Sept. 24 Hearts of Gold Parade between Pines and University. Start your “Valleyfest” weekend with a parade! Thousands of spectators are expected to share a fun-filled evening in celebration of Spokane Valley and the area’s majesty. Attendance is free. (509) 922-3299. www.valleyfest.org.
Sept. 24-26, Oct. 1-3, Fall Festival of Homes, multiple locations. Who says the housing market is having problems? Spokane will host Washington’s largest home show that showcases an array of new construction homes from the finest local builders. Get up close and personal with homes in any price range spread out over multiple neighborhoods. Admission is free (The houses are not). (509) 532-4990. www.spokanefestivalofhomes.com/
Sept. 25 Spokane Gun Show, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Mingle with fellow gun enthusiasts of every stripe, enjoy gun-related merchandise, accessories and flea market items. www.fairandexpo.org
Oct. 2 Sinatra Sings Sinatra, The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Frank’s not back from the dead, but his son, Frank Sinatra Jr. might make you wonder as he performs jewels from his father’s 50-year career, including favorites like, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “One For My Baby,” and more. (509) 624-1200 and http://www.spokanesymphony.org/.
Oct. 2-3 Artistry in Wood, The Lair, at Spokane Community College. See the art and beautiful wood of over 200 carvings, with vendors, demonstrations, artists selling carvings and raffle tickets at this juried show. Novices to expert carvers are welcome to enter with a prospectus from SpokaneCarversInfo@hughes.net or by calling 244-3467. www.spokanecarvers.com.
Oct. 24 NBC’s Last Comic Standing Live Tour, The Bing Crosby Theater. Don’t miss the cream of the funny crop as the finalists from the 7th season of the Emmy-nominated competition series rolls into Spokane for a night of laughs. Craig Robinson, star of NBC’s “The Office” will host the country-spanning search for the best comedian America offers. Tickets are $35-$75. (800) 325-7328 and http://www.bingcrosbytheater.com.
Nov. 10 Annual FurrBall Dinner, Dance & Auction, The Lincoln Center. This 3rd annual event raises money for homeless animals at the Spokane Humane Society. Enjoy dinner, dancing and an auction for a cause any fur ball lover should feel good about supporting. Tickets are $100 each at www.spokanehumanesociety.org. (509) 467-5235 ext. 12.
Nov. 10 Spokane National College Fair, Spokane Convention Center. Whether you’re looking to continue your education or have a teenager or two that need to get off the couch, this event should be helpful, with representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions. Topics include course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life in general and insights into choosing the right school for higher education. Free. 706-836-2222 ext. 127 and http://www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs.
Nov. 18 Tosh Tour Twenty Ten: A Comedy Central Live Event, The INB Performing Arts Center. Comedian Daniel Tosh lampoons any and all things having to do with the Internet on his Comedy Central Show, Tosh.0. Get a live sampling of his buzz-worthy brand of comedy. Tickets $35. (800) 325-7328 and www.inbpac.com .
Sept. 15 R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the Portland Art Museum. Legendary comic artist R. Crumb spent the last five years of his life adapting the first book of the Old Testament to a comic bookrse. The resulting 207 black-and-white drawings include every word from all 50 chapters of Genesis and will be on display at the Portland Art Museum, complete with labels and text panels. (503) 226-2811.
Sept. 15 It’s All Greek To Me Festival, Reed College Chapel, presented by the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon. Dive straight into all things Greek, on stage and beyond with kids shows, poetry, musicians with authentic ancient Greek instruments, a comical reading of Plato, guest speakers, mythology and much more. http://classicgreektheatre.tripod.com/ and www.classicgreektheatre.org.
Sept. 17 LIVE DANCE LIVE, Northwest Dance Project Studio & Performance Center. Annual fundraising event for the Northwest Dance Project is a party: Food, drinks, live music, new “flash dances” by the company, pop a prize balloon, wheel of wine and “special surprises.” Be entertained by the very dancers and artists you’ll be supporting. Tickets $45-$65. 503-828 8285 and www.nwdanceproject.org/shows.html.
Oct. 1 Wooden Shoe Pumpkin Fest, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. When the leaves start to change, a tulip farm south of Portland will be trying out a new theme for the season; pumpkins. Make the short jaunt down to the farm with family and friends for small town fall fun, Oregon style. www.woodenshoe.com and 503-634-2243.
Oct. 3 OMSI $2 Days at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Every first Sunday of the month, enjoy all the museum has to offer for only two bucks. From kids to the older crowd, there’s something educational wrapped in entertainment for just about everyone, all for the cost of a cheeseburger. 503-231-1232 and http://www.omsi.edu/.
Oct. 7-10 Wordstock 2010 Save the Date, Oregon Convention Center. Since 2005, Wordstock has become the largest “celebration of literature and literacy,” in the Northwest. The annual event includes 10 author stages, a book fair with over 150 exhibitors, special children’s area and children’s literature stage, workshops for writers and K-12 teachers, a special broadcast of Live Wire! and more. www.wordstockfestival.com and (800) 791-2250.
