Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill is known throughout our community as the crown jewel of Spokane. It boasts five meticulously cultivated gardens, a pond, hiking trails and soft hills of grass and pine trees. The Friends of Manito non-profit organization will be adding to that with the first-ever Art Festival to be held in Manito Park. On Saturday, July 31st, 2021, head down to the park between 11 am and 6 pm to peruse various artists’ booths, catch some live music, grab lunch at a food truck or have your littles participate in kid-friendly activities. The festival will be held east of Duncan Garden on the green.
Artist Karli Ingersoll
Multi-Disciplinary artist Karli Ingersoll will have a booth featuring her illustrations, paintings and prints. She embraces vibrant colors in her work and her subjects include an abundance of nature scenes, plant life and humanity. Several businesses in Spokane feature her bold murals like People’s Waffle and The Chop Shop Spokane. Additionally, Karli is a strong supporter of local music and owns Lucky You Lounge where she books local musicians and serves incredible food. Be sure to stop by her booth to check out what she has to offer and chat for a bit.
Food and Drinks
It wouldn’t be a festival without some food and drink trucks. Tea’s Company will be offering iced milk teas, fruit teas and boba options. Their iced passionfruit green tea would make an ideal beverage for perusing the Art Festival on a warm summer’s day. Ben & Jerry’s Spokane will be serving up some delicious ice cream and a few food trucks will be available for lunch fare. Consider grabbing lunch from a truck and picnicking on the green while listening to some great music.
Music and Activities
Musician Kyle Richard is a familiar face on the Spokane music scene and regularly plays festivals, events and brewhouses. He uses a looping technique to build out the full sound of a live band while being a solo musician and it’s an impressive act to see. He’ll be featuring a mix of original music and covers, and will be featuring other local musicians throughout the day.
Kids activities will be available during the festival, hosted at our The Friends of Manito booth. They will center around painting activities and crafts, led by our wonderful volunteer committee members. Also, be sure to swing by our photo opportunity spot, snap a selfie and share it on social media.
The non-profit The Friends of Manito has been supporting Manito Park through partnering with Spokane Parks and funding projects that enhance or help maintain the park for the last 30 years. Some recent projects include restoring Mirror Pond, installing a Gazebo in Rose Hill, and establishing a shade garden in the middle of the park. We have a dedicated membership and group of volunteers who assist with planting, watering, weeding and running our Plant Sales. If you’re interested in becoming a member or volunteering, click here for more information.
The Art Festival is free to attend and we hope to establish this as an annual community tradition for years to come.