In a city with such a large arts and culture community, there’s always something to do. Spokane offers a variety of live music venues, including big name concerts and more intimate events. There are also Best of Broadway shows, quaint theaters, the Spokane Symphony, poetry slams, literature readings, lectures, and so much more.
Here’s a list of some – but not all - of the region’s unique must-experience annual events:
January through March
Spokane International Film Festival – screenings of unreleased, feature-length movies, documentaries and shorts.
Northwest Bach Festival – a musical legacy performed by international and local performers.
Sandpoint Winter Carnival – fire dancers, a K-9 keg pull, rail jam, bonfire and nighttime skiing.
April and May
Get Lit! – the Inland Northwest’s premier literary festival features nationally-known authors, readings and workshops.
Spokane Lilac Festival – honors our military, young people and the region, and culminates in the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade.
Bloomsday – he world’s largest timed road race draws over 50,000 people, including elite runners from around the world.
Volume – The Inlander’s two-night music festival featuring more than 80 bands from across the Northwest and beyond.
June through August
ArtFest – one of the Northwest’s largest juried art shows and sales.
Elk Fest – drawing more than 10,000 fans each year, this is one of Spokane’s favorite outdoor indie music fests.
Hoopfest – 456 basketball courts span 42 downtown blocks each June when the world’s largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament brings 7,000 teams and 250,000 players and fans to Spokane.
Julyamsh Coeur d’Alene Tribal Encampment and Powwow – more than 800 drummers, dancers, arts and crafts.
September through November
Pig Out in the Park – downtown Spokane’s annual food and music fest in 100-acre Riverfront Park.
Candlelight Tour of Homes – area residents open their homes to support the Spokane Preservation Advocates.
Festival of Fair Trade – handicrafts for sale from Mexico, Nepal, Vietnam, Kenya, Chile and beyond.
Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Holiday Light Show – over 1.5 million lights decorate the boardwalk while boats take passengers to the ‘North Pole’ where Santa makes a jolly appearance.
The Festival of Trees – then auctioned off as a fundraiser for services at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene.
Christmas Tree Elegance – elaborately decorated trees displayed at the Davenport Hotel are auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony.