Yes, the organizers of the 6th annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival, who also publish this magazine, think the Spokane region is an outdoor adventure utopia. Hence the festival’s name. One of the biggest draws of the event is the opportunity to try a wide range of bikes, from high-end mountain bikes to e-bikes and other entry-level and mid-range bikes for dirt and pavement on Camp Sekani Park singletrack and the Centennial Trail.

Spokatopia has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Returning to a one-day format this year with longer hours than in the past, Spokatopia will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Previously the date was July 11.)

Spokatopia participants can also take the 5-minute walk down to Boulder Beach on the Spokane River to try different paddleboards, sit-on-top kayaks, and other watersports gear. The event also features live music, an adult beverage garden supporting Evergreen East, a mountain bike jump show, a SUP race, 5k trail run, free yoga class, slacklining, kids’ activities, bouldering, over 50 outdoor vendors, food trucks, and other new activities, races, and contests in the works.

General admission and kids under 12 are free, and bike and watersports demo passes range from $10 to $45. Mark your calendar and look for updates at Spokatopia.com and on social media.