Things to Do: September 16-22, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of September 16-22, 2019:

  • My Generation at Uptown Theatre – September 17
  • Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities: Aureum by Halcyon Shows – September 17
  • All Senior & CommUNITY Picnic – September 19
  • Dine OUT at Walter Clore! – September 19
  • Lecture: Hacking Democracy – September 19
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra Live! – September 19
  • Film: Paris to Pittsburgh – September 20
  • Sausage Fest 2019 – September 20 & 21
  • Ride the Reactor – September 21
  • 5K Run for Recovery – September 21
  • Power In The Park Car Show 2019 – September 21
  • Free Day at The REACH – September 21
  • Richland Walk Benefiting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation – September 21
  • Mid-Columbia Symphony: From the Vault – September 21
  • Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire – September 21 & 22
  • City Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guides
  • 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

My Generation at Uptown Theatre – September 17

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $23

My Generation show is an uplifting musical message of love, brotherhood, and the hope of world peace, as originally conveyed by the music of the idealistic young composers of the 1960s. The show features singing, dancing, colorful costume changes, special effects and a six-piece ensemble.
Info & Tickets:

Community Concerts of the Tri-Cities: Aureum by Halcyon Shows – September 17

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Individual concert tickets will be available at the door when space is available for Adults ($25) and Students ($10).

An adventure tale, AUREUM, told through heart-stopping aerial routines and amazing acrobatics. A time traveler meets the beautiful defender of nature’s power- only to find that power threatened by dark forces. Thrill to the original music, choreography, and some never-before-seen performances by six aerialists.

All Senior & CommUNITY Picnic – September 19

The HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $1 – must purchase a button

The City of Pasco will host this year’s picnic at the Hapo Center (formerly TRAC) Pasco. This is one of the largest events for senior citizens in Washington State. This year’s picnic features entertainment, great food, prizes, vendors, and lots of fun! So gather your friends and plan to attend.

All Senior & CommUNITY Picnic buttons will be available for purchase at the Pasco First Avenue Center, the Pasco Recreation Department and the Kennewick and Richland Community Centers. The $1 fee includes access in the HAPO Center, informational vendor booths, entertainment, door prizes, and lunch.

Dine OUT at Walter Clore! – September 19

Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2104 Wine Country Road in Prosser
From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tickets: $75/single or $125 per couple (must be 21+ to attend)

A benefit to support the Tri-Cities Cancer Center –

Local restaurants will compete for “Cancer Crushing Restaurant of the Year!” Sample the best in healthy cuisine, using “cancer fighting foods”, and vote for the winner! Tickets include food, beverages, entertainment, and a Cancer Fighting Kitchen cookbook.

Participating Restaurants: CG Public House and Catering, Fiction at J. Bookwalter, Foodies Brick & Mortar, The Bradley,Wine O’Clock, The Kitchen at Barnard Griffin, Ice Harbor Brewing Co., Fat Olives, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, Mezzo Thai Fusion, and Henry’s Restaurant and Catering. Beverages generously provided by: Mercer Estates, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Badger Mountain Winery, Ice Harbor Brewery and Naoi Cailini Oga Wines.
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Lecture: Hacking Democracy – September 19

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Free to attend

A presentation by Travis Ridout-
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram—some of which did not even exist a decade ago – are playing an increasingly central role in politicians’ efforts to get elected. What does this mean for the American voter? Join political scientist Travis Ridout to explore the pros and cons of social media in political campaigns. While social media use gives citizens access to a wealth of information, it also exposes them to messages that are carefully tailored and targeted in a highly sophisticated manner. More ominously, social media can be used to be psychologically manipulate voters in unprecedented ways, beyond the fact-checking and scrutiny of the news media spotlight. How real is this latter possibility as we head toward the 2020 presidential campaign? Learn how politicians – and foreign spies – are using social media and personal data to their advantage.

Glenn Miller Orchestra Live! – September 19

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 (plus fee)

As a part of the Manhattan Projects – Hanford’s 75th Anniversary, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be making a tour stop at Richland High Auditorium on September 19th, 2019. As an investment to the future and keeping the Glenn Miller sound alive, Richland High School Orchestra will be opening and performing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
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Film: Paris to Pittsburgh – September 20

WSU Tri-Cities East Building Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Enjoy a free film screening of Paris to Pittsburgh at WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium, followed by a discussion on climate solutions.

