November 25, 2017
Published: November 25, 2017

Here are some things to do around the Tri-Cities region the week of November 27 - December 3, 2017:
  • CBC Orchestra and Choir Concert - November 28
  • Hermiston Farm Fair Ag and Tradeshow 2017 - November 29 - December 1
  • CBC Fall Jazz Night - November 30
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds - December 1
  • Battelle Film Club: "The Salesman" - December 1
  • Richland's Winter Wonderland - December 1 & 2
  • Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 1  & 2
  • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers presents "Messiah" - December 1 & 2
  • TC Ski Swap & Gear Sale - December 1-3
  • ACT presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" - December 1-3
  • Bethel's Christmas Crafter's Market - December 2
  • Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 2
  • Kennewick's Merry Little Christmas Village & Holiday Parade - December 2
  • Santa's Village - December 2
  • Columbia Chorale presents The Many Moods of Christmas! - December 2
  • Tri-City Americans vs. the Spokane Chiefs - December 2
  • Three Rivers Folklife Society presents Winter's Return - December 2
  • Tri-City Youth Choir presents Gifts of Christmas - December 2 & 4
  • 4th Annual Tamale Festival - December 3
  • Battelle Film Club presents "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict" - December 3
  • 2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events
  • 2017 Holiday Bazaars
  • Art Exhibits
  • Nightlife Music
  • The REACH Museum
  • Bechtel National Planetarium Shows
  • LIGO Public Tours
  • Tri-Cities Washington Guide Website
  • Submit Your Community Event

CBC Orchestra and Choir Concert - November 28

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

CBC Concert Choir & DeserTones Chamber Choir, directed by Dave Cazier, joined by the CBC Orchestra, directed by Bruce Walker Jr., present an exhilarating presentation of masterworks and holiday favorites in concert. 

Hermiston Farm Fair Ag and Tradeshow 2017 - November 29 - December 1

Eastern Oregon Trade & Event Center, 1705 E. Airport Rd. in Hermiston
Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dinner banquet from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. ($30 per person)
Friday from 8 a.m. - Noon
Admission: All sessions are free to attendees except for the Pesticide Core credit sessions.

The Farm Fair is an agricultural forum co-sponsored by OSU Extension Service, the Agriculture Committee and the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce. Local agriculture-related businesses will be displaying their wares and services, both inside and outside the Event Center. Agriculture-related seminars will be offered all three days.

The three-day conference is an assortment of sessions and vendor booths dedicated to various topics and products aimed at educating and informing industry members.
Info & Registration:

CBC Fall Jazz Night - November 30

Columbia Basin College Arts Center, 2600 N 20th Ave. in Pasco
From 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Free to attend

Join the CBC jazz choir FreeForm, directed by Dave Cazier, and the CBC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Collin Wilson for and amazing night of jazz at its fullest and best. Big Band and vocal swing, blues, bop, funk and fusion; it's all there to thrill your ears, eyes, and happy feet!

Tri-City Americans vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds - December 1

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! It is also Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss/Sing for Santa during the game.

Battelle Film Club: "The Salesman" - December 1 (update: location change)

Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd. in Richland
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 adults

After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple's life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife.

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image.

Richland's Winter Wonderland - December 1 & 2

Join us for a weekend of fun at the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland and Tree Lighting at the HAPO Community Stage and kick-off of the HAPO Festival of Lights! Activities are free!

Festivities Include:
Friday, December 1st
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at John Dam Plaza
Music and refreshments
Countdown to lighting the Park
Take a ride on the Dreamland Express train with Santa

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Howard Amon Park
Visit Santa in the Santa House
Watch the lighted boat parade and much more!

Saturday, December 2nd
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Howard Amon Park and the Richland Community Center
Arts and crafts
Outdoor Christmas Movie (ELF) Weather Permitting
Warming fires and much more!

Tri-Cities Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 1 & 2

The lighted boat parade starts each night at 6 p.m. under the Cable Bridge at Clover Island and travels up river on the Kennewick side along Columbia Park. Around 7:30 p.m., the parade turns around at the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travels back down river on the same course.

The parade arrives back at Clover Island and makes an additional loop for everyone on the island before heading back into the Clover Island Marina at around 9 p.m.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers presents "Messiah" - December 1 & 2

Friday at Central Church, 1124 Stevens Drive in Richland - starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at Walla Walla University Church, 212 SW 4th St. in College Place - starts at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: K-12: $5.00; Adults: $25.00. Tickets online or at the door.

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers return from a few years break to perform Handel's beloved Christmas favorite "Messiah".
Info & Tickets:

TC Ski Swap & Gear Sale - December 1-3

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 4525 Convention Pl. in Pasco
Friday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission

The Ski Swap & Gear Sale is an annual community event that provides for all levels of skiers and snowboarders to obtain gear and equipment for a great price and to consign for sale, pre-owned equipment.

