Community Events

Stay in the know about what’s happening around Spokane! Stop here to find family-friendly, educational, or racial & social justice oriented events going on in or around the area. To better support our community, we will be posting community events and updating this page weekly, so stop by to learn more about the educational, social justice oriented, and family-friendly events happening every week in Spokane!

Events that support our mission to eliminate racism and empower women will be featured here. Please submit events that align with YWCA Spokane’s mission statement: “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” To get your event featured on this page, please fill out our submission form! Thank you!

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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Americans, a term that encompasses many ethnic groups, worked tirelessly to build a national
railroad infrastructure, paving the way for western expansion. The first Asian Pacific Heritage Week was
celebrated in 1979, in response to little or no recognition of this population in the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.
By 1990, the celebration was a month long and then made official in 1992. For more information visit
http://apaics.org/apa-heritage-month/ and the WA State Commission for Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Jewish American Heritage Month

In 2006, President George W. Bush designated May as the month to teach about Jewish history and culture and to
recognize the important contributions of Jewish Americans to U.S. history. For more information visit
https://www.jewishheritagemonth.gov. In addition, visit the Washington State Jewish Historical Society for information about Jewish people in WA State.

Older American’s Month – USA

Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1963. The entire nation is encouraged to pay tribute in some
way to older persons in their communities. It is celebrated across the country through ceremonies and events.


Racial & Social Justice Events

History of Asian American Film Display

  • Featuring books on the History of Asian American Film
  • Dates: May 1 through May 31, 2019
  • Time Open during JFK library hours
  • Location: Alcove Area, JFK Library, EWU, Cheney, WA
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information, contact Dr. Pui-Yan Lam at plam@ewu.edu or call 509.359.7933.
  • This event is one of EWU’s events celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Asian/Pacific American Portraits Exhibition

  • This exhibit of portraits of prominent Asian/Pacific Americans.
  • Dates: May 1 through May 31, 2019
  • Time Open during library hours
  • Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit their website.
  • This event is one of Spokane Public Libraries events celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

 

“A Walk Though Poverty”

  • A Walk Through Poverty” and an accompanying art exhibit by artist Cameron Day explores the plight and complexity of poverty in the Inland Northwest. Film to be shown on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
  • Dates: May 10, 2019, through May 24, 2019
  • Time: Library Hours
  • Location: North Spokane library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.893.8350 or visit their website.

 

27th Annual Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon

  • Speaker: Victor Rivas Rivers is an actor, an author and an advocate. A childhood survivor of domestic violence, Victor was able to break the cycle of violence and now serves as a regular speaker and spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Victor’s memoir, A Private Family Matter, chronicles how, through the help of his community, Victor was able to move from being a rage-filled gang member to class president and eventually a champion for all those impacted by domestic violence.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2018, registration deadline is May 12, 2019.
  • Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Location: Spokane Convention Center
  • Cost: Minimum donation requested: $125.00
  • For more information and/or to register, visit their website or call 509.3977.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website.

 

“A Walk Though Poverty” Film

  • A Walk Through Poverty” and an accompanying art exhibit by artist Cameron Day explores the plight and complexity of poverty in the Inland Northwest. Film to be shown on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
  • Dates: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: North Spokane library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.893.8350 or visit their website.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website.

 

28th Annual Pride Parade – Theme: To Thrive, Not Just Survive

  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Location: Downtown Spokane
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit their website.

 

World Refugee Day – Honoring Refugee Women

  • There will be a naturalization ceremony, awards ceremony, international potluck, fashion show, children’s
    activities, cultural marketplace and community resource fair.
  • Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Location: 800 E Joseph & Nevada
  • Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information call 509.209.2384 or email rcs@refugeeconnectionsspokane.org.

5th Annual SEA-TRI-KAN – Ride for Refugee Resiliency

  • The route starts at the World Relief’s office in Kent, WA, passes through Tri-Cities and finishes in Spokane (about 400 miles).
  • Dates: Wednesday-Sunday, June 19-23, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Cost: $400.00, must register. Registration payment covers all expenses of the ride including meals and snacks, lodging, support vehicles, roadside bike maintenance/repair, transportation back to Seattle.
  • For more information, visit their website.
  • Fundraiser for World Relief.

 

Educational and Cultural Events

“Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West” Exhibit

  • The exhibit tells the story of how Jesuit missionaries (Father De Smet) came to the interior Northwest at the invitation of the Coeur d’ Alene and Salish tribes and the profound effects this sacred encounter had on both cultures.
  • Date: Open, no end date at this time
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily April through September, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm October through March, (closed holidays)
  • Location: Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID (I-90, exit 39 – 60 miles east of Spokane)
  • Cost: $5.00 park entrance fee, exhibit $5.00 per person/$10.00 per family.
  • For more information, visit their website.

