See You at Spokatopia Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m!
The Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival 2022 is set from 9 AM-6PM at Spokane’s Camp Sekani Park on the Spokane River Saturday, July 9. Try different outdoor sports and gear, bike miles of singletrack with your friends; enjoy outdoor games and kids’ activities; listen to live music; try new mountain bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards; enjoy an adult beverage benefitting Evergreen East; take a yoga class; watch the MTB jump show; sign up for a 5k trail run; and more fun!
Tickets on the day of the event may sell out if parking becomes an issue, so get yours online in advance to make sure you don’t miss out! Kids 12 and under are free but must have a wristband available at the ticket booth the day of the event. Have more fun, avoid parking hassles, and enter to win over $1,000 in prizes by riding your bike to Spokatopia from one of the nearby park & bike locations! Or take advantage of our new Family/Passenger Drop Off area (details here).
Bike Demos are Back This Year!
We are stoked to have MOUNTAIN, GRAVEL, ELECTRIC–ASSIST, and ROAD bike demos back at Spokatopia this year from 8 Inland NW bike shops! Shred Sports and REI are both bringing demo mountain bikes this year. Shred has lined up the national Pivot demo fleet and REI is bringing some full suspension and hopefully hardtail mountain bikes (details coming soon). North Division Bicycle is also bringing a few Trek Remedy mountain bikes. And The Bike Hub will have a spread of different bikes for sale.
For gravel and adventure riders, Mojo Cyclery will have Rocky Mountain Solo 50 bikes in multiple sizes for demo on the Centennial Trail, Sekani singletrack and area roads. North Division bike shop is also bringing a few Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 gravel bikes for demo.
If you have been wanting to try out an e-bike, Wheel Sport will have Specialized Turbo Levo SL Comp electric-assist mountain bikes that you can take out for a spin. Spirit Lake, Idaho-based Fresh Air E-bikes will also be there this year with several brands of e-bikes for sale.
Mountain View Cyclery from Hayden Lake is bringing a wide range of bikes for sale, as well as road bikes for demo.
Come to Spokatopia and try out what might be your next new bike!
To demo bikes, you will only need a $5 Spokatopia Adventure Pass this year. 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.
Spokatopia is also the place to talk to the staff from most Spokane-area plus several North Idaho bike shops all in one place. Come shop for bikes and biking gear, participate in a bike skills and maintenance clinics and group rides run by our local bike shops!
Try Kayaks, Paddleboards, & other Water Craft
Spokatopia is a great event to plash around in the lake-like waters of the Spokane River at Boulder Beach on different types of inflatable paddleboards, inflatable kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, or sail craft. Or join the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club for a ride in their 8-person Voyageur canoe. Water sports demos run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and require a $5 Spokatopia adventure pass or gold pass.
New this year, be one of the first in the PNW to try a Manta5 Hydrofoiler electric-assist water bike! Using the same technology as America’s Cup sailboats, riders can pedal along a wide range of waterways with or without electric assist. Learn more about the Hydrofoiler here.
Ride Your Bike to Spokatopia & Win Prizes
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. This year just by riding your bike and parking it in our bike corral you’ll also score a free Kate’s Real Food bar (while they last) and be entered to win dozens of sweet prizes, including an inflatable Dorado iSUP paddleboard from HO Sports!
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). You can also park at the Avista Utilities parking lot (5 miles west from Camp Sekani accessed off of N Perry across from Mission Park) and ride the Centennial Trail from there. There is also parking at Shields Park and in the large dirt lot next to Shields only .8 of a mile from Spokatopia. We 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.
Outdoor Recreation & NW Lifestyle Booths
Check out 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for exhibitor info.
Shuttle up, Ride down. Sekani MTB Shuttles
Spokatopia is the only day of the year when riders can put their bikes on a 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.
Listen to live Americana, alternative rock, and drumming music outside in the meadow or from the Bikes & Brews adult beverage garden that benefits Evergreen East and local MTB trails. Don’t miss Matt Mitchell Music Co. from 4-6PM, Carter Hudson from 1-3 PM, Suhanna Cree from 10:30-12:30, and Joe Cajon from 9-10 AM. Check out the full live music schedule.
Bikes & Brews Adult Beverage Garden & Food
Enjoy brews from your favorite breweries and cider from the Inland Northwest and beyond in the adult beverage 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 2022 presenting beer sponsor New Belgium Brewing! Food vendors list 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” starting at 12:45 PM. The main show runs from 1:00-1:45 PM. Want to ride for prizes and glory? Email us at email@example.com to sign up.
