Northern Lights at Schweitzer: This is a great event for anyone to experience Schweitzer Mountain – Northern Lights Schweitzer style! Take a trip up the mountain January 14th 6PM-7PM and enjoy a torch-light parade, fireworks, and live music. Make sure to bundle up! www.schweitzer.com for more info.
Sandpoint Winter Carnival: Every year in the dead of winter since 1973, Sandpoint, Idaho, cooks up a antidote to cabin fever. It’s the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating the best of the snowy season. The annual Winter Carnival includes favorite events as the K9 Keg Pull, fireworks and fun at Schweitzer, live concerts, parties galore plus other favorites including the Parade of Lights and the delicious Dine Around Sandpoint. For this year’s dates see sandpointwintercarnival.com
Lost in the 50’s: Lost in the 50s is the classic car show and parade in Sandpoint, Idaho, with cars of 1950s and all vintages, dance concerts and rally run held each May. For the upcoming dates, see http://visitsandpoint.com/year-calendar/
Farmers Markets: Local farmers markets gear up to run May through October, days and times vary by city.
Lantern Fest: Thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for an unforgettable spectacle in Post Falls. There is music, dancing, s’mores, and when the time is right, the sky is lit with high hopes, dreams and thousands of biodegradable lanterns. http://www.thelanternfest.com/location/spokane/
Car d’Lane Cruise, Show & Swap Meet: Annually held on Father’s Day Weekend, Friday & Saturday. Hundreds of pre-1975 vehicles cruise the streets of Downtown Coeur d’Alene on Friday night, with a car show all day Saturday. Talk to the owners, vote on your favorites, and join the fun!
4th of July Parade & Fireworks: Kick off the day with a parade down Sherman Ave, in Coeur d’Alene. Spend the afternoon at the City Park with live music, food, and games. After sunset, watch North Idaho’s largest fireworks display over Coeur d’Alene Lake, hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Art on the Green: Art on the Green is an arts and crafts outdoor festival formed to encourage and promote the arts. Art on the Green is held at the old Fort Sherman Grounds on the North Idaho College Campus, a short walk from the Street Fair in Downtown CDA and the City Park. It is held every August on the first weekend of the month.
North Idaho State Fair and Rodeo: Fun for the entire family including children’s activities, entertainment, music, rides, exhibits of arts, crafts, photography, baked goods, flowers and garden produce, 4-H livestock and exhibits, PRCA rodeos, motocross, draft horse show, demolition derby, commercial vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food and attractions. For dates and attractions, see www.northidahostatefair.com/
Ironman: The race takes place in Coeur d’Alene and the lush timberland surrounding it, organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The race consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.22-mile run, raced in that order without a break.
Paul Bunyan Days: No weekend defines the town of St Maries quite like the one for the Paul Bunyan Days Celebration. The annual event held over the Labor Day weekend boasts a bevy of attractions that include a carnival in the city park, a Junior Olympic skills competition, logging events, a quilt show, a 5K fun run, pool events, a Main Avenue parade, and a stunning fireworks display to fill the Idaho sky.
Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony: Join the festivities in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Watch as the parade entries light up the street. Marching bands, floats, music and fun! Pick up your candle at 5:00 PM and then gather on the Resort lawn for carols. The countdown begins, the switch is flipped, lighting more than 1.5 million lights followed by one the largest fireworks displays in the Northwest.
Festival of Trees: The weekend after Thanksgiving, locals come together to decorate and donate 40+ lavish Christmas trees and displays, which are enjoyed by attendees and sold at an auction. Proceeds raised at the festival helps fund needed services at Kootenai Health