Things to Do: August 12-18, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of August 12-18, 2019:

  • Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 12
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 12 & 13
  • Thunder on the Island – August 14
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum: Newspapers Are Dying. Who Cares? – August 15
  • Safe Harbor: Tie One On Fundraiser – August 15
  • Sunset at Southridge: Hawaiian Night – August 16
  • Pasco Family Film Fridays: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World – August 16
  • Richland Family Movie Nights: Dumbo – August 16
  • KRLD Wings and Wheels 2019 – August 17
  • Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade – August 17
  • Clear the Shelter Adoption Event – August 17
  • Garlic – Planting to Eating – August 17
  • Richland Firefighters Community Outreach Program: CornHole Tournament – August 17
  • Sundown in Tri-Town – August 17
  • Benton Franklin Demo Derby – August 17
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet Garden Party – August 17
  • Woofstock – August 17
  • 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

Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 12

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 19

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – August 12 & 13

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.

Thunder on the Island – August 14

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. This is the last concert  for the summer.

Columbia Basin Badger Club Forum: Newspapers Are Dying. Who Cares? – August 15

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Forum Cost: Active Member $25.00, Non-Member $30.00, Day of Event $35.00 – Must register online

Newspapers across the country are closing or being consolidated, leaving “news deserts” – communities with no local media coverage. Since 2004, more than 1,700 weekly newspapers and more than 60 dailies have closed across the nation, and many newspapers are only a shadow of what they once were as staffs have been slashed.

How bad is it here and elsewhere? Does it matter? Are there promising alternatives for local news? The Columbia Basin Badger Club will explore these questions at its August 15th luncheon session.
Info & Registration:

Safe Harbor: Tie One On Fundraiser – August 15

Uptown Theatre, 1300 jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (21+ Only)

Tie One On!

Join us for a unique happy hour style event benefiting Safe Harbor’s program My Friends’ Place. Tie one on with us and learn about a tremendously important organization in our community. Enter to win fabulous neck wear – ties and scarves – so you can tie one on in style! And bid on lots of great auction packages!

My Friends’ Place is Eastern Washington’s only homeless teen shelter.
Info & Tickets:

Sunset at Southridge: Hawaiian Night – August 16

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free family fun

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Experience live entertainment, food trucks/vendors and kids activity.

Pasco Family Film Fridays: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World – August 16

Pasco Sporting Complex, 6520 Home Run Road in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free to attend

Join us on Friday, August 16th at dusk for “How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World”. This movie will be held at the Pasco Sporting Complex. Sponsored by: City of Pasco, U.S. Cellular and Stevens Media Group Inc.

Richland Family Movie Nights: Dumbo – August 16

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 Dumbo. This is the last movie night for the summer.

KRLD Wings and Wheels 2019 – August 17

Richland Airport, Terminal Dr. in Richland
From 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend

Fly or drive on over to spend Saturday, August 17, 2019 with us at the 3rd Annual Wings and Wheels, hosted once again by The Port of Benton at Richland Airport (KRLD).

After an excellent turnout of nearly 2,000 at our 2018 event, we expect this years’ event to be even bigger, as we are inviting over 100 organizations from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. As always, admission is Free and entry of aircraft and vehicles for judging is Free.

With military vehicles and warbirds, vintage cars and trucks, antique aircraft, modern show machines, motorcycles, hot rods and experimental aircraft there will be something for everyone to appreciate. EAA Chapter 391 will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and multiple food trucks and vendors will be on location for the reminder of the day. Hope to see you there!

Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade – August 17

Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – Noon
Free to attend

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year’s Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. You can participate or bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show. You don’t want to miss this parade! It’s the best around!

The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo would like to thank First United Methodist Church for graciously offering parade goers requiring handicap parking the use of their parking lot.

Clear the Shelter Adoption Event – August 17

PetSmart, 6807 W Canal Dr. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free to attend

Clear the shelter adoption event will be hosted at the PetSmart in Kennewick. We will also be having a canned food drive to help support Mikeys Chance. Please come and possibly adopt your forever friend.

