Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first sale in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.
The Farm Chicks Fair is held the first full weekend of June each year in Spokane, Washington.
Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2, 2019
Show Location: Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana Street, Spokane Valley, Washington. The fair is all indoors.
From West Spokane / Spokane Airport / Seattle
Take Exit 283B (Thor-Freya). Turn left on Havana Street, continue north to the corner of Broadway Avenue and Havana Street.
From Spokane Valley / Idaho
Take Exit 286 (Broadway Avenue). Turn right on Broadway Avenue, continue west to the corner of Broadway Avenue and Havana Street.
Parking: Free. Many handicapped spaces are available. Please note: There is unlimited general parking available at the fairgrounds. Parking attendants will direct you to the best available parking spaces.
Admission: $8 per day, or $10 for the weekend pass. Tickets are available for purchase on Friday, June 1 from 3-5pm at the Spokane Fairgrounds ticket windows and throughout the operating hours of The Farm Chicks Fair, June 2 and 3.
ATM: There are several ATM machines on site.
Dining: Food and drink is available at the fair, as provided by the fairgrounds food vendor. Sweet treats from Sweet Frostings Bakeshop are also available. Find Sweet Frostings Bakeshop in Bay 3.
Handicapped Access: There are many handicapped parking spaces available. We’re sorry, we don’t have wheelchairs available for use. The fair is easily accessible for shoppers in a wheelchair, and the floors are all concrete. There are no stairs or escalators.
Pets: No pets are allowed at the Fairgrounds.
Applying to Participate as a Curator: The Farm Chicks Fair is a juried event, meaning participants are carefully selected based upon the goods they have to offer and their curating abilities. Never participated in a vintage & handmade fair before? That’s okay! Experience isn’t necessary, however friendliness is. Click HERE for more information on applying to be a Curator.
Airport: Spokane International Airport.
Lodging: The following hotels are offering special Farm Chicks Fair rates (You will need to request The Farm Chicks Fair rate when booking your reservation). Note: The Farm Chicks is not affiliated with nor endorses these hotels, rather, this listing is provided as a courtesy to shoppers looking for special rates being offered for the fair.
- The Davenport Hotel Collection: Historic Davenport, Davenport Tower, and The Davenport Grand 800-228-9290
- Quality Inn, Spokane Valley offering complimentary breakfast buffet and evening cookies. 800-777-7355
- Quality Inn Oakwood, North Spokane offering 15% off lodging. Request Farm Chicks rate when booking. 509-467-4900
- Holiday Inn Express, Downtown Spokane. 509-328-8505
- Holiday Inn Express, Spokane Valley 509-927-7100
- Oxford Suites, Spokane Valley 509-847-1000
- Best Western Plus City Center, Downtown Spokane 509-623-9727
- Turning Leaf Townhomes, locations on the north side and near Kendal Yards. Fully furnished town homes at discounted rates.
- Camping Spaces and RV Parking Spaces are available at the fairgrounds. Call 509-477-1766 for information.
Dining Around Spokane:
There are many wonderful, locally owned, places to dine around Spokane. Here are some of Serena’s recommendations, in alphabetical order:
- Boots Bakery and Lounge: Great little vegan and gluten free cafe and bakery in downtown Spokane. Kid friendly.
- Casper Fry: Menu with a southern flair in a hipster setting. Kid friendly.
- Chaps: Cute, cozy, and eclectic setting. Serving breakfast (try the baked oatmeal!) and treats from the attached Cake bakery. Kid friendly.
- Clover: A cozy restaurant near Gonzaga University, serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Kid friendly.
- Dick's: A Spokane fast food institution, serving burgers by the bagful since 1965. The classic streetside ordering, old signage, and menu offerings make you feel like you're on a classic Americana movie set.
- Durkins Liquor Bar. A stylish dinner spot downtown with a "secret" bar in the basement.
- The Flying Goat: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. Can be difficult to get a table here. Kid friendly.
- Hello Sugar: A cute little mini donut shop in Kendall Yards.
- Hogwash Whiskey Den: Cozy little space in the basement of the Washington Cracker Building, offering craft cocktails, whiskey, and drinks to compliment the rotating menu of tasty, elevated menu items.
- Italia Trattoria: Lovely Italian food. Great setting, if the weather is warm, the doors roll up to the neighborhood sidewalk. More of a date or girls group setting than a family setting.
