EXPO '74


40th GALA


Expo '74

The World's Fair Heavily Impacted Our Community

Railroads uprooting tracks? Industrial land reclaimed for a park? Expo '74 was the bumblebee that didn't know it couldn't fly.


Led by a group of visionaries, the community rallied around the idea of hosting a world's fair. A countdown on the old Great Northern clock tower reminded everyone daily of the task that lay ahead - buildings to demolish, railroads tracks to tear out, bridges to revamp, countries and businesses and entertainers to contact, new park land to mold and a world to convince to attend!


In the end, the six- month celebration was made possible by years of commitment by community leaders who diligently worked to give us a 100 acre jewel known to us now as Riverfront Park. Join us on May 3 as we celebrate the legacy of Expo ’74.


Experience Expo ‘74

Come and relive all that was Expo ’74!


When: May 3

Time: noon-4 p.m.

Cost: Suggested donation is the price of a one-day admission to Expo: $4

Where: INB Performing Arts Center


Everyone is invited to remember, reminisce and recall how the smallest city to date,  hosted a world’s fair. The lobby of the INB Performing Arts Center will feature a wide array of Expo ’74 photos, artifacts and other assorted memorabilia. Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours and relive this historic event.


We are pleased to partner with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture to set-up this

once-in-a-lifetime nostalgic event.

For more than 63 years the Spokane Parks Foundation has been an independent, non-partisan group working to protect parks throughout Spokane County - regardless of which municipality owns them. We have invested over $2 million in park growth, management and use.


In the early 1950’s we began lobbying for a downtown park - a dream that became a reality 20 years later when Expo ’74 finally made it a reality.


We are proud of our legacy of preserving the past, enriching the present and ensuring the future of our amazing parks, and are proud to host this celebration of Expo ’74.


Foundation History

Preserving and Growing Spokane Parks for 63 Years

Gala Event

Save the Date and Celebrate With Us!

When: May 3

Time: 6 - 10

Cost: $74/ticket

Where: Spokane Convention Center Ballroom

Attire: Cocktail Attire - You Decide Which Decade!

Cocktail Reception 6-7

Dinner and Program 7-8:30

Dessert and Drinks 8:30-10

(Performing Arts Center Lobby)


On May 3, we will gather with friends, neighbors and community members to celebrate the legacy of Expo ’74, especially the creation of the heart of Spokane - Riverfront Park!


The evening will begin with a Cocktail Reception and Entertainment, followed by an internationally themed dinner and program. We will then adjourn to the Performing Arts Center Lobby for dessert, drinks and to enjoy Experience Expo ‘74.


We will, of course, have some surprises for our guests throughout the evening, but come prepared to relive the magic that was Expo ’74 and the amazing legacy it left behind.


Expo ’74 wasn’t just a six-month celebration…it was a gift to last a lifetime.


Tickets available now from our Sponsor,



We Couldn't Do It Without You!!

While we are still actively pursuing additional sponsorships, we are proud to announce:

Legendary Leader




222 West Mission Avenue, Suite 10, Spokane, Washington, 99201-2341

509-326-5233 | ed@spokaneparksfoundation.org