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, camp chairs and other camping gear set up and on display, including a Zempire EVO VM T2 air tent and Tentsile tree tent. REI will also be there offering games, activities, and information about REI gear and programs.
Kids Bike Demos
Kids of all ages can try bikes in the kids bike demo area at the pump track a few hundred yards east of the main festival grounds, including BMX bikes, kids mountain bikes, and Strider bikes. Free demo pass for kids, liability waiver, and parent monitoring required.
Play Cornhole, Towerball, and other games for adults and kids of ages next to the beer garden or in the Spokatopia Campground area.
Slacklining is a great balance and strength act, and is harder than it looks! A ticket with wristband is required for this activity. 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. Slacklining happens behind the music stage. Look for the sign.
Kids and their parents can participate in one of several programs with a nature or outdoor recreation focus. Activities include games, arts and crafts, two wildlife presentations of live bugs and snakes from Spokane-based Bugs & Snakes (10:30 AM and 4 PM) and other activities. Look for the tents, chairs, and hammocks in the Spokatopia “Campground” area at Camp Sekani Park. Kids can also participate in the Adventure Passport activity where the first 250 kids who complete the passport activities and collect all the stamps in their passport book take home a bag of prizes for the whole family. There are also kids BMX, mountain, Strider, and other kids bikes they can ride on the pump track.
Start the day off right with a 5k trail run on Camp Sekani singletrack. Racers take home a Spokatopia bandana, Kate’s Real Food bar, a beverage ticket to the Spokatopia Bikes & Brews adult beverage garden (21 and older only), and a festival Gold Pass. The run starts at 8 a.m. a few hundred feet east of the Camp Sekani Parking lot at the gate by the start of the Up Chuck Trail. Come early for an optional trail running clinic. Find more info or register here.
Morning Yoga “For Everyone” Class
Join a “yoga for everyone” class led by Harmony Yoga in the Spokatopia festival area at Camp Sekani Park (must have a Spokatopia ticket/wristband). All ability levels welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. The class starts at 9 a.m. under the large tent next to the stage (follow the signs up from the Camp Sekani Parking lot).
Bike Skills Clinics & Group Rides
MTB SKILLS CLINICS: Looking to improve on specific mountain biking skills? Evergreen East will be putting on two free 45-minute mountain bike clinics at Spokatopia (must have Spokatopia ticket/wristband). “Basic Bike Skills” at 10 AM will cover body positioning, braking, shifting, balance and cornering. The 2 PM “Cornering Clinic” will be all about navigating corners on your bike with smooth transitioning into and out of corners to help you feel more comfortable and ride faster. You must bring own MTB and helmet and clinic participation will be limited to 10 riders, with sign-up happening at the Evergreen tent by the beer garden the day of the event on a first-come-first-served basis.
GROUP GRAVEL RIDE: Mojo Cyclery is leading a group gravel ride at 11 a.m. from the Mojo booth at Camp Sekani Park. This is a free group ride, just bring your own gravel-worthy bike and helmet. Mojo will be leading riders up to the “Spaghetti Bowl” in Northwood and back over to the top of Beacon. Intermediate riding skills recommended since there will be some good climbing.
GET TO KNOW SEKANI/BEACON GROUP RIDES: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance East volunteers will lead to two “welcome to beacon rides” as part of Spokatopia (limited to the first 15 riders). Please note that 650 feet of climbing will be required for uphill riding and even the gentle descent will require some bike skills. These two group rides are intermediate level.
RIDE 1: Meet at the pump track at 11 AM for a guided ride on the Sekani side of Beacon Hill. Explore Bonsai Kitten and Upchuck trails on the way up and Simple Tools Trail on the ride down.
RIDE 2: Meet at the pump track at 3 PM for a guided ride to the towers at the top of Beacon Hill. This route will head up Carousel Trail and then up to the towers. The route down will offer two options. A gentle or more technical descent. Routes may change depending on participant input.
SELF-GUIDED BEGINNER MTB RIDES: There are two simple routes available right out of the Spokatopia festival grounds that are less than 1-mile long and have minimal climbing. Come to the Evergreen East booth by the beer garden to see a map of beginner trails.
Weather & What to Wear
Since Spokatopia is an outdoor adventure festival in early July, check the forecast and come prepared for all sorts of weather. 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.
Festival Parking & Family/Passenger Drop-off Zone
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 2022 is here. Parking is spread out and limited, so 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.
If you are arriving with kids or someone with limited mobility and can’t find a close parking spot, pull into the main gravel parking lot at Camp Sekani and have the parking attendant direct you to the new Family/Passenger Drop-off Zone where you can drop people/bikes/gear off before exciting the lot to find parking and then walk back to find your people.