September 2, 2017
Published: September 2, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of September 4-10, 2017:
  • Prosser States Day Celebration - September 4
  • Labor Day Community Picnic - September 4
  • Shopping and Sipping Sisterhood Fundraiser - September 6
  • Connell Fall Festival - September 7-9
  • Tri-City Americans Pre Season Games - September 7-9, 12 & 16
  • Richland's Artisan Market - September 8 - note: cancelled
  • Books & Vines Fundraiser - September 8
  • Three Rivers Folklife Coffeehouse: Kerry Grombacher - September 8
  • Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend - September 8 & 9
  • Dayton's Columbia County Fair - September 8 & 9
  • Concert at B Reactor National Historic Landmark - September 8-10
  • Richland Players Presents Room Service - September 8-10
  • Free Dental Day - September 9
  • Tons of Trucks - September 9
  • 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - September 9 - update: this event has been rescheduled to October 15
  • Annual Patriot Day Ride - September 9
  • Wheels on the Ave. Show and Shine - September 9
  • Fiery Foods Festival - September 9
  • LIGO Public Tours - September 9
  • Dancing Under the Stars - September 9 - note: cancelled
  • Unleashed Music Festival - September 9
  • Parade of Homes - September 9 & 10
  • Pooch Plunge - September 9 & 10
  • Gabriel Iglesias Fluffy Mania World Tour - September 10
  • Fall Harvest Gala - September 15 (RSVP by September 8)
  • Community Education - Evening, Weekend, and Online Classes for Adults
  • Smile Power Seeking Nominations
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

Prosser States Day Celebration - September 4

Historic Downtown Prosser

The annual States Day Celebration begins with a parade Monday at 10 a.m. that will be followed by The Valley's Got Talent stage show at 2 p.m. The top 10 finalists from the preliminary round will be competing for cash prizes.

Labor Day Community Picnic - September 4

Main stage area at Columbia Park in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Free and open to the public!

Local union organizations are hosting the annual Labor Day Picnic that is free and open to the public to celebrate the American worker and will feature hot dogs and hamburgers. This event will also have live music, a bounce house for kids, and a car and bike show.

Shopping and Sipping Sisterhood Fundraiser - September 6

CG Public House and Catering, 9221 W Clearwater in Kennewick
From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 at the door

Let's get all our Wine Divas and Shopping Sisters together for a worthy cause: Royal Family Kids Camp. We are putting together this event to raise funds for the camp. We will have shopping opportunities with your favorite direct sale companies and crafters plus appetizers while you drink some wine and beer from our no host bar.

Each vendor will donate a door prize from their products to be raffled off. All proceeds from the raffles will go to Royal Family Kids Camp.

Connell Fall Festival - September 7-9

Historic Downtown Connell

The Connell Fall Festival is an annual community celebration that brings friends and family together for a weekend of good old fashioned fun. The event includes a grand parade, a kiddie's parade, car show, arts & crafts and food vendors in the park, entertainment, games, street dance and the Columbia Basin Jr. Livestock Show.

Tri-City Americans Pre Season Games - September 7-9, 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 7 - Kootenay Ice
September 8 - Red Deer Rebels
September 9 - Spokane Chiefs
September 12 - Kootenay Ice
September 16 - Spokane Chiefs

Richland's Artisan Market - September 8 - note: cancelled

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.

Books & Vines Fundraiser - September 8

J Bookwalter Winery, 894 Tulip Ln. in Richland
From 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $150/person

Join us for this lively evening to support children's literacy in Benton and Franklin Counties. Guests will be treated to exquisite food and wine as they learn about and invest in The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia. Contact Sara Schwan at 509.222.7323 or via email at to reserve your place.

Three Rivers Folklife Coffeehouse: Kerry Grombacher - September 8

All Saints Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball in Richland
Starts at 7 p.m.
Suggested donation: $8.00 adults / $6.00 seniors and students.

The featured performer is Kerry Grombacher who plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads.

Performances begin with an open mic session that may include music, poetry, etc, followed by the featured performer. Sign-ups for the open mic session begin at 7:00 p.m., first come, first served, limit four performers, and two songs each. Coffee, tea, and home cooked sweets available by donation.
About Kerry Gromacher:

Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend - September 8 & 9

Downtown Walla Walla

Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend is an annual, two-day event, that begins with the Classics Cruise and BBQ on Friday evening. The Show 'n Shine takes center stage on Saturday! Stroll Main Street where nearly 400 cars and motorcycles are on display and line the street from Palouse to Sixth Street. An awards ceremony cap off this family-friendly event.

Dayton's Columbia County Fair - September 8 & 9

Since 1888 the Columbia County Fair has been taking place in Dayton. Join in all the fun at this fair that features livestock showing, mutton busting, live entertainment, classic fair food and booths.

Concert at B Reactor National Historic Landmark - September 8-10

Meet at B Reactor Visitor's Centre at 2000 Logston Blvd. in Richland
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.
Cost: $65.00 per person, note: Friday & Sunday (alcohol service - must be 21+), all ages Sunday

The Mid-Columbia Mastersingers and Artistic Director Justin Raffa will present another series of concerts in the B Reactor featuring "Annelies," a choral work based on the Diary of Anne Frank. Presentation of this material at the B Reactor National Historic Landmark will be particularly poignant.

