Here are some events taking place around the Tri-Cities WA region during the month of October 2023:
– Academy of Children’s Theatre presents The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – October 6-8 & 13-15, 2023
– Field of Screams Halloween Attraction – weekends from October 6-28, 2023
– First Saturday Bird Walk – October 7, 2023
– Cavalcade of Bands – October 7, 2023
– Annual Fast and the Furriest 5K Walk/Run – October 7, 2023
– RiverFest – October 7, 2023
– DSAMC Buddy Walk – October 7, 2023
– Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – October 7, 13, 14, 18, 20 & 22, 2023
– PNNL Science & Technology Seminar Series – Uranium Signatures in 20th Century Turtles, Tortoises, and Sea Turtles from Nuclear Sites – October 10, 2023
– Annual Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 13 & 14, 2023
– 15th Annual 2023 TRIFI Film Festival – October 13-15, 2023
– LIGO Hanford Observatory Public Tour – October 14, 2023
– Garden Education Series Class: Dividing Dahlias – October 14, 2023
– Fall Senior Times Expo – October 17, 2023
– Columbia Basin Badger Club presents Artificial Intelligence: Risks and Opportunities – October 19, 2023
– Lecture: Agrarian Art and Purpose of Existence: Old World Master Woodcuts to McGregor-Clement Calendars – October 19, 2023
– 2023 Fall Market Bazaar – October 20 & 21, 2023
– Rolling Hills Chorus Annual Performance “Remember When…” – October 21, 2023
– Screech at the REACH – October 27, 2023
– Mid-Columbia Symphony’s “No Place Like Home” – October 28, 2023
– CBC Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs – through October 19, 2023
– Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches – October 2023
– Tri-City VIBE (local live music, food and drink)
– Guide to Tri-Cities Washington Website
Academy of Children’s Theatre presents The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – October 6-8 & 13-15, 2023
Windermere Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Times: October 6 & 13 @ 7 p.m. and October 7, 8, 14 & 15 @ 3 p.m.
Tickets are $5, $10.50 or $16.50 and available online
Plot Summary for The Lightning Thief: As the half-blood son of a Greek god, Percy Jackson has newly-discovered powers he can’t control, a destiny he doesn’t want, and a mythology textbook’s worth of monsters on his trail. When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen and Percy becomes the prime suspect, he has to find and return the bolt to prove his innocence and prevent a war between the gods. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the thief. He must travel to the Underworld and back; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and come to terms with the father who abandoned him.
Info & tickets: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=aoct
Field of Screams Halloween Attraction – weekends from October 6-28, 2023
3430 Beardsley Rd in Richland (Red Dot Paintball Field location)
Dates and times: October 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 from 6:45 p.m. – midnight
Tickets: $36.75 – $75 (purchase online)
This event is recommended for ages 13+ (a waiver form must be completed to attend this attraction).
You are cordially invited to join us for extreme screams – if you dare! This Halloween, come experience the haunt that has everyone terrified. Field of Screams is a haunted walk through the dark like none other…
Info & tickets: https://fieldofscreamstri.com/
First Saturday Bird Walk – October 7, 2023
The First Saturday bird walk will start at W. E. Johnson Park in Richland. Meet at the south trailhead near 619 Tanglewood Dr.
Starts at 8 a.m.
Free to participate
The Mid-Columbia region is teeming with a huge variety of birds and other wildlife throughout the year. Over 230 species of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and shorebirds have been documented in a variety of habitats. Up to 60 species are typically found on a Saturday walk.
Knowledgeable birders will lead the walk. Bird enthusiasts of all experience levels are welcome, especially beginning birders.
Note: these bird walks used to take place at Bateman Island which is closed to the public until further notice due to a recent fire.
Cavalcade of Bands – October 7, 2023
Lampson Stadium in Kennewick
Performances begin at 9 a.m. with final performances starting at 6 p.m.
