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It's a family party! Sandpoint’s summer music scene continues on with the 4th annual Trout and About Festival – an afternoon of music for kids and adults who still like to act like kids - starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the University of Idaho Extension at 1905 N. Boyer Ave. The festival features music from Missoula band The Whizpops, followed by Ginstrings at 3 p.m. There will also be trout-related games, education, raffles, and giveaways. The event is sponsored by Avista, Panhandle Chapter Trout Unlimited, Idaho Fish & Game, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as part of their collaborative efforts to educate about the threatened Bull Trout species and to promote clean and clear water in our rivers and lakes. Cost is $3 adult, free to all kids (must be accompanied by an adult). This is a rain or shine event with limited seating; guests are encouraged to bring their own camp chairs.
Here's what's happening in August!
22 Tuesday Backgammon Tournament. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts a Tuesday Backgammon Tournament at 5 p.m. The tournament takes place every Tuesday with beer specials and prizes. Sign up on the Facebook page and join the fun!
22 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
23 Sandpoint Farmers Market. The Sandpoint Farmers Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Farmin Park. Shop for local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, plus enjoy live music. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
23 Open Mic. SKaL Taproom in Ponderay hosts an open mic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Musicians and comedians welcome! Open mic is held every Wednesday.
23 Magic Wednesday. Jalapeno's Mexican Restaurant, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts Magic Wednesdays with resident magician Star Alexander from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Star amazes guests at the dinner table and in the bar with up-close, interactive magical entertainment for all ages!
23 Pint & Paint with Infini Gallery. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., teams up with their neighbors Infini Gallery & Art Studio for a fun Paint & Pint! Cost is $35 and includes all the art supplies, instruction and your first drink. Starts at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately 2 hours. 21 years of age or older only. Space is limited; go to InfiniGallery.com/book-online and register.
24 Rock Creek Mine - Geophysicist Presentation. Dr. David Chambers, geophysicist and recognized expert on tailings impoundment engineering, will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Chambers will discuss the technical issues and stability problems associated with the proposed tailings impoundment for the Rock Creek Mine. Free and open to the public.
24 Thursday Night Solo Series. Come out to MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Thursday Night Solo Series with Spokane Valley native Wyatt Wood from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. With more than 15 years of music experience and an education in Music Production, Wyatt is doing what he knows best - playing tunes for fans! Come hear his originals and take in this Inland Northwest talent before he goes on tour! Joining the fun this night is the Mandala Pizza food truck who will be onsite serving up wood-fired pizza. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
24-26 Jingle - Dessert & Theater. The Panida Playhouse presents Jingle, a lighthearted comedy-drama, at 7 p.m. in the Panida Little Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Jingle is a new play by Becky Revak, and tells the story of twelve-year-old Jodie who comes home to Grams' house for the summer and has to use the assistance of her new friend when Grams goes missing. Come enjoy an evening of dessert and theater! Performance begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 18-19, and Aug. 24-26. Tickets are $19 at the door or online at Panida.org; ticket price includes both the show and dessert! 208-255-7801
24-25, 27 The Hero. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the film The Hero starring Sam Elliott. Screenings are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25, and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies Page.
25-26 Secret Shame. Unknown Locals present Secret Shame, with performances at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) each night in The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St. Written by Chris Herron, and directed by Madeline Elliott, Secret Shame tells the story of Pat and Karen, who are in love. No one knows - not their friends, co-workers ... or families. But after 25 years, that's about to change as the truth comes to the surface during an interrupted weekend at Karen's lake cabin. Everything important will be discussed: Acceptance, love, happiness, whether Boone's Farm is an acceptable bug repellent. Produced by Unknown Locals, this original, local production features some of Sandpoint's best acting talent. Admission is $14 general, $12 seniors. Learn more on Unknown Locals' Facebook page, or call 208-946-6174.
26 Sandpoint Farmers Market. The Sandpoint Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farmin Park. Enjoy locally grown produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, plus live music with Bright Moments Jazz featuring Maya Goldblum. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
25-27 International Fjord Horse Show. See the Fjords strut their stuff during the International Fjord Horse Show, held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Bonner County Fairgrounds. There will be riding and driving events as well as games and - new this year - a driving derby on Sunday morning. Food will be available, and admission is free! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Fjord Promotional Group. Learn more at PNFPG.org. 509-993-6257
25 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring Bright Moments Jazz.
25 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m featuring Doug Bond with his guitar and soulful voice for a night of music and wine. POWine.com.
