Valleyfest in Spokane Valley
The Annual Event is New and Different as Valleyfest goes Virtual
Art, talent, and family all come together for a three-day festival in Spokane Valley. Valleyfest is one of the top cultural events in the region, highlighting Spokane Valley’s visual and performing arts, education, science, and recreation. Join Valleyfest for a free, fun weekend event that celebrates the vibrant and welcoming community of Spokane Valley.
Valleyfest centers around live entertainment on three stages and activities for the whole family. Admission is free for most events and the booths section features arts and crafts, games for the kids, local businesses, food, political candidates, and social services. Learn about what's going on in your community and check out the following featured events. Registration is required for some events; information is available at www.valleyfest.org.
- Three Live Entertainment Stages
- Over 225 Vendors
- Hearts of Gold Parade
- Bed Races
- Pancake Breakfast
- Interactive Activités
- Car Show
- Fishing at the Falls
- Outdoor Movie
- Comedy Cup
- Country Swing Dance Competition
- AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
- STEM and Robotics Showcase
- Step UP for Down Syndrome Walk
- 5K/10K Run
- Family Bike Ride
Lions Club Bed Races
Gather together a team of five people for the 8th annual Lion Club Bed Races at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 before the parade or just come down and watch this fun, family-friendly event. Team members dress in costume and decorate beds-on-wheels to race down Sprague Avenue from Gillis Road to Moffit Road and back again--with a rotational fire drill in between which includes a pajama swap between riders. The race is a fun team-building exercise and provides a great marketing opportunity for local businesses.
Registration closes Sept. 4. The cost per team is $150 if you bring your own twin bed; $175 if you need a bed provided. Participants get t-shirts and a team spaghetti dinner. Prizes will be awarded.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Lions Club, which promotes eyesight, hearing, and diabetes awareness as well as ongoing projects including eyeglass recycling, health screenings, donations to schools, community improvement projects, and assistance to people in need.
Hearts of Gold Parade
Cast your eyes on custom and classic cars, floats, bands, and the Miss Spokane Valley Royalty at the parade. Sprague Avenue closes between Pines Road and University Road at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, giving you lots of room to find a premier viewing spot before the parade begins at 7:30 p.m. If you need to pick up dinner while you wait, there are 30 restaurants along the parade route. The parade, which begins in front of Appleway Florist and ends at Perrine Road, recognizes Spokane Valley folks with "hearts of gold" who give back to the community.
The annual 5K/10K run starts and finishes at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex west parking lot picnic shelter at 12308 E. Upriver Drive at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. It's a timed race on the Centennial Trail, so runners shouldn't be surprised if they set personal bests. Both races are Bloomsday second seed qualifiers. Registration is open through Sept. 25 and costs $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Each early registrant will get a goodie bag and a t-shirt.
Get a look at the stars and planets of the universe during free 15-minute planetarium shows hosted by Mobius Science Center every half hour beginning at noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. The Spokane Astronomical Society will bring their telescopes to Mirabeau Point Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Mirabeau Point Park so people can look for sunspots and solar flares. They’ll be in the park from sunset to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, so people can look at the night sky.
Hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, classics, and customs … car lovers dig the show and shine event on the north lawn of the CenterPlace Regional Event Center that has been a part of Valleyfest for well over a decade. There are a lot of new activities this year, including all-ages tricycle drag races, a NASCAR pit stop tire challenge, valve cover car races, and a flag girl competition. Check out each owner's pride and joy while listening to live music near the beer garden. Trophies will be awarded for classes pre-1939 to the present. Car owners can register online at www.valleyfest.org or the morning of the show at 7 a.m. Check-in is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The registration fee is $20.
Another test of your sports mettle! The timed duathlon is for athletes who can run 5K, hop on their bicycles for 11 miles and then run for another 5K. Sound easy? Individuals register for $30 and teams of two for $50. Each participant gets a goodie bag and those who register before Sept. 16 will get a t-shirt. The course begins at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex west parking lot at 12308 E. Upriver Drive at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
Mmmmm … pancakes and sausage are the right way to start your day. Community members serve a delicious breakfast in the Great Room of the CenterPlace Regional Event Center from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Noshing on the pancakes, sausage, bacon, and eggs is by donation, with suggested amounts of $7 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-6.
Robotics & STEM
The free event featuring science, technology, engineering, and math skills takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Interact with robots and join in hands-on activities. Let your imagination soar!
Step UP for Down Syndrome Walk
DsConnections NW promotes awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome. The easy one-mile walk was developed as a fundraiser and a way to promote the abilities and contributions of people with Down syndrome. It begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Discovery Playground next to the CenterPlace Regional Event Center.
Family Bike Ride
The whole family can join a gentle, easy bike ride along the gorgeous Centennial Trail, choosing from distances of 6.8 miles, 8.8 miles, 13.5 miles, and 15.6 miles. Check-in is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Centennial Trail across from Mirabeau Point Park. Each route is leader guided. The ride is free but riders are asked to register in advance.
Combine 1.5 miles on a boat with an 11-mile bike ride and a three-mile run on this route that will test your stamina on the scenic Spokane River and the Centennial Trail. It begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at the South Centennial Trailhead across from the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. The kayak/canoe course ends at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex. The entry fee is $40 per person, $55 for a team of two, $70 for a team of three or $95 for a team of four. Those who register early will receive a t-shirt.
It’s all about babies and toddlers at the free TotFest event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Check out information and resources designed for parents and teachers of kids up to age 6. There’s plenty of fun for the kids, too, with outdoor activities, a performance stage, karaoke, bounce houses, and more! There will be accommodations for nursing mothers and a quiet room.
Fishing at the Falls
Kids under the age of 14 can try to catch a real fish at the Mirabeau Springs waterfall in this event hosted by Cabela’s from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. You can teach your child how to fish and have respect for nature. This event is hugely popular, so make sure you arrive early before the line closes! Equipment will be provided and there will be experts on hand to help. The fish are donated to the Union Gospel Mission after the event.
Country Dance Competition
Break out your best swing dance moves and enter the Swinging in the Valley Country Dance Competition from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center. Advanced dancers will show off fun moves and aerial acrobatics, but the competition is open to people of all skill levels. Kids don’t have to miss out on the fun either, they can enter their own division for free! The competition is $30 for couples and registration is required.
Valleyfest Needs Volunteers
Valleyfest is always made successful by its corps of volunteers. The event annually gets the help of more than 200 super folks who are committed to ensuring the event runs smoothly. If you can help at Valleyfest, call the event office at (509)922-3299 or email email@example.com.