See you at Spokatopia 2021!
We are looking forward to riding bikes and paddling with you on Saturday, September 18, 2021!
What Can You Do at Spokatopia this year?
Try stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, SUP yoga, slacklining, disc golf, and other boats and outdoor activities. Listen to live bands, enjoy an adult beverage, walk through the exhibitor area, watch a MTB jump show, join a trail run or group ride, participate in a bike skills clinic, and more!
Try Paddleboards, Kayaks, & Other Outdoor Gear
Spokatopia is typically the place to try different mountain bikes, electric assist e-bikes, and road and around-town bikes on Camp Sekani dirt trails and the paved Centennial Trail. But due to the ongoing bike shortage around the world, this year there will be only a handful of demo bikes available to ride. Spokane bike shop exhibitors, including Wheel Sport, Shred Sports, The Bike Hub, Mojo Cyclery, and North Division Bicycle, will also have new bikes and biking gear on display and for sale.
A short trail walk from the festival meadow takes you to Boulder Beach where you can try kayaks, paddleboards, and other watersports toys on the lake-like waters of the Spokane River behind Upriver Dam. Read more about the specific bike and water sports gear brands we had available in 2019. A $5 festival pass is required to try any of the bike and water sports gear. Tickets are on sale now!
Outdoor Recreation & NW Lifestyle Booths
The central festival grounds at Camp Sekani Park is typically an outdoor adventure expo with booths from the region’s top outdoor recreation-oriented companies and organizations, from bike shops and outdoor product retailers to outdoor clubs, outfitters, and other small businesses that cater to the lifestyle we enjoy here in the Northwest. We have some awesome exhibitors already lined up for 2021!
The Biggest Bike Demo Event of the Year (Just not this year)
In normal years, Spokatopia is the biggest bike demo event in the Inland Northwest and one of the biggest in the Northwest! If you are thinking about a new bike, this is your chance to test the best all in one place. Local bike shops including Wheel Sport, North Division Bicycle Shop, The Bike Hub, Shred Sports, and Mojo will be there again this year and will have some bikes on display and for sale. A few shops may have very limited bikes that you can take for spin due to ongoing bike shortages due to COVID. We hope to see a return of all the great demo bikes to Spokatopia in 2022 or whenever the bike supply returns to normal.
Shuttle up, Ride down. Sekani MTB Shuttles
Spokatopia is the only day of the year when riders can put their bikes on a Huckwagons bike trailer and catch a ride in the Mt. Spokane Ski Race Team van for a shuttle to the top of Sekani for a gravity-fueled ride back down the trail of your choice! Don’t miss your chance to shuttle Sekani! A Spokatopia Gold Pass/wristband and insurance waiver is required to ride the shuttle.
We’ve missed live music this past year and a half, and there’s no better place than outside under the pine trees to listen to some quality live tunes. We have several bands lined up so far. Snacks At Midnight will be playing alternative rock covers and original music. LoGee is a one man band funk reggae roots solo artist from New Zealand with carefully chosen covers and originals that guarantee soul driven music for all genres and ages. And transcendental, mellow, drifty hand pan drum music by Joe Cajon to kick off the day.
Bikes & Brews Adult Beverage Garden & Food
One of the best parts about Spokatopia in past years was the live music all day and brews from your favorite breweries and cider from the Inland Northwest and beyond in the brews garden located in the Spokatopia meadow next to the stage. Proceeds from the brews garden benefit Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance – drink up and support your local mountain bike club!
Mountain Bike Jump Show
Watch talented local riders fly through the air on bikes, pulling off tricks and launching off huge gap jumps that few mountain bikers can execute and land. Follow the signs to the Camp Sekani bike park, a short walk through the trees a few hundred yards to the east of the main festival grounds. This free event promises to be an awesome experience for spectators. Show up early to watch riders “practice”. The main show runs from 1:00-1:45 p.m.
Chill in the pines on an ENO Hammock behind the music stage.
The Spokatopia campground is the place to relax in a camp chair or hammock, explore different backpacking and car camping tents and gear, and check out Toyota show vehicles. The Campground will also be the place to gather for kids programs and activities, free snacks and drinks, and outdoor skills clinics!
Kids Bike Demos
Kids of all ages can try Strider balance bikes, kids mountain bikes, and BMX bikes in the kids bike demo area at the pump track a few hundred yards east of the main festival grounds. Free demo pass for kids, liability waiver, and parent monitoring required.
Yard Games & Kids’ Game Cave
Play Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Connect Four, rock balancing for all ages next to the beer garden. Little kids can also dig for treasure in a safe, enclosed play area in the shad perfect for little ones.
Slacklining is a great balance and strength act, and is harder than it looks! A ticket with wristband for adults and signed waiver for kids is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Kids Nature Programs
Kids and their parents can participate in one of several programs led by award-winning author Joseph Drumheller. Activities include nature-inspired games, book readings, educational presentations, and outdoor skills activities. Several presentations throughout the day will be geared toward different age groups.
Instead of a trail race this year, Fleet Feet Sports Spokane is sponsoring two free group trail runs on the trails at Camp Sekani. There will be a no-drop beginner-to-intermediate trail run of around 5K, as well as a more fast-paced, longer run. Details coming soon, but expect a start time around 8:15 a.m. near the gate at the Camp Sekani parking lot. The run is free, but a Spokatopia ticket/wristband and signed insurance waiver are required to participate. Big thanks to Fleet Feet Spokane for sponsoring this event!
Morning Yoga “For Everyone” Class
Join a free “yoga for everyone” class under the big tent in the Spokatopia meadow at Camp Sekani above (north) of the parking lot. Everyone will be welcomed and will fit in. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. This year’s class led by yoga instructor Roxanne Best starts at 9 a.m. The class is free but you must have a Spokatopia ticket/wristband that includes signing our insurance waiver to participate.
Mountain Bike Skills Clinics & Group Rides
Looking to improve on specific mountain biking skills? Evergreen East will be putting on three of their popular MTB skills clinics as part of Spokatopia. The clinics cover basic bike skills, cornering, and more. Clinic participation will be limited, with sign-up happening at the Evergreen tent the day of the event on a first-come-first-served basis. Several bike shops will also be leading group rides ranging from an intermediate tour of some of the favorite Sekani singletrack to a group gravel ride that leaves from the park.
Weather & What to Wear
Since Spokatopia is an outdoor adventure festival, check the forecast and come prepared for all sorts of weather, from rain showers to intense heat and sunshine. Don’t forget your bike shorts/helmets for clinics, group rides, and trail riding, and board shorts/swimsuit for paddleboard and other water sports demos. An extra set of dry clothes, a towel (if you’re going in the water) and sunscreen are a good idea too. Please also bring shoes or boots for bike demos, your own water bottle, a current picture ID and credit card/cash for tickets and purchases. Cash or a card will come in handy for the beer garden, food vendors, and other outdoor recreation items that will be for sale from festival exhibitors too.
Spokatopia happens at Camp Sekani Park on E. Upriver Drive along the Spokane River. Check back for updates on bike and vehicle parking options for 2021. The best Spokatopia transportation option, as always, is to ride your bike! We have a free, secure bike corral where you can park your bike when you’re not riding it. This year we will be giving away random prizes to people who check their bikes in at the bike corral throughout the day.