The Perfect Schedule for Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival
With so much going on at Spokatopia 2019 on July 13 & 14, it can be hard to check off all the items you want to see and do without a schedule in mind. Use this guide as a template to create the perfect Spokatopia schedule that works for you, your friends, or your whole family! We’ve noted which passes you’ll need to do which activities, but to play it safe you can always get a VIP pass and do it all! (*VIP pass does not include Parks & Rec Adventure Clinics. Campsites are also sold separately.) Passes are currently on SALE until July 7!
With a structured schedule or not, we know you’ll have a BLAST exploring this multifaceted adventure and culture festival, celebrating all the things we love about the outdoors in our beautiful Inland NW region. It’s a whole summer’s worth of fun in one weekend!
Pssst. . . if you volunteer you’ll get a free VIP Pass and Spokatopia t-shirt, along with some other goods!
Pro Tips: Pack sunscreen, water, sunglasses, a hat, a bike helmet, and any swimwear or bikewear that you’ll need on your full day of exploring Spokatopia.
Day 1 — Saturday, July 13 (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
8:45 a.m.—BIKE to Spokatopia on your personal bike, riding along the Centennial Trail, and check your bike into the free Spokatopia bike corral for the day. To make your ride shorter, park your car at Avista and then bike into the festival. You can also park your car where directed when you arrive at the festival, where we’ll have a free parking shuttle.
9:00-10:00 a.m. — YOGA (Free): Start the day with yoga under the pines in the festival meadow! No experience required for this mellow session. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. JOE CAJON will be playing transcendental, drifty hand pan drum music during this time.
10:00-11:45 a.m.—ROCK CLIMB with the Spokane Parks & Rec Rock Climbing & Rappelling Intro clinic ($20; register online in advance; Ages 15+). Or, take the morning DISC GOLF clinic to learn about different types of discs and how they fly. Either clinic will get you your Adventure Pass, good for both days of the festival and many activities.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.—EXPLORE THE EXHIBITORS in the festival meadow; with over 60 outdoors-related exhibitors, ranging from local bike shops and conservation groups to larger entities like Fleet Feet and Toyota, there’s lots to see. WYATT WOOD, a local solo acoustic singer-songwriter, will be on the main music stage during this time. REI Campground is also serving up camp coffee from 10-11 a.m.
12:00-12:45 p.m.—EAT at one of the fantastic food trucks we’ll have parked in the meadow to stay fueled for your afternoon of adventure! CRATE. serves a fresh menu with items like the Thai Rice Bowl with Tofu, while MELTZ EXTREME GRILLED CHEESE is an extreme mashup of everything you can think of for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. While you’re eating, you’ll begin to hear the reggae/ roots/ rock band RIVER CITY ROOTS start spreading their good vibes from the live music stage.
1:00-2:00 p.m.—Catch the MOUNTAIN BIKE JUMP SHOW (Free.) Follow the signs and walk east into the woods that connect the Spokatopia meadow with Boulder Beach. You’ll find a series of mountain bike jumps, which is where some seriously talented local riders will soon be flying through the air on bikes, pulling off tricks and launching off huge gap jumps that few mountain bikers can execute and land.
2:30-4:00 p.m.— Head back to the meadow and try SLACKLINING (*Adventure Pass or Kid’s Pass required) or BOULDERING with Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym (Ages 2+, *Adventure Pass or Kid’s Pass required). If you need a break, it’s a great time to hang at the HAMMOCK GARDEN in the shade and listen to live music by SOVEREIGN CITIZEN, a 7-piece band featuring country instruments with rock songwriting and vocals.
4:00-5:00 p.m.— Grab a beer from the adult BIKES AND BREWS BEVERAGE GARDEN (Ages 21+), sponsored by Rainier and packed with local brews and ciders, with proceeds supporting the Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance. Get in a MOUNTAIN BIKE DEMO with some of the top brands if you’ve purchased a Bike Expert Pass. You can also head down to the beach to take advantage of your Expert Watersports Pass, but there will be plenty of things going on at the water on Sunday!
5:00-6:00 p.m.— Get a snack from KONA SHAVED ICE or BLACK FIRE KETTLE CORN. If you brought kids, give them time to play at the FIRST INTERSTATE BANK GAME CAVE and Spokane Parks & Rec Mobile Recreation van (both free). Visit the REI Campground to see what’s happening and play the leave-no-trace scavenger hunt to decorate your REI Co-op hat. Saturday is also the only day for Spokane Parks & Rec Adventure Clinics (register in advance; full schedule here). Enjoy the sun, brews, friends, and fresh air!
6:00 p.m.—Grab dinner at the EVERGREEN EAST BBQ, with classic BBQ foods that go to support the maintenance and development of our local trails, like the ones you rode on Beacon Hill with your bike demo. You’ve made it through Festival Day 1 and are launching into the Spokatopia at Night activities!
Spokatopia at Night
6:00-10:00 p.m.—This is the beautiful time of summer evening when the temperatures start to cool down and the meadow gets shady. It’s the perfect time to head to BIKES & BREWS BEVERAGE GARDEN (Ages 21+), with drinks from Rainier Beer, Millwood Brewing Company, One Tree Hard Cider, No-Li Brewhouse, Ground Breaker (gluten free), Big Sky Brewing Company, Bay Bottle Brewing, Liberty Ciderworks, and Bare Culture Kombucha. Each dollar from the Bikes & Brews beverage garden goes directly to support your mountain bike trails through Evergreen East, so enjoy a cold one and know you’re doing a good thing at the same time.
