So, you’re in Spokane for a sporting event…

NCAA Tournament in Spokane

March Madness is about to begin, but let’s face it, the entire month of March is crazy-full of sporting events in the Spokane region. With the Hardwood Classic, the Pacific Northwest Qualifier and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, there’s going to be a lot of athletes and their mega-fans hanging out here.

Are you one of the said mega-fans? Wondering what to do when you’re not doing your thing courtside? I’ve got your guide for things to do in Spokane, specifically tailored to the different events:

The State B tournament tends to be a family affair, so you’ll want to take advantage of attractions that appeal to all ages.
Mobius Science Center/Mobius Children’s Museum
Get out your pent up energy from sitting in the stands by spending the afternoon at Mobius! With a myriad of interactive exhibits, both Mobius locations let visitors work with water, test their brain power, see how electricity works and much more. The science center is suggested for kids eight and up, while the children’s museum (located just across the street in River Park Square) is better for the younger kiddos.

Laser Quest
Burn off a little steam before heading back to your hotel room with an epic game of laser tag. With a misty, three-level maze, you can enter ultimate stealth mode while on the hunt for your friends and family.

Garland Theater
After a day of cheering on the team, you may just want to kick back and relax with a movie. Visit the historic Garland Theater, which features new-ish films and tickets at just $5. Grab a bite before or after the show at Ferguson’s, a classic diner with tasty burgers and even better milkshakes.

First Friday
With dozens of participating venues, First Friday includes different restaurants, tasting rooms and retailers featuring art work, live music and more. There’s stuff for families to enjoy, or if you don’t have the kids in tow, grab your sweetie for a night out in downtown Spokane.

Places to eat near the Spokane Arena:
Frank’s Diner – Breakfast in a train car.
Mackenzie River Pizza – Everything from pizza to burgers.
Anthony’s– Seafood with views overlooking the Spokane River.
Clover – Made from scratch bread, locally sourced ingredients, craft cocktails and more.

March 20-22
Spokane Convention Center, EWU Reese Court, HUB Sports Center

The two-weekend volleyball tournament spread across three different venues allows time for a lot of exploring throughout the region! Here are just a few things that are a total ace in my book:

Shops
With three malls, eclectic antique districts and numerous local boutiques, you’ll find plenty of unique items to take home with you. A few of my favorites include Boo Radley’s (quirky gift items and Spokane souvenirs), Fringe & Fray (vintage threads) and Nordstrom Rack at the Spokane Valley Mall (inexpensive, fashionable finds). Visit our shopping directory for a full list of store locations.

Shows
After a day on the courts, you may want to dress up and see a show. Mamma Mia is at the INB Performing Arts Center March 20-21, Nunsense A-Men! is playing at Spokane Civic Theatre February 27-March 22, or you could get your laugh on at the Blue Door Theatre, Friday and Saturday nights.

Eats
If you’re at the HUB Sports Center
Max at Mirabeau – Fine dining, anytime.
Longhorn Barbecue – Go hungry. Ribs are my go-to dish, but you really can’t go wrong.
Thrifty Scotsman – Burgers, fries, shakes. Cash only, but well worth the stop at the ATM.

If you’re at Eastern Washington University
The Mason Jar – Fresh sandwiches, delicious coffee and sweet treats.
Rokko’s – Teriyaki dishes galore.
El Rodeo – Homemade salsa is where it’s at.
Rosa’s Pizza – Go for the pizza, stay for the cheesy bread.

If you’re at the Spokane Convention Center…
Luigi’s – Classic Italian dishes.
Boots Bakery – Coffee, vegan and gluten free pastries, salads and more.
The Onion – Burgers. Lots of burgers.
Main Market Co-op – Grocery co-op that doubles as a deli. Super fresh lunch items.

March 28 & 30
Spokane Arena

Make watching the Sweet Sixteen even sweeter by taking some time after the games for some exploring in Spokane.

Cheers!
Win or lose, raise a glass to your team. The Inland Northwest Ale Trail features 27 breweries throughout the Spokane region, all serving up delicious, locally sourced brews. Check the map for locations near your hotel. If you prefer grapes over hops, the Cork District features dozens of tasting rooms that are within walking distance. Participating wineries can be found here.

See the City
With no games on Sunday, why not do some sight-seeing? If you have a car, the Spokane City Drive is a sure-fire way to make sure you don’t miss any of the good stuff. The self-guided, 90-minute tour can all be done from behind the wheel, but we recommend taking a little extra time to get out and experience a few of the stops for yourself.

Or, see the city through the outdoors – after all, our slogan is “Near nature. Near perfect.” Riverfront Park, Huntington Park, the Centennial Trail and the Spokane Falls are all must-see areas that are within walking distance of the Spokane Arena and downtown hotels.

Eats

Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie – Locally sourced ingredients, house-cured meats.
Jack and Dan’s – Gonzaga’s favorite sports bar.
Yards Bruncheon – Brunch food, all day long.
Fire Artisan Pizza – Wood-fired and uniquely crafted pies.

Whether you’re here in March for a sporting event or are just visiting, there is always plenty to do in the Spokane region. Check out our Events Calendar for ideas.

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