Tickets: Pre-Show Online Sale: $17, Day of Show Price: $20, Children 5 and under are free
Welcome back to another great year of competitive marching band! Cavalcade is proud to be one of the first lineups in the Northwest marching Season. This year, we will be hosting our event on October 7th. We have 21 wonderful bands joining us this year from WA, OR, and ID!
Info & tickets: https://www.cavalcadeofbandswa.org/
Annual Fast and the Furriest 5K Walk/Run – October 7, 2023
Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Registration: $40 online
The dog-friendly event everyone is barking about!
Join us for our 6th annual The Fast and The Furriest Walk/Run on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023 at Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland. The race begins at 10:00 a.m.
Friendly dogs (and their people) are welcome to join the fun for your choice of a 1-Mile or 5K riverside course. All event proceeds benefit the shelter pets at Benton-Franklin Humane Society.
RiverFest – October 7, 2023
East end of Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Free to attend
Businesses, community organizations and people of all walks of life throughout the region have joined together to host RiverFest 2022. RiverFest is a Free, fun, and educational family event, featuring exhibitors, vendors, and entertainment to showcase all the benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System and highlight the four lower Snake River dams including navigation, irrigation, recreation and power. People of all ages will find something fun to do and learn about at RiverFest!
DSAMC Buddy Walk – October 7, 2023
Howard Amon Park in Richland
Walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
– Registration – $21 (includes t-shirt, snacks, and access to all the day’s events)
– Youth Registration – 8 & Under – $12 (includes t-shirt, snacks, and access to all the day’s events)
– Individual with Down Syndrome – free (includes t-shirt, snacks, and access to all the day’s events)
– Virtual Supporter – $21 (DSAMC supporter who is unable to attend the walk, t-shirt not included)
Join the Down Syndrome Association of Mid-Columbia as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 2023 DSAMC Buddy Walk®. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for our day of celebration!
Info & registration: https://www.ds-stride.org/dsamcbuddywalk
Tri-City Americans Hockey Games – October 7, 13, 14, 18, 20 & 22, 2023
Toyota Center in Kennewick
Tickets: $24 – $34
The Tri-City Americans is a member of the Western Hockey League. Here is their home game schedule for October 2023:
October 7 – Everett Silvertips at 6:05 p.m.
October 13 – Brandon Wheat Kings at 7:05 p.m.
October 14 – Kamloops Blazers at 6:05 p.m.
October 18 – Wenatchee Wild at 7:05 p.m.
October 20 – Kelowna Rockets at 7:05 p.m.
October 22 – Everett Silvertips at 4:05 p.m.
Info & tickets: https://amshockey.com/
PNNL Science & Technology Seminar Series – Uranium Signatures in 20th Century Turtles, Tortoises, and Sea Turtles from Nuclear Sites – October 10, 2023
Online via Zoom – must register
Starts at 5 p.m.
Free to join
A presentation by Cyler Conrad –
Long-lived organisms, especially those that grow sequential tissues, provide a unique ability to examine diachronic records of environmental information over time – think of tree rings, or layers in a mollusk shell. This is particularly true for chelonians (turtles, tortoises, and sea turtles) who grow their shell scute keratin in layers throughout the course of their life. In this presentation, Cyler will discuss the results of our ongoing research funded by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s, Laboratory Directed Research and Development program investigating the bioaccumulation, retention, and signatures of anthropogenic radionuclides (especially uranium) in a variety of chelonians from nuclear sites.
Info & registration: https://www.pnnl.gov/events/uranium-signatures-20th-century-turtles-tortoises-and-sea-turtles-nuclear-sites
Annual Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival – October 13 & 14, 2023
Clover Island Inn in Kennewick
Event begins at 6 p.m. on October 13 and concludes after 9 p.m. on October 14
Admission: Food donation, pet supplies, cash donation, cleaning supplies for charities
The Annual Mid-Columbia Pirate Festival will be held at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick. We will be supporting The Humane Society and My Friend’s Place. The Entry fee to our event is a donation of food, cash, cleaning supplies or pet supplies for the charities.
