21+ Summer Events in Spokane

Summer and drinking go hand in hand. There’s no denying it. A cold beverage just tastes better on a beach, in the middle of a lake or in the woods surrounded by green trees and blue skies. While we wait for the hot weather to finally arrive, here are four intoxicating events we’re already preparing for.

Beer festivals and classes in Spokane this summer

May Cocktail Class with Hogwash Whiskey Den

Hogwash Whiskey Den has been crushing the craft cocktail game in Spokane since it opened in 2016. Now you and your friends can take an amazing bartending and mixology class in Spokane from the city's top mixologists. The class begins May 21, 2023 and is available for all skill levels

Cocktail Class

CAMP COCKTAIL - Interactive Mixology Class

Hogwash Whiskey Den has been crushing the craft cocktail game in Spokane since it opened in 2016. Now, Hogwash’s Simon Francis Moorby is partnering with Renée Cebula of Raising the Bar — a vintage barware shop and cocktail culture expert — to host Camp Cocktail. The three interactive classes are spread across summer at the Den and explore the drinks of three iconic American cities.

The summer series starts on Sunday, June 26 with New York City night. Master mixologist Moorby walks “campers” through the step-by-step process of three drinks while cocktail historian Cebula explains how each relates to the Empire City. Camp Cocktail then heads to San Francisco (July 31) and New Orleans (Aug. 21). Classes start at 5 pm and include bartending stations equipped with tools, fresh ingredients and vintage glassware, as well as appetizers and a recipe booklet that guests can take home. Tickets ($65) are available at raisingthebarnw.com/event or by searching “Camp Cocktail” on Eventbrite.


If you’re looking for a road trip, hop in your car on Saturday, Aug. 19th and head to Colfax for the Baronesse Barley Harvest Day — trust us. Joseph’s Grainery kicked off this one-of-a-kind experience in 2018. Since then it’s only gotten better. LINC Malt joins the farmer with regional brewers and distillers for a day of sampling beer and spirits in the Palouse. Listen to the music of local band Tone Sober while the Joseph’s Grainery crew harvests the 2023 crop. Where else can you sip on brews and booze while standing in the very field where the barley in your glass was grown? They call it a “full circle moment,” and we have to agree. Sure, gas is expensive, but it’s free to register, and it’s definitely worth the commute. Secure your pint glass and directions to the party at josephsgrainery.com.

Fall Fest at Schweitzer

Don’t let the name fool you. The Labor Day weekend festival up at Schweitzer is one of the biggest drinking events of the summer. Over the course of four days (Sept. 1-4, 2023), 80 beers, ciders, seltzers and wines are available for sampling with live music and sightseeing via the Great Escape Quad chairlift. Whether you’re planning on bringing a designated driver or your kids, or you just want to enjoy the views, there’s also a fancy soda station for nonalcoholic imbibement. Add some lodging to the festivities, and you won’t even have to worry about the drive home. Head to schweitzer.com to find out more information.

Northwest Winefest

The Schweitzer Mountain wine fest, known as Northwest Winefest, is an annual summer event showcasing the best wine from across Pacific Northwest. This year's event will be held on July 15-16, and will be one of the best wine events near Spokane this year! Visit the Schweitzer Mountain NW winefest website for tickets and additional information.

Excerpt from the Inlander’s 2022 Summer Guide. To read more Inlander coverage of the Inland Northwest, visit inlander.com

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