Beyond the community events taking place throughout the Spokane region in commemoration of Expo 74's 50th Anniversary, Riverfront Spokane will be transformed into Expo Village. Featuring signature events from May 4th to July 4th, you can find live performances, local vendors, and interactive experiences throughout the park.

Opening Celebrations

Opening Celebration at Riverfront Spokane

May 4, 2024 | 3 PM — 9 PM

The community is invited to Riverfront Park from 3-6:00 p.m. in the Central Plaza for an immersive community event. Explore Spokane's rich history, enjoy recreational activities, and get a taste of the nine weeks ahead from community groups and clubs.

Presented by City of Spokane, Garco Construction, NonStop Local KHQ, Spokane County & Washington Trust Bank

Under the Pavilion, be captivated by cultural performances featuring the Spokane Poet Laureate, Mery Smith, Spokane Youth Symphony String Quartet, and winners of The Spokesman-Review’s poetry contest. Experience the diversity of our city with captivating acts from the Filipino American Northwest Association Dance Troupe, Indian Youth Club of Spokane, Native Voices, Spokane Chinese Association, and more. Plus, enjoy performances from the original fair, including a reprise of the Mormon Expo '74 Choir and Spokane Children's Theatre.

The ceremony kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the Pillar Procession, featuring representatives from pillar groups and voices from Expo '74's past, present, and future to officially open the nine weeks of celebration.

The festivities will continue with the Kalimba Band, celebrating the spirit of Earth, Wind, and Fire, and culminate with a breathtaking Drone Show displaying images celebrating the region and the legacy of Expo.

Community Stage & Vendor Village

Community Stage & Vendor Village

Select Saturdays May 4 — June 29 | 11 AM — 4 PM

The Expo '74 - 50th Anniversary Community Stage will be a dynamic multicultural showcase select Saturdays at 11am at the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park. Experience a fusion of dance, performing arts, inspiring talks, and a wide array of performances from a diverse range of community talents. The stage will offer an engaging, celebratory and varied entertainment experience for all. Enjoy international cuisine, memorabilia, and historic and interactive activities. The stage will be adjacent to the Vendor Village, featuring a variety of local vendors, artisans and hand crafters.

Presented by City of Spokane, Garco Construction, NonStop Local KHQ, Spokane County & Washington Trust Bank

Closing Ceremonies

4th of July Concert and Fireworks with the Spokane Symphony

July 4, 2024 | 4 PM — 10 PM

Join us for Spokane’s signature Independence Day celebration and fireworks with an inspiring patriotic performance by the Spokane Symphony. Front-of-stage seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4pm with community performances and artisan vendor village. The Spokane Symphony begins at 9pm followed by spectacular fireworks display at 10pm. Mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening of music and celebration.

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