1 Chataqua 10 a.m.-
8 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Chewelah City Park, Highway 395, Chewelah. The park will be filled with food booths, art and craft vendors, carnival rides, free entertainment on CenterStage, and a beer garden. Activities for kids all weekend in the Children’s Pavilion. Fun run, parade and golf tournament. (509) 935-8991.
2 Free Kids Safety Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, PrimeSource Credit Union, 9709 N. Nevada St. (behind Northpointe Shopping Center). Meet the Spokane City Fire Department Station 18 crew and check out the fire engine, visit with members of the Spokane Police Department, visit with Spokane City and County Operation Family ID, meet McGruff the Crime Prevention Dog, activities, treats and more. (509) 232-8918.
3 Piano Duo Concert
7 p.m. today, Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Ave., Spokane Valley. This concert will celebrate composers and sounds of American music featuring two pianists who call themselves 88 Squared – Jeffrey Savage and Karen Hsiao Savage. The Savagaes were first place winners of the 2009 Ellis Piano Duo Competition, they also won the Abild Prize for best performance of an American work. (509) 327-4266. Admission: FREE
4The Next Big Thing Concert 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Featuring Gloriana, Kristy Lee Cook, Katie Armiger and Allison Veltz. Presented by Big 99.9 Coyote Country. Pick up your free tickets at one of two locations detailed below or by listening to KXLY BIG 99.9. (866) 468-7623. Admission: Free, with tickets available at Music Corner inside Pawn 1 North Division in Spokane, and in Hayden on Government Way
5 Northwest Renaissance Festival 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 27, 6493 Highway 291 (between mile markers 18 and 19), Nine Mile Falls. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this 1500s-era festival featuring stage show, food and drink music, sword fighting and a competitive jousting tournament twice daily. (509) 276-7728. Admission: $10/adults, $6/ages 6-12 and seniors, free/5 and younger
6 32nd Annual Historic Skills Fair and Mountain Man Encampment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, 31732 S. Mission Road (25 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. Take exit 39 from I-90), Cataldo. Participants dressed in period clothing demonstrate historic skills such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, flint knapping and rug making. Visit with the Frontier Regulars Army Corps re-enactors as they demonstrate the use of Civil War-era black powder equipment, including a large cannon that will be fired on the hour all day Sunday. Food is available for purchase along with handmade craft items. Enjoy live music all weekend. (208) 682-3814. Admission: $5 per vehicle
7 Sidhe 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. Longtime fixtures on the Spokane folk scene, Michael and Keleren Millham play pop-folk-world music with panache. (509) 343-2253. Admission: FREE
8 Cathedral Pearls
8 p.m. Wednesday, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Karli and Caleb Ingersoll own The Bartlett. They also play in Cathedral Pearls, along with Max Harnishfeger and Carrie Harnishfeger. Those two project collide when the Pearls take the Bartlett stage. With the TonTons. (509) 747-2174. Admission: $6/advance; $8/doors
9Ages and Ages
8 p.m. today, The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. Portland-based “collective of like-minded souls” is known for its upbeat choral pop sound. Joining them on tour is A Sunny Day In Glasgow. (509) 747-2174. Admission: $10 at the doors
10 Spokane Songwriters in the Round 7-9 p.m. today, Grande Ronde, 906 W. Second Ave. An evening of original songs from three Spokane songwriters, Laddie Ray Melvin, Lonesome Lyle Morse and Cheryl Branz. (509) 455-8161.