25 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Moses Willey. Born deep in the heart of the Great North Woods, Moses Willey forms a special place where the lines between traditional bluegrass, folk, and Appalachian mix together in idiosyncratic interpretations. Joining the fun is the Old Tin Can food truck dishing up burgers. Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
25 Movie in the Park: Trolls. The Bonner County History Museum hosts a Movie in the Park in Lakeview Park, featuring the film Trolls. Admission is free; gates open at 6:30 p.m. to place blankets and chairs, and the movie begins at sundown. Concessions will be available. Showing is weather-dependent; check the museum's website at BonnerCountyHistory.org for updates and information. Sponsored by the museum, Pine Street Dental, and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation.
25 Chris Webster and Nina Gerber. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., welcomes Chris Webster and Nina Gerber back to the stage for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served before the show with doors openings at 5:30 p.m. Webster's voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber's guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they're magic! Tickets are $15 advance, $18 day of the show -- call Di Luna's at 208-263-0846 for tickets and reservations.
25 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Bare Grass from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Get your fun and funky bluegrass and jam groove on with this Sandpoint bluegrass trio. Free and open to the public ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Pizza out back on the patio by Mandala Pizza.
26 Sandemonium. All are welcome to attend Sandemonium, a local Comic-Con-style convention for fans of comics, superheroes, anime, gaming and more, held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Forrest M. Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave. Expect a full day of panels, cosplay, games, special events and contests. Admission is $2. For more information, visit Sandemonium7B.com or call 406-293-1985.
26 Bikes, Blues and Brews. Sandpoint's second annual Bikes, Blues and Brews Motorcycle Run and Poker Run starts at 9 a.m. at A&Ps for breakfast, with registration at 10 a.m., then head out for the Bull River Loop at 10:30 a.m. Gather back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the bike show and live music with The Beat Diggers. E-mail Dave to learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 Laughing Dog Brewing Anniversary Party. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr., is celebrating their 12th Anniversary with a party starting at noon. "12th Anniversary Beer" will be pouring along with all of Laughing Dog's other taps; plus, Harold's IGA will be performing and the Old Tin Can will be on-site dishing up great food. Free and open to the public.
26 End of Summer Dance. Don't miss the free End Of Summer Dance at Sandpoint City Beach, sponsored by the Sandpoint chapter of USA Dance! Open to the public, the event starts at 5 p.m. with a potluck picnic, followed by dance lessons and general dancing under the stars until 9 p.m. Meet on the basketball courts for all the fun! Bring a potluck dish to share and a lawn chair if you wish to sit. Wear comfortable shoes, as dancing will be on concrete.
26 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring John Firshi.
26 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m featuring Mike Wagonner. Come hang out with Mike, his stories, and great songs! POWine.com.
26 Beer Hall Live Music. It doesn’t get much better than Meg Turner on vocals and Chris Lynch on the piano, performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. They are a fun duo with a great sound that will have you on the dance floor! Come by to hear them, grab some pints, play some games and enjoy! Free and open to the public 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
26 Alaska's Mount Huntington. Enjoy a night of stories, pictures and videos from Clint Helander and Jess Roskelley's monumental climb of Alaska's Mount Huntington during this presentation at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Over eight days in April 2017, the duo completed one of the biggest first ascents in North America in recent history. This presentation will feature an intro by John Roskelley, one of the world's most renowned climbers in the 1970s-1990s, and a brief Q&A as well as a prize giveaway will follow. Helander's images from this climb have been featured in numerous publications including Patagonia, plus Alpinist and Rock and Ice magazines. Tickets are $8 adult, $4 youth at Panida.org, SWAC, Eichardt's, Pedro's, and at the door the night of the show; proceeds benefit The Firn Line, a new podcast about the lives of mountain climbers.
26 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Harold's IGA from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. A Sandpoint favorite multi-instrumental trio that plays folk rock originals and off-the-beaten track covers from artists like Ween, Talking Heads and Violent Femmes. Free and open to the public ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Pizza out back by Mandala Pizza.
27 Trout and About Festival. All are invited to the Trout and About Festival, happening at the UI Campus at 195 Boyer Ave. This is an event where parents and their kids can socialize, listen to great music, learn some fun facts about trout, dance it up and have fun! Food and beverages available for purchase from Jupiter Jae Café, Mandala Pizza and Eichardt’s Pub. Doors open at 11 a.m., the Whizpops start at noon, and Ginstrings perform at 3:30 p.m. $3 suggested donation per adult and kids are free. More information at PanhandleTU.org or contact email@example.com.
