Cool Desert Nights

The growing, vibrant, and dynamic city of Richland, Washington—part of the famous Tri-Cities area of the state—is renowned as a hub of activity that peaks in the summertime with its wide variety of events and festivals, attracting locals, visitors, and tourists from all over the surrounding area and beyond.

Cool Desert Nights

 These festivals cater to music lovers, car lovers, and sports lovers alike, as well as to other interests.

About It
One of the most popular annual summer events hosted by beautiful Richland is the “Cool Desert Nights” festival. Cool Desert Nights is an exciting, fun-filled, three-day, family-oriented custom and classic car and street rod show and event, highlighting hundreds of different makes and models of classic and vintage cars, rods, motorcycles, trucks, and more. Besides the Show ’n Shine car show—which is interesting and worth the trip all by itself—Cool Desert Nights features cruises, poker runs, live music, night street dances, a pancake breakfast, slow drags, and lots of games and prizes.

The event is all-inclusive, open to all ages and to everybody; you don’t have to be Richland or Tri-Cities resident to attend to enjoy the festival. It’s an entire family experience that everyone—man, woman, young, and old—can thoroughly enjoy, and it’s a great community event that brings Richland and all of the Tri-Cities area together to celebrate summer, community spirit, and good old-fashioned fun.

Cool Desert Nights
Richland is host to Cool Desert Nights. The event is held at the venue Jefferson Park and Columbia Point Marina Park in Richland, with Richland’s Parks and Recreation Department officially in charge. Cool Desert Nights have something to offer for everyone, so if you’ll be in the Tri-Cities area come the fourth weekend in June, come on out and check out what the buzz is all about. Even if you won’t already be in the area around this time, you won’t regret planning and making a special trip just for Cool Desert Nightsthe renowned event. Bring the whole family, or come with a whole group if you’d like.

If you don’t live in Richland or the Tri-Cities area, or if you don’t have friends or family to stay with, you’ll need to find some accommodations for you and your clan. You can find a list of available hotels and other lodging options at the official website ( by clicking on the “lodging” option, and you can also inquire about accommodations during Cool Desert Nights at 509-735-8486 or

In order to make the event the smashing success that it is every year, volunteers are required in many different areas. If you’re interested in volunteering or have a few questions about it, simply e-mail

If you’re looking for more information about this year’s Cool Desert Nights, or about the annual festival in general, check out You can also contact the recreation coordinator, Stan Johnson, at 509-942-7541, or via e-mail at Alternatively, you can try the official Cool Desert Nights hotline at 509-943-3614. You can also write to Cool Desert Night’s office at Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 6986, Kennewick, WA, 99336.

You definitely won’t want to miss out on everything this exciting and favorite summer festival has to offer this year, whether you’re a certified Cool Desert Nights veteran or a Cool Desert Nights rookie.

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