101 things to do in the Inland Northwest this summer

101 Thigns Summer 2022
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There’s no place like the Inland Northwest in the summer! You can explore beautiful mountaintops, swim in glistening rivers, listen to live music and enjoy everything Eastern Washington and North Idaho have to offer.

4 News Now wants you to have an amazing summer with your friends and family, which is why we have once again made a list of 101 things to do right here in our backyard.


Fun for the Whole Family

1. Pick peaches at Green Bluff

2. Take the whole family for a day at the Spokane County Interstate Fair

3. Spend the evening cruising Lake Coeur d’Alene

4. Take the kids fishing on the St. Joe

5. Climb around from “Tree to Tree” at Farragut State Park 

6. Learn about “The Big Burn” while hiking the Pulaski Tunnel Trail 

7. Spend the whole day riding the rides at Silverwood Theme Park 

8. Cool off at one of Spokane County’s family aquatic centers

9. Escape the heat by spending the day at Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark

10. Take a ride down every slide at Boulder Beach

11. “Party in the Dirt” at the North Idaho State Fair

RELATED: Country singer Jordan Davis to kick off North Idaho State Fair concert series

12. Spend the afternoon with your kids at Mobius Discovery Center

13. Pick out your summer reads at the new Liberty Park library

14. Play on the Ice Age Floods playground

15. Take the whole family to the Festival of Speed Historic Grand Prix at the Qlispe Raceway Park (June 4-5)

RELATED: Historic Grand Prix coming to Qlispé Raceway Park 

16. Take part in Free Fishing Day (June 11-12)  

17. Visit Grand Coulee Dam

18. Drive the entirety of the North Cascades Highway

19. Prepare for fire season with the Wildfire Ready Neighbors Program

READ: ‘Everyone must take action’: Wildfire Ready Neighbors program kicks off in Spokane County

20. Feed the garbage goat

21. Scoot around Spokane with Lime

RELATED: Rentable scooters, bike back on Spokane streets

22. Run through the Rotary Fountain

Pig Out and Drink Up

23. Spend an afternoon on the patio at Maryhill 

24. Pig out at Pig Out in the Park (August 31-September 5)

READ: Pig Out in the Park set to return Labor Day weekend 2022

25. Taste creations by local chefs at Crave! (July 14-16)

26. Drink a glass of sauvignon blanc under the twinkly lights at Barrister Winery

27. Enjoy lunch at the top of Schweitzer

28. Spend happy hour at the Thomas Hammer on Grand Ave

29. Sip a glass of chardonnay on the Nectar patio 

30. Take your work pals for lunch at the Riverfront Eats Food Truck Series

31. Enjoy a night of tunes and brews at DJ Unifest West End Summer Series

32. Take a wine dinner course at Winescape Winery

33. Take a guided food tour around Spokane with Wander Tours

34. Stop for lunch at the Park Bench Cafe 

READ: Park Bench Cafe now open on weekends, fully reopens Memorial Day weekend

35. Take a cocktail class at Up North Distillery 

36. Enjoy food, beer and live music at the Post Falls Festival (July 8-10)

37. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month (July) with a double scoop from the Scoop

38. Enjoy brunch on the patio at Chaps 

39. Join local breweries for the Ales for ALS release party (June 4)

READ: 14 local breweries to participate in Spokane ‘Ales for ALS’ event

40. Drink your way around Avista Stadium at the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival (September 23-24)

41. Visit every brewery in Spokane

Events for Everyone

42. Celebrate love at Spokane Pride (June 11)

43. Celebrate Father’s Day in the city where it all began 

44. Watch the Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Spokane

45. Honor local traditions at the Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow 

46. Join the City of Coeur d’Alene for their annual 4th of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks 

47. Take the whole family for a night of fun at the Sandpoint Rodeo (August 5-6)

48. Browse all of the hot rods at Car d’Lane (June 17-18)

49. Stroll through the vintage and handmade items booths at the Farm Chicks Fair (August 21-22)

50. Join in on the Bon Odori dance at Spokane Buddhist Temple’s Obon Festival (August 18)

51. Take your furry friend for a walk during the Spokane Humane Society’s Parade of Paws (June 18)

Flowers and Farmers’ Markets 

52. Hit the night market in Kendall Yards

53. Stroll through the vendor booths at the Garland Summer Market

54. Find local produce at the Spokane Farmers Market 

55. Pick out all of your annual flowers at Haase’s Greenhouse

56. Pick your own bouquet at the U-Pick Lavendar Festival in Deer Park (July 9-10)

57. Purchase your weekly produce along the South Spokane Farm Corridor 

58. Attend the Coeur d’Alene Street Fair (August 5-7)

Get Fit

59. Play 3-on-3 at Hoopfest (June 25-26)

60. Take the clubs for a swing at Downriver Golf Course

61. Spend an evening with the Spokane Indians

62. Mountain bike across Beacon Hill 

63. Take your out-of-town friends for a ride on the Hiawatha Trail 

64. Head “Back to Nature” with a run on Silver Mountain, Mt. Spokane or the Hiawatha

65. Take a guided fly fishing trip with the Silver Bow Fly Shop

66. Rock climb at Q’Emiln Park

67. Join the Spokane Lawn Bowling Club to bowl “Under the Lights” 

READ: Spokane Lawn Bowling Club offering free lessons this summer

68. Get in your training for the Spokane Half Marathon

69. Play Washington’s official sport at the Pickleball Playground 

70. Join a summer tennis league

71. Escape the heat by playing basketball at Shoot 360 

72. Sign up for golf lessons with the City of Spokane

73. Watch the USA Karate National Championships at the Podium

Listen to Live Music

74. Enjoy a concert at the Spokane Pavilion

75. Take in a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre

RELATED: Festivals and artists coming to the Gorge Amphitheatre this summer

76. Listen to the stylings of the Spokane Symphony during their free outdoor performances 

77. Enjoy the amazing lineup at the Festival at Sandpoint (July 28-August 7)

READ: The Beach Boys to play the Festival at Sandpoint

78. Listen to live music at the Wallace Blues Festival (July 8-9)

79. Listen to live music in Coeur d’Alene City Park

80. Catch a live concert at Arbor Crest

81. Enjoy live music as part of Northern Quest’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series

RELATED: Check out the stacked lineup for Northern Quest’s outdoor summer concerts

Celebrate the Arts

82. Watch a live show with the Spokane Valley Summer Theatre

83. Browse through the local art galleries at First Friday

84. Sign your kids up for camp at the Corbin Art Center

85. Browse through the vendor booths at ArtFest (June 3-5)

Opt Outside

86. Take a picture on the suspension bridge at Riverside State Park 

87. Pick huckleberries along the trails at Mt. Spokane State Park

88. Paddleboard on the Little Spokane

89. Sit lakeside at Hayden Lake 

90. Rent a kayak and hit the Spokane River

91. Take the dogs for an evening stroll along the Centennial Trail

92. Camp at Priest Lake 

93. Take a dip in one of Spokane’s public pools

94. Stroll through the Duncan Gardens at Manito Park 

95. Take a road trip to visit Palouse Falls 

96. Hike Scotchman’s Peak

97. Rent a pontoon boat and explore Lake Pend Oreille

98. Take a walk on Sandpoint’s Long Bridge

99. Explore the Moses Lake Sand Dunes

100. Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 11

101. Hike up to the Cataldo Mission