About This Series

To help local businesses take full advantage of the influx of visitors to the downtown core, Downtown Spokane staff work closely with event planners and whenever possible will collaborate to create promotions that allow events to directly integrate with downtown retail, dining and nightlife.

There are a variety of opportunities to support your favorite spring event while attracting new customers. Decorate your storefront, display event posters, sign-up to be a vendor, become a sponsor, sell themed merchandise and more.

Decorate

  • Window painting is an easy way spruce up storefronts. Do it yourself or hire a professional.
  • Use a street or walkway facing window to celebrate lilacs, runners, basketball, art, bikes and more.
  • Change external lights to festive colors.
  • For inspiration, visit the Spring in Spokane Pinterest Board

Get involved

  • Become an official vendor or sponsor.
  • Create a costume or coloring contest.
  • Add an event-themed entree or drink to your menu.
  • Provide an interactive opportunity.
  • Provide discounts to event participants.

April

May

June

Past Events

  • Friday, Jun 7 / 4:00pm

    Festival of Speed Downtown Car Show

    This great event features a Vintage Race Car Tour from Spokane County Raceway to downtown Spokane where those SOVREN race cars become a vintage race car show which is the centerpiece of downtown Spokane’s First Friday celebration.

    This year’s event is at in the heart of beautiful downtown Spokane. A reception will feature our race cars and a display of Porsches and other cars. SOVREN members, INWR members and Spokane Festival of Speed attendees are encouraged to attend this event, which is also open to the public. Don’t miss it!

  • Saturday, Apr 27 / 7:00pm

    An Evening with Roxane Gay

    Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Gay. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Gay’s other titles include An Untamed State, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and Difficult Women. Gay also edited Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, an important and searing anthology. She recently became the first black woman to ever write for Marvel, writing a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda. Gay’s newest book, How to Be Heard, is set to release in 2019.

    We would like to thank the generous sponsors and community partners that made this event possible. These sponsors include the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, Spokane County Library's Friends of the Library Foundation, The Community Building Foundation, the YWCA of Spokane, Eastern Washington University's English Department, EWU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, EWU's Multicultural Center, EWU's Women's and Gender Studies, EWU's Pride Center, and Gonzaga University's Department of Political Science. Thank you all for helping us to bring Roxane Gay to Spokane!

  • Saturday, Jun 1 / 10:00am

    Lilac City Comicon

    The goal of Lilac City Comicon (formerly known as Spokane Comicon) is to help promote awareness of local artists & businesses from around the Inland Northwest via a traditional comic book convention for all ages in the community to enjoy. It is also Lilac City Comicon's intention to help those in need with donations to The Catholic Charities of Spokane & The Spokane Fire Fighters For Kids Foundation.

    With over 250 exhibitors expected across 65,000 square feet, you'll be able to browse & buy comics plus all kinds of related products. Here are some of examples of what products you can expect to see:

    The goal is to create an experience that is not only as fun as possible for everyone but to make it as affordable as possible. We would never want anyone to be turned off from an opportunity to attend our show because they can't afford it. That goes for businesses, artists and fans. We couldn't do this with out you!

    $35.00 VIP (all ages weekend pass with Incentives) Presale Only
    $23.00 Adult Weekend pass (ages 13 & up) Presale Only
    $18.00 Adult Saturday ticket (ages 13 & up)
    $13.00 Adult Sunday ticket (ages 13 & up)
    $5.00 Kids Single Day ticket (ages 5-12 years old)

  • Sunday, Apr 28 / 10:00am

    Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Tea Party

    Join the Queen and the Royal Court as their special guests at the Spokane Lilac Festival's Tea Time and Tiaras, Royal Tea Party on Sunday, April 28th. Enjoy the many activities we have prepared for your little ones! Such as, walking the Purple Carpet, Face Painting, Entertainment, Royal Tea Party Goody Bags, Door Prizes and more. Participate in a raffle to become a member of the Junior Lilac Court and ride with the Royal Court in the 2019 Junior Lilac Parade. On our website, you will find two separate links to buy tickets for either our morning tea party or our afternoon tea party!

  • Saturday, May 11 / 10:00am

    Junior Lilac Parade

    The Jr. Lilac Parade is a treasured, long-standing tradition in Spokane. In fact, our next parade will be the 68th annual event! Each spring, our community comes together in downtown Spokane to celebrate our children. You’ll see elementary and middle school bands and drill units, youth organizations, and other clubs. You might even see some of our local mascot celebrities, such as Butch, Swoop, and Spike! Many of our local city and county officials, as well as area businesses, join in the fun. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

  • Saturday, Jun 8 / 12:00pm

    Out Spokane Pride Parade

    Since 1992, Spokane has seen the LGBTQA community come together to honor those brave individuals that fought back against the police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York.

    The Stonewall Riots were a turning point for the gay rights movement. The following year, in 1970 the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York all held parades commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Since then, cities around the globe have started marches and parades as well.

    The Pride Parade starts downtown at Noon so be sure to arrive early.

  • Friday, May 31 / 5:00pm

    Wheatland Bank Free Horse and Carriage Rides

    Horse and Carriage Rides will clip along starting Friday May 31. Enjoy the sights of downtown from a horse drawn carriage, and sit back to enjoy the ride.

    • Fridays 5:00 to 9:00pm
    • Pick-up at 221 N Wall Street, across from the Wheatland Bank ATM.
    • There will be no rides on Friday June 28, the weekend of Hoopfest.

    Please remember the horses require breaks and plenty of water, and that they may be more numerous during hot weather. This will impact wait times for the carriage rides.

    FAQs

    • The carriage travels through downtown along Main Ave and Spokane Falls Blvd
    • Each ride lasts approximately 15 minutes
    • The carriage can comfortably hold up to 8 adults
    • Please wait until the carriage is stopped and secured before boarding or exiting
    • Please ask the driver before petting the horses and do not stand directly in front of the horses
    • Animals are not allowed on the carriage
    • The horses will take a 60 minute break during each shift
    • Carriage rides are subject to cancellation due to weather, road conditions, and mechanical factors.
    • Tips for the driver are appreciated

    Thank you to our sponsor

     

    With special thanks to

    The Spokane Arena | Peters and Son's Flowers

  • Saturday, May 11 / 10:00am

    Family Fun Fair

    It’s a jam-packed day filled w/ lots of awesomeness.

    The parenting expo starts after the Junior Lilac Parade. A long-standing Spokane area tradition and doubles as a competition for 8,600+ middle school, junior high school, and elementary school band students and drill teams throughout the Inland Northwest.

    100+ vendors with parenting resources, local mascots & costumed characters, non-profits, pet adoption drive, petting zoo, giant slides, interactive activities, arts & crafts, performing arts, sports, after-school activities, summer fun, scholarship opportunities, educational programs & more.

    Join us celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at River Park Square PLUS local parenting resources for children with special needs, disabilities, autism and mental health for the Inland Northwest.

    Our goal is to connect all families – low income, at risk youth, special needs, autism or disabled know that help and support is available; plus, inspire their parents/caregivers by giving them access to community programs and the tools to become successful parents.

    The Family Guide & Family Fun Fair has NO affiliations with the Spokane Jr. Lilac Parade, which is organized by the Rotaract Club of Spokane. Please contact them directly for inquiries about the Jr. Lilac Parade: spokanerotaract@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/rotaractclubspokane