About This Series

Downtown Annual Meeting

Join us in highlighting Downtown Spokane’s plans and achievements with a direct message to celebrate the year behind us and create energy for the year ahead. Together we’ll maximize Downtown’s unique characteristics to attract prospective residents, tourists, corporations, and retail companies.

Presenting

Major

Partner


Contributing

Media Partner


First Friday | Presenting Sponsor $5,000

First Friday was launched in conjunction with the Spokane Arts Commission in November 2003, starting with just a dozen venues initially and growing to about 50 rotating venues today. It is designed to showcase the growing metropolitan arts, retail, dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene consistently on the first Friday of each month.

  • Event Sponsor | $1,000 per event

Spring/Summer Horse and Carriage Rides

Presented by*

The Horse and Carriage Rides were instituted in Spokane in 1997 and are an iconic tradition in Downtown. Rides are provided free to the public and are a unique opportunity to experience Spokane from the vantage of a horse-drawn carriage. Riders are picked up on Wall in-between Spokane Falls Blvd and Main and take various routes through Downtown. Horse and Carriage Rides bring the community together for a shared experience and foster an appreciation for a vibrant downtown.


Spring Clean Week

Presented by*

Downtown Spokane has served as host to legacy community events since the first Lilac Festival in 1938. Throughout the past 80 years downtown has grown to host Bloomsday, Hoopfest, Pride Festival, and many more small and large activities.

As host to those events, and in celebration of Earth Day. Since 2016, downtown has invited our neighbors to “sweep off the front porch” and prepare a welcome for the thousands who visit downtown.

Spring Clean Week consists of an informational campaign about the services of the Clean Team and BID, as well as opportunities for employees, residents, and volunteers to get involved in taking pride in our community through daily activities and a Friday Block-Party celebration and block emphasis improvement.


Food Truck Friday

Presented in partnership with*

Following the completion of the Wall Street Festival Street in 2016, in 2017, the Downtown Business Improvement District invited local food trucks to post-up on every Friday in June, July and August. The event was a hit with downtown employees and in 2018, the BID and the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association have partnered to make Food Truck Fridays bigger and better. Starting the First Friday in June, Wall Street will shut down from 11:30am to 1:30pm weekly to host 4-6 members of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association.


Summer Workout Series

Presented by*

In 2016, nearly 350 total participants engaged in an eight-week yoga series held at the newly renovated Tribal Gathering Place located above Huntington Park at Spokane City Hall. Through the success of this programming, in 2017 Downtown Spokane expanded the series to include partnerships with The Union Yoga Studio, The Spokane Club, Pure Barr Spokane and the YMCA. The eight-week series has grown into a unique opportunity for hundreds of residents and visitors to experience downtown in a whole new way while engaging in beneficial exercise and movement.


Fashion Week Fashion Fair

  • Presenting Sponsor | $10,000
  • Fashion Tent Sponsor | $5,000
  • Fashion Show Sponsor | $2,500 per show
  • Stage Sponsor | $5,000
  • Fashion Bites Sponsor | $5,000
  • Brews | $1,000
  • Wines | $1,000
  • Bites | $1,000

Downtown Fall Festival

Presented by*

In partnership with

Who says that fall only works in the country? We’re bringing all the fun of the farm into the heart of downtown with loads of community activities. Join us in presenting this one weekend event to celebrate Spokane’s most beautiful season.  

 


Downtown Holidays

The magic of the holiday season would not be complete without a trip downtown. From shopping and carolers, to lights and displays, downtown has all the sights, smells and Santas you need to create a lifetime memories. Each year Downtown Spokane adopts a holiday theme to engage locals and visitors alike with activities for the entire family. You are invited to participate in the spirit of the season by joining with Downtown Spokane in the presentation of holiday activities.

Holiday Sights

Riverfront Christmas Tree lights courtesy of

Downtown lighting logistics partner


Crescent Windows at The Grand

Presented in partnership with

Windows adopted by


Window Display Contest

Sponsored by*


Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides

Presented by*

The Horse and Carriage Rides were instituted in Spokane in 1997 and are an iconic tradition in Downtown. Rides are provided free to the public and are a unique opportunity to experience Spokane from the vantage of a horse-drawn carriage. Riders are picked up on Wall in-between Spokane Falls Blvd and Main and take various routes through Downtown. Horse and Carriage Rides bring the community together for a shared experience and foster an appreciation for a vibrant downtown.


Holiday Scavenger Hunt

In partnership with

Kids 12 and under, use a Passport to locate a hidden Buddy the Elf inside 25 different downtown locations. When each elf is located, the Passport is stamped by a location employee. Once ten stamps are collected, Passport can be delivered to Auntie’s Bookstore or the Concierge Desk at River Park Square. Each Passport will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for one of three family prize packs.

*Availability contingent on sponsor refusal

Past Events

  • Friday, Mar 1 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.

  • Thursday, Feb 28 / 3:00pm

    Downtown Spokane Annual Meeting

    You're invited to join us in celebrating downtown's reimagination on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Centennial Hotel.

    Learn what urban centers are doing to revitalize and reimagine the purpose of the urban space. Specifically how are we capitalizing on - and reflecting - the personality of the community around us. Addressing the question, “How can Spokane’s downtown become a unique city center and destination for business, residents and visitors?”

    With Keynote Speaker Kate Joncas

    A proven expert in the fields of strategic planning, downtown development and public/private partnership strategies, Joncas brings her expertise to clients who need to solve complicated urban development problems.

    For 20 years Joncas served as the CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, guiding one of the most successful revitalization projects in the country, creating a vibrant downtown Seattle with robust retail, transportation and jobs, thousands of residents, and a growing, diverse economy. Prior to that she assisted dozens of communities through the design and implementation of successful downtown revitalization strategies at the National Main Street Center and the Oregon Downtown Development Association.

    As Seattle Deputy Mayor from 2014 - 2017, Joncas managed City operations, led complex intergovernmental projects – including major waterfront redevelopment and Convention Center expansion – and developed a nationally recognized government performance initiative.

    Presenting

    Major

    Partner


    Contributing

    The Davenport Hotel Collection
    Kiemle Hagood
    Spokane Symphony
    Spokane Transit Authority

    Media Partner

  • Tuesday, Feb 19 / 4:30pm

    Drinks on Downtown

    Event professionals work hard behind the scenes building first class experiences on tiny budgets with limited resources. At this quarterly event, downtown Spokane wants to say “thanks” for all you do. We also want to introduce you to the amazing individuals making things happen here in Spokane, and hopefully inspire future collaboration through networking in a low-pressure environment.

    So stop by anytime between 4:30 and 6:30pm and we will buy your first drink. After that, it’s up to you.

    Join us in February at the new 1st Ave Coffee.

    *Must be 21 and older

  • Friday, Jan 4 / 5:00pm

    First Friday

    Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer.