Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of May 27 – June 2, 2019:
- Memorial Day March & Ceremony – May 27
- Memorial Day Ceremony at Einan’s Sunset Gardens – May 27
- Memorial Day Services – VFW Post 5785 – May 27
- Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 27 & June 1 (Note: there are no berries to pick on Monday – they are not ready!)
- LCBAS Monthly Meeting: Bird Song Recognition – May 28
- Live @ 5 Summer Concert – May 30
- Addiction Forum: What You Can Do About the Addiction Crisis in Our Community – May 30
- Date Night at the Pointe – May 31
- Corvettes on the Columbia – May 31 & June 1
- Kahlotus Days Community Event – June 1
- 15th Annual Benefit Pancake Breakfast – June 1
- Junk in the Trunk Yard Sale and Saturday Market – June 1
- 1st Annual Ride To Remember – June 1
- Old Fashion Day – Sacajawea State Park – June 1
- Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show – June 1
- Tri-Cities Pride Festival – June 1
- Wine and Music Festival – June 1
- Comedy for a Cause Featuring Brad Upton – June 1
- Mid-Columbia Symphony: Landmark Resistance – June 1
- Tri-Cities Fire vs. Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks – June 2
- All aboard the J&S Dreamland Train Express!
- 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
Memorial Day March & Ceremony – May 27
Regional Veteran’s Memorial (Columbia Park in Kennewick) and City View Cemetery (1300 N. Oregon Ave. in Pasco)
From 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Free to participate
This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony will start with a march.The march will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Regional Veterans Memorial in Columbia Park in Kennewick (Check-In 7 a.m.). From there, participants will march or ride on the caravan trailer, stopping for breaks along the way. Some participants will be carrying 100 pound packs but that is optional. To register for the the march, contact Christopher at 509-440-9498. The Ceremony at City View Cemetery will kick off at 10 a.m., with West Plains Skydivers jumping at 10:15 a.m. Marchers are expected to arrive at the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. as the ceremony continues. A Balloon Release finishes out the event at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Day Ceremony at Einan’s Sunset Gardens – May 27
Einan’s Sunset Gardens, 915 By Pass Hwy in RIchland
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Matt Boehnke, Lt. Col. U.S. Army, Ret., sponsored by Nelson Schmunk, V.F.W. Post 12018. Following the ceremony there will be free hot dogs, free Snowie’s Shaved Ice and free face painting.
Memorial Day Services – VFW Post 5785 – May 27
VFW Post 5785 will be hosting two Memorial Day Services in Kennewick:
– Riverview Heights Cemetery, 10th Ave. and Olympia St. Starts at 9 a.m.
– Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th Ave. and Union St. Starts at 11 a.m.
Bill’s Berry Farm Strawberry Jamboree – May 27 & June 1 (Note: there are no berries to pick on Monday – they are not ready!)
3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview
Memorial Day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 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 8 & 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LCBAS Monthly Meeting: Bird Song Recognition – May 28
Benton PUD, 2721 W 10th Ave. in Kennewick
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
Bird Song Recognition – A presentation by David Droppers …
Ever been on a birding trip, and those magical birding wizards, with their perked ears, can identify just about anything that tweets, chirps, and trills? Ever wish you could do that, but wouldn’t know how to begin?
Well, David’s going to show you how! With a few pointers, and lots of patience, you too can up your birding game! Learn the methods to birding by ear, some of the many challenges to doing so, as well as fun stories gained along the way.
David Droppers has been teaching courses on topics from birds to butterflies to trees to microorganisms for a variety of groups, including college biology courses and non-profit environmental groups. He has put his expertise to work for the National park Service, Forest Service, University of Washington, and Woodland Park Zoo, among many others. He is ecstatic about sharing his passion for the natural world with others who wish to learn. His enthusiasm is said to be contagious!
Live @ 5 Summer Concert – May 30
John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at 5 p.m.
Free to attend
The Live @ 5 Summer Concert Series kicks off on May 30 and will feature Stompin’ Ground. The concert series takes place every Thursday through August 1 and will feature live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.
Addiction Forum: What You Can Do About the Addiction Crisis in Our Community – May 30
Bethel Church HUB Auditorium, 600 Shockley Rd. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
This is a public forum of local experts who will discuss the addiction crisis in our community, new law enforcement initiatives to support treatment and recovery opportunities, behavioral health strategies, and personal recovery success stories.
Date Night at the Pointe – May 31
1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free to attend
Come enjoy yourself at Osprey Pointe on May 31, 2019. Don’t forget your chairs, movie munchies and I.D. for wine or beer garden.
Featuring Film: Green Book
Food Truck: Doggie Style
Wine and Beer Garden
Corvettes on the Columbia – May 31 & June 1
Columbia Park in Kennewick
There is no cost to attend the car show on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Can you believe….It’s time to get ready for the 10th Anniversary of Corvettes on the Columbia all Corvette Show! It’s going to be a great weekend doing something wonderful for some very brave and special children in Eastern Washington!
Saturday Activities at the Park:
– Food & Corvette Related Vendors
– Valve Cover Racing
– GESA Games & Door Prizes
Kahlotus Days Community Event – June 1
Downtown Kahlotus Washington
From 6:45 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to participate
Come join Kahlotus Days on June 1st! We have tons of fun activities planned and vendors! Come out and enjoy the festival and the sun!
