10+ Fun Things to Do This Spring in Spokane, WA

10+ Fun Things to Do This Spring in Spokane, WA

As Spokane shakes off the winter chill, the city comes alive with a variety of events and activities, making spring an exhilarating time to explore and enjoy everything the area has to offer. Whether you’re visiting or already a Spokane resident, there’s something for everyone when it comes to spring fun around Spokane!

From traditional St. Patrick's Day celebrations to breathtaking natural beauty and cultural festivities, Spokane in spring is a season of renewal and joy. Here's your guide to the top events and activities to check out this spring in Spokane.

Delightful Spring Activities in Spokane, Washington

St. Patrick's Celebrations at Shawn O’Donnell’s

Kick off the festivities on March 16th at Shawn O’Donnell’s in Spokane, where you'll be treated to Irish dancers, lively Irish music, and an engaging Irish band. The celebration continues on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, with a full Irish breakfast and traditional Irish fare available all day. The Spokane County Fire Pipes and Drums will provide musical entertainment, accompanied by Irish dancers and live Irish music throughout the day.

O’Doherty’s Irish Grille Festivities

O'Doherty's Irish Grille, a staple in downtown Spokane, is the place to be on St. Patrick's Day. Revel in the festive atmosphere with all-day specials, celebrating the rich Irish heritage that Spokane embraces.

Spokane’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Don't miss the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16th, organized by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. This charitable group brings together the community to honor Irish ancestry with a parade featuring floats, music, and dance. The parade, free to attend, starts at noon in downtown Spokane, embodying the spirit of community and celebration.

Springtime Natural Wonders and Outdoor Adventures

Centennial Trail Walks

With the arrival of spring, the Centennial Trail becomes a picturesque path as flowers bloom and trees sprout new leaves. Whether you start at Mirabeau Trail or Kendall Yards, or one of the many other places to begin your trail walk, you're in for a scenic experience. 

If you start at Kendall Yards, loop back to enjoy a glass of wine at Maryhill or savor delicious tamales from Tamale Box.

Marvel at the Spokane Falls

Spring is the prime time to witness the majesty of Spokane Falls, the country's largest urban waterfall, especially in May when the snowmelt is at its peak. The falls, split into upper and lower sections, offer numerous vantage points for breathtaking views.

Riverfront Park Adventures

Take a Skyride over the falls or bring the kids to the Loof Carrousel. Riverfront Park is a hub of activity in the spring, with its attractions providing fun for the whole family.

Manito Park's Lilac Garden

Spring in Spokane wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Lilac Garden at Manito Park. It’s a time to celebrate the new season as the garden bursts into color with blooming flowers and budding trees.

Spring is also a beautiful time to explore Spokane’s South Hill - with several parks throughout the neighborhood, there are plenty of places to pull over, have a picnic, and tour a new home!

Cultural Celebrations and Events

Bloomsday on May 5

An iconic Spokane tradition, Bloomsday is a 12K race that attracts thousands every May, promoting health, fitness, and community spirit. It’s more than a race; it's a celebration of Spokane’s community and the arrival of spring.

EXPO '74 50th Anniversary

May 4th marks the start of a nine-week celebration of EXPO '74’s 50th anniversary. This city-wide event commemorates the exposition's transformative impact on Spokane, with activities highlighting arts, culture, history, and more, mainly centered around downtown and Riverfront Park.

Spokane Symphony Celebrates EXPO '74

On May 11 and 12, the Spokane Symphony pays homage to the music of EXPO '74, celebrating the anniversary with performances that harken back to the event’s original season.

Spokane Lilac Festival

The Spokane Lilac Festival on May 18th is a showcase of the region's spirit, culminating in the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. This event is a highlight of Spokane’s spring calendar, drawing visitors and locals alike.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Artfest

From May 31 to June 2, the MAC campus hosts ArtFest, a three-day celebration of art and fine craft. It’s an Inland Northwest tradition that brings the community together to appreciate art and craftsmanship.

Special Performances

Pops 5: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

On April 13, experience classic Looney Tunes animations paired with their original scores performed live by the Spokane Symphony. This unique event is a treat for fans of all ages.

Star Wars at the Symphony

On May 4 and 5, immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars with a live performance of the Spokane Symphony's "The Empire Strikes Back" score. It's an unforgettable experience for movie and music fans alike.

Free Family Movies at the Garland Theater

The Garland Theater is a beloved Spokane classic movie theater, recently remodeled to showcase movie memorabilia, local artist designs, and more. Plus, every Saturday, Garland Theater’s first movie of the day is always a free family family movie! It’s a great way to begin your spring weekend in Spokane. 

Yes, you’ll notice the Garland Theater is also on my list of the best winter activities to enjoy in Spokane! It’s always a good time to visit the movies, and you’ll definitely want to add Garland Theater to your list because of its unique design and retro-mod updates the new owners recently made.

Spring in Spokane is a time of rejuvenation, celebration, and community. From the cultural festivities of St. Patrick’s Day to artistic celebrations at the MAC and Spokane Symphony, the city offers a wide variety of activities in the spring. 

Whether you’re a nature lover, a music enthusiast, or a fan of community events, Spokane in the spring promises something memorable for everyone. So, pack your calendar with these diverse activities and enjoy the vibrant season in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

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