Things to Do: August 27 – September 2, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 27 – September 2, 2018:

  • Family Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 27
  • Sundown In Tri-Town – August 29
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians – August 29-31
  • Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days – August 29 – September 2
  • Teal the Bridge – August 30
  • Sunset at Southridge – August 31
  • Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – August 31 & September 1
  • Tumbleweed Music Fest – August 31 – September 2
  • International Bigfoot Conference – August 31 – September 2
  • 2018 Tri-Cities Salsa Congress – August 31 – September 2
  • Ride the Reactor – September 22 (registration due August 31)
  • 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 27

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

Note: this is the last Family Fun Night for the summer!

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 29

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. Note: this is the last Sundown at Tri-Town event for the summer!

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians – August 29-31

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 Spokane Indians!

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days – August 29 – September 2

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St. in Walla Walla
Daily admission: $10 Adult (ages 14+), $5 Senior (65+), $5 Child (ages 6-13), $20 Family Package (2 Adult & 2 Child ages 6-13), 5 and under free

– Main concert featuring Roots and Boots – Wednesday – tickets $30-$60 (includes gate admission)
– Demolition derby – Thursday – (tickets include gate admission) $25 Adult (Ages 14+), $20 Child (Ages 6-13)
– Rodeo – Friday-Sunday – (tickets include gate admission) $20 Adult (Ages 14+), $15 Child (Ages 6-13)
– Frontier Days Parade – Saturday
– Motorcycle Show n’ Shine – Friday (requires gate admission)
– Classic car show – Wednesday through Saturday (requires gate admission)
Info & Tickets:

Teal the Bridge – August 30

Clover Island Inn, 435 N. Clover Island Inn Dr. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to participate

Please join us the evening of August 30th as the Tri-Cities Cancer Center celebrates and remembers those impacted by ovarian cancer!The name of every survivor present and every woman lost, this year and in the past, will be read out in honor of their battle. Drink and food specials will be available all night.

Sunset at Southridge – August 31

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. Note: this is the last Sunset at Southridge event for the summer!

Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – August 31 & September 1

Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m. both evenings
Tickets: Adult $15, Student $12, Military $12, Seniors (over 65) $12
Fees: $2 per ticket online (no fee through the Box Office)

Comedy by Neil Simon
Directed by Michael Kelley

“Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.”

Future Show Dates: September 7, 8, 14, & 15 @ 8 p.m., September 9 & 16th @ 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Tumbleweed Music Fest – August 31 – September 2

The annual Tumbleweed Music Fest will be taking place at Howard Amon Park in Richland on Labor Day weekend!

Friday evening concert, August 31, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Admission – Free
The Friday evening concert will feature local up and coming bands.

Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Admission – Free
Continuous music! Four outdoor stages, two indoor stages for music and dance, music workshops, a band scramble, plus an open mic stage. Festival musicians come from 11 different states!

Saturday, September 1 Evening Benefit Concert from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Admission $10 Adults, $8 Seniors and Teens, Under 12 – Free
Saturday evening’s concert will feature three headliner performances – Mare Wakefield and Nomad; Seastar; and Heidi Muller and Bob Webb

Sunday, September 2 Festival Theme Concert “Roots!” featuring multiple musicians from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission – Free

Sunday, September 2 Evening Benefit Contra Dance from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission $8 adults, $5 seniors/teens.

International Bigfoot Conference – August 31 – September 2

International Bigfoot Conference is coming again for the third year this Labor Day weekend at the Three Rivers Convention Center. General admission tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.

The International Bigfoot Conference (IBC) is an annual symposium which brings together the top scholars, researchers, and professional investigators studying the potential existence of Sasquatch and similar cryptids in North America and around the world. Introducing our newest member and co-host; legendary Bob Gimlin will be joining the ranks of the IBC alongside host and founder Russell Acord with special guest Travis Walton.

We have added a second feature this year for our guests who were interested in the latest films in the Bigfoot and mysterious creatures genre.
Info & Tickets:

2018 Tri-Cities Salsa Congress – August 31 – September 2

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, 1101 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Regular-Priced Full Pass – $109
Saturday Pass – $79
Sunday Pass – $65
Social Pass – $45

Join us for the 6th Annual 2018 Tri-Cities Salsa Congress at the Kennewick Red Lion. We will have workshops in Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Cumbia and more! The weekend will feature 2 full days of workshops on Saturday and Sunday as well as social dancing Friday and Saturday night.

Since this is the Summer Edition of the congress, we will have a pool party on Saturday featuring your favorite bachata and kizomba tracks.
Info & Registration:

Ride the Reactor – September 22 (registration due August 31)

Join us on September 22, 2018 for a unique experience in one of our nation’s newest national parks – Manhattan Project National Historical Park! With the inclusion of the Hanford B Reactor in the park, more people than ever before have been able to experience this once secret and restricted area. Ride the Reactor is only offered once a year for a limited number of riders and all riders must be 18 years or older at the time of the event to participate.

Participants will enjoy a variable length bike ride on gravel and paved roads. Mountain or cycle-cross bikes are recommended. The $40.00 registration fee includes the bike ride, catered lunch, interpretive ranger talks along the bike route, and a tour of the B Reactor. All of the proceeds from Ride the Reactor will support the education program of the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Enjoy a great day in your national park while supporting the development of the park’s education program!
Info & Registration:

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

Gallery at the Park: Tom Hausken & Larry Metcalf – August 28 through October 26

89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

Reception is September 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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 31: Secrets of the Sun at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– September 1: TBA at 2 p.m. and TBA 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.”

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