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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.