Seasonal Events

Glorious and cloud-free in the summer and icy cold in the winter, you’ll experience a different Spokane every season. And, along with the changes in weather, our regional culture completely changes as well. We love that. 

Check out what Spokane has to offer in  FallWinterSpring, and Summer.

 

Fall is the start of the arts calendar and the end of the growing season. From a festive tour of working orchards north of town in Greenbluff to an all-out food-truck-athon called Pig Out in the Park and the beginning of both our Symphonic and theatrical seasons, it’s a great time for foodies to explore their artistic side and vice versa.

EventDescription
LGBTA Business NetworkingEstablished in 1994, every second Wednesday, Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) members and guests network during lunch at a member location. Lunch always includes a guest speaker with topics related to business or the LGBT community and is the longest on-going LGBT event in Spokane. Special networking events are also scheduled each quarter after hours. If you visiting from out of town and belong to one of our sister LGBT chambers, please let us know. We would love to network with you at lunch or special event.
Odyssey MasqueradeJoin Odyssey for their annual masquerade! A costume party that includes silent and live auctions, dancing, dinner, and entertainment while supporting Spokane's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and questioning youth (LGBTQ). Event is 21+.
Spokane AIDS Network WalkJoin SAN for their annual Spokane AIDS Walk. All funds raised benefit the HIV care services and prevention education programs of the Spokane AIDS Network.
First Friday
On the First Friday of each month venues open up throughout the city for an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown Spokane has to offer.
Green Bluff EventsGreen Bluff is an association of small family farms and food stands. Seasonal activities include pick-your-own fruit and annual festivals. Green Bluff is wonderful place to take family, kids or out of town guests. Each farm has something a little bit different, so be sure to wander and explore!
Inland NW Craft Beer FestivalThe Inland NW Craft Beer Festival will welcome 30 craft breweries pouring over 70 different types of beer, including a selection of pumpkin beers. Live music and food will also be part of this celebration of the Inland NW craft beer scene.
Interstate Fair“There’s No Place Like the Fair” Ride the rides all 10 days! Eat your favorite Fair Foods! Check out the Mutton Bustin’ ROCK out to Grandstand concerts, watch family shows on the North stage, take in the Rodeo and the Demolition Derby! And back by popular demand the Farm Adventure Every farm animal you can imagine is up close and personal for you to see, touch and even feed!!
SpokeFestIn celebrating the joy of cycling, the beauty of Spokane,healthy lifestyles and the environment. Last year over 2,000 cyclists of every age and ability took part in the sixth annual SpokeFest! Help us make this SpokeFest an even bigger celebration, so get out your wheels and join us. This ride has something for every rider, from the racers to the folks dusting off bikes for the first time this year.

Winter is an excuse to sock in with family-friendly events and the perfect chance to watch world-renowned films at a number of festivals. Or you could do the opposite and ski, snowboard or snowshoe at one of our region’s five killer snow parks.

EventDescription
LGBTA Business NetworkingEstablished in 1994, every second Wednesday, Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) members and guests network during lunch at a member location. Lunch always includes a guest speaker with topics related to business or the LGBT community and is the longest on-going LGBT event in Spokane. Special networking events are also scheduled each quarter after hours. If you visiting from out of town and belong to one of our sister LGBT chambers, please let us know. We would love to network with you at lunch or special event.
Spokane AIDS Network Red Ribbon GalaRedRibbonGalaAn evening of frivolity featuring a live Academy Awards telecast and auctions to benefit SAN. Celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night at this black-tie affair and support the Spokane AIDS Network. With the live Academy Award telecast, three-course dinner, live and silent auctions featuring local and one-of-a-kind Hollywood items, this event is one not to miss. Enjoy a night of fun and fanciness while helping raise money to fund vital services to HIV/AIDS clients including advocacy, a food pantry and its community education and prevention programs.
First Friday
On the First Friday of each month venues open up throughout the city for an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown Spokane has to offer.
Green Bluff EventsGreen Bluff is an association of small family farms and food stands. Seasonal activities include pick-your-own fruit and annual festivals. Green Bluff is wonderful place to take family, kids or out of town guests. Each farm has something a little bit different, so be sure to wander and explore!
Spokane International Film FestivalThe Spokane International Film Festival is a small, selective offering of world-class films. These are 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. In fact they are the same films as those seen each year at the Cannes, New York or Toronto film festivals.

Spring is the opportunity to come out of our shells again, with parades, the Lilac Festival, Bloomsday and truly gorgeous early season hiking. Of course, you can always hang on to winter a little longer with our awesome spring skiing, too.

