About This Series

Volunteer opportunities vary. Some are re-occurring, some are individual-day events, and others are a part of a larger community celebration.

We've detailed a few events here and all volunteer activities will be listed as an event below. To sign-up to participate please complete the online form and a representative from downtown will be in contact.

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First Friday Hospitality Team

  • When: The Tuesday immediately prior to First Friday.
  • Where: Participating First Friday Venues
  • What: Deliver First Friday walking guides and posters to participating venues. Check  in and make sure that venues needs are met and network among local art supporters.

Volunteers should have an interest in art, be available mid-afternoon and have the ability to walk for longer distances around downtown Spokane.

Spring Planting

Help plant 150+ sidewalk planters in the downtown core as a team or individual. Number of planters in planting zones vary. First come first served.

  • TBD: Volunteers needed 4, Monroe Street, Mallon
  • TBD: Volunteers needed 2, Main Ave, Riverside Ave, Sprague Ave, Wall Street, Howard Street

Fall Fest


    • Fall Fest Carnival October 2, 11:00am to 2:00pm- 16 Helpers
    • Fall Fest Carnival October 2, 2:00-5:00pm- 16 Helpers
    • Fall Fest Carnival October 3, 11:00am to 2:00pm- 16 Helpers
    • Fall Fest Carnival October 3, 2:00-5:00pm- 16 Helpers

Where: Wall Street between Main and Spokane Falls Blvd

What: Manage various carnival games at the Fall Fest Country Carnival. Give away prizes and have fun! Manage pumpkin patch distribution.

Need: 10-15 volunteers per shift. Four hours of parking validation will be provided for River Park Square.

Crescent Window Display Refurbishment

  • When: Saturday / Sundays in September and October
  • Where: To be determined
  • What: Help bring the tradition of holidays displays back to life in downtown Spokane! The Crescent Window Displays returned for the 2018 holiday season and a whole new set of found figurines need to be prepared to delight families again in 2019.

Volunteers needed: If you have experience working with small motors, backdrops, set design or with fabrics and costuming, please indicate an interest in volunteering to refurbish displays. A downtown representative will reach out with specific tasks.

Past Events

  • Saturday, Apr 22 / 10:00am

    Earth Day River CleanUp

    Join us cleaning the Spokane River! We’re hosting our first and biggest public river cleanup of the year with the Spokane River Forum on Earth Day 2023. Last year volunteers removed 4,900 pounds of litter from Hangman Creek and the Spokane River. We will provide gloves and bags, you bring solid walking shoes. Online registration is highly encouraged.

  • Monday, May 1 / 12:00am

    Spring Clean Week 2023

    Spring is on its way to downtown Spokane, and the community is invited to get outside between May 1 - 5 to help make our city center shine.

    Participate individually or as a team

    All it takes is 15 minutes a week to keep your community clean all year long. Pledge to spend 15 minutes by yourself, or with a team, cleaning up problem areas you see. Clean-up spaces around your home or place of business, or contact the Downtown Spokane office to coordinate a team clean-up and receive supplies and assistance.

    Daily areas of emphasis:

    • Monday: Sidewalks
    • Tuesday: Parking lots
    • Wednesday: Alleyways
    • Thursday: Planter and tree beds

    On Friday, May 5 join the Downtown Business Improvement District for a celebration of hard work and a free slice (or two) at David’s Pizza, 4:00 to 6:00pm.

    Register to participate

    Join Spokane Arts for Spring Clean Week! We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual spring mural cleanup event. Help make the downtown core even more beautiful and ensure everyone can enjoy public art throughout the city. Tasks will include washing and prepping murals for repair! Come for half a day or the full week, we can use any help that you’re available to give. Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided!


    Spring Clean Week is presented with support from Republic Services

    Republic Services, Inc. was incorporated in 1996 with a “can do” spirit, driving its dramatic growth and acquisitions through the years, welcoming other organizations that share its values and fiduciary discipline. Today, Republic Services, Inc. is the second largest provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry. Republic Services provides non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.