August 26, 2016
Published: August 26, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 29 - September 4, 2016:
  • Monday Movie Matinee - Karate Kid - August 29
  • Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days - August 31 - September 4
  • First Thursday - Art Walk, Farmers' Market & More! - September 1
  • Sunset at Southridge - September 2 
  • International Bigfoot Conference - September 2-4
  • Tumbleweed Music Festival - September 2-4
  • Astronaut Story Musgrave is Here! - September 3
  • "Ballin for Bags" Basketball Camp - September 3
  • Smoovies Outdoor Movie: The Jungle Book - September 3
  • Snake River Jet Boat to Lyons Ferry State Park and Palouse Falls - September 10
  • Safe Harbor - Taming the Dragons - Starts September 12
  • Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults  
  • Art & Traveling Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • J&S Dreamland Express
  • LIGO Public Tours 
  • Nightlife Music, Food, Beer & Wine  
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website

Monday Movie Matinee - Karate Kid - August 29

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 2 p.m.

The Richland Public Library is showing Karate Kid: A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. Rated PG, 126 minutes.

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days - August 31 - September 4

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds
Daily admission: $10 Adult (ages 14+), $5 Senior (65+), $5 Child (ages 6-13), $20 Family Package (2 Adult & 2 Child ages 6-13), 5 and under free


  • Free gate admission - Wednesday 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Davis Shows NW Carnival - armbands $30 each (see promotions: 
  • Main concert featuring Montgomery Gentry - Wednesday - tickets $30-$60 (includes gate admission) 
  • Demolition derby - Thursday - (tickets include admission into fairgrounds) $22 Adult (Ages 14 -64), $17 Senior (Ages 65 and Over), $14 Child (Ages 6-13)
  • Rodeo - Friday-Sunday - (tickets include admission into fairgrounds) $22 Adult (Ages 14 -64), $17 Senior (Ages 65 and Over), $14 Child (Ages 6-13)
  • Kid's Day - Friday - admission: children (Ages 6-13) $2, children 5 & under Free 
  • Frontier Days Parade - Saturday (starts at 5th & Alder and ends at the fairgrounds) 
  • Motorcycle Show n' Shine - Friday (requires gate admission) 
  • Classic car show - Saturday (requires gate admission)

First Thursday - Art Walk, Farmers' Market & More! - September 1

Historic Downtown Kennewick (17 N. Auburn St.)
From 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free

Stroll around the approximate 10 block area of historic downtown to view art galleries, and shops filled with art and the artists who create them. Businesses and artists change each month. There are other activities going on besides the Art Walk that include shopping, food, and music during this time in Downtown Kennewick. The Farmers' Market will also be open!
Info: and

Sunset at Southridge - September 2

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Sit back, relax, listen to live music and let our food vendors do the cooking on Friday! You will be treated to Jack Rothwell’s Acoustic Show, Free face painting, 10 quality food vendors and the Gesa Carousel of Dreams will also be open until 7:30 p.m.

Every food vendor offers a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride. Vendors This Week: Fresh Out the Box is BACK!, 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 Diesel, LLC.

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

International Bigfoot Conference - September 2-4

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Friday: doors open at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: doors open at 7:30 a.m.
Sunday: doors open at 7:45 a.m.
Admission: Entire 3 days; $45 for adults and $25 for 12 and under (plus service fees).

The International Bigfoot Conference is an open forum for our leading experts in the field to meet with those who have questions about research, and candid dialogue about evidence. Our three day event has over 13 speakers ranging from research team leaders, to the top scientific cryptology experts in the US. We are about facilitating an event where the biggest names in the industry share the stage with newcomers who are seeking solid information. It’s about sharing the experiences, understanding the research, revealing the evidence and science behind the legendary Bigfoot.
Info & Tickets:

Tumbleweed Music Festival - September 2-4

Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Dr. in Richland
Friday opens at 4 p.m. (free concert at 6:30 p.m.)
Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (benefit concert begins at 7 p.m. - $10 adults  and $8 senior/student)
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (dance begins at 8 p.m. - $8 adults and $5 senior /students)
All Events Are Free Except for the Saturday Evening Concert and Sunday Dance

Over 100 Free performances by musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Listen, sing and dance to folk, sea chanteys, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and more. Try your hand at the open mic stage, singalongs, or attend one of the many other free workshops. Enjoy a variety of food trucks and craft vendors. Tumbleweed Music Festival is a family friendly event with something for everyone.

Astronaut Story Musgrave is Here! - September 3

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco

It is with great pleasure we invite you to spend time with a great American hero, astronaut, Story Musgrave. Columbia Basin College (CBC) and Hands In For Hands On (HiHo) are bringing this amazing man to the CBC campus.

