See you at Spokatopia 2021!
We are looking forward to riding bikes and paddling with you all on Saturday, July 10 2021!
Looking for close-to-home places to get outside and ride or hike during the coronavirus era? Check out this article from Out There Outdoors on what’s open and closed as of mid-April 2020. And when you’re out and about doing essential activities, consider wearing a protective face mask like one of these locally made double layer cotton masks.
What Can You Do at Spokatopia?
While this year may be a bit different due to COVID-19, these are all of the activities you can typically do at Spokatopia. Try stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, SUP yoga, slacklining, disc golf, and the latest bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and other boats. More info on 2021 demo pass pricing and discount online purchase options coming soon!
Interested in being an exhibitor at Spokatopia 2021? Exhibitor space will likely be limited this year to encourage physical distancing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info and the application.
Try Bikes, Paddleboards, & Kayaks
Spokatopia is 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. 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 demo pass is required to try any of the bike and water sports gear. More info coming soon!
Outdoor Recreation & NW Lifestyle Booths
The central festival grounds at Camp Sekani (the meadow) is typically an outdoor adventure expo under the sun and pines, 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. This year will likely look a little different due to the ongoing pandemic, and exhibitor space will most likely be limited.
The Biggest Bike Demo Event of the 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. We still expect many of the same local bike shops including Wheel Sport, North Division Bicycle Shop, The Bike Hub, Shred Sports, and REI will participate and bring some demo bikes.
Paddleboards, Kayaks, & Other Boat Demos
If you’ve been thinking about buying a stand up paddleboard or kayak or just want to try different options out, Spokatopia is usually a great chance to try inflatable stand up paddleboards, kayaks, or go for a ride in a Voyageur 8-person canoe with the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club at Boulder Beach below the central festival grounds on the Spokane River. Water sports demo options will likely be limited this year to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe. Read more about the boards and boats we had for demo in 2019.
Shuttle up, Ride down. Sekani MTB Shuttles
Tired after too many laps to the top of Sekani on one of the demo bikes or your own ride? In past years with a Spokatopia demo pass, participants could take advantage of the free shuttle up to the top of Sekani for the ride back down. We are not sure if the shuttle will be available at Spokatopia 2021. Details coming soon.
Live Music, 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 (including a gluten-free beer option) 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! We hope to find a safe way to raise money for Evergreen again this year by selling beverages–more info coming soon!
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 typically runs from 1:00-1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Chill in the pines on an ENO Hammock behind the music stage (all weekend).
For the past several years at Spokatopia, the REI campground was the place to relax in a camp chair or hammock, explore different backpacking and car camping tents, and play the leave-no-trace scavenger hunt to decorate your REI Co-op hat. REI Outdoor School Instructors also typically demonstrate and teach about different outdoor skills. If the REI Campground can’t safely happen at Spokatopia 2021, we hope it will be back in 2022!
Kids and adults typically enjoy the Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym climbing wall at the Bloc Yard booth. We hope to have them back again this year!
Kids Bike Demos
Kids of all ages can try Strider balance bikes, Prevelo kids mountain bikes, and BMX bikes in the kids bike demo area. Free demo pass, liability waiver, and parent monitoring required.
First Interstate Bank Yard Games & Kids’ Game Cave
Play Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Connect Four, rock balancing for all ages next to the beer garden and Game Cave where kids can enjoy digging for treasure in a safe, enclosed play area in the shad perfect for little ones.
All ages can try this free Spokatopia activity. Slacklining is a great balance and strength act, and is harder than it looks! Waivers required; kids with parents.
Spokatopia Trail Run
Kick off Spokatopia with a 5K trail run along singletrack trails in Camp Sekani park. The Spokatopia Trail Run is a dirt trail fun run that will be the perfect start to a day of Spokatopia festivities for both experienced and first-time trail runners. Show up early for a free trail running clinic before the run. We hope to be able to hold a safe, COVID-friendly version of the Spokatopia 5K on Saturday, July 10, 2021!
Morning Yoga Class (Free!)
Yoga sessions will take place outdoors in the Spokatopia meadow under festival tents, so no matter what mother nature springs on us, you’ll stay dry. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Times and details for 2021 coming soon.
SUP CUP Paddleboard Race
In 2019, we launched two Paddle Board Races on the Spokane River. Both races included a beach start and finish, with cash prizes for the elite race winners and swag for the recreational race winners. See more in the “Paddleboard Race” tab for what the 2019 event looked like. We are still determining if the SUP Cup will take place in 2021. Stay tuned!
Guided Group Rides with Evergreen East
Want to get your MTB (or MTB rental) on the trails at Beacon, but unsure of where to ride? We hope to offer several, small group guided rides led by Evergreen East volunteers again in 2021.
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 the free bike demos 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 for bike/water sports demos/deposit, and cash or a card for the basic Adventure Pass demo pass (good for all-day bike and water sports demos). 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.
Spokatopia happens at Camp Sekani Park on the Spokane River. Check back for updates on bike and vehicle parking options for 2021.