Labor Day weekend is here, and while it may be the unofficial last hurrah for summer, there's still plenty to do and enjoy in Spokane. From baseball games to fun food, there's something for everyone as we bid farewell to hot summer days and long summer nights.
It's a Labor Day tradition and Spokane favorite. Pig Out in the Park returns to Riverfront Park for the 37th year. The feast kicked off Wednesday (8/31) and goes through Monday night. Featuring 44 booths and 225 different menu items, you're sure to find a dish, or several dishes, you love. My favorite is the roasted corn on the cob and I can't resist a slice of chocolate dipped cheese cake on a stick! But one can't live on food alone; Pig Out also features free concerts from 85 local and regional acts all weekend long. The highlight? Sir Mix-A-Lot will hit the stage Friday night. Entrance to Pig Out is free, and all the food is under 10 bucks. If you want to try everything, hit Pig Out from 3-5pm and 9-10pm for $3 bites.
Nothing says summer like America's favorite pastime, and the Spokane Indians are ready to help you celebrate the holiday weekend. The Indians close out a four game home series with Hillsboro on Friday night (9/2) at Avista Stadium. The team will celebrate Labor Day and the end of the regular season with a spectacular fireworks show after the game. First pitch is at 6:30pm, so grab a hot dog, get those Cracker Jacks and get ready to watch some great baseball!
The Spokane Symphony is one of the Lilac City's greatest assets, and you can enjoy the music for free at the Symphony's annual Labor Day weekend concerts. Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of music filled with classics, patriotic anthems, and favorites from Hollywood and Broadway. There are two chances to enjoy an evening with the Symphony. On Saturday (9/3) you can join them at Central Valley High School Theatre, and on Monday head to Comstock Park on Spokane's South Hill. Both concerts are free and begin at 6pm. Did I mention they are free?
This year, Labor Day weekend also includes First Friday (9/2). Explore downtown businesses and restaurants as they showcase local artists and musicians. Get a group together, or plan a romantic date night, and see what downtown has to offer as you head into the weekend.
Stock the pantry for the week with locally sourced produce, breads and artisan goods at one of the area's weekend farmers' markets. You can stop by the Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market on your way home from work Friday evening, or if you're looking to browse on Saturday you can visit the Spokane Farmers' Market, or the Liberty Lake Farmers' Market.
Sip wine, enjoy some music and watch the sun set on summer with Concerts on the Cliff at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Pack a picnic and purchase one of Arbor Crest's award-winning wines. This Sunday (9/4), enjoy the R&B swing of Atomic Jive as you take in a spectacular view of the Spokane region from the picturesque venue. I recommend doing a tasting and then buying a bottle of your favorite wine to take home with you. Bonus: you get to keep the tasting glass!
There's plenty more to explore in Spokane this Labor Day weekend, from great shopping to incredible dining and everything in between. Check out our events calendar for more ideas to make the most of the holiday weekend!