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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Racial & Social Justice Events

Close the Camps Rally

  • There will be nationwide protests on Tuesday, July 2 demanding the closure of the inhumane immigrant detention centers subjecting children and families to horrific conditions. Bring signs.
  • Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Time: noon – 1:00 pm (meet at 11:30)
  • Location: Thomas S. Foley US Courthouse, 820 West
  • Riverside Ave, will march to Post St.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit their Facebook
  • Sponsored by All of Us or None of Us Eastern WA (Todos O Nadie).

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, July 4, 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

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, July 11, 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 at http://www.sparkwestcentral.org/

 

Lights for Liberty Spokane – End Detention Camps

  • Protest the horrific conditions that immigrants and refugees are facing and to call for an end to detention
    camps. There will be speakers attesting to these cruel conditions and how US immigration policies have
    impacted our community here in Spokane, as well as throughout the nation and abroad. At 9 PM we will be
    holding a candlelight vigil to remember those we have lost and will continue on to march to the DHS office
    downtown.
  • Date: Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: Riverfront Park Clock Tower
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, call Fernanda at 509.655.1753.

 

NAACP Monthly Meeting

  • Date: Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: TBD
  • Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone
  • For more information contact spokanenaacp@gmail.com or visit their Facebook.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, July 18, 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.

 

13th: From Slave to Criminal with one Amendment Documentary

  • The 13th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution abolished slavery. But it also included a provision many people
    don’t know about and that is what this documentary brings to view. “Neither slavery nor involuntary
    servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist.”
    That exception justifies the use of forced labor as long as the laborer is a convict. This documentary makes
    the case that inclusion of this loophole is only one of the justifications for continuing domination of people of
    color. The 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865 and director Ava DuVernay supports her thesis through the
    use of both historical footage and interviews
  • Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Time: 5:45-8:45 pm
  • Location: Magic Lantern Theatre
  • Cost: Free and open to everyone.
  • Sponsored by Meaningful Movies Spokane with UUCS. They hold free screenings of films related to social justice,
    environmental issues, on the 3rd Friday of the month.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, July 25, 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.

 

NAACP State Area Conference of AK, OR & WA

  • We will celebrate past accomplishments, discuss current challenges, and unify around defending civil rights in our
    region. The pinnacle of the weekend’s event is the keynoted Centennial Celebration Dinner with the theme of STAY
    WOKE 2 VOTE!
  • Dates: Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2019
  • Time: Friday 6:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm
  • Location: Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights
  • Cost: $150.00, Pre-registration is required
  • For more information, visit their website, or email communications@naacpaowsac.org.

Educational and Cultural Events

Engineering with Cardboard

  • Build a rocket, space station, or interstellar landing module. Materials provided. All ages.
  • Dates: July 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E Main Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information visit Spokane County Library District website, or call 893.8400.

Science Speaks

  • A four-week program that teachers how to make science experiments using common kitchen ingredients. For ages 6-10.
  • Dates:  July 2, July 3, July 6, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information visit Spokane Libraries or call 509.444.5390.

 

Spokane Taiko Drums Ensemble

  • Experience energetic performance on traditional Japanese drums. As time permits, attendees may have the chance to play the drums themselves.
  • Dates: July 9th, 10th, 17th, 25th and 26th, 2019
  • Times: Vary, please check website for more information
  • Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information visit Spokane City Libraries website, or call 509.444.5300.

 

8th Annual PBS On-line Film Festival

  • From fact to fiction, these films offer surprising stories. These short films – times vary from several minutes to
    about 25 minutes.
  • Dates: Monday, July 15, 2019 to Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Cost: Free to watch on-line.
  • Watch online and vote for your favorite short film. For more information about each film, visit their website.

Deep Space Escape

  • While in deep space, you and your crew wake up unexpectedly from your stasis chambers. You have 30 minutes to discover what’s gone wrong and regain control of your spaceship. Can you solve the puzzles and clues in time to survive?
  • Date: July 17-18, 2019
  • Time: Start times are 2:00 p.m., 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.
  • Location: Varies, please check website for more information.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public, for ages 10 and older
  • For more information and to register visit their website, or call 509.893.8330.

Rally for Salish

  • Spokane’s indigenous language isrecognized by the United Nation’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. Singing, drumming and Salish language speeches by Salish School of Spokane students and staff and other Salish speakers. Drummers, singers and speakers of indigenous languages welcome.
  • Date: Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Time: noon – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Riverfront Park, Clock Tower Meadow, 507 N Howard St
  • Cost: Free and open to the public, free hot dogs until gone.
  • For more information visit their Facebook.

 

Julyamsh Pow Wow

  • Largest outdoor pow wow in the Pacific NW, silent Art Auction with horse parade prior to Grand entry.
  • Date: Friday – Sunday, July 26-28, 2019
  • Time: Friday evening, Saturday during the day and evening. Grand entry: 7 p.m. on Friday, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • on Saturday and 1:00 pm on Sunday.
  • Location: Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Cost: $10.00, 12 & under and 65+ free
  • For more information visit their website, or call 1.800.523.2462.

Daughters of Norway

  • A club to unite women who wish to preserve their Nordic heritage by exploring its rich history, culture, folk arts and native languages. Meetings involve sharing Nordic tales, cooking, arts and tips on retracing family roots.
  • Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 (fourth Saturday of each month)
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: TBD
  • For more information call 509.926.8090 or visit their website.

