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: October 27
USL Arts & Culture listening session

USL Spokane is starting with a blank canvas as it builds its club; our crest, colors and name have not been determined. What we do know is these symbols will be a direct reflection of the people and place that make Spokane unique. To make that happen, we are asking the Spokane community for their help by sharing what they love most about Spokane. Our goal is the creation of an identity, embodied in a crest, that is worn over our hearts, and worn with pride by locals. This is one of multiple listening sessions within the Spokane region for the community to share what they want to see in the crest and club. Specifically, we are asking members of Spokane’s art/culture community to join us; no soccer experience needed.

Event: November 5
First Friday Open House at The Hive!

Start your November First Friday with a tour of The Hive! See what the Artists-in-Residence have been creating in the recently opened Spokane Public Library studio spaces! The Artists-In-Residence (and one Writer-In-Residence) have been working hard for the last few months and invite the public to come see their progress during First Friday ArtWalk! Come visit their studios and check out their work. Tours of The Hive will also be available. 

Event: Opens October 3
Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY: TREASURES FROM THE DRIEHAUS COLLECTIONOCT 3, 2021-FEB 13, 2022 A celebration of the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition. Exhibition organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. Visit the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Event: Opens October 12
One Heart Native Arts & Film Festival – Love & Fury

6th Annual One Heart Native Arts and Film FestivalLOVE AND FURYOctober 12-16, 2021Featuring the critically acclaimed documentary film, LOVE AND FURY, by Sterlin Harjo. The One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival is the premier Native arts and multimedia cultural festival event in the Inland Northwest. Now celebrating its 5th year of showcasing the diversity and vitality of contemporary Native artists, One Heart continues to broaden its audience through the shared community interest and education in Native arts and film in a virtual setting.

Event: Opens October 2
Fall Fest Artist Fair

As part of this year’s Fall Fest events in downtown Spokane, Spokane Arts will be hosting an Artist Fair at the Pavilion at Riverfront Park on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Local artists and artisans will be showing & selling their work, including paintings, photography, prints, cards, wearable, ceramics, jewelry & more! Find new artwork for your home this fall and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Event: October 8
Bedtime Stories

The Bedtime Stories fundraiser has included prominent Northwest novelists like Charles Johnson, Tom Robbins, Jess Walter, Sharma Shields, Jamie Ford, David Guterson, August Wilson, and Garth Stein. The events also feature the presentation of the Humanities Washington Award. This year, spend an hour listening to Charles Johnson, Tiffany Midge, and Jess Walter read original works about coming Together Again. The event will feature a welcome poem from Poet Laureate, Rena Priest, testimonials from Prime Time Family Reading, and a fundraising opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Event: September 3
Steve Belzman Memorial Mural Dedication

Please join Avenue West Gallery for the dedication of our new Memorial Mural honoring  Steve Belzman, longtime contributing member of our gallery. He had such a positive influence on all our member artists and on the Spokane art scene, it is fitting that the mural dedicated to him covers a large portion of our exterior gallery wall.  Painted by local artist Aaron Smith, who is well known for his local urban murals, the mural depicts a lively kayaker racing down the Spokane River.  Funding was provided by a SAGA grant and private donations.