Northwest Renaissance Festival Saturdays and Sundays through July 27. Celebrating the 1500s-era festival’s 20th anniversary with stage show, food and drink music, sword fighting and a competitive jousting tournament twice daily. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 6493 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls, between mile markers 18 and 19, Nine Mile Falls. $10/adults, $6/ages 6-12 and seniors, free/5 and younger, $35/family. (509) 276-7728.
Cheney Jubilee Saturday and Sunday. Festival featuring barbecue competition, live music, food booths, beer garden, kid activities, hay dig and vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Cheney Plaza, SR 904 at Betz Road, Cheney.
Early Ford V-8 Show Today through Sunday. Buy, sell, swap, antique and street rod cars, parts, literature, auto, tractors, farm and transportation collectibles, antiques and toys. All parts and cars for sale welcome. Today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $5/Friday-Saturday, free on Sunday with two cans of food for the food bank. (509) 994-4924.
Chataqua - Today through Sunday. Food booths, art and craft vendors, carnival rides, free entertainment and a beer garden. Activities for kids in the Children’s Pavilion. Fun run, parade and golf tournament. Today-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Chewelah City Park, Highway 395, Chewelah. (509) 935-8991.
Post Falls Festival Music festival featuring Yesterdayscake (classic rock), Kosh & the Jazz Cats (jazz standards), Shiner (classic rock/new pop), Mustang (country), The Cronkites (rock variety), Tell The Boys (country). Today and Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Q’emiln Park, 12201 W. Parkway Drive, Post Falls.
Spokane Humane Society Birthday Party/ Alumni Picnic Celebrate the society’s 116th birthday. The alumni – those that were adopted – will be honored guests. If you have (or had) one of the distinguished alumni, please send the shelter a photo so they may post them on the “Alumni Wall of Fame.” Birthday gifts for the animals will be gladly accepted; check the Wish List at www.spokanehumanesociety.org. Cake and ice cream will be served at 2 p.m. Tour the shelter and the new spay/neuter clinic. A memorial will be held for all pets that have died. Saturday, 11 a.m., Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. Free. 509-467-5235 Ext 211.
Inland Empire Kennel Association Annual Dog Show Saturday-Sunday. AKC-sanctioned all-breed dog show and agility trial. Show: 8:30-3 p.m. both days; agility trial show: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission; $5/day for parking. (509) 456-3784.
32nd Annual Historic Skills Fair and Mountain Man Encampment Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In the shadow of Idaho’s oldest standing building, the Cataldo Mission, participants dressed in period clothing demonstrate historic skills such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, flint knapping and rug making. Food is available for purchase along with handmade craft items. 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, Idaho. $5 per vehicle. (208) 682-3814.
10th Annual Potlatch Depot History Day & Speeder Rides Saturday-Sunday. Take a 13-14 mile roundtrip, hourlong ride on the Washington Idaho & Montana Railway tracks located along the banks of the Palouse River. Eastbound trips to O’Reilly Road, just east of Bennett Lumber Products, will run at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. both days. Westbound trips to Wellesley and South Roads will run at 9:15 a.m. and 1 and 3:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are available in advance from BlackBird at the Depot in Potlatch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Tickets will be sold on the platform both days, on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be historical displays and operating model railroads. Potlatch Depot, 185 Sixth St., Potlatch, Idaho. $30/general, $15/ages 5-12, free/age 4 and younger. (208) 875-1357.
Cherry Pickers’ Trot Dinner will precede Thursday’s fun run at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the local fire station. Cherry Pit Spit contest at 5:30 p.m.; 4-mile run through orchard country at 7 p.m. For more information and registration, visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com. Online registration deadline is today. Thursday, 10321 E. Day Mt., Green Bluff. $7/per person.
Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival Saturday and Sunday. See lavender at peak bloom in a Tuscan garden setting, shop booths featuring more than 75 regional artisans, juried artists and local growers. Demonstrations, culinary delights, children’s art activities, live music, wine and microbrew garden, enchanted secret gardens of the Lavender Fairies and more. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. City Park at First and Calispel streets, Newport, Wash. $6/general; free/age 12 and younger; $8/two-day pass, $25/concert advance ticket. No pets. (509) 447-6451.
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