Here is the link for the Catch the Crush events:
It's Sept. 24 and 25. Looks like a good set of events. I can check with the wineries and find out exactly what each will be doing this year, and which food purveyors are having events as well, if anyone is interested.
Here's the link for the Columbia Cup Tri-City Water Follies:
It's July 29 - 31. If you've never been to hydroracing, it's quite a spectacle, and they usually include some stunt flying in modern and antique planes as well as part of the show (they did last year, anyway). July 4 is cool here as well, as they do a massive fireworks show over the Columbia River, and they have a competing show in Pasco just across the bridge, so you get 2 for one. Everyone camps out all day along the banks of the Columbia, and Burgmans would be excellent for getting in and out of the park, since the traffic is horrible.
In addition, We have the Richland Cool Desert Nights event:
June 23-25, 2005. It's a classic, modern, and custom auto and motorcycle show, with lots of cool events, including the official "Cruise" of the participants, public street dance parties (mostly classic rock and blues, but some jazz as well), slow drags, pancake breakfast and barbeque dinner included in participant fee, battle of the bands, and so on. A good time, especially if you like classic cars and bikes. Be nice to represent the Burgman there, actually.
Apparently there will also be JetSki races July 16 and September 10-11, the Tumbleweed Music Festival (mostly a jazz event) September 3-4, the "On the Water Boat Show" Sept 14-19, and an assortment of Marathon / Triathalon / Duathalon events for the physically fit (I'll be at the winery, you go ahead on that one).
If none of those dates work, I used to work at one of the Wineries (the Bookwalter), and I know I can arrange special events any time we want, with not very much notice, and so we can also do our own wine tour.
Of course, while looking, I found a boatload of events going on in Seattle this summer as well, so I'm sure there's plenty on both sides of the mountain. The one thing you can be sure of here during the summer, though, is hot, dry riding weather, and lots of open road. Riding through the miles and miles of vineyards and orchards is something to see, as well. I'm diggin' it right now, actually, cuz the apple orchards are blooming, and the orchard owners have just put out the bee hives to pollenate. When the wind blows (which is alot right now), the white blossoms blow around like warm snow flurries. The vineyards will be in full bloom by may or early june, and the air gets thick with the smell of grapes.
Anyway, that's a run down of the main events going on here this summer. There's lots of smaller stuff, but that's mainly what someone from anywhere else might want to see.