December 3, 2016
Published: December 3, 2016

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of December 5-11, 2016:
  • Steelhead Fishing Tips and Tactics - December 6
  • Christmas at the Manor - December 6
  • A Celtic Christmas Concert - December 6 & 7
  • Dulcimer's Fine Fretted Friends - December 7
  • Rapper Snoop Dogg Performance - December 7
  • Christmas Alive - December 7-11
  • Columbia Basin Badger Club - Columbia River Treaty - December 8
  • The Automatic Ephemeral - Art Show Opening Reception - December 8 
  • Christmas Trees on the Farm (Grandview) - December 9 & 10
  • Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 9 & 10
  • Annual Luminaria (Yakima) - December 9 & 10
  • Tri-City Americans Games - December 9 & 10
  • Mid-Columbia Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" - December 9-11
  • Academy of Children’s Theatre presents "It's A Wonderful Life" - December 9-11
  • Red Mountain Country Christmas (Benton City) - December 9-11
  • Santa Run 5K and Reindeer Trot (Benton City) - December 10
  • Winterfest & Lighted Parade (Benton City) - December 10
  • 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar - December 10
  • STEAM Family Fun Workshop: Animal Tracking - December 10
  • 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar - December 10
  • Merry Little Christmas Village - December 10
  • Family Holiday with Santa Lunch Cruise - December 10
  • Autism Family Holiday Party! - December 10
  • Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale - Winter Concert - December 10
  • Christmas en la Plaza - December 10
  • Handbell Concert "Merry & Bright" - December 10
  • 2nd Annual Tri-Cities Home for the Holidays: A Hometown Expo - December 10 & 11
  • Santa Claus Trolley (Yakima) - December 10 & 11
  • Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) - December 10 & 11
  • J&S Express Christmas Carnival - December 10 & 11
  • Forte! Joyful, Swingin' Christmas Show - December 10 & 12
  • Tamale Festival - December 11
  • Lighted Christmas Parade (Union Gap) - December 11
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Steelhead Fishing Tips and Tactics - December 6

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

At the Richland Rod & Gun Club's monthly meeting, Bruce Hewitt, of Gone Fishing Guide Service, will give a talk on Steelhead Fishing Tips and Tactics.

Christmas at the Manor - December 6

The Manor At Canyon Lakes, 2802 W 35th Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

The Columbia Basin Concert Band, under the direction of Russ Newbury and Dr. Collin Wilson, will perform a variety of holiday selections helping to put us all in the Christmas spirit!

A Celtic Christmas Concert - December 6 & 7

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
Box office opens at 6 p.m., performance begins at 7 p.m.
General Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door

The Arts Center Task Force is sponsoring A Celtic Christmas Concert-Featuring Affiniti, with a special appearance by Howard Crosby.

Affiniti, a classical crossover group from Ireland, returns to the Tri-Cities on their Pacific Northwest holiday tour. The trio will play a Celtic Christmas Concert, with special guest appearance by Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby. Affiniti's style is a blend of classical, rock and Celtic music. Crosby, a Walla Walla business owner, croons tunes from Bing’s era, including some of his most famous holiday songs.

Proceeds benefit the non-profit Arts Center Task Force, sponsor of the Vista Arts Center building project. Suitable for ages 8 and up. Beverages and light desserts will be offered at the snack bar.
Info & Tickets:
About Art Center Task Force:

Dulcimer's Fine Fretted Friends - December 7

The REACH Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Admission: $8 each for adults and $6 for students and seniors. This event is free for kids 5 years old and below and for the members of REACH.

Come enjoy some holiday songs performed by the Dulcimer's Fine Fretted Friends during your visit at The REACH. Fine Fretted Friends is a small ensemble group associated with the Three Rivers Dulcimer Society in the Tri-Cities.

Rapper Snoop Dogg Performance - December 7

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Doors 7:00 p.m., Show 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35 - $55 plus fees

Rapper Snoop Dogg will be making a stop at the Toyota Center during his Puff Puff Pass Tour Part 2.

Christmas Alive - December 7-11

First Baptist Church, 1107 Wright Ave. in Richland
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Free to attend

The Living Christmas Tree by First Baptist Church plans four performances. Dubbed Christmas Alive, this year's production is called "We All Need Christmas" and includes a musical drama.

