Community Calendar

A Cultural & Diversity Calendar of Community Events

Events to Check out Each Month

Each month, community member Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora creates a diversity/cultural calendar of local events and activities happening in and around the Spokane area. If you would like to add to this calendar, please email Yvonne at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com.

Highlights this June

LGBTQIA2S+ PRIDE Month

Pride, celebrated annually in June, honors the LGBTQIA2S+ community's history, achievements, and ongoing struggle for equal rights. It commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in the fight against LGBTQ+ oppression. Pride Month is marked by vibrant parades, rallies, and events that promote visibility, acceptance, and solidarity. It serves as a powerful reminder of the progress made in advancing LGBTQ+ rights and the work still needed to combat discrimination and achieve full equality. Pride embodies the spirit of resilience, diversity, and love, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment within the community.

spokanepride.org

loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month

Pride History

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, it marks the day when Union General Gordon Granger announced the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, more than two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth symbolizes freedom and the struggle for equality, and it is a time for African American communities to reflect on their heritage and achievements through festivities, educational events, and family gatherings. In 2021, Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday, highlighting its importance in American history and culture.

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

A celebration of the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the U.S. In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.

On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

For more information, visit their website at https://caribbeanamericanmonth.com/.

Events In Spokane this Month

1924: Sovereignty, Leadership, and the Indian Citizenship Act

On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, granting citizenship to all American Indians born in the United States. Shortly after this act, Spokane announced it would host the first American Indian Congresses in 1925. These were some of the first events where tribal leaders, government officials, and community members from around the United States gathered to formally participate in talks on rights and advocacy. 1924 commemorates this 100-year anniversary, centering on early local tribal leadership as they and their people navigated the sometimes-conflicting nature of being both U.S. citizens and citizens of their own sovereign nations.
Dates: until February 2, 2025
Time: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Third Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), 2316 W First Ave
Cost: $8.00 - $12.00, children 5 and under are free For more information, visit https://www.northwestmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/.

Expo 74 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

Opening ceremony – May 4th, closing ceremony – July 4, 2024. Community stage is held every Saturday and some Sundays with various activities/events taking place both at Riverfront Park and/or other locations around the city; please check out their website.

Location: Riverfront Park and other various venues. Opening events on May 4 will take place at Riverfront Park starting at 3:00 pm.

Cost: Many events are free, there may be a few events that have a fee.

There are too many Expo events to list on this calendar. For more information, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/expo-50/.

Special Exhibit: All Fairs Lead to Expo ‘74

Experience a special exhibit that guides you in discovering the history of fairs in our region, starting in 1886, that led up to Expo ’74 being held in Spokane. Then, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s fair in the Lilac City, with signs, original gondola cars and more from the 1974 event!
Dates: until September 2, 2024
Time: Every day from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Spokane Valley Heritage Museum
Cost: Free-$7.00 For more information, visit https://www.spokanevalleymuseum.com/.

Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Expo ’74: Films from the Vault

In 1974, Spokane hosted the World’s Fair—one of the most memorable events in Spokane’s history. During its six-month run, the fair hosted ten international countries, featured a star-studded event calendar, sponsored three environmental symposiums, and attracted nearly 5.2 million visitors.
Dates: until September 8, 2024
Time: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Third Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), 2316 W First Ave
Cost: $8.00 - $12.00, children 5 and under are free For more information, visit https://www.northwestmuseum.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/. Visitors will get a blast from the past watching recently digitized film footage from the MAC’s largest archival collection.

Night Market and Street Fair

Immerse yourself in the Magic of the monthly summer Night Market & Street Fair—a unique combination of a Vendor Faire, Music Festival, Immersive Arts Experience & Themed Costume Party.
Dates: Friday, June 14, 2024 – October 11, 2024 (2nd Fridays)
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: U-District Gateway Bridge – South Landing, Sprague and Sherman Cost: A suggested donation of $3 per adult is greatly appreciated! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/991960899158478/. The Night Market & Street Fair is a grassroots, non-corporate event with no outside sponsorship. Sponsored by The Wavy Bunch.

