August 13, 2016
Published: August 13, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 15-21, 2016:
  • Throwback Movie: Back to the Future - August 16
  • Back-2-School Block Party - August 18
  • Sunset at Southridge - August 19
  • Rodeo Kick-Off Street Dance - August 19
  • Date Night at the Pointe - August 19
  • Smoovies Outdoor Movie: The Angry Birds Movie - August 19
  • Unconfined - An Evening of Spoken Word, Music, & Artwork - August 19
  • Milton-Freewater ROCKS Festival - August 19-21
  • Tapteal Water Trail Paddle - August 20
  • Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade - August 20
  • Family Movie Matinee: Angry Birds - August 20
  • Classical Guitar and Columbia Arts Trio - August 20
  • Prosser Summer Beer Fest - August 20
  • A Case of the Blues Reboot (Yakima) - August 20
  • Glen Miller Orchestra - August 20
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes - August 20-24
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Summer Live Music Concerts
  • Summer Movies for Kids & Families
  • Art & Traveling Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • The REACH Museum
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • Nightlife Music, Food, Beer & Wine
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

Throwback Movie: Back to the Future - August 16

Fairchild Cinemas, 5020 Convention Dr. in Pasco
Starts at 7 p.m.
Free family fun

Join Mid-Columbia Libraries for a FREE showing of Back to the Future! Tickets are first come, first seated.

Back-2-School Block Party - August 18

Safe Harbor Support Center, 1111 N Grant Pl. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tickets are only $10 for a 10-spot punch card. Buy a family 4-pack and save $10!

Come join Safe Harbor & My Friends' Place for our first annual Back-2-School Block Party! Our family-friendly evening will be full of food & fun. A bouncy house, dunk tank, face painting, and games is the perfect way to end the summer.  We will also accepting donations of backpacks and school supplies for our at-risk youth and teens in the community. All ticket sales will go directly to supporting our community outreach, so come, eat, play, and have fun!

Sunset at Southridge - August 19

Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend

Attention Moms and Dads! No need to cook on Friday night! We've got some great food vendors for you at Sunset at Southridge...

Back by popular demand is the Kira Palm Trio music group and your chance to win 2 fair and 2 VIP fair dinner tickets. The Gesa Carousel of Dreams will also be open until 8 pm. Every food vendor offers a $7 dinner special which includes a free carousel ride.

Vendors: Ann's Best Creole and Soul Food Cafe, Kindra's Wok 'N Roll, Don Taco, Jiggy's Bacon Burgers, Doggie Style Gourmet,Tri-City Kettle Corn, Gesa Carousel of Dreams, Backyard Grub, We Ice and Little Red Ice Cream Truck.

Tables for seating are available but you can also bring your own chairs and blankets and sit on the grass.
Future dates: September 2, 16, & 30

Rodeo Kick-Off Street Dance - August 19

West Kennewick Ave in Downtown Kennewick (between Cascade and Benton)
From 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Free to attend

Benton Franklin Fair and the Horse Heaven Round-Up will be having a street dance to kick off “The Best Week of Summer.” 3rd Date and Stompin’ Ground will be performing.
There will be a mechanical bull and activities for the kids! Sponsored by the Parkade Tavern and Washington Hardware.

Date Night at the Pointe - August 19

Port of Pasco, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd. in Pasco
From 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Admission: Free - Adults 21 & over, only

The date night starts at 7:30 p.m. with music by the
The Knutzen Brothers, food vendors (Fresh Out the Box) and a wine & beer garden featuring wines from Gordon Estates. The movie, featuring "Bond, James Bond" Spectre 007, will begin at dusk. Don’t forget your lawn chairs, blankets and movie snacks for a wonderful night at the movies outside.

Smoovies Outdoor Movie: The Angry Birds Movie - August 19

Badger Mountain Park off of Keene Rd. in Richland
Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m., movie at dusk
Donations gladly accepted

Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m., The Angry Birds Movie begins at sundown. We will have a bounce house, concessions and our world famous dance time. Admission is any donation amount. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, lie out under the stars, spend time with friends and family and watch a great movie.

Unconfined - An Evening of Spoken Word, Music, & Artwork - August 19

Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 (donation via PayPal)

The New Direction Project will be hosting an evening of spoken word, music, and art having to do with the challenges of mass incarceration and the disproportionate numbers of people of color who find themselves trapped in the criminal justice system.

The New Direction Project is a goals oriented transitional home for men who are newly free and are navigating the bridge between incarceration and freedom.
About The New Direction Project:
Info and Tickets:

Milton-Freewater ROCKS Festival - August 19-21

Yantis Park in Milton-Freewater, OR
Friday from 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free family fun

The Muddy Frogwater Festival has a new name... Milton Freewater ROCKS! We are excited about the new name and what that will mean to make this an event everyone won't want to miss! The festival will feature the Kid Zone to the Art Show and everything in between - there are fun activities, events, contests and games for everyone.

Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features of Benton and Walla Walla Counties - August 20

From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $78.00 - register by August 15

This full day tour is led by Gary Kleinknecht, an Ice Age floods expert and Education Director for the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig. You will visit the working excavation of a 17,449 year old mammoth at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site, Badger Coulee, Wallula Gap and Clastic Dikes as well as other floods features. Includes: lunch, water and bus.

To purchase tour tickets please contact: Sara Carswell (509) 943-4100 x108 or Gift Certificates will be available by request.

Tapteal Water Trail Paddle - August 20

Begins at the Benton City boat launch - ends at the
Horn Rapids Park launch
Starts at 9 a.m.
There is no charge for the event but registration is required:

Our June event was so popular that we decided to offer another guided outing along the Yakima River. Our current plan is to paddle from the Benton City boat launch to the Horn Rapids Park launch. Please note that these locations may change due to river conditions. We estimate that this 11-mile route will take about three hours. Volunteers will provide support with launching and shuttling.

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Grand Parade - August 20

Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Free family fun!

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year’s Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. The Parade route for 2016 will start at S. Dayton St. and W. 1st Ave. in Downtown Kennewick. Bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show. You don't want to miss this parade!
Parade Map:

Family Movie Matinee: Angry Birds - August 20

Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick
Fron 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free family fun

Join us for a special showing of Angry Birds. Admission is free. Concessions available for purchase from Friends of the Mid-Columbia Libraries. Cash only.

Classical Guitar and Columbia Arts Trio - August 20

Richland Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Free to attend, donations gladly accepted

The Classical Guitar Society is sponsoring a joint event with the Columbia Arts Trio and local Guitarists. The live chamber music will include 4 movements from Brahms and violin guitar duet.

Prosser Summer Beer Fest - August 20

Whitstran Brewing, 1427 Wine Country Rd. in Prosser
From 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $20 - must be 21+

Whitstran Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years! In celebration we will be heading the First Annual Prosser Summer Beer Fest! For just $20 you will be able to enter and enjoy several Regional Craft Beers, Live Music and Great Food. This is an indoor/outdoor event. Ticket gets you through the gate and includes a 20th Anniversary logo glass.

A Case of the Blues Reboot (Yakima) - August 20

Sarg Hubbard Park in Yakima
From 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Tickets: $35 in advance, $45 day of event (includes scrip and glass)

We are very excited to announce that the 24th Annual "A Case of the Blues and All That Jazz" is going country! Get ready to enjoy the melodic rock infused country of Aaron Crawford and Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. Also featured are guitarist Eric Tingstand and the Leather Soul Band.

This outdoor festival will have a variety of local wine, beer and spirit vendors along with lots of delicious food vendors! This is a fundraiser to support two local nonprofit organizations: Junior League and Yakima Greenway.
Info and Tickets:!a-case-of-the-blues--all-that-jazz/c1lkp and

Glen Miller Orchestra - August 20

HAPO Community Stage at John Dam Plaza (815 George Washington Way) in Richland
Starts at 7:00 p.m., gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15.00 (plus service fee) in advance, if purchased by August 19 and $20.00 at the gate the day of the event. Children 5 and under are free.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today for both concert and dance engagements. Still considered the greatest band of all time, its unique sound is loved by almost anybody that cares for dance music.

Chairs will be provided at this outdoor concert venue. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site. You may bring your own food and beverages. However, beverages must be sealed upon entry. Adult beverages are not permitted unless purchased in the designated beer/wine garden location. No re-entry permitted once ticket scanned.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes - August 20-24

GESA Stadium in Pasco
Starts at 7:15 p.m.
General admission: $8

Cheer on the Tri-City Dust Devils as they take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes! There are game promotions each night including a post-game fireworks show on August 20.

Farmers' Markets

Here is the weekly schedule for farmers' markets in the Tri-Cities:
  • Wicked Fresh Farmers' Market is open on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Pasco's Farmers' Market is open on both Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon.  
  • Farmers' Market at Barnard Griffin in Richland is open on Wednesday from  12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Downtown Kennewick Farmers' Market is open on Thursday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Market at the Parkway in Richland is open on Friday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday Farmers' Market by TRAC is open from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For information about farmers' markets, u-pick, fresh fruit & produce stands, and local food and farm producers in the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities, visit:

Summer Live Music Concerts

You can listen to free live music outdoors in several locations in the Tri-Cities this summer! Here are the free outdoor concerts this week:
For more information, visit:

Summer Movies for Kids & Families

This summer take your kids to the movies for free or at a discounted rate! Here are the movies that are showing this week:
  • August 15: Princess Theatre (Prosser) - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • August 16 & 17: Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8 (Kennewick) -  The Croods & Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • August 16-18: Fairchild Cinemas (Pasco) - Surprise titles!
  • August 18: Carmike Cinemas (Kennewick) - The Croods
For more information, visit:

Art & Traveling Exhibits

Gallery at the Park - Children's Workshop Show - August 16-21
89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The annual Children's Workshop Show is the current exhibit with a reception planned on August 21 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

A View from Space Traveling Exhibit through September 3
CBC Planetarium, 2600 N 20th Ave, Bldg D in Pasco
Saturdays from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission: 3 and under is free, $4 for ages 4 and up

A View from Space, a bilingual (Spanish and English) traveling exhibit, gives visitors a chance to see the world from a satellite's perspective. In this highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, visitors will be able to track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study astonishing images of our planet captured by NASA's Earth Observing System and more! 

