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January 2016

8-29 Starlight Junior Race Series. Local race series at Schweitzer Mountain Resort takes place on the NASTAR course, Friday nights in January. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

9 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy complimentary access to Schweitzer Mountain Resort's Nordic trails, plus cross-country and skate ski lessons and equipment rentals. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

16 Schweitzer Northern Lights Celebration. Fireworks and a torchlight parade light up the night at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and the evening's festivities wrap up with a party featuring live music at Taps inside the Lakeview Lodge. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

21-23 Banff Mountain Film Festival. The Panida hosts a three-day screening event of the world's best mountain films. Proceeds benefit the Satipo Kids Project. Panida.org. 208-661-3857

28 Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's Opera Trio. Pend Oreille Arts Council presentation featuring Karin Wedemeyer, Brenda Rutledge and John Fitzgerald at the Panida Theater. ArtinSandpoint.org.

30-31 Stomp Games Banked Slalom. Schweitzer hosts banked slalom and slopestyle competitions for all ages. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

February 2016

12-21 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Annual celebration includes winter events including the K-9 Keg Pull, Winter Bites, and the Fireworks Finale at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. SandpointWinterCarnival.com. 208-263-2161

13-15 Schweitzer Presidents Weekend Celebration. Sunday night skiing and Laser Light Show highlight the holiday weekend. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

27 Rumpelstiltskin. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents Missoula Children's Theater's rendition of Rumpelstiltskin featuring local actors, in the Panida Theater. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

March 2016

4-5 The Follies. Angels over Sandpoint host charitable fundraiser in the Panida, featuring zany acts. Not for the easily offended! AngelsOverSandpoint.org. 208-290-5895

10 Umphrey's McGee. Cutting-edge rock band in concert at The Hive. LiveFromTheHive.com.

14 The Secret Life of Bees. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents Literature to Life stage performance at the Heartwood Center. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

April 2016

9-10 Spring Celebration and Rotary Duck Derby. Season-ending festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort includes Pond Skimming and a Rotary Duck Derby. Plus, there will be a "Schpring Finale" with a cardboard box derby and a "Big LeBrewski" beer fest. More details coming soon! Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

23-May 1 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual spring fishing contest kicks off with the annual pin auction and fundraiser April 22. LPOIC.org. 208-448-1365 or 208-290-3249

27 Dakhabrakha. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents concert with Ukrainian "ethnic chaos" band, in the Panida Theater. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

29 The Wine Festival at Sandpoint. Festival at Sandpoint hosts top-notch fundraising gala at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

May 2016

Every Saturday and Wednesday, May through Oct.: Farmers Market at Sandpoint. This open-air market of fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and music runs for the season at Farmin Park.

7-8 Silverwood Anniversary Opening Weekend. Celebrate Silverwood's season-opening weekend. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

19-22 Lost in the '50s. Annual retro celebration includes a downtown classic car parade and show, rock 'n' roll concerts at the fairgrounds, and more. Visit the website or Facebook page for more information. 208-265-LOST

28-30 American Heroes Weekend. Free admission to Silverwood Theme Park this weekend for all military personnel, veterans, police officers and firefighters. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

June 2016

12 Bay Trail Fun Run. Join the Annual Bay Trail Fun Run 5K & 10K along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek. Sponsored by Friends of the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail, Idaho Conservation League, and Trinity at City Beach. 208-265-9565

17 ArtWalk Opening Receptions. POAC sponsors the 39th annual revolving art exhibit starting with Friday evening opening receptions at 20-plus downtown galleries; art exhibits remain on display through September 9. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

18 CHAFE 150. Sponsored by Sandpoint Rotary, this annual benefit ride takes bicyclists on a 150-mile route through Idaho and Montana - or opt for the 1/2 CHaFE at 80 miles, or the 30-mile fun ride. CHaFE150.org.

