The winter climate brings chilly temperatures to the wooded Intermountain Northwest, so bundle up and head out to winter events and features in Greater Spokane.
Skiing & Snow Sports
Grab your boards and skis and lift off to the mountains for an exhilarating Spokane winter. Within an 45 minutes to two hours of Downtown, you can reach any one of the five ski resorts in the region. Enjoy the slopes, trails, and make friends and memories to last you until next ski season!
INW Ale Trail
Nothing quite warms you up like a craft beer tour. The Inland Northwest Ale Trail is a great pick for finding small batch beers made by craft breweries in and around Spokane. With over three dozen breweries on the handy Ale Trail map, you can plan a day (or, let’s face it, several days) of microbrewery tours and tastings. So hop to it and get your Ale Trail on.
The Ale Trail is a journey with many taps. Here’s how you can conquer it:
First Things First: The first thing you will need, in addition to being at least 21 years old with a valid ID, is an Ale Trail map which you can get at many regional hotels, at any of the participating breweries, at Visit Spokane’s Visitor Center kiosk, or contact us and we’ll send you one!
Brewers Dozen: Then, visit at least 12 of these breweries. You can find brewery and/or taproom operational hours on their individual websites or on the Ale Trail website—so plan ahead.
Crawl, Don’t Run: The cool thing is you can set your pace for the Ale Trail, so you don’t have to try to do it all in one day. Catch a ride, take a cab, walk, or appoint a designated driver to get you from place to place.
Map Stamp: Bring your map along to each brewery. With a minimum purchase at each location, you will earn a stamp from that brewery. Make sure you know where to get your stamp, whether it be from the taproom or, if the brewery does not have a taproom, from someone on the staff at that location.
The Prize: Turn in your 12 stamped Ale Trail map to one of the participating breweries to receive your prize: a 32 oz grunt. The grunt does not come filled with beer, so make sure you head to your top craft brewer and purchase beer to take with you—but you were going to do that anyway!
Wine Tasting in the Cork District
Did you know that Spokane has a vibrant wine scene? Spokane Cork District is made up of more than 20 wineries, wine cellars and tasting rooms in three areas—Downtown Spokane, Mt. Spokane, and Spokane Valley. With most of the participating Cork District Wineries within walking distance of one another in Downtown, you can plan a leisurely trip to experience Spokane with the distinctive flavors of locally made, award-winning wine. Don’t miss out on the wineries farther afield—catch a ride to the north while enjoying holiday events up at Green Bluff Farms, or venture to the Spokane Valley for the wine cellars like those at Latah Creek and Arbor Crest. No matter where you go in Spokane’s Cork District, you can test your palate and purchase bottles of your favorites to take home! Collect your friends, pore over the map, and pop the cork on some wine tasting in Spokane.
WestCoast Entertainment’s (WCE) Best of Broadway
Do you know all the best show tunes by heart? The curtain goes up at the WCE Best of Broadway at the end of the year and runs through the spring. Feed your need for the magic of Broadway musicals and staged productions of movie musical classics with a night or matinee at the theater! The INB Performing Arts Center is where it all happens, so be sure to get your tickets in advance to share in the lights, sounds, and artistic energy that can only come from seeing a show live. Check with the theater in advance for accommodations for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and wheelchair seating.
For those with an ear (or two) for music, the Spokane Symphony concert season continues each winter at The Martin Woldson Theater at the Historic Fox Theater. Take a look at this season’s schedule of classical, pops, holiday music, and more. Don’t miss out on special performances of classical ballet including The Nutcracker, the Tchaikovsky holiday standard that transports the audience into the dream of young Clara as she explores the magical Land of Sweets.
Christmas Tree Elegance: If you’re so inclined to donate to the Spokane Symphony and perhaps even win beautiful Christmas decor in return, stop by the Historic Davenport Hotel or River Park Square Mall to take a look at the fancy (and fancifully decorated) Christmas trees. You can purchase raffle tickets to win one of these wonderful trees with proceeds going to the Spokane Symphony. The display of trees and raffle sales is only about a week long, so check out this year’s schedule, and don’t miss out on your chance to support the Symphony and win a lovely tree.
Ice Skating on the Ice Ribbon
As part of Riverfront Park’s massive revitalization, the new Ice Ribbon is now an excellent way to enjoy colder weather. Experience the first and currently only ice ribbon on the west coast! Ice skate your way into winter bliss on this Ice Ribbon adjoining Gondola Meadow in the southeastern edge of the park. Bring your crew and speed around the 650 feet of ice skating pathway connected to a large frozen pond, perfect for your best attempts at loops and axles. Take breaks to warm up near the cozy fire pits with piping hot cocoa from the SkyRink Cafe. If you’re feeling truly sporting, bring your own mat and try out special programs like the free Yoga on the Ice classes offered weekly.
Lake Coeur d’Alene Holiday Lights Cruises
Take a tour of holiday lights by taking a cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This highly recommended holiday tradition will sweep you off the shore to view lights and sights of this holiday wonderland. The cruise boat will dock at the North Pole where you and your kids can go see Santa (who will, through Christmas magic, know all the children’s names) along with other famous holiday characters. With cruises nightly from just after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, if you’re in Spokane during the holidays, don’t miss one of the best holiday destinations in the nation.
Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF)
February 2-9, 2018
Step out into the world of cinema at the Spokane International Film Festival. Held annually in late January or early February, this festival celebrates filmmakers and all those who love film. Offering an intimate venue and selective screenings of feature films, documentaries, and shorts, SpIFF is an essential arts event in the Intermountain Northwest. Come be among the first to experience, discuss, and enjoy films showcasing up-and-coming talent.
Inlander Restaurant Week
Last Week of February
Love food? Really get the most of our your dining experiences in Spokane, Washington with Inlander Restaurant Week. Excellent local restaurants by the area’s premier chefs are part of this event by creating three course prix fixe menus. All you need to do is peruse the participating restaurants, explore their menus, and make your dining plans. Restaurant cuisine styles really run the entire spectrum—from Mediterranean and vegetarian fare, to steakhouses and seafood. Menus go up in early February, and though you don’t necessarily need a reservation, it’s still a good idea so you have a seat at the tables of this epicurean event.