Things to Do: April 29 – May 5, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of April 29 – May 5, 2019:

  • Pasco 5 Cultural Night “Noche Cultural” – May 1
  • Discover the Charms – Downtown Kennewick – May 2-4
  • Vibe Music Center: Matilda the Musical – May 2-4
  • Mid-Columbia Boat & RV Show – May 2-5
  • Family Friday Night – May 3
  • Kids Haven 2019 Benefit Auction & Cinco de Mayo Celebration – May 3
  • Walla Walla Valley Spring Release Weekend – May 3-5
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre: Alice in Wonderland – May 3-5
  • Tri-Cities Swap Meet and Antique Car Show – May 4
  • Pooch & Pal Run & Walk – Star Wars Theme! – May 4
  • Bike Ride for Climate 2019 – May 4
  • U.S. Coast Guard Open House – May 4
  • Columbia Chorale Spring Concert – May 4
  • Adult Second Chance Prom – May 4
  • Mom & Baby Expo – May 4 & 5
  • Camerata Musica: Young Artists of Distinction – May 5
  • The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Pasco 5 Cultural Night “Noche Cultural” – May 1

Downtown Pasco (110 S 4th Ave.)
From 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Pasco5 de Mayo Festival is Proud to Invite you to enjoy and celebrate an evening of culture. We are delighted to present a program of music and dance. Share in the richness of diversity and culture from within our community. Experience “Noche Cultural!”

Discover the Charms – Downtown Kennewick – May 2-4

“Discover the Charms” of the Historic Downtown Kennewick is a perfect gift, just in time for Mother’s Day. All the fun starts on Thursday and Friday May 2nd & 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 4th for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fun annual event starts at the Downtown Kennewick Business Center, 124 W. Kennewick Avenue, where we will be selling charm bracelets for $5.

You will also receive a map of participating downtown merchant that will be open and available during their normal business hours. Charms are FREE to collect with the purchase of a bracelet. Visit each of the businesses on the map and you will be eligible to win a variety of prizes. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Offer good while supplies last.

Vibe Music Center: Matilda the Musical – May 2-4

Vibe Music Center, 731 N Columbia Center Blvd. Suite 110 in Kennewick
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Children 5 & Under: free, Students 6-18: $10, Adults: $12, Matinee: $8 (purchase tickets online)

Get ready to come see Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical! This show will be at Vibe’s NEW in-house theatre.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Future dates: May 9, 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., May 11 at 2 p.m.
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Mid-Columbia Boat & RV Show – May 2-5

Columbia Point Park in Richland
Thursday from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Each spring, for the past 19 years Boat & RV Dealers from throughout the State of Washington and Northern Idaho have gathered at Richland’s Columbia Point Park and Marina to display and demonstrate the latest in water recreation. This year the Mid-Columbia Boat & RV Show will happen the first weekend in May, and will feature everything from fishing boats, to tow boats to cruisers. On the water demonstrations are also available, and again on display this year will be recreational travel trailers from Big Bear RV. Columbia Point Park and Marina is located off Columbia Point Drive in Richland, and across the parking lot from Lu Lu’s Restaurant.

Friday Family Night – May 3

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: $13.99 per person or $39.95 per family

Friday Nights are all about family at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams. Join the Carousel and KnockerBall Tri-Cities for interactive activities at an affordable price. You’ll have three hours of unlimited carousel rides and play on Knockerball inflatable games. Our concession kitchen is open with dinner specials as well.

Future dates: every Friday until Memorial Day Weekend.

Kids Haven 2019 Benefit Auction & Cinco de Mayo Celebration – May 3

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 4525 Convention Place in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person

Please join us for a festive evening of food, Live, Silent & On-line Auctions, and FUN to benefit the Kids Haven Program at the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC).  Proceeds will be used for counseling and advocacy services for children.
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Walla Walla Valley Spring Release Weekend – May 3-5

During the Spring Release Weekend in May, wineries in the Walla Walla area celebrate the season and showcase new releases by opening their cellars and tasting rooms. Visitors are often treated to many special events at the wineries; including music, delectable food, and demonstrations.

Academy of Children’s Theatre: Alice in Wonderland – May 3-5

Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & Under) – $10, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military – $13, Adults – $16

Plot Summary Alice in Wonderland: Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved characters, in her madcap adventures. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Future dates: May 10 & 11 at 7 p.m. and May 11 & 12 at 3 p.m.
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Tri-Cities Swap Meet and Antique Car Show – May 4

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick (use 10th Ave. entrance)
From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: donations gladly accepted to benefit the Tri-Cities Technical Institute scholarship fund.

