September 22-24, 2017

Mirabeau Point Park & CenterPlace, Spokane Valley

Art, talent, and family all come together for a three-day festival in Spokane Valley. Celebrating its 27th anniversary in 2017, 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 creative and philanthropic pulse of the people that make Spokane Valley a vibrant, welcoming place to be.

Event Guide

Valleyfest showcases the talent and services in and around the Spokane Valley area. The event kicks off on Friday night with the Hearts of Gold parade, a Valleyfest staple since its inception, and continues through to Sunday with vendor booths, athletic events, live entertainment, and family fun. Proceeds from the festival go to Valleyfest Foundation scholarships, which help qualified students with tutoring, school supplies, and other educational activities.

This Year's Event Calendar

Friday, September 22

Sprague Avenue Between University and Pines, Spokane Valley

6:15 pm: Lions Club Bed Races

    North Gillis Road & Moffit Road

7:30 pm: Hearts of Gold Parade

    East Sprague Avenue from North Gillis Road to Pines Road

Saturday, September 23

CenterPlace Regional Event Center

6:35 am: Hot Air Balloon Launch

6:30 - 10 am: Pancake Breakfast

9 am - 3:30 pm: Car Show

9 am: Step UP for Down Syndrome Walk

10 am - 4 pm: Mobius Planetarium

10 am - 3:30 pm: Fishing at the Falls

11:30 am - 9:30 pm: Valley Ale Fest and Beer, Wine, Food Garden

Noon - 9:30 pm: Live Music and Entertainment at the Patio Stage

3:30 pm: Car Show Awards

4 pm: PG-rated Comedy Cup

4 - 8 pm: Robotics and STEM

7 - 9 pm: Mobius Planetarium

8 pm: Hot Air Balloon Night Glow

Mirabeau Point Park

8:30 am - 7 pm: Stuff the Bus

10 am - 6 pm: Vendor Booths Open

10:30 am - 6:30 pm: Live Music and Entertainment on Meadow Festival and Family Stages

10 am - 10 pm: Day and Night Telescopes with Spokane Astronomical Society

7:30 pm: Outdoor Movie

Sunday, September 24

CenterPlace Regional Event Center

6:35 am: Hot Air Balloon Launch

Plantes Ferry Sports Complex

8 am: Duathlon

8 am: 5K and 10K Run

Mirabeau Point Park

8:30 am - 4 pm: AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

11 am - 3 pm: Stuff the Bus

11 am - 4 pm: Vendor Booths Open

Noon: Family Bike Ride

Event Details

Valleyfest centers around live entertainment and activities for the whole family. The booths section is open to free admission and features arts and crafts, local businesses, food, political candidates, and social services. Learn about what's going on in your community and check out the following feature events:

Lions Club Bed Races

In only its second year, the Lions Club Bed Races was a terrific crowd pleaser last year. Team members dress in costume and decorate beds-on-wheels to race down E. Sprague Avenue from N. Gillis Road to N. Moffit Road and back again--with a rotational fire drill in between which includes a pajama swap between riders.

Proceeds from this event go toward promoting 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 clowns at the parade. Sprague Avenue closes between Pines Road and University Road at 6 pm, giving you lots of room to find a premier viewing spot. The parade recognizes Spokane Valley folks with "hearts of gold" who give back to the community.

5K/10K Run

The annual run starts and finishes at the Plantes Ferry - West Parking Lot Picnic Shelter. It's a timed race on an easy course, so runners shouldn't be surprised if they set personal bests. Registration is open and costs $20. Each participant gets a goodie bag.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

It's a puppy party! The American Kennel Club sponsors a day to teach responsible dog ownership. The entire day features:

  • Local shelters offering licensing, vaccinations, and microchip services

  • Area breed clubs sharing knowledge of dog breeds

  • Canine Good Citizen Test by CDA Dog Fanciers

  • Demonstrations by City of Spokane police, Spokane Dog Training Club, Lilac City Dog Training Club, Sunara Dog Training, Gazehound Fanciers of Spokane, and Trieball

  • Child safety course with Lilac City Dog Training Club

  • Blessing of the Animals by Spokane Faith & Values (Spokane FaVS)  and the Spokane Interfaith Council

  • Vendor booths with pet-oriented businesses and non-profits

Mobius Planetarium

The Spokane Astronomical Society throws its doors open to give you an inside look at the stars, planets, and globular clusters of the universe. Stop by Mobius Planetarium to get up close and personal with the world beyond our world.

Balloons over Valleyfest

Hot-air balloons fill the sky over Spokane Valley, delighting spectators and photographers with their colors and gentle floating.

Car Show

Hot rods, rat rods, muscle cars, classics, and customs … car lovers dig the show and shine event that has been a part of Valleyfest since 2012. Check out each owner's pride and joy while listening to live music near the beer garden.


Another test of your sports mettle! The duathlon is for athletes who can hop off their bicycles after 11 miles and run for another three. Sounds easy? Individuals register for $30 and teams of two for $50. Each participant gets a goodie bag. Register here.

Pancake Breakfast

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 Center. Noshing on the pancakes, sausage, bacon and eggs is by donation.

Robotics & STEM

Exploring Families brings its free event featuring science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Interact with robots and join in the hands-on activities. Let your imagination soar.

Stuff the Bus

Help kids in need. Valleyfest is partnering with KXLY 4 News, Spokane Transit Authority, and Spokane Valley Mall to get an entire STA bus stuffed with coats for kids. All supplies donated will be given to Coats 4 Kids and distributed to children in need throughout Spokane and neighboring areas.

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.

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. Each route is leader guided. Registration for children under 10 is $5 each and anyone older registers for $15 and gets a T-shirt. Register here.

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. The organizing committee needs your hands and help with:

  • Auction: Setup, teardown, seeking donations

  • Parade and general event: Setup, teardown working with the public, transporting vendors to sit, errand running for the director and event staff

  • Other positions: Office work, networking, setup, cleanup crew, and more

  • If you can help at Valleyfest, call the event office at (509)922-3299 or email

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