Columbia Basin Badger Club - Columbia River Treaty - December 8

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $30 - must pre-register

Panel discussion about the Columbia River Treaty -

The Columbia River is the backbone of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty implemented between the United States and Canada in 1964 has provided hydropower, flood control, recreation and economic vitality. The treaty is up for negotiations beginning September 16, 2024 with notice by either nation to terminate provisions. The work of regional plans, negotiations and discussion has begun with the stakeholders. This is a very special issue.

Join Badger Club to understand what is needed to modernize the agreement to reflect the current value of power, flood control and healthy ecosystems. Why is Canada being asked to pay more? What are the impacts to the river system, the United States and our region?
Info & Registration:

The Automatic Ephemeral - Art Show Opening Reception - December 8 (Note: rescheduled to January 6)

DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$2 suggested donation

An art show opening reception for Cameron & Kathryn Mills -
New mixed media paintings, collages, weavings, sculptures exploring subjects like the DAPL protest in Standing Rock and prison labor in the South. Come out and see our new work. Collaborative audio/visual performance featuring live music from local band V.H.S. digital projection by Cameron & Kathryn. Wine pouring by Miss Rhoda’s Wine Garden. Cookies. The art show runs through January 15.

Christmas Trees on the Farm (Grandview) - December 9 & 10

Bill's Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd. in Grandview
From 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Begin your family's Christmas preparations with a trip to the farm for a fresh cut Christmas tree.  The fun begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues into December. Come start a new family tradition here at the farm!

Our park looks absolutely stunning decked in hundreds of fresh cut trees, scores of beautiful handmade wreaths and garlands, and oodles of twinkling Christmas lights. Place an order for a custom wreath or length of garland and we'll make it while you watch.

Browse our beautiful Barn Store decked out in holiday cheer, with beautiful ornaments, decor, and great gifts for your entire list.  Enjoy a caroling hayride around the farm for a donation to the local food bank, sip a cup of hot cocoa or hot cider by the bonfire, and try a delicious vanilla sugar donut (Farm Wife Julie's absolute favorite flavor!).

Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 9 & 10

400 N Quay in Kennewick
Friday from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: free but donations are being collected for 2nd Harvest

The annual holiday light show at Senske headquarters is a proud tradition 14 years running. They put up more than 500,000 holiday lights in an animated display open to the public. Lights are synced with music creating a beautiful melody of dancing holiday lighting.

Senske partners with 2nd Harvest to raise awareness and accept non-perishable food and cash donations for those in need. Dutch Bros. Coffee and Between the Buns will be on hand providing hot food and drinks with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest. Photos with Santa are available with every donation.

Annual Luminaria (Yakima) - December 9 & 10

Cost is free but donations accepted.

Bundle up and head to the Yakima Area Arboretum for one of the grandest Luminaria walks in the Pacific Northwest on December 9 & 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. both nights. Yakima Transit will be offering a free shuttle service from the well-lit and paved Kmart parking lot across the street to the front doors of the Jewett Interpretive Center for the start of your candle-lit walk.

Luminaria features a pathway through the Arboretum's wintery landscape lit by the light over a 1000 candles.  While walking the trail people will enjoy listening to the music of the Arboretum’s Carillon Bell Tower, see groves of trees strung with 1000's of twinkling lights before heading to the Jewett Interpretive Center to warm up with a cup of Starbuck's coffee, hot Tree Top apple cider, hot chocolate, and/or tasty treats from the kitchens of Zirkle Fruit. 

Live music performed each hour by various local artists, fun children's crafts, and shopping in the Tree House Gift Shop.

Tri-City Americans Games - December 9 & 10

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $20 adults 20+, $18 seniors 62+, $11 teen 10-19 yr, $9 youth 3-9 yr

The Tri-City Americans will be competing against the Kelowna Rockets on December 9 and the
Victoria Royals on December 10.

Red Mountain Country Christmas (Benton City) - 9-11

Red Mountain Trails, 27314 E Ambassador Pr NE in Benton City
From  12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wagon Rides: $5.00 per person or 2 ride free with purchase of tree.
Tree Prices: Vary.

Come on out to Red Mountain Trails for your Christmas tree this season and take the family on a horse-drawn wagon ride. We will have a selection of premium Christmas trees available, a bonfire, hot chocolate and the horse-drawn wagon rides. It's a wonderful event to bring your family and friends for a day in the country. We will be open Friday - Sunday through December 11th.

Mid-Columbia Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" - December 9-11

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $27 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (62 & older), and $13 for children (12 & under) and can be purchased online or at Boutique (Richland)

Don't miss this treasured holiday tradition! Mid-Columbia Ballet presents its 41st annual production of The Nutcracker, featuring pre-performance events Sweet Treats and Performance Perspectives.

For an additional fee of $10, Sweet Treats offers VIP access to cast autographs, merchandise, flower and raffle ticket purchase, and complimentary small cakes. Sweet Treats begins at 12:45 p.m. prior to the Saturday & Sunday matinees, only. Performance Perspectives is a free event beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday featuring a short, interactive look at the history behind The Nutcracker story.

Mid-Columbia Ballet was established in 1973 with the mission to advance ballet in its various forms through dance performance and education outreach programs.
Info & Tickets:

Academy of Children’s Theatre presents "It's A Wonderful Life" - December 9-11

ACT Theatre, 313 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Admission: $13 adults, $10 seniors (65+) and youth (13-18), $7 for those 12 and under

The Academy of Children’s Theatre is a staging a production of the holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life."

Santa Run 5K and Reindeer Trot (Benton City) - December 10

The Benton City Lions Club is sponsoring the annual 5K and 1 mile run/trot for all ages! Wear your Santa costume for $5 off registration. The Santa 5k run is $20 and the 1 mile walk/trot is $10. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.
Info & Registration:

Winterfest & Lighted Parade (Benton City) - December 10

Our Annual Winterfest, second Saturday in December, contains over 80+ vendors located in our High School facilities. Along with music, food, a Kid Zone, and the ever famous Santa Claus! Start off in the AM with our Santa 5k and 1 mile Reindeer Trot at 9 a.m.

Then hoof it on down to High School for refreshments and Shopping!! Then wrap up the family in their coats and hats and head downtown for the Lighted Parade at 5 p.m. Wrapping it up in the park for City Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. along with cocoa and cookies.

35th Annual Holiday Bazaar - December 10

Columbia Valley Grange, Rd 64 & Court St. in Pasco
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for handmade crafts, lunch and silent auction. Sponsored by Columbia Valley Jr Grange.

STEAM Family Fun Workshop: Animal Tracking - December 10

The REACH, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. - Noon
Admission: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, military, and students, 5 and under are free. REACH members are free. Registration required by December 8.

Winter is a great time to watch wildlife. Learn how see the clues about where animals have been, what they’ve been doing and how to identify animals by what they have left behind. Space is limited, so register by December 8 to the workshop by calling 509-943-4100 ext. 107. Please check in by 10:15 a.m. to participate.

1st Annual Holiday Bazaar - December 10

The Sandberg Event Center, 331 S 41st Ave. in West Richland
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to attend

West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 1st annual holiday bazaar.
Donations of nonperishable canned goods, new toys, or new or gently used clothing for holiday families in need will be accepted and appreciated!Info:

Merry Little Christmas Village - December 10

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Start at Flag Plaza

Please join us at Flag Plaza on Saturday, December 3rd and 10th for a fun filled family event to celebrate the fourth annual Public Ice Skating Rink and the “Merry Little Christmas Village."

Entertainment will consist of Ice Skating, Christmas Music, children visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, taking pictures, hay rides, hourly reading of the Polar Express, face painting, crafts, carolers and games all over Downtown Kennewick. Families will be able receive their map of the “Polar Express Train” at participating merchants and walk the streets visiting locations for giveaways, crafts, wreath making and more!

Also, Princess Ariel is coming to Heidi's Mercantile from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bring your princess to have a meet and greet photos will be available.

Family Holiday with Santa Lunch Cruise - December 10

Water2Wine Cruises LLC, 458c Columbia Point Dr. in Richland

Have a "holly, jolly Christmas" aboard our private, luxury yacht for a holiday celebration on the Columbia River. Share the holidays with family and friends from near and far. Boarding begins at Columbia Point Dock at 12 pm. Guests over 21, join us on the upper deck for holiday cheer and great music.

