Good News: Spokatopia 2022 Set for Saturday, July 9!
Sad News: Spokatopia 2021 Canceled
We have been holding out hope that the weather forecast would improve closer to our event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, but with the weather outlook even worse Thursday morning, with potentially hypothermic and slick trail riding conditions and likelihood of more people packed close together under tents, we have made the tough but responsible decision to cancel Spokatopia.
Usually Spokatopia is pretty safe with very few minor injuries and is spread out and would be pretty safe from a COVID perspective. But with an 80-90% chance of rain, 10-15 mph winds, and cooler temps in the forecast; an increased chance of people getting hurt or hypothermic; and the increased chance of participants spreading COVID while packed closer together under tents all increase the chance that the event could add more people to our overburdened hospitals. That risk just isn’t worth it.
The good news is that Spokatopia 2022 is coming back to our original July date. See you hopefully for some hot and sunny, COVID-free times on Saturday, July 9, 2022!.
What Can You Do at Spokatopia?
Go mountain biking on 35+ miles of singletrack, take advantage of the MTB shuttle (the only day of the year that shuttling is allowed), catch the MTB Jump Show at 1 p.m., enjoy an adult beverage benefitting Evergreen East and our local MTB trails, let the kids ride demo bikes or their own bikes on the pump track, listen to live music, bring your kid(s) to one of four kids outdoors-themed programs, join a group trail run or yoga class, join a group ride, and more!
While Spokatopia takes place outdoors on over 1,000 acres of parkland, trails, and water with plenty of social distancing built into the event, due to the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19, we may limit ticket sales as a safety precaution, although tickets will be available at the event Saturday as long as it doesn’t become crowded and unsafe. Please be aware that due to the recent mask mandate for large outdoor events in Washington that masks may be required this year in certain locations and for some activities so bring a mask and be prepared to wear it in certain locations. Stay tuned. Check out our evolving COVID/Safety policies and procedures here.
Bike Demos & Mountain Biking
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, demo bikes will likely be limited again in 2022. To demo bikes, you will need to have a Spokatopia Gold Pass and sign a waiver. Bring your own bike too and enjoy what may be some of the best trail conditions in a while. Camp Sekani/Beacon Hill has over 30 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. Read more about the trail system and check out the trail map here.
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.
Water Sports Demos & Activities
Spokatopia is a great event to plash around in the lake-like waters of the Spokane River at Boulder Beach and cool off on different types of inflatable paddleboards and sit-on-top kayaks or join the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club for a ride in their 8-person Voyageur canoe. Stay tuned for details on the 2022 water sports demos, clinics, and activities!
Ride Your Bike to Spokatopia
The best and most fun way to get to the festival is to ride the Centennial Trail from your neighborhood or from one of the festival parking areas with family or friends. If you live too far away, the closest place to park and ride is at the nearby Pasadena Elementary (8508 E. Upriver Drive) parking lot (1-mile east from Camp Sekani Park on Upriver Drive). Spokatopia will have a large, secure bike corral at Camp Sekani to keep your bike (and/or bags) safe while you’re enjoying the festival at no charge. Plus, everyone who rides their bike to Spokatopia and checks it in at the bike corral gets a free Kate’s Real Food bar and the chance to win other prizes from local bike shops!
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 lined up for 2021!
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.
Big Kids, Tiny Bikes Race
For Spokatopia 2021, we are adding a bike race that will really be more like a bike spectacle.
Come watch grown adults riding kids bikes in a race on the Camp Sekani pump track! Up to four adult riders will complete four pump track laps, and the “big kid” with the fastest laps wins! Great prizes for 1st and 2nd place riders and a fun bike spectacle to watch! Race starts at the Camp Sekani Park pump track at 3:30 p.m. More info.
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 are working on our 2022 live music line up, but here is who we had booked for 2021:
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. Check out the 2021 Spokatopia live music lineup here.
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! Special thanks to our 2021 presenting beer sponsor New Belgium Brewing! Food vendors this year include Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese, Kona Ice, and Gypsy Java Spokane.
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 (weather permitting).
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 and free snacks from Kates Real Food! We will have several large tents set up with camp chairs and places to relax out of the weather.
Kids Bike Demos
Kids of all ages can try Strider balance bikes (sponsored by Paul Fish and Mountain Gear) and kids mountain 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.
Play Cornhole, rock balancing, and other games for adults and kids of ages next to the beer garden.
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. We will have a local slacklining expert on hand to help you learn the ropes of this fun activity and a large tarp set up to keep any rain off. Slacklining happens behind the music stage. Look for the sign.
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 under tents in the Spokatopia “Campground” area will be geared toward different age groups. Space will be limited and masks are required for these awesome kids programs. Find all the details at the bottom of the page here.
Instead of a trail race this year, Fleet Feet Sports Spokane is sponsoring two free small group trail runs on the trails at Camp Sekani. There will be a beginner-to-intermediate trail run of around 5K, as well as a more fast-paced, 5 mile run. Start time is 8:30 a.m. near the gate at the Camp Sekani parking lot (by the red/orange garage). The run is free, but a Spokatopia ticket/wristband and signed insurance waiver are required to participate (available up the hill in the festival meadow at the ticket booth starting at 8 a.m. Big thanks to Fleet Feet Spokane for sponsoring this event and bringing some run nutrition! Find all the trail run details here. We may limit the number of runners so you need to sign up for trail run here and choose from the free option or one of two options that include a Spokatopia pass.
Free 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 Courtney Yarber starts at 9 a.m. rain or shine under the large tent next to the stage (follow the signs up from the Camp Sekani Parking lot). The class is free but requires signing our insurance waiver to participate (available at the ticket/info booth at the event before the class starts). More info here.
Mountain Bike Skills Clinics & Group Rides
Looking to improve on specific mountain biking skills? Evergreen East will be putting on one of their popular MTB skills clinics as part of Spokatopia. The clinic will cover basic bike skills. 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. Mojo Cyclery is leading two gravel/adventure rides from their booth at Camp Sekani Park at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Weather & What to Wear
Since Spokatopia is an outdoor adventure festival, check the forecast and come prepared for all sorts of weather, which this year may include some showers but could also turn out to be an excellent day for riding and enjoying an adult beverage. Don’t forget your bike shorts/helmets for clinics, group rides, and trail riding. 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. All of the info on bike and vehicle parking options for 2021 is here. 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 a free Kate’s Real Food Bar and random prizes to people who check their bikes in at the bike corral throughout the day.