- Knight's Diner: If diner breakfast is your thing, make sure to plan a visit to the 1906 built railcar-turned-diner, offering diner style breakfasts to Spokanites since 1949!
- The Lantern Taphouse: Super casual, family friendly neighborhood pub. I usually order the Greek Salad with Falafel or the Fish Sandwich.
- Lindaman’s: Tasty bistro food in a casual, order-at-the-counter setting. Kid friendly.
- Luna: Tasty menu, nice atmosphere. A bit fancy. Request a table in the back, as the front tables can get very loud. The Bar is also a great spot to eat at here, but space is limited.
- Madeleines: Darling cafe and patisserie Serving breakfast, lunch all week and dinner on weekends. Kid friendly.
- Manito Taphouse: Hipster setting. Great lunch and dinner. Gluten free options. Kid friendly.
- Mizuna: Creative menu with many vegan and vegetarian options. A bit fancy.
- Nudo: Serving ramen and other Asian-inspired dishes. Great drinks like fresh Strawberry Soda and more. Can be very loud. Kid friendly.
- Perry Street Brewing: A neighborhood craft brewery offering tasty casual fare such as sandwiches and salads.
- Rockwood Bakery: Delicious baked treats, coffee, light meals. Kid friendly.
- Ruins: Deliciously creative small plates, spectacular drinks, and an ever-changing menu. Divey setting. Seating is difficult for groups with more than 4 people.
- South Perry Pizza: Traditional and artistic pizzas with a tasty crust. Kid friendly.
- Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop: Yummy cupcakes and treats. Grab and go lunch is available as well. Gluten free options. Kid friendly.
- Umi Kitchen & Sushi Bar: Great new restaurant in Kendall Yards featuring sushi and menu with fusions of Asian and European flavors.
- Wild Sage Bistro: Nice atmosphere. Nice food. Gluten free options. If you’re a vegan, there is an off-menu option for a delicious curry dish. More of a date or girls group setting than a family setting.
- Wisconsinburger: If you're looking for burgers in a sit-down setting that isn't a chain, this is a great choice! A lot of options for tasty burgers, a condiment bar, and a huge selection of fun bottled pop. They also serve frozen custard. Very family friendly.
- Zips: If you're looking for fast food, give our local chain, Zips, a try! There are 15 locations in the Spokane area. Use your phone map to find closest location to you.
- Zona Blanca: Bravo's Top Chef contestant, Chad White's ceviche and Mexican restaurant.
Also, check out Spokane foodie Chandler Baird's food blog, Spokane Eats, for another local's favorite food spots.
Serena’s Recommended Things To Do Around Spokane Before & After The Farm Chicks Fair:
- Skip the chains and experience one of the local restaurants listed above. Not only are you supporting our local businesses, you’re experiencing Spokane.
- Visit GreenBluff, approximately 30 minutes north of Spokane, take a drive through the orchards and enjoy lunch at High Country Orchard or Harvest House, and stop for a tasting at Big Barn Brewing or Townshend Cellar.
- Take the City Drive.
- Visit and shop the fantastic Auntie’s Books.
- Shop for chocolates, tea, and unique gifts at Atticus.
- Watch an artsy movie at The Magic Lantern.
- Pick up picnic supplies at the Rocket Market or Main Market and enjoy your haul in one of our city's wonderful parks.
- Attend the Friends of Manito Plant Sale after visiting The Farm Chicks Fair.
- Stroll through Manito Gardens and while you’re there, don’t miss the Japanese Garden, Conservatory and Duncan Garden.
- Don’t miss Riverfront Park. Make sure to feed the Garbage Goat, slide down the world’s largest Radio Flyer and ride the Carousel.
- Enjoy a stroll on the Centennial trail. The section from the North Post Street in downtown to Kendall Yards is great for viewing the Spokane Falls this time of year.
- Whatever you do, don’t miss the amazing Spokane Falls in downtown Spokane. They run fast and furious during The Farm Chicks Fair and it’s really spectacular.
- Treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Doyle's, Spokane's oldest ice-cream parlor or one of the many locally owned ice cream shops: The Scoop, Cannon Coffee & Cone, and Brain Freeze.
- Take a walk through the beautiful and historic Davenport Hotel.
- Visit the MAC and visit ArtFest, the Museum's annual juried art festival.
- Take the kids to the Mobius Science Center and Children’s Museum.
- Enjoy cocktails at the Grand Terrace Bar on the rooftop of the newly opened Davenport Grand Hotel, downtown.
We look forward to seeing you at the next fair!