Spokane Fall Things to Do
Spokane is pure poetry in the fall. The leaves change to their earthy browns, deep reds, and autumnal golds. Fall colors are one of the unmissable attractions of Spokane during this time of year.
The heat of summer breaks for cooler weather and crisp evenings. The fall is harvest time, a time to gather the fruits of the landscape and to gather together friends and families for inspiring food, arts, and events. If you’re visiting Spokane in the fall, don’t miss these fabulous fall happenings!
Welcome the Fall at Valleyfest
Valleyfest combines visual and performing arts; educational exhibits and activities; and fitness fun. It’s one of the most welcoming events for locals and visitors to the greater Spokane region.
The first Valleyfest event is the Lions Club bed races on Friday afternoon. Teams speed down Sprague Avenue riding decorated beds on wheels, swapping out pajamas at the end of the avenue. Come watch the wild ride and stay for the big parade with its marching bands, classic cars, clowns, and floats.
The fun extends to the weekend with the early morning liftoff of hot air balloons into the brisk, fall Spokane skies. Back on the ground, enjoy the luster of automotive art and engineering at the car show. Live music from the stages sets the sonic backdrop for the event. Plus, you can support the works of local artists and artisans by purchasing arts, crafts, and food at the vendor booths. Valleyfest has fun runs, walks, bike rides, and a duathlon to keep you moving. Cap off the evening with the balloon glow, the warm light illuminating the envelopes, filled with bursts of hot air.
For more info, check out our Valleyfest event page here.
1st Friday in October
How better to welcome in cooler weather than with a celebration of art in the Intermountain Northwest? In an effort to keep innovative and creative people in the region rather than losing them to other metropolitan areas, a group of friends founded Terrain in 2008 to connect young artists with Spokane’s art establishment. Terrain refers both to the nonprofit organization and to the large annual event where young creative artists showcase their works on the first Friday in October.
Terrain, the fall event, features poetry, music, interactive art, film, painting, and more. Hundreds of artworks and thousands of visitors come together in an evening of aesthetic bliss. If you discover an emerging artist at Terrain, you can go home with one of their works as many are for sale.
If you miss the Terrain event proper, you can visit the Terrain Gallery Thursdays-Saturday 5-7 pm in the Washington Cracker Company Building, or come to the Pop Up Shop at Steam Plant Square Wednesdays through Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm.
Green Bluff Farms
Fall is all about the harvest, and there’s no better place to find a peaceful, pastoral landscape than at Green Bluff Farms. Green Bluff is a growers association of more than 30 family farms (plus nearly 30 more artisan vendors and shops) situated in 12 square miles just north of Spokane. Green Bluff invites the public to visit, pick their own produce, and buy farm-fresh, seasonal foods on weekends and special events year-round.
The apple orchards at Green Bluff Farms draw hundreds of visitors to the countryside north of Spokane. Come pick a bushel (or several bushels) of Granny Smiths, Jonagolds, and Fuji apple varieties. Plus you can try and buy freshly made pressed cider, a flavorful beverage perfect for the occasion. The Apple Festival on the weekends from September through October.
You can’t plan a great Halloween without a great pumpkin. Bring the family right to Green Bluff Farms where you will find rows and rows of pumpkin patches, ripe for the picking. The fun doesn’t stop at pumpkins--before you set off for home to carve up old jack (o’lantern). Get lost in the corn maze or hop aboard a traditional hay ride and, with the help of fresh made apple cider, take some time to savor life on the farm.
Farm to Table Food & Drink at Green Bluff
After picking your own apples of choosing a pumpkin, stop by one Green Bluff’s restaurants. The Orchard Cafe at Walter's Fruit Ranch serves all day breakfast, hot or cold sandwiches, and a coffee bar.
Another eatery up at the Bluff is the Country Kitchen at the Harvest House. With daily specials, homemade soups, specialty sandwiches, and a outdoor patio with views of Mt. Spokane, this is a great option for a relaxing meal out on the bluff. Plus, you won’t want to miss Country Kitchen’s pumpkin donuts (with espresso, if you’re so inclined) on the weekends.
The Bistro and Deli at High Country Orchard features produce grown on and around the Bluff, additive-free meats, fresh baked goods, old fashioned ice cream floats, and a coffee bar to boot!
For those looking for a great drink, Green Bluff has you covered. Townshend Cellar’s inspiring selection of Washington wines including sparkling, white, red, dessert, and port varieties. Come visit the tasting room to try them out, and take home your favorites.
Have a hankering for craft beer? Stop by 238 Brewing Co. or Big Barn Brewing Company for a pint. Big Barn brews craft beers accented with flavors from their fields. Try seasonal faves the Harvest Golden Pumpkin and Applewood Amber and raise a glass to the fall.
For something a little different, adventure into the Hierophant Meadery for mead, a traditional “heroic” beverage made from honey and herbs and older than Beowulf. Perhaps you’re in the mood for a truly unique hard cider like that from Twilight Cider Works. The signature Twilight Cider is made from Green Bluff apples fermented during the winter months to ready them for spring bottling. This gluten-free artisan hard cider is a one of kind find in the Intermountain Northwest.
Up for a scare? For the weeks leading up to Halloween, Silverwood Theme Park becomes Scarywood Theme Park with a collection of frightening “Scare Zones.” Not for small children or the faint of heart, these themed haunts will make you want to jump right out of your skin. The thrills are so numerous, you will need to go on multiple nights in order to walk through all the Zones and immerse yourself in the terrifying journeys laid out on the Scarywood grounds. Tickets for Scarywood are separate from daytime park admission, and be sure to check out the FAQ page before you go.
Fall shows for the Spokane Symphony begin with Labor Day Weekend at Pavillion Park and Labor Day Weekend at Comstock Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy these outdoor music concerts with your family or besties—or both!
In September, don’t miss Music on the Mountain. This unique concert is held annually at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center, in Chewelah, 60 miles north of Spokane. The venue is very close for those staying at the 49 North Mountain Resort in Colville National Forest and just an hour-long car ride from Spokane.
The first of three Chamber Soirees is in September at The Historic Davenport Hotel. Enjoy classical and contemporary music performed by Spokane Symphony ensembles with a selection of wine and small plates.
In late October, the Spokane Symphony creates the magical world of Hogwarts for Halloween with music and pre-concert fun! Act as your own Sorting Hat and choose your house--loyal Hufflepuff, crafty Slytherin, wise Ravenclaw, or courageous Gryffindor. In the hour and a half before showtime, experience lessons inspired from the world of the famous wizarding school. Bring your trick or treat bag for goodies from a host of ghosts, fantastic beasts, and dementors! The concert features music from the Harry Potter films, trivia games, and more!
Throughout the fall, the Spokane Symphony puts on an acoustic array of concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox featuring classics, pops, opera, and more. See the schedule and get ready excellent symphonic sounds, galas, and other special events.