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Spokane, Washington

The hardest part about planning your visit to the Spokane Region is deciding what to see and do first. With all the shopping, dining, arts, indoor and outdoor recreation you could wish for, Spokane is a Northwest wonderland complete with natural beauty and fantastic weather.

Web site: www.VisitSpokane.com

Major Events and Festivals

For a complete listing of activities in the Spokane Region, visit www.VisitSpokane.com/Calendar.asp.

January & February

Outdoor Living Show


Spokane International Film Festival

Held in late January and early February at The Met Theater. A small, selective festival of world-class film chosen from the very best features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past two years but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. They are the same films seen each year at the Cannes, New York or Toronto film festivals. Many of the filmmakers and stars meet the audiences, share their own stories and anecdotes about the making of their films, and answer questions from audience members. Additional festival events include after-film receptions, forums, seminars, script readings and more. www.SpokaneFilmFestival.org


St. Patrick's Day Parade

Held in Saturday closest to St. Patrick's Day in downtown Spokane. This annual parade is open for total community involvement. Regardless of race, creed or color, everyone has just that wee bit of Irish that comes out in full spirit, whether you're a dyed-in-the-wool Irish person or just Irish-for-the-day, this is one event you won't want to miss. www.FriendlySonsOfStPatrick.com


Japan Week

Held in mid-to-late April throughout Spokane. Celebrate Japanese culture though displays, music, art and demonstrations. www.JapanWeek.com

Earth Day Celebration

Held on Earth Day in late April at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. Procession of the Species along with music, food and Earth Day-related information and displays. Bring you old athletic shoes for The Shoe Fits Recycling program at the Solid Waste System booth. They will be grinded and turned into sports surfaces. www.LandsCouncil.org


Bloomsday Run

Held in the first Sunday in May in downtown Spokane. A 12 kilometer (7.46 mile) race through downtown and west Spokane.  Starts at 9 a.m.  All runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers are welcome to participate.  www.BloomsdayRun.org

Blooms on the Bluff

Held two weekends in mid-May in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Enjoy beautiful flowers, plants, crafts, and fun. This festival will run for two weekends. The trees are blooming, the weather is wonderful, and it is a great opportunity to get out of the house and get ready for spring and summer.


Garden Expo

Held annually on the second Saturday in May, see over 200 garden-related exhibitors. Plants, garden art and crafts are for sale. Meet with related organizations and see demonstrations and seminars. Free admission and parking. Event held at Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene St. from 9am-5pm. Sponsored by The Inland Empire Gardeners.


Spring Wine Tasting

Held Mother's Day Weekend. Taste the new releases at all 10 of Spokane's fabulous wineries, including Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Barrister Winery, Caterina Winery, Grand Ronde Cellars, Knipprath Cellars, Latah Creek Wine Cellars, Lone Canary Winery, Mountain Dome Winery, Robert Karl Winery and Townshend Cellars. www.SpokaneWineries.net

Jr. Lilac Parade

Held in the second Saturday in May in downtown Spokane. Watch the streets come alive with the sounds of thousands of horns and drums.  The Junior Lilac Parade is one of the largest children's Parades in the entire United States, held right here in our own backyard. www.SpokaneRotaract.org/JuniorLilac.html

Musicfest Northwest

It is the largest festival of its kind on the West Coast.  Students from elementary to post- graduate level participate in ballet, brass, flute, guitar, organ, percussion, piano, reed, string, and voice divisions. www.musicfestnorthwest.org

Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Held in the third Saturday in May in downtown Spokane. This parade honors the people who have served in the military.  Features marching military units, marching bands, dance troupes, cheer squads, equestrians, classic cars, floats, princesses and queens, and more! www.LilacFestival.org



Held the first weekend in June in Coeur d'Alene Park in Spokane's Browne's Addition. Over 100 artists from throughout the West displaying a wide range of exciting high-quality arts and crafts. Purchase art, crafts and food wile enjoying music and hands-on arts activities. Fun for all ages! www.NorthwestMuseum.org

Farmers' Market

Center on Sixth Market, 50.385.4820, fridaymarket@hotmail.com,

Community Roots Market, 509.435.5210

Spokane Farmers Market, 509.995.0182,

South Perry Farmers Market, .509.879.2987

Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival

Held in mid-June (on the 2nd saturday of the month) in downtown Spokane. This parade honors all GLBT and their friends, family and co-workers. Following the parade is the Rainbow Festival held in Riverfront Park with a business fair and ever expanding kids/family area. Complete with on-stage entertainment and beer garden.