Note: consignment check-in is Friday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ACT presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" - December 1-3

Academy of Children's Theater, 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Friday & Saturday at 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

The Academy of Children's Theatre is a presenting a special production of two holiday classics, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Frosty the Snowman" in the ACT Black Box Theatre in Richland.

Future dates: December 8 & 9 at 7 p.m., December 10 at 3 p.m. (note: The December 3 & 9 performances are already sold out.)
Info & Tickets:

Bethel's Christmas Crafter's Market - December 2

Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road in Richland
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $3.00 for Adults, Ages 13 and under are free

Shop with a community purpose for hand-crafted gifts and d'cor from over 60 participating vendors. Tickets are $3.00 and can be purchased at the door. All church proceeds will support the Mid-Columbia Meals On Wheels.

Bazaar with Purpose 2017 - December 2

Best Western Plus Kennewick Inn, 4001 W 27th Ave. in Kennewick
From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Free admission

We will be hosting Bazaars with Purpose 2017 throughout December to help raise funds for our Yearly Christmas Program. We will have a variety of vendors from handcrafted to direct sales and even some yummy treats. We will have surprise visit from Santa!

Guests are welcome to bring an unwrapped Gift to donate to a Child in need this year. We will be giving away Raffle Tickets to guests who donate toys! We appreciate all your continuous support in our Yearly Christmas Program as we continue to bless needy children in our Community for the 9th year.

Future dates: We also have another event December 10th at Clover Island Inn and December 16th at Richland Community Center.

Kennewick's Merry Little Christmas Village & Holiday Parade - December 2

Historic Downtown Kennewick
From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Starts at Flag Plaza

Welcome Santa to Kennewick on December 2nd with an old fashioned parade and Merry Little Christmas Village festivities!

Come for the parade, stay for the day! Shops and the holiday vendor market opens at 10 a.m., Santa's Parade starts and 10:30 a.m., and activities and entertainment last until 2 p.m. Claus Plaza, at the corner of Kennewick Ave and Benton Ave, is the headquarters of our enchanted winter wonderland.

- Parade and Mayor's presentation of the key to the city 10:30 a.m. (Kennewick Ave between Dayton and Auburn streets)
- Selfies with Santa and Mrs Claus 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Santa's Giftshop at Claus Plaza -- a "store" where kids can buy loved ones gifts for less than $2 (proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties - Music & Arts Center) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Outdoor skating rink at Claus Plaza 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Local merchants throughout downtown offer holiday specials and treats.
- Hayrides, Polar Express readings, kids activities, holiday gift shopping and more!

Santa's Village - December 2

Memories at Sunset Event Center, 915 By-Pass Hwy in Richland
From Noon - 5 p.m.
Free admission

Support a Great Charity & Shop:
- Kids Craftss
- Pictures with Santa
- Shopping with Elves
- Games
- Snacks
- Adult Beverages and Lounge
All proceeds benefit the Fallen Rider Fund. For more information, contact
Charlie at

Columbia Chorale presents The Many Moods of Christmas! - December 2

Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St. in Kennewick
Starts at 3 p.m.
Free to attend but donations gladly accepted!

Join us for our Holiday concert, The Many Moods of Christmas! Columbia Basin Brass Quintet will also be performing with us.

Tri-City Americans vs. the Spokane Chiefs - December 2

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 Spokane Chiefs!

Three Rivers Folklife Society presents Winter's Return - December 2

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, 2819 W Sylvester St. in Pasco
Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Admission:  $14 general, $12 seniors & students

Celebrating Winter and its diverse festivities with voices, guitar, drums, whistles, hammered dulcimer, hurdy-gurdy, recorder, mandolin, violin, and songs that will bring a bright spot to the darkest winter's day. Featuring Felicia Dale, William Pint, Tania Opland, and Mike Freeman.

Tri-City Youth Choir presents Gifts of Christmas - December 2 & 4

Chief Jo Auditorium, 504 Wilson St. in Richland
Saturday at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Monday at 7 p.m.
Tickets: Reserved Seating: $10 - $12, General Admission: $8 - $10

Come enjoy thrilling entertainment as Forte! & Treble Forte bring the stage alive in the Gifts of Christmas. Each choreographed song features a unique Christmas Gift given from the heart.

Christmas is a time of giving; a time when our hearts turn outward to help those in need; a time when unity exists and love abounds. This year's show, The Gifts of Christmas, features gifts from the heart. It's about discovering the gifts that can't be purchased with money that bring us true joy, not only at Christmas, but the whole year around. The Gifts of Christmas is a high energy show packed with humor, technique, personality and fun. It's family friendly entertainment at its best! We'll see you there!

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music in Richland, and at the door before each performance. Forte! is an audition-only show choir for high school students.
Info & Tickets:

4th Annual Tamale Festival - December 3

Benton Franklin County Fair Grounds, 1500 S. Oak St. in Kennewick
From 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Admission: $1 or 5 cans of food, Seniors 50 cents, children 10 and under free

Thousands attended in 2016 and thousands more are exspected to attend this year! Over 35000 tamales will be sold at this festival that will feature 12 different Flavors of Tamales. New this year - Vegetarian and Vegan Tamales!

