Arts & Entertainment

Cool Desert Nights kicks off with cool city cruise

Cool Desert Nights kicks off with an open city cruise of cool cars starting at 5 p.m. June 25.

About 800 cars are expected to turn out for the annual event that draws about 15,000 people to the Tri-Cities each year.

Festivities include car shows, street dances and show 'n' shines all three days with most events happening in the Uptown Shopping Center along George Washington Way in Richland.

But first the open city cruise gets under way at 5 p.m. leaving from TRAC off Road 68 in Pasco. Cars head to Kennewick and cruise through downtown before moving on to Columbia Park. From the park, the cars cruise to the end of Columbia Park Trail then catch Highway 240 into Richland, ending at the Dairy Queen on Jadwin Avenue. There, the vintage cars and their drivers will have a mini show 'n' shine for visitors.

On June 26 there will be another cruise from 7 to 9 p.m. using the same route. There'll be a whole lot of shakin' goin' on starting at 9 p.m. with Mike Harvey's Super Gold Music from the '60s, '70s and '80s. The rockin' goes to midnight and all ages are welcome. Cost is $10.

On June 27, a pancake breakfast kicks off the day's events from 7 to 11 a.m. at Jefferson Park, across the street from the Uptown mall. Cost is $4 in advance or $4.50 at the door.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be events at the Uptown, including mini show 'n' shines.

From 8 to 11 p.m. there'll be another street dance featuring Randy Linder of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame. Cost is $10. Both street dances will be at the south end of the Uptown parking lot.

Advance tickets are available at The Maurer Group office, 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C100, or the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce across from the convention center in Kennewick.

All Wheels Weekend starts June 19 in Dayton

DAYTON -- If you have a hot car or just like to gawk at hot cars, then Dayton's the place to be this weekend.

That's when the town holds its annual All Wheels Weekend celebration, which is expected to draw hundreds of classic cars for a show 'n' shine, demolition derby, musical entertainment, pancake breakfast, poker run, a comedian and extreme daredevil "Busker" Mark Riggs, lawn mover drag races, fireworks and more.

All Wheels Weekend starts at 4 p.m. June 19 with car registration at First and Main streets in downtown Dayton. Events continue June 20-21.