6:00-9:30 p.m.—SET UP CAMP: if you were lucky enough to snag one of our limited campsites, it’s the perfect time to pitch your tent so you’re ready to roll into bed as soon as the evening festivities are over. REI tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads are available to rent at REI. Stop by the downtown Spokane REI store before the festival and show your camping confirmation to receive 23% off one rental or off the purchase of one REI brand item.
6:30-7:45 p.m.—Night time KIDS’ ACTIVITY with JOSEPH DRUMHELLER ART PROJECT and STORY TIME (Free): Join Joseph Drumheller, a four-time award-winning author and creator of over 30 children’s books for the family presentation “Creativity and Nature.” There will be a brief, interactive puppet show for kids ages 5-8, and the older kids and adults can enjoy imagination exercises and a Jeopardy-style question and answer game about the outdoor wonders in the Greater Spokane area.
7:00-9:00 p.m.—Listen to MATT MITCHELL’s live mixture of heartfelt originals, light-hearted “Talking Blues-style” storytelling, and foot-stomping acoustic rock n’ roll tunes. Hang out in a camp chair and roast a s’more at the REI CAMPGROUND while you relax!
Dusk (approx. 9:00 p.m.)—(Free) Catch an outdoor screening of LIFE CYCLES, a classic mountain bike film, in the festival meadow! Mountain biker or not, the show’s trails, riders, and music will get you psyched to explore.
10:00 p.m.—(Free) 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. Follow the Spokatopia Facebook or Instagram pages for details on how to sign up!
That’s it, folks. Dream about Spokatopia Day 2 from your personal campsite in the fresh, starry night air!
Day 2—Sunday, July 14 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
7:30 a.m. (Campers only): Get breakfast and coffee at the REI camp kitchen before Day 2 of the festival gets rolling. Simple breakfast food & Mountain House breakfasts will be available, so if you know you’ll need something different, please bring your own breakfast goods. Campers will have access to a shared camp kitchen. Break down camp by 8:30 a.m.
7:30 am.—Attend the free TRAIL RUNNING CLINIC before the 5k starts to get some tips on running trail. (Especially those downhill portions!)
8:00 a.m.—TRAIL RUN with the SPOKATOPIA 5K TRAIL RUN event, sponsored by Black Diamond and Altra! (Register ahead of time here.) This is a dirt trail fun run that will be the perfect start to a day of Spokatopia festivities for both experienced and newbie trail runners. With your race registration you’ll receive a Spokatopia Adventure Pass and Spokatopia bandana.
8:30 a.m.— If you didn’t participate in the trail run, now it’s time to BIKE to Spokatopia and check your bike into the free Spokatopia bike corral for the day. To make your ride shorter, park your car at Avista and then bike into the festival. You can also park your car where directed when you arrive at the festival, where we’ll have a free parking shuttle.
9:00 a.m.—YOGA (Free); Start the day with yoga for runners and cyclists in the festival meadow! No experience required for this mellow session. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Listen to live music artist JAMES WALKER while you get in the groove!
10:00 a.m.— EXPLORE THE EXHIBITORS in the festival meadow; with over 60 outdoors-related exhibitors, there’s lots to see! The Out There Outdoors magazine booth is your hub for all Spokatopia merch. It’s also a great time for kiddos ages 2-5 to test STRIDER BIKE demos (*Kid’s Pass required), and for older kids and adults to try REI BRAND MOUNTAIN BIKE DEMOS (*Adventure Pass or Kid’s Pass required). If it’s hot, play at the GENERAL STORE WATER BLASTER ZONE (*Adventure Pass or Kid’s Pass required), where you can soak your friends or kids with water blasters. REI Campground is also serving up camp coffee at this time! It’s also a good time to visit Boulder Beach, where you can DEMO KAYAKS, PADDLEBOARDS, AND MORE with an Adventure Pass or Expert Watersports Pass. Get this beach time in before the 1:00 p.m. SUP CUP Stand Up Paddleboard race!
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—Learn all you need to know about BIKEPACKING at the REI CAMPGROUND from the REI Outdoor School instructors (Free)! You can visit the REI Campground at any time to relax in a camp chair, explore car camping tents, and play the leave-no-trace scavenger hunt to decorate your REI Co-op hat. This is also a great time to get lunch from CRATE. FOOD TRUCK before the SUP CUP Stand Up Paddleboard race begins at the beach!
12:30-2:00 p.m.—Make your way to BOULDER BEACH for the Inaugural SPOKATOPIA SUP CUP Stand Up Paddleboard race! (Register in advance here.) With an Elite and Recreational race, this will also be a great spectator event, as both races are a beach start and finish. Cash prizes are in store for whoever beats out the competition on the Spokane River. While the SUP races are going at it, you can still DEMO your own paddle boards or kayaks with an Adventure Pass.
2:00-3:00 p.m.— These are the last few precious hours of Spokatopia, so head back to the meadow where there will still be plenty of festival activities like bouldering, slacklining, kids’ games, bike demos, live music (HALEY AND THE HITCHHIKERS, 1-3 p.m.), hammocks, and the adult beverage garden. At 3:00 we will draw the grand prize for the GREAT GEAR GIVEAWAY (Free to enter) . . . you’ll want to be present to win to wrap up the perfect festival weekend!
Weather & What to Wear
To make it through a Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival weekend packed with activities, we have a few survival tips! 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 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.