Story has led a 'storied' life. Astronaut, physician, consultant to Disney's Imagineering group, decorated Marine, and great public speaker, Story Musgrave will enlighten and entertain us. Story flew on all five space shuttles and was the first astronaut to perform a shuttle spacewalk. On the Hubble Telescope repair mission, Story was the lead spacewalker. He'll share with us his life of science, literature, medicine, defense, education, and more. Story has also earned seven graduate degrees. 

Three events are planned on Saturday: 

  • 10 a.m. - Presentation: "Farm Kid to Rocketman: Story Musgrave." CBC Theatre, free admission. 
  • 12:30 p.m. - Doors open at 11:30 a.m., first come, first served. Ask an Astronaut! A special presentation for children and parents, "Curiosity: It's not just o Space Rover!" CBC Planetarium, free admission. 
  • 3 p.m. - A View from Space with Story Musgrove. Enjoy delectable appetizer s while listening to this remarkable man. The reception is $25 per person. Please RSVP to Alissa Watkins at Location will be downstairs in the HUB.
Also, September 3 is the last day of the "A View from Space" exhibit run! Admission to the OMSI "A View from Space" exhibit (located in the classrooms outside the Planetarium) will be open from 12 - 4 and will be FREE (donations encouraged.) Come help us celebrate Phase 1 of our effort to bring a children's museum to the Tri-Cities, and ask us how you can help bring about Phase 2!

"Ballin for Bags" Basketball Camp - September 3

Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $40 general or $30 with a donation

Help us raise school supplies for Kids-In-Need at our "Ballin for Bags" Basketball Camp. Youth ages 7 and up are invited to participate. Will learn: Defensive Skills, Footwork, Dribbling Skills - focus on skills to take your game to the next level! Space is limited, bring your own ball. Plus donate a back-pack-with school supplies to Kids-In-Need and receive $10 Off admission! Enter free throw contest!
Info & registration:

Smoovies Outdoor Movie: The Jungle Book - September 3

Badger Mountain Park off of Keene Rd. in Richland
Pre-movie activities start at 7:00 p.m., movie at dusk
Donations gladly accepted

We will be showing the new release movie The Jungle Book. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m. with bounce house and group activity game followed by our world famous dance time. Movie will begin at sundown. Concession stand will be available with popcorn, food, drinks, ice cream and candy. Admission is by donation. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, lie out under the stars, spend time with friends and family and watch a great movie. This will be our last movie for the season.

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Vancouver Canadians - September 3-5

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 Vancouver Canadians! There are game promotions each night including a post-game fireworks show on September 3.

Snake River Jet Boat to Lyons Ferry State Park and Palouse Falls - September 10

Cost: $155.00 - register by September 5

Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on an all-day tour up the Snake River through the locks at Ice Harbor and the Lower Monumental Dams. Among many impressive features along the way are the 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar, giant current ripples, and a basalt-feeder dike for one of the many lava flows exposed within the canyon.

After landing at Lyons Ferry State Park will be an optional short hike to an overlook onto the 13,000 year-old Marmes Rockshelter before bus transport to Palouse Falls. Our return to the Tri Cities will continue by bus across HU Ranch Coulee to Washtucna Coulee, Devils Canyon and Burr Canyon. Includes: jet boat and bus transport, lunch and water.

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

Safe Harbor - Taming the Dragons - Starts September 12

  • Morning Session - ages 3-5, 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., morning snack and lunch provided, $78/week for 12 weeks 
  • Afternoon Session - ages 5-8, 1 day a week on Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., afternoon snack provided, $15/week for 12 weeks

Our children's program is designed for children who have experienced trauma, or who are exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors. Through age-appropriate discussion, activities and crafts, children learn to identify emotions and express them in a positive way. Children learn how to form safe and positive relationships with peers and adults in an encouraging, caring environment.

We focus on ways to reduce stress and heal from trauma taught through self-calming exercises. We reinforce the skills and techniques parents learn in our Incredible Years parenting classes, so our Taming the Dragons is a great stand-alone class, or paired with our parenting classes.

Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults

Kennewick School District's Community Education Program offers evening and weekend classes for adults on the go in the Tri-Cities. This could be a good way to meet those who share similar interests! Registration for fall classes is now open.

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: 

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
Note: Saturday, September 3, is Free and the last day of this exhibit!

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: 

Gallery at the Park  - Northwest Designer Craftsmen Show - August 30 - September 30
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 dictionary defines “craftsman” as a person who makes beautiful objects by hand, or a person who is very skilled in planning, making or executing a design. The public will have a chance during the month of September to see the results of such skilled craftsmen. Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft.

Artists who work professionally in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, and/or mixed media, are members. Other members support the crafts in the Pacific Northwest as educators, managers of non-profit arts organizations, or buyers of art for public or private collections. With 55 pieces by 27 artists, the NWDC Show at The Gallery at the Park will showcase just a small sampling of the member's work.

The public is invited to a reception for the artists on September 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at The Gallery at the Park.

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:

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:

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.


J&S Dreamland Express

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. through 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.

LIGO Public Tours

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.

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:

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:

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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