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January 2024

1 Polar Bear Plunge. Join this annual event starting at 11 a.m. at the Sandpoint City Beach boat launch. The event is free and open to the public, and food donations are being accepted for the Bonner Community Food Bank.

4-7 Insanity Fab Winter Challenge 2024. North Idaho Mud and Crawl invites you to join the best off-road race in the PNW. 4X4 and SXS welcome. This will be the first round of the 2024 Northwest Unlimited series and will be held at 3096 Highland Flats Rd. in Naples. Check the Facebook event here.

12: 19th Annual Backcountry Film Festival. Join SOLE for the 2024, 19th Annual Backcountry Film Festival to raise essential funding for our local SnowSchool. Event will be held at the Panida Theater, 300 N. 1st Ave. Find out more about the youth outdoor education program that the event supports by clicking here. More details to come.

14 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

17 CHAFE 150 Registration begins. 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. Get more information CHAFE150.org.

19-21 Banff Mountain Film Festival. The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world! Films are on mountain culture, sport, lifestyle or environment. Shows will be at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Get tickets here.

February 2024

2 Tickets on Sale for The Follies 2024. Get your tickets for one of the craziest shows of the year, The Follies. Held at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets will be available at Panida.org.

3 Annual Heart Ball 2024. The Bonner General Health Foundation's 16th annual Heart Ball will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in honor of Jack Parker. The primary focus is to raise funds for their new Endoscope. Tickets, while they are available, are at BonnerGeneral.org.

16-18 Presidents' Weekend Celebration & Let it Glow Fireworks Show 2024. Enjoy this fireworks show at Schweitzer where they will be celebrating over President's Weekend with the "Let it Glow!" kids parade and fireworks show. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

16: Parade of Lights. The kickoff to the 50th year of the annual Winter Carnival, this parade of lights will move through downtown Sandpoint. Check SandpointWinterCarnival.com for the most up to date information on times.

16-25 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Our town's "antidote to cabin fever" includes piles of live music, festivals and events for kids and adults all around the downtown; major happenings up on Schweitzer including the "Let it Glow" fireworks show; sleigh and wagon rides at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, and more. See the complete 2024 schedule, at SandpointWinterCarnival.com.

March 2024

1-2 The Follies 2024. The Angels Over Sandpoint's signature fundraiser, the Follies, presents some of the best talent Sandpoint has to offer. This is a politically incorrect adult variety show with delightfully raunchy themes. The Follies will be held the first weekend in March. AngelsOverSandpoint.org/events or on Facebook here.

1-3: 41st Annual Gun 'N Horn Show. The Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer, hosts their 2024 annual event the first full weekend in March. Admission is $5, and kids 11 and under are free. Buy, sell, and trade guns, hunting accessories, knives, hides, taxidermy, and more.

2 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! Get more info here.

22 Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2024. A Curated collection of independent films about wild places and the people working to protect them. Held at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave.

TBA: 2,400 Feet of Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts world's longest GS race to benefit the Cystinosis Research Foundation. 24HoursforHank.org.

April 2024


6-7 Sandpoint Home & Garden show. This event will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. NIBCA Home and Garden Show bring homeowners together with the area's top building experts and remodelers.

13-14 Schpring Finale 2023. At Schweitzer they like to say "weschud" celebrate Schpring skiing." This classic Schweitzer celebration closes out the ski year, with a Cardboard Box Derby, Rotary fundraiser, costumes and prizes Schweitzer.com.

27-May 5: K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club holds the 76th annual spring fishing derby on Lake Pend d'Oreille. There are many prizes to be won, and multiple categories and divisions. For more information see the LPOIC Facebook page, or visit LPOIC.org.


May 2024

1-5: 2004 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club holds the 76th annual spring fishing derby on Lake Pend d'Oreille. There are many prizes to be won, and multiple categories and divisions. For more information see the LPOIC Facebook page, or visit LPOIC.org.

