Top 5 Fall Activities Around Spokane
Top 5 Fall Activities Around Spokane
Enjoy the Fall Colors
The autumn foliage is vibrant in Spokane, Washington. With so many parks, trails, and gardens, it’s hard to miss the golden oaks and scarlet maples exploding with fall color. Some of the best viewing can be done along the 37 miles of the Centennial Trail, particularly the stretch between Gonzaga University and Riverfront Park. There, visitors can see red and gold leaves dust the beautiful college campus, and meander down the Spokane River. The Finch Arboretum, too, offers an autumn paradise, with over 2000 labeled trees to enjoy on a self-guided walking tour. The Manito trail features 5 the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Japanese Garden. Here, visitors can walk among the koi ponds and over footbridges, all under the shade of brilliant scarlet maples. For a historic twist, visit the neighborhood of Browne’s Addition and nearby Coeur d’Alene Park. This gorgeous enclave is the home of the first neighborhood in Spokane, and boasts breathtaking mansions that glow in the golden light of fall.
ValleyFest is a Spokane community mainstay. This year, the event will take place September 21st-23rd at the Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Since 1990, ValleyFest has been providing the Spokane valley with community oriented, family-friendly entertainment. From science and education to recreation and the arts, this event is a must, as it strives to celebrate the local talent and community spirit of the area. Attendees can get active with some fishing at the falls, a 5k/10k run, a duathlon, or a family bike ride. The Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk is another important feature, as it strives to raise awareness and improve the quality of life of those with Down Syndrome. Science enthusiasts will delight in the robotics, STEM, and drone showcase, as well as an astronomy show at the planetarium. Even the littlest visitors get to enjoy the fun, with TotFest! This special event celebrates children ages 0 to 6, as well as their parents, teachers, and those who provides early childhood support and education. Here, little learners will enjoy music, performances, and endless activities. There is truly something for everyone at ValleyFest!
Spokane is a burgeoning arts community, playing host to both classic traditions and innovative ideas. Terrain is an annual, juried event intended to support young or emerging local artists in the Spokane area. The original event was intended to bring professional, established artists and new, emerging artists together; the result was an enormous success. To date, Terrain has supported the work and careers of nearly 700 local artists by integrating the Spokane arts establishment with fresh creative minds. Since 2008, Terrain has grown to attract hundreds of artists and thousands of attendees, helping build a vibrant art culture in the Spokane Valley. This multimedia celebration of the arts features film, visual arts, installation and interactive pieces, poetry, and much more. This year, Terrain 11 will be held October 5th at 131 E. Main Avenue.
Green Bluff Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Get into the fall spirit with the annual Fall Harvest Festival at Green Bluff Farms! Starting the 22nd of September, the festival sports all of the classic autumn must-haves. Visitors can not only pick their own apples but can also take a trip to Pumpkin Land. Here, kids of all ages can select the finest quality pumpkins to celebrate Halloween all month long. But the fun doesn’t end there! The Fall Harvest Festival also features live music, pony rides, face painting, and craft booths—and a chance to meet the pumpkin princess. There is no shortage of food, either; from a harvest barbeque to a selection of food vendors, fresh pie to pumpkin donuts, there is a tasty treat for everyone at the Fall Harvest Festival. Green Bluff Farms are located just under 20 miles northeast of downtown Spokane and sport a cornucopia of local produce year-round from the 62 farms.
Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park
Every fall season is incomplete without the thrills and chills of Halloween. Lovers of the spooky and the strange will find a Halloween heaven at Scarywood Theme Park. Located just an hour outside of downtown Spokane, Silverwood Park is transformed into an eerie enclave for ghosts, goblins, ghouls, gargoyles, galore! Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from September 28th through October 27th, visitors can enjoy all of Silverwood’s classic rides after dark. But that’s not all—Scarywood is full of chilling thrills, with haunted rides to spook even the bravest of visitors. Creepy monsters also roam the park, ready to jump out and frighten every passer-by. Scarywood is not recommended for children under 13, so you may want to scope out other activities online for kids around Spokane (or go to Silverwood earlier in the week). But with 5 haunted attractions, 7 scare zones, and more, Scarywood is sure to bring joy and screams to every Halloween adventure.