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Palouse, Washington

The city of Palouse lies in the heart of the beautiful Palouse region of southeastern Washington State. This growing community is located at the junction of the Palouse River and State Route 27, surrounded by the rolling wheat fields that are the signature of this scenic area. The relaxed, rural setting combined with its proximity to two major state universities makes Palouse a wonderful place to live, to work and to raise a family. An abundance of recreational activities can be found in the region, and the cities of Spokane to the north and Lewiston and Clarkston to the south add to the array of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities that can be found in our local communities.

Website: www.VisitPalouse.com

Major Events and Festivals


PEO Variety Show

Held at the Palouse Grange Hall


Irish Happening

Held on St. Patrick’s Day at the Palouse Grange Hall. www.PalouseArtsCouncil.org, 509.863.5733.    


Palouse Downtown Open House

Held the second Saturday in April on Main Street.

Washington State University/University of Idaho Regional Cyclists Race

Held in late April. The racers pass through the town of Palouse, stopping to enjoy a dinner organized by a local Boy Scout troop.


Memorial Day Lunch

Held on Memorial Day at the Palouse Grange Hall. www.PalouseArtsCouncil.org, 509.863.5733.


Rat Rod Show Car Show & BBQ

Held the first Saturday in June on Main Street. Celebrate auto renovation in a whole new way. Browse through cars renovated by the average garage tinkering fanatic. Live music, and vendors. 208.301.0018.


Art Walk

Held on the second weekend in July at the Palouse Grange Hall & Main Street Businesses. Stroll the town enjoying displays of local artists. 509.863.5733, www.PalouseArtsCouncil.org.

Palouse Ice Cream Social

Held the second weekend in July at Palouse City Park from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Listen to music in the park while you enjoy some homemade pie and ice cream. The event serves as a fundraiser for the local community center. 509.878.1226, www.PalouseCommunityCenter.org.

Bluegrass Music Festival

Held in late July. Bluegrass music will ring through the air. Live bands will perform in Palouse’s Hayton Greens park.


National Night Out

Held the first Tuesday in August at Palouse City Park. A family event sponsored by the Palouse Block Watch will include displays of fire trucks, police equipment and all the emergency services that keep our small towns safe and comfortable places to live. Music, raffles and family fun.

Palouse Community Yard Sale

Held the first Saturday in August. Sign up at City Hall. Maps of downtown businesses are available.


Palouse Days

Held the second Saturday after Labor Day.  Includes a pancake breakfast, a parade, a car show, a book sale, the National Barley Cook-off, live music, softball tournament and a duck race. Enjoy a performance by the Seattle Cossacks Stunt Drill Team, and a performance of ComedySportz. 509.878.1991.


Haunted Palouse

Held Downtown. Two haunted houses and more. Chills and thrills entice visitors from around the region during Haunted Palouse. Two old buildings have found new life scaring even the bravest who dare to enter. For yearly dates, visit www.VisitPalouse.com.


Roundtable Craft Bazaar

Held in early December. Just in time for holiday gift giving. Raises money for high school scholarships.

Holiday Season Opener and Concert

Held the first Saturday in December in Downtown Palouse.

Snow Ball

Held New Year’s Eve at the Palouse Grange Hallwww.PalouseArtsCouncil.org, 509.863.5733.


Bank Left Gallery Opening

Held the first Saturday each month from10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Bank Left Gallery. 509.878.8425

Roy Chatters Newspaper & Printing Museum

Open every Saturday from 10 to 2, or anytime, by appointment. Group tours are welcome. Tour guide Jack Rupe, a 7th generation retired printer will take you back in time to the days of hand-set letters, linotype machines and hot lead castings. See the 1887 “finger-snapper” press in operation too! The museum and friendly shops, galleries and restaurants in Palouse welcome you (the best days are Thursdays through Saturday when all the shops and galleries are open).


Kamiak Butte

A beautiful 298-acre natural area just a few miles south of Palouse. It is host to over 130 bird species (both migratory and permanent), more than 170 plant species, and upwards of 30 mammal species.

Palouse Pool

Located in downtown Palouse next to the city park. A wonderful place to spend those hot summer afternoons.

Palouse Scenic Byway

Take a leisurely day's drive through the 208 miles of the beautiful Palouse countryside that has been designated as the Palouse Scenic Byway. Explore the eleven communities along the byway – each has its own distinct history and charm and is well worth a visit.

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