8-29 Independence Racing Team Junior Starlight Series. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts Friday night races in January on NASTAR. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
16 Northern Lights at Schweitzer. Fireworks light up the evening over Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
Banff Mountain Film Festival – Virtual Edition. For 2021, Banff Mountain Film Festival’s primary intent is to keep patrons safe. This year’s films, which are new and current for 2021, are offered online this year — and there are two individual programs available of 8 to 9 films each. Films are only available through an internet connection, and cannot be downloaded. Get your tickets online. 208-661-3857
12-15 Presidents’ Weekend Celebration. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts special activities featuring Laser Light Show on Sunday with night skiing. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
6 Mega Alpine and Snowboard Demo Day. Schweitzer Resort hosts region’s largest demo day event featuring new gear from more than 13 manufacturers. All proceeds benefit Panhandle Alliance Education as part of Public Education Week. Prize drawings, samples and more! Ticket info at Schweitzer.com.
2,400 Feet of Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts world’s longest GS race to benefit the Cystinosis Research Foundation. 24HoursforHank.org.
24-May 2 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club holds 49th annual spring fishing contest; live auction held April 26. LPOIC.org.
1 Sandpoint Farmers Market Opening Day. Shop for fresh produce and artisan goods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; market is held Saturday mornings through mid-October in downtown Sandpoint’s Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
1-2 Silverwood Opening Day. Silverwood Theme Park opens its gates for the 2021 season. To celebrate, everyone will receive a special $19.88 ticket price to commemorate the opening season. Come out and ride our world-class coasters and enjoy making family memories! SilverwoodThemePark.com.
8-9 Mother’s Day Weekend at Silverwood. Celebrate Mother’s Day at Silverwood Theme Park. When a family brings mom to the park and purchases their ticket online or at the front gate, mom gets in free! Plus everyone receives a special pricing of $42 for general admission; $25 youth/senior admission (save even more online). SilverwoodThemePark.com.
15-16 Kids’ Weekend at Silverwood. Celebrate Kids’ Weekend at Silverwood Theme Park. For every general admission ticket purchased, one youth (ages 3-7) will receive a free ticket. Plus everyone receives a special pricing of only $42 general admission, $25 youth/senior admission (save even more online). SilverwoodThemePark.com.
29-31 American Heroes’ Weekend at Silverwood. All military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters, and EMS receive free admission to Silverwood Theme Park during American Heroes’ Weekend. Plus, immediate family members (spouse and children) also receive a special discounted rate when purchasing tickets at Silverwood’s front gate! This is also the opening weekend for Boulder Beach Water Park, so come on out for the unofficial early start to summer in the Northwest! 208-683-3400 or visit SilverwoodThemePark.com.
18 Schweitzer Opening Day. Schweitzer’s summer season kicks off with village activities and scenic chairlifts. Come up for hiking, biking, and exploring! Schweitzer.com.
18 ArtWalk Opening Receptions. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents the 44th annual ArtWalk, with opening receptions from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at local galleries and retail locations throughout downtown Sandpoint. ArtWalk gives artist members and other local artists a chance to exhibit their work, and all ages are encouraged to explore this free citywide event! Maps of the walking tour will be available throughout downtown and online at ArtinSandpoint.org. ArtWalk displays continue through Sept. 6.
19-20 Father’s Day Weekend at Silverwood. Celebrate Father’s Day at Silverwood Theme Park. When a family brings dad to the park and purchases their tickets online or at the front gate, dad gets in free! SilverwoodThemePark.com.
27 Race the Wolf. Ultra-marathon and trail race series has a course for everyone! Choose from three distances at Schweitzer: 52 km ultra-marathon, 26 km and 8km trail races. The course naturally boasts steep climbs, really fun single track and some super fast two-track. Not to mention the incredible views: they stretch from Lake Pend Oreille to Montana and the Canadian border. This is North Idaho’s rugged, scenic beauty at its best. You won’t be disappointed! Schweitzer.com.
4 Fourth of July Celebration. Sandpoint Lions host downtown parades in the morning, festivities at City Beach in the afternoon, and a fireworks display over Lake Pend Oreille at dusk.
8 Pairings in the Pines. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a fundraiser and epic afternoon tasting trail at Pine Street Woods. Visit KaniksuLandTrust.org or call 208-263-9471 for information.
10 Beerfest. Sample local and regional brews and enjoy a festive beach party from noon to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Sandpoint Chamber. SandpointChamber.com. 208-263-2161
11 Jacey’s Race. Competitive 5k race for runners and walkers, and 1k fun run for kids benefits local children with cancer or life-threatening illnesses. Jaceys-Race.com.
