Aug
23
to Aug 25

Spokane Pow Wow

Location:
Lilac Bowl, Riverfront Park: 507 N. Howard Street , Spokane, WA

An annual celebration of Native American arts and culture, past and present. The history of this event, and the significance of gathering at the Spokane River, goes back generations.

Admission is FREE

For more information, go to: https://calendar.powwows.com/events/gathering-at-the-falls-pow-wow-2019-2/

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Aug
25
6:00 AM06:00

State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

Special day celebrates the National Park System’s 103rd birthday

OLYMPIA – Aug. 5, 2019 – In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Sunday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

State Parks free days are in keeping with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day visit. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

While Washington State Parks and the National Park Service are different entities, the two agencies share a rich tradition of stewarding the lands they manage. Many state parks are located within an hour’s drive of Washington’s national parks, monuments and historical reserves and sites:

  • Battle Ground Lake State Park, near Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
    35 minutes by car

  • Fort Townsend Historical State Park, near Olympic National Park
    One hour by car

  • Bogachiel State Park, near Olympic National Park
    43 minutes by car

  • Lime Kiln Point State Park, near San Juan Island National Historical Park
    16 minutes by car

  • Rockport and Rasar state parks, near North Cascades National Park
    32 and 40 minutes by car

  • Fort Ebey State Park and Fort Casey Historical State Park, near Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
    10 minutes by car

  • Federation Forest, Nisqually and Nolte state parks, near Mount Rainier National Park
    40 minutes, 36 minutes and one hour by car

In addition, many Washington state parks are within the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail:

  • Beacon Rock State Park

  • Columbia Hills State Park

  • Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

  • Lyons Ferry State Park

  • Palouse Falls State Park

  • Steamboat Rock State Park

  • Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park

  • Yakima Sportsman State Park

For more information on special birthday events the National Park Service is planning, visit:  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/nps-birthday.htm

The remaining 2019 State Parks free days are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 — National Public Lands Day

  • Monday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

To find a Washington state park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/281/Parks

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Princesses/Squaws/Maidens: the Language of Stereotypes- Pendleton OR

Presented by: Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum

Location: TAMÁSTSLIKT CULTURAL INSTITUTE

47106 WILDHORSE BOULEVARD, PENDLETON, OREGON 97801

Speakers Bobbie Conner, Tamástslikt Director, and Dr. Jennifer Karson Engum continue the discussion on common stereotypes about Native peoples including Native Americans’ power to replace stereotypical images and retake ownership of cultural identity. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to: https://www.tamastslikt.org/events/

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Sep
21
to Sep 22

Spokane Valley Fair

Check the website for a full schedule. We thought members might be interested in:

Saturday
Fishing at the Falls
Sponsored by Cabela’s

 Beer, Wine and Food Garden Including Valley Ale Fest

Live Music and Entertainment at the CenterPlace Patio Stage
 Robotics, Drones, and STEM Showcase

 Mobius Planetarium

At Mirabeau Point Park

 Day and Night Telescopes with Spokane Astronomical Society

Sunday
Fun run and boat/bike/run Triathalon

Find out more at: Visit Spokane

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Oct
5
to Oct 6

E3 & KEEN Environment & Sustainability Education Conference

Co-hosted by KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) and E3 Washington

E3 Washington and KEEN (Kittitas Environmental Education Network) are delighted to hold the first Washington State Environment and Sustainability Education (ESE) Community Conference in over seven years. We’re building on the NAAEE Conference in Spokane last year.

Join us for this opportunity to gather and share environment and sustainability education.

When: October 5-6, 2019

Where: Lazy F Ranch, Ellensburg WA

Who: Teachers, Educators, Professors, Scientists, Engineers and others working to support ESE for ALL students in Washington State. 

The CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open. Share your wisdom, lessons or research.

Find out more: E3 Washington

Or, Register Now

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

Mt Spokane Ski Swap

Location: Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Address:
404 N Havana Street
Suite 1
Spokane Valley, WA 99202

Whether you're shopping for yourself, your kids, or just seeing what the Swap is all about, we've got something for everybody. Mind-blowing amounts of skis, snowboards, clothing, helmets, goggles, and children's items plus a growing selection of AT, telemark, and cross-country equipment make sure you're equipped this winter season.

Reuse is key to a cleaner more ecological world.

Find out more at: Mt Spokane Ski Swap

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Science Action Club- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

For More Information and to Register!

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Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

Science Action Clubs- Coulee Dam

Location: Lake Roosevelt Jr. Sr. High School, Coulee Dam, WA

Spark youth interest in science!

Hands-on science investigation for out-of-school time programs.

Designed by the California Academy of Sciences, Science Action Club is a nationwide STEM program for middle school youth in out-of-school time. Through games, projects, and hands-on activities, youth in SAC use citizen science to explore nature, connect with scientists, and design strategies to protect our planet.

SAC’s science and nature units spark curiosity, build scientific skills, and help youth develop STEM identities.

All three units are available in English and bilingual English-Spanish. Our sliding scale fee structure ensures equity and access!