 

Learn Bon Odori Dancing

  • The Bon Odori Dancing Ensemble will demonstrate and teach traditional Japanese festival folk dances with instructor Jacqui and vocalist Narong.
  • Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Time: TBD
    Location: Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S Perry Street
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information contact call 509.534.7954 or visit their website.

 

Cultural Exchange Potluck – Winterfest

  • Interested in planning for Winterfest Holiday Traditions 2019/200. Bring a dish, networking, fun and games and
    play the food roulette for a global tasting challenge.
  • Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Franklin Park Picnic Shelter, 302 W Queen Ave
  • Cost: Free to attend, potluck
  • For more information call Charity at 509.928.9664 or email charity@thefasmilyguide.org.

 

Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA) Social

  • Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: De Leon’s Taco and Bar, 1801 N Hamilton
  • Cost: Free to attend, food/drink cost depend on what you order
  • For more information visit their website.

Ardha Nareeshwarm – Kuchipudi Style South Indian Dance-Drama

  • Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Bing Crosby Theater
  • Cost: $30.00 if purchase on or before September 20, 2019, $35.00 after September 20th.
  • Purchase tickets at www.ticketswest.com or 1.800.325.SEAT
  • For information email sacaspokane@gmail.com or call 509.467.5558.

Community Building Events

Spokane Silver Celebration

  • Classic black and white photography by Bill and Kathy Kostelec celebrating 25 years photographing Spokane.
  • Dates: June 20, 2019 through August 4, 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.

 

Spokane Community Celebration of the 4th of July

  • Live music, food, beer garden from No-Li Brewhouse, craft vendors, group performances and more, all leading up to the fireworks show over the park and the Spokane River gorge.
  • Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Time: All day, music begins at noon with bands playing up until the fireworks show. Fireworks begin at 10 pm.
  • Location: Riverfront Park, 507 N Howard
  • For more information call 509.635.6601 or visit their website.

 

The Singing Nuns

  • An Independence Day concert and fundraiser carnival benefiting the Portico Restoration Project. Enjoy the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, food booths, balloon animals, bouncy house, fish pond game, face painting, piñatas, photo booth, zip line and more.
  • Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Time: Gates open at 4:00 pm, music begins at 8:30 pm. Stay to 10 p.m. to watch the city fireworks for the bluff.
  • Bring a lawn chair and flashlight.
  • Location: Mount St. Michaels, 8500 N St Michaels Rd
  • Cost: $5.00 per person, children 7 and under free with paying adult. Pay at the gate.
  • For more information contact visit their website, or call 509.467.0986 ext 130.

 

Unity in the Community Committee Meeting – Theme: Thriving Together. Rising Together

  • Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Family Life Center, 631 S Richard Allen Ct
  • Cost: Free and open to all who have an interest in making this event happen on August 20, 2016.
  • For more information visit their website.

 

52nd Annual Cheney Rodeo and Parade

  • Dance follows the rodeo Friday and Saturday.
  • Dates: Friday –Sunday, July 12, 13, & 14, 2019
  • Time: Friday 7:20 pm, Saturday 11:30 am (parade downtown Cheney), 7:20 pm (rodeo), Sunday 2:00 pm (rodeo
    family day)
  • Location: Bi Mart Arena, Michael P. Anderson Highway (SR 904), Cheney, WA
  • Cost: $14 in Advance-on-line sales close midnight July 12th, $18.00 at the gate (Friday and Sunday), $20.00 at the
    gate on Saturday, $28-two adults and two children (ages 4-12) in advance, $7.00 for children 4-12, children under 3 and under years of age are free.
  • For more information, visit their website.

 

2019 Spokane Police Department – Community Appreciation Day

  • This open house event is a chance to get to know the officers in your community. There will be demonstrations
    from the K9 team, the Motor Unit, and the Explosive Disposal Unit “bomb squad” robot!
  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
  • Time: noon – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Spokane Community College Soccer Field. 1810 N Greene St
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information email Kathy at karmstrong@spokanepolice.org.

20th Annual South Perry Street Fair & Parade

  • Booths along Perry Street and in Grant Park, live music (1:30-10 pm), beer gardens and more! Proceeds are
    donated to local charities
  • Date: Saturday, July 20 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Location: South Perry Street between 9th & 11th and Grant Park
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, visit their Facebook.

 

5th Annual Vegfest: Healthy Living Expo and Music Festival

  • Includes healthy living, animal- and eco-friendly exhibitors, renowned chefs and speakers from around the country,
    presentations, music festival, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, non-profit organizations, an outdoor market,
    massage, and more.
  • Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am – 6:00– pm
  • Location: Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene St
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information visit their website.

 

51st Annual Art on the Green

  • Annual event features vendors, art, food live entertainment and children’s activities.
  • Dates: Friday-Sunday, August 2-4, 2019
  • Time: Friday – noon-7:30 pm, Saturday – 10: 00 am – 7:30 pm, Sunday – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: North Idaho College campus, Coeur d’ Alene, ID,
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, visit their website.

Unity in the Community – Celebrating 25 Years

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Riverfront Park
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information visit their website.
  • School supplies for K-8th grade are given out on a first-come, first serve basis. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and child must participate in the Culture Villages experience by visiting all of the booths.