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.


Spring/Summer Horse and Carriage Rides

Presented by*


Spring Clean Week

Presented by*


Food Truck Friday

Presented in partnership with*


Summer Workout Series

Presented by*


Downtown Fall Festival

Presented 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.

Downtown lighting logistics partner

Crescent Windows at the Grand 

Presented in partnership with

Window Display Contest Sponsored by*

Holiday Horse and Carriage Rides Presented by*

Holiday Scavenger Hunt In partnership with


*Availability contingent on sponsor refusal

Past Events

  • Friday, Nov 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.

  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 12:00am

    Find The Nutcracker Scavenger Hunt

    Kids! Clara needs your help finding her Nutcracker friend.

    Print your passport, or find one inside Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W Main or the River Park Square Concierge Desk, 808 W Main.

    Passport

    Once you have collected ten stamps, bring your Passport to Auntie’s Bookstore or the Concierge Desk at River Park Square and pick up a prize! Your Passport will be automatically entered into the grand prize drawing for a downtown family pack (and other prizes) that will be held on December 20.

    Prize Packs may include some of the following:

    • $50 gift card courtesy of RiverPark Square
    • $20 gift card courtesy of Indaba Coffee
    • Gift Cards from The Melting Pot
    • Tickets to Monster Jam at the Spokane Arena
    • Tickets to Nat Geo Live! courtesy of WestCoast Entertainment
    • Passes to Mobius Kids
    • Passes to Riverfront Park
    • Family items from Boo Radley’s
    • Items donated by Decorum
    • Ben & Jerry’s Punch Card
    • Sweet Frostings Gift Card
    • $25 to Mod Pizza
    • More!
    Persons under 18 must have parental permission to enter, one entry per person. Official rules.
  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 4:00pm

    Numerica Tree Lighting Celebration

    Riverfront invites the community to join in this free, activity packed holiday celebration culminating in the lighting of Spokane’s iconic 60-foot green spruce tree. Numerica will be on-site with free green Santa hats and Senske will be providing tree viewing glasses to make the occasion even more special. Attendees can expect holiday carols, kids crafts, the big man himself – Santa Clause, and more.

    Holiday Tree Lighting Decor By: Senske Services

    Schedule of Events:
    4:00 - 6:30 PM: Crafts for Kids at the Riverfront Park booth.
    4:00 - 6:00 PM: Santa with Spokane Firefighters Local 29
    4:00 PM: Crescendo Community Chorus
    4:15 PM: Spokane Civic Theatre
    4:40 PM: Company Ballet School
    5:00 PM: Wish Upon a Star Events Princess Parties - Elsa, Anna, Cinderella & Ariel
    5:40 PM: Iheart Media Spokane - Music, Trivia and Prizes
    6:00 PM: Spokane Symphony Chorale
    6:25 PM: Countdown to tree lighting

  • Friday, May 3 / 11:00am

    Food Truck Fridays

    Bigger and better! Downtown Spokane is shutting down Wall Street every Friday for May, June, July, and August to bring you Food Truck Fridays!

    This year with a wider variety of trucks, take a break from your day for great food, entertainment and company.

    Appearances by: Compass Breakfast Wagon * Crate * D. Lish’s * King of Tacos * Mac Daddy’s * Mangia * Meat BBQ * Mixed Plate * One Night Stand BBQ * Skewers * Tacos Camargo * Toby’s BBQ

    For a weekly schedule of trucks visit http://greaterspokanefoodtrucks.com/events/.

     

  • 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

  • Monday, Jul 8 / 7:00pm

    Summer Workout Series

    Get fit with four nights a week of activity at the TGP in July and August, starting July 8.

    Mondays: Barre with Pure Barre Spokane
    Tuesdays: Zumba and Cardio with Ragamuffin Fitness
    Wednesdays: Yoga with The Union
    Thursdays: Yoga with Abide Yoga

    All activities kick-off at 7:15pm on the TGP, located next to City Hall at 315 N Post, and last between 45 and 60 minutes. Mats will be available to borrow on Yoga and Barre nights, but supplies are limited. Participants should come prepared with appropriate shoes, a mat, a towel and water bottle. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions, follow @downtownspokane on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.

    The Summer Series is a program of the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District with support from the City of Spokane and Riverfront Park. Activities are brought to the community free of charge thanks to Numerica.

  • Saturday, Nov 30 / 4:30pm

    The Crescent Windows at The Grand

    View revitalized found historic window displays from the Crescent Department Store this holiday season in the Main Ave windows of the Davenport Grand Hotel. November 30 through January 5. Thanks to underwriting support from Global Credit Union, STCU and Numerica Credit Union, the six window bays will feature three all-new refurbished scenes sure to revive holidays past!

    Join us for a window unveiling on Saturday November 30 at 4:30pm at 333 W Main Ave in downtown Spokane.

    2019 Windows are presented thanks to the following underwriters

    Santa's Mailroom and Workshop

     

    Babes in Toyland

     

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Outdoor Adventures

  • Tuesday, Oct 22 / 6:00pm

    Public Workshop

    A public workshop on the future of downtown Spokane is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at the newly opened Riverfront Pavilion.

    Learn about updated plans, boundaries and weigh in on design, lighting, pedestrian needs and more.

    Downtown Spokane Plan Public Workshop
    Tuesday, October 22
    6:00-8:00 pm
    Riverfront Pavilion

    Exercises | 6pm to 6:45pm

    • Vision Wall
    • Mapping Exercise
    • Best Practices Boards and Community Examples
    • Challenges and Opportunities Board
    • Informational Boards

    Project Presentation, Live Polling, Moderated Q&A | 6:45pm to 7:30pm

    • Presentation: Project overview, timeline, opportunities to stay informed
    • Live Polling. Share vision, challenges, and opportunities in the plan update
    • Moderated Q&A: Ask questions about the project and vote for other questions to be addressed

    Open House + Wrap Up | 7:30pm to 8pm

    The last half hour of the event will include additional time for the community to provide input on workshop materials and ask additional questions one-on-one or in small groups with Framework, DSP, and the City.

    Those unable to attend may provide feedback through an online survey.


    Downtown is the city and region's center, home to the largest employment area and assets such as Riverfront Park, the financial district, major retail, historic urban core, and portions of the growing university and medical districts. With the area boasting millions in recent investments and new prospects for residents, shopping, and entertainment, the City of Spokane is working with Downtown Spokane Partnership and its consultant, Framework, in a public engagement process that will update the City's existing Downtown plan. The effort will join the community’s vision to guide development, design, and regulatory recommendations for the future with major new efforts like the Central City Line.