August 11, 2017
Published: August 11, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 14-20, 2017:
  • Walk Kick Off & Open House (Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS) - August 16
  • Thunder on the Island Concert - August 16
  • Safe Harbor Chipotle Fundraiser - August 17
  • Taste Tri-Cities through August 17
  • Richland's Artisan Market - August 18
  • Sunset at Southridge - August 18
  • Annual Sock Hop Series - August 18
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night - August 18
  • Rivers of Ink Writers Conference - August 18-20
  • ROCKS Festival of Milton-Freewater - August 18-20
  • Benton-Franklin Grand Parade - August 19
  • TC Crime Stoppers - Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime - August 19
  • Yakima Blues and Local Brews Bash - August 19
  • Scar Wars - An Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader - August 19
  • Bike-In Movie Night - August 19
  • Date Night at The Pointe - August 19
  • Battle of the Beasts 3on3 Basketball Tournament - August 19 & 20
  • Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet (Union Gap, WA) - August 19 & 20
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 20-22
  • Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017
  • Summer Camps 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Walk Kick Off & Open House (Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS) - August 16

Round Table Pizza, 1769 Leslie Rd. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Come help us kick off the Tri Cities Walk to Defeat ALS!! Anyone interested in learning about the Walk is invited. We will have free pizza, a raffle for a gift card, Walk swag and lots of fundraising tips and tricks to boost your team totals.

Thunder on the Island Concert - August 16

Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Dr. in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Free family entertainment

The Thunder on the Island concert on August 16 will feature Blue Tattoo. Thunder on the Island is free weekly concert series that runs every Wednesday and this is the final event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Safe Harbor Chipotle Fundraiser - August 17

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1102 N Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick
From 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Safe Harbor Support Center and My Friends' Place. Come into Chipotle and bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting our agency to make sure that 50% of your purchase will be donated to Safe Harbor Support Center & My Friends' Place!

Taste Tri-Cities through August 17

Visit Tri-Cities and the Tri-Cities Wine Tourism Council present Taste Tri-Cities, a celebration of regional wine and food! Local wineries have partnered with restaurants to create an enhanced food and wine experience in the Heart of Washington Wine Country.

Enjoy a winemaker’s dinner, a special food pairing or an authentic farm to fork experience. Participating wineries and restaurants include:
- Frichette Winery & Fat Olives - August 1-16
- Tucannon Cellars & Baum's House of Chocolates - August 1-16
- The Kitchen @ Barnard Griffin - August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
- Chandler Reach Vineyards & Water2 Wine Cruises - August 3
- Purple Star & Fat Olives - August 5
- Badger Mountain Vineyard & CG Public House - August 6
- Kitzke Cellars & Country Mercantile - Daily except Tuesday & Wednesday
- Purple Star & Fat Olives - August 9
- Goose Ridge Estate Winery & CG Public House - August 11
- Giving Garden Progressive Soirèe - August 11
- Fiction @ J. Bookwalter - August 11 & 12
- Frichette Winery & Ethos Bakery & Café - August 12
- Hightower Cellars & Kindra Wok 'N Roll - August 12
- Longship Cellars & Gourmet Grub Bus - August 12 & 13
- Sleeping Dog Wines & Ethos Bakery & Café - August 13
- Badger Mountain Vineyard & Gourmet Grub Bus - August 17
For event details, visit:

Richland's Artisan Market - August 18

John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free to attend

A weekly artisan market takes place at John Dam Plaza and occurs most Fridays through September 8. This event complements the Market in the Parkway.

Sunset at Southridge - August 18

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free to attend

Put down your cooking utensils and let our vendors do the cooking. Join us every Friday during the summer from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Southridge Sports & Events Complex for Local Food Trucks, Live Entertainment and a Family Atmosphere. Every vendor features a $7 dinner special that includes a free carousel ride.

Annual Sock Hop Series - August 18

Stone Ridge Event Center, 5960 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
From 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 per person in advance or $7 at the door. Children under 10 free. Cruise in your classic, hot rod, or other cool car and get free admission for you and everyone you fit in your ride!

Come out and enjoy our annual summer series of Sock Hops at Stone Ridge! Enjoy great 50’s & 60’s music by Dragon Entertainment. Retro Snack Bar. Beer Garden.
Cruise Control will keep the dance floor going from 8-10 p.m. We will be having a contest this night for the best dressed! Also, Don Taco will be there to feed the hunger.
Future dates: September 22 and October 20
Info & Tickets:

Family Outdoor Movie Night - August 18

John Dam Plaza in Richland
Starts at sunset

Free family entertainment

The featured outdoor movie on August 18 is "Beauty and the Beast." Join us for a night of family movie fun! Show up around sunset and grab a seat. The movie will start when the sun goes down! This is the last outdoor movie for the season.

Rivers of Ink Writers Conference - August 18-20

Friday & Saturday at Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Sunday at Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick
Cost: $30-$100 (free workshop on Sunday)

The Rivers of Ink Writers Conference is two full days and one half-day of speaker workshops, from creativity to craft to publishing, designed to equip you to reach your writing goals.

Friday and Saturday will be held at Richland Public Library and feature two full days of speaker workshops. Sunday will be a half-day workshop at Kennewick Mid-Columbia Library. Friday and Saturday are registration required and Sunday is free, even if you didn’t attend the other days of the conference.

Registration for Friday and Saturday can be single day or both days. Lunch, provided by Graze, is included in the price. Sunday will have light snacks provided.

