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Summer Guide: Things to do



Hoopfest – Free viewing. Largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world that began in 1990. Nearly 6,000 players of all ages and abilities play 14,000 games on 422 courts on the downtown streets of Spokane over two days. June 29-30.


Free Outdoor Movies in Pavillion Park – July 3, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; July 6, Ralph Breaks the Internet (Half Moon Park); July 13, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; July 20, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; July 27, The Kid Who Would Be King. Movies start at dusk. 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Riverfront Park: Live music starts at noon, craft and food vendors, beer garden, group performances, and watch amazing fireworks shot over the Spokane River at 10 p.m.

Liberty Lake: Live music by The Rub and Tuxedo Junction at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk.

Coeur d’Alene: Watch the American Heroes Parade at 10 a.m. along Sherman Avenue, live music and food at CdA City Park and spectacular fireworks over Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort Hotel: Live music, food and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. in Worley.

Northern Quest Casino: Family-friendly celebration with a kids zone with outdoor bouncy houses, air slide, face painting and fireworks at 10 p.m., Airway Heights.

The Robert Cray Band – July 6, 8 p.m., American roots music, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $48-$78. 1-800-325-SEAT.

U-Pick Lavender Festival - July 6-7. Local craft vendors, lavender iced tea, farm store, lavender ice cream, food, live music, family friendly. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 5552 S. Wallbridge Road, Deer Park. $5. (509) 724-1618.

Khalid – Free Spirit World Tour. July 9, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Arena. $39.95-$89.95. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Free Outdoor Movies in Riverfront Park – Held Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Lilac Bowl, east of the Clocktower. July 10: Back to the Future (PG); July 17: The Big Lewbowski (R); July 24: Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG). 509-625-6600. riverfrontspokane/calendar/2019/07/10/ wsecu-movies-in-the-park/

Crave Food Festival –Three-day food festival showcases creative talents of chefs and tastemakers from around the region. Themed gourmet dinners served nightly. Sample and interact with a huge assortment of the Inland Northwest’s best, wineries, breweries, ciders, distilleries, artisans, restaurants and caterers. July 11-13. $40-$530. CenterPlace, Spokane Valley.

Jay Owenhouse – The Authentic Illusionist, July 11, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $29-89. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Chewelah Chataqua – July 12-14, from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Chewelah City Park. Arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, parade, food, stage entertainment. Held second full weekend. Free admission. 509-935-8991. chataqua/

Early Ford V8 Swap Meet – July 12-14. Hours are Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. with annual car show 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $5/admission, Sunday admission is free with two cans of food for food bank. (509) 994-4924. swap-meet

Post Falls Festival – July 12-14. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with showing of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom at 9 p.m.; Saturday starts with parade at 10 a.m. and activities until 8 p.m., Sunday has worship service at 10 a.m. and festival concludes at 4 p.m. Q’emiln Park, 12201 W. Parkway Drive, Post Falls. Free admission. departments/parks-recreation/ post-falls-festival/

“Bonnie and Clyde: A New Musical” – July 12-21. The electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $23-25. (208) 676-7529.

Unifest 2019 - Music by Bad Motivator, Balonely, Von the Baptist and Frond. All ages. July 13, 4-10 p.m., River City Brewing lot, 121 S. Cedar St. $5.

“A Fine Line” – documentary explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, showing follows with a discussion with the director and panel of local female chefs, presented by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Forum, July 13, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $5. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Northwest Winefest - July 20-21. With 20 Northwest and regional wineries with over 80 wines for sampling and live music by five bands, Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint. Purchase tickets for tastings. $25, plus parking/lift costs.

South Perry Street Fair – Multiple blocks of street vendors, a main stage and side stage for music, food trucks, a kids fair, July 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free admission.

Julyamsh Powwow – Grand entry, dancers, drummers, horse parade. July 26-28 at Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. $10/general. 1-800-523-2434.