Nov 5-13 37th Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland Art Museum. This juried examination of moving image arts by independent Northwest film and video makers now draws over 300 entries from all genres. Each entry is judged by a respected filmmaker, curator, critic, etc, as well as you. (503) 226-2811 or www.nwfilm.org.
Nov. 6-7 Coffee Fair, World Forestry Center. For hardcore coffee connoisseurs and casual sippers alike, taste and learn about specialty espresso, lattes and drip coffee from around the world with help from educated local roasters. Tickets $5-$8. 503-228-1367 and http://worldforestry.org/.
Nov. 11-14 2010 Skate America at Rose Quarter, Rose Garden. Get your tickets for one of only six stops on the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The All-Session Ticket Package includes tickets to all competitive sessions as well as a pass to all practice sessions. (503) 797-9619 and www.rosequarter.com.
Sept. 24-26 Fremont Oktoberfest, Fremont Ship Canal. Celebrate the beginning of fall with three beer gardens, 70 microbrews, two live entertainment stages, Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Show, Brew Ha-Ha 5K, Dog Day, kids area, food, shopping and everything else reasonable people could expect from an Oktoberfest celebration. Admission: $25 day of event, $15 in advance. (206) 633-0422 and www.boldhatproductions.com.
Sept. 25 Fisherman’s Fall Festival, Anthony’s Homeport Shilshole, Fisherman’s Terminal. While you’re enjoying the salmon barbeque fundraiser, industry exhibits/competitions, musical entertainment, children’s activities and a special appearance by J.P. Patches, you’ll also be helping the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial and its mission to honor the local fishing community and their families. (206) 728-3395, www.anthonys.com/restaurants/info/shilshole.html.
Sept. 25-26 Italian Festival at Seattle Center. This “Celebration of All Things Italian” welcomes visitors with food vendors, crafts, puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and bocce ball tournament, celebrity cooking demonstrations and all the, “old country” atmosphere you can handle. (206) 684-7200 and www.seattlecenter.com.
Oct. 2 The Black Keys, Paramount Theatre. Since the Black Keys released its first album, “The Big Come Up” in 2002, they’ve pioneered roots of blues, soul and other purist musical genres into what the band has become today. Their latest album, “Brothers”, is the second produced with the help of industry heavyweight Danger Mouse. Admission $33. www.stgpresents.com and (206) 467-5510.
Oct. 8 Cash’d Out, Tractor Tavern. Witness a talented young man who sounds so much like the actual Man in Black it’s nearly eerie. (206) 789-3599 .
October 15 Lebowski Fest – Seattle Movie Party, Showbox at the Market. What started as a bowling party to celebrate the Cohen brothers classic film, “The Big Lebowski” has grown to a party the Dude himself would be proud to attend. Order a White Russian and pay homage to a cult classic. (206) 628-3151 or www.showboxonline.com.
Through Nov. 13 “Evil Dead: The Musical,” ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery. Imagine all the best parts of Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness in a stage performance that pays tribute to all of the cult classics, as well as their adoring fans. (206) 938-0339, www.artswest.org and Lindsay@artswest.org.
Nov. 9-14 Stomp, Paramount Theatre. The pulsing percussion phenomena rolls into Seattle with the same international appeal that’s earned it appearances on many national television shows, awards and countless glowing reviews. (206) 467-5510 and www.stgpresents.com/.
Sept. 18 – 19 15th Annual Big Sky Draft Horse Expo, Deer Lodge. Be excited for Belgians, Percherons, Shires, Clydesdales, Fjords, mules and warm-bloods competing in single and team classes, including unicorn, tandem, four horse and six horse hitches. With the purchase of a $15 button, attendees will also be treated to Montana’s only Quilt and Carriage show and witness the induction of new members to the Montana Teamster Hall of Fame. 406-846-2854.
Sept. 26 Scarecrow Festival, Jefferson City. The family that builds scarecrows together stays together. Basic bird-frightening materials will be provided but visitors are encouraged to bring their own special additions to add to the artistic fun. Contests include pumpkin carvings, a wiener roast and live music. 406-933-8789.
Through Sept. 25 Gilbert Brewery – The Brewery Follies, Virginia City. The Gilbert Brewery takes choice Montana microbrews and Bayern Beer, craft-brewed in Missoula by a German immigrant trained at Wiensteffan, and adds a risqué contemporary American-burlesque-cabaret musical skit, performed by a professional troupe. 406-843-5218 for reservations.
Oct. 2-3 Townsend Fall Fest, Townsend. Celebrate the new season with entertainment for all ages and interests, with a military parade, food and craft vendors, music (German, Polka, Country Western & Old Time Fiddle) kids games, variety show, military displays, beer garden, car show, art and craft fair, parade, scarecrow contest and more. 406-2663121.
