Things to Do: May 20-26, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of May 20-26, 2019:

  • 3rd Annual Senior Day – May 21
  • Hanford High School Orchestra Concert – May 21
  • Garden Bros. Circus – May 21 & 22
  • Play: “The Bible: Complete word of God (Abridged)” – May 22-25
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club: Who Judges the Judges? – May 23
  • Hanford High School Band Concert – May 23
  • Tri-Cities Fire vs. Reno Express – May 23
  • Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Guys and Dolls – May 23-26
  • Friday Family Night – May 24
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: “Carmina Burana” – May 24 & 25
  • The Richland Players: “Girls of the Garden Club” – May 24-26
  • Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 25
  • Dayton Days – May 25
  • Wildflower Walk: Sagebrush Trail – May 25
  • Hanford Collection Repository Open House – May 25
  • Uncork with the Arts – May 25
  • Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Show – May 26
  • Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities
  • Summer Activity & Recreation Guides
  • 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

3rd Annual Senior Day – May 21

Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free for those 55+

We are proud to invite you to the 3rd Annual Senior Day at the Carousel of Dreams! Those 55 and older can join us for free rides on the Carousel, Bingo, Door Prizes, and more!

Hanford High School Orchestra Concert – May 21

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Come enjoy a wide variety of orchestra music performed by the 3 Hanford Orchestras and Libby Middle School Orchestra.

Garden Bros. Circus – May 21 & 22

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Two performances each day: 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12.50 for general admission or $36 for ringside – available at the door or online (Children ages 2 and under are free as long as they sit on a lap )

Garden Bros. Circus features 3 rings bursting with excitement, laughs and memories. One and a half hours if real quality family entertainment. Over 60 performers from 22 countries featuring the Human Pyramid, Ariel Daredevils, Crazy Cossack Horse Riders, 6 motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Comedy Dogs, Wheel of Death and the funniest clowns. Live animal rides, food, and face painting in the Kids Fun Zone!
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Play: “The Bible: Complete word of God (Abridged)” – May 22-25

Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 each evening
Tickets: $12 adults and $10 students/seniors, CBC students with a current ASB can attend for free

An affectionate, irreverent roller-coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment, tackling the great theological questions: Did Adam and Eve have navels? Did Moses really look like Charlton Heston? And why isn’t the word “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds? Whether you’re Catholic or Atheist, Muslim or Jew, Protestant or Purple People Eater, you will be tickled by this romp through old-time religion.
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Columbia Basin Badger Club: Who Judges the Judges? – May 23

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 – must register in advance

What recourse does a citizen have if he or she believes a judge is acting illegally or unethically? In Washington, our state constitution has established the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct for dealing with such complaints and for ensuring public confidence in the competence and integrity of our judicial system.

The May 23 meeting of the Columbia Basin Badger Club will explore how this commission performs its duties. The forum will feature J. Reiko Callner, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and Walla Walla District Court Judge, Kristian Hedine, an Alternate Judge Member of the Commission.
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Hanford High School Band Concert – May 23

Hanford High School, 450 Hanford St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Come enjoy the Hanford bands perform spectacular music from John Williams.

Tri-Cities Fire vs. Reno Express – May 23

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $16 – $36

Join the Tri-Cities Fire (professional indoor football team) as they compete against Reno Express.
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Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre: Guys and Dolls – May 23-26

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, 1101 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$25

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result.

Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
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Friday Family Night – May 24

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.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: “Carmina Burana” – May 24 & 25

The REACH Museum outdoor stage, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland – Note: Guests need to bring their own seating for this outdoor venue.
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 adults, K-12 free

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers is pleased to present our season finale concert featuring the chamber version of the commercially acclaimed 20th century masterpiece “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff. This production will serve as the fifth and final installment in MCM’s 2018-19 subscription concert series.

The chamber version is scored for an arsenal of percussion and two grand pianos generously donated by Ebony & Ivory Pianos LLC / We are especially pleased to partner on this magnificent piece once again with fifty company dancers and alumni of Mid-Columbia Ballet who will perform throughout the work.

Guest artists include soprano Paige Cutrona, countertenor Augustine Mercante, baritone Jeremy Irland, and pianists Allen Madsen & Adrienne Shields.
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The Richland Players: “Girls of the Garden Club” – May 24-26

The Richland Players Theater, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors/military

Theatrical Performance: “Girls of the Garden Club”, a comedy by John Patrick –

“Girls of the Garden Club” tells the story of Rhoda Greenleaf, for whom gardening is the primary love of her life and becoming president of the Garden Club her highest goal. If Rhoda can win first prize in a flower show, she can oust arch rival Lillybelle from the presidency and fulfill her lifelong ambition. But how to win? Her daughter’s boyfriend comes to the rescue, with a novel idea that will make Rhoda’s entry a sure winner.
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Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 25

3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sweet, field ripened Strawberries…they’re the first taste of the summer’s sweet bounty! Come out on any Saturday during Strawberry Jamboree and enjoy the sweet fun of picking your own luscious berries.

