Things to Do: December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019:

  • First Night Tri-Cities – December 31
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – December 31
  • New Year’s Eve Prohibition Party – December 31
  • Sacajawea State Park Fee Free Day – January 1
  • IMAC Annual New Year’s Day Hike – January 1
  • Chamna Through the Back Door Hike – January 1
  • Richland Rollarena Annual Fundraiser for My Friends Place – January 2
  • 1st Thursday-Kennewick Community Center – January 3
  • Film Screening: Carbon Nation – January 5
  • Bells of the Desert Concert – January 5
  • 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

First Night Tri-Cities – December 31

Gesa Carousel of Dreams and Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick
From 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person ages 5+, Kids 4 and under free

Enjoy six hours of non-stop entertainment including carousel rides, magicians, face painting, juggling, interactive kids games, live ice sculpture, princess and super-hero appearances and the area’s only fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – December 31

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 Spokane Chiefs.
Info & Tickets:

New Year’s Eve Prohibition Party – December 31

Red Lion Hotel Pasco, 2525 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Tickets: $10 advance; $15 at the door (must be 21+)

Join us for a roaring good time! Come dressed in roaring ’20s or come as you are! All that Jazz dinner performance by Felicia Dee, Cabernet Dancers, and a Live Burlesque show! Plus the hottest hits by DJ Raymond, a Midnight balloon drop, champagne, and moonshine.

Sacajawea State Park Fee Free Day – January 1

January 1st is a free day with no Discover Pass needed for vehicles at Washington State Parks. The Sacajawea Historical State Park in Pasco will take advantage of the free day with a staff-led walk at 10 a.m.

Staff will discuss the park’s plants and animals, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the area’s native people. Refreshments and prizes will be available after the walk.

IMAC Annual New Year’s Day Hike – January 1

Badger Mountain in Richland
Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Free to participate

The Inter-mountain Alpine Club’s annual trek up Badger Mountain in south Richland begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

This is Inter-mountain Alpine Club’s (I-MAC) annual trek up Badger Mountain. Members, guests, and all others are welcome to join in the fun. The trip goes on regardless of the weather, so be sure that you dress appropriately. It is always colder, wetter, and windier on top than you might expect, so please bring a waterproof shell and dress in warm clothing and layers. The main group of hikers will start from the Skyline trail trailhead off Dallas Rd. at 10:30 a.m., but if you arrive late, just head on up the trail when you arrive.

Directions to trailhead: From Queensgate South exit on Interstate 182, drive to the Keene Road intersection and turn right. Turn left onto Kennedy Road and then after 0.6 miles turn left again on Dallas Road. Proceed south on Dallas Road 1.2 miles to the top of the hill and then turn left onto the gravel road beside the orchard. The trail head parking is 0.1 miles up the road.

Chamna Through the Back Door Hike – January 1

Chamna Natural Preserve in Richland
From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to participate

Tapteal Greenway is planning a walk at the Chamna Natural Preserve in Richland. Dress for the weather. The 276-acre Chamna Natural Preserve has about 11 miles of desert trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Take Jadwin Avenue to Carrier Road and then meet at the east end of Carrier Road. Participants will follow the paved bike path to enter the Chamna Natural Preserve for a roughly three-mile walk.

Richland Rollarena Annual Fundraiser for My Friends Place – January 2

Richland Rollarena, 849 Stevens Dr. in Richland
From Noon – 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 per person and includes regular skate rentals

The Rollarena is having a fundraiser to help My Friends Place (homeless teens shelter in Kennewick). All proceeds from skate rentals and concessions sales will be donated to the shelter.

1st Thursday-Kennewick Community Center – January 3

From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Start your 2019 1st Thursday at the Community Center (500 S. Auburn St – SE corner of Keewaydin Park) with cookie decorating and hot cocoa before taking a quick walk to downtown Kennewick.

Trivial Pursuit 50-State Adventure is open at the East Benton County History Museum, help them reach their fundraising goal by visiting before this exhibit moves on.

1st Thursday Kennewick businesses will be open late to showcase local art, live demos, and local talent!

– Donna Watkins (DS Watkins) Gallery-closed (open in February)
– Laura Gable Fine Art-closed (open in February)
– Sullivan Home
– Prohibition Glass
– Gallery Underground
– Rockabilly Roasting Co.
– The Roxy
– SmokeStop Vapor(until 7)
– Gathered Home
– SecondHand Heaven
– Spectra Art Gallery
– You & I Framing & Gallery
– The Lady Bug Shoppe Kennewick
– Downtown Business Center
– City of Kennewick Government -Community Center
– East Benton County History Museum
– Bergan’s Timeless Treasures
– Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Jay Freeman

Film Screening: Carbon Nation – January 5

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Tri-Cities Citizens’ Climate Lobby is proud to present the film, Carbon Nation, to kick off the new year at the Richland Public Library Gallery Room! The film will be followed by a group discussion.

Carbon Nation is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. You’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.

Bells of the Desert Concert – January 5

Central Church, 1124 Stevens Dr. in Richland
Starts at 3 p.m.
Admission: $10 donation suggested

You are invited to join Bells of the Desert as we celebrate our 10th season of ringing, and looking forward to many more.

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

Esvelt Gallery: Conservation of Mass Exhibit – opens January 2

Esvelt Gallery @ Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Saturday & Sunday: closed
Free admission and open to the public

This solo exhibition will feature the ceramic sculpture of Tybre Newcomer. His most recent sculptural work is Modernist in style, taking inspiration from the forms of traditional hand tools. Concerned with the idea of the endangered craftsman, Newcomer’s work is both a look to the past, while also exploring how craft is used today, in the present. The shows runs through February 7.

DrewBoy Creative: A Bite of Tri-Cities – through January 27
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.
DrewBoy Creative presents an art show by Ayleen Wood. Come tour a large collection of art inspired by the many different cultures in the Tri-Cities.

Ayleen is inspired by, “Happiness and nature. You know that feeling you get when the sun finally sets at the end of a hard day at work or when you take the first bite of a delicious home cooked meal you worked on all evening? That’s the feeling I’m inspired by.”

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. (no new admissions after 4 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.
Info: and

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:
– January 4: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 8 p.m.
– January 5: Secret Lives of Stars at 2 p.m. and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope 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.
Info & Tickets: 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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