Additional Events

  • MAC Artfest
    Dates: Friday-Sunday, May 31, 2024 – June 2, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm-Friday
    Location: The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, 2316 W First Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.northwestmuseum.org/.
  • Spirit of the Eagle Pow Wow
    EWU Native American Student Association: Drums, drummers and dance competitions honoring EWU Graduates!
    Date: Saturday, June 1, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm grand entry and 7:00 pm grand entry
    Location: Reese Court Pavilion, 1136 Washington St, Cheney, WA
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For questions email Evanlene Melting Tallow at emeltingtallow@ewu.edu.
  • The Empire Strikes Palestine: A Film Festival by INWCLP
    June 2nd – The Settlers, This documentary explores the history, present and probable future of Israel’s settler movement and its impact on prospects for peace in the Middle East. June 9th - Gaza Fights for Freedom, Footage of Israel’s assault on the 2018 Palestinian “Great March of Return,” with stories of Gaza’s brave first responders and journalists. June 16th Boycott, Just how free is our “freedom of speech”?” Follow three U.S. citizens as they fight for their right to exercise free speech, under threat from Zionist supporters of Israel in our own government.
    Dates: Sundays, June 2, 9,and 16, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm doors open, 7:00 pm film Location: Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 West Main Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.inwclp.com/ or email info@inwclp.com. Sponsored by the Inland NW Coalition for the Liberation of Palestine (inwclp).
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  • Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of Jose Sarria Sarria was a World War II veteran, a cabaret performer, human rights activist and the first out candidate for public office when he ran in 1961. He was also a resident of Spokane during Expo '74, where he ran Pierre's Interlude with his business partner Pierre Parker.
    Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm doors open, 7:00 pm film Location: Garland Theater, 924 W Garland
    Cost: $10.00 For more information, visit https://garlandtheater.org/..
  • Climate Change Talk Community conversations about the climate crisis.
    Date: Thursday, June 6, 2024
    Time: 4:00 pm -5:30 pm Location: Argonne Library, 4322 N Argonne Rd
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit
    In addition, you can choose to read a book on Climate Change, visit https://catalog.scld.org/MyAccount/MyList/5629. Sponsored by Spokane County Library Distirct and League of Women Voters of Spokane Area.
  • Queer Art Walk – Uplifting LGBTQ Voices Founded with the intention to promote visibility, understanding, and appreciation for queer art and artists, it showcases an eclectic array of artworks that delve into themes of identity, equality, love, and resilience. The walk stretches through various venues throughout Spokane. Galleries, cafes, community centers, and public spaces become platforms for self-expression and cultural exploration, fostering dialogue and understanding. Beyond the visual arts, the Queer Art Walk often includes panel discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions.
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
    Location Various Spokane locations
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit https://spokanearts.org/.
  • Neighbor Day
    Music, games, prizes, food, Community School drummers, car club and more.
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
    Time: 4:00 pm – 7:pm
    Location A.M. Cannon Park, 1901 W Spofford Ave
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit https://www.westcentralcc.org/ or call 509.326.9540.
  • Spokane Pride Kickoff Show!
    Open to all ages with dancing. Music by DJ Great Dane with Fanny DeVito, Three Kai Kai Effect, Angelic Jones St James and Nikita Romanoff.
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
    Time: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Location Riverfront Park
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit https://www.spokanepride.org/pride-events/pride-kickoff-show.
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  • Spokane Pride Friday Night Fever Join us for an electrifying evening of pulsating beats, glittering disco balls, and non-stop grooves that will transport you through 5 decades of Prideful hits.
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Location The Davenport Grand Hotel, Ballroom A Cost: $30.00, for tickets visit https://tinyurl.com/ym2yucfr.
    For more information, visit https://www.spokanepride.org/pride-events/june-7th-l-pride-friday-night-fever. Must be 21+ years old of age.
  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Join them for an evening of healthy, fun activities that celebrate kids being kids! They will have community organizations with booths, games, prizes, face painting, a bouncy house and MORE!
    Date: Friday, June 7, 2023
    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Valley YMCA, 2421 N Discovery Pl
    Cost: Free and open to the public, non-members please ring photo ID. For more information, visit ymca@ymcainw.org or call 509.777.9622.
