August 19, 2017
Published: August 19, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of August 21-27, 2017:
  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Opportunities - August 21
  • Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Demolition Derby - August 21
  • Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 21 & 22
  • Presentation: Sex Trafficking - Local Awareness - August 22
  • Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo - August 22-26
  • Badger Club: Election Discussion - August 24
  • Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - August 25
  • Rodeo for Special Needs People of All Ages - August 25
  • Richland's Artisan Market - August 25
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Season Kick-Off Party - August 25
  • Sunset at Southridge - August 25 >>> Cancelled due to the fair!
  • Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival - August 26
  • Annual Show N' Shine for Hunger - August 27
  • Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities Summer Recital - August 27
  • Smile Power Seeking Nominations
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Solar Eclipse Viewing Opportunities - August 21

There are several opportunities to view the solar eclipse on Monday starting at 9 a.m. through special events being held in the Tri-Cities by:
Tri-City Herald has additional information:

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo Demolition Derby - August 21

RAM Rodeo 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.
Info & Tickets:

Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Spokane Indians - August 21 & 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:

Presentation: Sex Trafficking - Local Awareness - August 22

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25

Michael Reagan, son of the late President Ronald Reagan, New York Times Bestselling Author, former nationally syndicated Talk Radio show host and columnist, will be the Key Note speaker at an event benefiting the Support, Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC), called "Sex Trafficking: Local Awareness."

There will be a VIP reception prior to the lecture and tickets for this reception are $100. The VIP reception will start at 6 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Benton-Franklin Fair & Rodeo - August 22-26

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, activities and more!

Daily Admission:
Adults: $14.00 (at the gate)
Seniors: $5.00 (65 and older)
Kids: $5.00 (6-12)
Note: Kids' Day is Wednesday, August 23 - $2 ages 6-12
Children under 6: Free
Fair Bus Combo - Adults: $14, Seniors: $7, Kids: $7
Parking: $10.00 daily

The Horse Heaven Round-Up is one of the premiere rodeos in the Northwest and proud to be part of the Big 4 Rodeo Association, along with the Pendleton Round-Up, the Walla Walla Frontier Days Rodeo and the Lewiston Round-Up.

Reserved Seating for the Horse Heaven Round Up Rodeo may be purchased here for $10; please note that fair admission is required. General Admission seating is available free with fair admission.

Concerts: General Admission seating is available free with fair admission. Reserved seating for each concert is $15. Reserved seating for most concerts have sold out.
- August 22 - Boyz II Men @ 7:30 p.m.
- August 23 - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts @ 7:30 p.m.
- August 24 - Trace Adkins @ 7:30 p.m.
- August 25 - Eli Young Band @ 7:30 p.m.
- August 26 - WAR @ 7:30 p.m.

Carnival: 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.

Additional information is available from the Tri-City Herald:

Badger Club: Election Discussion - August 24

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
From 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $25, registration in advance (includes lunch buffet)

Now that the most recent primary elections are over, it is time to assess them. This year saw an unusual number of candidates running, but turnout was not greatly affected. At 24.47% in Benton County, it was higher than turnout during the last off-year primaries (16.85% in August 2015), but lower than the 32.88% turnout in August 2013.

One of the questions the Columbia Basin Badgers will seek to address at our upcoming forum is whether these results were affected by our current hyper-partisan political climate.

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 2017 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 2017 State Parks free days are as follows:
September 30 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day

November 24 - Autumn Day

Rodeo for Special Needs People of All Ages - August 25

Benton-Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1500 S Oak St. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

This is a Free event for anyone with mental and or physical disabilities of all ages. The purpose of our events is to show those with Special Needs people that they are loved, cared for, accepted and can do things many say they cannot do. No horse or rodeo experience required to participate or volunteer. And yes, volunteers are needed! Come help the Special Needs community discover abilities they didn’t know they had!

Note: Siblings will not be considered participants and be able to receive the free items handed out. But if time and resources allow they can take part in the activities. We encourage you to bring the whole family to help cheer on the participants and help others see just how capable the “disabled” are.
Register on

Richland's Artisan Market - August 25

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.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Season Kick-Off Party - August 25

Frichette Winery, 39412 N Sunset Rd. in Benton City
From 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
Free to attend but RSVP to

We're pleased to invite you to our Season Kick-Off Party!
- Entertainment by Adventure Dirt Team band
- Fast and Curryous Food Truck catering will be onsite – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options available for purchase
- Complimentary glass of wine on arrival, subsequent glasses and bottles available for purchase
- Official launch of MCM's Legacy Endowment Fund through the Three Rivers Community Foundation
- 2017-2018 Season information and tickets available

Bring chairs or blankets if you want to picnic outside while the band plays. This is a casual, family friendly affair. Bring a friend and help us grow the MCM family. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunset at Southridge - August 25 >>> Cancelled due to the fair!

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.

Prosser Beer and Whiskey Festival - August 26

2840 Lee Rd. in Prosser
From 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets Online: $40, must be 21+

The annual Prosser Beer & Whiskey Festival brings together the best of the regions craft breweries and distilleries for your enjoyment. Gate admission includes tastings with more than 20 brewery and distillery participants throughout the evening, as well as popular event features like live music, awesome food options and access to the cigar lounge. Don’t miss an evening out at one of the region’s best events!

Annual Show N' Shine for Hunger - August 27

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 10th 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 $325,000.

Classical Guitar Society of the Tri-Cities Summer Recital - August 27

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
From 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Free to attend (donations gladly accepted)

Classical Guitarists from Eastern Washington join with Columbia Arts Trio for an hour-long recital.

Smile Power Seeking Nominations

We are bringing Smile Power to the Tri-Cities during September 12-24. Get ready to unleash your Smile Power! We are looking for nominations! Read on for more details...

What is Smile Power?
Smile Power is a statewide community engagement campaign which celebrates the power of a healthy smile!

We celebrate members of your community who give back through acts of kindness and good deeds by surprising them with gifts and charitable donations. We also bring smiles to community members who face hardships.

Smile Makers are surprised in fun and unexpected ways. Whether at home, work or out having coffee, we’ll show up with special gifts to thank them for bringing smiles to those around them.

Who are Smile Makers?
Smile Makers are individuals that go above and beyond their daily duties! They can be a teacher, local grocery clerk or best friend. They can give their time volunteering, surprising the office with cookies on Fridays, keeping spirits high with a joke, or simply sharing positive energy. Just tell us how they make you and others SMILE.

Why are we celebrating Smile Makers?
Smiles are powerful, transformative and contagious. Anyone show makes others smile deserves to be recognized. By creating smiles and honoring Smile Makers we hope to make people’s lives a little brighter and a little healthier!

So here is your chance to nominate someone special or a special group by using the nomination form:
Note: this is sponsored by Delta Dental of Washington:

Art Exhibits

Children's Art Exhibit - August 22-27
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 Children's Art Exhibit runs August 22-27. Come see some fantastic art done by Children in our community. These kids took art classes here over the summer and they are looking forward to telling you all about their art!  There will be a public reception on August 27 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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 26 - Tri-Cities Geology Tour $76 
  • September 7 - Vineyards & Winemaking  $94
  • September 16 - Hops to Bottle $113
  • September 23 - Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls $87
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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