For More Information and to Register!

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Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Unity in the Community-Career and Education Fair-Spokane

Location: Riverfront Park, Spokane, WA
Cost:
Free
Unity in the Community consists of five key vendor areas: Youth Fair, Career and Education Fair, Health Fair, Early Learning Fair, and General Vendors.

Along with our vendors we also have a Cultural Village and a stage consisting of a diverse group of performers and acts to keep you entertained all day. Whatever your age, you will find something to do at Unity.

The Career and Education Fair (one of the event strands) provides employment and educational information in an informal setting. This provides a perfect time to gather information from many local employers and the majority of our academic institutions in Spokane County. Participating businesses have shared the success of attending this event because of its casual and inviting nature. We encourage interested job seekers to come meet and discover the various employers in Spokane County.

The educational component of the fair has representatives from the different are colleges and universities present. Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth University, and Washington State University have all been in attendance. Those interested in furthering their education will have the opportunity to learn about the various programs at each of the institutions.

Learn more at: http://www.nwunity.org/

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Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday

Colville, Wash. (July 31, 2019) – Please join the employees of the Colville National Forest in celebrating Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday on Friday, August 9 at two locations in Stevens County. Smokey will be available for photos 10-10:30 a.m. at the headquarters in Colville and from noon-12:30 p.m. at the Chewelah Farmers Market, weather permitting.

Forest Service staff will serve cake and offer members of the public Smokey Bear items 10 a.m. to noon at the Forest Headquarters, 765 South Main in Colville, Washington. The Forest Service booth at the Chewelah Farmers Market will provide games and Smokey Bear items 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chewelah City Park located at the corner of North Park Street (U.S. 395) and East Lincoln Avenue.

For the past 75 years, Smokey Bear has been teaching generations of children how to prevent wildfires. As one of the most recognizable fictional characters, Smokey Bear has become the symbol of wildfire prevention and an American icon. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest running public service advertising campaign in United States history. With his slogans like “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” children are learning about their roles and responsibilities in wildfire prevention.

For more information, please contact the Colville National Forest Headquarters at (509) 684-7000.

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Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

World Environment Day

Nine out of ten people breathe polluted air. From 24 May, through to #WorldEnvironmentDay on June 5, we are calling on everyone to join the Mask Challenge. Face masks are a great symbol to show leaders we want to breathe clean air. Alongside celebrities, influencers and creators, the World Environment Day campaign invites everyone to:

Decide what action you are going to take to #BeatAirPollution

Here are some examples:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk

  • Switch to a hybrid or electric vehicle and request electric taxis

  • Turn off the car engine when stationary

  • Reduce your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions

  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash

  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment

  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use 

  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings
     

  1. Make a pledge and challenge others to take action
    May 24th – June 4th

    • Take a photo or video of yourself wearing a mask to post on social media. Don't have a mask?

    • Get creative and make your own!

    • In your post share the action you’ll take to reduce air pollution

    • Tag 3 people/organizations/ companies to challenge them to do the same.

    • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment.
       

  2. On World Environment Day, show how you have fulfilled your pledge!

  • Take another photo or video of yourself fulfilling your commitment and post it on social media.

  • Use #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatAirPollution in your social media posts and don’t forget to tag @UNEnvironment. 

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May
23
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

Free- Walla Walla: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!
Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Be sure to RSVP here

Thanks,

WA State Farm to School Network Coordination Team

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May
23
12:00 PM12:00

NAAEE Webinar: Collective Impact Evaluation

Organization: 

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

NAAEE

Rhode Island Environmental Education Association

We hope that you'll join us for the May installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series. Come learn about exciting work happening across the NAAEE Affiliate Network to evaluate environmental education at the state level and consider how you might do similar work in your state.

How can we tell our story more effectively to advance environmental education? Which measures speak the loudest? Katie Navin, Executive Director of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (link is external), will discuss what CAAEE has learned from practitioners, funders, researchers, and national experts to create shared outcomes and collective evaluation in Colorado.

And join Jeanine Silversmith, Project Manager for the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (link is external), to learn about Rhode Island’s statewide survey of K-12 educators and the successful partnerships that were informed by the results. Jeanine will share information about the development and implementation of the tool and give a brief update on their progress toward assessing student environmental literacy in Rhode Island. 

Register Now: NAAEE Webinars

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May
22
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

Free – Spokane: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!

Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Be sure to RSVP here

Thanks,

WA State Farm to School Network Coordination Team

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

How Spokane Owes Its Existence to the Ice Age Floods

Location: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture, 2316 W 1st Ave Spokane WA 99201
Auditorium - E.A. Johnston

Speaker: Dr. Linda McCollum

Cost: $10, suggested donation

In this lecture Dr. Linda McCollum, EWU Professor Emeritus of Geology, will review the profound effect the Ice Age Floods and their deposits have had on the Spokane areas landscape and the evidence suggesting that wooly mammoths may have walked from Pleasant Prairie across a broad floodplain to drink water from the Spokane River.