The 43rd annual Tri-Cities Swap Meet and Antique Car Show, hosted by the Ye Olde Car Club, is taking place at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

Pooch & Pal Run & Walk – Star Wars Theme! – May 4

Columbia Point Marina Park, 660 Columbia Point Dr. in Richland
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Registration: $20, children 10 and under are free (online registration closes May 1

The 19th Annual Pooch & Pal Run and Walk will be held in warmer weather this year at Columbia Pt. Marina in Richland (behind Anthony’s)! We encourage everyone to dress themselves and their pooches for the Star Wars theme. There will be free Spudnuts & Starbucks Coffee and lots of vendors! Strollers are welcome. Course closes at 11:00 a.m. You can also register on the morning of the event at 8 a.m. No fighters or biters please. All proceeds go to help homeless pets through Pet OverPopulation Prevention and are nonrefundable.
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Bike Ride for Climate 2019 – May 4

Meet at Howard Amon Park in RIchland
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Registration: $25 + fee

Tri-Cities residents who are concerned about the impacts of climate change have an opportunity to support education on how to stop global warming, reduce their carbon footprint, and have fun at the same time. Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop and the Tri-Cities Citizens’ Climate Lobby are organizing a Bike Ride for Climate along the Columbia River on Saturday, May 4.

The registration fee will support Citizens Climate Education, provide insurance and reflective vests for participants. Co-Sponsors Greenies and the Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Association will provide aid stations and rescue support for the 14-mile ride.
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U.S. Coast Guard Open House – May 4

434 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Come take part in our Annual USCG Open House, including tours of our vessels and facilities. We are inviting the general public to interact with local law enforcement agencies, fire department, emergency services, military branches, and volunteers. Enjoy demonstrations, games, and a hot dog cookout with refreshments.

Columbia Chorale Spring Concert – May 4

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 3 p.m.
Free to attend – donations gladly accepted

Columbia Chorale invites you to our Spring concert! Joining us are special guests – the Three Rivers Saxtette. Refreshments will follow.

Adult Second Chance Prom – May 4

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
Starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets: $35 with dinner, $20 for dancing only (plus fees) – must be 21+

Did you miss your Prom, wished you could have had a better time, or would like to party Prom-style with your current honey? We are offering you a Second Chance (or 3d or 4th in some cases) to do Prom right. Our Prom is an adult (21+) only event with dinner, dancing, alcohol drinking and professional Prom photos. This is our fourth year providing the event and we are excited to be at Shiloh Inn on Comstock Street overlooking the river in Richland again.

Schedule for Prom night:
5-6 p.m. Happy Hour
6-7 p.m. Dinner Hour
7-10 p.m. Dancing for full-price ticket holders
8-10 p.m. Dancing for door charge ticket holders

This year, we will again have door prizes. Everyone gets one door prize ticket with the purchase of your Prom tickets. Additional tickets will be available at $1 each.
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Mom & Baby Expo – May 4 & 5

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: $4 per person, 11 years and younger are free

The 2019 Mom and Baby Expo will take place at the TRAC Center in Pasco. This is the 5th year of the event and proves to be a fun, family-friendly show that is sure to stick around. One of the goals of the Expo is to connect the needs of parents and their little ones to products and services that are offered by local businesses.

It’s also a place to learn, where families can get educated about things from car seat safety and nutrition from the Health Department to baby-wearing and birthing options. There will also be some fun happening! A cute Mom and Baby fashion show will be scheduled at 3:00 p.m. and will highlight some cute fashions for moms and babies that can be found at numerous boutiques in this area. There will be a Kids zone for little ones to play.

The area businesses will be offering samples, expo specials, and product giveaways during the event. Safe Kids is giving away a car seat. Moms will be able to enter for a chance to win the Mommy Makeover grand prize that will be announced the last day of the event. Everyone is invited to come to this year’s Mom and Baby Expo to shop, learn, and have some fun with their little one!
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Camerata Musica: Young Artists of Distinction – May 5

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 2 p.m.
Free to attend – patrons receive priority seating

Every year, Camerata celebrates the end of the season with a tribute to local music students. About 15-20 participants are selected from a group nominated by their teachers on the basis of performance at adjudications and competitions.

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– May 10 – Dry Falls – $108.59 per person
– May 18 – Wallula Gap Hike – $97.73 per person
– August 10 – Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig – $108.59 per person
– August 17 – Kayak Hanford Reach National Monument – $108.59 per person (Sold Out)
– September 7 – Vineyards & Winemaking – $124.88 per person
– September 14 – Hops to Bottle – $119.45 per person
– September 20 – Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands & Palouse Falls – $119.45 per person

The REACH is offering their guided tours for 2019. Lunch and transportation is provided unless noted on the tour website page.
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

The Piñata Art Show – Reception May 3

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: suggested $4 donation at the door

DrewBoy Creative invites the community to come celebrate this cultural icon at the first ever DBC Pinata Show on May 3! Come immerse yourself in artistic expressions of the pinata.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Thursday : 5-8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 12-8 p.m.
Sunday: 12-5 p.m.

Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: (extra): terrestrial and ordinary – through May 3
Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free to attend and open to the public

This two person exhibition will present the photographic/ sculptural work of Nicholaus Arnold and the sculptural assemblage of Ashley Jonas. Arnold’s work explores loss and loneliness in a series titled “i wish i were an astronaut,” which pairs beautifully with the sculpture of Jonas, which places focus on objects and their relationship to the space around them.

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!
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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.
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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 (single feature/double feature): $8/$13 adults, $7/$11 seniors, $5/$8 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online or at the door)

Showing this week:
– May 3: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and New Show! – Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 8 p.m.
– May 4: 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.
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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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