While the city of Spokane might be relatively young, incorporated only in 1881, the area has long been settled. In fact the city got its name from the River upon which it sits and from the tribe of Native Americans that lived in the area.
Spokane has gone through many changes, from fur trading post, to railroad hub; it was a destination for miners to acquire essential gear, and was a major source of planed wood products. It is a city that has been at the whim of change. However, like the lilacs that give the city its nickname, it continues to bloom.
The Art Of The Northwest
Spokane is a city which celebrates its artistic side. Several districts are dotted with galleries and boutiques. Then the Downtown area comes alive the first Friday of every month with the First Friday Art Walks, where visitors can enjoy live performances, discover local artists and dine in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.
In addition to the ongoing opportunities, larger events offer more occasions for the public and collectors to experience the depth of artistic expression. Two large ArtWalks take place each year, drawing people to explore the major art districts. And ArtFest is one of the most dynamic and well respected art fairs in the Northwest, with juried artists, live music, food vendors and more.
Perhaps it is the scenic beauty, or perhaps it is the wonderful weather that drives athletes to the Lilac City. The region hosts several world-class events in early summer, and the number of people attending each year seems only to grow.
Runners will find that two events early in summer allow them to experience the city while the weather is still mild. The Lilac Bloomsday Run has taken place for more than 37 years, and it is expected that upwards of 50,000 people will run the 12k in the 2015 race. Or run and help the homeless or those with low incomes in the Windermere Marathon & Half Marathon, which begins in Post Falls, Idaho, and ends in downtown Spokane.
Basketball fans can partake in the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Hoopfest features 458 courts, spread across 42 downtown city blocks. Upwards of 7,000 teams are expected to compete, and more than a quarter of a million spectators are anticipated to attend.
Sip & Savor
The rich soil of the inland northwest is ideal for vineyards, and wineries. Spokane may be at the edges of Washington wine country, but is producing vintages that are delighting connoisseurs and recreational sippers alike. For those who want to taste what the region has to offer, many restaurants feature local wines on their menus. Or one can delve deeper into the craftsmanship behind the bottle by touring the wineries and sampling the latest releases. For a unique wine experience the release weekends offer an opportunity to sample wines from several vintners during the release weekends.