Major Festivals in Spokane

A list of festivals and events that are, mostly, unique to Spokane.

Dec 31st

  • First Night – New Year’s Celebration, downtown Spokane. Like similar events nationwide, First Night has shrunk in the past few years, partially due to the economy.  Whereas the event once took place over a very large part of downtown, the 2010 event map shows it shrinking to a much smaller several block area. Still a lot of fun.



  • Junior Lilac Parade – One week prior to the Armed Forces Day Parade, a shorter parade is held Saturday morning featuring dozens of middle school and elementary school bands and groups.
  • Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Day Torchlight Parade – largest evening Armed Forces Day parade in the country featuring over 200 parade units with typically 45 to 50 high school marching bands
  • Bloomsday Run – 40,000 to 50,000 participants in about a 7.2 mile running race (also a big community event – the majority of participants walk or jog/walk the route and do not run the full length- and lots of people come out to watch).
  • Civil War Battle Re-enactment, Riverside State Park, Memorial Day weekend.


  • Hoopfest – the largest “3 on 3” basketball tournament where teams of 3 players, each play other teams. There are typically about 7,000 teams that take part. The downtown core streets are closed off and basketball courts are erected all over downtown for the event.


  • 4th of July celebration in Riverfront Park – music events during the day, fireworks in the evening.
  • Royal Fireworks Festival – outdoor performance by members of the Spokane Symphony performing Handel’s Royal Fireworks Suite, followed by fireworks.




  • Pacific Northwest Marching Band Championship at Joe Albi Stadium.