On Saturdays, we will have different activities hosted by different organizations from 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
  • The 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. activity is geared for 4-8 year olds
  • The 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. activity is for 9-14 year olds
The exhibit will be open the entire time from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. concurrent with the activities, and at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., planetarium shows will start for those wanting to add that element to their visit.

On Thursdays, the exhibit is open from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and planetarium shows will start at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

About the traveling exhibit: 

DrewBoy Creative gallery - Unconfined - August 19-31
Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland.
Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

The New Direction Project and DrewBoy Creative are hosting an art show. Art work will explore the challenges of mass incarceration and the disproportionate numbers of people of color who find themselves trapped in the criminal justice system.
About The New Direction Project: 

Through Our Eyes Exhibit through August 26
Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The "Through Our Eyes" exhibit from Onyx Fine Arts of Seattle is on display that showcases a broad range of artistic styles from abstract to realism, oils to metals, and 2-D to 3-D.

Featuring over 50 pieces of original artwork by 22 artists of African descent from the Pacific Northwest, this exhibit reveals the multiple perspectives through which people of African descent see all aspects of life.  All artwork in the exhibit will be available for purchase through Onyx Fine Arts.
About Onyx Fine Arts:

Particles on the Wall Traveling Art Exhibit through October 21
The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors, kids 5 and under free - annual memberships are also available for purchase

Particles on the Wall (POTW) is an interdisciplinary exhibit that uses art, science, and history to explore Hanford, the Columbia River and the Atomic Age. The exhibit features visual art, literary works, memorabilia, and scientific displays to provide a deep and well rounded look at the complicated issues that surround Hanford’s history and current cleanup. 

The full exhibit includes over 100 pieces and continues to evolve with new contributors at every installation. POTW is a partnership between WPSR and the exhibit’s founders and curators: Nancy Dickeman, Dianne Dickeman, and Steven Gilbert.
About the Exhibit:

Cyber Art 509
Members of Cyber Art 509 show their artwork including paintings and photographs at several venues around the Tri-Cities region.

Featured artists include Alice Beckstrom, Greg Ashby, Ed David, Patricia Fleming, Patrick Fleming, Margo Fox, Jaret Maynard, Dave Poynter, Maggie Remington, Pam Sharp, Maja Shaw, Barbara Sutton, Maridy Roper, and Jan Taylor. 

For more information about Cyber Art 509, visit:

Art & Music Festivals - Performing & Visual Art
For more information about non-profit performing & visual art associations and organizations in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

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. 

Showing this week:
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under.
Tickets and info: and

Attractions & Things to Do
For attractions & things to do around the Tri-Cities region, visit:

The REACH Museum

1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 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. Also, the 2016 REACH Tours are now posted and registrations are being accepted.
Info: and

Make a Donation Today - Support The REACH
The REACH is made possible by people like you! Please support the REACH with your generous donation to The REACH Foundation. Every little bit helps us deliver programming and education to learners of all ages. You may also help fund specific projects and programs.

Museums, Interpretive Centers, and History Resources
For information about museums, interpretive centers, and history resources for Tri-Cities Washington and other nearby towns & cities in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon, visit:

J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. though September 25
Rides are $1 per person 

Proceeds go to the HHH Kiwanis Club which funds various programs within our schools, communities and scholarship opportunities.

Volunteers are needed! If you would like to become an Engineer or Conductor, we have an opportunity for you! Please contact John Lawson at 509-420-0570 to find out the many ways you can help volunteer on the train. You may also visit our website to find other ways you can help, including by being a member of our service organization.

Gesa Carousel of Dreams

2901-F. Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Token Prices: Individual Token: $3, Four for $10, Ten for $20

The Gesa Carousel of Dreams is a world-class piece of art you can ride, touch, and feel. The carousel is a treasure for all generations to visit and enjoy! The carousel consists of 45 horses, three chariots and other features. It averages between 1800 and 2500 riders per weekend.


Nightlife Music, Food, Beer & Wine

Tri-City Vibe
For a list of nightlife music events around the Tri-Cities including happy hours, food, beer & wine, visit Tri-City VIBE!
Info: and

Also, check out Tri-Cities Cork & Fork - Tri-Cities, WA foodie page... pictures taken by real people at favorite local establishments. We love food & drink!

Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community
Looking for a place to try out a new song or just want to play and have no gig? The Tri-Cities Jam/Open Mic Community provides a listing of Open Mics and Jam Nights in the greater Tri-Cities area.

Tri-Cities Karaoke
For karaoke venues and a calendar of karaoke events in the Tri-Cities, check out:

Bands, Musicians, Venues and Live Music
For more information on bands, musicians, venues, and live music in the Tri-Cities, visit:

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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