  • BizFest - A Children's Business Fair A Children's Business Fair is an event that provides a platform for children to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by starting and operating their businesses. Ages 6-14 showcase their business ventures.
    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Location: The Hive, (Spokane Library) 2904 E Sprague Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.childrensbusinessfair.org/spokane-wa.
  • Manito Park Art Festival Art, children’s activities, live music, children’s art activities, food, and more. This festival focuses on providing emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their works of art alongside more established artists.
    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Location: Lawn just east of Duncan Garden, 1702 S Grand Blvd.
    Cost: Free.
    For more information visit https://www.thefriendsofmanito.org/art-festival/,
  • Manito Park Art Festival with Expo’74 – 50thj Anniversary Community Stage and Vendor Village Scheduled performers: Les Sylphides Ballet (10:20 am), Natanam Dance School (10:30 am), A Scottish Celebration: Anqus Scott Pipe Band, Lake City Highland Dance, Spokane Scottish Country Dances (11:00 pm), Native Voices – Margo Hill Reading (12:15 pm), Spokane Taiko / Bon Osori Dances (1:00 pm), Helmer Noel (2:10 pm), Nick Gow (3:00 pm)n and Milonga (4:30 pm).
    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 10:20 am – 6:00 pm Location: Lawn just east of Duncan Garden.
    Cost: Free.
    For more information visit https://www.thefriendsofmanito.org/art-festival/,
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  • Spokane Pride Parade and Festival – Never Gonna Hide
    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm with all ages programming from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Parade – downtown Spokane, Festival at Riverfront Park
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, email info@spokanepride.org or visit https://www.spokanepride.org/.
  • Climate Change Talk Community conversations about the climate crisis.
    Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit
    In addition, you can choose to read a book on Climate Change, visit https://catalog.scld.org/MyAccount/MyList/5629. Sponsored by Spokane County Library Distirct and League of Women Voters of Spokane Area.
  • Swing into Summer – Spokane Folklore Society Swing Dance Featuring the swing band Max Quartet. Cathy Dark will teach an hour-long swing dance workshop beginning at 7PM. No partner is necessary. All levels of experience are welcome. General admission is $10; For more information, call 509-838-2160 or
    Dates: Saturday, June 8, 2024
    Time: 7:00 pm dance workshop, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm dance
    Location: East Spokane Grange, 1621 N Park Rd
    Cost: $10.00 general admission, $7.00 SFS members and college students, free for students under 18 For more information, visit www.spokanefolklore.org or email myspokanefolklore@gmail.com.
  • Death Cafe At a Death Cafe, people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death. The objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. A Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
    Dates: Sunday, June 9, 2024 - every 2nd Sunday
    Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Public Central Library, Conference Room B and Lounge, 906 W. Main St
    Cost: Free, need to reserve a ticket For more information visit https://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/17431 or RSVP at https://rubiconsedge.com/events.
  • A Space for Blach History
    Across the country, efforts to suppress Black history in libraries and classrooms have taken root. Anger against “critical race theory” and “wokeness” has led to new laws prohibiting what can and cannot be taught to students of all ages, and what books can remain in libraries. Why are there efforts to limit this knowledge? Are some ideas just too dangerous? If so, how do we decide what those are as a society? Shouldn’t we have the freedom to think, to know, to aspire?
    To counter some of these efforts, professor Luther Adams – Free Man of Color, uses Black thought, images, and poetry, as well as local history, to create an open space to ask questions about Black history and why it matters to all of us.
    Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, need to register at link below
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    For more information, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-a-space-for-black-history-2/. Hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries.
  • The Queer Medieval
    For Pride month, join celebrated historical fiction author Nicola Griffith for a conversation about queer representation in medieval history and fiction. The acclaimed author of Hild, Spear, and Menewood will explore how fiction can create belonging and challenge narratives about who belongs in history.
    Before the event, connect with a variety of LGBT, medieval, and literary organizations, including Charlie’s Queer Books, writer and podcaster Meandering Medievalist, Seattle City of Literature, and more. Plus watch a performance by the Medieval Women’s Choir at 6:45pm and solve medieval riddles throughout the lobby.
    This event will take place in-person at Town Hall Seattle and be livestreamed. Tickets start at $5; free for those under 22. This event is suitable for ages twelve and up. Live captioning, a hearing loop, and ASL is available.
    Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm Location: On-line and in Person
    Cost: $5.00, need to register at link below
    For more information, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/hybrid-the-queer-medieval/. Hosted by Town Hall Seattle.
  • Climate Change Talk Community conversations about the climate crisis.
    Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Location: Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S Regal St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit
    In addition, you can choose to read a book on Climate Change, visit https://catalog.scld.org/MyAccount/MyList/5629. Sponsored by Spokane County Library Distirct and League of Women Voters of Spokane Area.
  • Climate Change Talk Community conversations about the climate crisis.
    Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
    Time: 2:00 pm -3:30 pm Location: Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S Regal St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit
    In addition, you can choose to read a book on Climate Change, visit https://catalog.scld.org/MyAccount/MyList/5629. Sponsored by Spokane County Library Distirct and League of Women Voters of Spokane Area.
  • Tribal Fashion Show and Music Festival Fashion show and music festival features Native designers, models, and music artists!
    Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
    Time: 5:00 pm Location: Riverfront Park Pavilion
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/events/tribal-fashion-show-music-festival/.
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  • Juneteenth Pillar Awards Acknowledging and celebrating those who help uplift the African-American community in Spokane. Awards in the following categories: Business, Non-profit, Church/ Religious Organizations, Individual and Heartwood Award to an elder of the African American community.
    Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm Location: Fox Theatre, 1001 W. Sprague Ave
    Cost: Free and open to the public. RSVP at link below
    For more information, visit https://www.inwjc.org/.
  • Spokane Garry Historical Tour Expedition Chief Spokane Garry (1810-1892) played a significant role in setting the Spokane region. A fully-guided bus tour by Dr. David Beine, Emeritus Dean of the College of Global Engagement at Great Northern University, will visit Chief Garry Park, the original homestead site of Garry, Drumheller Springs (where Garry held school), Latah Creek and Indian Canyon (where he fled to when he was dispossessed from his land), and Garry’s final resting place in Greenwood Cemetery.
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Location: Participants will receive a detailed itinerary with meeting locations after registration.
    Cost: $50.00 For more information, visit https://secure.rec1.com/WA/spokane-wa/catalog/index?filter=dGFiJTVCMzU1NiU1RD0xJnNlYXJjaD0mY2F0ZWdvcnklNUIxMDMzOCU1RD0x or call 509.230.8993. Sponsored by Spokane Parks and Recreation.
  • Rainbow Run/Walk Spokane's first LGBTQ+ fun run/walk, brought to you by the Spokane Front Runners and Spokane Pride!
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: 1335 West Summit Parkway.
    Cost: For more information and to register, visit https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/c3bd79ca-33cd-41cf-9905-d9eb4731df73.
  • World Refugee Day Celebrate the culture and heritage of refugee and immigrant communities around Spokane, who will be showcasing their diversity and inclusion in their neighborhoods including those who have been affected by wars and conflicts. Join them for food from Feast World Kitchen, hand-made crafts, customary song and dance, citizen ceremony, activities for kids and more.
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Garry Middle School, Nevada Playfield, 725 E Joseph Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.ricspokane.org/.
  • Juneteenth Father’s Day Brunch Praise for fathers, male mentors, and father figures who play an important role in the children’s lives or the children they mentor to help raise.
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm Location: Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene St
    Cost: Free for fathers and their families
    For more information, visit https://www.inwjc.org/.
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  • 126th Philippine Independence Day Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with historical exhibits delving into the nation's past, captivating performances by the Silangan Dancers, a showcase of Jeepney exhibits, and a special focus on the talented local Filipino artists of Spokane.
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Riverpark Square and Wall Street, 808 W Main St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://faaie.org/. Sponsored by the Filipino-American Association of the Inland Empire (faaie).
  • 126th Philippine Independence Day Marks 126 years of Philippine independence and showcases the rich heritage, traditions, and achievements of the Filipino people. Music, food, entertainment and more.
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park, Clock Tower Meadow
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://filamnw.org/announcement. Sponsored by Filipino American Northwest Association (FRNA).
