May 27, 2017
Published: May 27, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of May 29 - June 4, 2017:
  • Memorial Day Observances - May 29
  • Chipotle Fundraiser for CRFMC - May 31
  • First Kennewick Market of the Year - June 1
  • Live @ 5 Summer Concert - June 1
  • Grand Opening of the Candy Mountain Preserve Trail - June 2
  • Adventure Underground's 10 Year Anniversary Bash! - June 2 & 3
  • Kahlotus Days Community Event - June 3
  • Scottish Fest (Prosser) - June 3
  • Old Fashioned Day - June 3
  • Sock Hop & Cruise In - June 3
  • UnWined with HiHo - June 3
  • Ugandan Kids Choir - June 4
  • J&S Dreamland Express - Saturdays & Sundays
  • Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guides
  • Farmers' Markets Opening Dates in the Tri-Cities
  • Art & Other Exhibits
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Gesa Carousel of Dreams
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • The REACH Museum
  • Nightlife Music
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Memorial Day Observances - May 29

The following Memorial Day Ceremonies are taking place in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and Benton City on Memorial Day:

- Riverview Heights Cemetery, 10th Ave. and Olympia St. in Kennewick. Starts at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785.

- Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 10th Ave. and Union St. in Kennewick. Starts at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785.

- Sunset Gardens at Einan's, 915 Bypass Hiway in Richland. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The public is invited to a BBQ, Memorial Day Program, See Military Vehicles, Live Music, Tours, Lincoln Exhibit. At 11:00 a.m. the Memorial Day Program begins at Swan Lake on the beautiful Sunset Garden's Grounds.

- City View Cemetery, 1300 N Oregon Ave. in Pasco. The Vietnam Traveling Wall exhibit continues through Tuesday. There will be a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and includes a color guard salute, a movie, balloon release, and several speakers including Pasco City Councilman Al Yenney.

- Evergreen Cemetery, corner of Creek Road and Horn Drive in Benton City. Starts at 11:30 a.m. followed by a hamburger and hotdog potluck lunch at American Legion Hall, 908 Dale Ave. in Benton City. Sponsored by American Legion of Benton City and Richland Post 115.

Chipotle Fundraiser for CRFMC - May 31

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1102 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Eat at Chipotle between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., mention The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia (CRFMC), and you'll help us prevent the summer learning loss.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to CRFMC. We will use the funds to purchase high quality, rich content books. These books will be given to students in our school districts' summer meal programs and summer school programs.

By reading 6 books over the summer months, students can combat the summer learning loss. Those students who

First Kennewick Market of the Year - June 1

Historic Downtown Kennewick, 124 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
From 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Free to attend

Come down and enjoy the first Market of the year featuring live music by Ruben G from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is our first anniversary for the market being back in Downtown Kennewick. We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, as well as great foods. Live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each market. The market runs every Thursday until October 12. Also, the 1st Thursday Art Walk will be taking place.

Live @ 5 Summer Concert - June 1

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free family entertainment

The Live @ 5 summer concert series kicks off with a performance by Groove Principal. This family friendly concert in the park is Free every Thursday through August 10 with live entertainment, business vendors, food vendors and a beer and wine garden for those 21 and over.

Grand Opening of the Candy Mountain Preserve Trail - June 2

71004 E 669 PR NE in Richland
From 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Free to attend

Benton County and Friends of Badger Mountain are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Candy Mountain Preserve and Trail. A celebration event will be held, including speakers and a ribbon cutting, with an inaugural hike led by Friends of Badger board members to follow. Please carpool to ensure there is enough parking for everyone.


Adventure Underground's 10 Year Anniversary Bash! - June 2 & 3

Adventures Underground, 1391 George Washington Way in Richland
Friday: Market Night at Adventure Underground from 4-9 p.m.
Saturday: Uptown Block Party from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Free to attend

We'll have some familiar vendors from the Richland Farmers market along with local authors, artists and live music both days! On Saturday, we encourage everyone to walk the Uptown and check out all it has to offer!

Plus if you've been wanting to see Charley, or have been wondering who that big dog painted outside our store is, he will be here in the flesh!

No Return Midnight Movie is putting on a midnight movie on both nights of our birthday bash! He is kicking things off with showing A Clockwork Orange and Delicatessen at the Uptown Theatre. Tickets are only $5.

Kahlotus Days Community Event - June 3

Dowtown Kahlotus Washington (45 minutes from Pasco)

Come out this year to test your bull riding abilities on a mechanical bull! Be judged by real rodeo judges and maybe take home that gold belt buckle you always dreamed of winning!

There will be a kids zone with a bouncy house, games, dunk tank and more!

Of course, we will keep the age old Kahlotus Day's traditions going with our parade, live DJ, street dance and softball tournament!

Scottish Fest (Prosser) - June 3

Prosser Wine and Food Park in Prosser
From 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
$10 General Admission, $5 5-12 years/65 & older, Children 4 years and under admitted free!

The annual Scottish Fest in Prosser will feature a full day of Highland Family Fun that includes Celtic music, athletics, vendors, crafts, and kid's activities.

Old Fashioned Day - June 3

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco
From 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free to attend - No Discover Pass is required for entrance (Washington State Park Fee Free Day)

Old Fashioned Day is a free event for the whole family that will feature several exciting activities:

  • Daughters of the Pioneers picnic 
  • Model A and Model T car clubs 
  • Historic re-enactments by Northwest Historians 
  • Vivid Imagination face painting 
  • Big Top Clown with his balloons 
  • Tri-City Geocache 
  • Safe Kids Bicycle Rodeo 
  • Old fashioned games 
  • Food Vendors
Note: the Daughters of the Pioneers picnic will take place, so families who wish to know more about them are invited to bring their own lunch.

