Things to Do: June 24-30, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of June 24-30, 2019:

  • Thunder on the Island – June 26
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum: “A Snapshot of Homelessness in the Tri-Cities” – June 27
  • Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 27
  • Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge – June 27-30
  • Wings of Freedom Tour – June 27-30
  • Richland Family Movie Nights: Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part – June 28
  • 2019 Richland Regatta – June 28-30
  • Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Everett AquaSox- June 28-30
  • Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days (Prosser) – June 29
  • Sundown in Tri-Town – June 29
  • Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader Bout – June 29
  • Santana Strong Silent Auction & Dinner – June 29
  • 5th Annual Yakima Uncorked Wine/Brews & Food Festival – June 29
  • 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

Thunder on the Island – June 26

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. Groove Principal will be the featured performer at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2019.

Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum: “A Snapshot of Homelessness in the Tri-Cities” – June 27

Richland Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Forum Cost: Active Member $25.00, Non-Member $30.00, Day of Event $35.00 – must register online

Who are they? Why are they homeless? What does it really mean to be homeless in our community today? What are we doing as a community? And, what should we be doing? The Columbia Basin Badger Club will explore these questions and more in our June 27th Forum.

Speakers will include Tobaski Snipes, executive director of ANSIL (A New Start In Life), who works closely with the homeless from a service center in Kennewick’s Vista Way neighborhood, Wendy Robbins, who owns a dance studio on Vista Way and Chief Ken Hohenberg, a 40-year veteran with the Kennewick Police Department. Our speakers observe the effects of homelessness in our community daily but from opposite sides of the coin

Register now to join us for this interesting and challenging discussion. Then, set aside July 25th to attend the Badger Forum on local realities of the Opioid Crisis, including homelessness.
Info & Registration:

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – June 27

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at 5 p.m.
Free to attend

The Live @ 5 Summer Concert Series will feature Colorblind on June 27. 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.

Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge – June 27-30

Columbia Point Marina Park

Hope you can join us for our 10th Annual Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge. If you have never been to our event, this will be the year to make the trek to the beautiful Tri-Cities. For 2019, we are bringing the event back to the city where this craziness began 10 years ago. We are looking forward to a packed weekend of fun.

– Free, family friendly weekend for new and experienced geocachers.
– Travel around Tri-Cities (including West Richland) to find 28 out of 32 geocaches and earn a trackable geocoin.
– Those who complete the challenge will receive a free geocoin.
– Kids (13 and under) who complete the challenge will receive a prize.
Info & Registration:

Wings of Freedom Tour – June 27-30

Pasco Aviation Museum,4022 N. Stearman Ave. in Pasco
Admission: World War II Veterans admitted for Free., $15/Adults, $5/Children 12 and under

Come out and experience World War II history on the ground and in the air with the Wings of Freedom Tour! See our original WWII warbirds up-close and personal with walk through tours of authentically restored interiors of the B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator and see the B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, and P-40 Warhawk on the ramp as well.

Ground and Walk Through Tours –
Explore the insides of the B-17 & B-24 and see the other aircraft on the ramp. Tours are self-guided. Reservations are not needed for walk through tours.

Ground and Walk Through Tour Times:
6/27 – 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
6/28 – 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
6/29 – 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
6/30 – 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.

Richland Family Movie Nights: Lego Movie 2 – The Second Part – June 28

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 Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) – It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild. Rated PG | 1h 47min | Animation, Action, Adventure.

2019 Richland Regatta – June 28-30

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Free to attend

There will be non-stop hydroplane racing action on the water all three days with over 60 race boats and speeds up to 150 miles per hour! Enjoy a variety of delicious food from our vendors or watch the roostertails fly from our beer garden.

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Everett AquaSox- June 28-30

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 Everett AquaSox. There will be post-game fireworks on Saturday.

Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days (Prosser) – June 29

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 July 6, & 13 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, July 4th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday July 5th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sundown in Tri-Town – June 29

Pasco Farmers Market, 4th Ave. & W Columbia St. in Pasco
From 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us for live music, food vendors, vendor booths and a beer garden.
Future dates: July 20th & August 17th

Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader Bout – June 29

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students (11-17) , Kids 10 and Under Free

Two Roller Derby bouts for the Price of One!
Doors open at 4 p.m.
4:45 p.m. – Juniors Black and White Mashup featuring the Atomic City Annihilators
6:45 p.m. (approx) – Church of Atom takes on Idaho Wildfire: All-Gender Roller Derby Team

Santana Strong Silent Auction & Dinner – June 29

Crossview Community, 540 North Colorado St. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 child

Kennewick middle schooler Santana Ursua and his family need your help. At around age 6, Santana was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. After a 3 ½ year battle, he was cancer-free and enjoying middle school, football, and jiu-jitsu! During a routine check-up this past March, Santana and his family received the devastating news that his leukemia had returned.

Please join Santana’s family and friends for a pot-luck dinner and silent auction, with all profits going directly to Santana and his family to offset medical/travel/living expenses.
Info & Tickets:

5th Annual Yakima Uncorked Wine/Brews & Food Festival – June 29

Millenium Plaza, 7 S 3rd St. in Yakima
Starts at 5 p.m.
Tickets: Pre-Sale tickets $15, Day of Admission $20 (Includes commemorative glass) – must be 21+ to attend

Yakima Uncorked- Wine/ Brews & Food Festival will highlight premium northwest grapes & hops grown right here in our valley and exquisite food. You’re invited to celebrate the rich culture of our community featuring; wine, beer, food, arts, and live music right in the heart of wine country.

Live Music performing on the Legends Casino Hotel Stage:
Heart by Heart
Perfect by Tomorrow
WiseBlood (High End Vinyl)
DJ music by Reesha on the Radio
Info & Tickets:

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:

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. For more information, visit:

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:

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

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.
Info & Registration:

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: “Drawings” by Mary Dryburgh – June 24 through August 22

Esvelt Gallery, CBC Campus, 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

“Drawings” is a multi-media show by Mary Dryburgh which will run at the CBC Esvelt Gallery from June 24th to August 22nd. This exhibition of 30 works was created using pencil, pastel, ink and water color on a variety of grounds. The pieces include realistic renderings of local plants to abstract impressions of written texts. The artist will be present at the opening on June 28th from 6 -7:30 p.m.

Gallery at the Park: Lewing, Lukens & Sims through June 27

Gallery at the Park, 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Gallery Hours:
Mondays: closed
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:

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

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:
– June 28: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– June 29: 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: 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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