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Sausage Fest 2019 – September 20 & 21

Christ the King School, 1122 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday from 5 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday from 11 a.m. – Midnight
Free admission

Admission is free at this fun, family-friendly event! Fest offers dozens of inexpensive games for kids of all ages, 12 food booths with over 30 different foods, indoor and outdoor beer gardens with live entertainment, arts & crafts, bingo, Granny’s Attic (yard sale), a farmer’s market, plus a middle school dance. Food and game prices have remained low for many years in order to provide an inexpensive, enjoyable time for families in our community.

On the main outdoor stage, Sausage Fest also provides the largest showcase for our local performing talent with a wide variety of entertainment that can be enjoyed by Fest-goers of all ages throughout the weekend.

Ride the Reactor – September 21

Must register by September 18

Join us on September 21, 2019, for a unique experience at the formerly top-secret B Reactor National Historic Landmark, a centerpiece of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Hanford. Up to 150 cyclists can join this variable-distance mountain bike or cyclocross ride, which will begin and end at the B Reactor and utilize both gravel and paved roads. The $40 registration fee includes the bike ride, catered lunch and a tour of the B Reactor.

Ride Day Information:
7:30 a.m. Check-in / Packet Pick-up at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Hanford Visitor Center, located at 2000 Logston Blvd., Richland
8:30 a.m. Gates Open
9:30 a.m. Ride Starts
11:00 a.m. BBQ Begins
12:30 p.m. Course Closes
1:00 p.m. Presentations by Bike Tri-Cities & National Park Service
2:00 p.m. Event Concludes
Info & Registration:

5K Run for Recovery – September 21

Begins at Rd 54 and W Sylvester St. in Pasco
Starts at 9 a.m.
Cost: $35 adults, $15 kids

The Run for Recovery 5K and Kids Fun Run raises funds and awareness for people who are recovering from substance use and mental health disorders. Nearly one in twelve people will be impacted by an addiction, yet only 10% will receive treatment. With several ways to participate, everyone can have an impact. Even the smallest donations make a big difference.

Oxford House Inc and Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition believe that recovery should be a possibility for every person who reaches for it. Bring lawn chairs or blankets! Register and be entered for a chance to win a free month at Gold’s Gym!
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Power In The Park Car Show 2019 – September 21

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free to spectators

1st Annual Power in the Park Car Show. Benefiting Local Community Charities – Friends of Disabled Veterans and Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels. Open to all cars/trucks/motorcycle. Hosted by the Tri-Cities Camaro Club.

Free Day at The REACH – September 21

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Must download and present ticket for free entrance

The REACH Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 21, 2019, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s fourteenth annual Museum Day! Participating museums across the United States will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day ticket.

The Museum Day Live ticket is available for download. Visitors who present the Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance on September 21, 2019. For more information about Museum Day 2019 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit:

Richland Walk Benefiting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation – September 21

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Event kicks off at 11 a.m.

Come out and support the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at the Richland Walk & Yoga!
info & Registration:

Mid-Columbia Symphony: From the Vault – September 21

Richland High Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $56

The symphony will honor its past by performing pieces the orchestra played in the 1940s and ’50s:
– Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1
– Paul Bunyan Suite
– Symphony No. 9 “New World”
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Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire – September 21 & 22

Columbia Park in Kennewick
Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $11 one day or $14 two days, Seniors/Children $8 for one day of $11 for two days, 5 and under free

Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire is an annual 2-day event. This is a family event with games and entertainment for children and adults. This event features demonstrating artist, including spinning, sewing, and weaving, in addition to the continuous, simultaneous performances, Jousting, Sword Fighters, Dancing, jugglers, Singing, Magicians, Music, Comedy, Storytelling, and Puppets.

City Parks and Recreation Fall Activity Guides

The Parks and Recreation Departments for Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland have published their Fall Activity Guides that you can view online. Find an activity for you and/or family members and register for it!

– Kennewick:
– Richland:
– Pasco:

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:
– 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

Gallery at the Park: NW Designer Craftsmen 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 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!
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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:
– September 20: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Stars of the Pharaohs at 8 p.m.
– September 21: Secret Lives of Stars at 2:00 p.m. and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope 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.”

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