Spokane events

Thanks to everyone who helped make the annual Fall Folk Festival a success, which kicked off Saturday, November 9 with a free concert broadcast live on KPBX from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Spokane will be the center of science fiction and fantasy next week. The World Science Fiction Convention comes to Spokane for its annual event Wednesday through Sunday. While the city welcomes guests, it also plays host to a controversy among insiders.

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We’re approaching one of the Northwest’s busiest weekends: Hoopfest in Spokane, Seattle Pride, Portland International Beerfest, Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, and Ironman in Coeur d’Alene. With a heat wave also approaching, health and garden experts shared some best practices.

Street music week
Ben Joy

The streets of Spokane and Coeur d Alene are filled with music this week, all in the name of a good cause. The event is now in its 13th year on the streets of Spokane.

SPR Music: ELKFEST Brings Bands, Beer to Spokane

Jun 4, 2015

Friday kicks off the annual weekend where live bands and beer gardens take over Browne’s Addition in Spokane. Elkfest runs today through Sunday, with about 15 bands total on one stage, right outside the Elk restaurant.

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It’s that time of year in Spokane when lilacs are in bloom, nights are above freezing, and the community is gearing up for an annual parade. The Lilac Festival and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade happen this Saturday.

If you have been a listener to Morning Edition for any length of time, you are likely familiar with StoryCorps. Now Spokane area residents will have a chance to record their memories for the project. The segment that runs on Fridays is an edited version of an oral history project that tapes about 1000 conversation per year.

They are often very poignant and moving pieces, such as this one that featured Word War 2 veteran Joseph Robertson, and his recollection of shooting a German soldier during the Battle of the Bulge:

There’s a Bearded Dragon at the Library this Summer

Apr 8, 2015
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The library is housing more than books this summer. Spokane’s downtown branch has partnered with Mobius to be a temporary home for the Mobius Science Center. At the opening this week, the library wasn’t its traditional quiet.

The message at Wednesday’s YWCA awards luncheon was for women: take chances in your career, and doors will open. Northwest native Hattie Kauffman knows that first hand, and gave the keynote address at the Women of Achievement event. This year seven Spokane women were recognized for leadership.

Big rig truck drivers are accustomed to getting the stink-eye and rude gestures from other drivers on the freeway, but one Washington long-haul driver is getting much nicer recognition in Spokane. He's being hailed as a genuine hero by the state.

Jason Lucas, who works for Swift Transportation in Newport, is credited with protecting and assisting a woman who crashed head-long into a deer on I-90 near Spokane last May - probably even saving her life. It was morning rush hour - heavy traffic streaming into Spokane - when Ramona Sheppard noticed Lucas's big truck slowing.

September will mark a first for Spokane- a celebration of Hispanic heritage hosted by the city. Fiesta Spokane will last all month, highlighting Hispanic culture in food, entertainment, and dancing. 

When Gloria Ochoa was hired as Spokane’s first director of local government and multicultural affairs, she noticed something. City Hall didn’t actually have much involvement in celebrating cultural diversity. So she took notes from cities like Los Angeles, which plans events around the four nationally recognized heritage months.

The organization that brings Broadway shows to Spokane every year is branching out to world renowned photography. West Coast Entertainment announced Monday it will host a four-part series called National Geographic Live over the next year.

It’s a big weekend for music lovers, Saturday is Record Store Day. Indie record stores nationwide are taking part in the event, and that holds true in Spokane. Bob Gallager runs the 4,000 Holes record store on north Monroe Street. He says the event started about six years ago, when Indie stores were looking to drum up more business, as the economy was starting to fade.


Inland Northwest Girl Scouts got a rare visit from their national CEO Wednesday. Girl Scouts of America CEO Anna Maria Chavez gave the keynote address at the Spokane chapter’s annual leadership luncheon. With her direction, young girls are ignoring the label ‘bossy’.

4,200 Ponderosas Planted to Kick of Volunteer Week

Apr 10, 2014

The volunteer week Spokane Gives begins Saturday, through collaboration between the mayor’s office and non-profits. The seeds planted Saturday will start a week of growth in the volunteer community. The seeds being planted are literal. Local Boy Scout troops will plant more that 4,000 Ponderosa Pine seedlings along the developing north-south corridor.

Deborah Amos is a familiar name to NPR listeners. She has reported for years as a foreign correspondent, often reporting from the Middle East. Amos will be in Spokane this week, taking part in the Get Lit! festival.

Twice a year Gonzaga University brings renowned authors and researchers to speak in Spokane. The Presidential Speaker in April is a man who wrote the book on modern slavery. Siddharth Kara has actually authored two books on modern slavery and sex trafficking, documenting more than 1,000 cases worldwide. Kara says there’s much more awareness now, than when he started his research in the late 80’s, but work to stop trafficking hasn’t progressed.

City Initiative Directs Volunteers to Groups in Need

Mar 17, 2014

The city of Spokane will use April, the National Volunteer Month, to formally kick off a new volunteer database and a week of doing good. The initiative ‘Spokane Gives’ will direct volunteers to the organizations that need help.

Conference Dishes Strategies for Local Food

Apr 17, 2013

In an agricultural area of the state, residents of Spokane County spend only 2% of their food money on goods produced regionally. The goal of Friday’s food economy conference is to brainstorm ways to boost local food revenues.