visit five different wineries in the Benton City and Prosser areas and help solve our crime along the way.

During the day, you will receive tips to an unsolved crime. With those tips, you become the detective and solve the crime. If you solve the crime, you are entered into the drawing for the $250 cash reward offered by Tri Cities Crime Stoppers for solving the case.

Registration includes wine tasting at five wineries, transportation on an air-conditioned bus, event wine glass, welcome bag, lunch, snacks, dessert, and optional participation in our 50/50 raffle and mystery wine grab.

Participating wineries include 2Dor Vineyard, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Fidelitas Winery, Frichette Winery, Mercer Estates, Monte Scarlatto Estate Winery, Thurston Winery, and Tucannon Cellars
If you have a group and want to be on the same bus, contact us at (509) 582-1351 for more information.
Info & Registration:

Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 11

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.

Pasco Chamber 2nd Annual Crawdad Boil – August 11

1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until crawdads are gone)
Cost: $25 all-you-can-eat, $10 children under 14

Save the Date: August 11th for the 2nd Annual Pasco Chamber Crawdad Boil! This year Buddy Bentz from the legendary Jack-Sons Crawfish boils past will be teaming with his son Matt Bentz to bring that authentic taste of a Louisiana Crawdad Boil to Pasco. Join us at Osprey Pointe, along the grassy banks of the Columbia, for a delicious all-you-can-eat Crawdad Boil with corn, potatoes, sausage, Zydeco music, and a beer garden!
Info & Tickets:

LIGO Public Tours – August 11

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.

Second Annual Bow Wow Film Festival – August 11

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Tickets: $12 adults, $8 children 12 and under (plus ticket fees)

Join the Benton-Franklin Humane Society for our Second Annual Bow Wow Film Festival where we will feature short films for the Love of Dog! The Bow Wow Film Fest is a joyful, traveling, dog centric collection of short films that celebrates the human canine bond (view film trailer:

The Benton-Franklin Humane Society, established in 1966, is a private, non-profit adoption center located in Kennewick. We are a shelter that receives no government funding. BFHS advocates for the humane treatment of animals through adoption counseling, educational outreach, and community services.
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

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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 10: Fractal Explorations at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– August 11: Planet Nine at 2 p.m. and Cell! Cell! Cell! 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

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:

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