Spokane Celebrates 50 Years Since Expo 74

In 1974, Spokane became the smallest city in history to host a World’s Fair. The fair turned a spotlight on the city and highlighted the environment, as Expo 74 was also the first environmentally focused World’s Fair. Millions of people visited, and the fair was a catalyst for regional growth. The transformation of the river shore gave the city its beautiful Riverfront Park.

On Saturday, May 4, the city will kick off the Spokane Expo 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring nine weeks of events and activities highlighting the five original pillars of Expo 74: arts and culture, environmental stewardship, tribal culture, sports and recreation, and the Expo legacy.

The kick-off event on May 4 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. will feature live performances, speakers, international cuisine, recreational and wellness activities, and more. At 7 p.m., enjoy a free concert by the tribute band Kalimba the Spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire followed by a spectacular drone show at the Spokane Pavilion.

The celebration will continue through July 4, and you can help make it a success by joining Club 74. Membership is $74, and provides access to exclusive benefits, opportunities and content during the celebration.

For information and schedules, see the website expo50spokane.com or follow the celebration on Facebook.