Free Movie at Valley Mission Park – Presented by Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” July 26 at dusk, 11123 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. moviesinthepark

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks – Presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” July 28, 5-7 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Free.

Bare Buns Fun Run - Register in advance and receive free gym towel. July 28. Kaniksu Ranch, 4295 N. Deer Lake Road, Loon Lake. $25-35. (509) 327-6833.

“Menopause: The Musical” – July 30-31. Hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $42-$57. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Disturbed – Evolution Tour with In This Moment. Rock music. July 31, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Arena. $29.50-$89.50. 1-800-325-SEAT.


Hillyard Festival & Parade – Aug. 2-4, H-Jinx Parade and Roll ‘N’ Hillyard Car Show, live entertainment, beer garden, fireworks. Hillyard Skate Park on Market. Free admission. 509-270-1569.

Sunset Symphony Concerts – Scenic summer soiree atop the Cliff House grounds. Aug. 7 and 14 at 7 p.m., Arbor Crest Wine Cellar, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. Age 21 and older. You may bring your own picnic or enjoy food options on site. No outside alcohol allowed. $40/general admission with lawn seats, $75/table seating. 509-624-1200.

Lee Brice - Country concert. Aug. 2, 7 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley. $50-$70. 1-800

Barefoot in the Park – Aug. 2-3. Friday with pickleball, car show, beer garden and live music by Cover 2 Cover; Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. with pickleball tournament, family fun activities, dog agility demos, drone racing, beer garden and live music, 5-9 p.m. Free admission into park. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake.

Art on the Green – Aug. 2-4. More than 165 artists along with a variety of musicians showcase their talents. Friday, noon-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on the grounds of North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free admission.

Coeur d’Alene Street Fair – Aug. 2-4. 28th annual event. Over 250 vendors of food, fine art, crafts and more along Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. (208) 415-0116. streetfair/

Taste of Coeur d’Alene – Aug. 2-4. Outdoor fine art and crafts festival, variety of foods, beverages. Friday, noon-8:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Coeur d’Alene City Park, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. taste-of-cda.html

Rendezvous Days - Aug. 2-3. Live entertainment, crafts, food, classic car show, encampment and more. Colville City Park, Colville. Free admission.

Spokane Highland Games - Heavy athletics, bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, Celtic entertainment Haggis tasting and Scottish exhibits. Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $10/adults, $8/seniors/military/youth ages 11-17, $5/ages 6-10, free/ages 5 and younger.

Huckleberry Color Fun Run and Walk - Wear your white T-shirt and choose the 2.5K or 5K course and be sprayed with a variety of colors. Aug. 4. Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint. $32-40, children 6 and under are free.

Cartoonist Wiley Miller – Non Sequitur’s Return. Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

“Les Miserables” – Aug. 6-11. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Best of Broadway series. First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $55-$113.

Ani DiFranco – Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. $35. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. 1-800-325-SEAT.

The Alarm and Modern English – with Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel. Alternative British rock bands. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $30-$45. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Free Outdoor Movies in Riverfront Park – Held Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Lilac Bowl, east of the Clocktower. August 7: Wizard of Oz (G); August 14: Space Balls (PG); August 21: Toy Story (PG). 509-625-6600. riverfrontspokane/calendar/2019/07/10/ wsecu-movies-in-the-park/

Free Movie at Mirabeau Point Park – Presented by Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department, “Mary Poppins Returns,” Aug. 9 at dusk, 13948 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. moviesinthepark

GoodGuys Great Northwest Nationals Car Show – Rods, customs, classics and trucks through 1987 vintage. Aug. 9-11, Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $17/adults, $10/youth. 509-477-1766. gnwn-2019

SPOCON – Aug. 9-11. A Spokane local Science Fiction and Fantasy convention with panels, games and costumes. Portion of the profits purchases and donates books to school libraries. Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $40/advance, $45/door, free/children age 12 and younger, limit 3 children per paid adult.

