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Meet Me by the River: expo 50

Premiering Saturday, May 11 at 7pm/8m

In 1974, with a population of only 170,000, Spokane was the smallest city ever to hold a world's fair– and the first to convene a global event dedicated to the environment.


The World's Fair revived interest in preserving and beautifying the landscape surrounding the falls of the Spokane River and provided for the construction of the Spokane Opera House and surrounding riverfront walkways. Spokane used the event to promote ideas about environmentalism and resource sustainability, and brought international attention to the city and the Inland Northwest.

The best performers in the world came to our stages. Ella Fitzgerald performed with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra on closing night. That summer, Spokane was the entertainment capital of the world.


50 years later, Spokane is still talking about Expo'74, how this little city pulled it off, and grew to be one of the best places to live in the dawning years of the 21st century.

How did this happen? Who made it happen?
Join us as we share the story of Expo'74.