15th Annual 2023 TRIFI Film Festival – October 13-15, 2023
Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Avenue in Richland
Starts October 13 at 4:30 p.m. and ends October 15 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per day or $25 for an all VIP pass
The annual Tri-Cities International Film Festival (TRIFI) will spotlight “Indie” short and feature films made by film makers on limited budgets but unlimited imagination.
Info & Tickets: https://www.trifi.org/wp19/
LIGO Hanford Observatory Public Tour – October 14, 2023
LIGO Hanford Observatory, 127124 N Route 10 in Richland
Free to attend – must register for a time slot
LIGO Hanford Observatory is pleased to announce that it has resumed its “Second Saturday” free public tours. During your visit you will have a chance to explore many interactive and static exhibits now housed in LHO’s new LIGO Exploration Center (LExC). Tours include a one-hour walking tour of the site, time inside the new LIGO Exploration Center (LExC), and a talk by a staff member. LIGO tours are suitable for all ages. The talks are appropriate for visitors aged 12 and up, but all ages are welcome. Multiple tour times are available for your convenience, please choose the time slot that works best for you when reserving your ticket.
– All LHO visitors over the age of 18 will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination (physical card or photo of card). We define “fully vaccinated” as at least two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, OR one shot of Johnson & Johnson.
– Masking may be required on the day of your tour. Bring a mask, just in case. Visitors must adhere to LHO’s masking policy on the day of the tour.
– Registration is now required.
– Tours depart from the new LIGO Exploration Center (LExC). Please park first in LExC’s parking lot/overflow lot.
Info & registration: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA/page/lho-public-tours
About LIGO: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/WA
Garden Education Series Class: Dividing Dahlias – October 14, 2023
Waterfall Classroom at the Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union in Kennewick
From 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Free to attend
Join our WSU Master Gardener volunteers to learn the proper way to divide your dahlias.
Fall Senior Times Expo – October 17, 2023
Numerica Pavilion at Southridge Sports & Events Complex (2901 Southridge Blvd.) in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Fall Senior Times Expo is back!
Past expo exhibitors have included:
– Nonprofits and Community Organizations
– Insurance and Healthcare Companies
– Investment Professionals
– Retirement and Assisted Living Communities
– Heath and Fitness Businesses
– Law Offices and Attorneys
– Local Senior Groups and Clubs
– And Many More!
Columbia Basin Badger Club presents Artificial Intelligence: Risks and Opportunities – October 19, 2023
Virtual online via Zoom
From 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 for non members – must register
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly prevalent in our daily lives. For instance, AI is used in customer service chatbots and product recommendations based on previous purchases. It is also used in streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime to recommend shows based on viewing habits. A recruiting brochure from the University of Leeds calls the study of AI, “the skill of the century.”
Artificial Intelligence can ingest and analyze large amounts of data, which can help improve disaster management and benefit society. However, like any other technology, AI can be misused and cause harm if not designed ethically and responsibly.
Who defines “ethically and responsibly?” And how do we deal with AI that is designed to confuse or mislead?
The Badger Club is pleased to present two experts with a broad range of experience working with Artificial Intelligence.
Info & Registration: https://cbbc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=392306
Lecture: Agrarian Art and Purpose of Existence: Old World Master Woodcuts to McGregor-Clement Calendars – October 19, 2023
Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N 4th Ave, in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free to attend
A presentation by Dr. Richard Scheuerman…
“Harvest since time immemorial was understood in ritual terms to be… essentially the purpose of existence.” These words recently expressed by a prominent European historian affirm the abiding value of agriculture as the bedrock of civilization. In an age when connections to the land grow more distant with the rise of suburban and urban populations, many consumers take for granted the abundant supply of food found in grocery stores, farmers markets, and available now online. But awareness of agriculture and farmers wellbeing ought to be highest priority to everyone now and for the wellbeing of future generations.