4 Sandpoint Farmers Market Opening Day. Shop for fresh produce and artisan goods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; market is held Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. through October 12th in downtown Sandpoint's Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

4: 3/4 Minus Cykeltur. This event is a timed gravel grinder consisting of two different routes. The 52-mile One-Humper, and the 76-mile Two-Humper. Both routes follow mixed surface secondary roads, and the Two-Humper includes a four-mile twist of single-track trail. More info.

4-5 Silverwood Opening Day. Silverwood Theme Park opens its gates for the 2024 season. Come out and ride our world-class coasters and enjoy making family memories! SilverwoodThemePark.com.

17-18 Lost in the 50's. Lost in the 50's is a time honored tradition in Sandpoint. Enjoy a car show, parade, and, usually, a couple of hot dance concerts. Check out this year's information on their newest flyer or on their website here. Always held the third weekend of May.

June 2024

8-9 Sandpoint Renaissance Faire. Join for two days of fine entertainment, eclectic merchants and a joyous atmosphere. Turkey Legs, Fairy supplies, Jewelry for your finery, Chainmail, and Pottery. All of your medieval needs will be available and met! Costumes are encouraged and admired! Event will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. For more information, check SandpointRenFaire.com

14 POAC ArtWalk. Join POAC's annual Art Walk. Local artisans, galleries, and business owners throughout downtown Sandpoint collaborate each summer for an event designed to showcase all that our unique town has to offer. ArtWalk gives artist members and other local artists a chance to exhibit their work and encourages all ages to explore this free city-wide event. ArtInSandpoint.org.

14 Schweitzer Summer Opening Day. Schweitzer's summer season kicks off with village activities and scenic chairlifts. Come up for hiking, biking, and exploring! Schweitzer.com.

15: 2024 CHAFE 150. Sandpoint Rotary presents the Annual CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo, named one of the top charity rides in the U.S.! The ride takes place in Sandpoint, Idaho, the "Most Beautiful Small Town in the USA." The 150 mile route is a grand loop around the Cabinet Mountains. CHAFE offers magnificent 100, 80, 40, and 30 mile routes, and a family fun ride for riders of any level! Proceeds benefit the Lake Pend Oreille School District's Literacy Initiative and after-school reading programs. Registration opens Jan. 17, 2024. Get more information CHAFE150.org.

15-16 Metaline Falls Bigfoot Festival. Busta Park in Metaline Falls welcomes back the Bigfoot Festival which will feature local businesses, a wide variety of vendors and artisans, Bigfoot researchers, and more. MFBigFoot.com.

22-23 Race the Wolf. This Ultra-marathon and trail race series has a course for everyone! 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! RaceTheWolf.com

27 Summer Sampler. This event brings Sandpoint's finest restaurants and caterers to a central location in downtown Sandpoint. This has always been one of the most popular events here in Sandpoint, filled with folks who look forward to the opportunity to sample Epicurean delights from our many talented local chefs. SandpointChamber.org.

28 Annual Art Party. Join in for POAC's big party "A Starry POAC Fundraising Gala" at the Sandpoint Agriculture Center. Seating is always limited, so order your tickets today. For more information visit ArtInSandpoint.org.

28-30 Sandpoint Summerfest. They're shaking things up this year and Sandpoint Summerfest is coming at us during a new set of dates! Tickets will be on sale soon. Expect incredible music; performance art; open mic; movement classes; face painting; kids parade; disc golf tournament; magic show; food; free camping; free parking; vendors; and more! In the meantime check out the Eureka Institute website here.

29 Monarch Grind. A gravel grinder for cyclists, with start and finish near Clark Fork. Check out SyringaCyclery.com for more info.

July 2024

4 Fourth of July Celebration. Sandpoint Lions host downtown Parade. Children's parade begins at 9 a.m. and the Grand Parade follows at 10 a.m. To take part in the parade, go to the Lions Club Facebook page or website.

