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MarmotFest stages fun for all ages

Children 12 and younger get in free at MarmotFest, a day of music, food, face-painting and bubbles in the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.

Adults have to pay to get in, and those 21 and older are invited to the beer-and-wine garden.

But organizers of the fest, in its second year, have amped up efforts to make it an event for whole families, said Lupito Flores, station manager at KYRS, a nonprofit, noncommercial station.

KYRS, aka Thin Air Community Radio, organizes the music festival as a fundraiser.

Eight bands will play on the solar-powered main stage. A side stage will host acoustic acts.

Off stage, the festival offers child-centered activities such as hula-hooping, bubble-blowing and face-painting. A playground sits within the fest’s perimeters.

“People bring Frisbees,” Flores said. “At night it’s really fun. After the sun goes down and the bands are playing, there’s a lot of neon things flying through the air, neon hula-hoopers.”

Along with the beer garden, the fest will have a food court, and 25 nonprofits will set up information booths.

An “art draw-off” will pit two teams of artists against each other, each armed with a canvas and an art-making prompt. Attendees can vote with their dollars for the better art.

Adrian Rogers

Where: Glover Field in Spokane’s Peaceful Valley neighborhood, east of North Cedar Street between Main Avenue and the Spokane River.

When: Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday

Transportation: MarmotFest will provide a corral for stashing bikes. City Cab (509-455-3333) is offering a 10 percent discount to festivalgoers. STA riders can get off on Main Avenue. Street parking is available in Peaceful Valley for drivers.

Admission: $20; children 12 and younger get in free. Buy tickets through TicketsWest ( or 800-325-7328) or at the gate.

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