Maybe you weren't born yet, or you didn't live in the Inland Northwest back in 1974. But maybe you did, and fondly recall the excitement surrounding the 1974 World's Fair as one of the coolest things to happen in Spokane's modern history. Expo '74 indeed was a big deal, and the event's 40th anniversary focuses on commemorating its significant role in shaping the Spokane of today.
The first of many Expo-related events happens this Friday (May 2, at 10:30 am; free), when Avista unveils the newly renovated Huntington Park, giving residents and visitors a new, expanded vista of the Spokane River. The new park is across Post Street from Riverfront Park, below City Hall and the historic Washington Water Power substation.
The following day, the INB Performing Arts Center hosts Experience Expo '74, an exhibit showcasing event photos, artifacts and memorabilia (May 3, from noon-4 pm; $4), co-curated by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. That evening, at the Spokane Convention Center, the Expo '74 Gala (May 3, from 6-10 pm; $74) celebrates the fair's lasting legacy in Spokane, namely Riverfront Park, with a cocktail reception, internationally themed dinner and live entertainment.
Commemorating Expo's legacy doesn't end there, as events continue through the year. The Legacy of Expo '74, an upcoming show at the Chase Gallery (July 9-Sept. 26), features artists whose work was exhibited at the fair, alongside historical photos and artifacts.
Find out more about Expo '74 40th anniversary events at expo74.org.