13, 20 Toyota Tuesday at Silverwood. The driver of any Toyota gets in free at Silverwood Theme Park when they bring an admission coupon from any Inland Empire regional Toyota dealer. Coupon must be validated on arrival at Silverwood by a parking attendant. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
17-18 Northwest Wine Fest. Schweitzer hosts its two-day summer wine tasting event. Sample great wines from around the Pacific Northwest while enjoying summer at Schweitzer! Schweitzer.com.
29 Festival at Sandpoint: St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Kicking off the Festival at Sandpoint’s 38th annual summer concert series, St. Paul and the Broken Bones bring their rock and roll soul sound to Memorial Field. Don’t miss this fabulous re-introduction to live music by the lake! Tickets, more info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
30 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge at 219 N. First Ave. hosts live music from 9 p.m. ’til midnight with the Miah Kohal Band. 219.bar.
30 Festival at Sandpoint: Jake Owen. Country music superstar Jake Owen returns to the Festival at Sandpoint stage, bringing new hit songs that will make you get up and dance! Owen has been recognized as “Top New Male Vocalist” and “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music and American County Awards. Opening is Coeur d’Alene’s Colby Acuff. Tickets, info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
31 Crazy Days. Downtown merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale, sponsored by the Sandpoint Shopping District.
31 Festival at Sandpoint: Shakey Graves. The Festival at Sandpoint welcomes Shakey Graves to Memorial Field. Shakey recently reissued his hit debut album with “Roll The Bones X” and it’s already reached the U.S. Billboard 200. Opening the show is Tr� Burt. Tickets, info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
31 Crazy Days. Downtown merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale, sponsored by the Sandpoint Shopping District.
1 Festival at Sandpoint: Keb’ Mo’ and Band. Charismatic blues musician and five-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ and his band take to the Festival at Sandpoint stage for a very special Sunday evening performance. Tickets, more info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
4 Benny on the Deck. Connie’s Lounge, 323 Cedar St., hosts Benny on the Deck from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. This week’s music guest is Ponderay Paradox.
5 Festival at Sandpoint: Gladys Knight. Music icon and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight graces the Festival at Sandpoint stage for an unforgettable evening! Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary, including ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ and ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ and is an inductee in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets, more info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
6 Festival at Sandpoint: Young the Giant. The Festival at Sandpoint hosts Young the Giant, performing live at the War Memorial Field stage as part of the lakeside concert series. This diverse band creates a summery blend of indie pop and anthemic stadium rock, and recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their debut self-titled album. This concert is going to be a blast! Tickets, more info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
6-7 Bonner County Rodeo The fifth annual PRCA/WPRA rodeo is held in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. PRCA is the highest-paying American rodeo organization in the world, and sanctions rodeos in 37 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. Its championship event is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In conjunction with the PRCA event, there will also be women’s barrel racing sanctioned by WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association). SandpointBonnerCountyRodeo.com.
7 Festival at Sandpoint: Village People. It’s a disco party at Memorial Field! This dance concert features Village People’s original lead singer as well as the full-costumed band, performing their iconic hits including “YMCA” and “In the Navy.” Fun! Tickets, more info at FestivalatSandpoint.com.
7 Long Bridge Swim. Held every year on the first Saturday in August, the Long Bridge Swim attracts a wide range of swimmers – including children as young as 7 and a number of swimmers in their 80s! LongBridgeSwim.org.
7 Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-in. Regional pilots fly into Sandpoint Airport during the 16th Annual Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-in featuring a breakfast and aircraft display. Gates open at 8 a.m.; breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and planes are displayed from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Sandpoint EAA Chapter 1441. 208-255-9954
8 Huckleberry Color Fun Run and Walk. Make plans to join Schweitzer this summer for the Huckleberry Color Fun Run and Walk. This fun family event is a great way to explore the trails and get showered with color all together! Schweitzer.com.
8 Festival at Sandpoint: Family Matinee and Grand Finale. The Festival at Sandpoint hosts the annual Grand Finale and Family Matinee with performances by the Spokane Symphony and special guest Broadway singer Whitney Claire Kaufman – making for two magical shows! The Family Matinee is at 1 p.m., with gates opening at noon. Tickets, info. And the annual Grand Finale and wine tasting event is held later in the evening, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and music starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, info.
14-15 Arts and Crafts Fair. Pend Oreille Arts Council’s Annual Arts and Crafts Fair takes place over two days in downtown Sandpoint, featuring artist booths, food vendors, and a youth art arena. Artwork exhibited includes sculpture, ceramics, metal, fiber, photography, paintings, mixed media, wood, crafts, and more. All proceeds go directly to support POAC’s programs in visual and performing arts and art education for the benefit of our community. Free admission; hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15. ArtinSandpoint.org.
