Upcoming Events in Spokane This Fall

Spokane has dozens of exciting events premiering this fall and winter. From Spokane's best stand-up comedy shows to breathtaking fall festivals, Visit Spokane has everything you need to make your 2021 fall season one to remember!


Nov. 6

If you’re one of those folks who just couldn’t get enough of the Tiger King saga when it blew up on Netflix — it’s OK to admit it, you’re in a safe space — you might have a hankering for an extra dose of the insanity (above). Comedian and podcast host Todd McComas is joined by series stars John Reinke, Joshua Dial, Barbara Fisher and more to talk about the show and screen behind-the-scenes clips that didn’t make it into the show. First Interstate Center for the Arts, $25-$49, 7 pm (DN)


Nov. 13-14

Every year the Spokane Folklore Society pulls together a truly amazing event with the Spokane Fall Folk Festival. There are a lot of events trying to showcase the various cultures that make the Inland Northwest home, but none succeed quite like this one, where you can find all manner of performing arts. It’s heavy on traditional music and dance, and it’s pretty incredible what you can see and hear all in one spot over a couple days. Last year the festival was virtual, and it will be a joy seeing the cultural collaborations in person this fall. The Lair at Spokane Community College, free, Nov. 13 11 am-10 pm and Nov. 14 11 am-5 pm (DN)


Nov. 19

Hasan Minhaj, comedian and host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, is coming to Spokane for an evening of laughter at the First Interstate Center for the Arts with his new one-man show, The King’s Jester. Minhaj’s TV show explored the modern political and cultural landscape, and his standup gets a little more personal, as seen on several comedy specials on Netflix. He was also a correspondent on The Daily Show. The show will be a phone-free experience, so don’t plan on any selfies with the star. First Interstate Center for the Arts, $39.50-$84.50, 8 pm (LP)

JAY PHAROAH: Comedy Show

Nov. 19-21

Comedian Jay Pharoah (above) has a way with voices, which helped make him the go-to guy during his Saturday Night Live years for impressions of everyone from Barack Obama to Kanye West to Denzel Washington. But he’s also lent his skills to an array of animated shows, including Bojack Horseman and Family Guy, and showcased some dramatic acting chops on shows like Showtime’s White Famous. As a standup, he’s been hitting stages for years with a combination of characters and one-liners, and he’s slated for five shows in Spokane sure to be among some of the best stand-up gigs of the year. Spokane Comedy Club, $25-$40, Nov. 19-21 at 7:30 pm, Nov. 19-20 at 10:30 pm (DN)


Nov. 23

It can be a dicey balancing act to veer between cooking show, stand-up comedy, science demonstrations and even music, but Alton Brown (above) has managed to create one of the more unique careers in the foodie media universe. Besides hosting a seemingly endless array of TV shows, he also does live tours like this one, where he takes the stage to charm, educate and feed hungry audiences coast to coast. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, $45-$125, 7:30 pm (DN)

JO KOY: Comedy Show

Dec. 17

This long-delayed Spokane appearance by stand-up comic Jo Koy could be the perfect antidote to when you hit holiday overload. Since starting at open mics at coffee shops in his hometown of Las Vegas, Koy has built one of the more impressive resumes in modern comedy. After establishing himself in Vegas, he made his way to LA and became a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately, started a couple podcasts including the ongoing The Koy Pond, and has recorded standup specials for Comedy Central and Netflix, full of material touching on his family and American-Filipino heritage. First Interstate Center for the Arts, $40-$80, 8 pm (DN)

From the Inlander's 2021 Fall Arts Guide. To read more Inlander coverage of the Inland Northwest, visit inlander.com

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