Expo 50th Opening Ceremonies May 4, 2024

Day of festivities will kick-off 9-week Expo celebration

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 12:28 p.m.

Expo 50th anniversary opening ceremonies are planned for Saturday, May 4 from 3 – 9 p.m. across Spokane! The events kick-off a 9-week celebration.


Highlights shared today at a press conference include:

  • Pillar Showcase, a procession representing each of the Expo pillars listed below
  • Poetry readings
  • Musical, theater, and dance performances
  • Cultural sharing
  • Dignitary remarks
  • Expo ’74 legacy reflections
  • Spokane Indians’ first game as the Expos
  • Beer garden and food trucks
  • Vendor market
  • Performance by Earth, Wind, and Fire tribute band, Kalimba
  • Drone show


The opening ceremony events kick-off a 9-week celebration. Please visit the website for the most up-to-date information as plans are finalized.


9-week Expo 50 Celebration

Expo's 50th Anniversary Celebration May 4 – July 4, 2024 has a variety of events (the list continues to grow!) highlighting Spokane's local, regional, and international community through events and activations in the following categories:

- Arts & Culture
- Environmental Stewardship
- Tribal Culture
- Expo Legacy
- Recreation & Sports


Club ‘74

Play a part in making the celebration a success by joining Club ’74, supporting free and low-cost programs. Club ’74 membership is $74, and provides access to exclusive benefits, opportunities, and content during the celebration. Already a member? The first opportunity to pick up your pass and Club ’74 coin is on April 27 from 7 – 9:30 a.m. at KHQ.


Stay up to date

Sign up for the Expo ‘74 newsletter, and follow the event on Facebook.


Thank you to the Expo sponsors

Many community organization have generously contributed to bring the celebration to life. Thank you to Signature Sponsors: City of Spokane, Garco Construction, KHQ Non-Stop Local, Spokane County, and Washington Trust Bank. Founding Partners: Avista, City of Spokane, Downtown Spokane Partnership, Gonzaga University, Greater Spokane, Inc., Innovia Foundation, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane Public Facilities District, Riverfront Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane Sports, and Visit Spokane. Pillar Sponsors: (Tribal) Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort and Casino, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; (Legacy) Integrus Architecture. Event Sponsors: (Pow-wow) Avista, Spokane Falls Community College, Innovia Foundation; (Environmental Legislative Summit) Amazon. Additional Sponsorship Support: The Inlander, Dh, VIP Production Northwest.


Spokane Indians special announcement

Spokane Indians Baseball shared a special Expo announcement at today’s press conference; please visit the Spokane Indians website for details.