Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of June 17-23, 2019:
- Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Hillsboro Hops- June 17-20
- Thunder on the Island – June 19
- Juneteenth – June 19-23
- Masquerade Senior Prom – June 20
- Hogs & Dogs Regional Family Festival – June 20
- Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 20
- REACH Foundation Day’s Pay Annual Fundraiser – June 20
- Dust Devils Chamber Night – June 20
- Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter June Meeting – June 20
- Lecture: Why We Behave Like Mexican Americans – June 20
- Cool Desert Nights & Motorcycle Show – June 20-23
- George and Pat Jones Community Service Day – June 21
- Sunset at Southridge – June 21
- Richland Family Movie Nights: Grease – June 21
- Pasco Family Film Fridays: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” – June 21
- Mid-Columbia Libraries Glow Hike – June 21
- Yakima Folklife Festival – June 21-23
- Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days (Prosser) – June 22
- Free Movies at The Uptown Theatre – June 22
- 5th Annual Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest – June 22
- Tri-Cities Fire vs. Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks – June 22
- 14th Annual Mariachi & More Festival – June 23
- Red Mountain Revealed Documentary Premiere – June 23
- Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2019
- Summer Camps 2019
- Tri-Cities 2019 People’s Choice Awards
- All aboard the J&S Dreamland Train Express!
- 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
Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Hillsboro Hops- June 17-20
Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Games start at 7:15 p.m.
General admission: $10
Watch the Tri-Cities Dust Devils as they compete against the Hillsboro Hops.
Thunder on the Island – June 19
Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free family fun – food and beverages will be available for purchase. Stompin’ Ground will be the featured performer at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2019.
Juneteenth – June 19-23
All communities should be celebrating Juneteenth, not just black communities. All communities. Juneteenth is to black people what 4th of July is to all people in America; acknowledgment of freedom. There will be several Juneteenth main events this week.
On Wednesday, June 19th, there will be a family night starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Richland Library. It’s going to be a fun-filled night of history and storytelling.
Thursday, June 20th, is family skate night at the Richland Rollarena from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. And on Friday, June 21st at 6 p.m., the Fashion Show and Awards will be at Chiawana High School. There also will be a “Mommy and Me” pageant that evening.
The Downtown Pasco Parade and Fun Day will be on Saturday, June 22, starting at 11 a.m., and there will be activities at Kurtzman Park. In addition, this year’s Juneteenth celebration will have an after-party “We are Royalty” at the Pasco Red Lion. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
On Sunday, June 23, there will be Gospel in the Park at 3 p.m. at Kurtzman Park.
Masquerade Senior Prom – June 20
Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House, 802 George Washington Way in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $ for individuals, $25 per couple
Join us on June 20, 2019, for our second annual Senior Prom! This event is for seniors living in our community, age 55+. There will be live music, appetizers, photos, and door prizes. All proceeds benefit Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care.
Hogs & Dogs Regional Family Festival – June 20
Bombing Range Sports Complex in West Richland
From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to attend
Hogs & Dogs Regional Family Festival is a family-friendly community event with a motorcycle and classic car show, vendor booths, live music, kids zone with activities, food and much more!
Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 20
John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at 5 p.m.
Free to attend
The Live @ 5 Summer Concert Series will feature Groove Principal on June 20. 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.
REACH Foundation Day’s Pay Annual Fundraiser – June 20
The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 Per Person ((includes buffet dinner and open wine bar)
Buffet Dinner & Open Wine Bar – 1940’s Theme & Attire
The REACH Museum, which celebrates the geographical, archeological and societal history of the Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin, will be holding its Day’s Pay Fundraising Dinner June 20 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The Museum is located on Columbia Park Trail just west of Columbia Center Boulevard (it’s on the left).
The event is named after the famous fundraiser in 1944 when some 51,000 Hanford workers donated a day’s worth of pay to “purchase” a B-17 Bomber at Boeing. Their wages helped build this plane, which then went on to fly dozens of missions over Europe.
Info & Tickets: https://www.visitthereach.org/event/reach-foundation-days-pay-annual-fundraiser/
Dust Devils Chamber Night – June 20
Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Take me out to the ball game! Join us for the always fun-filled Dust Devils Chamber Night at Gesa Stadium, Thursday, June 20th. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Ticket are $20 and includes one general admission ticket, plus dinner and drinks at the pre-game BBQ. This offer is only available through the Pasco Chamber and tickets can be purchased online.
Info & Tickets: https://www.pascochamber.org/dust-devils-chamber-night.html
Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter June Meeting – June 20
At Michele’s, 2323 Henderson Loop in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to participate, drinks & food extra – must be 21+
Sing! Drink beer! Or wine! Or cocktails with smoke in them! This place has got it all. We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. Stay for as little or as long as you’d like.