Taste Washington Spokane

Held in mid-June. Featuring fine wines from over 100 Washington wineries and culinary creations from over 25 regional restaurants. The Silent Auction featuring Washington wine magnums and the Wheel of Wine adds excitement to the event. And back by popular popular demand:  the Fresh Seafood Bar and Washington White Out, a tasting bar featuring white wines that pair well with seafood and shellfish. www.TasteWashington.org


Held in mid-June. Battle of the Bands - Junior and Senior High School bands compete in this judged event! Other activities include tie-dye and temporary tattoo art. www.SpokaneRiverfrontPark.com

Spokane Hoopfest

Held in the last weekend of June in downtown Spokane. The best outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the country. With the effort and enthusiasm of thousands of volunteers, Hoopfest strives to create a dynamic downtown festival, transcending basketball through the celebration of athleticism, fair play and community involvement. Spokane Hoopfest Association also provides charitable support through distribution of profits to Special Olympics and basketball-related activities. Anyone who is entering the 3rd grade or older is eligible to play. There are many divisions including co-ed and special olympics. www.SpokaneHoopfest.net

June & July

Northwest Renaissance Festival

Held in June and July north of Spokane. Fun for all ages! King Henry VIII along with family and friends enjoy dancing, games, entertainment, food, merchants from near and far, battle chess, jousting and drinking at the INN! www.NWRF.net

Strawberry Celebration

Held in the last weekend of June and first weekend of July in Green Bluff in north Spokane. Pick delicious strawberries! Bring the kids and pick to your heart's content. www.GreenBluffGrowers.com


Neighbor Day & 4th of July Celebration

Held on July 4th at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. A community event celebrating Independence Day with family activities, food, music, arts, crafts and fireworks.


Cherry Festival

Held two weekends in mid-July in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Indulge your sweet tooth with some succulent summer fruit and family fun. As always a visit to Green Bluff means you'll find fresh picked fun and a bountiful of homegrown produce and hometown hospitality! www.GreenBluffGrowers.com

Cherry Picker's Trot & Pit Spit

Held in mid-July in Green Bluff north of Spokane. The Cherry Pickers' Trot and Pit Spit pairs great food with a family friendly fun run for all ages! There's a Tot Trot and a BBQ dinner too. And you will laugh 'til it hurts as contestants compete for the longest distance in the famous Cherry Pit Spit! 509.238.4709, 509.238.2489, www.GreenBluffGrowers.com

South Perry Street Fair

Held in mid-July on South Perry on Spokane's South Hill. Arts and craft booths, food vendors, outdoor movies, music and more! www.SouthPerry.com/Faire.php

100 Years of Motorcycles

More than 30 of the countries premier custom bike builders, live entertainment, national celebrities, massive food courts, multiple beer gardens, contests for everyone and the ultimate display of the industries top vendors. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.



Peach Festival

Held two weekends in late August in Green Bluff north of Spokane. Celebrate one of Green Bluff's great treasures - big, juicy, tree-ripened peaches! Try some peach ice-cream, cobbler, cakes, or pies. No matter how you slice them, these peaches are delicious. Add lots of other great food, live music, and family entertainment for a great weekend!


Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment & Pow Wow

Held in late August at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. Competitive drumming and dancing along with arts & crafts and food booths. 509.535.0886

Spokane Highlands Games

massed bands, pipe band exhibitions, individual piping, heavy athletics , highland dancing, children's games and sheepdog exhibitions. Performances will include Scottish country dancing and live Celtic music. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, www.spokanehighlandgames.org

Fall Plant Sale

A fabulous selection, and all the plants are grown by outstanding volunteers. The event is located east of the Gaiser Conservatory.


August & September

Pig Out In The Park

Held Wednesday - Monday of Labor Day Weekend at Riverfront Park. Annual food festival with 50 food booths offering over 250 menu items. Three adult beverage gardens, over 60 bands perform on two stages, and 50 arts & crafts and commercial booths are located in Vendors Village. www.SpokanePigOut.com


Spokane Interstate Fair

Held early-to-mid September at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Check out arts and crafts, food preservation, livestock, horticulture, floriculture, photography, games, rides and more!


September & October

Apple Harvest Festival

Held over seven weekends in September and October. Enjoy a large variety of the best apples, fresh-pressed cider and other produce, live music, great food, craft booths, corn and straw mazes, and animals. Enjoy some fresh country air and the beautiful views that Green Bluff offers. Great fun for the whole family! www.GreenBluffGrowers.com


Custer's Fall Antique and Collectors Sale

The largest indoor Antique and Collectors Sale of its kind in the Inland Northwest with over 300 dealers from across the U.S. www.spokanecounty.org/fair


Holiday Wine Festival

Held the weekend before Thanksgiving. Taste the new releases and receive holiday deals at all 10 of Spokane's fabulous wineries, including Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Barrister Winery, Caterina Winery, Grand Ronde Cellars, Knipprath Cellars, Latah Creek Wine Cellars, Lone Canary Winery, Mountain Dome Winery, Robert Karl Winery and Townshend Cellars. www.SpokaneWineries.net

Community Christmas Tree Lighting

Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Riverfront Park. www.Downtown.Spokane.net

Washington State Quilt Show

The Largest Quilt Show in Eastern Washington is sponsored by the Spokane Chapter of Washington State Quilters. This Quilt Show features 600 quilts, quilted clothing and wall hangings, a Merchant Mall, a Quilters' Boutique selling hand-crafted items, hourly free quilting demonstrations, and public voting for your favorite quilts. The featured quilters are Pam Soliday and Janet Nesbitt.


