Things to Do: September 30 – October 6, 2019

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities WA region the week of September 30 – October 6, 2019:

  • Richland Rod & Gun Club Meeting – October 1
  • Tri-Cities Women’s Expo – October 4 & 5
  • Fall Home Show – October 4-6
  • The Academy of Children’s Theatre: Matilda the Musical! – October 4-6
  • 38th Annual Cavalcade of Bands – October 5
  • Mid-Columbia Duck Race – October 5
  • 2019 DSAMC Buddy Walk – October 5
  • Blessed To Be A Blessing Car Show – October 5
  • Pinktoberfest – October 5
  • Fresh Hop Ale Festival (Yakima) – October 5
  • Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter Oktoberfest at Brews – October 5
  • 65th Richland Folk Dance Festival – October 5
  • Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – October 5
  • Job’s Nursery Pumpkin Patch through October 31
  • Middleton Fall Festival through November 3
  • Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival (Grandview) through October 26
  • Country Mercantile Harvest Festival through October 31
  • Christopherson Farms: Maze, Fall Decorations through October 31
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Richland Rod & Gun Club Meeting – October 1

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Wade Ralston from Wade Ralston’s Memories Guide Service will be presenting fishing tips and tactics for fall Chinook salmon.

Tri-Cities Womens Expo – October 4 & 5

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $7 good for both days with hand stamp, under 12 free

21st Annual Tri-Cities Women’s Expo. Giveaways, Samples, Live Jazz, Bistro & Wine Bar, Massages & Makeovers, Astrology Readings, Fashion & Jewelry, Makeup & Spa Products, Home Decor & Antiques, Arts & Crafts and so much more! This year, we are adding a Bridal Room. Come join the fun and bring your friends!!

Fall Home Show – October 4-6

HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $5.00, Kids under 16 – free ($1 Off Admission with a Non-perishable food donation to the Tri-Cities Food Bank)

Fall Home Show is presented by Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities with premier sponsor – Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking. Come see over 100 exhibitors and Free daily seminars with admission.

The Academy of Children’s Theatre: Matilda the Musical! – October 4-6

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $16 general admission; $13 for students and seniors; $10 for children under 13

Plot Summary Matilda the Musical: Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
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38th Annual Cavalcade of Bands – October 5

Edgar Brown Stadium, 601 N. 18th Ave. in Pasco
From 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 pre-sales, Day of Show: $20 adults and $15 Students and Senior Citizens, children 5 and under free

Over 20 high school marching bands from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana will be competing during the annual Cavalcade of Bands at Edgar Brown Stadium.
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Mid-Columbia Duck Race – October 5

Lampson pit area at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free to attend

Free Family Event featuring Rotary supported non-profit information booths, kids activities, bouncy house, Doggie Style Gourmet Hot Dogs, KC Brand Kettle Corn, Tinas Tasty Treats, Kona-Ice, Benton County Sheriff and the Rotary Duck Race! Free goody bags to first 150 kids.

The 31st Annual Mid Columbia Duck Race is a cooperative fundraising event for six local Rotary Clubs. The race is the culmination event held in October that features 40,000 rubber ducks racing toward the win in a prefabricated race course along the Columbia River shore. $5 tickets can be purchased at Toyota of Tri Cities, Griggs and ACE Hardware stores, Ranch & Home, Garrison’s Appliance, Banner Bank, or any of your local neighborhood Rotarians. Lend a hand, buy a duck!

2019 DSAMC Buddy Walk – October 5

Howard Amon Park in Richland
Starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
Registration cutoff: October 3 at 10:00 p.m.

Hosted by Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia –
The Buddy Walk Fundraiser brings together all kinds of people and it’s a great family day for all. In addition to the ceremonial one-mile walk, attendees enjoy games, activities, raffle prizes, delicious food and music. Our goal is to raise over $50,000 to promote acceptance, advocacy, educational and support program for people with Down syndrome. The majority of the funds raised at the event come from pledges by individuals and teams.
Info & Registration:

Blessed To Be A Blessing Car Show – October 5

221 S. 4th St. in Pasco
From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Free family friendly event

Hosted by Tri-City Union Gospel Mission –
This is a car show that celebrates being blessed. All the sponsors and the mission have joined together to bring family fun to the Downtown Pasco.

Pinktoberfest – October 5

Note: new location and time!
Silos Sports Bar & Grill, 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Admission by donation – must be 21+

Come join us for Pinktoberfest on Saturday, October 5. Featuring:
– Beer garden
– Food trucks
– Live music
– Lawn games

All money raised at the event supports Warrior Sisterhood, a program of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. Our goal is to empower and support local cancer survivors and patients.

Fresh Hop Ale Festival (Yakima) – October 5

Downtown Yakima
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
General admission: $45, designated driver: $20

Voted one of the top ten beer festivals in the nation, the Fresh Hop Ale Festival is the celebration of Yakima Valley hops and the craft beer industry. The Fresh Hop Group is committed to providing grants to benefit Yakima county based arts and science organizations.

