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

  • 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.

  • Friday, Dec 7 / 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.

  • Tuesday, Dec 4 / 4:30pm

    Downtown Dialogues - December 2018

    Downtown Dialogues – is a resource for the business community to come together and discuss important topics related to downtown. The first bi-monthly gathering, will be hosted on December 4th, at 4:30pm with a discussion on homelessness and safety.

    The goal for the first meeting is to bring together a panel, moderated by KHQ’s Sean Owsley, to inform members and ratepayers about all the efforts taking place to address these complex issues, as well as the challenges faced by downtown property and business owners. Together, the community will discover opportunities to improve the lives of those in genuine need while also improving the downtown environment. Objectives - are to educate, identify gaps, and focus on solutions, and engagement.

    Please register to join us for this important educational event.