All ages welcome.
Boarding begins at 12 p.m at the Columbia Point Dock.
Boat departs at 12:30 p.m..

Package Includes:
• A glass of champagne or cider at boarding
• 1.5-hour cruise on the mighty Columbia
• Hors d’oeuvre buffet for all to enjoy
• Santa Claus on board
• Dessert stations featuring local bakeries
• Soda, coffee, tea
• Full service cash bar

Adults $54*
Seniors (65 and older) $45*
Children (5-12) $30*
Children (4 and under) $0
*Prices are per person and do not include 8.6% sales tax and $6 per person service charge.


Autism Family Holiday Party! - December 10

Responding to Autism Center, 4206 W 24th Ave. Ste B101 in Kennewick
From 2 p.m - 3:30 p.m.

It is time for our annual Autism Family Holiday Party!

Your family can visit with a very caring Sensory Santa and celebrate in a warm and welcoming atmosphere! Every child receives a gift! Open to all families affected by autism spectrum disorder!

Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale - Winter Concert - December 10

Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road in Richland
Starts at 3 p.m.
Free but donations accepted

The Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale will be presenting an afternoon of sing along songs, 1960's hits, favorite holiday music, & patriotic melodies. The Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale is a choir that has been entertaining the Tri-Cities for more than 40 years. All ages and levels of experience welcome!

Christmas en la Plaza - December 10

Peanuts Plaza in Downtown Pasco
From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Come join us to spread good cheer under the lights of Peanuts Plaza in Downtown Pasco (Next to Viera's Bakery)! There will be lots of Christmas Spirit, Lights and a community tree to decorate. Our committee is working hard to make this event a lot of fun!

Vengan a celebrar y compartir el espiritu navideño bajo las luces de la plaza Peanuts en el Centro de Pasco (Junto a La Panaderia Vieras)! Habria musica navideña, luces, y un arbol comunitario que los niños puedan decorar.

Handbell Concert "Merry & Bright" - December 10

Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr. in Richland
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 suggested donation, K-12 students free

Bells of the Desert will be performing their annual holiday handbell concert "Merry & Bright." Their concert will also be held on January 7.

2nd Annual Tri-Cities Home for the Holidays: A Hometown Expo - December 10 & 11

Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

This two-day event isn't your typical Holiday expo, it's an experience that you won't want to miss. The expo features shopping, performances, photographs with Santa and so much more! Santa Claus will be there. Concession food will be available. More than 100 vendors are expected.

Santa Claus Trolley (Yakima) - December 10 & 11

From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fare: $6 for adults all ages; $3 for children

Ho, ho, ho! Santa Claus decided to give the reindeer a break and travel by trolley instead. Please join Santa and the Yakima Valley Trolleys for this popular annual event. Santa will be riding the festive trolleys. Back at the museum there will be treats and cheer for all!

Purchase tickets on the day of the event at the trolley museum's concrete powerhouse building located on South Third Avenue at Pine Street.
Future dates: December 17 & 18

Toy Train Christmas (Toppenish) - December 10 & 11

Train Depot, 8 Asotin Ave. in Toppenish
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for kids

Toy Train Christmas is intended to bring back the days of old when toy trains were common around the Christmas tree. Trains range from very old  to new models. There will be many hands on activities including crafts projects and a caboose full of toy trains designed for younger children to operate.

The  caboose ride from the depot to the "North Pole" to see Santa is a delight for children ages 1 to 100. Festivities include free hot chocolate and cookies. Optional photographs with Santa are available.

J&S Express Christmas Carnival - December 10 & 11

Camp Kiwanis Building at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. both days
Cost: $5 per person kids 5 and under are free.

Fun activities will include J&S rides, kids craft table, polar express story time, big top the clown and so much more! Proceeds from the carnival provide scholarships for students from the Mid-Columbia region.

Forte! Joyful, Swingin' Christmas Show - December 10 & 12

Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Saturday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Monday: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and kids for reserved seats, and $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and kids for general admission.

