Notice: Construction is ongoing in Riverfront Park and may impact some bicycle and pedestrian routes. Before you visit, please see the latest construction map for the best routes around redevelopment zones. Some attractions are currently unavailable due to redevelopment.

Book Your Event

Booking Your Event in Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park is the region's premiere outdoor location to host a broad diversity of events from private family gatherings to massive community events for thousands and everything in-between. We are Spokane's largest centrally located outdoor setting and offer a variety of venue and activity options including convenient parking. Your activity does not have to be a Hoopfest or Pig Out size event for Riverfront Park to be your location of choice for a successful event. Community gatherings, class reunions, weddings, corporate picnics or church activities with discount attraction options, fun-runs, car shows, closed access concerts, facility and attraction rentals are available. Our professional event team will work with you in the successful planning and implementation of your event, rental or activity and as well provide valuable insight with regard to the logistics of events at Riverfront Park.

Complete our Event Inquiry form to start the reservation process. For additional details, see processes by type of event from the options below.

Private Events

Private events under 200 guests at Riverfront Park are coordinated through our events team. This can include reserving a wedding location, family reunion or company picnic.

Public Events

Riverfront Park is a one-of-a-kind venue for your large-scale event. From community engagement activities, festivals and fun runs to promotional events and public markets, there’s a perfect spot for you at the park. When you are ready to proceed and have reviewed the Event Planning Guide, you will be required to complete Special Event Permit Application and submit it to the City of Spokane with a $50 processing fee. Applications received less than 30 days prior to your event may be denied or subject to additional fees. It may take up to 20 days after the receipt of your application to determine if your event will be approved. Your completed application will be distributed to all City departments affected by your event. You will be contacted individually by these departments only if they have specific questions or concerns about your event. It will be your responsibility to fulfill the requirements as outlined and to contact federal, state, or county agencies if necessary. Your Riverfront Park Event Manager will assist you through the process and make your event a success.

Freedom of Speech Events

Including: Assembly, Demonstration, or Expressive Activity

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

General Information
Streets, parks, and sidewalks have a long-standing tradition of being used for exercising the right to free speech and public debate and assembly. Riverfront Park offers visitors the opportunity to engage in demonstration activity while managing the activity to protect park resources and values. Demonstration, Assembly, and Expressive Activity are defined in Section 10.39.010 as:

"Assembly" is a public gathering or group of people organized for the purpose of advocating causes, public celebration, expressing ideas, or conveying a message to the public or public display.
"Demonstration" is a public gathering for the purpose of a public display or the redress of grievances.
"Expressive activity" includes conduct, the sole or principal object of which is the expression, dissemination, or communication by verbal, visual, literary, or auditory means of opinions, views or ideas and for which no fee or donation is charged or required as a condition of participation in or attendance at such activity.

If you are planning a demonstration, assembly, or expressive activity in Riverfront Park please complete the Event Inquiry Form.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, please be sure to contact a park representative to ensure permitting is being offered.

When is a permit needed?
Individuals or groups planning to hold a demonstration in the park are encourage to contact Riverfront Park in advance to discuss the proposed activity. Information can be found on park specific location by visiting our Shelters and Venues page located on our website.

You will need a permit if you can say yes to any of the following:

  1. Do any vehicles need to enter the park?
  2. Will you or any vendors need to set up a tent?
  3. Does your event need access to power?
  4. Does your event need access to water?
  5. Will your event have 25 or more people in attendance?

Groups of 25 people or fewer may use the park without a permit as long as they are not using stages, platforms, structures, sound systems, or pre-existing water or power. These areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, however and small groups may want to obtain a permit to ensure they have the use of the area.

Groups over 25 people and groups using stages, platforms, structures, or sound systems need to apply for a permit for the designated area of choice.

How do I apply for a permit?
For Riverfront Park specific events, please complete the Event Inquiry Form. Once the form has been submitted, an Event Manager from Riverfront Park will be in contact with you within 3 business days.

If your event requires space outside of Riverfront Park or includes street closures and street parking, you will also need to submit a Special Event Application. All applications must be received no later than 30 days prior to the event date, but not more than two years prior to the planned demonstration.

What fees will I have to pay if I want to host a Freedom of Speech event?
Participants in First Amendment activities are not subject to venue/permit fees. If your event is not a Freedom of Speech event, than your event is subject to venue fees, insurance requirements, and cost recovery fees. If applying for a special event application, than a $50 administrative fee will apply.

Permit Approval
If the event is defined by a Riverfront Park Event Manager as a Freedom of Speech event, a permit is not required. The event organizer will be notified by email regarding the status of the event.

Riverfront Park Terms of Use

All Riverfront Park event organizers and vendors are required to adhere to the Riverfront Park Terms of Use (PDF 114 KB)

A refund of the Venue Deposit shall be made only if (a) Licensee is not in default under, and has otherwise complied with the terms and conditions of, the Use Agreement and (b) written notice of the cancellation is received by Riverfront Park at least sixty (60) days prior to the actual date of the event.

Cancellations received fifty nine (59) days or less prior to the actual date of the event shall result in the forfeiture of the Venue Deposit paid, and in the event that payment of the Venue Deposit has not yet been made to Riverfront Park, the Venue Deposit shall nonetheless be immediately due and payable to Riverfront Park.

Cancellations due to smoke: Riverfront Park will allow for venue rental cancellations with a full refund if the air quality index is in the Unhealthy – Hazardous (151 - 500) range.


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Contacts

Jon Bockstruck
Event Manager – Pavilion Event Rentals
509.625.6629
jbockstruck@spokanecity.org

Michelle Hannaford
Event Manager – 3rd Party Events and Group Rentals
509.625.6623
mhannaford@spokanecity.org

Jill Reeves
Community Engagement Manager
509.625.6641
jreeves@spokanecity.org

Andy Fuzak
Event Specialist – Qualified Vendor Program (QVP) & Birthday Parties
509.625.6661
afuzak@spokanecity.org

Amy Lindsey
Programming and Marketing Manager
509.625.6672
alindsey@spokanecity.org