Labor Day weekend signals a lot of things – the days are shorter, nights are colder, school goes back into session and everyone braces for a brutal Spokane winter. But it also signals the start of Pig Out in the Park, which kicks off Wednesday afternoon for six days of music and food in Riverfront Park.
As always, there will be a diverse array of local food vendors to choose from: You can try everything from teriyaki to barbecue, gumbo and gyros, or really indulge with a bacon-wrapped hot dog or some deep-fried lasagna. (And don’t forget about the adult beverage gardens.)
Although Pig Out has always prided itself in its low food prices – you won’t see anything more expensive than $10 – this year they’re getting even thriftier. During certain designated hours, vendors will be offering $3 bites of an item from their menu, which should help to keep your wallet as full as your stomach.
If you go to Pig Out for the food, you’ll no doubt stay for the music.
Dozens of musical acts will perform on Pig Out’s three main stages, including such local favorites as Folkinception, the Camaros, Terrible Buttons and Cathedral Pearls, and visiting groups like Nashville’s A Thousand Horses, Seattle’s Eclectic Approach and London’s Et Tu Brucé.
Also from across the pond are Friday’s headliners, legendary pop group the Zombies, who first rose to prominence as part of the British Invasion in the 1960s. Still featuring founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, the Zombies dig deep into their catalogue of such era-defining hits as “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and, of course, “Time of the Season.”
Sunday’s main musical attraction is a performance from New York alt-rockers the Spin Doctors, best known for their ’90s radio anthems “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and the still-ubiquitous “Two Princes” (don’t pretend like you don’t know all the words).
For a complete music schedule and a list of participating food vendors, visit www.spokanepigout.com.