What To Do
Community Celebrations, Festivals, and Fairs
Fun, wholesome, family events take place throughout summer and fall in the Greater Newport area, so bring the kids, the cousins, and the grandparents and join us in one of our many festivals, fairs, and celebrations!
If you’re in the mood for some western sport, then dust off your cowboy boots and join us for the annual Newport Rodeo in June, where you’ll watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in traditional events like bronc riding, steer wrestling, roping, and barrel racing. Then there’s the thrilling Bull-O-Rama in July where fearless cowboys hang on to nothing but a braided leather strap atop a nearly 2,000 pound bull and hang on for the ride of their lives that lasts just 8 short seconds. Both of these events are held at the Newport Rodeo Grounds near downtown. We welcome our rodeo each year in a big way with the annual Newport Rodeo Parade through downtown Newport. Kids will love watching the parade floats, horses, classic cars, and fire trucks rolling by.
If something a bit more refined is more to your liking, the Newport Music Festival, held in September at the Newport City Park, offers a one-of-a-kind lineup of talented Northwest regional (and beyond) performers of bluegrass, folk, progressive Celtic, and classic country music.
Celebrating our Nation’s independence doesn’t get any better than here in the Greater Newport Area. Join us at one of our area’s Fourth of July community celebrations. Start off with a pancake breakfast and parade in Usk, a boat parade and fireworks in Diamond Lake, or make it a full day of fun at the Kalispel Tribe’s annual Fourth of July Celebration with kids’ activities, a cook-out, and an awe-inspiring fireworks show along the banks of the Pend Oreille River.
Are you a fan of hydroplanes, motorcycles, trains, and automobiles? Well we have them all. There’s Hot Neon Nights Car Cruise and the Show n’ Shine Car Show in Priest River during their Timber Days Celebration in July. Bob’s Car Show, in its sixth year, comes to Newport City Park in September. Are motorcycle drag races more your speed? Then check out Run Whatcha Brung in July for motorcycle drag races on the streets of Oldtown. August brings thrilling Hydroplane Races to the Pend Oreille River both in Oldtown and Ione, along with the Oldtown Lawn Mower Drag Races. For an unforgettable experience with your family, take a step back in time as a passenger aboard the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club train rides through rugged countryside and the Pend Oreille River Canyon between Metaline Falls to Ione.
Think snowmobiles are used only in the winter? Not around here! Head to Ione’s Down River Days in July and watch the unforgettable snowmobile races across the Pend Oreille River. You won’t find an event like Timber Days and Lawn Mower Races in just any community, but our neighbors in Priest River host a celebration highlighting our region’s timber history and rich northwest heritage each July. Don’t miss the huckleberry pancake breakfast and annual Run for the Berries, along with food, craft, and vendor booths. The quintessential American country fair takes place at the Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo in August at the Cusick Fairgrounds. And get a firsthand experience of traditional Salish culture along the banks of the Pend Oreille River during the Kalispel Tribe’s annual Pow Wow in August. There you’ll see traditional dancing and drumming and can peruse vendor booths of Native-American arts, crafts, and food. Heritage Days, hosted by the Pend Oreille County Museum in September, offers visitors a historical walking tour of Newport, along with historical presentations, museum displays, arts and crafts, and music.