Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

10 Under $10: Fun to be had in Spokane

Forey Walter’s Spokane At Its Best hot air balloon and Bill Woodhead’s WWJD balloon, take to the sky during the 2016 Valleyfest. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

1. Valleyfest Today through Sunday, Mirabeau Meadows Park, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Annual communitywide celebration kicks off today. The Hearts of Gold Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. today, along Sprague Avenue between Gillis and Perrine roads, following the Lions Club Bed Races. See classic cars, floats, school bands, community groups and live animals. Saturday: Pancake breakfast is 6:30-10 a.m. at CenterPlace; hot air balloons launch at 6:35 a.m. and 8 p.m.; plus Fishing at the Falls, Valleyfest Car Show, Step Up For Down Syndrome Walk and more than 200. “Big Hero 6” shows at 7:30 p.m. Sunday events include: 6:45 a.m. Sunrise hot air balloon launch, Duathlon, 5K/10K Run for a Cause and the Family Bike Ride. Sunday is AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, which includes dog-oriented booths and demonstrations, along with more live entertainment and booths throughout the festival. Visit for a full schedule. (509) 922-3299. Admission: FREE

2. Seventh Annual Touch-A-Truck 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. Children can explore vehicles of all types including public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool – all in one place. Children will be allowed to touch their favorite vehicles, get behind the wheel and meet the people who help to build, protect and serve our community. Now in its seventh year, Touch-a-Truck has become a tradition for many Spokane area families and benefits the Junior League of Spokane. /TATSpokane. Admission: $5 ($20 for a family)

3. National Alpaca Farm Days at Pleasant Prairie Suris 9 a.m. Saturday, 4101 N. Ashton Road, Otis Orchards. Learn about alpacas, feel their fleece and see how friendly they are. The farm has 20 alpacas and two guard llamas, plus a store with lots of products made from alpaca fleece, stuffed animals and even compost. (509) 270-1259. Admission: FREE

4. Blues & Brews Festival 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Steam Plant, 159 S. Lincoln St. There will be plenty of different craft beers on tap by the Steam Plant and other local breweries along with food trucks CRATE and Mixed Plate Food Truck. Live music from Tuck Foster & The Tumbling Dice. Free for all ages. A portion of the beer garden proceeds will go to Love11, a nonprofit organization interested in providing athletic equipment and opportunities for at risk and economically disadvantaged youth. (509) 777-3900. Admission: FREE

5. December in Red 5 p.m. Saturday, the Pin, 412 W. Sprague Ave. Seattle metal band headlines a night of music to benefit the Truth Ministries homeless shelter. With Burning Clean and Catalyst. (509) 368-4077. Admission: $7

6. ‘Star Trek’ Virtual Reality Game Night 6 p.m. Tuesday, Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road. Head to the library to play a cool Star Trek bridge virtual reality game. All ages welcome. (509) 444-5395. Admission: FREE

7. Hurricane Relief Fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Lake City High School, 6101 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. Lake City High School arts program will be taking donations with proceeds to go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund earmarked for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims. Enjoy culinary art, visual art, vocal and instrumental music and theatrical performance. (208) 769-0769, ext. 4563. Admission: FREE

8. Southeast Spokane County Fair noon-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Rockford Town Park, 100 S. First St. (Highway 278, off Highway 27). A community fair on a family scale. Exhibits, entertainment, a parade, a fun run, food, livestock, poultry, horse trails, a museum, craft vendors, a carnival, kids activities and more. (509) 893-8320. Admission: FREE

9. ‘Safari’ 8 p.m. Saturday, Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. Featuring fast-paced, short form improv games based off of audience suggestions to fuel each scene. Rated for mature audiences. (509) 747-7045. Admission: $7

10. Spokane Lands Council Brewftop Party 5 p.m. today, Saranac Art Projects, 25 W. Main Ave. Partygoers will learn what The Lands Council does for the regional environment, why it is important and how to get involved. Beer from Black Label Brewing, a taco bar and music from Dario Re will round out the evening. Event is on the Saranac Rooftop. (509) 209-2407. Admission: FREE