11 Pairings in the Pines. A progressive tasting event through Pine Street Woods. Enjoy locally crafted food and thoughtfully selected wines while immersed in the sights and sounds of nature at the forest's edge. The 2024 featured winery is Cabin View Winery. Ticket sales open June 11th. Get more info at kaniksu.org/happenings.

12-13 Sandpoint Pride Festival. Join PFLAG Sandpoint at the Granary Arts District, 513 Oak St., in celebrating the Sandpoint Pride Festival. For more info click here.

TBA Sandpoint Antique & Classic Boat Show. Public is welcome, and kids activities are available. Come check out the Boat Show at the Sandpoint City Boardwalk, and then watch the Boat Parade up Sand Creek. Sandpoint.org/boatfestival.

20-21 Northwest Wine Fest. Schweitzer hosts its two-day summer wine tasting event. Schweitzer.com.

21-22 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.

25-Aug. 4. The Festival at Sandpoint. Enjoy some music under the stars in Sandpoint at the annual music festival held on the banks of Lake Pend d'Oreille! FestivalAtSandpoint.com. Festival will start July 25 and end on Aug. 4.

25 Festival at Sandpoint: Blues Traveler. Enjoy an evening of Blues Rock, Folk, Alternative Rock with the return of Blues Traveler to the Festival at Sandpoint stage at War Memorial Field. General Admission & Season Pass gates open at 6 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets  and find out more about the musicians at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

27 Festival at Sandpoint: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Big Boi. Enjoy a night full of jazz, soul, R&B, and hip hop when Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue hit the stage with Big Boi. The Festival at Sandpoint stage at War Memorial Field will be the location of a night you won't soon forget. General admission & season pass gates will open at 6 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Get your tickets and find out more about the musicians at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

31 Festival at Sandpoint: Maren Morris. Check out one of the leading voices in music today with pop singer-songwriter Maren Morris hitting the Festival at Sandpoint stage. General admission & season pass gates will open at 6 p.m. with music to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale 3/29/24. Learn more about the artist, or get tickets at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

August 2024

1 Festival at Sandpoint: Lee Brice. Check out country music star Lee Brice on the Festival at Sandpoint stage during the 2024 Festival at Sandpoint. Opening act: Madeline Merlo. General admission & season pass gates will open at 6 p.m. with music to start at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the artist, or get tickets at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

2 Festival at Sandpoint: Jason Mraz & The Superband. Don't miss singer-songwriter, pop, acoustic, and soft rock music star Jason Mraz as he hits the Festival at Sandpoint stage at War Memorial Field. General admission & season pass gates will open at 6 p.m. and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Molly Miller Trio will be opening for Jason Mraz & The Superband. Get your tickets and find out more about the musician at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

2-3 Bonner County Rodeo The annual PRCA/WPRA rodeo is held in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. In conjunction with the PRCA event, there will also be women's barrel racing sanctioned by WPRA (Women's Professional Rodeo Association). SandpointBonnerCountyRodeo.com.

3 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.

3 Festival at Sandpoint: Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw. Enjoy GRAMMY Award-winning artist Colbie Caillat,  and multiplatinum singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw hitting the Festival at Sandpoint stage. General admission & season pass gates will open at 6 p.m. with music to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale 4/12/24. Learn more about the artist, or get tickets at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

4 Festival at Sandpoint: Grand Finale - How to Train Your Dragon. Enjoy this final performance for the Festival at Sandpoint's 2024 season with How to Train Your Dragon Concert. The Festival at Sandpoint Orchestra conducted by Morihiko Nakahara. The Festival at Sandpoint Stage at War Memorial Field will be the location. Gates will open at 5 p.m. There will be free face-painting from 5-6:45 p.m. as well as the Taste of the Stars event from 5-7 p.m. Music will begin at 7 p.m. Get your tickets and find out more about this performance at FestivalAtSandpoint.com.

10-11 POAC Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Pend Oreille Arts Council's Annual Arts and Crafts Fair takes place in downtown Sandpoint, and features artist booths, food vendors, and a youth art arena. Artwork exhibited includes sculpture, ceramics, metal, fiber, photography, paintings, mixed media, wood, crafts, and more. ArtinSandpoint.org.