  • JUNETOBERFEST Oktoberfest in June. Don your lederhosen and dirndl. Traditional German bier, food, music & dance. Featuring Concordia Choir (3pm & 7pm), Alpenhorn, Happy Wanderer (4:15pm), and Oompa's & Ma's (5:15pm & 7:15pm) and Alpenhorn (6:30pm).
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024
    Time: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park Pavilion
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/events/junetoberfest/.
  • 13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration @ The Park Praise for fathers, male mentors, and father figures who play an important role in the children’s lives or the children they mentor to help raise.
    Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am Location: Grant Park, 1015 S Arthus St
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit https://www.inwjc.org/
  • Handbell Concert – The Wesley Bell Ringers Highlights from the 2024 summer concert include Disney’s "Go The Distance," Léon Boëllmann’s "Toccata from Suite Gothique," Sondra Tucker’s "Christmas Kaleidoscope," and commissioned selections from noted handbell composers Kevin McChesney and Joel Raney.
    Dates: Thursday, June 20, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N Driscoll Blvd
    Cost: Free with a free will offering will be collected and open to the public For more information visit www.thewesleybellringers.com or http://audubonparkumc.org/.
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  • Spokane’s Got Talent – ’74 ED. Family friendly edition of the talent showcase promises to immerse audiences in the funky vibes and iconic styles of the 70’s era. A panel of judges from Spokane's entertainment industry will provide feedback and crown the winners, who will earn prizes.
    Dates: Thursday, June 20, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Pavilion
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/events/spokanes-got-talent-show/.
  • Skyfest
    Performances: A-10 Demo Team, Wings of Blue, and P-51 Mustang. Demos: KC-135, B-52, C-17, and UH-1. Demo and various static displays.
    Dates: Saturday|Sunday, June 22-23, 2024
    Time: Gates open at 9:00 am Location: Fairchild Airforce Base
    Cost: Free, check website for authorized and prohibited items.
    For more information, visit https://www.fairchild.af.mil/skyfest-2024/.
  • Bazaar Identical twins Greg and Jere Canote will share an afternoon of song and silliness. The duo's music is steeped in vintage Americana -- forgotten fiddle tunes, swing classics, and quirky novelty songs -- but with their own twists. Their sense of humor and affable attitude shines in their choice of songs and loving banter between tunes. on
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Location: Main Ave between Lincoln and Wall Streets
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.terrainspokane.com/gallery. Sponsored by Terrain.
  • They Want our Rhythm, but Not Our Blues: African American Innovation Through Pop Culture
    The freedom often denied to African Americans to move and express themselves has meant that they have had to be especially creative in building their culture. The innovations created under oppression are often appropriated by the oppressor—they want our rhythm. And such culture and creativity has been forged from their everyday struggles—but they do not want our blues.
    Reflecting on music, sports, language, food, and even hair, this talk calls audiences in beyond the rhythm to recognize the blues that made African American popular culture. It serves as a guide to appreciating the art of Black pop culture by understanding how and why African American culture was created, and when and where it appears across multiple platforms of popular culture—never without a unique artisan style.
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am Location: On-line and in Person
    Cost: Free, need to register at link below
    For more information, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/hybrid-they-want-our-rhythm-but-not-our-blues-african-american-innovation-through-pop-culture/. . Hosted by Washougal Community Center.
  • Midsummer Midsummer is a very special occasion in all the villages, towns, and cities in Sweden, celebrating the longest day of the year. Communities decorate, raise and dance around the May Pole on this occasion.
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Location: Riverfront Park, Locust Lawn
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.visitspokane.com/events/midsommar/ .
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  • KPBX Kids’ – The Canote Brothers Identical twins Greg and Jere Canote will share an afternoon of song and silliness. The duo's music is steeped in vintage Americana -- forgotten fiddle tunes, swing classics, and quirky novelty songs -- but with their own twists. Their sense of humor and affable attitude shines in their choice of songs and loving banter between tunes. on
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Location: Spokane Central Library, nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall (third floor), 906 W Main Ave
    Cost: Free For more information, visit https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/upcoming-spr-events. You can learn more about them in their recent film The Canote Twins, free home streaming in June.
  • African Diverse Heritage Day