General admission includes:
– Entry into festival
– Access to over 70+ breweries, wineries, and cideries
– 4 scrip tokens = four drinks
– Live music
– Collectible glass
– Special beers on the Beer Bike
– Food & merchandise available for purchase
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Beer Choir: Atomic Chapter Oktoberfest at Brews – October 5

Brews Taphouse & Growler Fills, 5426 N Road 68 in Pasco
From 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free to attend – beer extra

Hosted by Mid-Columbia Mastersingers –
Sing! Drink Beer! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for beer. Join us for our first of two Oktoberfest celebrations this month!

We will provide the Beer Choir Hymnal and have a grand time in the ancient tradition of people singing while drinking beer. We’ll be rolling out all of the German tunes and polkas for this annual celebration.

65th Richland Folk Dance Festival – October 5

Shuffler Shanty, 717 N Irving St. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Free to attend

Highlight of this 65th anniversary festival will be live music from the magnificent group, Osem i Devet with Tedy i Dina. Michael Lawson on accordion and David Bilides on tapan will be joined by vocalists Tedy Dimitrova and Dina Trageser.

Tri-City Americans vs. Spokane Chiefs – October 5

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $30

Join the Tri-City Americans as they compete against the Spokane Chiefs.
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Job’s Nursery Pumpkin Patch through October 31

4072 Columbia River Rd. in Pasco
Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Every day in October:
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch full of pumpkins for carving, painting, and decorations as well as a selection of winter squashes to eat. All pumpkins and squash are 32 cents per pound. No entry fee to enter the patch.

Saturday & Sundays in October:
– Nursery Tour Hayride – A 15 minute ride on our 36 acre nursery full of Halloween fun, peacock sightings and a little tree humor. Price is $3 per rider over 3 years old.

Face Painting by New Horizons FFA on October 19th as a chapter fundraiser.

Middleton Fall Festival through November 3

Middleton Farm, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Rd. in Pasco
Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $12 general admission (ages 3-adult), $10 seniors (65+), kids 2 and under free (Note: general admission on Friday is $10)

Come enjoy the first pickings of our Pumpkin Patch, the first steps into our corn maze, and the first ones to enjoy our new attractions that include:
– The Grain Train
– Trike Races
– Banyard Ball Zone
– Bull Ring Toss
– Another Jumping Pillow
– Another Giant Slide
– Two New Potato Blasters
– Gaga Ball
– 9 Square in the Air
We have 31 activities in total. Our event runs on weekends until November 3. $10 Fridays are new this year. We had so much fun on Friday’s last year that we decided to open them up all day. Starting October 4th we will be open every Friday in October.
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Bill’s Berry Farm Pumpkin Festival (Grandview) through October 26

Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd. in Grandview
Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. – No Farm Admission fee; all activities are pay as you go
Friday & Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Farm Admission Fee
Farm Admission Fee (Friday& Saturdays): Ages 13 to Adult – $9, Ages 3-12/Seniors 65+/Active Military – $7, Ages 2 and under Free

If you are looking for clean, wholesome harvest fun, fresh produce and great memories then you will love our Pumpkin Festival with a large variety of activities that all ages will enjoy. There is so much to do that most families plan to spend 3-5 hours at the farm. For a full description of the following options see our Activities page.

Country Mercantile Harvest Festival through October 31

232 Crestloch Rd. in Pasco
Hours: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dusk
Admission: $7.95 per person (children 2 years and under free), $4.50 seniors (65+) and military (show ID)

Includes: hay ride to pumpkin patch, 3-acre corn maze, petting zoo, straw-bale maze, straw-bale pyramids, old-fashioned carnival rides, and, on weekends, a family photo in the photo booth, a free face painting & the bounce house obstacle course. Note: pumpkins sold separately, carnival rides & treats – tickets sold separately.

Christopherson Farms: Maze, Fall Decorations through October 31

197616 E. Bowles Rd. in Kennewick
Open during daylight hours, seven days per week
Free admission

We’ve got lots of autumn decorative items, colored corn stalk bundles, mini pumpkins and beautiful colored corn. The sunflowers are ready to be cut. Lots of sizes and colors of Pumpkins. We are open daily through the end of October, daylight hours. The Kiddie Korn Maze is looking good. Hope to see you soon. Note: cash transactions, only. Contact Denise Christopherson at 509-430-2167 for more information.

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: A Long Now: New Work by Laura Truitt through October 10

Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, closed
Free admission and open to the public

Laura Truitt is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Gonzaga University. Before getting her MFA in painting at Colorado State University, Laura studied painting and drawing at Goucher College, the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Vermont Studio Center and the Chicago Art Institute.

Her current work focuses on architecture and landscape as representative of social systems and the contrasts that are inherent in painting and drawing space.

DrewBoy Creative: Beyond the Walls of Perception Part One – David V35 Solo Art Show – through the end of the year

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

We are proud to host David Vasquez’s solo show at Confluent Space Tri Cities. David is one of the most talented artist in the region. You will not want to miss this show! The art is for mature (i.e. PG-13) audiences.

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:
– October 4: Cell! Cell! Cell! at 7 p.m. and Oasis in Space at 8 p.m.
– October 5: Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon at 2:00 p.m. and Dynamic Earth 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:

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