September 29, 2017
Published: September 29, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of October 2-8, 2017:
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds - October 3
  • Vista Arts Center Open House - October 4
  • Launch Pad - One Night to Get Inspired - October 5
  • Bow Wow Film Festival - October 5
  • Dinner Theatre: Drinking Habits - October 5-7
  • Amusement Park Science Exhibit - October 6
  • Presentation: Geology of the Columbia River Gorge - October 6
  • Dancing with the Tri-City Stars - October 6
  • Battelle Film Club presents "The Secret in Their Eyes" - October 6
  • Tri-Cities Home Show - October 6-8
  • 63rd Richland Folk Dance Festival - October 6-8
  • Ride the Reactor - October 7
  • Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Bird Walk - October 7
  • The 36th Annual Cavalcade of Bands - October 7
  • 6th Annual Fill The Cups Event - October 7
  • Mid-Columbia Duck Race - October 7
  • Birds of Prey Opening Exhibit - October 7
  • Annual Dayton on Tour - October 7
  • 2017 DSAMC Buddy Walk - October 7
  • Oktoberfest - October 7
  • Youth Outdoors Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Fundraising Banquet - October 7
  • Birthday Bash! An Atomic City Roller Derby Bout- October 7
  • David Lanigan presents Scottish Highland Pipes, Border Pipes - October 7
  • Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities presents Hilary Field - October 7 
  • Mystic Masquerade Wild West Steampunk - October 7
  • Tri-Cities Orchid Society Annual Show - October 7 & 8
  • ACT Presents "Beauty and the Beast" - October 7 & 8
  • Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2017
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Tri-City Americans vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds - October 3

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $21 adults 20+, $19 seniors 62+, $12 teen 10-19 yr, $10 youth 3-9 yr

Cheer on the Tri-City Americans as they take on the Seattle Thunderbirds!

Vista Arts Center Open House - October 4

See how the nonprofit Vista Arts Center will look and ask questions of representatives of the Arts Center Task Force. When completed, the Vista Arts Center will be the community's only, full-time, nonprofit performing and visual arts center. What an exciting future for arts and entertainment in the Tri-Cities!

West Richland Publications Library, 3803 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Launch Pad - One Night to Get Inspired - October 5

Paper Street Brewing Company, 701 The Parkway in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free to attend but must register (recommended for those 18+)

Launch Pad is a free, one night event designed to inspire, motivate, and activate participation from entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and advocates in Tri-Cities Launch and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Enjoy food and drinks (on us!) while you meet other influencers in the ecosystem, hear from seasoned entrepreneurs, learn about the Launch University program, and hear pitches from a few hand-selected startups! Hosted by Fuse SPC and Tri-Cities Launch.

Bow Wow Film Festival - October 5

The Richland Players, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults, $8 for children under 12 years

We are proud to present the 3rd Annual Bow Wow Film Festival! Come join us to celebrate our beloved canine companions and the joy they bring to our lives. We are so excited about the movies in the 2017-18 Tour! A few highlights for this years films; we have movies about working dogs, both old school and new school, we have the return of the delightful Ask Frank and his advice column and we go international with movies filmed abroad!

Come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved creatures touch our lives. Bow Wow Film Fest is Short Films for the Love of Dog!

All proceeds benefit Benton Franklin Humane Society.
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Dinner Theatre: Drinking Habits - October 5-7

CG Public House Event Center, 9221 W Clearwater in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. each evening
Tickets: $65 - available by calling CG Public House at (509)783-0128.

Farcical "Drinking Habits" will be presented as dinner theatre by the CBC Theatre Department.

Take a tiny convent whose doors would have closed if the sisters hadn’t gotten creative and started secretly making wine, and combine it with two ace reporters trying to find the wine- making story. Add to that several cases of mistaken identity and crazy mix-ups in true farcical fashion and you have Tom Smith's hilarious comedy, Drinking Habits.

The evening will include a four-course meal and a complimentary glass of wine as you view the play. There are several menu choices to choose from, which will be discussed when you call for tickets. This play is rated "G" and is appropriate for anyone.