Here is the schedule:
7:00 a.m. 5k Run\Walk Begins
7:00-9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Softball Tournament Begins
11:00 a.m. Parade Starts
12:30-4:00 p.m. Kids Zone
4:00-6:00 p.m. Open Mechanical Bull
6:00 p.m. Mechanical Bull Competition (win that belt buckle come sign up day of!)
8:00 p.m. Street Dance!!
15th Annual Benefit Pancake Breakfast – June 1
Jefferson Park on George Washington Way in Richland
From 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Breakfast is free of charge, but donations are welcome!
Our pancake breakfast raises funds to help SARC to help children who have been abused and to help Safe Harbor fund My Friend’s Place, a shelter for homeless youth. You decide how much you want to donate to help our kids.
Junk in the Trunk Yard Sale and Saturday Market – June 1
East Benton County History Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – Noon
Free to attend
Junk in the Trunk is a monthly community yard sale and vendor fair being held at the East Benton County History Museum. Sell your junk from your trunk every first Saturday of the month through August!
1st Annual Ride To Remember – June 1
Iron Blood MC invites you to participate in a Ride To Remember to promote suicide prevention! Riders will meet at Hanford High School, 450 Hanford Street, Richland, WA, June 1st at 10:00 a.m. Motorcycles will lead with all other vehicles welcome to follow throughout the Tri-Cities, ending at Kennewick Ranch & Home. There is no cost to participate.
Several agencies, groups, and programs will be at Ranch & Home to share resources available in our community. We hope to spread awareness and help end the stigma that is associated with mental illness. If you are unable to participate in the ride, join us at Ranch & Home beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Old Fashion Day – Sacajawea State Park – June 1
Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
From 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend – No Discover Pass is required for entrance (Washington State Park Fee Free Day)
Old Fashioned Day is a free event for the whole family that will feature several exciting activities. Different members of the community come together with information of things that’s going to happen during the summer with hands on things to do and old fashion games. Bring the family and picnic lunch enjoy yourself. This is a free event and that day there will be no discover pass needed.
Tri-City Rose Society Annual Rose Show – June 1
Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Open to the public from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Invite your neighbors, friends, and family! We will have a room full of fragrant and colorful roses, music, rose cards and cut roses in vases with ribbons for sale and rose friends to make it a ‘Carousel of Roses’ kind of day!
Tri-Cities Pride Festival – June 1
Volunteer Park, 1125 N. 4th Ave. in Pasco
From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free to attend
Tri-Cities Pride is Proud to announce the 4th annual Pride Festival! There will be a Drag Show, food trucks, belly dancers, inflatables, and lots of booths to browse! This is the ultimate free family friendly Pride event!
Wine and Music Festival – June 1
Col Solare Winery, 50207 Antinori Road in Benton City
Starts at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Auction of Washington Wines’ Wine and Music Festival will showcase over 60 outstanding Washington wines along with live music from Dakota Brown Band and Jack Rothwell. More than 20 of Washington’s award-winning wineries will be in attendance. Guests will nosh on food from Porter’s Real Barbecue and Fat Olives Restaurant & Catering. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s and Viticulture and Enology Research at Washington State University.
Info & Tickets: https://auctionofwawines.org/events/wine-jazz-festival/
Comedy for a Cause Featuring Brad Upton – June 1
Jokers Comedy Club, 624 Wellsian Way in Richland
From 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: $30 plus fee
Join us for a night of laughs with internet sensation Brad Upton. Winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival 2003, and Tri Cities’ hometown comedy hero, Brad will leave you entertained all while supporting a great cause. Proceeds of the evening will benefit Safe Harbor Support Center.
Info & Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/668712726903343/
Mid-Columbia Symphony: Landmark Resistance – June 1
Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $9 – $55
Join us for the finale concert of the 74th Symphony season. Nicholas Wallin conducts the Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony.
Info & Tickets: https://midcolumbiasymphony.org/
Tri-Cities Fire vs. Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks – June 2
Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $16 – $36
Join the Tri-Cities Fire (professional indoor football team) as they compete against Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks.
Info & Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/546212835863473/
All aboard the J&S Dreamland Train Express!
The locomotive will be giving rides through Columbia Park from May to September on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.! Rides are $1. The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills owns and operates the train.
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.
Info: https://www.historickennewick.org/farmers-market and https://www.facebook.com/kennewickfarmersmarket/
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
Info: https://downtownpasco.com/pfm/ and https://www.facebook.com/pascofarmersmarket/
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
Info: https://richlandwafarmersmarket.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/MarketAtTheParkway
For more information on Farmers’ Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers in the Tri-Cities region, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/farm-markets.htm.
Summer Activity & Recreation Guides
Summer activity & recreation guides for May through August have been published by the Parks & Recreation Departments for:
The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
– 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.
Info & Registration: https://www.visitthereach.org/tours/
Annual Juried Student Art Show through June 6
Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
– 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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/arts.htm.
Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit: https://tri-citiesguide.org/music.htm.
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: https://www.visitthereach.org and https://www.facebook.com/reachmuseum/
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: https://tri-citiesguide.org/history.htm.
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 31: Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 7 p.m. and Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 8 p.m.
– June 1: Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 2 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs 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: https://cbcplanetarium.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=4311 and https://www.facebook.com/CBCPlanetarium/
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: https://tri-citiesguide.org.
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