Wholesome Recreation Guide – Aug. 15-22

Pickin’ on the Prairie Antique Show

Pickin' on Prairie photo

Farm décor, antiques and unique handcrafts are just a few of the items you’ll find at “Pickin’ on the Prairie” Antique Show and Artisan Market this Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Road, 10 blocks north of Bigelow Gulch Road in Spokane. Music and food will also be part of the agenda. Admission is $4 for those 12 and over.

Free movie, concert at Pavillion Park

Never been to the spacious amphitheater at Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake? There’s still time this summer. This Friday, Aug. 16, the movie, “Bolt” (rated PG) about a dog who travels cross country to save his friend will begin at dusk. On Saturday, the park will host Grammy-award winning guitarist Robert Cray and his band beginning at 7 p.m. Both the movie and concert are free. Pavilion Park is located at 727 N. Molter Road in Liberty Lake.

Manito Park Bench Music Series


Drop by one of Spokane’s most well-known greenspaces this spring and summer for free concerts featuring the best in local jazz, folk, acoustic and contemporary music. The Manito Park Bench Live Music Series runs every Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 through Aug. 23. This year’s lineup features the likes of Matt Russell, Maxie Ray Mills, Union Street, Paul Grove and more. The Manito Park Bench is located at 1928 S. Tekao St. on the South Hill in Spokane. .

Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo

It’s fair time in Cusick this weekend. The popular Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo, featuring food, music, the best in local produce and livestock and a PRCA Rodeo will be held at the Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds, 419512 Highway 20 in Cusick. Cost is $6 for adults; $2 for kids; free for children under 5.

Pirates of the Coeur d’ Alene Cruise

Join Captain Calico Jack and his colorful crew for a tour across Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer. The Pirates of the Coeur d’Alene Cruise is an entertaining 90-minute excursion that includes everything from sing-alongs to sword fighting. The pirate ship departs twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $32.75 for adults and $22.75 for kids. For more information, visit www.piratecruisecda.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors is put to music in this Broadway favorite, playing through Aug. 18 at the Spokane Civic Theater. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults; $17 for seniors and military and $10 for students. The Spokane Civic Theater is located at 1020 N. Howard Street in Spokane.

Kayak Coeur d’Alene


The boating season is here, but you don’t need a schooner or even a canoe to take to the water. Kayak Coeur d’Alene offers kayak or stand-up paddle board rentals for a half-day ($40 for a single/$65 for a double) or a full-day ($55/$85) around scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene. Kayak trailers are available for $90 a day. The season runs May through September. For more information, call 208-676-1533 or visit www.kayakcoeurdalene.com.

Summer horse and carriage rides

There might not be a bus stop at the corner of Main Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Spokane, but how about a horse stop? STCU will sponsor free horse and carriage rides each Friday, from 5 to 9 p.m.  through August. Complimentary flowers are also part of the experience. Reservations are not required.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene Summer Concerts

The Downtown Coeur d’Alene Summer Concert Series runs through Aug. 20 at Sherman Square Park, 316 Sherman Ave., and features a wide range of musical genres including Irish/Celtic, country, bluegrass, big band, African and more. The free music plays for three hours each Tuesday this summer beginning at 6 p.m.

Spokane Indians baseball

Spokane Indians pic

Haven’t been out to the ballpark yet this summer? Better hurry – the Spokane Indians’ season has just about a month to go.  The hometown club begins an eight-game homestand with Tri-Cities and Hillsboro on Aug. 16. Each game starts at 6:30 p.m.  Bleacher seats are $5 for students, seniors and military; $6 for adults. Upper box seats are $11. For more information, visit www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com.

Dollar movies in Spokane Valley, Coeur d’Alene

From “Alvin and the Chipmunks” to “The Lorax,” Regal Theaters in Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene will host $1 movie days throughout the summer. A pair of movies will play in Spokane Valley each Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and in Coeur d’Alene on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the same time. All movies are rated G or PG. The theaters are located at the Spokane Valley Mall, 14760 E. Indiana and in the Riverstone complex, 2416 Old Mill Loop in Coeur d’Alene. For more information, call 509-922-2590 (Spokane Valley) or 208-676-8185 (Coeur d’Alene).

North Idaho Living History Walking Tours 


Learn about steamboats, Fort Sherman and the early years of Coeur d’Alene during the Living History Walking Tour sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho. Tours depart Tuesday through Saturday from the museum at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through early autumn and typically last 90 minutes. Tickets are $15 per person. For more information, visit www.museumni.org.

Music in the Garden

Take refuge in the Healing Garden at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for the “Music in the Garden” series through Aug. 15. The free outdoor concerts will feature a renowned list of local musicians specializing in a variety of genres, including acoustic guitar, trumpet, piano, gospel vocals and more. Concerts take place each Thursday at noon. The Healing Garden is located at 101 W. Eighth Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill. Call 509-474-3131 for more information.

LDS Single Adult events

The Regional LDS Single Adult (31 and over) sponsors a variety of activities and firesides each month. Upcoming events include a Mid-Singles Conference, Aug. 16-17 and the Regional Single Adult Conference at the Ensign Ranch on Labor Day weekend.  For information on single adult events, call the Spokane info line at 509-459-1072 or the Coeur d’Alene line at 208-664-1223. The Spokane Single Adults website is http://spokaneldssa.org/index.php.

Liberty Lake Farmers Market

Liberty Lake Farmers Mkt

The Liberty Lake Farmers Market has turned into one of the area’s most popular outdoor gathering places since being established over a decade ago. Local farmers, artisan food producers, artists, musicians and more are represented every Saturday from mid-May through mid-October. The market is located at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane in the heart of Liberty Lake and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.llfarmersmarket.com

Spokane Public Market

Salsa, seafood and handcrafted candles are just some of the items you’ll find at the Spokane Public Market, open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 24 W. Second Ave. in downtown Spokane. The indoor venue also features an abundance of seasonal produce from local farmers. To learn more, visit www.spokanepublicmarket.org.

Free music in Moscow

Folk, jazz and country are just a few of the genres you’ll hear each week at the Moscow Food Co-op during the free Tuesday Night Music Series. The community concerts run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Co-Op, 121 E. Fifth Street in Moscow.

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