After picking berries, relax in our shady park with BBQ and a cool lemonade. Top it off with our famous Strawberry Donuts straight from the fryer! Younger kids will enjoy our two farm Playgrounds, visiting our Animal Farm and a Barnyard Train ride.

Future dates: June 1, 8 & 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Memorial Day, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dayton Days – May 25

Dayton, WA (about an hour drive from the Tri-Cities)
From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for an array of free events following the annual, historic downtown Main Street Dayton Days parade! Experience “Our Western Heritage” as we celebrate the pioneer roots that cultivated this town into the thriving community that it is today. After the parade learn pioneer skills at the local museums, meet local rodeo courts dressed in full regalia & stop by the Dayton restaurants & shops to experience specials & discounts throughout the day!

Wildflower Walk: Sagebrush Trail – May 25

Meet at Sagebrush Trailhead, 525 Queensgate Dr. in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 12 Noon
Free to participate – must RSVP

The May season for Badger can be as stunning as early spring. If you missed our other Badger hikes, don’t miss this one! We’re able to see how the wildflower season changes with time and elevation. There will still be plenty to see as well as our gorgeous views from the mountain. Dress appropriate for the weather, bring snacks, and don’t forget your cameras. Please contact Kim Hamblin-Hart at if you plan on attending.

Hanford Collection Repository Open House – May 25

Hanford History Project, 2892 Pauling Ave. in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

The Hanford History Project staff is excited to invite you to tour our collections repository during this open house. Come see the thousands of artifacts and archival materials collected on the history of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the surrounding areas. We can’t wait to talk Hanford History with you!

Uncork with the Arts – May 25

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m.
Admission: Free (must be 18+ to attend) – only $25 for the night’s art class: “Watercolor and textures with Pat Brewer”
(21+ for wine service – ID will be required)

Unwind and enjoy an evening at the Gallery. Take in our art exhibit and sip on some wine while taking our adult art class. Situated in Howard Amon Park, just a few steps away from the Columbia River and the Parkway with some of the best restaurants in the Tri-Cities.

Pacific Northwest Mustang Club Show – May 26

Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
Starts at 9 a.m.
Free to spectators

The official show will be on Sunday at Columbia Point Marina Park. The show features Ford Mustangs, but is open to all makes and models of vehicles with 4 or more wheels. There are 38 classes for cars and trucks. Spectators are encouraged to pick up a ballot and vote on the “Best of Show.”

Also, check out the raffle and vendors, enjoy the music, have lunch, meet new people and “talk cars.”

Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities

There are several Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities that are open from May through October. The following is a list of Farmers’ Markets in the Tri-Cities and their opening dates:

Historic Kennewick Farmers Market – May 30, 2019 through October 24. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday in downtown Kennewick. Note: no market on July 4.
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Pasco Farmers’ Market – May 11, 2019 through October 26. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue
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The Richland Farmer’s Market at The Parkway – June 7, 2019 through October 25. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way
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For more information on Farmers’ Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Summer Activity & Recreation Guides

Summer activity & recreation guides for May through August have been published by the Parks & Recreation Departments for:

– Kennewick:

– Pasco:

– Richland:

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– 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

Annual Juried Student Art Show through June 6

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
– Monday-Thursday, 8 AM-8:30 PM
– Friday, 8 AM-12 PM
– Saturday- Sunday, Closed
Free and open to the public

Esvelt Gallery is proud to present the Annual Juried Student Art Show. This exhibition gives students a chance to submit their work in a juried and professionally installed exhibition. It includes painting, drawing, illustration, digital media, photography, 2-D design, 3-D design, ceramics, and sculpture. The Student Show celebrates the talent of Columbia Basin College students.

White Bluffs Quilt Museum: Warp & Weave Exhibit through July 27

White Bluffs Quilt Museum, 294 Torbett St. in Richland
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend

A new exhibit at White Bluffs Quilt Museum features some amazing textiles, and a number of looms, warped and ready for you to try your hand at weaving. The exhibit also features a collection of Drop Spindles. Drop Spindles were in use before recorded history. The origin of the first wooden spindle is lost to history. Most historians agree that the practice of spinning fibers into yarn or thread existed over 10,000 years ago. Come to White Bluffs and view this new exhibit, enjoy the variety of fibers (animal and plant), the drop spindles, some stunning hand woven fabrics and weave a bit with us.

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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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 24: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Dynamic Earth at 8 p.m.
– May 25: The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather at 2 p.m. and Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef 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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