 

World Travels: South Africa

  • In celebration of its 25th year of post-apartheid democracy, international scholar Lance Rhoades will take us on a virtual tour through this richly diverse nation, from Cape Town to Kruger National Park.
  • Date: May 25, 2019
  • Time: 11am – Noon
  • Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St.
  • Cost: Free
  • From more information visit their website or call 509.444.5300

 

The Muslim World and Muslims in Spokane

  • Did you know that a significant number of Muslims living in Spokane are refugees? The first refugees arrived in Spokane in the 1980s fleeing war in Bosnia & Herzegovina – victims of genocide. Currently, Spokane is also home to refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Come learn about their fascinating story and their faith.
  • Date: June 1, 2019
  • Time: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St.
  • Cost: Free
  • From more information visit their website or call 509.444.5300

 

Citizens Academy: Spokane Police Dept.

  • Dates: June 1-2, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on June 1 and 9:00 am-5:00 pm on June 2, 2019
  • Location: SPD Academy, 2302 N Waterworks Street
  • Cost: Free
  • From more information go to their website.
  • To register, email Alaina Gump at agump@spokanepolice.org.

 

Community Building Events

 

Crazy Rich Asians Film

  • The story follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, and he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia.
  • Rated PG-13; 120 minutes.
  • Eastern Washington University’s Steve Bingo will introduce the film and discuss the groundbreaking Asian
    American ensemble casting, and the context surrounding the film.
  • Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Time: 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Spokane Downtown Library, 3rd floor, 906 W Main Ave.
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit their website or call 509.444.5300.

 

Japanese Cherry Blossom Art

  • Bring your creativity, they will provide the paint supplies.
  • Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Time: 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Eastside Library, 524 S. Stone St
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information call 509.444.5300 or visit their website.

 

5th Annual KHQ/WorkSource Job Fair

  • Date: Thursday. May 23, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100ABC (old Convention Center)
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and to register, visit their website.

 

K-pop! The Korean Pop Music Phenomenon

  • K-pop has grown into a global phenomenon, amassing enormous numbers of teenage and young adult fans.
    Generally “popular music” within South Korea, the term is often used more narrowly to describe a contemporary form of pop music that is influenced by styles and genres from around the world.
  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 am
  • Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit their website or call 509.444.5300.

 

AAPI Graduation (Asian American and Pacific Islanders)

  • An event to recognize the accomplishments of graduating AAPI students. Islander students
  • Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Monroe Hall, R00m 205, (2nd-floor lounge), EWU, Cheney, WA
  • EWU students will be sent an invitation to participate in the AAPI Graduation. For more information, contact Pui-Yan Lam at plam@ewu.edu or call 509.359.7933.

 

35th Annual ArtFest

  • Three-day art festival in Coeur d’Alene Park in historic Browne’s Addition. Over 150 artisans, food booths, live
    music, wine and beer garden, art-making tent for kids of all ages.
  • Dates: Friday, May 31– Sunday, June 2, 2019
  • Time: May 31: noon to 7:00 pm, June 1: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 2: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Coeur d’Alene Park in Brown’s Addition, between Chestnut & Spruce (2nd & 4th)
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information, visit their website.

 

5th Annual Pride in the Park

  • A family-friendly celebration of LGBT diversity.
  • Date: Saturday, June 2, 2019
  • Location: Coeur d’ Alene City Park Bandshell, Coeur d’ Alene, ID (west or resort, NW Blvd & Mullen Ave)
  • Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsored by North Idaho Pride Alliance.

 

22nd Annual Pride Cruise

  • Date: Saturday, June 2nd, 2019
  • Location: Lake Coeur d’ Alene
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: Online $25.00, $45 for couple tickets. $30.00 day of
  • For more information visit their website.

As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art

  • Coiled and twined basketry and beaded hats, pouches, bags, dolls, horse regalia, baby boards, and dresses alongside vintage
    photos of Plateau women wearing or alongside their traditional, handmade clothing and objects, with works by Leanne Campbell, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull and Bernadine Phillips.
  • Dates: August 2018 through December 2019
  • Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave
  • Cost: $10.00 adult, $8.00 seniors, $5.00 children ages 6-17, $8.00 college students with ID.
  • For more information, visit their website or call 509.456.3931