Busses will leave from the B Reactor Visitor's Centre at 2000 Logston Blvd in Richland two hours prior to the concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Info & Tickets:

Richland Players Presents Room Service - September 8-10

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.
Future dates: September 15 & 16 at 8 p.m., Matinee: September 17 at 2 p.m.
Info & Tickets:

Free Dental Day - September 9

Gledhill Dental, 7223 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick
From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (registration begins at 7 a.m. - for adults 18+)

Gledhill Dental, in partnership with Dentistry From The Heart, a 501(c)(3) organization, is planning its First Annual FREE Dental Day, Saturday, September 9th, 2017 come rain, or shine! This event is designed to meet the dental needs of adult residents in our community 18 years of age and older. Participants will have their choice of a cleaning, one filling, or one extraction.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, as they wait their turn outside. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information about Dentistry From The Heart visit their website at:

Tons of Trucks - September 9

Peanuts Park, 109 S. 4th in Pasco
From 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Free family fun

Bring the Family to Downtown Pasco for a morning of big trucks, tractors, and other interesting vehicles. All children will receive a toy construction, fire or police hat and all will be able to climb on, learn and discover more about these vehicles. The event will be held on the streets of downtown Pasco in conjunction with the Fiery Farmers Market.

2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's - September 9 - update: this event has been rescheduled to October 15

Columbia Park at the Bandshell in Kennewick
Registration at 8:30 a.m., Ceremony at 9:45 a.m., Walk at 10:00 a.m.
Route length is 3 miles

There is no registration fee for Walk. However, we ask every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

We are so excited to have you participate! This is going to be a fun Walk!
Info & Registration:

Annual Patriot Day Ride - September 9

American Legion Post 34, 1029 W.Sylvester in Pasco
From 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 per rider and $15.00 per passenger, note: biscuits and gravy breakfast will be available for $5.00

Registration is from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. with Kick Stand Up at 10:30 a.m. We will start at American Legion Post 34 and end with a silent auction, door prizes and BBQ beef dinner at the Long Branch Bar and Grill in Finley. This event is open to the public and you do not need to own a motorcycle to participate.

Proceeds will benefit the Columbia Basin Veterans Opportunity Center's Transitional Housing Project for homeless and low income veterans in our community.

Wheels on the Ave. Show and Shine - September 9

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free for spectators

Have a sweet ride in your garage? If it has wheels, it's welcome, so mark your calendar to round up your pride and joy for this fun event! Wheels on the Ave. will feature a Show & Shine, Poker Walk, Kids’ Zone and local food and novelty vendors.
Info & Registration:

Fiery Foods Festival - September 9

Downtown Pasco (4th Avenue & Lewis Street)
From 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in Downtown Pasco's Fiery Foods Festival - a combination of bold flavors, exciting cultures and a celebration of food, fun and music. The Fiery Foods Festival is multicultural event for the Downtown Pasco Development Authority. It is a place where you can bring the entire family, shop local vendors, taste exciting food, listen to great music, and spice up your day!

LIGO Public Tours - September 9

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.

Dancing Under the Stars - September 9 - note: cancelled

Hapo Community Stage at John Dam Plaza in Richland
From 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person

This all-age event features live entertainment by the five-piece Easy Swing Band, food vendors and an adult beverage garden. The entrance fee is only $10 and tables and chairs will be provided. You can also bring your own chair or blanket. Music begins at 7:00 p.m.

Unleashed Music Festival - September 9

Fingernail Stage at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Tickets are $7 at the gate

The Unleashed Music Festival will feature rock, rap, pop and acoustic artists from throughout Eastern Washington. The lineup includes This Past Tuesday, Heidi Jackson, C2B, Dawson Mills, Rice and T-23.

Parade of Homes - September 9 & 10

Featuring New Homes throughout the Tri-Cities
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.

Future dates: September 13 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., September 16 & 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pooch Plunge - September 9 & 10

Wading Pool at Howard Amon Park in Richland
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $5 per dog per day

Come join us for the 9th annual Pooch Plunge at the Howard Amon Wading Pool being put on for your pup(s)! We will have a temporary dog park set up connected to the wading pool for you and your dogs to come enjoy the last weekend of the season before the pool is closed. Let your dog escape the heat and have a blast doing it! All proceeds go towards improvements to Paws-abilities Place Dog Park.


  • Dogs must enter and exit the Pooch Plunge area on leash. 
  • You must clean up after your dog and deposit waste in the trash bins provided. 
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations to enter the Pooch Plunge. 
  • Dogs must be closely attended when in the play areas. 
  • No more than 3 dogs per guardian. 
  • Children must be closely supervised; no children under 10. 
  • Dog must be spayed or neutered. 
  • No glass bottles allowed into the Pooch Plunge. 
  • Dogs exhibiting dangerous or aggressive behavior will be asked to leave.

Gabriel Iglesias Fluffy Mania World Tour - September 10

Toyota Center in Kennewick
Starts at 8 pm.
Tickets: $32 - $72 plus fees

Standup comedian Gabriel Iglesias will be making his appearance in his new show "FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy." Iglesias is one of America's most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world.
Info & Tickets:

Fall Harvest Gala - September 15 (RSVP by September 8)

Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St. in Richland
Starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $65 per person, $500 for a table of eight

Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce our annual Fall event called the Fall Harvest Gala. This year Habitat will be putting on a live and silent auction event!

Starting at 6:00 p.m. attendees will indulge in tasty hours d'oeuvres and take part in our wine reception while going through our first silent auction. We will then invite you to dine with us as our first silent auction closes. We then will do our dessert dash and start the live auction event, with the end of our second silent auction closing soon after.
Info & Tickets:

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.

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

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. There will be an opening reception on September 8 at 6 p.m. Wine and refreshments will be served. Free public event but must be 21+

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 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:

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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