Every year, almost 200,000 party-goers feast on carefully prepared delicacies and listen to great music at Pig Out in the Park. The Spokane Festival of family fun brings people together at Riverfront Park, the core of the city's downtown. Favorite local restaurants and cafes offer finger-licking fun while you roam around the park listening to free music and exploring craft beer, wine, and spirits at adult beverage gardens.
History of Pig Out in the Park
Over nearly four decades, Pig Out in the Park food and music festival has grown by leaps and bounds due to all the work of longtime organizer and promoter, Bill Burke. The event has undergone several brand changes, known as the “Spokane YUM YUM Restaurant Fair” and “Food-O-Rama” in the 1980s. It became Pig Out in the Park in 1988 and, by that time, it had grown from a couple of food booths, featuring Red Lion Tavern's barbecued ribs and chicken, to a two-day event that took over Riverfront Park.
Music has always been a focus of the event. The initial fair featured four dinnertime concerts and it has since blown up to feature all-day concerts on three stages.
Why Go to Pig Out in the Park?
Considered the last bash of Spokane's summer, the event welcomes eaters and music listeners of all ages. Entrance to the event is FREE, but walk past the booths, smell what's cooking, and just try to turn down the opportunity to tickle your taste buds with affordable eats. From savory to sweet, from foodie to picky eater, there's something for everyone … all while getting down to some smooth jazz, rockin' riffs, or slow country drawls.