After two years away, a Tri-Cities Labor Day tradition is back online. Weekend revelers can join in the farewell to summer at the Tumbleweed Music Festival,
which runs from Friday night through Sunday. Along the banks of the Columbia River in Richland, more than a hundred primarily free performances and seminars by Tri-Cities region and Pacific Northwest folk musicians are scheduled.
Both the yearly “State’s Day” celebration in Prosser and the public Labor Day picnic hosted by unions from the Tri-Cities area will be held in Kennewick’s Columbia Park.
Tumbleweed Music Festival events will take place at the Richland Community Center (500 Amon Park Drive) and on five stages across Howard Amon Park in Richland.
On Friday evening, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., young, upcoming musicians will perform on the North Stage in the park, next to Lee Boulevard.
Costs are zero. Sea shanties, bluegrass, Blues, Celtic music, and other acoustic performances are scheduled for free on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the park and the community center. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the River Stage will host family-friendly performances.
Saturday night’s event on the North Stage will feature some of the festival’s headliners and will begin at 7 p.m. The price tag comes in around $15.
Folk music by Dan Maher, the longstanding host of Inland Folk with Dan Maher on Northwest Public Broadcasting radio, is featured, as are the parodies of sea shanty tunes by The Great Sanger & Didele Seamen of the Inland Empire,
performed by Trillium-239 on cello, banjo, and guitar. On Sunday, free shows are scheduled all day long.
On Sunday, the only paid event is the Contra Dance at the Richland Community Center from 8 to 10:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, from noon until dusk, there will be an open mic outside the community center’s north entrance for anyone who would like to take part.
There are often jam sessions out around the community center. There will be a silent auction and a guitar raffle at this three-day event.
Because of the limited parking in the area, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket and arrive early if they wish to spend the day in the park.
STRIKING OUT ON LABOR DAY
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Labor Day Monday, Columbia Park in Kennewick will host the 9th annual Tri-Cities Labor Day picnic with a free lunch. Public attendance is encouraged;
the event features a car and motorbike display, live music, face painting, cotton candy, and bouncy houses, and it goes on until 3 p.m. Remember that this is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event and bring a blanket to sit on.
The “Longest Parade in Central Washington,” which kicks off Prosser’s oldest community festival, “State’s Day,” on Labor Day at 10 a.m. City Park, located off Seventh Street between Memorial Street and Sommers Avenue, will include stage entertainment,
refreshment stalls, and games for kids of all ages immediately following the march until 1 pm. TheActiveNews.Com is a good resource for anyone seeking additional details.