Oct. 17 Pumpkin Sunday, Deer Lodge. Every kid deserves a trip to the pumpkin patch. Enjoy children’s activities in the dairy barn with refreshments, children’s carnival, a bonfire, hay rides, crafts, and the opportunity to pick a pumpkin, paint it and take it home for the big day. 406-846-2070.
Oct. 30 All Hallows Eve Halloween Event, Nevada City. Take the kids to a fun, safe place for their Halloween experience, with trick-or-treating, fortune telling, apple bobbing, face painting, cookie decorating and ghost walk tours. 406-843-5247.
Nov. 6 Annual Christmas Bazaar, Boulder. Start your holiday shopping early with unique Montana made gifts, merchandise and food, all for $2. 406-465-2106.
Nov. 12 Downtown Helena Fall Art Walk in Helena. Enjoy a lovely Friday evening with a walk down the streets of Helena. Artwork, horse-drawn carriage rides, refreshments and demonstrations add to the seasonal atmosphere. 406-447-1535.
Sept. 17-19 Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. Don’t miss the this get-together as it heads into its 14th year of 40’s swing, Gypsy Jazz, hothorns, contemporary, vintage, fusion, and a jazz shuttle to keep cars out away and the festival green. Water taxi service available throughout the weekend. www.penderharbourmusic.ca/jazz/
Oct. 9 Cold Water Classic Surfing Competition, Tofino. Don’t miss more than 100 professional surfers from around the world at Canada’s first-ever pro surf contest. It’s fourth in a five-part world qualifying series sponsored by O’Neill & sanctioned by the Association of Surfing professionals. www.oneill.com/cwc.
Oct. 15-16 Port Alberni Octoberfest. The Alpiners Band from Vancouver BC plays everything from oompapa to sing-a-longs & modern tunes, accompanied by The Edelweiss and Schuplatter Dancers from the Bavarian & Tyrolean Alps. http://www.island.net/~europa/.
Oct. 23-34 Salmon & Mushroom Festival, Lake Cowichan. Perfect for those who love salmon and mushrooms, mushroom identification, mushroom & salmon recipes, a market with freshly cooked items and incredible deals at Old Lake Cowichan Fire Hall. http://www.cowichanlake.ca/area_annuale.php
Nov. 14-15 Artisan Faire in Port Alberni. Stock up on unique holiday gifts, mingle with island artists and even take artwork home for yourself or a loved one. Christmas fair, eats & treats provided by the Bread Of Life. http://www.harbourliving.ca/event/artisan-faire177/2009-11-14/.
Nov. 18-20 Clayquot Oyster Festival, Tofino. At the 13th annual “Celebration of the abundance & beauty of the sea”, enjoy an Oyster Gala, Mermaid’s Ball, oyster farm tours, educational seminars, and of course, plenty of oysters to eat and appreciate. www.oystergala.com/.
Through Sept. 25 Rockin’ B Ranch Supper Shows, Rockin’ B Ranch, Post Falls. The “Best Cowboy Supper Show in the Pacific Northwest” offers up boot tappin’ live string music, mouthwatering food, special shows of eclectic varieties and plenty of cowboy culture for the whole family. www.rockinbranch.com and 1-888-rockinb (1-888-762-5462).
Sept. 11-Oct. 30 Park Retail Sale, Silverwood Theme Park. For those still not sure if they want to go to the titillating theme park, the deal just got sweeter. Save 50 percent on all merchandise in the retail stores (excluding food, beverages and photos). (208) 683-3400 or www.silverwoodthemepark.com.
Sept. 23-36 Idaho State Draft Horse & Mule International, Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint. Saddle up for horse & mule driving competitions, log skidding, barrel races, displays and other four-legged action. 208-692-4365 or www.idahodrafthorseshow.com.
Oct. 2 Octoberfest, Harrison. Head to city park for food, micro-brews, home-brews, music, and kids’ activities while you’re enjoying the home and micro-brews. For more information visit www.harrisonidaho.org.
Oct. 15-17 Hiitem Waqiiswit Powwow, Lewiston, Clearwater River Casino & Resort. Travel just four miles south of Lewiston for Native American dancing, drumming, arts & crafts, food, contests and opportunities to celebrate the native culture of Idaho. Gambling is also available. (208) 746-0723 and www.crcasino.com.
Oct. 23 Downtown Coeur d’Alene Fall Fest. Head downtown from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for hayrides, harvest produce, food vendors, live music, crafts and in-store specials. Kids should appreciate pumpkin painting sponsored by Art on the Edge, as well as watching the inaugural pie-eating contest. www.cdadowntown.com.
Nov. 6-13 Steelhead Derby, Lewiston. The country’s largest steelhead derby attracts close to 1,000 entries. Drop your line in the Clearwater and Snake rivers for fun and cash prizes. A closing ceremony and chili feed at the Clearwater River Resort and Casino wraps up the fun Nove. 13. $25 for adults, $10 youth, $45 for fish skins. (208) 743-3531 and www.steelheadderby.com/.