18-21 Bonner County Fair. Old-fashioned country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, featuring the Challenge of Champions bull riding on Friday, and the Demolition Derby on Saturday night to round out the fun. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414
20-21 Spokane to Sandpoint Relay. Two day, 200-mile relay adventure begins at Green Bluff north of Spokane, and finishes on the beach of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint. SpokanetoSandpoint.com.
21 Cymbeline. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will perform Cybeline in Sandpoint’s Lakeview Park. Enjoy pre-play performances, pack your picnic, and get ready for some literary fun this summer! Sponsored by Lost Horse Press.
21 Priest River Sprints. All ages and skill levels welcome! Featuring non-motorized watercraft races on the Priest River from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by the Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association (PORPA), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Come enjoy this celebration of non-motorized water recreation at the Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole). Bring your single human-powered watercraft for fun races and get to know fellow rowers and paddlers. PORPA.org.
3-6 Fall Fest. It’s back! Enjoy four days of beer tasting and fun at Schweitzer. Schweitzer.com.
3-6 Artists’ Studio Tour. Annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. ArtTourDrive.org. 800-800-2106
4-5 Coaster Classic Car Show. Classic cars from across the Northwest converge on Silverwood Theme Park during Labor Day Weekend. The 19th Annual Coaster Classic Car Show is one of the biggest events of its kind in the Inland Northwest. If you like cars that go fast, look good, or just remind you of the good ol’ days, you’ve gotta be there! Participant discounts and more – 208-683-3400 or go to SilverwoodThemePark.com for details.
11 CHAFE 150. Sandpoint Rotary hosts the annual 150-mile CHAFE bike ride through Montana and Idaho, along with an 80-mile option and Family Fun Ride. Proceeds benefit the Lake Pend Oreille School District’s Literacy Initiative and after-school reading programs. CHAFE150.org.
11-12 Grandparents’ Weekend at Silverwood. What better way to celebrate Grandparents’ Day than at Silverwood Theme Park! Silverwood shows their appreciation for grandmas and grandpas by admitting them to the park for free when accompanied by a grandchild. For each grandchild that purchases a ticket, they will be given one free ticket for grandpa or grandma. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
11-26 Community Appreciation Weekends at Silverwood. Save money and help local food banks! For each general admission ticket sold at Silverwood Theme Park, $4 will be donated to local food banks; for each youth/senior ticket sold, $1 is donated. Admission is $42 (ages 8-64) and $25 (ages 3-7 and 65+) at the front gate (save more by purchasing online). SilverwoodThemePark.com.
13-18 WaCanId Ride. Annual Rotarian supported bicycle tour takes cyclists on paved roads encircling the Selkirk Mountains of Washington, Canada and Idaho – hence the name WaCanId. The six-day event covers 370 miles/595 kilometers and showcases the International Selkirk Loop’s spectacular scenery. WaCanId.org.
18 Ponderay Neighbor Day. Enjoy a family-friendly community carnival – Ponderay Neighbor Day – that is fun for all ages, held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Harbison Field (behind the Hoot Owl restaurant) in Ponderay. Free activities include kids crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, carnival games, tastings, demonstrations, and live music. There will also be food and retail vendors on site. Free and open to everyone! Sponsored by the City of Ponderay. For more information, call 208-265-5468.
19 Scenic Half. Presented by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, the Scenic Half hosts two events – a 13.1-mile Half Marathon and a 10K. With a route across Sandpoint’s iconic Long Bridge, the event attracts hundreds of runners from all across the country. Each independent race awards age-category winners, and Half Marathon competitors who complete the race receive a finisher�s medal. ScenicHalf.com.
* Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta. The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association hosts the 10th annual regatta when rowing clubs from the Northwest and Canada gather at The Mudhole in Priest River to compete in a 1.7K headrace and a 1K stake race. A great event for racers and spectators alike! PORPA.org.
Sept. 30-Oct. 30 Scarywood. Scarywood is back in October, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 30! Get ready for a month of screams as the theme park you thought you knew just became the nightmare you’ll never forget. As seen on Travel Channel’s “Halloween’s Scariest Thrills,” Scarywood is full of haunted attractions and roaming monsters. Experience five haunted attractions, seven scare zones, and most of Silverwood’s signature rides in the dark. Try to survive the night because you’ll be lucky to make it out alive. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
2-3 Panhandle Preparedness Expo. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., hosts two days of preparedness, demonstrations, presentations and vendors. The focus of the expo is to help the community in ideas of preparedness for any kind of man-made/natural disaster. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $3 per day, or $5 for both days. PanhandlePrep.org.
* Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355
* K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club’s annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org.
* Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876
23-24 Santa’s Traditional Schweitzer Visit. Santa hits the slopes and then stops off at the Selkirk Lodge on Christmas Eve. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
31 New Year’s Eve. Schweitzer hosts festive parties to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
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