Garlic – Planting to Eating – August 17

Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Free to attend – please register

Garlic is easy to grow and so tasty when added to almost any savory dish. Come to the Demonstration Garden and let Master Gardeners share their garlic tips and tricks.
Info & Registration:

Richland Firefighters Community Outreach Program: CornHole Tournament – August 17

Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Players $50 per person ($100 for team), Adult Spectator $40 (includes food and drinks!), Kids $30

Come join the firefighters of local 1052 and GESA stadium as we host the first annual charity cornhole tournament. This is a family friendly event that will have fun events for kids and adults such as food, drink, games for kids, silent auction, and of course Cornhole. This will be an event-filled evening as we enjoy the beautiful weather the Tri-Cities has to offer. So please bring the family down to a fun event with all proceeds going back into the community.

Ticket Includes all you can eat and drink, including beer for those over 21. Fun activities for kids (bounce houses and games) are also included.
1st place – Cash prize
2nd place – Cornhole Boards
3rd Place – Custom Cornhole bags
Info & Registration:

Sundown in Tri-Town – August 17

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

Join us for live music, food vendors, vendor booths and a beer garden.

Benton Franklin Demo Derby – August 17

Benton-Franklin Fairgrounds, 1500 S Oak St. in Kennewick
Gates open at 4 p.m., Time Trials begin at 6:30 p.m., Races begin at 7:30 p.m., Demo to Follow.
All seating is reserved – Reserved seats are $20 each for adult admission, $15 each for youth admission (ages 6-12). Kids 5 & under are free with adult admission (if they would like their own seat a youth admission ticket will need to be purchased).

People here just can’t get enough of the action at the Demo Derby. This could be the most popular event of the whole week. Watch these crazy racers compete for speed and smash up each other’s cars for the grand finale. Don’t forget the Demo Derby is now on Saturday Night before fair week!
Info & Tickets:

Woofstock – August 17

Paws-abilities Place Dog Park, 256 Englewood Dr. in – Richland
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 cash- $7 card – must be 21+ to attend

To celebrate the 5oth anniversary of Woodstock we decided to throw our own party! Join us for Woofstock! There will be plenty of food, beer, and live music and it’s all for a good cause because all proceeds go to Paws-Abilities Place Dog Park to help with needed amenities. 21 and over bring your dogs and have some fun! Support the Tri-Cities only dog park by attending this non-profit fundraiser hosted by the Tri-City Dog Park Society!

Mid-Columbia Ballet Garden Party – August 17

REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: Bistro Seating $50, Reserved Seating $75 – Must be 21+

Join us for our 6th annual Donor Celebration, The Garden Party, held this year at the REACH Museum. The evening is marked by small bites, a variety of beverages including local wine, and dance vignettes. This is a perfect time for donors to make their annual gifts as well as introduce new friends to the Ballet. All proceeds benefit the performance and outreach programs of Mid-Columbia Ballet, Southeastern Washington’s premier performing dance company.

Ticket prices include: a Mid-Columbia ballet logo wine glass, tastings from featured local wineries, small bites from castle Event Catering, performances by dancers of the Mid-Columbia ballet and photo booths.
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:

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– 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!
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.

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.
Info: and

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 16: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– August 17: Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef at 2:00 p.m. and The Little Star That Could 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

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.”

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration.


Attribution – Tri-Cities Events & Things to Do

This blog post was published by Jim McIntyre who maintains this Tri-Cities Events & Things to Do blog as a hobby as part of his Tri-Cities Washington Guide website. This blog is not associated with any business or organization and is focused on community events and things to do around the Tri-Cities region with an emphasis on annual community events and events associated with non-profit organizations and/or charitable causes.

Image and Trademark Copyrights
Both images and trademarks are copyrighted by their respective copyright holders. The author does publish images that were obtained from the sources for which information is provided. If you see an image that belongs to you and want credit for it or want the image removed or a different one used, please contact the author at

Product, Services and Activity Endorsements
The author does not endorse any products, services and activities – all references are provided for informational purposes, only. Please do not contact the author about commercial postings, promotions or advertising.

Linking Policy and Sharing of Content
The author encourages the sharing of content from this blog post for non-commercial purposes and that includes the RSS feed. Please give credit to the author for any content that you share. Any link to this blog post to promote the sale of goods, services or causes is not permitted. The author is also not interested in any link exchanges or posting “sponsored content” from outside sources.

Feedback is encouraged, especially to point out errors and omissions. Feel free to contact the author at

© 2019 All Rights Reserved