So… how about that lightning storm last night? We weren’t able to get any good photos from our location – so we’d love it if you could tag Bored in Tri-Cities in your photos or videos of the lightning!
Luckily, it looks like the weather will clear up a bit for us 🙂 That’s good because there are so many events and activities this weekend.
We looked through all of it for you and came up with this curated list of activities. Enjoy!
Here we go 🙂
Friday, May 5:
Starting off your weekend, WSU master gardeners will be at Demonstration Garden in Kennewick for their Spring Plant Sale!
It’s from noon to 6 pm on Friday and continues Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. All the plants were grown by master gardeners – and they’ll be there to give you free gardening advice! There’ll also be a bake sale, arts and crafts, and gardening gloves. Check out more details here.
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is having its First Friday Richland Group Ride tonight. Meet at the bike shop near Howard Amon park at 6 pm!
It’s Cinco de Mayo and you know the Tri-Cities will be celebrating in style!
Starting Friday is Downtown Pasco’s Cinco de Mayo Festival. It’s fun for the whole family and it’s free admission!
Come celebrate our culturally diverse community with a parade, food vendors, cultural night and more 🙂
The night parade starts at 7 pm at 204 W. Clark st. And at 8 pm there will be a horse dancing competition! There’s even an after-party at Rumer Lounge in Kennewick!
Another nighttime event on Friday is at the Bechtel National Planetarium – which will be hosting two shows at the dome theater.
“Dynamic Earth” starts at 7 pm and “Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions” starts at 8 pm. Each hour long presentation starts with a live “sky tonight” show to learn about the positions of stars, constellations, and planets. The second half of the show is the full dome film experience.
Make sure to get there on time because they don’t let anyone in for safety reasons after the show begins (it gets really dark!).
Saturday, May 6:
The Downtown Pasco Cinco de Mayo festival continues on Saturday with the launch of the Pasco farmer’s market from 8 am – noon. It’s the first farmer’s market of the season in Pasco – definitely check it out!
The Cinco de Mayo festivities continue with family activities, concerts, a cultural night of dance and music, and the Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant.
Also continuing on Saturday is the WSU master gardeners Spring Plant Sale at Kennewick’s Demonstration garden.
For outdoor The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society is hosting a Bateman Island bird walk at 8 am. (Worried about ticks? Check out our recent blog post looking at the facts on tick-borne diseases in our region).
It’s a great month to see migratory birds and resident birds setting up their nests. Birders of all levels are welcome and they’ll have binoculars to loan out as well!
There’s an Ice Age floods trip to Grand Coulee on Saturday – hosted by the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. This is a full day tour so you have to sign up today (tickets include bus, lunch and water at $87 per person). Check out their upcoming trips too!
Gary Kleinknecht will lead the tour to Grand Coulee and participants will visit the Othello and Drumheller channels in addition to dry falls. Learn about the Ice Age floods geology we can see all around us in eastern Washington! (Read our interview with Central Washington University geology professor Nick Zentner to learn more about this!)
Rally on the River – a beach volleyball tournament – will be happening at Leslie Groves park in Richland this weekend. The courts were just renovated and these will be the first games on the new courts! Starts at 9 am Saturday and Sunday.
It’s Free Comic Book day at Adventures Underground in the Richland Uptown. Check out the free comics available and enter the costume contest while you’re at it 🙂
Blank Space in Kennewick is hosting a Modern Makers Spring Pop-up Market from 9 am – 2 pm. It’s a curated collection of Pacific Northwest Makers – and you can pick up a locally-made gift just in time for Mother’s Day.
They also offer free professional photos of moms and kids, make and take projects, and live music!
At 2 pm, Blank Space will also host a Pop Party. Up Balloon Boutique created a balloon art installation of a cherry tree in full blossom. Tickets are $10 to pop the balloons to get prizes from local businesses. Proceeds are donated to get kids into summer camp!
Want to see some live music? The Emerald of Siam will have Scott Schweiger for his CD-release tour along with Bernardus. The ambient folk rock sound of Bernardus paird with lead singer Ben Kramer‘s singer-songwriter style lyrics combines to create what the Emerald described as ‘alternative Americana through a modern pop lens.’
Looking for a different kind of night life?
Try out Club Om Saturday Night Yoga at 11 Exhale in Richland. The hot yoga session is from 7 pm – 10 pm and you should expect loud beats and explicit lyrics. Over 18 please! They have different music selections each session – last time was Electronic Dance Music, this time it’s hip hop 🙂
Sunday, May 7:
A more relaxed yoga option is Sunday morning’s all-levels class at the Hampton Inn in Richland hosted by NW Paddleboarding. All ages and fitness levels welcome! It’s from 9 am – 10 am and a $5 donation is suggested.
The Pasco Fury softball team is hosting a Goodwill donation drive all day starting at 8 am. Drop off gently used and well worn (they recycle clothes, shoes, etc…) clothing, books, shoes, games, CDs, DVDs (even ones that are scratched – they can recycle!) at their location at the Pasco Walmart on Rd. 68.
Confluent Space will be hosting a 3D printer tool training on Sunday at 1 pm. Want to learn all about how to get a design printed? Come to this class to learn how to make the designs, send it to the 3D printer, know if the printer is working properly, and complete a 3D print.
Register online – the class is free for Confluent members and $10 for non-members.
What do you think about our curated list of events?
Did we miss anything?
What are you excited about doing this weekend that we missed?