Things to Do: August 20-26, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 20-26, 2018:

  • Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 20
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians – August 20-22
  • Flying Legends of Victory Tour – August 20-26
  • Tri-City Genealogical Society: Who’s hiding in your family’s past? – August 21
  • Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 21-25
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – August 22
  • Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference – August 23
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Millennials in the Tri-Cities – August 23
  • Beer Choir – August 23
  • Pasco Aviation Museum Grand Opening – August 24
  • Washington State Park Free Day – August 25
  • Special Screening of Wizard of Oz Movie! – August 25
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Season Kick-off Party! – August 25
  • Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival – August 25
  • Classical Guitar Recital – August 26
  • 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 20

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.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver  Canadians – August 20-22

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 Vancouver Canadians!

Flying Legends of Victory Tour – August 20-26

Bergstrom Aircraft, Inc., 4102 N. Stearman Ave. in Pasco
Monday & Friday-Sunday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person; $20 family of four

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum Summer Tour will arrive in Pasco on August 20 and will feature public tours on one of the most iconic bombers of WWII, the B-17G ‘Sentimental Journey.’

Tri-City Genealogical Society: Who’s hiding in your family’s past? – August 21

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Heather Murphy will be teaching how to use and Heritage Quest at the Richland Public Library.

Do you want to discover more about your family history, but don’t want to pay for a subscription to Learn how to use Library Edition for free at your public library to research your family. Also learn how HeritageQuest, a similar service you can access at home with your library card, can open doors to learning about your family’s past.

Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 21-25

Benton-Franklin Fair Grounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick

All the fair favorites are back, from elephant ears and funnel cakes to rides, animals, live entertainment, and the rodeo.

– Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday
– Tickets: $12 for adults if purchased before August 21 and $15 if purchased after, tickets for kids age 6 to 12, seniors age 65 and older, and military service members are $5, children 5 and younger are admitted for free
– Parking at the fairgrounds is $10 each day
– Kids Day is on Wednesday and kids are admitted for $2
– Ben Franklin Transit is offering fair shuttles. Fair/bus combination tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. Ben Franklin Transit shuttles run from 9 a.m. to at least 11:30 p.m.
– Davis Carnival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. All-day carnival wristbands are $35.

Fair tickets are available online, at the fair office, Kennewick Ranch & Home and at the gate. Albertsons, Safeway and Yoke’s stores also have fair/bus combo tickets.
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Sundown In Tri-Town – August 22

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.

Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference – August 23

Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 for Family Caregivers, $50 for Healthcare Professionals

The Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference is designed to provide the needed tools and encouragement to family care partners and,healthcare professionals caring for people with dementia.
Info & Registration:

Columbia Basin Badger Club: Millennials in the Tri-Cities – August 23

Establishment 323, 2107 W 4th Avenue in Kennewick
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30 (must register)

We hear a lot about the millennial generation (also known as Generation Y — commonly born in the 1980s through the early 2000s) and differences between it and older generations.

Who are the millennials in the Tri-Cities? How are millennials shaping the future workforce of the Mid-Columbia region? What are millennials looking for in the community? These questions will be the topic of discussion at the August 23rd Columbia Basin Badger Club forum.

The Columbia Basin Badger Club is pleased to bring three speakers:
– Erik Ralston is a working millennial, co-founder of Fuse Business & Community Accelerator, and the chief architect at LiveTiles
– Candice Bluechel is the president of the Three Rivers Soroptimist Club and will discuss how the service club is attracting the next generation of young leaders to shape its future
– Savannah Kresse is the vice president of WSU Tri-Cities student body, a pre-law student from Grandview, community activist, mother and wife committed to advancing more inclusion in the community

Beer Choir – August 23

At Michele’s, 2323 Henderson Loop in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to participate – beer & food extra

Sing! Drink Beer!

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.

Pasco Aviation Museum Grand Opening – August 24

Pasco Aviation Museum, 4022 N. Stearman Ave. in Pasco
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Please join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Pasco Aviation Museum. Ribbon cutting will start at 10 a.m. There will be Aircraft on display and Airplane rides for a fee.

Washington State Park Free Day – August 25

In celebration of the 102nd Birthday of the National Park Service, a Discover Pass is not needed to visit any state park on August 25 including Sacajawea State Park in Pasco. A Discover Pass will still be required on this day to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Special Screening of Wizard of Oz Movie! – August 25

Fairchild Cinema, 5020 Convention Dr. in Pasco
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Tickets: $9

Join Us on Saturday Aug 25th at 9 a.m. at Fairchild Cinema in Pasco for this special screening of 1939 MGM Classic The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, Toto, and all their friends return to the big screen for one day only and all the proceeds go to support the Academy of Children’s Theatre (ACT) theatre expansion project!
Info & Tickets:

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Season Kick-off Party! – August 25

Frichette Winery, 39412 N Sunset Rd. in Benton City
From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
No cost to attend

Join Mid-Columbia Mastersingers to kick off the start of the 2018-19 season and celebrate the launch of our newest initiative, Mastersingers Youth Choirs! Hear from our staff about this amazing program and how we will incorporate them in our season programming.

This is a non ticketed event and there is no cost to attend. Anyone from the community is welcome to join us! Donations will be accepted to help support our new Youth Choirs, the “heart and soul” of our program. Thanks to a generous gift from John and Priscilla Cadwell, all donations up to $10,000 will be matched that night, so please give generously!

Guests will receive one complimentary glass of wine and a tasty tidbit at arrival. Additional wines by the glass and bottle will be available for purchase by Frichette Winery as well as food for purchase from food trucks Ann’s Best Creole and Soul Food Cafe and Fresh Out the Box. Come hungry so you can sample food from both!

Entertainment will be provided by vocalist Curtis Nettles. Be sure to bring your own portable chairs or blankets to enjoy the outdoor seating areas, as patio furniture is limited.

Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival – August 25

Prosser Wine & Food Park, 2840 Lee Rd. in Prosser
From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $40 – general admission includes a logo glass and all tastings
Must be 21+

Join us for the 5th annual Beer & Whiskey Festival this summer! Award winning breweries and distilleries will have a fantastic selection of brews and spirits for you to taste during our 2018 event.

Your $40 General Admission includes your entrance to the event, a commemorative event glass, and all tasting during the General Admission hours. You also have access to the cigar lounge, awesome live music, and a wide variety of excellent food vendors.
Info & Tickets:

Classical Guitar Recital – August 26

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities is hosting their summer recital featuring classical guitar solos, duets and quartet. Performers include Michael LeFevre, Michael Edmondsen, Stella Kosim and Robert Viershilling.

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.
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Art Exhibits

Mid-Columbia Watercolor Society Show through August 31

You & I Framing, 214 W 1st Ave. in Kennewick
Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Free admission

Mid-Columbia Watercolor Society Members will be featuring watercolors at You & I Framing in downtown Kennewick through August 31. The Historical Kennewick Downtown Business District has local gallery’s and eateries open till 8 p.m. on The First Thursday each month to support the arts and artists. There is also a Farmers Market on Thursday’s.

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 24: Fractal Explorations at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– August 25: 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

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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