Bloomsday is an annual 12 kilometer (7.46 mile) run that starts and ends in downtown Spokane. Since the inaugural run in 1977, thousands of competitive runners, casual joggers, kids, stroller pushers, walkers and wheelchair racers have flocked to Spokane for a weekend chocked full of excitement. It’s more than a race. With 50,000+ runners, Bloomsday takes over in Spokane. Live music, great food and nightlife abound. With so many activities and people converging in Spokane, it’s great to get an insider’s knowledge on things to do, tips and tricks for navigating Bloomsday weekend in Spokane.
Bloomsday in Spokane is a weekend full of activities and excitement, all leading up to the run on Sunday. The jam packed weekend has something for everyone. Of course you will want to pick up your packet and get your official race number and timing chip, but there are so many other things happening at the tradeshow, you won’t want to miss. Visit BloomsdayRun.org for a list of tradeshow vendors.
If you are arriving to Spokane on Friday, there are lots of great restaurants to choose from for lunch and dinner. For some evening entertainment – you could visit The Ridler Piano Bar for the dueling piano show that starts at 8pm each night. For more nightlife ideas, visit our Spokane Nightlife Guide.
Saturday is a great day to pick up your packet and visit the tradeshow vendors. Start out your day with a complimentary yoga class at Lululemon athletica at the Crescent Court. The yoga class starts at 8:30am and features a local Spokane area studio. There are always great special events for the Bloomsday weekend, be sure to check out our Events Calendar for fun things to do while you're in Spokane.
If thrill seeking is more your style, don’t miss out on rafting the Spokane River. Book a guided trip with ROW Adventures, Wiley E. Waters or Pangea River Rafting for a wild whitewater adventure. (Leisure floats offered as well.)
If you are bringing kids to Bloomsday, there is plenty for them to do too. Mobius Children’s Museum features exhibits that pique the curiosity of children and adults alike. Spokane is also home to Cat Tales Zoological Park – home to more than 40 big cats (Lions, Leopards, Pumas & more) and it is a 20 minute drive from downtown Spokane.
At the end of all the activities, have a pasta dinner and fuel up for Bloomsday. We have some great Italian restaurants to choose from including Italian Kitchen, Luigi’s, Old Spaghetti Factory and Italia Trattoria.
Head back to your hotel and get some rest. The big event starts at 9am and you will want to get to your color group at least 30 minutes prior to your starting time. After the race, you can celebrate your success in your finisher shirt while sipping a pint at one of the breweries on the Inland Northwest Ale Trail.
Enjoy your visit to Spokane for Bloomsday!