Things To Do in Spring
As the city begins to defrost and transform from a snow-covered wonderland into a flourishing landscape teaming with new life, Spokane blooms with things to do. Springtime in the Lilac City is the best time to discover how apt the town’s official nickname really is.
Spring is the best time to marvel at the Spokane Falls -- the country’s second largest urban waterfall. The falls crash over the basalt rock formations in Riverfront Park all year long, but reach their peak in May when the mountain snow runoff is at its peak. Finding the perfect vantage point is easy. There’s no shortage of spots. The Spokane Falls comes in two parts, upper and lower. Make sure you see both to get the full effect.
Since 1977, the annual Bloomsday race has been held on the first Sunday in May. Drawing thousands of runners from all over the country, Bloomsday is the world’s largest timed road race. The 12K run is open to runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs, and strollers, making it an inclusive event for all. Participants can choose to keep it casual and run or walk for the fun of it, or get competitive for a chance at the prize money and first place title.
As spring progresses with nature providing a show that’s on display everywhere you look in Spokane, the local wine community has something new to share as well. The Cork District’s Spring Release Wine Weekend occurs each Mother’s Day weekend and debuts over 20 new wines from Spokane’s very own collection of wineries. With all of the more than 15 wine producers in the Cork District opening their doors for tastings, tours, entertainment and special offers.
The Spokane event to top all Spokane events, makes its much anticipated yearly appearance in May. Celebrating the area’s beautiful spring lilacs, the culmination comes in the form of the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade featuring floats, marching bands, dancers, and military units from the Intermountain Northwest; however, there are plenty of events leading up to the parade as well.
Spring is the perfect time to explore the 120 parks in the Spokane region. Be sure to visit the Lilac Garden at Manito Park where Spokane’s very own lilac, the Syringa Spokane, can be viewed. Along with the double pink hybrid lilac, visitors can view 23 distinct species of lilacs in all their springtime grandeur.
Ease into spring with a performance capturing the spirit of the season. March is the ideal time to catch a show; while the weather begins to climb into friendlier temperatures you can stay cozy under the house lights of Spokane’s theaters showcasing cultural delights brought to life in large scale. Check out the Spokane Symphony at the historic Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox or catch a night of musical theater with WestCoast Entertainment’s Best of Broadway Series.