Spokane has been called one of the nation’s best places to raise kids. Retirees flock to the Inland Northwest to take advantage of the low cost of living, and everyone enjoys the region’s scenic beauty and high quality of life.
Regardless of your age, family makeup or interests, you’ll find like-minded souls here. Whether you spectate, participate, create or recreate, you’ll never be bored.
Spokane offers excellent entertainment opportunities and a few unique events that make us pretty proud.
World-class athletes, weekend runners, families with strollers, retirees and costumed characters all hit the streets on the first Sunday in May each year for Spokane’s 12K Lilac Bloomsday Run. One of the region’s most celebrated events, and what some call a rite of spring, this timed road race draws more than 50,000 participants each year.
The Spokane International Film Festival offers world-class films on screens around town. The small, selective festival lasts more than a week and highlights the best features, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The films are the same as those shown at the Cannes, New York or Toronto film festivals. Filmmakers and actors often attend the festival and meet with audiences, tell behind-the-scenes stories and answer questions.
Whether you’re a competitive player or an enthusiastic fan – everyone wins in Spokane. Spectator sports include an indoor football league team, minor league baseball’s Spokane Indians, the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs and five collegiate sports teams. For those who prefer to get in the game, Spokane offers leagues for just about every sport you can imagine – and for all age groups. Softball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, Frisbee, curling and kickball – we’ve got it all.
Spokane is home to Hoopfest – the world’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament. Children and adults battle it out on 456 courts spanning 42 downtown blocks. The weekend-long festival draws more than 7,000 teams and 225,000 fans each June.
A non-profit dedicated to creating a stronger and more vibrant emerging arts community in the Inland Northwest, Terrain holds its biggest annual event each fall. The first Friday in October is a one-night only juried multimedia art and music event celebrating young and emerging artists, fresh ideas and new energy in the Spokane area. Featuring more than 300 works of art by 150 artists, it attracts thousands of attendees.
Get ready for Spokane to rock your socks off! Whatever your taste in music, you’ll find a great place to listen here. See live shows at the historic Fox and Bing Crosby theaters, intimate downtown venues like The Bartlett or The Knitting Factory, or the 2,700-seat INB Performing Arts Center. When the weather warms up, you can soak in your favorite sounds outside at Arbor Crest Winery or Northern Quest Casino’s summer concert series. Spokane is home to several indie music festivals including Perry Street Shakedown and Elkfest, which draws more than 10,000 fans each year. Our other big music festival, Volume, brings close to 100 bands downtown for two nights each spring. Unchartered Territory is Spokane’s newest live musical event. The first-of-its-kind collaboration pairs some of the city’s best emerging musicians, actors and writers with the Spokane Symphony.
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I really like the size of it. You can be a big fish in this pond and can be passionate about something and really affect change. There’s a sense of being connected with a lot of people that you don’t feel in bigger cities.