Things to Do: August 5-11, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of August 5-11, 2019:

  • Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 5
  • National Night Out – August 6
  • Umatilla County Fair (Hermiston) – August 6-10
  • Thunder on the Island – August 7
  • 2019 Farm City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston) – August 7-10
  • 13th Annual Legends of Washington Wine Gala (Prosser) – August 9
  • Richland Family Movie Nights: Shazam – August 9
  • Atomic Cities Peace Memorial – August 9
  • 2019 Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime – August 10
  • Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 10
  • Red Mountain Revealed Viewing & Tasting (Prosser) – August 10
  • LIGO Public Tours – August 10
  • Tri-Cities Michelada Music Festival – August 10
  • S’mores Cookout with Girl Scouts! – August 10
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 11
  • Summer Movies for Kids and Families 2019
  • The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 5

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd, Kennewick
From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
No admission charge, but carousel rides, face painting and other activities have a nominal charge.

Join us for another fun summer with carousel rides, face painting, arts and crafts, fun giveaways and more! Presented by the Kennewick Irrigation District, the fun runs 4-7 p.m. each Monday night all summer.
Future dates: August 12 & 19

National Night Out – August 6

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. About National Night Out:

– Kennewick from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Southridge Sports Complex (2901 Southridge Blvd.) – Info:
– Richland from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at John Dam Plaza (815 George Washington Way) – Info:
– Pasco from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Pasco Memorial and Aquatic Park (1520 W. Shoshone) – Info:
– West Richland from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Flat Top Park (4705 W Van Giesen) – Info:
– Benton City from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at City Park & Community Center – Info:

Umatilla County Fair (Hermiston) – August 6-10

The Umatilla County Fair is taking place at the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center in Hermiston. From concerts and livestock auctions to pro rodeos and carnival rides, there are entertainment options for your whole family! General admission: Adults ( Ages 11-59) $10.00 ea + fees and Seniors ( Ages 60+) $8.00 ea + fees.
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Thunder on the Island – August 7

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

2019 Farm City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston) – August 7-10

The Farm City Pro Rodeo will be taking place in conjunction with the Umatilla County Fair at the Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center in Hermiston. Tickets: $17-$20.
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13th Annual Legends of Washington Wine Gala (Prosser) – August 9

The Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Rd. in Prosser
From 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $125/person

The Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame Induction & Gala is the Clore Center’s marquee annual event and fundraiser. The evening brings together industry groups, passionate consumers, and enthusiastic supporters from across the Pacific Northwest to celebrate a Legend of Washington wine and their contribution to the industry’s success and longevity. All proceeds from the event directly support the Clore Center’s ongoing efforts to promote the industry’s growth and development.

In 2019 the Clore Center is pleased to induct Gary and Nancy Figgins of Leonetti Cellar into the Hall of Fame. This year will feature a delectable heavy appetizer-style reception and wines that pay tribute to the Leonetti legacy. A live and silent auction will highlight Washington’s most sought after wine labels, vineyard tours, and wine experiences. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for guests to show their support for Washington wine and the Clore Center with a paddle raise.
Info & Tickets:

Richland Family Movie Nights: Shazam – August 9

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! The featured movie is Shazam .

Atomic Cities Peace Memorial – August 9

Lee Landing at Howard Amon Park in Richland
Starts at 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The 38th annual Atomic Cities Peace Memorial ceremony, sponsored by World Citizens for Peace, will be held on Friday, August 9, 8:30 p.m, the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing, at the Lee Landing – the Columbia River end of Lee Blvd. in Richland’s Howard Amon Park.

The one-hour program of song, speech, and prayer remembers the past with hope for the future. Highlight of the ceremony is ringing of the “Bell of Peace” – a gift from the mayor of Nagasaki to the city of Richland on the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. The “Bell of Peace” is a model of a bell that was recovered from the ruins of a church at ground zero in Nagasaki.

In accordance with the Memorial’s theme of reconciliation, the “Bell of Peace” is rung in memory of those who died on both sides of the war – the Americans who died at Pearl Harbor as well as the Japanese who died in Nagasaki. Because of Richlanders’ historic role in producing the plutonium that fueled the Nagasaki atomic bomb, the “Bell of Peace” model uniquely symbolizes the spirit of reconciliation.

2019 Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime – August 10

From 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Two winery routes to choose from
Tickets: $75 per person

Join the 2019 Tri Cities Crime Stoppers “Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime”. It’s a fun way to spend the day tasting wines in the heart of Washington Wine Country. Visit five different wineries in the Benton City and Prosser, Washington areas and help solve our crime along the way.

During the day you will receive tips to an unsolved crime. With those tips, you become the Detective and solve the crime. If you solve the crime, you are entered into the drawing for the $250.00 cash reward offered by Tri Cities Crime Stoppers for solving the case.

This event is a perfect way to visit several wineries and support Tri Cities Crime Stoppers. As an individual, couples, small or large group this is a great way to spend the day. Get a group together and join in the fun.

Registration Includes:
– Wine tasting at five (5) wineries (Choose your Route)
– Transportation on air conditioned bus
– Event wine glass
– Welcome bag
– Lunch
– Snacks
– Dessert
– 50/50 raffle*
– Mystery Wine Grab*
* available for purchase during the event
Info & Tickets:

Bill’s Berry Farm (Grandview): Sweet as a Peach Days – August 10

Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N County Line Rd in Grandview
From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

With more than a dozen varieties of peaches, and also several varieties of Nectarines and Plums, we will have something for everyone! Traditional peaches, white peaches, canning peaches and even Donut Peaches…we’ve got them all. Juicy Blackberries and Raspberries, hayrides, barnyard train, Animal Farm, lunch, hard ice cream, take & bake pies, and hot peach donuts!
Note: Barnyard train – $3/rider. All proceeds go to Compassion International.

Red Mountain Revealed Viewing & Tasting (Prosser) – August 10

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140A Wine Country Rd. in Prosser
From 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45 plus fee

Join us for the second viewing of the short-film, Red Mountain Revealed and a seated tasting of Red Mountain AVA wine.

Couldn’t make it to the premiere of Red Mountain Revealed – the first, ever documentary-style short film on the origins of the Red Mountain AVA? Want to learn more about the wines tasted during the premiere event? Or just looking for your next favorite wine?Join us on August 10 at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center for a viewing of Red Mountain Revealed and a seated tasting. JJ Williams, Director of Operations of Kiona Vineyards & Winery, will lead you in an exploration of some of the wines featured at the premiere of Red Mountain Revealed.
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LIGO Public Tours – August 10

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 Michelada Music Festival – August 10

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free to attend

This will be a fun filled day for the entire family! Come experience a piece of Latin Tradition…. Experience The Flavor…The Music… and a variety of food to enjoy from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Live entertainment including 5 bands and 4 DJs: Los Nuevos Coyotes, Vicio, Innegable, Eddie Manzanares/Cafe Blanco and Fino. Beer garden and VIP is 21 and over ($5 entrance to beer garden). Yes, you can bring lawn chairs – No outside food & beverages (vendors of all types will be present).

S’mores Cookout with Girl Scouts! – August 10

Playground of Dreams at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free event for families with girls

Meet the Girl Scouts! Eat S’mores!

Celebrate National S’mores Night with your local Girl Scouts! Families with girls are welcome to join us for some outdoor fun, make some snacks, or become a part of new troop in your area

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 11

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 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. There will be two more games on August 12 & 13.

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.
Info & Registration:

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.

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.

August Flyer

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:
– August 9: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– August 10: Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 2:00 p.m. and Secrets of the Sun at 3:00 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

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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