Things to Do: July 15-21, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of July 15-21, 2019:

  • TriConf – July 16-20
  • Thunder on the Island – July 17
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Everett AquaSox – July 17-19
  • Live @ Five Summer Concert – July 18
  • CBC Theatre: Mamma Mia! – July 18-20
  • Pasco Family Film Fridays: Coco – July 19
  • Richland Family Outdoor Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon 3 – July 19
  • Horse Heaven Hills Annual Trail Drive, Wine Tasting & BBQ – July 20
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival – July 20
  • REACH Museum: Washington Rocks! – July 20
  • 3rd Annual Crawdad Boil – July 20
  • Milton-Freewater Brews by the Blues Festival – July 20
  • Sundown in Tri-Town – July 20
  • Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala – July 20
  • Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2019
  • 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

TriConf – July 16-20

Downtown Kennewick
Tuesday: Ideation and nominations at Clover Island Inn – 6-8 p.m.
Friday: Kick-off at Red Mountain Kitchen – 6-8 p.m.
Saturday: TriConf: 9-? East Benton County Historical Museum in downtown Kennewick
Tickets: $15 suggested but $0 is okay, too

Join us for this year’s TriConf! The un-conference tradition continues in Downtown Kennewick.

TriConf is the original community-organized, barcamp-style conference: celebrating its 9th year, TriConf is one of the best representations of the heart of the amazing Tri-Cities community! What is barcamp? Barcamp is a style of event where the community nominates 20-min lightning talks they could give on subjects that they are passionate about. This means you!
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Thunder on the Island – July 17

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. Black Rose Concept will be the featured performer at the Thunder on the Island weekly free concert series for 2019.

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Everett AquaSox – July 17-19

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. Dusty’s birthday celebration is on July 17. Dusty’s birthday is sponsored by Vivid Imaginations Professional Face Painting. Free balloons with Big Top the Clown, free cake and giveaways!

Live @ 5 Summer Concert – July 18

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

The Live @ 5 Summer Concert Series will feature VooDoo Alley on July 18. 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.

CBC Theatre: Mamma Mia! – July 18-20

CBC Outdoor Amphitheatre (P-Building), 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25/adults, $23/students-seniors and $5/children 12 and younger (plus fees)

Sophia Sheridan is 20 years old and lives with her mother Donna on an idyllic Greek island. She is about to be married and wishes for only one thing: that her father walk her down the aisle and give her away. The only problem is that she doesn’t know who her father is and her mother won’t discuss it with her. After she finds her mom’s diary from the year she was born, she invites three men who could possibly be that man. Sophie is convinced that she will know her father as soon as she sees him but soon realizes that she hasn’t a clue. Mayhem ensues when her mother is displeased and confused that the three are there, the men all think they’re the father and her fiancé is getting fed up with the whole mess. Rated PG.
Future dates: July 25-27, 2019
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Pasco Family Film Fridays: Coco – July 19

Memorial Park, 1520 W Shoshone in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free to attend

Join Pasco Recreation this summer on the 3rd Friday of each month for Family Film Fridays!

“Coco” is July’s free outdoor movie. Come as a family, bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars! Set up begins at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Presented by US Cellular, concessions provided by Kona Ice.

Richland Family Movie Nights: How to Train Your Dragon 3 – July 19

John Dam Plaza 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 How to Train Your Dragon 3: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Rated PG.

Horse Heaven Hills Annual Trail Drive, Wine Tasting & BBQ – July 20

Tickets: $25 – $150, free BBQ for kids 10 and under

Join the Horse Heaven Hills (HHH) wine growers in their Annual Trail Drive, Wine Tasting & BBQ at Crow Butte Park (30 miles south of Prosser) to support scholarships in Viticulture & Enology.

Experience one of the Pacific Northwest’s most unique and memorable self guided driving wine trails! Our Horse Heaven Hills Trail Drive is held annually on the third Saturday in July. As you drive to each stop you’ll meet growers, vintners and taste wines from some of Washington’s most storied and highly rated wines. ​At days end enjoy a country BBQ prepared by Castle Catering, Wine Tasting from our members and Music at Crow Butte Park.
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Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival – July 20

On Main Street between Second and Fourth Avenues in Walla Walla
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to attend

Come join us as we celebrate the local agricultural community and highlight the Washington State’s official vegetable, the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. This is one of Walla Walla’s finest traditions and family friendly event. This festival includes Executive Chef’s demonstrations using the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, Entertainment, Live Music, Awesome KidZone brought to you by The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla, Your Green Life, Food Vendors showcasing the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, Artisan Vendors, Informational Vendors and so much more!

REACH Museum: Washington Rocks! – July 20

REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free admission

Don’t miss out on hands-on activities all about rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and more.

Vendors include: Ice Age Flood Institute, REI, Between the Buns Hot Dogs, Rollin, and A Stroke of Genius Face Painting. Remember to bring extra cash for food!

3rd Annual Crawdad Boil – July 20

1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 adults, $10 for those under 14

Join us for the 3rd Annual Pasco Chamber Crawdad Boil! Once again, Buddy Bentz from the legendary Jack-Sons Crawfish boils past will be teaming with his son Matt Bentz to bring that authentic taste of a Louisiana Crawdad Boil to Pasco. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat Crawdad Boil at Osprey Pointe, along the grassy banks of the Columbia, with crawdads, corn, potatoes, sausage, Zydeco music, plus jambalaya and cornbread, and a beer & wine garden!

Milton-Freewater Brews by the Blues Festival – July 20

1410 Oregon-Washington Hwy in Milton-Freewater
From 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25 at the gate (includes – tasting glass with 5 drink tokens), $5 Designated Driver, $1 Drink Tokens – must be 21+

The Brews by the Blues Craft Beer Festival is being held at the Orchard Park in Milton-Freewater on July 20. Come enjoy a large variety of local beer & cider vendors!
– Local food trucks Skosh & La Familiar
– Excellent bands starting at 2 p.m. Debra Arlyn & The Goodness, then Whiskey Creek closing us out 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Sundown in Tri-Town – July 20

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

Saturdays, July 20th & August 17th from 2-8 p.m., join us for live music, food vendors, vendor booths and a beer garden.

Prosser Art Walk & Wine Gala – July 20

Downtown Prosser
From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – must be 21+

Sip local wines and microbrews as you stroll original works by Pacific NW artists. The popular Sangria Contest is back with live music and specialty food available for purchase. $15.00 per ticket which includes a glass and 2 scrip. Additional scrip are $1.00 each. 21 and over event.
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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:

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

Woman Work: All-Women Art Show through August 25

DrewBoy Creative (Confluent Space) 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Hours – Wednesday & Thursday: 5-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday: 12-8 p.m., Sunday: 12-5 p.m
Free to attend

DrewBoy Creative presents our first ever All-Women art show. Come celebrate female artists in our community at this juried show highlighting women of the Tri-Cities and their work.

Participating Artists:
Annie Warren, Shannan Julson, Grace Calibo, Sena Clara Creston, Tara Clark, Madison Rosenbaum, Amanda Becerra, Heidi Elkington, Heather Poncho, Megan Hopp, Bunneah Munkeah, Hailey Blanco, Emily Richman, Brenda Wiesner, and Thelma Triplett.

Esvelt Gallery: “Drawings” by Mary Dryburgh 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 through 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.

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:
– July 19: 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.
– July 20: Apollo 11 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (tickets are $4, free 5 and under)

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:

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