Every year, almost 200,000 party-goers feast on carefully prepared delicacies and listen to great music at Pig Out in the Park. In its 39th year, the Spokane festival of family fun brings people together at Riverfront Park, the verdant and lively 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 the three adult beverage gardens. New this year is an arts and craft fair and public market, under the Pavilion.
This Year’s Event
Event: Pig Out in the Park 2018
Dates: Aug. 29 - Sept. 3, Open Daily 11 am - 10 pm
Location: Riverfront Park, Downtown Spokane
Admission Cost: FREE
The 39th edition of Pig Out in the Park features 47 food booths and 225 menu items at great prices.
Pig Out is as much a music festival as it is a food festival. With dozens of free concerts on three different stages, there's bound to be a show happening no matter what time you head down to grab a bite. Many go down throughout the weekend just for the great music and dancing. To see a full show schedule for this year's event click here.
Local restaurants and boutiques create small dishes and bite-sized morsels with nothing over $9.95. $3 bites are available every day, 3-5 pm and 9-10 pm.
Nosh on nachos, deep-fried candy bars and Twinkies, noodles, grilled cheese sandwiches, dogs, burritos, and more. . . much much more!
For more information, visit SpokanePigout.com. Make sure you check out the entire music and food listings.
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?
For 10 years in a row, readers of the Inlander have voted Pig Out in the Park as Spokane's premier food and music event. In 2017, the festival earned a spot in the Best Of Hall of Fame. Organizer Bill Burke works hard to present a six-day party of specialty food from all over the region and great music. It has hosted all genres of epicurean delights, from ethnic inspired to deep-fried everything, and all genres of entertainment, from rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot to old-time favorites like Bo Diddly and Paul Revere and the Raiders.
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. Again, no dish is more than $9.95!
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.