Amusement Park Science Exhibit - October 6

Gesa Carousel of Dreams, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
From 12 noon - 6 p.m.

Amusement Park Science is designed to encourage informal learning for families. Come and explore the physics behind the fun when the laws of motion, featuring centripetal force, inertia, momentum, and gravity all play into amusement park rides. The exhibit features 12 hands-on components, including Create-a-Coaster, Wacky Waves, and Magnetic Circus!

This event is hosted by Hands In for Hands On Tri-Cities (HiHo) and the exhibit will be held on 16 different dates and times through December 29.

Presentation: Geology of the Columbia River Gorge - October 6

Ice Age Floods Institute, 8220 Gage Blvd. #186 in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

The current stunning beauty of the Columbia River Gorge region belies its tumultuous geological history that spans about 50 million years of volcanic arc eruptions, massive fissure eruptions of flood basalts, more arc volcanism, catastrophic sediment-saturated Ice Age Floods, huge landslides, and massive earthquakes. We will review that tumultuous geologic history with examples of some of the geologic wonders and beauty resulting from that tumult.

Dancing with the Tri-City Stars - October 6

Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $30 (purchase at the door, online, at A-1 Shoes in Kennewick or at Boutique 627 in Richland)

Just like the TV show, Dancing with the Stars, the Utah Ballroom Dance Company partners with eight of our local high profile community Stars five days before the event to learn a dance routine. Once the Tri-City Stars have learned their routines they are provided with costumes and a video highlight package, and then placed before a judging panel. Then YOU, the audience, will vote for who will win the mirror ball trophy! This interactive production is so much fun for everyone and truly allows the audience to be a part of the show. Dancing with the Tri-City Stars promises to be a season favorite.

Following the Tri-City Stars competition, the audience will be treated to a special performance by the Utah Ballroom Dancers.
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Battelle Film Club presents "The Secret in Their Eyes" - October 6

WSU-TC East Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4

Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin, decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Sharing his plans with Irene, the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years, Benjamin’s initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, as he sets out to identify the murderer. But Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last.

(2014) Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet. Writers: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet. Genres: Comedy, drama, romance. Country: Spain. Language: Spanish, Catalan, English. Runtime: 99 min. Color: Color. Rated R for some strong sexual content including dialogue, language and brief graphic nudity.

Tri-Cities Home Show - October 6-8

TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Friday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 for adults, free for kids under 16 - $1 off admission with a non-perishable food donation to the Tri-Cities Food Bank. Free daily seminars with admission. The first 500 kids 12 and under receive a free pumpkin at the Job's Nursery Indoor Pumpkin Patch!

Dreaming of the fabulous features you saw at the Parade of Homes? Come find the people and products to make them a reality in your home at the Fall Home Show.

63rd Richland Folk Dance Festival - October 6-8

Calling International folk dancers, aspiring folk dancers and watchers of folk dancing. The International Folk Dancers of Richland’s 63rd annual festival is happening October 6, 7 & 8.

The festival starts with a party Friday 7:00 p.m. at the Richland Community Center. A $5 fee covers finger food and an evening of dancing.

Saturday and Sunday will be at Shuffler Shanty in Kennewick. The $20 Institute fee includes instruction on Saturday and review on Sunday. The Saturday evening party at 7:00 p.m. is offered at no charge and is open to the public. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Ride the Reactor - October 7

B Reactor National Historic Landmark at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Time: 8:00 a.m. - Check-in / Packet Pick-up, 9:30 a.m. - Ride Starts
Cost: $60, proceeds will go to the Hanford Unit Fund and benefit the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Join us for a unique experience in the formerly top-secret B Reactor, now part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Registration is limited to 100 riders, and includes the bike ride, catered lunch and a B Reactor tour.

Distance: 15-miles, participants may ride any length, either shorter or longer, at their discretion, as time permits. However, at no time will riders be allowed to deviate from designated route
Bike Type: Due to gravel and road conditions, mountain bike, cyclocross or "off road" bikes are highly recommended.

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society Bird Walk - October 7

W.E. Johnson Park in Richland
Starts at 8 a.m.
Free to participate

The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society monthly bird walk will be held in W.E. Johnson Park in Richland starting at 8:00 a.m. We hope to see some winter residents: Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Pacific Wren.

