Sports in Spokane

Bloomsday Run

It is said that Spokane breeds two sorts of citizens: those who run Bloomsday and those who watch. Born out of the 1970s running craze, the annual 12km May dash, the Bloomsday Run, regularly garners 40,000 to 50,000…
Sports in Spokane


An enormous outdoor basketball tournament held at Riverfront Park and in the downtown streets in late June.
Rodeo in Ellensburg

Ellensburg Rodeo

Ellensburg's biggest festival coincides with the Kittitas County Fair. It's ranked among the top 10 rodeos in the nation. Prepare to see hard riding – participants take this rodeo very seriously, as there's big mone…
Beer in Leavenworth


This popular annual beer festival makes a good family outing – believe it or not – with a special kinderplatz (kids' zone) set up in town. Festivities include German food, beer, arts and crafts, live music and a spe…
Cultural in Okanogan River Valley

Omak Stampede

Omak is famous for its August Omak Stampede, a well-known local spectacle that includes the notorious 'Suicide Race', a 210ft plunge down a 60-degree slope on horseback followed by the fording of the 50yd-wide Okano…
Food in Walla Walla

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Blues Fest

The Walla Walla Sweet Onion Blues Fest, held at Fort Walla Walla, celebrates the valley's renowned crop (now upstaged by the region's wine). There are food booths and recipe contests, as well as live music provided …
Light Show in Grand Coulee Dam Area

Laser Show

The free laser show – purportedly the world's largest – illustrates the history of the Columbia River and its various dams against a gloriously vivid backdrop. It's best seen from the visitor-center parking lot and …
Hot-Air Balloons in Walla Walla

Balloon Stampede

The Balloon Stampede sees competitors launch dozens of hot-air-filled craft at 6am.
Cultural in Leavenworth

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival

Celebrating the return of the salmon with a parade, exhibits, music, crafts and activities.
Beer in Yakima

Fresh Hop Ale Festival

Beer, wine, music and events celebrate the Yakima Valley hop harvest.