Event Description
LGBTA Business NetworkingEstablished in 1994, every second Wednesday, Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) members and guests network during lunch at a member location. Lunch always includes a guest speaker with topics related to business or the LGBT community and is the longest on-going LGBT event in Spokane. Special networking events are also scheduled each quarter after hours. If you visiting from out of town and belong to one of our sister LGBT chambers, please let us know. We would love to network with you at lunch or special event.
OutSpokane Murder Mystery DinnerJoin OutSpokane for their annual dinner, silent auction, and interactive murder mystery held at the Lincoln Center in Spokane.
Bloomsday
Bloomsday is an annual 12 kilometer (7.46 mile) run that starts and ends in downtown Spokane. Since the inaugural run in 1977, thousands of competitive runners, casual joggers, kids, stroller pushers, walkers and wheelchair racers have flocked to Spokane for a weekend chocked full of excitement. It’s more than a race. With 50,000+ runners, Bloomsday takes over in Spokane. Live music, great food and nightlife abound.
First Friday
On the First Friday of each month venues open up throughout the city for an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown Spokane has to offer.
Lilac FestivalSpokane, also known as the Lilac City, lights up in May for the Spokane Lilac Festival. The blossoming buds on lilac trees not only brighten up the streets of Spokane with a lavender hue, they smell wonderful too! The big celebration takes place the third Saturday in May with the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. But besides the parade, there are plenty of things to do in Spokane during the week-long Lilac Festival.
MusicFest NorthwestThis annual festival takes place in early May at Gonzaga University, includes adjudication and competition of over 1000 students in visual arts, ballet, brass, percussion, flute, reed, piano, organ, string, and voice, 1st grade to post-graduate. Top winners perform with the Spokane Symphony orchestra. Stages two concerts a year: Young Artists, Festival Highlights.
St. Patrick's Day ParadeEach year on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick's Day, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick put together one of the most fun and entertaining parades in the region. Using proceeds from the parade, the Friendly Sons' passion for this event extends beyond the parade route each year when they provide donations to several area non-profit organizations to support the community. This in general, is much in line with the initial organization founded in Philadelphia in 1771, interestingly enough, five years prior to the Declaration of Independence.
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Summer is all about the outdoors in Spokane, beginning with Pride week leading up to the second Saturday in June for our family-friendly Rainbow Parade and Festival. Then stick around for incomparable hiking and camping; Hoopfest, the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament; the Shop’s Summer Outdoor Film Series, our beloved Pride parade or the massive, festive Spokane Falls and Julyamsh pow-wows

EventDescription
LGBTA Business NetworkingEstablished in 1994, every second Wednesday, Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) members and guests network during lunch at a member location. Lunch always includes a guest speaker with topics related to business or the LGBT community and is the longest on-going LGBT event in Spokane. Special networking events are also scheduled each quarter after hours. If you visiting from out of town and belong to one of our sister LGBT chambers, please let us know. We would love to network with you at lunch or special event.
Pride Parade and Rainbow FestivalSpokane's Pride celebration is on the second Saturday in June and is the largest "family friendly" celebration in the region. The Pride Parade steps off at noon and ends at the Rainbow Festival in Gondola Meadows in Riverfront Park. The festival includes a main entertainment stage, family area for children, and booths with vendors and information. Leading up to the Saturday celebration is a full Pride week of additional activities. Pride is organized by OutSpokane.
First Friday
On the First Friday of each month venues open up throughout the city for an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining Downtown Spokane has to offer.
Garland Street Fair
Every year, the Garland District picks out a great theme for their street fair. This year is no different! With a focus on talented local artists and artisans from the Eastern Washington region, there will be a a large variety of art and unique items for sale. You will also have an opportunity to create your own piece of art to take home with you.
Hoopfest
Spokane Hoopfest is the biggest 3-on-3 basketball tourney on Earth. That means over 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 42 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment!
July 4th Community CelebrationAll day activities and entertainment. Park rides and attractions, international food booths, exhibitors, arts and crafts booths, roving performers and more! Fireworks at dusk presented by Spokane Tribe of Indians.
Spokane Outdoor MoviesSpokane outdoor movie events at Riverfront Park feature tasty food trucks, live acts by Spokane Aerial Performance Arts, movie trivia and your favorite films on a 40-foot outdoor movie screen. 2014 is the second year of the PEMCO Outdoor Movies at Riverfront Park, scheduled to run Wednesdays from June 11 – July 16. Events are located at the Lilac Bowl, just east of the Clock Tower in Spokane’s Riverfront Park.
Green Bluff EventsGreen Bluff is an association of small family farms and food stands. Seasonal activities include pick-your-own fruit and annual festivals. Green Bluff is wonderful place to take family, kids or out of town guests. Each farm has something a little bit different, so be sure to wander and explore!
Marmot FestHeld on the banks of the Spokane River in Glover Field, Peaceful Valley just below the falls, it is the only solar-powered music festival in the Northwest, and highlights local artists and independent groups from the region. This all-day family friendly event also includes a community village of non-profit booths, an art "draw off," Ninkasi/Orlison beer garden, food court and kids activities. It is low-impact, with a bike corral, and recycling/composting. The event is a fundraiser for KYRS.
Perry Street FairPerry's annual street fair celebrates local artists,vendors, and businesses while giving back to the community since proceeds from the fair will go to Odyssey Youth Center and Liberty Park Child Development Center.
Pig Out in the ParkPig Out in the Park is Spokane’s favorite annual six-day food and entertainment festival. Open free to the public in Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park; Pig Out in the Park features 45 great food booths, three adult beverage gardens and 100 free concerts on three stages. You’ll never eat it all!
Spokane VegFestINVS is proud to present Spokane's 1st Annual VegFest on June 21, 2014 at Spokane Community College. This event will feature delicious vegan food sampling and vendors, cooking and fitness demos, animal and health conscious speakers, and more!
Unity in the CommunityUnity in the Community was launched in 1995 to showcase Spokane’s diversity and to bring the entire community together based on respect, trust and collaboration. It is about putting into action a “community building mindset” based on inclusion, equity, and valuing our community asset – human capital. Unity in the Community is in its 15th year of existence. It is the biggest multi-cultural event in the Inland Northwest, involving over 30 generous Corporate Sponsors, 100 or so volunteers, over 150 vendors and multi-talented entertainers.


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