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Expo ’74 50th Celebration Opening Ceremony

Expo ’74 50th Celebration Opening Ceremony

2024 Date

Saturday, May 4


3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Spokane Pavilion


Join the city of Spokane as we recreate the vibrant spirit of Expo ’74 during the Expo 50th Celebration! The calendar of events will take place between May 4th and July 4th, 2024.

Kick off the nine-week Expo ’74 - 50th Anniversary at the all-day Opening Celebration at the Spokane Pavilion in Riverfront Park on May 4. The event will feature live performances from arts, cultural, tribal and community organizations. There will also be speakers, international cuisine, recreational and wellness activities, and more.

To find more information and to view the full events calendar, please visit Expo 50 Spokane.

Kalimba The Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire

A Tribute to Earth Wind & Fire
Free show at the Spokane Pavilion in celebration of Expo ’74 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Performance Schedule - Spokane Pavilion

Time Performer Name/Group
2:00 p.m. Doors Open
3:15 p.m. Spokane Poet Laureate, Mery Smith
3:20 p.m. The Spokesman Review poetry contest winner (TBD)
3:25 p.m. Spokane Youth Symphony String Quartet
3:40 p.m. Regional Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
A reprise of the Mormon Expo '74 Choir
4:00 p.m. Spokane Chinese Association Dancer Group
4:20 p.m. Filipino American Northwest Association Dance Troupe
4:30 p.m. Indian Youth Club of Spokane
4:45 p.m. Native Voices
5:30 p.m. Spokane Children's Theatre
6:15 p.m. Pillar Procession
7:00 p.m. Kalimba Band
8:30 p.m. Drone Show

About Expo ’74

In 1974, Spokane became the smallest city in history to host the World’s Fair. As an environmentally focused event, the Spokane World’s Fair sparked a transformation in the heart of our city that became the catalyst for sustainable growth in our region.

Businesses, organizations, and community members have come together to organize an exciting calendar of events, with each event falling into one of the five categories mirroring the original key pillars: Expo Legacy, Environmental Stewardship, Tribal Culture, Recreation & Sport, and Arts & Culture.

As we look toward the future, this celebration aims to reignite the nostalgia of this international milestone in Spokane’s history and invite new generations to carry the mantle of creating a cleaner and brighter tomorrow.

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