Things to Do: August 26 – September 1, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of August 26 – September 1, 2019:

  • Summer Fun Night at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams – August 26
  • Photography Lecture: Photographing the Weather – August 26
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – August 26
  • Meals on Wheels Memory Cafe – August 28
  • Doggie Paddle – August 28
  • Sunset at Southridge | Summer Finale – August 30
  • The Richland Players: Bertha the Beautiful Typewriter Girl – August 30 & 31
  • Tumbleweed Folk Music Festival – August 30, 31 & September 1
  • Adopt Shelter Animal Pets: Paws for a Cause Fundraiser – August 31
  • conFUSEcon5 – August 31 & September 1
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians – August 31 & September 1 & 2
  • Kennewick Community Education
  • 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 26

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! This is last event for the summer.

Photography Lecture: Photographing the Weather – August 26

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 6:30 p.m.
Free to attend

This photography lecture presented by local photographer, Scott Butner, will discuss how to photograph the weather. On September 9, he will present a lecture on Photographing People.

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Boise Hawks – August 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.

Meals on Wheels Memory Cafe – August 28

1834 Fowler St. in south Richland
From 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Free – RSVP is appreciated

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month, Meals on Wheels hosts a complimentary breakfast for individuals living with dementia or memory loss to attend with their care partners (family, friends). Breakfast is served anytime between 8-10 a.m., at 1834 Fowler St in south Richland.

This is an opportunity for individuals living with dementia to gather in our community and enjoy a casual (and free!) breakfast with their loved ones in a supportive social environment. RSVP is not required, but is appreciated. For more information please contact Sarah McDonald at the Meals on Wheels office at 509-735-1911.

Doggie Paddle – August 28

Memorial Aquatic Park, 1520 W. Shoshone in Pasco
Small dogs from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Big dogs from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 per dog

On Wednesday, August 28th come on down to Memorial Aquatic Park with your dog(s) and let them cool off and play awhile. Small dogs swim from 5-6 p.m. and Big dogs from 6-7 p.m. Proof of immunizations required for admission. Dogs must be on a leash when not in the pool.

Sunset at Southridge | Summer Finale – August 30

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. This is the last event for the summer!

The Richland Players: Bertha the Beautiful Typewriter Girl – August 30 & 31

The Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Adult: $17.00, Student: $14.00, Military: $14.00, Seniors (over 62): $14.00
Note: Fees: $2 per ticket online (no fee through the Box Office)

Originally performed October 1944 –

Filled with the raging conflict between “Good” and “Evil”, this is an absolutely hilarious melodrama about Desperate Daniel Desmond and his vile attempts to betray Bertha, the beautiful typewriter girl. Every possible angle of the old-time melodrama is incorporated: stolen diamonds, a vengeful scheme, manly heroism and the pure and noble actions of our hero and heroine who unflinchingly face almost insurmountable odds! This play was the third production that the Richland Players ever staged. Performed with special permission by Samuel French, Inc.
Future dates: September 6-8 & September 13-15
Info & Tickets:

Tumbleweed Folk Music Festival – August 30, 31 & September 1

Howard Amon Park in Richland
All events are free except for the Saturday evening concert  and Sunday Contra Dance fundraisers for 3RFS (purchase tickets at the information booth).

The annual Tumbleweed Folk Music Festival, hosted by the Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS),  features over 100 free performances by musicians from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Listen, sing, and dance to folk, sea chanteys, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, and more.

​- Friday night opening concert highlights talented, young, emerging performers
​- Saturday and Sunday – over 100 acts on five outdoor stages (including an open mic stage) plus one indoor performance stage, two workshop rooms, and a large indoor dance floor!
​- Band scramble: Amateur or pro, you are invited to join
​- Over 30 workshops including dance, songwriting, singing, playing, performance tips, and more
​- The top 10 finalists in the “Power of Song” Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest perform their entries live on stage on Saturday afternoon
​- Saturday night concert features three headliner performances
​​- Sunday night contra dance features live music and caller
​- Food and craft vendors
​- Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy!

Adopt Shelter Animal Pets: Paws for a Cause Fundraiser – August 31

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
$30 per ticket – includes BBQ dinner, live music by ColorBlind, and dancing! – Must be 21+

There will be ways for a chance to win something great, while supporting our cause! There will be amazing and relaxing vacations, name brand accessories, pet supplies, and more up for auction!
To purchase tickets, call 509-539-1865.

conFUSEcon5 – August 31 & September 1

Columbia Basin College HUB, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $35 adults, $10 students (K-12), free for 12 and under (register online)

conFUSEcon is an annual board game convention in the Tri-Cities that welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to play board games, card games, and role-playing games. At conFUSEcon the only thing better than an old favorite is learning something new, and the only thing better than the group you game with is adding a new member to the fold.

We want everyone who comes to conFUSEcon to feel welcome and safe, because playing games is something everyone should be able to enjoy no matter who they are. Proceeds for this year’s event are going to Communities in Schools! This event is hosted by Tri-City Area Gaming (TAG).
Info & Registration:

Tri-Cities Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians – August 31 & September 1 & 2

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 Spokane Indians. The season finale is on September 2 and there will be a post-game fireworks show.

Kennewick Community Education

Kennewick Community Education has a long tradition of providing the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas with personal and professional development classes for everyone in our community.

Community Education is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rekindle your desire for learning. Class offerings include language, crafts, arts, health, gardening, travel, music, business, finance, technology and more. We now offer more than 100 local classes and more than 400 online classes to make learning more accessible than ever.

Registration is now open for fall classes. We are excited for you to experience our new and popular classes!

The REACH Museum Guided Tours 2019

Upcoming Tours:
– Note: Cancelled – 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

Gallery at the Park: NW Designer Craftsmen – August 27 through September 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

The NW Designer Craftsmen’s Mission is to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship, and to stimulate public appreciation of and interest in fine craft. There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, September 6th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
About NW Designer Craftsmen:

B Reactor 75th Anniversary Exhibit – September 1 through September 30

Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way (room 102) in Richland
Hours: 12 to 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday
Free admission

The Hanford History Project will hold a museum exhibit in the Art Center of the WSU Tri-Cities campus focused on the history of the worlds first full scale nuclear reactor, B Reactor. This exhibit will feature items from the US Department of Energy’s Hanford Collection of Artifacts & Archives. The month long event will coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the startup of B Reactor.

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.
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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 30: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions at 7 p.m. and Supervolcanoes at 8 p.m.
– August 31: 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

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