Things to Do: November 19-25, 2018

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of November 19-25, 2018:

  • Gesa Credit Union 2018 Turkey Trot – November 22
  • Thanksgiving at the Carousel – November 22
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – November 23
  • Dayton’s Christmas Kickoff – November 23 & 24
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: The Mystery of Edwin Drood – November 23 & 24
  • Bird Walk – November 24
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Calgary Hitmen – November 24
  • Prosser’s Family Christmas Festival – November 25
  • Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Gesa Credit Union 2018 Turkey Trot – November 22

Columbia Park Bandshell, 5111 Columbia Park Trail in Kennewick
Registration: $21 for the 1 mile and $26 for the 5k
(Note: online registration ends Wednesday, November 21)

Every year, over 3,000 Tri-Citians come together on Thanksgiving morning to “trot” a 5k or a 1 mile track before their big meals. All proceeds from this family-friendly event support the American Red Cross Serving Central and Southeastern Washington.

Gesa Credit Union 2018 Turkey Trot Event Day Information:
– Late Registration and Packet Pick-Up : 7:30-8:30 a.m.
– 1 mile and 5K: $30 (Cash or Check)
– Entertainment, Coffee and Cocoa: 7:30 a.m.
– Warm Up: 8:30 a.m.
– National Anthem Miss Tri-Cities: 8:45 a.m.
– 5K start: 9:00 a.m.
– 1 mile start: 9:10 a.m.
Info & Registration:

Thanksgiving at the Carousel – November 22

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $7 per person – unlimited rides (special price only offered on November 22)

Spend Thanksgiving morning at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams! Grab the kids and come take a ride on the Tri-Cities’ historic carousel before the big meal. Start a new tradition, or create a new holiday tradition with us!

The carousel will also be open Thanksgiving weekend Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from Noon -5 p.m. (regular rates apply).

Tri-City Americans vs. Kamloops Blazers – November 23

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Kamloops Blazers.
Info & Tickets:

Dayton’s Christmas Kickoff – November 23 & 24

Dayton, WA
Free family fun

Dayton will hold its annual holiday kickoff festival November 23 & 24 in the downtown area.

Dayton is “the town that still believes” and this is never more apparent than during the two-day Christmas Kickoff event that starts the day after Thanksgiving. Visitors can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, Living Nativity, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and more. This two-day event will feature fireworks and a lighted parade on Friday night.

Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: The Mystery of Edwin Drood – November 23 & 24

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets from $10-$25

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name.
Info & Tickets:

Bird Walk – November 24

W.E. Johnson Park in Richland
From 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free to participate

Walk off your Thanksgiving feast with a bird walk! Join us on
Saturday, November 24 to bird in WE Johnson Park in Richland.
We will meet the trip leader, Lisa Hill, at the entrance to the park on
Tanglewood (next to 619 Tanglewood) at 8:30 a.m. The walk is
likely to take 3-4 hours.

Tri-City Americans vs. Calgary Hitmen – November 24

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: Front Row: $30, Adult $24, Senior $20, Teen $12, Youth $10

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Calgary Hitmen.
Info & Tickets:

Prosser’s Family Christmas Festival – November 25

Prosser’s Depot Square
From 3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Free family fun

Join us for the annual Family Christmas Festival to see Santa, enjoy cocoa, candycanes and bonfires, play games, and enjoy the Christmas Season. Thanks to support from the Prosser Eagles every kid will get to go home with a gift!

Also, join us at the Princess Theatre to attend one of the 2 Free showings of “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show, and 5 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. show. Concessions will be open and available for purchase. Rated G, 1 hr 29 min.
Info: and

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure through January 12

East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
Thursday – Saturday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. each week until January 12
Cost: $5

EBCHS (East Benton County Historical Society) and HIHO (Hands In Hands On) join forces to bring an exciting, traveling children’s museum exhibit to the Tri-Cities! This pretend trek across the U.S.A. features an activity for every state and the District of Columbia – ride a mule in the Grand Canyon, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, hit a home run at Fenway Park and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail, to name just a few!

More than 70 hands-on learning opportunities address key academic standards for school-age visitors and highlight our nation’s geography, history, music, pastimes and iconic tourist destinations. Hundreds of U.S. trivia questions at interactive game stations encourage a little friendly competition among trivia buffs of all ages. Photo murals feature of some America’s most beautiful and iconic destinations and lots of fun facts.

Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure exhibit was created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Trivial Pursuit® is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. 1981, 2015 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02861-1059 USA. All Rights Reserved.

Art Exhibits

Gallery Aglow – through December 30

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Get all your holiday shopping done early at the Gallery at the Park in Richland! Throughout November and December, the gallery will be hosting the Allied Arts Association’s Gallery Aglow event.

Gallery Aglow has been an annual tradition for over 30 years, and each November, local and regional artists submit hundreds of works to the show. Stop by the Gallery at the Park to see beautiful decorations and to purchase unique, handmade gifts such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work.

During this event, you can also buy wreaths, trees and other holiday décor. These items were all made by Allied Arts volunteers, and the proceeds go toward funding the Allied Arts Association, which in turn gives back to the community.

Fundraisers such as this allow the Allied Arts Association to continue providing scholarships and expanding programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection. These programs play an important role in the community by making art education more accessible and allowing participants to explore their creativity and gain a greater sense of their own value.

Esvelt Gallery: Meghan Flynn – through November 30

Esvelt Gallery (CBC Campus), 2600 N 20th Ave in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Free admission

Exhibit: ‘Out of Place’ presented by Meghan Flynn –

This solo exhibition will showcase the artwork of Meghan Flynn. Using a variety of media to portray representations of human idiosyncrasies and interpersonal relationships, artist Meghan Flynn explores ideas of anxiety, identity, beauty, idealization, love, loss, and depression. Through painting and drawing, these various concepts are manifest through human, flora, fauna, and rock form.

Flynn holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington State University in Pullman, WA, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA.
About Meghan Flynn:

Drewboy Creative: The Dead Show – through November 25

DBC Gallery at Confluent, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Wednesday & Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Local muralist, Heidi Elkington, is featured in a new art show that explores themes of life and death and the celebration of both. Heidi is an artist who loves living and working in Tri-Cities. She paints in a variety of mediums, including acrylics, oils, and watercolor on canvas, wood, metal, and on buildings.

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.

November Events Flyer

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Museums, Historical Societies, and History
For information about museums, historical societies, and history 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:
– November 23: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
– November 24: Kaluoka’hina: the Enchanted Reef at 2 p.m. and The Life of Trees 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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