Things to Do: September 3-9, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 3-9, 2018:

  • Free Community Labor Day Picnic – September 3
  • Prosser States Day Celebration – September 3
  • Richland Rod & Gun Club: Fishing for Fall Salmon – September 4
  • Tie One On – September 6
  • Connell Fall Festival – September 6-8
  • Books and Vines – September 7
  • Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend – September 7 & 8
  • Dayton’s Columbia County Fair – September 7-9
  • Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – September 7-9
  • Wheels on the Ave. Show & Shine – September 8
  • Duck Conservation Day – September 8
  • Tons of Trucks – September 8
  • Fiery Food Festival – September 8
  • RiverFest 2018 – Our Rivers, Our Way of Life – September 8
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony: Bernstein at 100 – September 8
  • Tri-Cities Parade of Homes – September 8 & 9
  • Pooch Plunge 2018 – September 8 & 9
  • Giving Garden Soiree Progressive Dinner – September 9
  • Community Education – Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults
  • 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

Free Community Labor Day Picnic – September 3

Columbia Park Main Stage in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (lunch served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Local union organizations are hosting the annual Labor Day Picnic that is free and open to the public to celebrate the American worker and will feature hot dogs and hamburgers. This event will also have live music, a bounce house for kids, and a car and bike show.

Prosser States Day Celebration – September 3

Historic Downtown Prosser

Prosser’s 93rd annual States Day Celebration will be held Monday, September 3, 2018. Our oldest community event offers something for the whole family.

Join us for the Grand Parade at 10:00 a.m. The Longest Parade in Central Washington the parade winds through the streets of historic downtown Prosser and features marching bands, floats, mounted entries, junior and senior organizations and much more.

After the parade, head to City Park for concessions from community groups like the Rotary Club and Boy Scouts. Sit and play a game or two of bingo, take in the free stage show, and for the young at heart, the carnival provides the entertainment. From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. tour the Benton County Museum… where history comes to life.

Richland Rod & Gun Club: Fishing for Fall Salmon – September 4

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Chris Turvey of the Columbia River Guide service will be presenting tips & techniques for success for fall salmon fishing at the Richland Rod & Gun Club’s monthly meeting.

Tie One On – September 6

The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 per person, must be 21+ (register by September 5)

Join us for a unique happy hour style event benefiting Safe Harbor’s program My Friend’s Place. Tie one on with us and learn about a tremendously important organization in our community.

Safe Harbors program – My Friend’s Place is a teen shelter committed to connecting homeless teens with educational services, community support programs, meals, clean clothes, showers and a support system.

Enter to win fabulous neck wear – ties and scarves – so you can tie one on in style! And bid on lots of great auction packages!

Connell Fall Festival – September 6-8

Historic Downtown Connell

The Connell Fall Festival is an annual community celebration that brings friends and family together for a weekend of good old fashioned fun. The event includes a grand parade, a kiddie’s parade, car show, arts & crafts and food vendors in the park, entertainment, games, street dance and the Columbia Basin Jr. Livestock Show.

Books and Vines – September 7

J Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Ln. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Tickets: $150 per person

Join us for this lively evening to support children’s literacy in Benton and Franklin Counties. Guests will be treated to exquisite food and wine as they learn about and invest in The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Sara Schwan at 509.222.7323 or via email at

Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend – September 7 & 8

Downtown Walla Walla

Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend is an annual, two-day event, that begins with the Classics Cruise and BBQ on Friday evening. The Show ‘n Shine takes center stage on Saturday! Stroll Main Street where nearly 400 cars and motorcycles are on display and line the street from Palouse to Sixth Street. An awards ceremony cap off this family-friendly event.

Dayton’s Columbia County Fair – September 7-9

Dayton, WA

Visit Dayton, WA for the 2018 Columbia County Fair this September 7-9. Celebrating the 130th year of Fair & Rodeo. Three full days of events, food, competition, livestock, exhibits and activities for the whole family.

Richland Players: The Odd Couple (Female Version) – September 7-9

Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
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 14, & 15 @ 8 p.m., September 16 @ 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Wheels on the Ave. Show & Shine – September 8

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free for spectators

Have a sweet ride in your garage? If it has wheels, it’s welcome, so mark your calendar to round up your pride and joy for this fun event! Other events on Kennewick Ave. include guided historical tours by the East Benton County Historical Museum, a woodworking fair by White’s Finished Furniture & Hardwood Lumber, as well as shopping, food, and music.

All proceeds will go to a Local Veteran Charity; Service Peace Warriors, as well as the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership.
Info & Registration:

Duck Conservation Day – September 8

McNary National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 64 Maple St. in Burbank
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Free kid friendly fun

Activities for all ages! Join us to get involved with building nest boxes for wood ducks, creating nature art, and learning about duck calling, pond life and hunter safety. Watch a taxidermist at work.

