Spokatopia Road Trip 2019!
Are you pondering a road trip to the 5thannual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival? The greater Spokane area is one of the Northwest’s best and lesser-known urban outdoor adventure destinations. Come for the weekend or an entire week and experience over 100 miles of uncrowded single-track mountain biking and hiking trails; urban whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, and fly fishing; biking on over 50 miles of paved pathways; and plenty of restaurants, breweries, bars, live music, and entertainment!
Customize Your Spokatopia Weekend Experience
First, to take advantage of all there is to do at Spokatopia, decide on your festival ticket option and purchase online ahead of time for a ticket discount. Spokatopia is where you’ll find one of the largest bike and water sports demos in the northwest, as well as free yoga, a trail run, live music, a beer garden that gives back to our trails, and clinics where you can learn a new outdoor sport or hone your skills. There’s also a SUP race, rock climbing, rappelling, slacklining, hammocks to chill in, games and bike demos for kids, and more. The festival is held outdoors at Camp Sekani Park and Boulder Beach on the Spokane River near downtown Spokane.
Where to Stay
Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center
1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane, WA 99037
Discounted room rates apply for any date between Wednesday, July 10, 2019 and Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
To receive the discount, call the front desk (509) 924-9000 and mention Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival when making your reservations. Or, book online with this promo code. Room options are $115.00 without breakfast or $125 with breakfast, which is $34-$74 off regular rates for King / Double Queen/ and Double Double room options.
Limited Camping at Spokatopia Festival Grounds
For the first time, we are offering limited, primitive tent camping at Spokatopia. While camping normally isn’t allowed in Camp Sekani Park, a few dozen lucky festival goers will get the chance pitch their tents under the pines. Enjoy evening entertainment and the Bikes & Brews adult beverage garden without having to drive home at the end of it all. Reserve your camp site now!
Things to Do around the Spokane Area
After the festival, take advantage of all there is to do in Spokane! We love to play on our uncrowded trails, rivers, and mountains, and follow it up with local dining and beer or wine. Here’s a list of some of our favorites to help you discover why locals love it here so much. With everything there is to do, you’ll want to plan to stay in the area before and after Spokatopia (scroll to the very bottom for hotel deals!).
- Hike Bowl & Pitcher for spectacular views of the Spokane River.
- Bike, Walk, or Run on the Centennial Trail through the heart of historic Spokane, Riverfront Park, and along the Spokane River. This trail runs all the way into Idaho.
- Trail run or hike at Mount Spokane State Park and catch some epic Northwest views.
- Fish, paddleboard, or canoe on one of the 76 lakes within 50 miles of the Spokane region.
- Play a relaxing round at one of Spokane’s golf courses.
- Browse a local Farmer’s Market or visit the Green Bluff area to pick your own produce.
- Paddle on the Little Spokane River.
- Raft, Float, or Tube the Spokane River with FLOW Adventures guide company.
- Wander in open conservation areas for some fresh air and bring a picnic.
- Visit Wild Walls Climbing Gym, Bloc Yard Bouldering, or rock climb outside in the Spokane area.
- Hike Dishman Hills Conservation Area or the Spokane Bluff.
- Rollerskate at the Ribbon at Riverfront Park.
- Mountain Bike at Riverside State Park and other Spokane-area MTB trails.
- Explore kid-friendly regional trails such as Fish Lake Trail.
- Pick huckleberries at Mount Spokane State Park.
- Visit Manito Park (for free) to see some awe-inspiring gardens and conservatory.
- Have fun with the whole family at the Roller Valley Entertainment Center, complete with roller skating, pool, and more.
Where to Eat and Drink
Luna’s—Located on The South Hill, you’ll find all local ingredients in your menu items, from eggs benedict to mimosas.
The Yards Bruncheon—A twist on traditional breakfast, with items like chorizo tacos and deviled eggs with maple-bacon filling.
Frank’s Diner—A Spokane classic, set in a train car.
Sweet Peaks—Downtown location with high-quality and adventurous flavors of ice cream.
The Scoop—A locally-owned ice cream shop with ice cream made fresh daily with liquid nitrogen.
The Grain Shed—Stellar breakfast and lunch sandwich options made from local ingredients. Also offers bread baked in-house in a wood-fired oven from ancient Palouse grains. The grains are also used to make beers; The Grain Shed Brewery is open until 10 p.m.
Cole’s Bakery & Café—Spokane’s first and only full-service gluten-free (and peanut-free!) restaurant, and also offers dairy-free, vegan and keto options.
Manito Tap House—With a specified gluten-free fryer and gluten-free beer, you’ll find many options for high-quality pub food.
The Flying Goat—One of the best pizzas in town!
Thai Bamboo—An authentic taste of Thailand.
Borracho Tacos & Tequila—Street tacos bursting with flavor. Also check out the house-made margaritas.
Smacky’s on Broadway—Epic lunch sandwiches in the Spokane Valley.
High-Tide Lobster Bar—Lobster Rolls that are all the rage right now.
Clover—A garden-to-table local restaurant, known for its scratch dishes including beef that is dry-aged and cured in-house and daily, locally-sourced pastries.
Wild Sage Bistro—Fine dining, casually. Locally-sourced. Try the Wild Sage cocktail.
The Wandering Table—Modern American food and libations.
Clinkerdagger—A historic steakhouse with a unique name and view of the Spokane River.
Nudo Ramen House—From traditional ramen bowls to the adventurous Ramen Burger, this is one to try.
Casper Fry—Located in the popular Perry District, Casper Fry features a Southern take on American food.
Mizuna—With an entirely separate vegetarian menu and notable wine list, Mizuna is great for any crowd.
Hay J’s Bistro—Don’t let the exterior fool you; Hay J’s has some great New American fare.
Safari Lounge at the Davenport Tower—The best happy hour in town with half-priced cocktails and flatbreads from 4-6 p.m. daily.
The Gilded Unicorn—An old Bavarian-style basement tavern that’s been given unicorn flair. Go for the cocktails and Devils on Horseback (bacon-wrapped dates).
ZOLA—Upcycled furniture and decor create an eclectic feel in the
historic Longbotham building. Live music every night by 9 p.m.
The Cork District—Spokane is home to over 20 tasting rooms, with Washington state wine from Walla Walla, the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and beyond.
Craft Beer—Iron Goat Brewing is a locally owned and operated brewery with some great beer. (Did you find the real Iron Goat in Riverfront Park while you were in town?) Try their Goatmeal Stout or Head Butt IPA. Also check out Black Label Brewing Company located in Saranac Commons, Perry Street Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse, V-Twin Brewing Company, Bellwether Brewing, Twelve Strings Brewing Company, Badass Backyard Brewing, Big Barn Brewing, and Millwood Brewing Company. You can track them all on the Inland Northwest Ale Trail.
Local Cider—One Tree Cider House has a range of in-house and local ciders on tap. Get a flight and hang out to play a board game in their modern downtown location. Liberty Ciderworks showcases our wonderful apple-growing region with cider from local apples.
Dry Fly Distilling—Locally-made spirits featuring Washington wheat. DryFly has excellent whiskey and occasional live music.
Shopping, Arts, & Culture
- Look into the events calendar for the Spokane Symphony, Chase Art Gallery, and Jundt Art Gallery.
- Visit the MAC (the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture), which specializes in art and regional history.
- Catch a show at the Bing Theatre, Knitting Factory, Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox, or the Garland District Theatre ($5 movies!) with its attatched bar Bon Bon.
- First Interstate Center for the Arts has a variety of shows all year long.
- Northern Quest Resort & Casino is Spokane’s largest 24/7 casino, with games, spa experiences, and fine dining.
- Mobius Science Center for Kids—located near the downtown mall and Riverfront Park, Mobius includes interactive exhibits on topics including physics, engineering, math, and architecture to keep young minds active.
- The Spokane Valley Mall offers shopping, with an activity trail located nearby.