    Various activities to include entertainment, speakers and more.
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park Pavilion
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://www.visitspokane.com/.
  • Silent Disco
    Dance to the hits of the 70s and today. For all ages.
    Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024
    Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Location: Wall Stand Main Ave
    Cost: Free For more information visit http://www.imaginejazz.org/
  • A Celebration of Our Sister Cities: Building Bridges Around the World Sister Cities Nishinomiya, Japan - 1961; Jilin City, China - 14987); Limerick, Ireland – 1990; Jecheon, South Korea - 1999); and Cagli, Italy- 2016. The program will begin with an entry march of our Sister Cities and flags. A large photo exhibit will offer views of our Sister Cities, including visits, student exchanges, music, dance, food from all five of our Sister Cities, as well as other artifacts. There will be food available for tastes and purchase from vendors and a luncheon celebration including a guest speaker.
    Date: Sunday, June 23, 2024
    Time: 10 :00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Riverfront Park Pavilion, the Market Place and the Sister City Connections Garden at Riverfront Spokane
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit http://spokanesistercities.org/.
  • Jazz is in the Air – Imagine Jazz Festival Features seven professional bands including Jared Hall Quintet, Imagine Jazz Quintet, Brent Edstrom Trio, RAZA Northwest, Aspen Kye Band and Tom Molter Big Band. All-star student groups by Spokane All City Jazz Ensembles, run by members of Spokane Jazz Orchestra.
    Dates: Sunday, June 23, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Location: Riverfront Park
    Cost: Free with a free will offering will be collected and open to the public For more information visit http://www.imaginejazz.org/.
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  • Love and Modems: How the Early Internet Helped LGNT Communities
    We associate the early internet with the screech of a dial-up modem, the soft glow of a boxy monitor, or piles of free AOL CDs. But a lesser-known story is how, for LGBTQ folks, the experience of connecting online held revolutionary possibilities for not just building community but political organizing.
    This talk will explore how members of early digital LGBTQ communities—particularly ones based in Washington State—used computers for everything from exploring their identity and finding love, to getting needed resources to people living with AIDS. By the end, we’ll consider the ways these histories could inspire us to rethink how and why we connect online.
    Avery Dame-Griff (he/him) is a lecturer in women’s and gender studies at Gonzaga University specializing in LGBTQ studies, political organizing, and the history of technology. He founded and serves as primary curator of the Queer Digital History Project, an independent community history project cataloging and archiving pre-2010 LGBTQ spaces online. His book, The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet, tracks how the Internet transformed transgender political organizing from the 1980s to the contemporary moment. Dame-Griff lives in Spokane.
    Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, need to register at link below
    For more information, visit https://www.humanities.org/event/online-love-and-modems-how-the-early-internet-helped-lgbt-communities/. Hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries.
  • Climate Change Talk Community conversations about the climate crisis.
    Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
    Time: 5:00 pm -6:00 pm Location: Deer Park Library
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit
    In addition, you can choose to read a book on Climate Change, visit https://catalog.scld.org/MyAccount/MyList/5629. Sponsored by Spokane County Library Distirct and League of Women Voters of Spokane Area.
  • El Mercadito de Spokane
    Outdoor market held the last week of Saturday every month. You can obtain fresh cultural foods, activities and provide support for local entrepreneurs and organizations to showcase their products.
    Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
    Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: A.M. Cannon Park, 1999 W Spoffard Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, visit https://www.latinosenspokane.org/mercadito.
  • Pride in Perry
    A celebration of LGBTQ+ community in the South Perry district. Features Odyssey’s open house, vendors, and community resources. In addition, games, food specials, a COVID vaccine clinic and free COVID test kits and more.
    Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
    Time: noon – 5:00 pm
    Location: South Perry District
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit https://www.odysseyyouth.org/pride-in-perry.
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  • Hoop Fest The largest 3 on3 outdoor basketball tournament with over 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans, and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food, and interactive entertainment.
    Date: Saturday - Sunday, June 29-30, 2024
    Location: Downtown Spokane
    Cost: Free to observe
    For more information, visit https://www.spokanehoopfest.net/.

