Summer Family Fun in the Tri-Cities

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Below are some of the events my family looks forward to each summer in the Tri-Cities.  All photos by Alicia Walters. Enjoy!

Recurring Events             

J & S Dreamland Express operates Saturday – Sunday 1 – 5:30 p.m. in Columbia Park through September. It leaves every 20 minutes from the ticket booth between the Family Fishing Pond and the Playground of Dreams.  Adult tickets $1 and children, .50 cents.                                        

Market at the Parkway June 3rd – October 28th (weather permitting).  Fridays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. At the Parkway between Jadwin Ave. and George Washington Way in Richland, WA.  Farmer’s Market, food trucks, live music, fresh flowers, etc.

Thursdays June – July   

Live @ 5 is a free, outdoor concert series held at John Dam Plaza in Richland, WA. Beer and wine garden for those 21 and older and a children’s area with bouncy houses and games.  Bands are regional.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/TCLiveAt5/timeline for more information. Event Poster: Adam Lamberd.

June 10th                             

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

June 10th – 12th                

Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival & Dutch Oven Rendezvous held at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.  A family friendly event for all ages, the festival includes “Square Dance Under the Stars,” lead by a caller (no experience necessary), food, music, and instrument sampling for all ages.  More information is available at http://www.mctama.org/.

June 16th                             

Hogs & Dogs Family Festival 4 – 10 p.m. at the Bombing Range Sports Complex in West Richland.  Motorcycle show, including a stunt rider, car show, live music, food and Kid Zone.  Admission is free.  Hogs & Dogs Logo copyright West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce.  Event poster: Michael Page.

June 19th                             

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Father’s Day – Dads ride free all day.

June 23rd – 26th                

Cool Desert Nights is a four day, family event held at 1355 George Washington Way in Richland.  In its 23rd year, it offers a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Street Dance and Show N’ Shine car show.  For schedule of events, visit: http://www.cooldesertnights.com/schedule.

June 24th                             

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

June 25th                             

Gesa Carousel of Dreams 11 – 3 p.m. free first ride for kids signing up for the Mid-Columbia Library’s Summer Reading Program.

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July 4th                                 

Annual River of Fire Festival in Columbia Park in Kennewick.  $8 carload donation.  Kids activities throughout the day as well as food and shopping booths set up throughout the park.  Live music begins at 5 p.m. and fireworks begin at 10 p.m.  Bring your own lawn chair.  No “personal” fireworks or alcohol permitted.  Questions, call 509-547-9791.

July 8th                                 

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

July 22nd                              

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

July 29th – 30th

66th Annual Art in the Park located in Howard Amon Park in Richland gathers an enormous variety of local and national artists, food and entertainment vendors.  It is the primary fundraiser for the Allied Arts Association.  Website: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/general-information/.

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July 29th – 31st

Tri-City Water Follies annual event entertains families with hydros on display, hydro races and a jet demonstration team.  Schedule will be posted here: http://www.waterfollies.com/water-follies-experience/schedule-of-events/.

Aug 2nd                                

Gesa Carousel of Dreams National Night Out 5 – 7:30 p.m. $2 carousel rides for all attendees.  Giveaways, food trucks, games free hamburgers for first 1,000 people.

Aug 5th                                 

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

Aug 19th                              

Gesa Carousel of Dreams Sunset at Southridge 6-8 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and play on splash pad behind carousel.

Aug 20th                              

Benton Franklin Grand Parade in Downtown Kennewick at 10 a.m. Theme this year is “The Best Week of Summer.”  Bring your own lawn chair and pick out your spot along the parade route next to Keewaydin Park (W. Kennewick Ave. and S. Auburn St.).

Aug 23rd – 27th

Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Demolition derby, Mccurley Concert Series, rodeo, carnival rides, animal/livestock exhibits, and food galore!  Adult tickets are $13 at the door.  Seniors and children ages 6 and older are $5.  Children ages 6 and under are free.  For bus combo, season passes, demolition derby tickets and other pricing information, visit: http://www.bentonfranklinfair.com/p/info/325.

Sept 24th – 25th                 

Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire will be in Columbia Park in Kennewick.  Ye Merrie Faire is a visit back in time to the Renaissance, with 90 live performances daily as well as 70 + period vendors.  It is fun for the entire family and a real unique experience.  Website: http://yemerriegreenwoodfaire.org/.

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