KuroNekoCON – Aug. 9-11. With over 400 hours of anime, gaming and Japanese culture programming jam packed into three days, KuroNekoCon brings the excitement of anime to life. With panels, industry guests, sword fighting tournaments, concerts, dances, an escape room and more there is something for every fan to explore. Spokane Convention Center. Weekend access: $85/VIP, $40/general, $30/age 12 and younger.

Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival – Aug. 9-11 with music by Wood & Fire, High Fidelity, Masontown, Ashleigh Caudill, Whiskey Deaf, Kristen Grainger and True North, Greg and Caridwen Spatz, Bitter Oak, High Valley Mountain Boys, Friday, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, 1:30-10 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. No pets allowed. Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. $25/Friday, $40/Saturday, $30/Sunday, $55/weekend.

Gleason Fest – Music festival to benefit ALS (Amoyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), inspired by Spokane native Steve Gleason. Line up and ticket info TBA. Aug. 10, 3-11 p.m., Lilac Bowl Amphitheatre, Riverfront Park.

CdA Triathlon – Free viewing of the Olympic, Sprint and Duathlon competitions with a “deep water start” for the Olympic swim portion. Aug 10. Coeur d’Alene.

Free Outdoor Movies in Pavillion Park – Aug. 10, Incredibles 2; Aug. 16, The Lego Movie 2 (River Rock Park); Aug. 17, Mary Poppins Returns; Aug. 30, Black Panther. Movies start at dusk. 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake.

Lauren Daigle – Christian platinum recording artist Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $27.50-$77.50. 1-800-325-SEAT.

Pend Oreille County Fair - Barn in the USA is this year’s theme. Aug. 15-18 with rodeos on Aug. 16-17, Pend Oreille Fairgrounds, Cusick. $7/adults, $2/ages 6-12, free/age five and younger.

Airway Heights Days - Aug. 16-17. Live entertainment, car show, kids zone, petting zoo, outdoor movie, watermelon races. Free admission. Sunset Park, Airway Heights.

Unity in the Community – Multi-cultural celebration with career, education and health fair, cultural village, free school supplies for grades K-8, free kids helmets (while supplies last), live entertainment, senior resource area, Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Riverfront Park Clocktower.

North Idaho State Fair – Aug. 21-25. Carnival, food, rodeo, demolition derby, live entertainment. $10/adults, $8/seniors, military, youth, free/age five and younger. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. 208-765-4969.

Styx - Outdoor rock concert with Lover Boy, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $49-$99. 1-877-871-6772.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Country concert. Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley. $30-$50. 1-800-523-2464.

Art and Glass Fest - Dozens of local artists showcase their work. Aug. 24, noon-5 p.m. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane Valley. Free admission. (509) 927-9463.

Gathering at the Falls Powwow– Aug. 24-26. Celebration of Native American arts and culture, past and present, with grand entries, dancing, drumming, singing, exhibitions and competitions. Riverfront Park, Lilac Bowl. Weekend before Labor Day weekend. Free admission. events/summer-events/ gathering-at-the-falls-powwow/

Pig Out in the Park – Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 40th annual food and free music festival. Fifty food booths, three beer gardens, three stages with free concerts. Starts Wednesday before Labor Day. Riverfront Park. Free admission. 509-921-5579.

Fall Fest - Aug. 30-Sept. 2. With over 85 microbrews, ciders and wine, live music with 10 bands, at Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint.

FarmJam Music and Camping Festival - Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Three days of country music featuring Chase Rice on Saturday. Colville Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, 73 Oakshott Road, Colville. $169/general, $399/VIP, $15-$30/children with paid adult.

Spokane Symphony at Liberty Lake- Lud Kramer Memorial concert. Bring a picnic, blanket and enjoy this free outdoor concert. Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m., Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake.


Sundayfest - Sundays starting July 14 through Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northern Quest. Free kids’ activities, arts and crafts, performance art, gourmet food, beer garden, Bloody mary bar, live music. Visit or call 509-209-7589.

Green Bluff – Over 35 farms, orchards, wineries and breweries. Pick your own produce or buy at the farms. June/July - Strawberry Celebration; July - Cherry Season and Cherry Pickers Trot (July 18); August - Peach Season; Sept. and Oct. - Apple Festival. Free admission.

Free Tours of Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center – Visit the Coughlin Theater, the Woldson Recital Hall and the Myrtle Woldson Collection. Reservations are required. Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m., July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7; and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., June 27, July 18, Aug. 1 and 15. Call 509-313-4776 or email

Free Tours of Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center – Visit the Coughlin Theater, the Woldson Recital Hall and the Myrtle Woldson Collection. Reservations are required. Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m., July 10 and 24 and Aug. 7; and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., June 27, July 18, Aug. 1 and 15. Call 509-313-4776 or email

Farmers MarketsMondays: Hillyard Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., 5102 N. Market St.; Tuesdays: Fairwood Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., 319 W. Hastings Road; Cheney Farmers Market, cancelled for the season; Wednesdays: Spokane Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 10 W. Fifth Ave.; Millwood Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Dalton at Marguerite in Millwood; Kootenai County Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., Sherman Avenue at Fifth Street, Coeur d’Alene; Kendall Yards Market, 5-9 p.m., 1335 W. Summit Parkway. Thursdays: Perry Street Market, 3-7 p.m., The Shop, 924 S. Perry St.; Fridays: Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., 2310 N. Monroe St.; Spokane Valley Farmers Market, 5-8 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Saturdays: Spokane Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 10 W. Fifth Ave.; Liberty Lake Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1421 N. Meadowood Lane; Kootenai County Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Highway 95 at Prairie Ave., Hayden, ID. Free admission.

Ride and Dine – Fridays, 2-8 p.m. through August. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride, live music from 5-8 p.m., and a savory mountain top BBQ. Lift ticket is included in price. $6.95/ages 0-3, $25.95/ages 4-12, $33.95/general. Scenic-Gondola-Rides.

Historic Walking Tour – Saturdays through August leaving at 10 a.m. and noon. Meet at the Humana Booth by the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park for a free 1.5-hour walk and be lead through the newly revitalized Riverfront Park where the city’s past and present merge. 509-625-6600. riverfrontspokane/calendar/2019/06/ 29/historic-walking-tours/

Free Heritage Walk – Self-guided walking tour downtown of over 50 historic buildings, homes and monuments beautifully restores. Pick up a printed brochure at the Visitor Information Center located near the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park. Free. 509-625-6600. about/visitor-information/

Free Spokane Sculpture Walk – Self-guided walking tour through Riverfront Park. Visit the Garbage Eating Goat – yes, it really eats your garbage! – continue along the Spokane River on the Centennial Trail towards the University District for dozens of other art installations. 509-625-6600. things-to-do/free-things-to-do/

Free Horse and Carriage Rides – Enjoy the sights of downtown Spokane from a horse-drawn carriage, Fridays through Sundays from 5-9 p.m. Pick up is at 221 N. Wall St., across from Wheatland Bank ATM. Ride last about 15 minutes and can hold up to eight adults. free-horse-carriage-rides/2019-05-31/

Riverfront Park – 100-acre park located in downtown Spokane. Travel in a cabin on the Skyride over the Spokane River for spectacular views, ride a horse on the enclosed 1909 Looff Carrousel, rent skates or a scooter at the Skate Ribbon, try out the Spider Jump, rent a pedal kart with easy access throughout the park, slide down the world’s largest radio flyer, Spokane’s Red Wagon. (Free skate and scooter rentals from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays through August.) 509-625-6600.

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Cruises – Through October. Climate-controlled boats have double decks for sightseeing, indoor and outdoor. Watch wildlife, view secluded lake homes and cruise alongside the world’s only floating golf green. $26.25/adults, $24.25/seniors, $18.25/children, free/age five and younger. (208) 292-5670. daily-cruises/seasonal/

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