Put Some Summer in Your Sizzle

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Posted by Renée Sande on May 21, 2018, 6 a.m.

Listen closely these days and you may hear a faint buzzing sound around Spokane. And I don’t mean of the flying insect kind. Rather it’s the abundance of activity happening all around us, collectively saying, “Get out! Come play! There’s plenty of summer fun to be had!”

In Spokane and North Idaho, the fun continues all summer long with something for everyone, including culinary delights, nightlife, culture and the great outdoors.

Family on a picnic

“Hello, Dolly!”
May 18 - June 10
Spokane Civic Theatre, Spokane

Take a front-row seat to the beloved tale of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, the brassy and charismatic matchmaker who turns heads and hearts in turn-of-the-century New York. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly and a heartwarming cast of characters have delighted audiences time and time again.

Arbor Crest Summer Concert Series
Sundays and Thursdays, May 19 - Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.
Arbor Crest Cliff House, Spokane

Nothing says summer like the return of summer concerts at Arbor Crest! This award-winning winery is the site of remarkable events and legendary concerts – all from a cliff-top setting that will take your breath away!

American Heroes Weekend
May 26 - 28
Silverwood Theme Park, Athol

Give a salute to service! For the Memorial Day weekend, military personnel, veterans, police officers and firefighters (identification required) receive free admission to the North Idaho amusement and
water park, with discounted prices for immediate family members. Tickets must be purchased at front gate.

Stache Dash
June 2, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Liberty Lake Pavilion Park, Liberty Lake

Sport your ’stache for a great cause! This 5K family fun run/walk along the lake supports Elevations, a local nonprofit to help special needs children, ages 0-18, with financial aid for therapy and or/therapy equipment. Runners, walkers, wheelchairs and strollers welcome.

June 1 - 3
Coeur D’Alene Park, Spokane

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Cultures hosts the 33rd annual outdoor festival of art, music, food and community in Browne’s Addition. Spend an afternoon browsing among the works of 150 juried art vendors with paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more, and stick around for an evening of live music from a variety of Northwest musicians.

Arts, Crafts & Drafts
June 23, 4 - 8 p.m.
River City Brewing, Spokane

Enjoy an evening of DIY under the guidance of crafting professionals, while helping to raise funds to help malnourished children in Kenya. Learn how to make paper flowers, specialty cards, art prints & more while listening to the music of Funky Unkle & BG3 & sipping on some great brew.

Spokane Hoopfest
June 30 - July 1
Downtown Spokane

Welcome to the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on earth. Over 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts across 45 city blocks for this mega Spokane event! The Bastketball Tournament Alumni Game is now part of Hoopfest and will consist of 4 teams, 3 games, 2 days and 1 winner, with the chance to win $2 million!

July 6 - 22
Lake City Playhouse, Coeur d’Alene

Based on the 1988 cult film of the same name, “Heathers” explores Westerburgh High School’s dangerously competitive social hierarchy, which is ruled by Heather, Heather, and Heather – the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. This popular dark-comedy, rock-musical is rich in macabre humor.

Crave Northwest
July 12 - 15
CenterPlace Regional Event Center, Spokane Valley

Celebrate the taste of the Pacific Northwest! Interact directly with chefs, exhibitors and culinary professionals through tastings, culinary events and presentations. Highlights include a Grand Tasting, Foods from around the World, Seafood Bash, Fire & Smoke Fare and Sunday Brunch.

Great Spokane Road Rally
July 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum, Felts Field

It’s Amazing-Race-meets-golf-scramble on wheels. Start your adventure with your race “passport” of cryptic instructions on where to find your “Pit Stops” (race challenges) 1-9. It’s all fun and games with little to no physical challenge, so enjoy the ride and support Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels. Afterwards, enjoy the Valve Cover Races, a social hour, silent auction and BBQ dinner.

From the Ashes
July 14, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Settlers’ Creek, Coeur d’Alene

Summertime is barbeque time! From the Ashes: An American Smoked and Fired Foods Adventure welcomes nationally-recognized pitmasters from Louisiana, North Carolina, New Mexico and Idaho to showcase 2-3 featured primal proteins and specialty side dishes, using custom-built , wood-fired culinary equipment.

Brad Paisley
July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Airway Heights

Three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards, this country music singer/songwriter is loved by fans from all genres. With special guest Brown & Gray.

Gleason Fest
Aug. 11, 3 - 11 p.m.
Riverfront Park, Spokane

The annual summer music festival benefits the Gleason Initiative Foundation, established by Spokane native and retired NFL player Steve Gleason, which provides life-improving technology and services to individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and promotes global awareness of the disease. Live music, great food, a beer garden sponsored by Full Sail Brewing Company awaits you.

Aug. 18, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
Silver Mountain, Kellogg

The ride up Silver Mountain’s gondola to the mountain-top venue is just the start of the fun. At the top, you’ll find 44 beers and 16 ciders from 22 breweries and eight cideries, and live music to enjoy all afternoon. You can also pair your ticket with a Bike Park Ticket, and season pass holders can add a Brewsfest ticket for $17.