I know I say this every week, but there is so much happening this weekend in the Tri-Cities!
One of the things I noticed was a lot more live music options! And of course, because it’s spring – festivals and outdoors events.
I even included some cool options from nearby towns like Walla Walla and Prosser.
Also, tons of Mother’s Day brunches – I’m not going to add all of them to this list, but just assume almost anywhere you’d want to go to eat Sunday brunch has a Mother’s Day event 😉
Let’s get started!
Friday, May 12:
Have you heard of Prosser’s Brewminatti Cafe? It’s a very cool, unexpected place to find in Prosser (sorry Prosser!). They have live music every weekend – and this weekend it’s Debra Arlyn & The Goodness. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Debra won ‘ Portland’s finest young pop singer’ by the Willamette Week, among other awards and accolades. Definitely worth a quick 30 minute drive to Prosser to check out her music live 🙂 Show starts at 7 pm.
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop is having its Richland store open house today from 6:30-7:30 pm. Go down and check out the shop and learn about the biking community! They have a bike library and a mini bike shop for members. “All are welcome!”
Ahhh… the summer season seems to have begun because we have our first classic car show! The Classy Chassy Show and Shine is in Kennewick today and tomorrow in historic downtown Kennewick. Over 200 car owners will be there to show off their classic cars. Registration and opening events happen tonight, while the bulk of the show happens all-day Saturday.
Another festival! This one out of town, in Walla Walla. The Walla Walla Spring Fling happens this weekend, starting Friday at 3 pm in Pioneer Park. It’s a free, family event with vendors selling food, commercial items, and handmade arts and crafts. There will be performances throughout the event, and proceeds from the festival will go to Longmire Ranch – a therapeutic horse ranch.
Salsa, bachata, cumbia… do you like Latin dancing, or just listening to the music and watching the people who can dance? Haha! Well, NOMAD at the Kennewick Red Lion is hosting the first Tri-Cities Salsa Congress fundraiser of the year. There’s even a bachata dance lesson at 9 pm!
Tonight is opening night for the Richland Players’ rendition of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! The play is a kind of dark comedy about a man who agreed to take the insanity defense to go to a mental hospital instead of jail. The main character, McMurphy, goes head to head with Nurse Ratched and riles up the other patients. There is some adult content and language, so keep that in mind. The show begins at 8 pm tonight.
Also in theater, Hanford High School – known for its great drama department – will be performing the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10-12.
The Battelle Film Club is showing a new international film tonight at 7:30 pm at the Battelle Auditorium.
The film, from Germany, Austria and Romania, is called Toni Erdmann. It’s about a practical joking father who’s trying to reconnect with his hard-working daughter. He creates an alter-ego and poses as her CEO’s life coach.
Saturday, May 13:
Ever been interested in learning about the benefits of hypnosis? There will be a Body/Mind Connection and Healing Open House where you can meet with providers of massage therapy, mental health counseling, and hypnosis. First 100 moms get red roses 🙂 It starts at 10am at the Corrado Office Park in Richland, check out directions and more details here.
A Bike Expo by Bike Tri-Cities will take over Camp Kiwanis at Kennewick’s Columbia Park on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm. The expo is held in conjunction with the Kiwanis Inland Empire Century Ride also on Saturday. This event is aimed at kicking off the National Bike Challenge for May. They’ll have a prize raffle, booths, food, music, bike safety courses, helmets for kids, and more!
Do you love bees? Or just understand how important they are to human survival? Well, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center will be holding a workshop from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm teaching us all about native bees and butterflies. You’ll also learn about how honeybees communicate, and which flowers attract hummingbirds. You can also learn how to build a “bee hotel” in your own backyard 🙂 Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids. Reach members are free.
More outdoor activities! There’s a Mother’s Day ORV run at Juniper Dunes hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures. They’ll have a camp-out in Smith Canyon with ORV runs throughout the weekend. The main run starts at 10 am on Saturday, and it’s all free! They’ll have vendors like Selah Sweets there too!
Eurovision 2017 has arrived! This year it’s hosted in Ukraine, but you can watch it with others who enjoy the contest at Fuse, a co-working space in Richland near the Parkway. The live streamed show starts at 12 pm at Fuse. Don’t know what Eurovision is? It’s basically like the Voice or any singing competition we have here in the U.S., except participants come from all over Europe. It’ll be a family-friendly event and Fuse will host a potluck lunch with snacks and drinks from LiveTiles, an international software startup in the Tri-Cities.
There’ll be some live music at the Pasco Flea Market – a SPRAWLING market where you can find just about anything. The Pasco Flea Circus will be playing at the market. There’s also lots of food vendors at the flea market and although I didn’t get a chance to eat when I checked it out last season, it smelled amaaaaazing!
More live music 🙂 The Emerald of Siam in Richland’s Uptown will have Hillstomp – Punkabilly from Portland playing at 9 pm. The junkbox blues duo sounds like hill country blues stomp, trance blues, Appalachia and a dash of punkabilly. Their instruments consist of buckets, cans and BBQ lids, as well as a slide guitar. They already have two widely-acclaimed studio albums and their working on a third. Sounds different!
Sunday, May 14: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Another Sunday postcard writing opportunity for those of you who like to discuss what’s happening in our local, regional, and national politics! It’s from 2 pm – 4 pm at Ethos Bakery and Cafe in Richland. They’ll be meeting at Ethos to discuss and write postcards to our city and state representatives.
(Like I said in the intro, there’re so many Mother’s Day brunch options I couldn’t possibly include all of them, so just assume almost anywhere you’d want to eat on Sunday has a Mother’s Day special happening!)
If you’re more into yoga than brunch, there’s a Mother’s Day Yoga class at Unity Yoga in the Richland Parkway. It starts at 9:30 am and costs $16 a person. The class is an all-levels Hatha Technique class, so don’t worry about it being too difficult if you’re not into yoga or don’t do it regularly! It’ll be a 75 minute class and drop-ins are welcome!
On a completely different note, there’s a paintball “Castle Purge” event happening at Red Dot Paintball. It starts at 12 pm – and all players are welcome! Check out directions and other details on their Facebook.
Want to learn how to do Argentinian Tango? Kennewick’s Salsa con Rumba dance studio is having an all-levels class from 4 pm – 6 pm on Sunday. It’s called Argentine Tango Practica – a mix between a lesson and a milonga (an Argentine ballroom dance). Sounds fun!
How’s this list? Did we miss anything?
What are you planning for this weekend?