Spokane loves to celebrate and loves to participate. We’re a huge event town, and we turn out in big numbers. We have the largest timed road race in America and the biggest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Earth. We have the region’s biggest and most family-friendly Pride parade celebrating 27 years, an annual arts month in October and a family-focused New Year celebration that each draw over ten thousand people to experience culture in the heart of the city. If you’re into mass gatherings that are big enough to amaze but manageable enough to feel safe, we’ve got a crowd for every celebration.
1) Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival
Spokane’s Pride celebration is on the second Saturday in June and is the largest “family friendly” celebration in the region. The Parade starts at noon, and the route ends at the Rainbow Festival at the Gondola Meadows in Riverfront Park. The festival usually includes live entertainment, a family and child friendly area, and vendor booths.
OutSpokane a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt volunteer organization, promotes and empowers visible diversity for Spokane’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied citizens. Through supportive education and the annual collaborative production of the area’s family-friendly Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival, we provide progressive cultural opportunities and experiences for the greater Inland Northwest community.
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.
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!
5) Pig Out in the Park
Pig 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!
6) 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!!