For entertainment, we will bring the "Best of the West" accordion players. There will be over 20 booths selling Christmas gifts, clothes, toys, and more. Excellent entertainment all day, with beer garden and dancing.

Battelle Film Club presents "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict" - December 3

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Dr. in Richland
Starts at 2 p.m.
Admission: $4

A portrait of a patron of the arts extraordinaire who transformed a modest fortune and impeccable taste into one of the premiere collections of twentieth century art.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up her acclaimed debut "Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel" with "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict." A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. 

As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. 

While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.

2017 Holiday Festivals & Lighted Events

As Christmas approaches, several communities in the Tri-Cities region are sponsoring Holiday Festivals that include Lighted Events. You can find events for Tri-Cities, Dayton, Walla Walla, Yakima, Toppenish, Hermiston, Sunnyside, Prosser, Grandview, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, and Benton City.

- Richland: Santa & Reindeer at Beaver Bark through December 24
- Sunnyside: Festival of Trees Benefit - December 1
- Milton-Freewater: Christmas Light Parade - December 1
- Richland: Winter Wonderland - December 1 & 2
- Tri-Cities: Christmas Lighted Boat Parade - December 1 & 2
- Pendleton: Winterfest & Family Day - December 1 & 2
- Sunnyside: Kids Lighted Christmas Parade & Lighted Farm Implement Parade - December 1 & 2
- Benton City: Red Mountain Country Christmas - December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16
- Kennewick: Merry Little Christmas Village & Holiday Parade - December 2
- Walla Walla: Parade of Lights - December 2
- Hermiston: Festival of Trees Benefit & Family Day - December 2 & 3
- Toppenish: Toy Train Christmas - December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17
- Yakima: Lighted Holiday Parade - December 3
- Kennewick: Senske Holiday Light Show & Open House - December 8 & 9
- Yakima: Annual Luminaria - December 8 & 9
- Benton City: Winterfest & Lighted Parade - December 9
- Pasco: Winter Fest - December 9
- Yakima: Santa Claus Trolley - December 9 & 10, 16 & 17
- Union Gap - Lighted Christmas Parade - December 11
- Granger - Tour of Lights - December 15
- Pasco: 32nd Annual Desert Plateau Neighborhood Luminaria - December 17

For event details, visit:

2017 Holiday Bazaars

For a list of Holiday Bazaars taking place around the Tri-Cities, check out: and

Art Exhibits

CBC Art Exhibit: Feeling & Form through December 14
Featuring: Ceramics by Gregory Tate and Paintings by Alx Fox
CBC Esvelt Gallery, 2600 N. 20th Ave. in Pasco
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - noon
Saturday & Sunday, Closed
Cost: Free to attend

The title of this exhibition comes from a book by philosopher Susanne K. Langer titled Feeling and Form, in which she argues that Art is a highly developed form of symbolic communication, which is reliant on intuition and a collection of life experience, such as feelings and emotions, which ordinary language struggles to convey.

Alx Fox is an Abstract expressionist, placing great value on the meditative artistic process and infinite possibility for describing human emotion through color, gesture, and form. 

Gregory Tate works with the landscape in which he lives, recording and documenting the surrounding environment in abstracted and emotionally charged ceramic forms.

Drewboy Creative: Andrew Hill Art Show through December 31
Confluent Space, 285 Williams Blvd. in Richland
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12-8 p.m.

"While only 23, Andrew is an old soul pulling wisdom from neoclassicism and romanticism. Andrew takes inspiration from 19th century artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugène Delacroix and James McNeill Whistler," according to a news release. 

Gallery Aglow through December 30
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.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Throughout November and December, the Gallery will literally "glow" with a large selection of gift ideas from our many talented artists. The variety of handmade regional and local artwork is exceptional. Every piece of art work is original and one of a kind. We have the area's largest selection of original paintings, photography, collage work, glass work, ceramics, wood work, many different types of greeting cards, yard ornaments, outstanding fiber artwork, and probably the broadest and best selection of quality jewelry you'll ever find anywhere! The categories noted here are "just the tip of the iceberg". Come in and have a look for yourself. 

To compliment the work by our artists a group of talented and happy "elves" have had fun redesigning holiday trees, and table and wall decorations for the fall and winter holiday seasons. These treasures are available to you at a minimal price. All proceeds from these fund raiser sales go towards Allied Arts Association's outreach to the community by bringing you a rich variety of visual arts opportunities which include workshops, exhibits and scholarships.

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

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 calendarAlso, space is available for club meetings and events for a nominal fee.
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

5th Anniversary Celebration
The planetarium is celebrating 5 years with movie nights, free public shows, and a guest speaker! Events are happening all week, November 27-December 2nd. Info and tickets at

Note: all shows below are free to attend but you still must get tickets online. Showing this week:
  • December 1: Planet Nine at 7 p.m. and Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity at 8 p.m.
  • December 2: My House Has Stars at 2 p.m. and The Little Star That Could at 3 p.m.
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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