Fantastic Fall Festivities


I recently had a friend ask me for some ideas for activities, events and the like in the Spokane area during the Fall. It got me thinking about what events we/I have enjoyed in the past and which ones I would like to still attend in the future. It also got me thinking through some of the things that make this time of year special to our family and of course some of our favorite things to eat around town that are very quintessentially Fall. I figured why not share the list with you to help give you some ideas as you start to plan out the fun you’ll have this Fall. I’ve listed 10 upcoming local events and 20 ideas/things you can do during your Fall days.

Here are the events you may want to make your calendars for and check out:

Ritters Fall fest - Wednesday, October 2nd

Downtown Fall Fest - Saturday, October 5th

Whiskey Barrel Weekend - Friday, October 4th & Saturday, October 5th

Wine & Dine Fall Music series at Townshend Cellar - Saturday, October 5th and Saturday, October 12th

Five Mile Fall Vendor Fair - Sunday, October 6th

Oktoberfest at Arbor Crest - Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th

A Hobbit Halloween book drive and trick or treating - Sunday, October 27th

Girls Wine Night at Greenbluff - Friday, November 8th

Indaba celebrating their 10 Anniversary - Saturday, November 9th

Pavilion Light Show - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening


Which of these 20 fun Fall activities would you most likely do?

~ Get some gluten free pumpkin fritters at Cole’s bakery. I’ll bet you gobble them in less than 5 minutes.

~ Volunteering with Spokane Edible Tree Project. Last Fall our family joined them for their final glean and end of the season party up at Greenbluff and it was such a wonderful time. There was something very special about coming together with other members of our community and working together toward a goal. There were over 11,000 pounds of apples gleaned over a 2 day period that were then given to local families in need.

~ Order a pie from Bean & Pie and enjoy every last bite. I can promise you will.

~ Bundle up in some warm clothes and wander around Finch Arboretum, taking in all the lovely colors and textures that Fall displays in nature.

~ Invite some friends over for a game night and have everyone bring a yummy dessert.

~ Sip on some piping hot tea from Winterwoods tea company.

~ Enjoy lunch up at Greenbluff at the High Country bistro.

~ Make and enjoy brunch on the weekend with family or friends. Not sure what to make, how about a coffee cake? I recently made this cinnamon coffee cake with streusel crumb topping, it was amazing. Get the recipe HERE.

~ Take a road trip to Sandpoint and get a Cookie-gato (think affogato with a cookie in it) at Panhandle Cone and Coffee

~ Visit a local Farmers Market before the season ends. Fairwood Farmers Market still has 2 dates left, October 8th and 15th.

~ Savor a vegan pumpkin waffle with chai butter at Boots bakery. This waffle is a must eat during the Fall!

~ Take a visit to Big Meadow acres (my parents farm) and pick out some beautiful Indian corn to decorate your house with, nothing like some colorful ornamental corn to help get you feeling in the festive Fall mood.

~ Make a new soup to enjoy on a chilly Fall day. Need a suggestion? How about this marvelous Zuppa Toscana recipe?

~ Take in a flick at the Garland theater for one of their “Totally Tubelar Tuezday” movies. Check Here for the movie schedule.

~ Bake something tasty for a friend and take it to their house while it’s still warm. How about this marvelous banana bread that my friend Noreen created the recipe for?

~ Spend a Friday evening at Big barn brewing. Friday nights through October they will have the Farmers Daughter food truck there. What a great way to kick off your weekend.

~ Pop in to see what I am calling “the gem of Greenbluff”, The Farmhouse on Greenbluff. If you’d like to know more you can read the blog post that I wrote about this adorable must visit spot on the bluff.

~ Enjoy a special seasonal coffee at one of the many fabulous locally owned coffee shops.

~ Take a stroll through Manito park. Whether you’re wandering around Duncan gardens, discovering a wide variety of plants from around the world at the Gaiser conservatory or savoring the beauty of the Japanese gardens Manito is a must visit during each of the 4 seasons that we enjoy here in Spokane.

~ Head downtown and order a liquid pumpkin pie martini at Bistango (starting the week of Oct. 7th)

Additional resources:

Visit Spokane

Image used courtesy of Bean & Pie

Image used courtesy of Bean & Pie