This year will feature a poetry and flash fiction contest sponsored by Friends of the Mid-Columbia Libraries. It’s free to enter!
Info & Registration:

ROCKS Festival of Milton-Freewater - August 18-20

Yantis Park, 200 Dehaven St. in Milton-Freewater
Admission is free

Join us all weekend for our annual fun community event featuring:
- Live Music!
- Beer, Wine and Cider Garden, Vendors, food, kids games.
- Rock wall, obstacle course and more from the National Guard.
- Salmon Dinner and Corn Roast Saturday night.
- Brushes n Brix in the Park.

Benton-Franklin Grand Parade - August 19

Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - noon

Free to watch

The Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo would be honored with your participation in this year's Grand Parade celebrating our wonderful community. You can participate or bring your lawn chair and settle in for the show. You don't want to miss this parade! It's the best around!
Info & Parade Map:

TC Crime Stoppers - Drink Some Wine & Solve A Crime - August 19

Locations: Tri-Cities, Benton City and Prosser
From 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $75

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers presents the 5th annual Who Done It? Drive. Ride in one of our air conditioned buses, collect clues and enjoy wine tasting at Prosser and Red Mountain wineries. Solve the crime and enter to win a fully stocked wine fridge.

Registration includes transportation, tasting at 6 wineries, lunch at Tucannon Winery, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and mystery wine raffle.
Info & Tickets:

Yakima Blues and Local Brews Bash - August 19

Historic North Front St. in Yakima
From 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event - Tickets are on sale via Capitol Theatre. You can purchase online or at the box office. Must be 21+ to attend.

The Yakima Blues and Local Brews Bash is a music festival that takes place in Yakima every August that will feature local brews from eight breweries. The event features six bands performing on 2 stages with 6 hours of consecutive music.

Scar Wars - An Atomic City Roller Derby Doubleheader - August 19

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $5 students (11-18), kids 10 and free with adult admission

Come watch Atomic City Roller Girls (ACRG) take on Columbia Basin Roller Derby out of Moses Lake. Also, Atomic City's very own open gender team Church of Atom (COA) will compete against Queer Squad Washington.

Kindra Wok and Roll will be in the parking lot again cooking up some yummy food, so make it a date night. By the way, please bring a box of cereal to help replenish local Tri-City food banks!

Bike-In Movie Night - August 19
John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Free to attend - Fun for all ages

City of Richland Government is bringing the first 'Bike-In Movie Night' to the Tri-Cities in collaboration with Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop. Join us at John Dam Plaza, where we'll be giving away free headlight/taillight sets and youth helmets to promote bicycle safety in the Tri-Cities.

Enjoy a few eco-booths, take a short or longer bike ride and meet back to watch a movie. Ride begins at 7 p.m., movie begins at 8:45 p.m. and features E.T. the Extra-Terrestrail.

Date Night at The Pointe - August 19

Osprey Pointe, 1110 Osprey Pointe Blvd. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend and recommended for people over 16

Date Night at The Pointe is a summer movie series for a fun date night with friends that also features live music.

Featured Movie: Spectre 007
Music by: The Knutzen Brothers
Food Trucks Vendors: Fresh Out the Box
Wine/Beer Garden: ID is required to gain access. Wine is provided by Gordon Estates and includes a choice of white or red. Beer is purchased by the bottle and choices are Bud Light or Corona.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and movie munchies for a fun night at the Pointe.

Battle of the Beasts 3on3 Basketball Tournament - August 19 & 20

TRAC Center, 660 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Team entry fee: $135 per team

Pasco's Battle of the Beasts 3on3 Basketball Tournament - now in our 2nd year! Teams will battle it out, while spectators can purchase Battle of the Beasts apparel and enjoy refreshments from the Hoop Crew! This year we are anticipating over 200 teams ranging from 1st grade to adult. New divisions to include; Over 40, Police-Fire division, Frat-Sorority division...
Info & Registration:

Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet (Union Gap, WA) - August 19 & 20

Central Washington Ag Museum & Fullbright Park in Union Gap, WA
Admission: $5.00 per person, children under 12 are free

The Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet returns to Union Gap on August 19th and 20th! With farm equipment displays, vintage cars, tractor pulls, live music and vendors galore, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 20-22

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

Come out and cheer on the Tri-City Dust Devils as they compete against the
Spokane Indians.
Info & Tickets:

Summer Movies for Kids & Families 2017

This summer take your kids and family to the movies for free or at a discounted rate!

Movies are being offered by:
- Richland Parks & Recreation Family Movie Nights
- Regal Columbia Mall Stadium 8 in Kennewick
- Fairchild Cinema in Pasco
- Mid-Columbia Library Midweek Movies
- Benton City - Movies in the Park

Summer Camps 2017

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2017. For more information, visit:

Art Exhibits

Human After All - Art Show by Madison Rosenbaum through August 20
Drewboy Creative, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

Human After All art show explores the vulnerabilities of humankind, while empowering both subject and viewer to explore sociopolitical structures through artistic voice.

Annual Juried Show through August 18
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

The Gallery at the Park’s annual juried show runs through August 18. The show features 47 works by 36 artists. Most of the artists are from the Tri-Cities, although some also are from Walla Walla, Spokane and Seattle.

A total of 66 artists submitted 194 pieces for consideration. Sarah Haven, an artist who runs the ceramics program at Central Washington University, is the juror.


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

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.
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:
  • August 19 - Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features of Benton and Walla Walla Counties $87
  • August 26 - Tri-Cities Geology Tour $76
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:

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:

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.

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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