See you at Spokatopia!
….. Just a little later this year.
Given the uncertain times, we have postponed the 6th annual Spokatopia to Saturday, September 12, 2020 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
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 the coronavirus outbreak, 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 at the 6th annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival! General admission is FREE, although you’ll need to buy a demo pass and sign a liability waiver to demo bikes, water sports gear, and to participate in many activities (kids 12 and under get a FREE demo pass this year!) More info on 2020 demo pass pricing and discount online purchase options coming soon!
Interested in being an exhibitor at Spokatopia 2020? 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 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
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. Unfortunately many bike brands have canceled their demo events for 2020. 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, this is your 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. You’ll need an Adventure Pass to demo the water sports gear at the beach. Read more about the boards and boats we had for demo last year.
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? With your demo pass, you can ride the free shuttle up to the top of Sekani for the ride back down. Details about this year’s shuttle coming soon.
Live Music, Bikes & Brews Adult Beverage Garden, & Food
Enjoy 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 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 12:45. The main show runs from 1:00-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
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 different outdoor skills (details coming soon).
Kids and adults can try multiple routes on the Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym climbing wall at the Bloc Yard booth (all weekend).
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 Saturday, September 12 at 8 a.m. 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. Find all the details here. Everyone who runs has a chance to win prizes and we will have cash prizes for top mens and womens finishers!
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 coming soon.
2020 SUP CUP Paddleboard Race
Try your paddling skills in one of two Paddle Board Races on Saturday, September 12, 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.
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 several guided group rides hosted by Evergreen East. Details and ride schedule coming soon!
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.