27 Ginstrings. Come enjoy a performance at 3 p.m. featuring Minnesota band Ginstrings during the Trout and About Festival at the UI campus on Boyer Avenue. Winner of the 2016 Northwest String Summit Band Competition, Ginstrings features 33 interchangeable strings and vibrant vocal harmonies, Ginstrings is an acoustic progressive string band driven by an indescribable passion for music. Free and open to the public. More information at PanhandleTU.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
27 Game Night with Racheal. Come in to the 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., for Game Night with Racheal from 7 p.m. 'til close. It's a fun night of games, beers and cocktails with one of Sandpoint's favorite bartenders. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Sept. 4 --
29 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
29-1 Head of the Pend Oreille Rowing Regatta. Crews from the Inland Northwest and Canada will converge for Idaho’s only rowing Regatta on Sept. 29, 30, and Oct 1. Located in Priest River, ID, the weekend event shall feature rowing competition, fun, and a barbecue on Saturday. Attendance is free, with the exception of the pre-purchase of BBQ tickets. More information available at https://hopregatta.org and 208-255-8862.
31 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time for people and pooches alike! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, food and beverages available for purchase, plus a fenced-in area for dogs. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evans Brothers Coffee. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297
31 Cask, Keg and Art Party. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Cask, Keg and Art Party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. All are invited to enjoy the 25th anniversary celebration for Sandpoint Waldorf School featuring a silent auction of works by supporting artists. Complimentary appetizers with cash bar. Free and open to the public! SandpointWaldorf.org. 208-265-2683
31 Thursday Night Solo Series. Come out to MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Thursday Night Solo Series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Kevin Dorin. "One of the most original voices you may ever hear ... Kevin Dorin sounds like noone but Kevin Dorin" says everyone, and that includes your grandmother! And he usually invites a friend in for a song or two. Free & open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
31 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Honeysuckle, a Boston-based three member progressive folk act that features Sandpoint's own Holly McGarry from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. You will be in for a rare listening treat as Honeysuckle blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Free and open to the public ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
All summer - Lake cruises. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts a variety of cruises aboard the Shawnodese, including the Daily Cruise and the Sunset Dessert & Eagle Watching Cruise departing from Sandpoint City Beach. Learn more at LakePendOreilleCruises.com or call 208-255-5253.
Here is what's coming up in September!
1-4 Schweitzer Fall Fest. The 25th annual Fall Fest outdoor music festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort features live music performances all weekend long, chairlift rides, kids' activities and more than 100 microbrews and ciders under the tent. New this year is the change in venue of the stage, located below the Musical Chairs lift near the top of Happy Trails. Fall Fest kicks off Friday with a new evening program that will include beer tasting, a VIP beer dinner and live music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with headliner New Kingston, a chart-topping reggae band from Brooklyn, New York. Fall Fest continues Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Glassware is now on sale - visit Schweitzer.com for more information. 208-263-9555
1 First Fridays with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Friday Fridays with Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come out and hear his fun boot-tapping country tunes! Plus the Old Tin Can food truck will be onsite dishing up awesome burgers! Free and open to the public 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
2 Museum's Free First Saturday. The Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts Free First Saturday. Everyone is invited to enjoy the museum free of charge! BonnerCountyHistory.org.
2, 9 Sandpoint History Walking Tour. The City of Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission is conducting walking tours through the downtown Sandpoint core, and the recently published "Sandpoint ... A Walk Through History" will serve as the guide. Tours are from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 2, and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. Tour origination is in front of the historic Panida Theater at 300 N. First Ave. Put on your walking shoes and join in the exploration of our historic downtown! Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ryan Shea with the Sandpoint Planning Department at 208-263-3370.
2-3 Funky Junk Antique and Craft Show. Back for its 10 year anniversary (and 17th season), the Funky Junk Antique and Craft Show is a Labor Day Weekend tradition! Bursting with all the wonderful treasures, amazing crafts and friendly faces you love (and a few surprises too!), shoppers will find everything from salvage to retro and everything in between. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Featuring a special tribute this year to the mining industry and history of the region! Enjoy live music both days and good food, too! $5 admission (good for the entire weekend!); children 12 and under free.
