The annual Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow has come to serve as both a means to learn from and enjoy the dances of the region’s Native tribes, and a signal that summer is indeed coming to an end. While this is the 28th year of this particular pow wow, the tradition of tribes gathering at the Spokane River goes back generations as a celebration of all the river provides, and as a chance to renew friendships from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Those seem like ideas we can all get behind, especially with some amazing dancing and food to match available. And an August outdoor party in the Lilac Bowl of Riverfront Park that, for the first time in recent memory, doesn’t include a heavy dose of wildfire smoke? That’s worth celebrating, too.
Fri, Aug. 23; grand entry at 7 pm and Sat, Aug. 24; grand entries at 1 pm and 7 pm • Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard • facebook.com/RiverfrontParkPowwowSpokane/
— Dan Nailen