Visit Spokane New Mobile Visitor Information Center at Spokane on the Rocks

Visit Spokane introduces “ACE” New Mobile Visitor Information Center debuts at Hoopfest

Visit Spokane Mobile Visitor Info CenterSpokane has a new member of the family! Our 3,336 pound baby has arrived and is ready to go!

The name is ACE, otherwise known as the Visit Spokane Mobile Visitor Information Center. And when we say “mobile” we mean it: ACE is a 2013 Ford Transit Connect that will hit the road to go where the visitors are.

ACE’s very first assignment starts this Friday, June 27, when ACE will be working the crowds during Hoopfest, the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament that takes over downtown Spokane.

“We’ll be stationed at Hoopfest for three days, ready to give out all the best, latest information on things to do in our region,” says Melissa Skomer-Kafton, Visit Spokane’s new Visitor Engagement Specialist. Parked near the INB Performing Arts Center, ACE and Melissa will be available for the Hoopfest crowds and everyone who takes part in Saturday’s Spokane on the Rocks event.

Melissa and ACE will be driving to a variety of region-wide events throughout the summer and into fall. Like a traditional visitor center housed in a building, ACE will be stocked with maps, brochures, visitor guides and many other materials available for visitors and locals alike.

“ACE is the next step in our strategy to provide the best possible customer service for the visitor,” said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. “We had our Visitor Information Center located downtown on West Main Avenue from 1996 until last year. Then we opened our Visitor Information Center Kiosk in River Park Square and now, with ACE, we’ll be able to go wherever visitors are located.”

In July, Visit Spokane will open another Visitor Information Center Kiosk, this one located in the Spokane Valley Mall. The Visitor Information Center located inside the A-B Terminal at Spokane International Airport continues to serve visitors arriving by plane.

ACE — a name designed to simply reflect the destination expertise available to the visitor — has been decorated with a very colorful graphic treatment, including a big smile on the hood, that will make it easy to spot.

“ACE is hard to miss, and that’s the way it should be,” said Kilday.

Follow ACE’s Twitter account @VisitSpokaneACE to find out where ACE will be next.


Relax between games & meet your friends Hoopfest Saturday

Chill out, take a break, swap stories on the big win (or loss!) at the Spokane Convention Center from 11am – 7pm on June 28 – Hoopfest Saturday.

Live music, food, drink, indoor & outdoor seating, kids activities and bathrooms.

Craft distilleries, signature cocktails will be available for tasting and purchase your favorites through our non-profit charity to take home with you.

Craft beers and cider will also be available and offering tastings along with full beer pint purchases.

Live music playing all day long on the floating stage.  Seating inside and outside the INB Center is available or in the shade along the river and the building.

Clinks, Twigs and Waddell’s will be serving some of Spokane’s favorites.

For more details go to or call 509.621.0125.  “Spokane on the Rocks” is produced by Vision Marketing,

Live Music

Good times and good music on the Spokane River

Spokane On the Rocks announces the entertainment lineup that includes Mojo Box, Salty Dog, The Nerve and Civilized Animal.

Music will be rockin’ from 11am – 7pm, June 28th on the floating stage at the Spokane Opera House.

The 2014 artists include:

Mojo Box is a four piece voodoo rock, classic rock band based in Spokane.

Salty Dog a Rhythm and Blues Trio featuring blues based popular music as well as some great less known selections.  Steeped in the Blues with Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues via three guys with over 120 collective years experience from around the world. Whether hanging with the World Famous “Swampers” of Muscle Shoals, Alabama to venues in Europe or working with top performers like Johnny Winter and The Doobie Brothers, these men have performed on major stages with major talents.

The Nerve a three piece Classic Rock band performing together in several different line-ups, guitarist/vocalist Rick Lillemon, bassist/vocalist David Nordstrom and drummer/vocalist Chris Rieser decided to utilize their talents together in their own band. Out of the gate; THE NERVE landed the house job at Spokane downtown nightclub TRICK SHOT DIXIE in 2007. Several regional festivals, including “Pig Out in the Park” and the “Sandpoint Music Festival” followed suite by requesting performances from the trio.

Civilized Animal is an independent Ska/Funk/Pop/Punk band from Spokane,Washington who is currently in their 16th year of writing, recording and performing.  Originally formed in mid 1997  Civilized Animal is a name that is synonymous with explosive high energy live performances, creative songwriting and outstanding musicianship.  Civilized Animal has independently sold over 20,000 records, toured the west extensively, and landed opening slots with some of the biggest names in music including; Smash Mouth, N-Sync, Sir Mix-Alot, Weird Al Yankovic, Fishbone, The Calling, Afroman, Presidents of the United States of America and many, many, more. Civilized Animal has recorded four full length albums and have appeared on several compilation CDs including the Hempelenium 2000 Compilation featuring Nirvana’s Chris Novoselic, and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.


11:00-12:45          Mojo Box
1:00-2:45               Salty Dog
3:00-4:45               The Nerve
5:00-7:00             Civilized Animal

Steam Plant


Beers and ciders from local and regional craft breweries will be poured at Spokane on the Rocks for all to enjoy.

Some of the highlights will be Orlison Brewing Company’s Pilsner 37 in honor of Steve Gleason and D’s Wicked Cider.

Orilison is donating a portion of the sales from Pilsner 37 to Team Gleason, a charity dedicated to providing life-improving technology and services to those afflicted with ALS.

D’s Wicked Cider out of Kennewick. Fresh off of a “People’s Choice Award” at the 2014 Untapped Blues Festival crafting,  resulting in a sinfully delicious varietal.  D’s ciders are crisp with the freshness of just picked apples, not too sweet, not too tart, just playful layers of flavor that are just plain wicked good.  Great for a hot sunny Hoopfest Saturday!

Orlison Brewing Company

D’s Wicked Cider
Steam Plant Brewing Company
Waddell’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Backwoods Brewing Company
Laguanitas Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing
Alaskan Brewing Company


Charity Store

CaseofVodka_ItsfiveIf you fall in love with any of the spirits you taste – take a bottle home with you from the charity store.  No taxes charged at the store so it’s a great time to buy.

Sales at the spirits non-profit store will benefit  TEAM GLEASON.  Great prices – just over wholesale. Team Gleason was started to generate public awareness for ALS, raise funding to empower those with ALS to live a rewarding life, and ultimately find a cure. Visit the website at

There will be a bag check so that you may purchase anything you like, leave it until you are ready to head home after your basketball games or watching the games.



Sample & purchase spirits from local, regional and national companies.
Each distiller will be offering samples.  Full drinks are available for purchase along with signature cocktails from Clink’s and Twig’s!
Purchase from the non-profit TEAM GLEASON store at just 30% above wholesale without any WA tax!  Bargain and the proceeds benefit TEAM GLEASON.  A bottle check will be available.
Come on down to taste the spirits from the following distillers (more added weekly):
Swede Hill Distilling
It’s 5 Distillery
Bull Run Distilling Company
She’s Wild Vodka
River Sand Distillery
Grand Teton Vodka