Tons of Trucks – September 8

Peanuts Park, 109 S. 4th in Downtown Pasco
From 10 a.m. – Noon

Join us for this free family friendly and educational event in downtown Pasco during the Fiery Foods Festival. Kids can explore different careers and big rigs to climb on.

Fiery Food Festival – September 8

Downtown Pasco (4th Avenue & Lewis Street)
From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to attend

Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in Downtown Pasco’s Fiery Foods Festival – a combination of bold flavors, exciting cultures and a celebration of food, fun and music.

The Fiery Foods Festival is multicultural event for the Downtown Pasco Development Authority. It is a place where you can bring the entire family, shop local vendors, taste exciting food, listen to great music, and spice up your day!

RiverFest 2018 – Our Rivers, Our Way of Life – September 8

Lampson Pits at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fun & Free for the Whole Family!

A festival showcasing all the benefits of the rivers and the hydrosystem…

Businesses, community organizations and people of all walks of life throughout the region have joined together to host RiverFest 2018. RiverFest 2018, a fun and educational family event, will feature exhibitors, vendors and entertainment to showcase all the benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System and highlight the four lower Snake River dams including navigation, irrigation, recreation and power. Be there to try out the Salmon Cannon, tour a tug boat, build a transmission tower, learn all about our rivers and our dams, and so much more.

Mid-Columbia Symphony: Bernstein at 100 – September 8

Richland High School, 930 Long Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Conductor Circle $55, Gold Section $39, Silver Section $27, Student/Youth* $15, Bleacher $9
*At this time, we are unable to offer Student/Youth tickets for purchase online. Call or visit the Symphony Office to purchase.

Join us on September 8th for the 74th season opener! “Bernstein at 100” will honor the centennial of the iconic American composer, Leonard Bernstein. Featuring Minneapolis-based soprano, Clara Osowski.

Candide Overture
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Slava! (A Political Overture)
Symphony #1 (“Jeremiah”)
with Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano
Info & Tickets:

Tri-Cities Parade of Homes – September 8 & 9

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $10 each and available from Tri-City area Circle K locations

Welcome to the 2018 Parade of Homes! We are showcasing new homes located throughout the Tri-Cities area – each one unique in design and style, featuring the latest in architectural trends and the best in workmanship. We invite you to take your time while touring the Parade homes. Ask questions of the builders, subcontractors, and sales professionals who are on hand at each site.

Tickets include a full-color magazine that contains descriptions and addresses of the homes along with a map and turn-by-by-turn directions.
Future dates: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pooch Plunge 2018 – September 8 & 9

Wading Pool at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 per dog per day

Come join us for the 10th annual Pooch Plunge at the Howard Amon Wading Pool being put on for your pup(s)! We will have a temporary dog park set up connected to the wading pool for you and your dogs to come enjoy the last weekend of the season before the pool is closed. Let your dog escape the heat and have a blast doing it! All proceeds go towards improvements to Paws-Abilities Place Dog Park.

– Dogs must enter and exit the Pooch Plunge area on leash.
– You must clean up after your dog and deposit waste in the trash bins provided.
– Dogs must be current on vaccinations to enter the Pooch Plunge.
– Dogs must be closely attended when in the play areas.
– No more than 3 dogs per guardian.
– Children must be closely supervised; no children under 10.
– Dog must be spayed or neutered.
– No glass bottles allowed into the Pooch Plunge.
– Dogs exhibiting dangerous or aggressive behavior will be asked to leave.

Giving Garden Soiree Progressive Dinner – September 9

Four winery locations in Benton City
Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $85.00 per person and tickets are limited

Join the wineries of Benton City for a progressive dinner party on a beautiful Tri-Cities September evening. Six local wineries have created gardens to grow vegetables to support the Benton City Food Bank. This unique wine and dinner experience will showcase four of the gardens. You’ll enjoy wine and appetizers at three gardens and then meet at the fourth garden for a summer inspired dinner created by Fat Olives Catering. Proceeds will go to the Benton City Food Bank.

Event Progression:
5:30 p.m. Purple Star Winery – two appetizers, two wines
6:15 p.m. Hightower Cellars – two appetizers, two wines
7:00 p.m. Hedges Family Estate – two appetizers, two wines
7:45 pm. Col Solare – main course, dessert, wine
Info & Tickets:

Community Education – Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults

Kennewick School District’s Community Education Program offers evening and weekend classes for adults on the go in the Tri-Cities. This could be a good way to meet those who share similar interests! Registration for fall classes is now open.

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 – 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

Throughout September and October, the Gallery at the Park will showcase Tom Hausken and Larry Metcalf’s exhibit “Working Through It – 35 Years.” The title of the show, “Working Through It,” refers to the idea that working is a constant part of an artist’s life. Artists are always working and creating, regardless of what life throws at them.

A reception will be held on September 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

September 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:
– September 7: TBA at 7 p.m. and TBA at 8 p.m.
– September 8: 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:

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