“The goal of TheaterFest is to get people excited about the new season of performing arts in our city and to make the performing arts accessible to everyone."— Melissa Huggins, Spokane Arts Executive Director
Organized by Spokane Arts, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, and the Spokane Symphony, TheaterFest invites community members of all ages to experience short showcases of theater, opera, dance, music, drumming, cultural performances, and more.
TheaterFest is a free, one-day celebration of performing arts, occurring at two venues: the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the Bing Crosby Theater.
Each venue features unique performances and activities running concurrently throughout the day. Audiences can move between performances, activities, and venues as they please, creating their own personalized schedule based on what they’re most interested in. Free admission at both venues, no tickets or registration required.
In the lobby of each venue, participating arts organizations also host tables where attendees can pick up information and ask questions. Special ticket deals and packages are available for purchase, as well as tickets for fun drawings and raffles. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at both venue’s concession stands.
TheaterFest is presented by the Spokane Symphony, the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Spokane Arts. Media partners include the Spokesman-Review and KYRS.
The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
The stage of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox features a variety of dance, drama, and music performances, each lasting 15 minutes, that will preview an event upcoming during the next theater season.
The Fox lobby also features the ever-popular Instrument Petting Zoo, where orchestra musicians show children how to try out a variety of instruments. Attendees can also practice vocal exercises with an opera singer, take photos with the ballerinas, and more.
The Bing Crosby Theater
The stage of the Bing Crosby Theater features a variety of cultural and dramatic performances, each lasting 15 minutes, letting the audience share some of the activities of local universities and cultural organizations.
The Bing lobby also features fun activities such as a mini-acting workshop, the traditional art of Japanese drumming, and theater mask-making.