1. Free Horse and Carriage Rides 5-9 p.m. Fridays through August, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St., Enjoy a ride through downtown Spokane, presented by Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District and STCU. Fridays, 5-9 p.m., through August. Meet across from the Looff Carrousel in the park. First-come, first-served; reservations are not taken. (509) 456-0580. Admission: FREE
2. Riverfront Park Block Party 3-8 p.m. Friday, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. A community celebration to kick off construction of the park renovation. Events include a 30-ton sandbox for kids, life-size sidewalk games, a paint-by-numbers project, beer garden, live music and food from Spokane area food trucks for purchase. (509) 625-6601. Admission: FREE
3. 34th Annual Historic Skills Fair and Mountain Man Encampment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, 31732 S. Mission Road (25 miles east of Coeur d’Alene), Cataldo. This unique event brings you back to a bygone era of the Inland Northwest. Participants, dressed in period clothing, demonstrate historic skills such as blacksmithing, quilting, spinning, flint knapping and rug making to name a few. Visit with Mountain Men re-enactors as they demonstrate the use of past era equipment and tools. Food is available for purchase along with handmade craft items. Enjoy live music all weekend. (208) 682-3814. Admission: $5 per vehicle
4. Conkling Marina Summer Music Series 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Conkling Marina, 20 W. Jerry Lane, Worley. Friday and Saturday, listen to Hot Wired, while on Sunday the Vibe Raiders will play. Next weekend’s lineup includes Stagecoach West and Riverboat Dave. (208) 686-1151. Admission: FREE
5. Avenue West Gallery - Artist in Action 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Avenue West Gallery, 907 W. Boone Ave. Check out this live art event in which member artists of Avenue West make art right before you under the tent in front of the gallery. (208) 274-2455. Admission: FREE
6. Northwest Renaissance Festival 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 24, 6493 Highway 291, 18 miles north of Spokane, between mile markers 18 and 19, Nine Mile Falls. A 1500s-era festival featuring stage show, food and drink music, sword fighting and a competitive jousting tournament. (509) 276-7728. Admission: $10/adults; $6/ages 6-12 and seniors; free/5 and younger; $35/family
7. Midnight Goats 10 p.m. Saturday, Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. David Honeycutt and Michael Glatzmaier are Midnight Goats, an improvisational musical comedy duo that takes audience suggestion and crafts them into songs. (509) 747-7045. Admission: $7
8. Kinetic Fest - Art of Movement Festival and Parade 10 a.m. Sunday, McEuen Park, 420 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene. The human-powered vehicles have been built. Now it’s time to parade ‘em and celebrate ‘em. (208) 651-6200. Admission: FREE
9. Lemolo 8 p.m. Sunday, the Observatory, 15 S. Howard St. Lemolo, the dream pop outfit founded in 2009 by Seattle musician Meagan Grandall, is touring the West Coast in support of last fall’s release, Red Right Return. Opening are two local favorites, Dead Serious Lovers, and Water Monster. (509) 598-8933. Admission: $10
10. POP Summer Concerts 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through July 27, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Road. Family-friendly outdoor concerts on the hillside lawn. First up on Wednesday, Just Plain Darin plays acoustic pop covers and original songs. Followed by: July 20, Brown Sugar & Cream, 80s pop and rock band, blood drive 4-6:30 p.m. and a Show and Shine car show at 6 p.m.; July 27, The Powers, indie folk and country. (509) 465-0779. Admission: FREE
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