Never been to Beer Choir? Our mission is threefold:
1 Sing loudly…
2 In public…
3 While drinking quality craft beer.
Lecture: Why We Behave Like Mexican Americans – June 20
Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N 4th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story – A presentation by Carlos Gil –
As immigration becomes more hotly debated in the United States, the arguments have become cartoonish, with one side often painted as naïve and another as xenophobic. What has become lost is the human story of immigration to America, with all its complexity, heartache, and hope.
Professor Carlos Gil sought to understand immigration by tracing his family’s history from the 1920s to the 1970s. In the process, he discovered the excitement, culture shock, inter-family conflict, and questions of identity that so many face who are seeking a better life in another place. Based on his book “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream,” this talk explores the history of Mexican-American immigration, including immigration to Washington State, through the lens of a single family’s story.
Cool Desert Nights & Motorcycle Show – June 20-23
Uptown Shopping Center in Richland
Cool Desert Nights, a classic car, street rod, and motorcycle event, is open to all vehicle makes and models. Join us in celebrating the 26th Anniversary in 2019. Cool Desert Nights features Car Cruises, parties in the park, Show N’ Shines, Games & Activities, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Zone, Judging, Awards, Autocross & more!
Info & Schedule: https://www.facebook.com/cooldesertnights/
George and Pat Jones Community Service Day – June 21
From 8 a.m. – 12 noon
Looking for volunteers
Tri-Citians and Tri-Cities businesses are encouraged to gather together to work on a community service project of their choice on Friday, June 15th from 8 a.m. – 12 noon. A BBQ rib-eye steak luncheon at Columbia Park (near the bandshell area) at noon for the first 500 people who RSVP to participate in the Second Annual George and Pat Jones Community Service day.
In 2018 over 300 people came together to participate in Community Service Day. Over 20 projects were completed in and around the Tri Cities.
Info & Registration: http://www.communityserviceday.com/
Sunset at Southridge – June 21
Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend
Sunset at Southridge is the Tri-Cities largest food truck event. Experience live entertainment, food trucks & vendors and kids activities. This event occurs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays from June through August.
Richland Family Movie Nights: Grease – June 21
Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Starts at dusk – around 8 p.m.
Free to attend
Join us for a night of family movie fun! Friday nights throughout the Summer we will be showing different movies that are fun for the whole family. Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down!
About Grease: Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Rated PG (adult situations/language). 110 minutes.
Pasco Family Film Fridays: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” – June 21
Chiawana High School, 8125 W. Argent Rd. in Pasco
Doors will open at 7:30 and the movie will begin at dusk, around 9:30 pm.
U.S. Cellular is excited to announce, in collaboration with the City of Pasco, a summer event for the whole family. Family Film Fridays will happen once a month during June, July and August and feature a family friendly film on a giant 25-foot tall movie screen.
The first Friday feature will be “Ralph Breaks the Internet” on June 21st at Chiawana High School. Doors will open at 7:30 and the movie will begin at dusk, around 9:30 pm. Bring family members, friends, chairs and blankets! The Columbians Drum & Bugle Corps will also be there for a pre-movie performance starting at 8:00 pm.
Mid-Columbia Libraries Glow Hike – June 21
Meet at 525 Queensgate Dr. in Richland
From 8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free to participate – for all ages
Join us for a magical evening as we hike Badger Mountain under the stars with glow sticks to help light our way. Extra glowsticks will be provided while supplies last.
Yakima Folklife Festival – June 21-23
Franklin Park in Yakima
Yakima Folklife Festival is celebrating 37 years of Music & Fun! The main event is held at Franklin Park in Yakima, two stages in the park and one inside the Yakima Valley Museum. Friday and Saturday evening, there’s also music at these participating venues:
– Kana Winery: 10 S. 2nd St.
– Gilbert Cellars: 5 N. Front St
– AntoLin Cellars: 14 N. Front St
– Hop Nation Brewing Company: 31 N. First Ave
– Single Hill Brewery: 102 N. Naches Avenue
– The Seasons Performance Hall: (Back Room Gallery entrance off Pendleton Way.) 101 N Naches Ave
Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days (Prosser) – June 22
3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It is the season everyone waits for all year long…fresh Cherries and Berries! With four varieties of Sweet Cherries and one Tart Cherry along with Certified Organic Blueberries and Raspberries it is a season hard to beat! Put on your sun hat, take a hayride to the field and enjoy some cherry and berry deliciousness!
After picking cool off in the shade with a tasty lunch and a cool lemonade. Top off your lunch with our famous Cherry or Blueberry Donuts straight from the fryer! Younger kids always enjoy our two farm Playgrounds, visiting our Animal Farm or riding our Barnyard Train ($3).
Future Dates: Saturdays June 29 & July 6, & 13 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, July 4th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday July 5th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Movies at The Uptown Theatre – June 22
The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
During Cool Desert Nights you can watch the following two free movies The Uptown Theatre:
– A Knights Tale (2001) –
We have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure of announcing that we will be showing A Knight’s Tale on the big screen!
