Things to Do: August 13-19, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 13-19, 2018:

  • Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 13
  • Youth Choir Summer Camp 2018! – August 14-18
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – August 15
  • Thunder on the Island – August 15
  • Sunset at Southridge – August 17
  • Radioactive: An EDM Experience – August 17
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 17
  • Rivers of Ink Writers Conference – August 17 & 18
  • Play: Tracers – August 17 & 18
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Everett AuqaSox – August 17-19
  • Battle on the Columbia Martial Arts Tournament 2018 – August 18
  • 2nd Annual 5K Fundraiser Run for Eating Disorder Treatment – August 18
  • Benton Franklin Fair Grand Parade – August 18
  • 2nd Annual Wings and Wheels – August 18
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet Garden Party – August 18
  • 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 – August 13

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.

Youth Choir Summer Camp 2018! – August 14-18

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Dates: August 14-17 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and August 18 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Fee: $50

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Youth Choirs will be holding their 4th annual summer camp for young boys AND girls entering grades 4-7 who enjoy singing! The four day session concludes with a live performance at the Tri-City Dust Devils baseball game on Saturday night August 18 at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

Participation fee is $50 and includes an official MY Choirs t-shirt, music, and all instructional materials. The camp is held in the choir room on the campus of Columbia Basin College Arts Center. Sessions on August 14-17 run from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and Saturday’s baseball game will be 5:30 pm – 8:00 p.m.

Please visit our website to register or call 460-1766. No auditions or previous singing experience required! Scholarships available upon request by contacting
Info & Registration:

Sundown In Tri-Town – August 15

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 15

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.  Fallout will be the featured band at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2018. This is the last weekly concert for the summer.

Sunset at Southridge – August 17

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.

Radioactive: An EDM Experience – August 17

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (must be 18+)

Imagine being told there’s a new local spot for high quality, high energy EDM shows. Now imagine there’s a group of businesses that have come together to provide just that! Join us as we transform the historic Uptown Theater into a DISASTER ZONE radiating Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. As we dive into exploring this music on the cosmic level, we’ll hear from a wide range of EDM genres including House, Bass, Dubstep and Trap. Experience an incredible light show, bone-rattling bass and tangible energy you won’t find anywhere else. There are no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met.

Featuring Performances by Local Artists:
– Connor Qualheim – Richland
– Kinda Spicy – Richland
– Vexxem – Kennewick
– SteckLaurent – Richland
– Kalibr – Richland
– Spaced Case – Kennewick

Family Outdoor Movie Night – August 17

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset
Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on August 17 is “Wonder.”

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! This is the last outdoor movie for the summer.

Rivers of Ink Writers Conference – August 17 & 18

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Registration: $70 per day or $130 for both days

The Rivers of Ink is an annual writers and readers meet & greet plus workshops that is held in Richland each August. This is a two day event full of panels, workshops, book sales, local authors and more.
Info & Registration:

Play: Tracers – August 17 & 18

CBC Theatre, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $5, CBC Faculty, Staff, and Students free.

In 1980 “Tracers” received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble.

A composite or collage of interrelated scenes, the play follows the lives of a group of “grunts” as they move from basic training, on to combat in Vietnam, and finally to the shattering realization that their lives will be forever affected by the horrors that they have witnessed – and been a part of. Dealing with the grim realities of the battlefield-free-fire zones, trip wires, drugs, body bags, rat infested bunkers and the ever-present stench of death—the men become increasingly isolated from the “outside world” and from a society that finds honor in such mindless violence and destruction.

Note: Rated Hard R for very rough language.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Everett AquaSox – August 17-19

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 Everett AquaSox!

Battle on the Columbia Martial Arts Tournament 2018 – August 18

Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participate registration: $60/person

Battle on the Columbia 2018 is the premiere, open martial arts tournament in the Pacific Northwest. It draws competitors and their families from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Now in it’s 10th year, Battle on the Columbia is moving to a larger venue (Southridge Sports & Event Complex) to accommodate the growing number of competitors!

This year there are 14 divisions across ages 5 thru 65. There will be 6 competition rings running simultaneously throughout the day. A total of 16 custom-made Grand and Jr. Grand Champion trophies are up for grabs. Each division will have custom-made 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals. Each competitor will receive an exclusive cloth patch. Suitable for uniform or training bag.
Info & Registration:

2nd Annual 5K Fundraiser Run for Eating Disorder Treatment – August 18

Columbia Point Marina in Richland
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Registration: $20 per person, $15 for kids 10 and under

Come join us for the 2nd Annual Rae Across America Benefit Run for Eating Disorder Treatment! All proceeds go to Recovery and Wellness Center of Eastern WA in Richland to help with financial need for individuals on their road to recovery! Benton County Sheriff Jeffy Hatcher will be our official race starter again this year! He will also be bringing several emergency response vehicles for the kids (and adults!) to check out. We’ll have some City of Richland police officers and SWAT team members with their vehicles for participants to check out as well!
Info & Registration:

Benton Franklin Fair Grand Parade – August 18

Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Free to watch

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year’s Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. You can participate or bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show.
Parade Map (PDF):

2nd Annual Wings and Wheels – August 18

Richland Airport
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

The 2nd Annual Wings and Wheels will be taking place at the Richland Airport (KRLD). Expect military vehicles, warbirds, vintage cars, trucks and aircraft, motorcycles, hot rods and experimental aircraft. EAA 391 will host a pancake breakfast and numerous food trucks and vendors will be on site. Hosted by Champion Aircraft Builder Bill O’Neill, Warbird Pilot Scott Urban, and The Port of Benton.

Mid-Columbia Ballet Garden Party – August 18

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 Bistro Ticket, $75 Reserved Seating (must be 21+ to attend)

Join us for an evening of small bites paired with fine wine, and craft beer in support of Mid-Columbia Ballet. Our 5th annual Fundraiser features wine from our generous sponsor for the 2018/2019 season, Kiona Vineyards. Also joining us at our summer soirée are Frichette Winery, Market Vineyards, Gooseridge Vineyards, and Bale Breaker Brewing Company. The evening will be marked by dance vignettes featured on the Solar Stage framed by the Columbia River landscape. Proceeds from this event will benefit the outreach programs of Mid-Columbia Ballet as well as help support the continuing artistic development of the company.
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.

– 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 17: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– August 18: 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:

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