Performing Arts & Live Entertainment in Spokane
When you visit Spokane, you enter an urban hub where art is an essential and rewarding part of our community. From big-time broadway shows to community theaters, to big-name concerts and local musicians, our performing arts scene has much to offer locals and visitors alike. No trip to Spokane is complete without experiencing our vibrant performing arts culture.
The Spokane Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in the Inland Northwest. In a normal year, the seventy-piece orchestra performs more than sixty concerts annually. A rare Art Deco masterpiece, the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is home of the Spokane Symphony. Comedians, rock stars, and actors perform under its massive sunburst ceiling. View the Spokane Symphony calendar below.
Best of Broadway
There’s no need to travel far to see a Broadway show - we have the best of the best in the Northwest. Our Best of Broadway series, presented by WestCoast Entertainment, stages your favorite Broadway shows and new hit plays at the First Interstate Center for the Arts. A 2,700 seat theater situated right downtown, it is the perfect destination to take in both musical and dramatic performances.
The Spokane Civic Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the country. The theatre has more than 1,000 volunteers who serve as actors, backstage crews, house managers, ushers, and board members. Catch local talent and volunteers all coming together for live productions you’ll know and love. Check out the upcoming shows below.
For big-name concerts and events, look no further than Spokane. The Spokane Arena is a 12,500-seat, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue. The Arena has hosted a variety of events and concerts, numerous Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments, and the record-breaking 2007 and 2010 US Figure Skating Championships. The Knitting Factory is also host to some incredible concerts and an adults-only restaurant called the District Bar.
Summer in Spokane is best when an outdoor concert is involved. The Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights regularly hosts nationally recognized acts during their Outdoor Summer Concerts. The Pavilion in Riverfront Park is newly renovated for outdoor concerts and events. In Spokane Valley, CenterPlace Regional Event Center is another spectacular outdoor venue space.
Intimate & Cozy Venues
Talent is around every corner here. At Lucky You Lounge, artists flock to the cozy and eclectic vibes to showcase their music to the Spokane community. When you go, make sure you join the #luckyyouselfieclub. Another local gathering place, Barrister Winery hosts First Friday every month. This event showcases a new artist, live music, yummy food from Beacon Hill Catering and Events, and of course their delicious wines. During the summer months, they also feature local musicians on Wednesdays at the winery.
Comedy & Improv
Need a good laugh? The Spokane Comedy Club presents local and touring stand up comedians that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter. Oh, and come hungry because they have the fanciest hot dog fare in town. The Blue Door Theatre also serves up laughs with over two decades of improv experience under their belt. Typically their players perform live comedy every weekend, taking suggestions from the audience in order to improvise uniquely hilarious skits.