Save the Date Coming up soon!

Unity in the Community (UIC) – Celebrating 28 Years

UIC consists of five key vendors areas: Youth Fair, Career and Education Fair, Health Fair, Early Learning Fair, and general vendors. Along with our vendors we also have a Cultural Village and a stage consisting of a diverse group of performers and acts to keep you entertained all day. Whatever your age, you will find something to do at UIC.
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2025
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Riverfront Park
Cost: Free
For more information visit www.nwunity.org.


4th Annual Tacos y Tequila Festival

Taco trucks, food vendors, live music, scholarship fundraiser, tequila flights, and beer garden
Dates: Saturday-Sunday August 24-25, 2024
Time: Saturday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sunday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Downtown Spokane
Cost: Free
For more information visit their https://www.facebook.com/TacosTequilaSpokane or https://www.hbpaofspokane.org/.

Blue Door Theatre Improv Course

Join them for their exclusive 4-week improv course tailored for BIPOC communities! This course is an empowering journey where you will explore the art of improv in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. Led by faculty who understand your unique perspectives and experiences, this course offers a creative space to explore your imagination, amplify your voice, and build connections with fellow participants. Discover the joy of storytelling, embrace your authenticity, and celebrate the diversity of voices within our community. Whether you're a seasoned performer or new to improv, this course is your opportunity to shine and express yourself freely. Whether you are funny or not that funny or an extrovert or introvert, you will find your place in this course.
Date: Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm Location: Blue Door Theater Milk Bottle, 319 S Cedar St
Cost: $50.00
For more information, visit https://thebluedoortheatre.fourthwalltickets.com/classes/bipoc-improv.
For general Spokane events visit www.visitspokane.com or https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/community-calendar.

On the Radio

Democracy Now!
Day: Monday – Friday
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am; 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S. democracynow.org. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Democracy Now! Headlines in Spanish
Date: Saturdays
Time: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, democracynow.org. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Detention 
Day: Monday 
Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Variety music/talk show for teens by teens. Produced by students of West Valley City School. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org. Detention takes a break during the summer.

Dragonflies on Thin Air
Day: Sundays
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One of the few elementary age children’s radio shows in the country produced by kids for kids. The program is fun and educational for children and adults, and includes a mix of jokes, music, guests, stories, poetry, trivia. and more. Includes Alice, Elenor C., Lily, Rowan, Sicely, Finn, Eleanor M., Sophia, Aleric, and Amara who all go to Spokane Public Montessori Elementary School. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Earth Matters Now!
Date: Tuesdays
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
Providing a unique perspective on environmental news, issues and science to inform, educate, enable and create a platform for positive environmental action. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Generational Warfare
Day: Saturdays
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join host Ry the Y as he battles with his Gen Z co-hosts, Zakris and Ezekiel. The three friends, alongside guests from the community, grapple with generational divides — both the silly and the seemingly irreconcilable. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Latin Lounge
Day: Mondays
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A wide spectrum of Latin music, hosted by “Corazon.” Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Out and About
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:55 pm
Consists of a variety of LGBTQ, local news, locally produced, music and public Affairs. Host and producer Maeve Griffith. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Queens of Noise
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by Luscious Duchess, you will hear best in female vocalists/musicians. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

The Spanish Hour
Day: Monday
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Candice Agree invites everyone who has an interest in, a fascination of, and a love for the cultural life of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world to tune in to this unique classical music program. Listen on KPBX at 91.1 or visit their website.

Spokane Public Radio, KPBX 91.1, An NPR Member Station
Various programs and news throughout the day. Listen at 91.1. KPBX For more information on programs, visit their website.

Welcome Home
Day: Thursdays
Time: 10:00 am – noon
A multi-genre roots based folk show. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Women’s Media Center Live
Day: Wednesdays
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
WMC Live with Robin Morgan tackles today’s hottest topics; whether it be sex, politics, art, humor, religion, culture, or news stories that go unreported. Each episode is engaged regularly, insightfully, and intelligently. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

Blog

Jun 20, 2024 Jun 22 @ 2:56 am

2024 Pride Re-Cap

YWCA Spokane joins thousands in Spokane for the 2024 Pride parade and festival.

Jun 4, 2024 Jun 22 @ 2:56 am

Gender-Based Violence in Conflict Zones

After we held this year’s Equity for All event, which included a focus on maternal mortality, it’s crucial to draw attention to the plight of women in the world’s conflict zones.

Jun 4, 2024 Jun 22 @ 2:56 am

Mission Moment – WOC Classes

About The Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) offers a safe, supportive, and confidential environment for survivors of trauma so they can rest, recover, and rebuild. These learning opportunities are designed to foster healing after trauma while nurturing a supportive community. All…

Events

May 6, 2024 Jun 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 24th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 24th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DV 101 Training: Recognize. Respond. Refer.

June 27th, 2024 2:00pm – 3:30pm Join YWCA Spokane for this important free, virtual training on June 27th. Learn more about intimate partner domestic violence, how to help a friend, and about YWCA Spokane’s free and confidential services. This Training…

May 20, 2024 Jul 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

DV 201 Training: Learning in Action

July 15th, 2024 10:00am – 11:30am Join YWCA Spokane for this new free, virtual training on July 15th. Learn more about the unique barriers and challenges survivors navigate on a daily basis and talk through how you might help a…