Forte Wishes You a Joyful, Swingin' Christmas

Forte's show choir concert will feature many songs from the American jazz music genre, Swing!  Swing music and dancing were very popular in the 1930's and 1940's, then came back in popularity throughout other decades.  Whether it's the familiar sounds of brass from the Big Bands, or the smooth, velvety voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Swing music has a place in the hearts of many generations.  Forte's performance of songs like "What Will Santa Claus Say", a 1930's Big Band tune, and "Hotta Chocolatta", a 1950's tune made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, will have the joint jumpin' like a Jitterbug.

Advance tickets may be purchased online and at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music in Richland. Tickets also are available at the door.
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Tamale Festival - December 11

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
$1 Admission or 3 cans of non perishable food 

Featuring: Tamales, Live Music, Arts & Crafts Booths, and Folkloric Ballet. Sponsored by the Latin Business Association of the Tri-Cities (LBATC).

Lighted Christmas Parade (Union Gap) - December 11

Starts @ 6:00 p.m. in Union Gap

Pack up some Hot Cocoa, or a Peppermint Mocha, put on your hat and gloves and pick up the family to head to Union Gap and enjoy the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade Sunday December 11th starting at 6 p.m. on Main St. If it's not already a tradition, it's a great time to make it one - See you there!

Art & Other Exhibits 

Gallery Aglow through December 31
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

Do you want to give your friends and family presents as unique and wonderful as they are? Do you want beautiful, handmade wreaths and trees to decorate your house? Stop by the Gallery, located on Lee Boulevard near the entrance of Howard Amon Park, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their special Gallery Aglow show.

Local artists contribute their incredible talents to the show, submitting items both beautiful and useful, such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work. Unlike presents that can be found at a chain store, these items have been handcrafted with love and care, and each one is a unique piece by a talented artist.

The Gallery at the Park maintains one of the largest retail art collections in the entire Tri-Cities area. Allied Arts Association, which operates the Gallery, has served the community since 1948, providing Tri-Cities residents with a source of art and handicrafts. Every year through November and December, the Gallery at the Park hosts the Gallery Aglow show, featuring hundreds of works created by local and regional artists.

Not only that, but during this event, the Gallery also sells unique wreaths, trees and holiday decorations—all handmade by volunteers at the Gallery. All proceeds on these items go towards Allied Arts Association, which gives back to the community by providing scholarships and by setting up programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection.

Esvelt Gallery - Mixed Media by Joe Batt through December 9
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 and open to the public

The second show of the quarter is titled In The Cloud, by Olympia artist Joe Batt. The work is mixed-media and includes ceramic sculpture, painted wood, and drawing done directly on the gallery walls. He will give an artist talk on November 7 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the opening reception in the gallery.
About Joe Batt:

The REACH - The Columbian Mammoth Discovery
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

Columbian Mammoths roamed Eastern Washington throughout the Pleistocene Epoch (the last Ice Age).   Cataclysmic Ice Age floods (such as those released from Glacial Lake Missoula) poured across Eastern Washington, sweeping many mammoths and other creatures to their deaths.  Their carcasses, along with other floating debris, were carried downstream into temporary lakes and back waters.

In 1999, a few mammoth remains were discovered and collected south of Kennewick.  The site was left dormant until it was rediscovered in 2008.  At that time, it was also established that the Columbian Mammoth bones at this location are located in Ice Age Flood deposits.  Formal excavation of the site began in September, 2010.  Since the end of the 2014 dig season, nearly 500 samples, including over 90 mammoth bones or bone fragments have been collected.

At the new exhibit, presented by the MCBONES Research Center Foundation, visitors can visualize and understand the process of research, from the first hypothesis to the studying of the bones, soil composition and other natural materials.  There are big bones to see plus, learning more about the digs in 2017.


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:

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.

Upcoming Events:
December 10: Pictures with Santa with a visit from Tuba Christmas
December 16: Reindeer at the Carousel
December 17: Brunch with Santa


LIGO Public Tours - 2nd Saturday & 4th Friday of each Month

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

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 and other activities that take place each month. Check the REACH calendar. Also, the Ice-Age Floods related tours will be taking place again in 2017. The schedule will be available in December.
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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