For more information, go to: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

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May
16
2:00 PM14:00

Regional Farm to School & ECE Gatherings

FREE – Chelan: RSVP here

The Washington State Farm to School Network is organizing a Regional Gathering in six locations around Washington State! School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.

At 3:30pm school gardeners, educators, teachers, and all other farm to school partners will join the event to continue networking and growing farm to school in the region.

Pick a time when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:

  • 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training/panel and networking for school nutrition staff, childcare providers, and farmers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.

  • 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.

  • 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities

Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!

Contact ciberle@agr.wa.gov if you are interested in organizing any other activities or components of the event in your region. 

Don’t forget to RSVP here

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May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Archaeology along the Spokane River


Remnants and Rails: Archaeology along the Southern Bank of the Spokane River at Riverfront Park

Speaker: Ms. Ashley Morton

Location: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
2316 W 1st Ave Spokane WA 99201
E.A. Johnston Auditorium

Cost: Free admission

This last lecture in the 2018-2019 Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) series explores the results of recent archaeological surveys conducted in the Gondola Meadow and Looff Carrousel areas of Spokane’s Riverfront Park, which took place before the completion of the new recreational rink and carrousel buildings. 

For more information, go to: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture

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Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

The History of Inuit Printmaking in Canada

Location: Northwest Museum of History and Culture
2316 W 1st Ave Spokane WA 99201
Auditorium - E.A. Johnston

James Houston and the History of Inuit Printmaking in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Nadine Fabbi

Cost: $10

Today, about 10% of Inuit make their living from art sales--one of the largest economies after mining. Yet how did this art form develop in a culture that exists above tree line where there is no wood or a culture of paper making, writing or etching? In this talk, University of Washington’s Dr. Nadine Fabbi, Managing Director of the Canadian Studies Center/Arctic and International Relations in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and a Senior Arctic Fellow with the International Policy Institute in the Jackson School will provide an overview of the Inuit in Canada and the intriguing story of how printmaking by the Inuit has gained international recognition.

For more information, go to: Northwest Museum of History and Culture

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

ASCD Webinar: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience

In this webinar, Jay McTighe and Judy Willis examine how the neuroscience of learning intersects with the Understanding by Design® framework. Using ideas outlined in their new book, Upgrade Your Teaching: Understanding by Design Meets Neuroscience, they will explore

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Apr
22
4:30 AM04:30

State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

All Day

To celebrate spring, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).

A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

For more information, go to: WA State Parks

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Apr
20
4:30 AM04:30

State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

All Day

To celebrate spring, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities).

A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

For more information, go to: WA State Parks

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Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Artist Preston Singletary

Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W 1st Ave, Spokane WA 99201
Auditorium - E.A. Johnston

Speaker: Mr. Preston Singletary

Cost: $15

Join us for this special evening with talented Native American glass-blowing artist Preston Singletary. Singletary’s art has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art and features themes of transformation, animal spirits, and shamanism through his elegant blown glass forms and mystical sand-carved Tlingit designs.

For more information, go to: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

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Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Inquiry, Exploration and Service Learning in the Sagebrush Ecosystem Educator Training

Spring is coming soon! Join us at The Reach to learn about the sagebrush ecosystem and be ready to take your students outdoors!

Register today for the upcoming Sagebrush Ecosystem Educator Training! 

Join us at The Reach for this teacher training about the Sagebrush Ecosystem.  You'll experience several resources and opportunities.. 

Check it out!
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efttgyxbe4ebe32b&llr=8mmeildab&showPage=true

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Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Spokane Earth Day

Balfour Park Block- across from Spokane Valley City Hall
105 N Balfour, Spokane Valley WA 99206

2019 Theme “Save the Species”. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Spokane Valley, Spokane & N. Idaho’s surrounding communities natural environment.

After event expenses, monies raised from the event will be used to:
● Assist in restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment by active human intervention and factors such as storms & wildfires.
● We plan to donate vegetable seedlings & fruit trees to local community gardens.
● We want to give seed packets of native flowers and herbs that sustain pollinators (hummingbirds, butterflies and bees) to the attendees. Habitat loss is the leading cause of species extinctions and planting 1 seed can make a difference.

For More Information: Facebook: EarthDaySpokane
Volunteers & Vendors Wanted.
Donations & Sponsorships are tax-deductible

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Spokane Bike Swap and Expo

Location: Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

The Spokane Bike Swap & Expo seeks to improve the health of our community by providing an inclusive event with a wide range of affordable bicycles, bicycle related products and services while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Have a bike you don’t ride anymore? Sell it at the Bike Swap, get some extra cash in your pocket and find yourself a new bike!

Hundreds of bikes to choose from and over 50 exhibitors – including most local bike shops – bring every type, size and price range. You’re sure to find a great deal on your new bike!

Ready to part ways with an old bike and don’t want to hassle with it? Donate it to Bike Swap! We will provide you a donation receipt and admission pass to the event!

Activities and Exhibitors

Find out more at: Spokane Bike Swap and Expo

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