Home Idea Show

This event is designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. Each event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. The Home Show inspires homeowners with countless ideas on enhancing their home's comfort and functionality, as well as its aesthetic appeal and overall value. Meet with professional contractors, landscapers, architects and interior designers. www.spokanecountyfair.org/fair

November & December

Christmas Tree Elegance

Held the weekend before Thanksgiving through the first week of December. Twelve beautifully decorated trees will be displayed around the Mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel. Each tree will be raffled and each winner will receive the decorated tree as well as the thousands of dollars worth of gifts under the tree.  www.SpokaneSymphony.org


First Night Spokane

Held on New Years Eve in downtown Spokane. A celebration of the arts, First Night blends a combination of visual and performing arts into a presentation that spans throughout Spokane's Downtown core. www.FirstNightSpokane.org

December- April


A once-a-month after-work party. Friends meet up at the MAC to BeGin the weekend with adult refreshments, music, and exhibit cruising. The MAC, 509.456.3931, www.northwestmuseum.org







































































































Art Galleries

Spokane has lots of fabulous art thanks to talented local artists. Click here for a listing of galleries. www.SpokaneArts.org

Blue Door Theatre

Friday night shows are suitable for all ages. See a different all-improvised, sketch comedy show each Friday night that is energetic, entertaining, funny and original. The comedy troupe use the audience’s suggestions to inspire their performance. www.BlueDoorTheatre.com, 509.747.7045

Carr's One-of-a-Kind-in-the-World Museum

A unique private museum featuring JFK's, Elvis', Jackie Gleason's cars, memorabilia and oriental treasures. Visit today and experience a million dollar slice of American history. Admission price is $8, Seniors $7, 9 and under with parents are FREE, group of 10 or more are $7 each. 509.489.8859

Cat Tales

A Zoological Park featuring over 40 big cats (lions, leopards, pumas, lynx and more) and other animals. Walk within 8 feet of these rare and endangered species. Guided tours, petting zoo, education programs, zookeeper training center & outreach programs. 509.238.4126, www.CatTales.org


Presenting wonderful, fun and exciting theatre in dinner theatre and cabaret theatre style. 509.747.8243, www.SpokaneCenterStage.com

Green Bluff

Made up of a diverse group of farms and businesses dedicated to producing the highest quality produce, foods, wine and crafts available. www.GreenBluffGrowers.com.

Laser Quest

A combination of tag and hide & seek with a high tech twist. Enter our misty, three-level maze and you'll feel like you've stepped into another world. Great for corporate groups, youth groups, families and sports teams. 509.624.7700, www.LaserQuest.com.

Mobius Kids

A hands-on interactive museum for children and their families. Exhibits include bicycle and traffic safety, authentic Filipino village, a special area for infants and toddlers, and so much more! 509.624.5437, www.MobiusSpokane.org

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

The Museum campus features five galleries, an orientation gallery, cafe, Museum store, outdoor amphitheater, education center, community room, Center for Plateau Cultural Studies, and a tri-level parking garage. Exhibits, programs and activities focus on the Museum's three major disciplines: American Indian, regional history and visual art. 509.363.5323, www.NorthwestMuseum.org

Riverfront Park

Spokane's year-round 100-acre downtown park features Giant Screen Imax Theater, 1909 Looff Carrousel, gondola ride over the Spokane Falls, Ice Palace ice skating rink (winter only), amusement rides, restaurant and bike rental.  For more information call 509.456.4386, www.SpokaneRiverfrontPark.com.

Spokane Civic Theatre

Spokane's only national award-winning producer of live theatre-musicals, comedy, drama, and world premieres-45 weeks per year. The Main Stage seats 339, the Studio Theatre seats 96. 509.325.1413, www.SpokaneCivicTheatre.com

Spokane Falls Skyride

Get an awesome view of Spokane Falls while gliding through the air in an enclosed gondola. The Spokane Falls Skyride takes passengers on a 15-minute ride through the park and across the river, providing a spectacular vantage point for viewing the rushing waterfall. www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com

Spokane Interplayers Ensemble

Located in the historic Davenport Arts District, Interplayers serves Spokane with challenging, diverse, and inspiring productions. Built in 1922 and listed on historical registers, Interplayers is a major cultural contributor to the Inland Northwest and perfect for intimate gatherings. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about our exceptional venue! 509.455.7529, www.Interplayers.com