Sock Hop & Cruise In - June 3

Stone Ridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person

All ages welcome at this 1st annual Stone Ridge Sock Hop! Dragon Entertainment will be rockin' all your favorite 50 & 60s tunes. Beer garden for 21+. Snack bar with fun retro snacks. Dancing in the garden under our 30' gazebo!

Cruise in your classic car for a Free ticket! Tickets will be available at the door until we are sold out. We highly recommend getting tickets in advance!
Info & Tickets:

UnWined with HiHo - June 3

Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road in Prosser
From 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets: $60 per person (adults 21+ only)

UnWined Fundraiser with Hands In For Hands On (HiHo) Tri-Cities

What's better than a fun night out? A fun night out for a good cause! Join us for a casual evening out to support HiHo's mission to establish a permanent hands on children's discovery museum in the Tri-Cities. Tickets include light bites, drinks, dessert and entertainment!
Info & Tickets:

Ugandan Kids Choir - June 4

Crossview Community, 540 N Colorado St. in Kennewick
Two performances: 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Donations accepted

The children in the Ugandan Kids Choir bring a message of hope—sharing the power of God’s love through traditional music and dance. As they tour the US, they delight audiences with their high-energy performances and infectious joy.

J&S Dreamland Express - Saturdays & Sundays

Columbia Park (near Family Fishing Pond) in Kennewick
Every Saturday & Sunday from Noon - 6:30 p.m. through September 24
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 c
all Ryan Peterson at (509) 619-3140 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.

Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guides

You may now view the online summer activity guides (May-August) for the following Parks & Recreation Departments:


Farmers' Markets Opening Dates in the Tri-Cities

There are several Farmers' Markets in the Tri-Cities that are open from May through October. The following is a list of Farmers' Markets and their opening dates:


  • Pasco Farmers' Market - May 6, 2017 through October 28. It's open two days, 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday at the corner of West Columbia Street and South Fourth Avenue. Info:
  • 3 Eyed Fish Farmers' Market - June 11, 2017 through August. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at Queensgate Village, 1970 Keen Road. Info: 
  • Market at The Parkway - June 2, 2017 through October 27. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at The Parkway between Jadwin Avenue and George Washington Way. Info:
For more information on Farmers' Markets and Local Food & Farm Producers in the Tri-Cities region, visit:

Art & Other Exhibits

"inVisible" through June 2
DrewBoy Creative, 285 Williams Boulevard in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

The goals of the art show are:
- To unravel the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness.
- For people to openly share stories about mental illness.
- To create art that encourages empathy for those afflicted.
- To create a safe space for discussion.
- To provide information about mental health.

Participating artists: Bobi Wilson, Ayleen Wood, Maridy Roper, Madison Rosenbaum, Heather Willoughby, Jessica Vorheis, Kyle Cox, Quinton Maldonado, Denise Bowles, Jeremiah Griffith, Felicia Follum, and Thelma Triplett.

This show is sponsored by Lourdes Health Network, NAMI Tri-Cities, and Castle Event Catering.

The CBC Student Art Show through June 8
Esvelt Gallery, Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Hours: open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday.

The Student Art Show is a fantastic opportunity for the college campus, and larger community, to gather and celebrate the talent of CBC students and showcase the skills that have been developed through classroom curriculum.

The selected student work will be on display from May 8 - June 8, 2017 and features a variety of media including drawing, painting, digital design, illustration, photography, sculpture, and ceramics.

Jay Hollick Exhibit - May 31 through June 29
Gallery at the Park, 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

Check back for more details...

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

Exhibits at 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

Alphabet Houses
In 1943, the United States Government contracted Gustav Albin Pehrson, an engineer and architect from Spokane, Washington, to design the Hanford Engineer Works (HEW) Village. The project was to include housing for the permanent workers of  Hanford.  Of the  5,195 houses/units that were built, the vast majority of them were completed between 1943-1949.  Each housing design was assigned an alphabet letter designation and included single-family, duplexes, apartments and dormitories

Energy Northwest Water Fountain
The REACH Museum is excited to have the Columbia Basin Region come and see our newest exhibit funded by Energy Northwest, Legacy Pool, Lampson, Ray Poland & Sons and American Wheel Specialist. The new addition, in the outdoor space, is a beautiful water fountain and an educational kiosk with information regarding nuclear energy.

Bechtel National Planetarium Shows

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N. 20th Ave. (Bldg D), in Pasco
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors; $3 ages 6-12, free 5 and under (purchase tickets online)

Showing this week:
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.
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.


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. and 3 p.m. on the second Saturday 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.

Note: tours are no longer taking place on the fourth Friday of the month.

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.

The REACH Museum will be offering Ice Age Floods, Agriculture, History, Geology, Rock Hunting, Jet Boat and Hiking tours through September of 2017. Here is a list of upcoming tours:
  • June 3 - Wallula Gap Hike $87
  • June 9 - Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee $87
  • June 16 - Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods $87
  • June 23 - Jet Boat/Bus Tour along the White Bluffs to West Bar $190
  • June 30 - Meet the Farmer $90
Info: and

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:

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:

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:

This guide has been described as "An Under-the-Hood Guide to Community Culture including Clubs, Annual Events, and Awesome Organizations."

Submit Your Community Event

If you have a community event similar to those published above, you may submit your event for consideration. 

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