2-3 Coaster Classic Car Show. Nostalgic cars at Silverwood Theme Park. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
2 Beer Hall Live Music. Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch team up for an exciting night of live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. They are a fun duo with a great sound that will have you on the dance floor. Come by to hear them, grab some pints, play some games and enjoy! Free and open to the public 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
2 Sonic Bloom Concert. Come to the Little Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., for the Sonic Bloom band live concert this Labor Day Weekend. Five Sandpoint musicians create Sonic Bloom's unique sound featuring Huckleberry's original songs of nature, love, life and flying saucers! Concert starts at 8 p.m.; $10 admission. Beer, wine, snacks and soft drinks available at the concert. 208-920-6134
8 Sandpoint Contra Dance. All are invited to attend a community dance in the New England tradition - a Contra Dance - starting at 7 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. All dances are taught and called with live music. Beginners and singles are welcome (new dancers are encouraged to arrive in time for the beginning to start with the basics). $5 donation; bring clean shoes and a water bottle. Sponsored by Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. * Held on the second Friday of every month. 208-263-6751
9 Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo. Are you prepared for an emergency? Natural disaster? Severe weather conditions? Attend the 2nd annual Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave. There will be workshops all day featuring tips, talks, vendors, and displays on food and water storage, alternative energy, secure homes, go bags, emergency communications, wilderness first aid, types of emergencies to be ready for, safe gatherings, essential oils, first aid, and more! For vendor information, call Penny at 208-946-3692 or e-mail email@example.com.
9 Injectors Car Show. The Injectors Car Club hosts the 18th Annual Powered by the Past Injectors Car Show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Sandpoint. SandpointInjectors.com. 208-263-9780
11-16 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on the 9th annual 350-mile/560-kilometer WaCanId Ride, presented by the International Selkirk Loop and Rotary International. WaCanId.org. 888-823-2626
16 AHWF Comedy Show and Silent Auction. American Heritage Wildlife Foundation Inc. presents the 2nd annual Comedy Show and Silent Auction, starting at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Center Columbia Bank Building, 414 Church St. Professional comedian Brad Upton will be performing, and there will be a silent auction including artwork by Teresa Fisher, an XBox Band Hero game, Disneyland tickets and more! Tickets are $20. AHWF's mission is to provide rehabilitative care for injured or orphaned wild animals in need. Visit AHWF.org for more information, or call 208-266-1488.
17 Scenic Half. Presented by the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, this 9th annual event features a half marathon, plus 10k and 5k fun runs. Click to register and learn more at ScenicHalf.com. 208-263-2161
20 Five Minutes of Fame. Writers, musicians, listeners ... all are welcome to the Five Minutes of Fame open mic at 6:30 p.m., held at Cafe Bodega inside Foster's Crossing, 504 Oak St. The open mic takes place on the third Wednesday of every month. 208-263-5911
21 SoupTember. Come sample the tastiest soups from Sandpoint-area restaurants during the SoupTember fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Farmin Park. Sponsored by Sandpoint Community Resource Center, tickets are just $10 and include soup tasting, rolls and dessert. There will also be a live auction, silent auction, and raffle. Let's see if DISH can defend their title! SCRC is a local non-profit connecting those in need with those who serve. Please come and support this great cause! Learn more at SandpointCommunityResource.com or call 208-290-6840.
21-24 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
23 Ponderay Neighbor Day - Celebrating Our Connections. Join the fun with neighbors to celebrate Ponderay Neighbor Day, a community celebration that includes a raffle for free tethered hot air balloon rides throughout the afternoon, plus live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for kids, food vendors, a beer garden, jumpy castle and more! Celebrating our Connections is the theme of Ponderay Neighbor Day, and there's plenty to celebrate including an expanding trail and park system, and a community transit system (the SPOT bus). Everyone in the region is invited. Gates are open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field behind the Hoot Owl. Free admission; parking is off Emerald Industrial Drive. 208-946-6466
23 Let's Dance! Angels Over Sandpoint celebrates 20 years of giving back to their community with Let's Dance, held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Dover Bay Homestead Barn. It's a fun, funky, fabulous evening with live music featuring the Atomic Blues Band, plus there will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $20 at Eichardt's and Eve's Leaves, or purchase online via Sandpoint Online's Keokee Books store ($2 online processing fee per ticket applies).
28 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time for people and pooches alike! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, food and beverages available for purchase, plus a fenced-in area for dogs. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichardt’s Pub and Grill. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297
30-Oct. 1 Crosstoberfest. Sandpoint Cyclocross hosts event at the UI Extension on North Boyer.
Here is what's coming up in October!
Weekends in October:
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Fifth year of festive family fun at Hickey Farms, 674 Hickey Rd., with a pumpkin patch, games, local artisan products and more. 208-263-3782
Scarywood Haunted Nights. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
14 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season. Entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355