Meet at the south gate to the park - From Hwy 240, turn west on Duportail across the railroad tracks. Turn right on Riverstone. Turn left on Tanglewood Drive and go one block to the park entrance road on the right. There will be street parking only, no parking lot.

The 36th Annual Cavalcade of Bands - October 7

Lampson Stadium, 505 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick
Starts at 8 a.m. with finals starting at 6 p.m.
Admission: $14 adults, $10 students/seniors, children 5 and under free

The Southeastern Washington Cavalcade of Bands, proudly hosted by the Pasco High School and Kennewick High School Instrumental Boosters, has over a quarter century of experience providing an entertaining and educational show for those who participate as well as for those who watch from the stands.

This competition is an all day event with bands performing in 15 minute intervals with breaks in the morning, lunch, afternoon and for dinner. On-site affordable concessions will also be available.

6th Annual Fill The Cups Event - October 7

Thunder Alley Motorsports, 9405 Saint Thomas Dr. in Pasco
Starts at 9:30 a.m.

Join us for our 6th annual event to raise funds for the local fight against breast cancer. "Our community takes to its wheels to kick cancer on its heels." Ride your motorcycle or drive your car - all are welcome to participate. All proceeds go to the Lourdes Foundation and Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation breast cancer patient support programs.

We'll start at Thunder Alley and end up at the American Legion Post #34 in Pasco with raffles, silent auction and door prizes.

Mid-Columbia Duck Race - October 7

Lampson Pit area at Columbia Park in Kennewick
Gates open at 10 a.m, duck race starts at Noon
Get your $5 duck race ticket for a chance to win a car and other great prizes!

A sellout of 40,000 tickets were sold in 2016 bringing tens of thousands of dollars into the community to support non-profit organizations and human service projects. The Rotary Clubs of the Tri-Cities wish to thank Toyota of Tri-Cities for their continued support of the Rotary Mid-Columbia Duck Race!

Tickets are available at Tri-Cities Grigg's/Ace Hardware stores, Toyota of Tri-Cities, all area Banner Bank branches, Kennewick Ranch & Home and Garrison's Home Appliance Center.

Birds of Prey Opening Exhibit - October 7

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $8, Students/Seniors: $6, Kids Under 5 and REACH Members: Free

New Exhibit in the Rotating Gallery! Learn about the lives of owls and raptors and how these fascinating birds interact with humans. Thank you to US Fish & Wildlife, Blue Mountain Wildlife, and Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society for your support in making this exhibit available.

Annual Dayton on Tour - October 7

Downtown Dayton from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

- Free art walk & artist demonstrations from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Free fall festival from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Free museum tours from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- $15 Historic Home Tours from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Grand re-opening of Columbia Walla Walla Rail Line celebration at 10:00 a.m.
- 100 year old floor safe to be opened!

2017 DSAMC Buddy Walk - October 7

Howard Amon Park, 50 Lee Blvd. in Richland
From 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Registration at the event opens at 10 a.m. Registration is $10 for kids 8 and under and $15 for adults. Individuals with Down syndrome are free.

The Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia is proud to host the 11th annual Buddy Walk at Howard Amon Park in Richland. The fundraising event will bring together individuals and families of all kinds to celebrate and promote awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of those with Down syndrome.

After 11 years, the walk has become a well-known Tri-Cities event with its creative activities, fun games, live entertainment and music, raffle prizes, local food and the spirited one-mile walk around Howard Amon park.
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Oktoberfest - October 7

Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center, 607 Aaron Dr. in Richland
From 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free admission

The fall event you won't want to miss! There will be food and drinks, games and prizes, music and dancing, one day only discounts and so much more. We will also be having pumpkins to pick, fall treats, scarecrows to see and fun to be had. This is a family friendly event and admission is free!