This program presents a series of exemplary works in fine art and photography that stir attention to these vital relationships. They include harvest images from the magnificent collection of National Photography Hall of Fame recipient John Clement commissioned by Dr. Alexander McGregor of The McGregor Company and rare woodcuts and engravings dating back to the 16th century. On exhibit for the program will also be a rare original print by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rjin, “Landscape with Barn and Flock of Sheep” (1660).
Dr. Richard Scheuerman is professor emeritus of graduate studies at Seattle Pacific University and award-winning author of several books from WSU Press including Harvest Heritage, Hardship to Homeland, River Song, and Finding Chief Kamiakin. His book on Northwest agrarian art, Harvest Hands, will be published by WSU in 2024.
2023 Fall Market Bazaar – October 20 & 21, 2023
Kennewick Valley Grange #731, 2611 S. Washington St. in Kennewick
Friday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The café will be open with biscuits & gravy, soup & sandwiches and brownies, fresh from the oven! This event averages 45-50 Vendors selling their handcrafted, repurposed or direct sales items i.e. Avon, etc. Come find that perfect gift for that person that is so hard to buy for. While you’re at it, find a fun treat for yourself!
Rolling Hills Chorus Annual Performance “Remember When…” – October 21, 2023
Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland
From 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets available online or at the door: $20 General Admission, $15 Students and Seniors
Come along with Rolling HIlls Chorus on a journey through life! Featuring the chorus along with our guests Stateline Barbershop Quartet. Check out the silent auction in the lobby – bid by the end of intermission!
Info & tickets: https://www.rollinghillschorus.org/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=events&id=201978
Screech at the REACH – October 27, 2023
REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
General admission pricing for non-members: Adults: $12 per person, Students/Seniors/Military: $6 per person, Children 5 and Under: Free, ASTC/NARM Member: Free – buy your tickets at the door.
Get ready for the ultimate Halloween tradition that will awaken your inner scream! Join us at the REACH Museum as we team up with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in October.
Discover the fascinating creatures that call the Mid-Columbia region home. From eerie spiders and mysterious owls to enchanting wolves and more, prepare to be amazed! Screech at the REACH is an extraordinary indoor/outdoor event that brings together local community organizations, offering something exciting for everyone.
Get up close and personal with some “special animal guests” and engage in hands-on crafts, scavenger hunts, and take-home activities. Plus, explore the museum galleries and the REACH grounds while collecting educational items and delightful take-home activities in your very own Screech tote bag! While Screech is a mostly candy-free event, the experience is sure to be packed with fun and adventure!
Mid-Columbia Symphony’s “No Place Like Home” – October 28, 2023
Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Conductor’s Circle: $70, Gold Section: $45, Silver Section: $35, Bronze/Youth: $15
Come help us celebrate the start our 79th Season!
– Copland: Quiet City
– Ellington: Harlem
– Smetana: Ma Vlast — movements 1, 2, and 6
Info & tickets: https://midcolumbiasymphony.org/
CBC Esvelt Gallery Exhibit: Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs – through October 19, 2023
Columbia Basin College (P-Building, P-100), 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Our Stories, Our Lives: Irwin Nash Photographs
Washington State has one of the largest Mexican American farmworker communities in the United States. Over a ten-year period, commercial photographer Irwin Nash documented the lives, struggles, hopes, and dreams of the Yakima Valley migrant farmworker community. Nash’s collection brings to light the farmworkers’ experiences and perspectives of organizing for better and equitable working conditions.
– Lecture: 9/28 at 3 p.m. in P201
– Reception: 9/28 at 4 p.m. in Esvelt Gallery
Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Patches – October 2023
TriCities Family Fun has compiled a list of Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall festivals in our area. Trick or Treating events are also added as those events become known.
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: http://tricityvibe.com and https://www.facebook.com/vibetricities
Guide to Tri-Cities Washington 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 Guide to Tri-Cities Washington website: https://tri-citiesguide.org. 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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