18 Battle of the Bulls. Annual Challenge of Champions Tour bull riding and barrel racing contest at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 208-263-8414

26 Schweitzer Summer Celebration. Season opener at Schweitzer Mountain Resort with chairlift rides, family activities and wine tasting. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

30 Summer Sampler
. Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Summer Sampler at Farmin Park. Taste fine cuisine from area restaurants, plus enjoy cook-offs and live music. SandpointChamber.org. 800-800-2106

Dates TBA - Anniversary Party. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St., hosts a fun three-day Anniversary Party. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

July 2016

4 Fourth of July Celebration. Sandpoint Lions Club sponsors parades downtown in the morning; stage performances and a raffle follow at City Beach in the afternoon, plus a fireworks show at dusk. 208-263-4118

4 Silverwood Fireworks Extravaganza. Celebrate the 4th of July at Silverwood Theme Park with patriotic music and fireworks at dusk. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

8-9 Classic Boat Festival. Wooden boats, water-themed activities, contests and more along Sand Creek; sponsored by Inland Empire Antique & Classic Boat Society. WoodBoatFestival.com. 208-255-1876

9 Beerfest. Sample local brews and enjoy a festive block party, sponsored by the Sandpoint Chamber. 208-263-2161

10 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.

14 Festival at Sandpoint Art Unveiling. Fine art poster for the festival unveiled at Dover Bay. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

16 Northwest WineFest. Outdoor concerts, wine tasting, plus family activities, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

16 Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts 3.5 and 10 mile trail runs. 10 a.m. start time; racers receive Patagonia race shirts. SMTrailRun.com.

22-24 Northwest YogaFeast. Eureka Institute's 7th annual experience that frees the spirit, feeds the soul, and nurtures the tummy! Eureka-Institute.org. 208-263-2217 

30 Crazy Days. Downtown merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876

August 2016

4-14 Festival at Sandpoint. Sit under the stars and enjoy this 33rd annual internationally renowned outdoor concert series on the lawn at Memorial Field. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

5-6 PRCA Rodeo. Evening action at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. BonnerCountyFair.com.

6 Long Bridge Swim. Hundreds compete in a 1.76-mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille during this 22nd annual event. LongBridgeSwim.org. 208-265-2615

7 Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. Celebration in honor of the native huckleberry includes activities, food and more. Schweitzer.com. 208-263-9555

9-13 Bonner County Fair. Old-fashioned country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, concluding with a Demolition Derby on Saturday night to round out the fun. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414

13 Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-In
. Regional pilots fly into Sandpoint Airport or into Dover Bay, for seaplanes, and hold a breakfast and aircraft display. Sponsored by the Sandpoint EAA Chapter 1441. 208-255-9954

13-14 Arts & Crafts Fair. POAC's 44th annual juried art exhibit at Sandpoint City Beach, with artists' booths, kids' activities and more. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

13-14 Festival of Quilts. Panhandle Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Sandpoint's judged quilt show in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Ave.

21 Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts a performance of 'Edward III' as part of the annual Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, sponsored locally by Lost Horse Press.

Dates TBA - Artists' Studio Tour. 12th annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. ArtTourDrive.org. 800-800-2106

26-27 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race. The 9th annual "Scenic Relay Race" where runners and walkers begin atop Mt. Spokane, and teams make their way 185 miles through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint's City Beach. It's one of the Pacific Northwest's premier running events. SpokanetoSandpoint.com. 541-633-7174

September 2016

3-4 Coaster Classic Car Show. Nostalgic cars at Silverwood Theme Park. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

3-5 Schweitzer Fall Fest. Annual outdoor music festival with performances, chairlift rides, kids' activities and microbrews. Schweitzer.com. 208-263-9555

10 Injectors Car Show. The Injectors Car Club hosts the 17th Annual Powered by the Past Injectors Car Show in downtown Sandpoint. SandpointInjectors.com. 208-263-9780

Dates TBA - Harvest Party. Pend d'Oreille Winery's annual event with family-friendly activities, food sampling, wine tasting and live music. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

12-17 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on the 8th annual 350-mile/560-kilometer WaCanId Ride, presented by the International Selkirk Loop and Rotary International. WaCanId.org. 888-823-2626

18 Scenic Half. Presented by the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, this 8th annual event features a half marathon, plus 10k and 5k fun runs. ScenicHalf.com. 208-263-2161

23-25 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. The Northwest's largest draft horse and mule expo at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. IdahoDraftHorseShow.com. 208-263-8414

October 2016

Weekends in October - Scarywood. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October. SilverwoodThemePark.com.

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

Date TBA - Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual event at the Panida Theater, sponsored by The Alpine Shop. Panida.org. 208-263-5157

November 2016

19-27 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org. 509-928-9245

25-Jan. 1 Holidays in Sandpoint. Tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876

December 2016

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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