13-17 Bonner County Fair. Enjoy this old-fashioned country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, featuring the Challenge of Champions bull riding, and the Demolition Derby. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414

TBA Annual Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-in. Regional pilots fly into Sandpoint Airport. The Fly-in features a breakfast and aircraft display. Sponsored by the Sandpoint EAA Chapter 1441. 208-255-9954

TBA Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Check out this free performance of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at Lakeview Park, 901 Ontario St., from 5-7 p.m. ShakespeareInTheParks.org

30-Sept. 1 Artists' Studio Tour. An annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. Visit the working studios of painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, potters, glass artists and more. Set your own schedule and enjoy the scenery as you explore the works of familiar favorites and new artists. The tour is completely free of charge. For more information visit ArtInSandpoint.org. 800-800-2106

30-Sept. 2 Fall Fest. Enjoy four days of beer tasting and fun at Schweitzer. Schweitzer.com. Bring your blankets as there will be live music all weekend. The beer tent will be on the tennis courts near the bottom of the Great Escape Quad so you'll never be too far from the beer. The party continues Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


September 2024

1 Artists' Studio Tour. An annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. Visit the working studios of painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, potters, glass artists and more. Set your own schedule and enjoy the scenery as you explore the works of familiar favorites and new artists. The tour is completely free of charge. For more information visit ArtInSandpoint.org. 800-800-2106

1-2 Fall Fest. Enjoy four days of beer tasting and fun at Schweitzer. Schweitzer.com. Bring your blankets as there will be live music all weekend. The beer tent will be on the tennis courts near the bottom of the Great Escape Quad so you'll never be too far from the beer. The party continues Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

TBA Ponderay Neighbor Day. Enjoy a family-friendly community carnival - Ponderay Neighbor Day - that is fun for all ages, held at Harbison Field (behind the Hoot Owl restaurant) in Ponderay. Free activities, plus the event itself is free and open to everyone! Sponsored by the City of Ponderay. CityOfPonderay.org.

9-14 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.

14 Find Your Strength 5k & 1k. Join for the annual Find Your Strength Family Fun Run. The Bonner General Health Foundation is hosting a community 5k/1k beginning and ending at the City Beach. The race concludes with an after-party with kids' activities and more. All are invited to attend the after-party. BonnerGeneral.org/find-your-strength.

TBA Panhandle Overland Rally. Enjoy overland education, booths, live music, camping, overland survival training, and much more. PanhandleOverlandRally.com.

October 2024

3-28 Scarywood. Get ready for a month of screams as the theme park you thought you knew just became the nightmare you'll never forget. Experience five haunted attractions, seven scare zones, and most of Silverwood's signature rides in the dark. ScarywoodHaunt.com.

12 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355

26 ShredFest. End-of-the-season races, routes, and party for mountain bikers of all ages. Presented by Pend Oreille Pedalers and sponsored by Syringa Cyclery at Pine Street Woods. PendOreillePedalers.org.

November 2024

23-30 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. Derby will not be held on Thanksgiving day. LPOIC.org.

23 Annual Turkey Trot. Join Litehouse YMCA and Sandpoint Parks and Rec for Sandpoint's Annual Turkey Trot food drive. This low key, untimed event features a 5K, 10K, or whatever distance you want to run or walk (no bikes please). This run is free with your donation to the food bank. Signed waiver required (minors need a parent or guardian signature).

24 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

December 2024

23-24 Ski with Santa. Santa will be sliding the slopes around Schweitzer before he begins his travels around the world! You'll be able to catch Santa cruising around several beginner and intermediate runs so be on the lookout! He'll have candy to pass out to all the GOOD girls and boys! For more information, visit Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

31 Taps New Years Eve. Join the party at Taps on Schweitzer for New Years Eve. There will be live music from The Rub, late night snacks, and a midnight champagne toast. For the most up to date information, or to purchase tickets, go to Schweitzer.com.

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