Things to Do: August 19-25, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of August 19-25, 2019:

  • Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 19
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians – August 20-22
  • Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 20-24
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – August 23-26
  • 2nd Annual Super Hero Fun Run – August 24
  • MCM Season Kick-off Party: Cornhole and Cabernet! – August 24
  • Contra Dance – August 24
  • Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival – August 24
  • Washington State Park Free Day – August 25
  • Show & Shine for Hunger – August 25
  • Classical Guitar Society Summer Recital – August 25
  • 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 19

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.

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians – August 20-22

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 Vancouver Canadians.

Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo – August 20-24

Benton-Franklin Fair Grounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick

All the fair favorites are back, from elephant ears and funnel cakes to rides, animals, live entertainment, and the rodeo.

– Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday
– Tickets: $12 for adults if purchased before August 20 and $15 if purchased after, tickets for kids age 6 to 12, seniors age 65 and older, and military service members are $5, children 5 and younger are admitted for free
– Parking at the fairgrounds is $10 each day
– Kids Day is on Wednesday and kids (6-12) are admitted for $2
– Ben Franklin Transit is offering fair shuttles. Fair/bus combination tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. Ben Franklin Transit shuttles run from 9 a.m. to at least 11:30 p.m.
– Davis Carnival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. All-day carnival wristbands are $35.
– Rodeo 7:00 p.m. Aug. 20-24, Lithia Ram Rodeo Arena , $10 Reserved (does not include Fair Admission), General Admission Free (with Fair Admission)

Fair tickets are available online, at the fair office, Kennewick Ranch & Home and at the gate. Albertsons, Safeway and Yoke’s stores also have fair/bus combo tickets.
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Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – August 23-26

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 Boise Hawks.

2nd Annual Super Hero Fun Run – August 24

East end of Columbia Park near the stage in Kennewick
Check in begins 7:30 a.m., 1 Mile and 5K will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $15.00 1 Mile Walk/Run, Children under 4 free with parental registration, $30.00 5K Timed Run

We’re planning a fun, supercharged event with music, dancing, food and activity vendors. Join us in making a difference for Foster children in Eastern Washington by supporting our fundraising event on behalf of Royal Family KIDS – Pasco.

Dress as your favorite superheroes and participate in the mile long Fun run, or the 5K for those wanting a bit more of a challenge. Vendors KnockerBall Tricities LLC, We Ice and Doggie Style will be there with to fill you up, DJs of Excellence will be bringing the party, and KNDU anchors Monty Webb and Madeline Paige will be serving as MCs.
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MCM Season Kick-off Party: Cornhole and Cabernet! – August 24

At Michele’s, 2323 Henderson Loop in Richland
From 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Hosted by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers –

Please join us as we kick off the start of the 2019-20 season with some fun on the At Michele’s outdoor patio! This is a non ticketed event and there is no cost to attend. All are welcome!

This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about our organization and plans for the upcoming season. We invite first time patrons to consider making a gift and for current donors to renew their support. Season passes will also be on sale as well as tickets to our upcoming concert series at the B Reactor National Historic Landmark, Nuclear Dreams: an Oral History of the Hanford Site.

Can’t make it to the party? Please consider making your gift and/or purchasing season passes online through our website at or by calling 509-460-1766.

Contra Dance – August 24

Memorial Park, 1520 W Shoshone in Pasco
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hosted by Pasco Recreation Services and City of Pasco

Three Rivers Folklife Society will be holding their last Contra Dance for the summer at Memorial Park. Contra Dance is a fun, family friendly, high spirited folk dance to live music. No partner required. The Spokane Ceili Band will provide the music with Arielle Cooley calling. Donations always appreciated.

Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival – August 24

Prosser Wine & Food Park, 2840 Lee Rd. in Prosser
From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $30 – general admission includes a logo glass and 5 tokens
Must be 21+

Join us for our annual Beer & Whiskey Festival! Award winning breweries and distilleries will have a fantastic selection of brews and spirits for you to taste during our 2019 event.

Your $30 General Admission includes your entrance to the event, a commemorative event glass, and 5 tokens. Additional Tokens can be purchased for $2/token (1 token = 1 pour).You also have access to the cigar lounge, awesome live music, and a wide variety of excellent food vendors.
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Washington State Park Free Day – August 25

In celebration of the birthday of the National Park Service, a Discover Pass is not needed to visit any state park on August 25 including Sacajawea State Park in Pasco. A Discover Pass will still be required on this day to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Show & Shine for Hunger – August 25

East end of Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free for spectators

For the twelfth year in a row, the Mid-Columbia Chapter of Mopars Unlimited is spearheading a project designed to raise money for the Food Bank. The car show is scheduled to take place Sunday, August 25th, at Columbia Park East in Kennewick, Washington from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The concept of using a car show to raise money for a worthy cause is not a new idea, but with the strong community support received at the eleventh annual event, we were able to write a $25,187 check to the food bank.

Classical Guitar Society Summer Recital – August 25

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Free to attend

The Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities is hosting their summer recital featuring classical guitar solos, duets and quartet. Performers include Anton Sinkov, Michael Edmondsen, Stella Kosim and Robert Viershilling.

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.
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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.

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 23: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– August 24: 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.
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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:

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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