August 20, 2016
Published: August 20, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 22-28, 2016:
  • Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Demolition Derby - August 22
  • Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo - August 23-27
  • Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - August 25
  • Let's Do Lunch! - Live Music in John Dam Plaza -  August 26
  • LIGO Fourth Friday Public Tour - August 26
  • Rising Stars (Wine Event in Prosser) - August 26
  • Richland Parks & Recreation Family Movie Night - August 26
  • Atomic City Roller Girls Summer Shovin' - August 27
  • Big Daddy Weave Concert - August 27
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers - Pearl Jam - August 27
  • 9th Annual Show N' Shine for Hunger - August 28 
  • Farmers' Markets
  • 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

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Demolition Derby - August 22

Lithia RAM Arena, Benton Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
Gates open at 4 p.m., time trials start at 6:30 p.m., races begin at 7:30 p.m., demo to follow
Admission: $15 reserved seats (buy tickets online)

People here just can't get enough of the action at the Demo Derby. This could be the most popular event of the whole week. Watch these crazy racers compete for speed and smash up each other's cars for the grand finale. All seating is reserved and tickets go fast.


Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo - August 23-27

1550 S. Oak St. in Kennewick

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo features rodeo, demolition derby, food vendors, entertainment, carnival rides, kid's zone, livestock show, arts & crafts, BBQ cook off, activities and more!

Daily Admission:
Adults: $13.00 (at the gate)
Seniors: $5.00 (65 and older)
Kids: $5.00 (6-12)

Note: Kids' Day is Wednesday, August 24 - $2 ages 6-12 
Children under 6: Free
Fair Bus Combo - Adults: $13, Seniors: $7, Kids: $7
Parking: $10.00 daily

  • The Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo will host the fifth stop of the PRCA Wrangler Champions Challenge. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23. Covered Reserved seating is $15. General Reserved seating is $10.
    Purchase of Reserved seat does not include Fair admission. Fair admission required to attend rodeo.
  • August 24-27 @ 7:00 p.m. - Horse Heaven Roundup - General Admission seating is free with Fair Admission
Concerts: Reserved seating for each concert is $15. Reserved seating for most concerts have sold out.
  • August 23 - Salt N Pepa w/ Dj Spinderella @ 7:30 p.m.
  • August 24 - Switchfoot @ 7:30 p.m.
  • August 25 - Foreigner @ 7:30 p.m.
  • August 26 - Hunter Hayes @ 8:00 p.m.
  • August 27 - Olivia Holt @ 1 p.m. / The Swon Brothers @ 7:30 p.m.
Carnival: Carnival wristbands are available for purchase online and at Kennewick Ranch and Home through August 22 for $28. Carnival wristbands are $33 during the fair and must be purchased at the fairgrounds. Each wristband is good for one day of unlimited rides during carnival hours, noon - midnight each day of the Fair.


Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - August 25

It is National Park Service’s birthday! It is one of the twelve State Parks “free days” in 2016 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park like our local Sacajawea State Park in Pasco. Discover Pass is required to access DFW and DNR Lands on State Parks free days.

The remaining 2016 State Parks free days are as follows:
September 24 – (Saturday) National Public Lands Day
November 11 – (Friday) Veterans Day

Let's Do Lunch! - Live Music in John Dam Plaza -  August 26

HAPO Community Stage at John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Come on your lunch hour, enjoy the outdoors, listen to live music, and relax. Colin Dale Trio will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair(s) for seating. John Dam Park food truck vendors include Don’s Tacos, The Glass Onion, Kendra’s Sweet Treats and Snowies.

LIGO Fourth Friday Public Tour - August 26

LIGO Hanford Observatory, west of Richland off Horn Road, 127124 N. Highway 10.
Come take a look at LIGO!  At 1:30 p.m. on the second Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday 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.

Rising Stars (Wine Event in Prosser) - August 26

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140A Wine Country Road in Prosser
VIP 5-9 p.m. - $40, General 6-9 p.m. - $30 (Includes unlimited tastings, appetizers, wine glass, program, and live music)

The Clore Center is thrilled to bring you this special opportunity to discover some of Washington's newest up-and-coming winemakers at Rising Stars, a Tasting Experience of Washington's Newest Wineries. Sip and savor 40 of the newest labels and discover your favorites. You'll even be able to take home a few bottles of your favorites!

Ticket includes all-inclusive tastings and a rare chance to enjoy delicious fare from Tom Douglas Restaurants of the Seattle dining scene. All included in the flat ticket price!

Richland Parks & Recreation Family Movie Night - August 26

Enjoy an outdoor family featured film on a very large screen at Badger Mountain Park in Richland. This is the last of the summer movies and will feature a surprise title!

Movies will begin at dusk and there is no admission. So grab your lawn chairs and blankets, pack a snack basket or visit the food vendors on site and get ready to relax under the stars.

Atomic City Roller Girls Summer Shovin' - August 27

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick,
Doors open at 4:00 p.m., First ACRG bout begins at 5:00 p.m., Second ACRG at 6:30 p.m.
Presale tickets $10 (plus fee) and $12 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free.

Summer Shovin' will be featuring both of Atomic City Roller Girl's (ACRG) home teams! ACRG B Team will shove it out with Beet City Flygirls, while ACRG A Team will shove it out with Beet City Bombers!

The featured charity this month is Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) which exists to create a safer environment for abused children. Members of the Columbia Basin Chapter will have a booth at this event.
About B.A.C.A:

Big Daddy Weave Concert - August 27

Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities, 10611 W Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
Doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m.
General Admission: $25, Students $19.50

Big Daddy Weave is one of the top artists in Christian music: they are one of the genre's biggest headlining artists, the second most played artist at Christian AC-Monitored radio in 2014 and the recipient of multiple industry awards and nominations. Also, performing are Plumb and We Are Messengers.
Tickets and Event Info:

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers - Pearl Jam - August 27

From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Free to attend

This event is our season kickoff party celebrating our thirtieth (pearl) anniversary! We would love to share what this next year has in store for you. This event is the first kickoff party that we've opened to the public! Everyone! And it’s free to attend!

What you can expect:
- Alcohol service!
- Door Prizes!
- A review of this season's concerts by Artistic Director Justin Raffa!
- Pearl necklace "Heads and Tails" raffle!
- Dessert Dash!
- Larry Ganz of Hilarryous Entertainment DJ’ing!
And finishing out the night – jamming and karaoke in the style of the 80’s and 90’s!

9th Annual Show N' Shine for Hunger - August 28

Columbia Park East in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Base vehicle registration fee is $15 which includes one (1) drawing ticket. Participants who elect to pay a registration fee of $25 or more are provided with two (2) drawing tickets. Spectators are free to look around at the cars, bikes and trucks on display.

For the ninth year in a row, the Mid-Columbia Chapter of Mopars Unlimited is spearheading a project designed to raise money for the Food Bank. We expect to draw automotive enthusiasts from throughout the Tri-Cities, as well as Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington, with as many as 300 vehicles on display. Some vehicles may date back to the 1920's while others will be this year´s models. To accommodate this many vehicles, we have again rented 27 acres of Columbia Park East.

Total proceeds from the past Show & Shine for Hunger events have provided the Food Bank with cash contributions in excess of $248,000.

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:

Art & Traveling Exhibits

DrewBoy Creative gallery - Unconfined - through August 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:

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: 

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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