Spokane RiverHawks

The Spokane RiverHawks, the Pacific Interanational League's(PIL) newest franchise, offers local college baseball players an opportunity to compete against PIL teams from all over the Northwest and Western Canada. 509.747.4991, www.SpokaneRiverHawks.com

Spokane Symphony

Under the direction of Eckart Preu, the Spokane Symphony is the largest and most active performing arts organization in the Inland Northwest. The 70-piece professional orchestra performs more than 60 concerts between September and May including classical, pops, chamber orchestra, the Nutcracker Ballet, family and holiday concerts for 150,000 listeners each year. Group discounts are available. 509.624.1200, www.SpokaneSymphony.org


Spokane has fabulous wineries: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Barrister Winery, Caterina Winery, Grand Ronde Cellars, Knipprath Cellars, Latah Creek Wine Cellars, Liberty Lake Cellars, Lone Canary Winery, Mountain Dome Winery, Nodland Cellars, Robert Karl Winery, Townshend Cellars and Vintage Hill Cellars. www.SpokaneWineries.net, www.SpokaneWineryTours.com

Wonderland Family Fun Center

Over five acres of indoor and outdoor mini golf, video games, laser tag, batting cages, go karts, tube crawl, childrens games, simulators, restaurant and an animated show. Open year round, free admission. www.WonderlandUSA.com, 509.468.4386



























Mountain bikers, free riders and roadies are racing to discover the Spokane Region's challenging, uncrowded trails!  So if you're looking for hours of smooth pavement, miles of mashing over rocks and stumps or just a good cliff to huck yourself off...you'll find it here!

Boating, Swimming & Water Sports

There are lots of lakes within a short drive of Spokane, and the Spokane River runs right through the middle of the city.  So no matter what water sport you enjoy, there is a place for you here!

Centennial Trail

This scenic path follows the Spokane River from Riverside State Park to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  There are numerous access points for walking, bicycling, running or in-line skating. 509.624.7188, www.SpokaneCentennialTrail.org.

Eagles Ice-A-Rena

Twin-rink ice skating facility offering public skating, figure skating, youth and adult hockey leagues, and lessons. Snack bar and complete pro-shop. 509.489.9303, www.EaglesIceARena.com

Finch Arboretum

This beautiful collection of trees and shrubs is especially pretty in the autumn when the leave change color. www.SpokaneParks.org


Lake fishing, fly fishing, river fishing.  It's all available in the Spokane area.


A mere $25 will fetch you a round of 18 at the majority of courses around the region, which feature some of the most challenging and reasonably-priced play at municipal courses throughout Spokane county.  Interesting courses offer up wildly varied landscape - from rolling Scottish-style terrain to courses that include indigenous pine forests, rivers, lakes, and more often than not, a little brush iwth the local wildlife.  And with some 260 days of sunshine each year, there's a long enough playing season to really polish your game.


Enjoy the many scenic paths, trails and rugged terrain that the Spokane region has to offer!

Manito Park

A 90-acre park with softball/baseball fields, tennis courts, trails, a wading/spray pool, picnic tables, playground equipment, the Duncan Rose Gardens and the Japanese Gardens. www.SpokaneParks.org


Two-hour, half-day and full-day rafting trips are available on many of the area rivers for rafters of all ages and skill levels. 

Riverfront Park

Spokane's year-round 100-acre downtown park features Giant Screen Imax Theater, 1909 Looff Carrousel, gondola ride over the Spokane Falls, Ice Palace ice skating rink (winter only), amusement rides, restaurant and bike rental.  509.456.4386, www.SpokaneRiverfrontPark.com

Riverside State Park

The state park spans 9,587 acres and features 44,000 feet of freshwater shoreline along the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers.  Summertime activities include picknicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding and fishing.  For ATV and motorcycle riders, there is an Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) area available.  In winter, cross-country skiing and sledding are favorite activities.  Nearby, the Spokane House Interpretive Center, north of Nine Mile Falls, tells the story of the Pacific Northwest fur trade.  The Little Spokane River Natural Area offers several miles of delightful wildlife sanctuary to explore on foot, by canoe or kayak. www.RiversideStatePark.org, 509.465.5064

Skiing & Snowboarding

No need to go to the ends of the earth...without question, the Inland Northwest offers some of the best skiing and riding in the country!  You'll find five fantastic ski areas all within a two-hour drive of downtown Spokane. 

Spokane River

It cuts right through the middle of downtown and offers plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, rafting and other water sports.

Wild Walls

State of the art 40 ft. indoor climbing facility with bouldering, retail store, first timers welcome, beginners through advanced, lessons, birthday parties, group rates, competitions, rope course, team building, PE and youth programs. 509.455.9596, www.WildWalls.com



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