History: Contra dances had been a part of 3RFS for a couple of decades. Unfortunately, the core group of volunteers diminished to a point that it was too much for those who were left and the dances struggled to break even financially. For a period of several years the Tri Cities was without regular contra dances. BUT...in 2018 contra dances returned and have been thriving. For our 2019 season, many changes are in store!

New Venue! - Starting with our first dance of 2019 on SATURDAY, January 26, 2019, most of our Three Rivers Contra Dances will be held the 4th Saturday of each month at our new location - the Trinity Church Gymnasium at 1007 Wright Avenue, in Richland, WA (Street Map.)

Two exceptions are our Summer dance series, Co-Sponsored with the City of Pasco, that will be held at Pasco's Memorial Park at 350 N 14th Ave (Street map,) and our September Dance at Tumbleweed Music Festival, Sunday, September 1, at Richland's Howard Amon Park (Street map.)

NOTE change for 2020: Our dances will move to the first Saturday of the month, beginning on January 4.

We are excited about finding a venue for Saturday night dances as this provides the opportunity to hire bands and callers from out of town, in addition to our wonderful local bands.

Unless otherwise specified, dances begin at 7PM with a Newcomers' Lesson, followed by dancing from 7:30 - 10:00.

Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Students and Seniors (62 and over);
FREE for kids under 12.

Discount Punch Passes - Three Rivers Contra Dance will be offering a punch pass of 6 dances for the price of 5. The cost for a general admission punch pass will be $40, or $25 for Seniors (62 & older) and Students. The card can be used all year long with the exception of the Tumbleweed contra dance. The punch pass must be presented at each dance and multiple dancers can punch from a single card if desired. The punch passes will be available for purchase at the door or you can call Terri at 509-308-7420 to purchase. These make great gifts!

Here's the full schedule

Dance Schedule for 2019
January 26 Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
February 23 Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
March 23
Scatter Creek Band with Nora Scott calling
Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
April 27
Shady Court Band with Mark Lewis calling
Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
May 18, 6-9 PM
One More Tune with Seth Richards calling
Memorial Park, Pasco
June 22, 6-9 PM
Gone Fiddlin' Again with Catie York calling
Memorial Park, Pasco
July 19, 6-9 PM
Red Herring with Susan Dankovich calling
Memorial Park, Pasco
August 24, 6-9 PM
The Spokane Ceili Band, with Arielle Cooley calling
Memorial Park, Pasco
September 1 (Sunday!) Tumbleweed Festival
Howard Amon Park, Richland
September 28
Quasiversatile, with Mark Lewis from LaGrande calling
Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
October 26
Electrodes, from Seattle, with Shelly Jenkins from Yakima calling
Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland
November 23
One More Tune, with Caite York from Walla Walla calling
Trinity Church Gymnasium, Richland


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Yearning for other dance opportunities? Try any of the following

If traveling in the Northwest
The Dalles/Hood River
Walla Walla
La Grande
Vancouver, B.C.

Also, check Northwest Folk Dancers Incorporated

If traveling far from home
Dwayne Johnson's Web site
(Click on the US map to locate dances anywhere)
The Dance Gypsy
(Info on dances and performers.
Also provides the Dance Gypsy Festival Planner
listing dance events throughout the US)