Make no mistake: there are rich cultural offerings throughout Spokane. From the annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow to the South East Asia Cultural Association’s events featuring internationally-renowned musicians and dancers, to Fiesta Spokane (the Hispanic Heritage Festival), Unity in the Community, and so much more. These events and gatherings weave together music, food, dancing, art, storytelling, and more, creating celebrations of heritage while welcoming people of all cultural backgrounds.  

Event: September 30
Sweet 16 for the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

Spokane, WA) The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour turns Sweet 16 in 2023, and the milestone event will showcase the art of 50 artists, on Saturday, September 30, at five studios, located in the stunning Little Spokane River Valley. “When we started the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour 16 years ago, we had no idea that we would receive such tremendous support year-in and year-out from art lovers throughout the Spokane area,” co-founder Gina Freuen said. “Artists share their vision, but art collectors sustain the vision through their encouragement and support.”The 2023 outdoor show will be held on Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., at the studios of Gina Freuen, Jill Smith, Victoria Brace, Maggie Andersen, and Colista Krebs. The studios are close enough to one another, making it convenient to visit the artists at all five studios, while doing it against the backdrop of a beautiful, Fall day, in one of the most idyllic settings in Eastern Washington. The Little Spokane River studio artists share their creative visions through a variety of mediums: painting including oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, and resin; sculpture; clay and pottery; jewelry; glass, wood; fiber arts; clothing, costumes and garmenting; photography; printmaking; ceramics; leather; gauche; stone; paper arts such as collage and Origami; and tapestry bags.This year’s show will include fan favorites, artists who are beloved and collected across the Spokane area and around the country, as well as emerging artists making their mark through memorable, creative expressions.

Event: Opens September 14
Inner Colors | RenovArt

Thursday, September 14, 2023 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the venue of Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Matera – Magna Grecia in Matera is scheduled to host the opening of Inner Colors, an exhibition of international artists.

From Sept. 14 to Oct. 08, 2023, the venue of Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Matera – Magna Grecia in Matera will host the group exhibition Inner Colors featuring the works of international artists. The exhibition is curated by Art Historian Dr. Carmela Loiacono, in collaboration with ApuliaAste, Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Matera – Magna Grecia and MaterAcqua, and with the patronage of the Municipality of Matera, Province of Matera and Ambiente Basilicata.

Shafaq Ahmad, Pakistan/USA
Małgorzata Czerniawska, Poland
Miho Endo, Japan
Julie Hammonds, UK
Ewe Klimik, Poland
Magnus Lindblom, Sweden
Riitta Nelimarkka, Finland
Aristea Panagiotakopoulou, Greece
Lucia Ravens, USA
Irina Schiwon, Germany
Adriana Setter, Italy
Ardea Thurston-Shaine, Canada
Alida Velea, Romania

Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Matera – Magna Grecia
via Fiorentini 103-107 – 75100, Matera, Italy

OPENING September 14, 2023 | starting from 6:30PM
September 14 – October 08, 2023 | 10:00AM-12:00PM | 5:00 PM – 7:00PM
From Tuesday to Sunday | Entry free

FOR INFO AND CONTACTS | | +39 0809674559

Event: Opens October 14
Blacksmithing Fall Hammer-In with Columbia Fire & Iron

CFI’s Fall Hammer-In is open to all levels of blacksmiths, whether it’s your first time at the forge or you’re a seasoned pro. We’ll have beginner projects like nails, hooks, and other small useful things that are make and take, or you can bring your own steel and forge what you want in good company. Learn from your fellow smiths and our volunteer instructors and join the regional blacksmithing revival!

Event: Opens November 11
Spokane Fall Folk Festival

Bringing Global Cultures Together to Celebrate their Music, Dance, Stories, Food, and Crafts. Here’s a chance to travel the world and experience many different cultures in two days without leaving town. Immerse yourself in the global music and dance from every continent, stories handed down from generation to generation, and discover the diverse cultures present in the Inland Northwest. Since 1996 the Fall Folk Festival has featured hundreds of artists and cultural groups. If want to hear bagpipes performances close up, vibrate with the beat of drummers on Japanese drums, or learn traditional folk dances, this is your chance. And it’s FREE

Event: August 6
Obon – Japanese Cultural Festival

Obon – a Japanese cultural event honoring our ancestors, featuring Japanese food, artists & dancers. Free entrance~free kids games~charge for Japanese food.
Obon Schedule: 11 am – 4 pm – Japanese Artist Displays & Sales, Kids games, Japanese Bento Boxes, Sushi & Desserts. 4 pm – Brief Buddhist Service. 5 pm Bon Odori Japanese dancing.
Come dance for joy for your ancestors. These dances are easy to follow and led by Izumi and the Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers.

Julia Gillette

BigFoot, Sasquatch, Yowie, Yeti all names for our fury Hide and go seek Friuend that lives amoung us in the PNW, but for many true Believers of bigFoot it is an Experience> Not only is BigFoot Mysterious but is very cultural and Native Americans in Washington State , the Sasquatch is very serious and very much a part of their culture for they are considered “The Watchers ” and “The Protectors of the Forest”, I wish to eventually have a Museum and a Cultural Interpretive Center to educate and to protect the Species. Eventually as our technology increases we will have identified and added Sasquatch to our list of Native Species …In Fact The Army Core of Engineers has already done so …There was a book put out by the Army Core of Engineers in the early 1970’s where the book listed 4 pages of Genius/ Species and Habitat of Sasquatch in Washington State, and guess what ? ..The residents/ taxpayers of Washington actually paid for the distribution of the book ” The Genius and Species of Washington State. Regardless many Native Americans and true belivers feel that Sasquatch is very Magical and has many capabilities that us humans may have but don’t use like telepathy for example. My artwork will express the roles and function of Sasquatch and its importance in the Natural World and Food Chain. The Artwork will also express the importance of light, and beautiful sinquences of the Natural World and a world “Before” Humans transformed our every day environment of concrete, paved roads, and destruction of our environment. Nothing Negetive will be portrayed, Only Beautiful , Postive Portrayls and Reflections of what Sasquatch sees “Through Their Eyes” , Some written words, some poetry, mixed media, Murals, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oils ect

Event: Opens August 26
The Root Experience Festival

The Root Experience is a 2-night festival featuring BIPOC talent from various cultures and disciplines. The festival celebrates regional filmmakers, artists, culture bearers, musicians, and the stories they weave through their art. The goal is to uplift their narratives of culture, family, beauty, and resilience to create a network that empowers living stories and heals elements of the past and present. When talking about indigenous cultures, we must recognize the borders (state & continental) that have been placed by the act of colonization. In doing so, people of the same/ similar cultures have had their homelands divided and people they love placed on opposite sides of these borders. The Root Experience is hoping to help erase these borders by decolonizing art and social practice, providing safe and inclusive spaces to present, while connecting, partnering, and sparking conversation with our communities in the Pacific Northwest (defined as Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Alberta (CAN), and British Columbia (CAN)).

Event: May 13
Spokane Falls Community College Annual Pow Wow

Native tribes from across the region – and some as far away as Canada and Montana – will perform traditional and contemporary dances at Spokane Falls Community College’s annual Pow Wow. The event will be held on May 13 at SFCC’s Student Athletic Center, building 7, for two sessions. The first starts at 12:00 p.m. and the second at 6:00 p.m. Students from the college’s Red Nations Club expect a couple of hundred people to attend the ceremony, which will also include vendors and food