Youth Outdoors Unlimited (Y.O.U.) Fundraising Banquet - October 7

Pasco Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N 20th in Pasco
Cost: $70 and includes dinner and auction

- Doors open at 4:30 p.m. - Event Registration, No Host Bar, Silent Auction, Bucket Raffles and Specialty Games
- Buffet Appetizers: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - enjoy a huge variety of heavy appetizers throughout the early evening. Something available for every taste.
- Y.O.U. Program Presentation with Live Auction to Follow: This year's Tri-City Banquet will feature special presentations for our 2017 YOU hunters, and we will introduce some of our fall hunters as well. You don't want to miss it! 

Your financial support to Youth Outdoors Unlimited (Y.O.U) from Tri-Cities last year helped grant 17 more wishes to kids throughout the Pacific Northwest who had a Dream to hunt or fish on their own outdoor adventure.

This year's banquet will be a another exciting event as we celebrate with some very deserving kids who are facing some very difficult medical challenges. All hunting or fishing adventures are completely free to the children and their parents and this is because of the generous financial support from people like you!

If you know a child with a life threatening illness or a physical disability that would be interested in going on a hunting or fishing adventure please have them get in touch with Tri Cities Youth Recruitment Coordinator, Rene Janke at or Cindy at or (509) 431-1604.
About Youth Outdoors Unlimited:
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Birthday Bash! An Atomic City Roller Derby Bout - October 7

Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd. in Kennewick
5 p.m. - Church of Atom vs. Idaho Wildfire Coed Roller Derby
7 p.m.(approx) - ACRG vs Rolling Hills Derby Dames
Admission: Adults $10.00, Students 11-18 w/ID $5.00, Child under 10 w/paid Adult Free

Come celebrate 10 years of Atomic City Roller Derby!

David Lanigan presents Scottish Highland Pipes, Border Pipes - October 7

Highlands Grange Park Amphitheatre (next to Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St.) in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Free to attend

Mid-Columbia Reads celebrates Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith with a sampling of music and culture from the Highlands with a performance by David Lanigan.

About David Lanigan:

Classical Guitar Society of Tri-Cities presents Hilary Field - October 7

Kennewick First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend - donations gladly accepted

Hilary Field is a Seattle-based international performing and recording artist who has garnered praise for her dynamic virtuosity and the emotional depth she brings to classical guitar music.
About Hilary Field:

Mystic Masquerade Wild West Steampunk - October 7

Uptown Theater, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost: $99 per person

Join us for this year's Mystic Masquerade and take a journey with us to another reality where the Wild West meets the Victorian Era in what is known as Wild West Steampunk.

All attendees will have access to all the amazing food, beverages, and entertainment. Refreshments will be provided as a blend of sweet desserts and savory snacks, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided at a cash bar.

As the evening progresses, you will be captivated by unique performances from the Mid-Columbia Ballet, Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre, Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and be further entertained by the Urban Poets Society. Our very own local comedian and this year's Mistress of Ceremonies, Emily Richman, will guide you through this fantastical evening and a live DJ (provided by BA Entertainment) will keep the energy going into the evening.

All proceeds above the cost to hold the event will go directly our nonprofit partner, The Arts Center Task Force, a group who is working tirelessly to bring the Vista Arts Center to the Tri-Cities area.
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Tri-Cities Orchid Society Annual Show - October 7 & 8

Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W Metaline in Kennewick
Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: $3

The Tri-Cities Orchid Society is holding their annual show and sale. Come learn about growing orchids and buy one to take home. You will see who won ribbons for the best orchid flowers.

ACT Presents "Beauty and the Beast" - October 7 & 8

Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave. in Richland
Saturday at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets: Children (12 & Under) - $9.00, Students (13-18)/ Seniors (65+)/ Military - $12.00, Adults - $15.00

Plot Summary Beauty and the Beast: The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. ACT is excited to present the original Broadway version of this tale as old as time.
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Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals & Haunted Houses 2017

For a list of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, haunted houses & forests to check out around the Tri-Cities region that are taking place through the end of October 2017, visit:

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Heads, Faces, and Vases Ceramic Sculpture by Andrew Hoeppner through November 6
Columbia Basin College Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N 20th in Pasco
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - Noon
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Free admission

Heads, Faces, and Vases a is a solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Seattle-based artist Andrew Hoeppner. The exhibition explores ideas of identity and the concept of the self-portrait – an artistic format that has deep roots in tradition.

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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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."

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