Spokane County plays host to festive annual events, celebrating food, flora, fitness, family and everything in between.
Held in the historic Browne’s Addition in Coeur d’Alene Park, ArtFest features 150 artists. The juried event takes place the weekend after Memorial Day. The three-day festival showcases art of all kinds, including sculpture, jewelry, photography, painting, ceramic art and more. Festivalgoers can also enjoy gourmet foods, a wine and beer garden, and live music. Kids flex their artistic muscles at the Make It Art Kids Fair, where children of all ages can make jewelry, masks, crowns and wands, fish prints and more.
Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival
One of the best summertime bluegrass experiences in the Northwest, Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival is held the second weekend in August at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. The pristine location, nestled in the pines on the shores of Medical Lake, is the perfect setting for world-class and regional bands. The festival also features food vendors and weekend camping areas.
On the second weekend in July, the Cheney Rodeo features bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding and more. The annual event at the Bi-Mart Arena includes a parade, fun run and dance. For more information, call 509-235-4848 or visit the rodeo’s website.
Lilac Bloomsday Run
Bloomsday, held the first Sunday in May, is a 12K road race in Spokane. The race attracts about 50,000 runners and walkers each year. One of the country’s premier free trade shows devoted to fitness, health and running takes place the Friday and Saturday before race day. Participants and spectators can also enjoy on-course entertainment and a post-race party. For more information on registration and race events, visit the website.
Spokane County Interstate Fair
The Spokane County Interstate Fair is a 10-day event beginning the Friday after Labor Day each year. It celebrates agriculture, local organizations and hometown pride. Festivities include a carnival and midway, arts and crafts, live concerts, animal exhibits and a rodeo with bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling. Visit the fair’s website or call 509-477-1766 for more information.
Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the world. More than 7,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers and 225,000 fans participate in the late-June event. Using more than 450 courts on 42 downtown city blocks, Hoopfest gathers players of all ages and abilities from across the country. Beyond basketball, the two-day festival also offers shopping, food and entertainment. For more information, call 509-624-2414 or visit the website.
Spokane Lilac Festival
Since 1938, Spokane has celebrated its nickname, “Lilac City,” with the Spokane Lilac Festival. Honoring the city’s military and youth, the main attractions of the festival take place on the third Saturday in May in downtown Spokane. The festival features a classic car show and the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the nation, which includes the Lilac Royalty, community floats, high school bands and both veterans and active military marching. For more information, call 509-535-4554 or visit the festival’s website.
Spokane Pig Out in the Park
Held in Riverfront Park around Labor Day weekend, Spokane Pig Out in the Park won’t leave you hungry! Fill up at dozens of food booths serving up everything from pulled pork sandwiches, barbecue, fried lasagna and foot-long corndogs to chocolate-dipped cheesecake and strawberries. Adults can also enjoy three beverage gardens. The six-day event features free concerts on three stages. Admission is free.
Valleyfest is a September community celebration at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. The three-day event begins with the Hearts of Gold Parade down Sprague Avenue. Thousands gather for the parade and street fair each year, a great time to meet neighbors, enjoy deals on shopping and food, and celebrate the diverse talents of Spokane Valley. Valleyfest features live entertainment, arts and crafts, a triathlon and more. For more information, call 509-922-3299 or visit the website.