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Spokane Valley offers something for everyone. It is home to a variety of unique and interesting activities that will appeal to both local residents and visiting tourists. Take time to explore the valley!

VALLEY EVENTS 2018

The Spokane Valley Arts Council will host the 2018 Art Showcase and Auction on Saturday, May 12, at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. This annual event highlights numerous talented artists and is a favorite among regional art enthusiasts and collectors. It includes “quick finish” demonstrations beginning at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available on the arts council website. All proceeds support the commission of sculptures to enhance the beauty and culture of Spokane Valley.

A relatively new event in the valley – Crave Food and Drink Celebration – features award-winning chefs from across the Northwest. This culinary event is scheduled July 12-15 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center and Mirabeau Point Park. Crave gives 40 notable chefs an opportunity to showcase their creative talents using local farm fresh ingredients. The 2018 schedule includes Grand Tastings and themed evening events: Foods from around the World, Seafood Bash, and Fire and Smoke Fare. Attendees can also taste regional wines, craft beers, coffees and other beverages that round out the culinary experience. Tickets sell quickly, so plan ahead; hotel packages will also be available.

For cyclists, Spokane Valley is home to Cycle Celebration. Participants can enjoy the scenic beauty in and around Spokane Valley on their choice of a 10-mile, 25-mile or 50-mile bike ride on the Centennial Trail. The 2018 event is scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Start planning today…it’s never too early to dust off those bicycle helmets and get out for some exercise!

Valleyfest is an annual tradition held in September at CenterPlace Regional Event Center, Mirabeau Point Park and Plantes Ferry Sports Complex. The three-day festival features live entertainment, food and arts/crafts booths, parade, balloon float, bed races, car show, 5K and 10K runs, duathlon, family bike ride, robotics exhibition, outdoor movie and more.  Don’t miss this fun, family-friendly celebration. Valleyfest 2018 is scheduled Sept. 21-23.

The Spokane Oktoberfest serves up a fun-filled weekend of authentic German culture, food, drink, dancing, singing and games at CenterPlace Regional Event Center. The 2018 Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 28-30. The event will include two entertainment stages, indoor and outdoor beer gardens, Weiner dog races and much more! Hotel packages will be available through the Oktoberfest website.

VALLEY ACTIVITIES

Mirabeau Point Park is a 55-acre park located in Spokane Valley along the west bank of the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. The park features a majestic waterfall, walking trails in a natural space, and the multi-sensory Discovery Playground for children of all ages and abilities. This is a special place in nature where families can gather for an afternoon picnic or take a quiet walk in the park. The CenterPlace Regional Event Center is adjacent to the park.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum brings connections to life from the past, to the present and future. Visitors experience local, statewide and national history through interactive displays, with the exhibit schedule changing frequently. The museum focuses on the businesses, people and events that shaped the community. It is a tourist destination with guests visiting from all 50 states and is open year-round. The museum also maintains one of the region’s largest historical databases.

The city enjoys a growing arts and music scene. Ignite! Community Theater, which provides a variety of opportunities for local residents to engage in theatrical arts, produces 4-6 shows a year as well as improve events. Learn more about upcoming productions.

Spokane Valley is home to two historic, award-winning wineries. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars and Latah Creek Wine Cellars offer visitors an opportunity to sample delicious wines made from grapes grown in the Pacific Northwest. Both wineries host special tastings, music events, weddings and holiday festivities. The valley also hosts several breweries, distilleries, growler stations, and wine and beer shops.

The Spokane Valley Indians, a single-A minor league baseball team, has been a part of the Spokane Valley landscape since 1983. In 2003, the team became affiliated with Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. These days, the Indians play in Avista Stadium at the west end of Spokane Valley from mid-June through early September. The team is very popular and boasts one of the highest average attendance per game in the Northwest League – go Indians!

The Interstate Fairgrounds located in the valley not only host the Spokane County Interstate Fair in September, but also provide a venue for numerous unique events throughout the year.

If you are a fan of aviation history, plan to visit Felts Field in Spokane Valley. The airport began as a landing field in a park area next to the river, was formally established in 1927, and served as Spokane’s municipal airport in the 1930s and 40s. Today, it is home to more than 250 aircraft and 68 tenants, and hosts 59,000 operations annually. Its Skyway Café opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The café is a great location to enjoy breakfast and lunch, and watch planes and helicopters fly in and out.

NEARBY ACTIVITIES

Just outside of Spokane Valley –30 minutes north in the foothills of Mount Spokane – residents can take in the unique experience of Green Bluff Growers. This collection of farms offer year round fun with events like the Strawberry Celebration, Peach Festival, Cherry Festival, Apple Festival, and holiday tree farm activities. The farms also host a seven-acre corn maze and fall pumpkin picking. Come spring, local farmers’ markets fill with fresh berries, honey, artisan cheeses and garden vegetables, providing an opportunity for neighbors to shop, eat and hear live music.

If you are interested in breathtaking views while soaring high above a canopy of beautiful aspen and pine, contact Mica Moon Zip Tours. This unique company operates on Mica Peak near Liberty Lake. The 2.5-hour tour includes eight zip lines, eight platforms, two short hikes and opportunities to view local wildlife.

Manito Park is a public park located in Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood. The 90-acre park has five gardens (Japanese, Duncan European, lilac, perennial and rose), a conservatory, duck pond, playgrounds, picnic shelter, walking and biking paths. There is no entrance fee. The park has more than 150,000 visitors each year.

The Spokane Chiefs play hockey in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena from late September to mid-March. The Chiefs are a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Hockey enjoys a rich, 70-year history in Spokane. With an average attendance of more than 5,000 per game, a Chiefs hockey game always promises to be fun, exciting and (most likely) loud.

Spokane’s Riverfront Park hosts the Spokane Falls, hand-carved Looff Carrousel, Pavilion amusement rides, mini-golf course, park tour train and more. Several large festivals in the region include Art on the Green, MusicFest Northwest, get lit! (Literary festival), Spokane International Film Festival, and Terrain (multimedia art event).

Just north of Spokane, families can experience some of the world’s biggest exotic cats at Cat Tales Zoological Park, a rescue sanctuary for large cats and black bears. Guided tours are available that allow visitors within eight feet of lions, tigers and bears.

Other activities within an hour’s drive of Spokane Valley include Silverwood Theme Park and Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, and several event venues, such as the historic Martin Woldson Theater and Spokane Arena, that host performances, concerts and other productions.

For a list of upcoming regional events, visit the Spokane Events Calendar.

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