*This movie is rated PG-13.
*Seating starts at 11:00 a.m.
*Movie will start promptly at 11:30 a.m.
*Seating is limited and will be first come, first served
*Free popcorn bar provided
*Kids 13 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
– The Princess Bride –
Due to popular demand, and the fact that this really is one of the greatest movies ever, we are showing The Princess Bride on the big screen, as it did back in 1987 at the Uptown Theatre.
*Seating starts at 2:00 p.m.
*Movie will start promptly at 2:30 p.m.
*Seating is limited and will be first come, first served
*Free popcorn bar provided
*Kids 13 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult
5th Annual Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest – June 22
Centennial Square, 6th St. and Edison Ave. in Sunnyside
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $30 – must be 21+
The 5th Annual Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019. from 5-10 p.m. at Centennial Square in downtown Sunnyside, WA. This event celebrates Sunnyside’s fantastic summer weather and the world-class hops it produces. We look forward to showcasing the beauty and bounty of our community with incredible beer, wine, food and live music in the heart of hop country. All funds raised through the event will be used to build the Sunnyside Downtown Skate Park through Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club.
All attendees will receive a custom Sunnyside Summer Ale Fest pint glass and one (1) scrip for a 10 oz. pour. Additional scrip will be sold at the event for $3, each worth a 10 oz. pour. All scrip and ticket sales at the event will be cash only. Price at the door is $30.
Info & Tickets: https://www.summeralefest.com/
Tri-Cities Fire vs. Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks – June 22
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 the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks.
Info & tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288824474739825/
14th Annual Mariachi & More Festival – June 23
Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Free to attend
Mark you calendars and enjoy a full day of Mariachi & More Festival! Family friendly and is Free to All!
Red Mountain Revealed Documentary Premiere – June 23
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard, 34715 Demoss Road in Benton City
From 6:30 pm. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $45 – $65
Join local and national wine professionals, media and our community members for this first viewing of the documentary short, Red Mountain Revealed.
Red Mountain Revealed will share the story of the Red Mountain AVA from the first planting in 1975 by Jim Holmes and John Williams to what the future holds for the AVA. Join our story as we celebrate the release of this video produced by PIXELSOFT FILMS.
Info & Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-mountain-revealed-documentary-premiere-tickets-55091586418
Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2019
This summer take your kids to the movies for free or at a discounted rate in Tri-Cities, WA! Movies are being offered through:
– AMC Classic Kennewick 12
– Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco
– Richland Parks & Recreation
– Pasco Parks & Recreation
For more information, visit: https://events.tri-citiesguide.org/2019/06/16/summer-movies-for-kids-and-families-2019/.
Summer Camps 2019
Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in Tri-Cities WA during the summer of 2019:
– Academy of Children’s Theatre (ACT) Summer Sessions
– All American Gymnastics and Sports Center
– Allied Arts Association
– Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties
– Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties – Music and Art Center
– Camp Invention: Supercharged
– Central Summer Volleyball Camp
– Columbia Basin Racquet Club
– Forte! – Bravo Camps
– Girls Basketball Summer Camp
– Girls on the Run Camp
– Hanford Drama’s FAME Camp
– Happy Horse Riding School
– Kidz Adventure Club (VBS)
– Kingspoint Christian School – Summer Enrichment
– Liberty Christian School Patriot Day Camp
– Mastersingers Youth Choir Summer Camp
– Mobile Game App Code Camp
– Richland Parks & Recreation Art Camps
– Richland School District
– Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship Center
– Summer Camps @ The REACH
– Summer Chess Camp
– The Arc of Tri-Cities
– The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association
– Thrive Creative Dance
– Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music
– Tri-City Court Club Adventure Camp
– Tri-City Musikgarten
– Vacation Bible School to Mars & Beyond!
– White Bluffs Quilt Museum
– WSU Tri-Cities Summer STEM Camps
– Youth Lacrosse Camp
– City Parks and Recreation Departments
– Summer Youth Bus Passes
For more information, visit: https://events.tri-citiesguide.org/2019/05/30/summer-camps-2019-tri-cities-wa/
Tri-Cities 2019 People’s Choice Awards
Businesses, events and groups have been picked by the community as the best of their categories for the 2019 People’s Choice. Included are restaurants, events, sports teams, bars, TV personalities and others in Tri-Cities WA.
From the best area restaurants to favorite retailers and auto dealerships, the 2019 People’s Choice highlights what Tri-Citians love most about our vibrant, diverse and ever-growing communities.
For more information, visit: https://www.tri-cityherald.com/customer-service/faq/readers-choice/article231022483.html
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.
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/
Gallery at the Park: Lewing, Lukens & Sims through June 27
Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public
This art exhibition will feature the photographs of Adam Sims, paintings from Paul Lewing and pottery of Loren Lukens. There will be a reception on June 14.
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:
– June 21: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– June 22: My House Has Stars at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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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