September 7, 2017
Published: September 7, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 11-17, 2017:
  • Tri-City Americans Pre Season Games - September 12 & 16
  • 2017 Pendleton Round-Up - September 13-16
  • Parade of Homes - September 13, 16 & 17
  • Safe Harbor Fundraiser: Tie One On - September 14
  • Vegetable Garden Season Extenders Class - September 14
  • Christ the King Sausage Fest - September 15 & 16
  • Annual Quilt Show (Walla Walla) - September 15-17
  • The Big Bounce America - September 15-17
  • Richland Players Presents Room Service - September 15-17
  • Sunshine Days in Sunnyside - September 16
  • TEDx Richland - September 16
  • Careers in Health Sciences Open House - September 16
  • Scout Extravaganza - September 16
  • West Richland Harvest Festival - September 16
  • Streetscapes Car & Motorcycle Show (Prosser) - September 16
  • A Black Eye Affair - Atomic City Roller Derby Double Header Bout - September 16
  • Pickin' Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market - September 16 & 17
  • Vista Arts Center Open Houses - September 16, 21, 26 and October 4
  • Waitsburg Pioneer Fall Festival - September 17
  • Genealogy Seminar: Understanding your DNA - October 14
  • Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults
  • 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 Pre Season Games - September 12 & 16

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Games start at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Tri-City Americans season home opening game is September 30 but you can watch them compete during their upcoming pre season games:
September 12 - Kootenay Ice
September 16 - Spokane Chiefs

2017 Pendleton Round-Up - September 13-16

1114 SW Court Ave. in Pendleton

The Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon is held the second full week of September in Pendleton. The Round-Up began in 1910 and is recognized as one of the oldest and most prestigious rodeos in the world.

- Pendleton Roundup - Tickets $15-$28
- Happy Canyon (Native American Indian Pageant held in the evenings) - Tickets $13-$19
Info: and

Parade of Homes - September 13, 16 & 17

Featuring New Homes throughout the Tri-Cities
September 13 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
September 16 & 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 each and available from Tri-City area Circle K locations

Welcome to the 2017 Parade of Homes! We are showcasing new homes located throughout the Tri-Cities area - each one unique in design and style, featuring the latest in architectural trends and the best in workmanship. We invite you to take your time while touring the Parade homes. Ask questions of the builders, subcontractors, and sales professionals who are on hand at each site.

Tickets include a full-color magazine that contains descriptions and addresses of the homes along with a map and turn-by-by-turn directions.

Safe Harbor Fundraiser: Tie One On - September 14

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 5:00 pm. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 (register online - Event is 21 and over only)

Please join us for happy hour benefiting Safe Harbor's program My Friend’s Place. Tie one on with us and learn about a tremendously important organization in our community.

Safe Harbors program - My Friend's Place is a teen shelter committed to connecting homeless teens with educational services, community support programs, meals, clean clothes, showers and a support system.

Enter to win fabulous neck wear - ties and scarves - so you can tie one on in style! And bid on fishing trips, wine packages and more!
Info & Registration:

Vegetable Garden Season Extenders Class - September 14

Demonstration Gardens At Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Dayton in Kennewick
From 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend

Can't get enough gardening? Come get hints from WSU Master Gardeners for extending your gardening season. All classes are free, but donations are always welcome.

Christ the King Sausage Fest - September 15 & 16

Christ the King School, 1122 Long Ave. in Richland
Friday from 5:00 p.m to midnight
Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight

Admission to Sausage Fest is free and includes 25 games for kids of all ages with great prizes, 12 food booths with over 30 different foods, indoor and outdoor Biergartens with live entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Bingo, Granny's Attic, a Farmer's Market, plus middle and high school dances. Food and game prices have remained low for many years in order to provide an inexpensive, enjoyable time for families in our community.

On the main outdoor stage, Sausage Fest also provides the largest showcase for our local performing talent with a wide variety of entertainment that can be enjoyed by Fest-goers of all ages throughout the weekend.

Annual Quilt Show (Walla Walla) - September 15-17

Walla Walla Fairgrounds, 360 Orchard St. in Walla Walla
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $6 (good for both days)

Sponsored by: Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival Committee

Activities include the Quilt Show • Block Challenge  • Demos Hourly • Silent Auction • Vendors• Food Court • Door Prize to be announced

The Big Bounce America - September 15-17

Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
Friday from 1:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 - $19 (plus service fee)

We are proud to introduce The Biggest Bounce House in the World and we want you to experience it! This magical, candy-colored inflatable castle is 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter that can be enjoyed by everyone.

We have multiple themed zones from inflatable forests inhabited by giant inflatable characters (8ft pink gorilla's anyone?) to super-sized ball pits, slides, obstacles and basketball hoops for you to jump on, slide down and slam-dunk into. Way more than just a giant bouncer, there is a ton of Free entertainment all day around the perimeter available to everyone whether they have purchased a ticket or not.

There are three session types (each lasting one hour) for different age/family groups. There are also volunteer opportunities: help us out for a few hours in return for free tickets for yourself, family & friends!
Info & Tickets:

Richland Players Presents Room Service - September 15-17

Richland Players Theatre, 608 The Parkway in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.

Sunday at 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors/military

A nimble-witted producer, living on credit with several actors in a Broadway hotel, is desperately in need of a good script. He finds one, and, by great good luck, he also finds an angel with $15,000.

The play shows how, during a hectic few days, the producer plays hide-and-seek with the angel who wants to withdraw his financial support, manages to outwit creditors, and at the very last moments puts over his play in spite of the most ludicrous and unexpected obstacles.

