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 3, 9am-6pm & Sunday, June 4, 9am-4pm
Admission: $8 per day, or $15 Weekend Pass (CASH ONLY). Children 12 & under are admitted free. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2nd from 3-5pm at the fairgrounds ticket windows and are available for sale again Saturday morning and throughout the duration of the fair. All tickets are general admission.
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.
Crowds: Saturday morning is a very busy time at the fair, and tends to be very crowded until the mid-late afternoon. Parents are cautioned that strollers can be extremely difficult to navigate. Baby packs or baby backpacks are highly advised. If you do not like crowds, we recommend visiting the fair later in the day on Saturday or any time on Sunday, as the fair is much less crowded and much easier to navigate. And the best part? Booths are re-stocked with fresh unseen goods, just for Sunday’s shoppers, as the Curators come to the show with massive trailers packed with their merchandise. Spaces are restocked continually throughout the fair.
Best Day to Visit: If you like high energy and crowds, Saturday morning is the time for you! If you prefer a more easy-going pace, Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning would be the best option for a more relaxed experience. Whatever your shopping style, you're sure to discover great finds, as Curators re-stock their booths throughout the duration of the fair.
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.
ATM: There are several ATM machines on site.
Dining: Food and drink is available at the fair, as provided by the fairgrounds food vendor.
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: The Historic Davenport, The Davenport Tower, and The Davenport Grand, All located in Downtown Spokane. Click here to book online.
- 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. Click here to book online or call 509-328-8505
- Holiday Inn Express, Spokane Valley. Click here to book online or call 509-927-7100
- Oxford Suites, Spokane Valley, featuring an on site bistro and full bar, across from the Valley Mall. 509-847-1000
- Best Western Plus City Center, Downtown Spokane, offering free parking and complimentary breakfast. Click here to book online. 509-623-9727
- Turning Leaf Townhomes, locations on the north side and near Kendal Yards. Fully furnished town homes at discounted rates. Click here to book online. Use code 2255 for discounted rate.
- 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: Delicious food with a southern flair in a hipster setting. Kid friendly.
- Chaps: Featured on Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives. Cute 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.
- Durkins Liquor Bar. A stylish new spot from the family that runs Casper Fry and Madeleines. Best Burgers in Spokane.
- The Flying Goat: Delicious handcrafted pizzas. Can be difficult to get a table here. Kid friendly.
- Italia Trattoria: Lovely, current and creative 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.
- Rockwood Bakery: Delicious baked treats, coffee, light meals. Kid friendly.
- Ruins: Deliciously creative small plates, spectacular drinks, and an ever-changing menu.
- 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.
- 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.
- Zona Blanca: Bravo's Top Chef contestant, Chad White's ceviche and Mexican restaurant.
Serena’s Recommended Things To Do 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.
- Take the City Drive.
- Visit 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 Farm Chicks, June 3rd.
- 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. //\\*Please note: Riverfront park is currently going through extensive renovation and many of the sites are currently closed.*//\\
- 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.
- 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!