See you at Spokatopia!
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Try stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, geo-caching, SUP yoga, slacklining, disc golf, and the latest bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and other boats at the 5th annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival! General admission is FREE, although there is a fee for participating in some outdoor activities & adventure clinics. Don’t worry—you’ll be able to choose the DEMO PASS that works for you. Scroll down to see all that Spokatopia has to offer!
Spokatopia and Out There Outdoors strive to provide activities that support inclusivity. Whether you are a beginner or in need of an adaptation to equipment in order to accommodate a physical disability, we welcome you! Please contact Kacie Dietz at (509) 363-5414 to privately discuss how we can best provide accommodations.
Bike & Paddle Sports Demos
Festival-goers who want unlimited access to the extensive collection of mountain bikes (and road and around-town bikes) for demo on Camp Sekani dirt trails and the paved Centennial Trail as well as kayaks, paddleboards, and other watersports toys will need to purchase a Demo Pass. Read more about the specific bike and water sports gear brands that will be available and what type of demo pass you need here.
Outdoor Recreation & NW Lifestyle Booths
The central festival grounds at Camp Sekani (the meadow!) will be transformed into 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. Full list of exhibitors coming soon.
The Biggest Bike Demo Event of the Year
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. You’ll need an Adventure Pass or an Expert Bike Pass to demo these bikes. Local bike shops and bike brands this year include Wheel Sport, North Division Bicycle Shop, The Bike Hub, Shred Sports Outlet, and REI along with reps and demo fleets from many of your favorite bike brands. Check out all the bike brands we have confirmed so far here, and stay tuned for more detailed info on specific models you’ll be able to demo.
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, this is your chance to try inflatable stand up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, fishing kayaks, and other water toys at Boulder Beach below the central festival grounds on the Spokane River. You’ll need an Adventure Pass to demo most of the water sports demo gear at the beach, or you can purchase an Expert Water Sports Pass to test top-of-the-line kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards from Mountain Gear. Read more about the boards and boats we will have for demo this year here.
Live Music, Bikes & Brews Adult Beverage Garden, & Food
Enjoy live music all day and delicious beer (including a gluten-free beer option) and cider from the Inland Northwest and beyond in the pine-shaded 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!
Local food vendors will also be on hand to serve up delicious eats.
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” at 12:30. The main show runs from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
Chill in the pines on an ENO Hammock behind the music stage (all weekend).
At the REI campground, 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. Grab a cup of camp coffee both mornings from 10am to 11am. Then spend some time with the REI Outdoor School Instructors who will demonstrate and teach about hammock camping on Saturday from 2 – 3pm and bikepacking on Sunday from 11am – 12pm.
Kids and adults can try multiple routes on the Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym climbing wall at the Bloc Yard booth (all weekend).
Kids Strider Balance Bike Demos
Kids age 2-5 will love riding these balance bikes on flat grass and trail in the trees behind the stage.
First Interstate Bank Yard Games & Kids’ Game Cave
Play Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Connect Four, and rock balancing for all ages next to the beer garden and Game Cave where kids can enjoy digging for treasure.
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
This year’s 5k trail run at Camp Sekani Park will be on Sunday morning, July 14. 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. We are also planning another free trail running clinic before the run for those who are interested in some tips from trail running experts. Find all the details here. Everyone who runs has a chance to win prizes from this year’s Spokatopia Trail Run sponsors Black Diamond and Altra!
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.
2019 SUP CUP Paddleboard Race
Try your paddling skills in one of two Paddle Board Races on Sunday, July 14th, on the Spokane River. Both races are 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.
Shuttle up, Ride down. Sekani MTB Shuttles Return!
Tired after too many laps to the top of Sekani on one of the demo bikes or your own ride? With a $10 Adventure Pass, Expert Bike Pass, or VIP Pass, you can hop in our shuttle van with your bike loaded up in one of Huckwagon’s awesome mountain bike trailers for the ride to the top of your favorite trail for an all-gravity descent. This is the only event where you can ride Camp Sekani with the assistance of a shuttle. Look for the shuttle tent in the northeast corner of the festival meadow. Shuttles will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday (times subject to change).
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? Catch one of these guided group rides with Evergreen East at Spokatopia to learn the trail! Rides are open to Ages 13+. All rides will be mellow, no-drop rides lasting about an hour. Meet at the Evergreen East exhibitor tent at Spokatopia to join in on a ride.
Black Diamond Glow-in-the-Dark Gear Treasure Hunt
30 lucky people will get the chance to strap on a Black Diamond headlamp and head into the forest to search for Black Diamond gear hidden in the woods with reflective tape.
Each person is limited to one item, so everyone will take home an awesome prize. The contest will get started right after the evening mountain bike film “Life Cycles” at around 9:50 p.m. on Saturday night in front of the beer garden. See the Spokatopia at Night tab for details on how to participate.
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.
Find all the details for driving, using the park and ride shuttles, or park and bike options here. Like past years, there will be shuttles from nearby parking areas and a secure, free bike corral at Camp Sekani Park, which is located between downtown Spokane and Spokane Valley on E. Upriver Drive.