This play, first produced by George Abbott, is one of the great comedy successes of all times.
Info & Tickets:

Sunshine Days in Sunnyside - September 16

Central Park in downtown Sunnyside

Sunshine Days Parade starts at 10 a.m. There will be activities at Central Park from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. including a Car Show, Vendors, and Little Miss Sunnyside Pageant. Join us for some Fun in the Sun!

Sunshine Days Schedule:
6 a.m. - Fireman's Pancake Breakfast at the Firestation
10 a.m. - Sunshine Days Parade
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: In Central Park - Car Show - Live Entertainment - Vendors
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Sunnyside Museum Open, Saturday and Sunday
7 p.m. - Miss Sunnyside Pageant

TEDx Richland - September 16

Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave. in Richland
From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets: $25 each

Meet diverse and dynamic individuals from the community who are also excited and energized. This event will include live speakers, pre-recorded TED talks, live performances, tech demos, interactive art, displays and more.

All tickets include: light breakfast; fresh cold brew; local, seasonal lunch; drinks & snacks available all-day - concluding with a happy hour toast post-event!
Info & Tickets:

Careers in Health Sciences Open House - September 16

WSU Tri-Cities, Consolidated Information Center (CIC), 2710 Crimson Way in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 12 Noon
Free to attend

Interested in a career in Health Sciences, but don't know where to start?

Explore options to get on track for an in-demand career in healthcare during Washington State University Tri-Cities' open house. Academic programs are available in areas such as nursing, biology, psychology, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-veterinary medicine, and many more!

Learn about the departments and degree programs: Tour facilities, View demonstrations, Meet with faculty and staff. Don't miss out! We will also have a presentation on preparing for graduate and professional school.

Scout Extravaganza - September 16

Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 9 a.m. - Noon
Free to attend

Come take a look at what scouting has in store for girls and boys, discover new things, and make new friends! Fall in love with scouting at this event and get more information on how to sign up to enjoy the fun all year long. Already a scout member? Come to the Scouting Extravaganza to participate in the fun and show everyone the great things Scouting has to offer!

The Scouting Extravaganza is Free for all. Activities will include Pinewood Derbies, Dutch-Oven Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Chemistry, Games, Robotics, Knots, Relays, Amateur (Ham) Radio, and much more!

This event is being organized by Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council and Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

For more information on Girl Scouts, please visit
For more information on Boy Scouts, please visit

West Richland Harvest Festival - September 16

Flat Top Park in West Richland
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Harvest Festival will feature vendor booths, fun games for the kids and more.
There is also a BBQ lunch fundraiser taking place. Bring the family down for a fun day at the park!

Streetscapes Car & Motorcycle Show (Prosser) - September 16

Historic Downtown Prosser
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free for spectators

3rd annual car show in Downtown Prosser! Event starts at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Pre-register now for $15, or at the event for $20. Join us downtown for classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, local shopping, a poker walk, raffles, prizes, vendors and fun!

A Black Eye Affair - Atomic City Roller Derby Double Header Bout - September 16

Southridge Sports & Events Complex in Kennewick
5 p.m. Bout: Open Gender Teams - Church of Atom vs. Bridgetown Brawlers
7 p.m.(approx) Bout: Women Teams- Atomic City Roller Girls vs. Cog Blockers
Adults $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee)
Students 11-18 w/ID $5.00 ($6.17 w/service fee)
Child under 10 w/paid Adult Free    

Come check out Atomic City Roller Derby! IMPACT percussion will be performing during the women's halftime. Kindra Wok and Roll will be in the parking lot serving up yummy food.
Tickets available at the door or online at:

Pickin' Tri-Cities Vintage Show & Artisan Market - September 16 & 17

TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. in Pasco
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $7 gets you in all weekend with a handstamp

Pickin' Tri-Cities will be home for tons of hand selected vintage and artisan vendors. These vendors are chosen for their quality and originality. Our vendors come from as far south as Arizona and Texas up to the Canadian border. Vintage, Artisan, Repurposed, Upcycled, rusty junk and more!

Vista Arts Center Open Houses - September 16, 21, 26 and 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!

- September 16: Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S Union St. in Kennewick from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- September 21: Pasco Public Library, 1320 W Hopkins St. in Pasco from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
- September 26: Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- October 4: West Richland Publications Library, 3803 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Waitsburg Pioneer Fall Festival - September 17

Bruce House Museum, 4th & Main St. in Waitsburg
Starts at 11 a.m.

Tour the famous Bruce Mansion on Main Street and see how the pioneers lived. In addition, attend a vintage style show, play old-fashioned children's games, listen to live music, eat great food, view the antique farm equipment and tools, and participate in the silent auction.

Genealogy Seminar: Understanding your DNA - October 14

Shalom United Church of Christ in Richland
Check-in: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: $40 (includes seminar, buffet lunch and syllabus) - Registration deadline is September 30

Diahan Southard will be the presenter for the seminar on Understanding your DNA. Topics include:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story 
  • Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing 
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy 
  • Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Info & Registration:

Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults

Kennewick School District's Community Education Program offers evening and weekend classes for adults on the go in the Tri-Cities. This could be a good way to meet those who share similar interests! Registration for fall classes is now open.

Art Exhibits

Esvelt Gallery: Heads, Faces, and Vases Ceramic Sculpture by Andrew Hoeppner - September 11 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.

Opening Reception is on September 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Barbara  Sherrill Exhibit through September 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

The Gallery at the Park will feature the artwork of Barbara Sherrill through September 29.

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:
  • 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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