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Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint, in the northern tip of Idaho, is no ordinary vacation destination. Located on magnificent 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains, and with Schweitzer Mountain ski resort minutes away, Sandpoint is blessed with outstanding attractions. But it goes deeper than that. The town itself is exceptional, home to a thriving arts community, the historic Panida Theater, a busy events schedule, a plethora of excellent restaurants, fine hotels and unusual shopping keynoted by the national retailer, Coldwater Creek.

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Major Events and Festivals


Sandpoint Winter Carnival

Every January, in the dead of winter, Sandpoint, Idaho, cooks up a sure antidote to cabin fever. It’s the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating the best of the snowy season ... indoors and out. We invite you to come enjoy the best of winter, outdoors and in, during the Sandpoint Winter Carnival.

Winter Carnival

Beginning with Taste of Sandpoint, enjoy fine food specials at over a dozen Sandpoint restaurants, plus shopping specials, the Winter ArtTrek with art from over 40 North Idaho artists, the Bio-Luminesce Firedancers at Pend d’Oreille Winery, ski & snowboard films, our famous Main Street Rail Jam, bonfires, and street dance, Fireworks on Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, K-9 Keg Pull and much more.,



Madcap Mardi Gras

Held in mid-February. We have jazz parades to fireworks, grand parties to masquerade balls, mask making to rubber chicken flings, poker runs to costumed downtown stumble mini golf. Enjoy this six-day partying spree filled with outrageous events, celebratory contests and hilarious performances at locations throughout town.


Spring Carnival and Rubber Duck Derby

Held in early April. Schweitzer’s annual season-ending celebration with music, games, barbecues, costume contests, treasure hunts and the popular Downhill Dummy Race. 208.263.9555,


Lost in the 50s

The weekend when Sandpoint goes retro, with hundreds of cars in the vintage car parade and show, plus dance shows and concerts with favorite performers from the `50s and `60s, a street dance, a car rally and fun run. 208.265.5678,


Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival

Classic wooden boats and car show, sand sculpture contests and more at Old Power House, sponsored by the Inland Empire Antique and Classic Boat Society and Downtown Sandpoint. 208.255.1876,


The Festival at Sandpoint

Held in early August. The annual internationally renowned outdoor concert series on the lawn at Memorial Field, alongside beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. The Festival is audience friendly. It is a customized concert experience without equal. You can feast on fabulous food and beverages on "Festival Street," or bring your own picnic basket and cooler from home. You can stretch out on a blanket, cruise in a lawn chair (bring your own or rent ours), sit in the grandstands or let loose in our dancing areas. The Festival is intimate. It feels as though the artists are playing in your back yard, a private concert just for you. In this day and age of huge arenas and skyrocketing ticket prices, we invite you to get back to your musical roots by treating yourself to a concert experience that is rare and precious. 208.265.4554,

Bonner County Rodeo

Held in mid-August. Annual event with a dance Saturday night at the fairgrounds. 208.263.8414

Bonner County Fair

Held in late August at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Traditional country event at the fairgrounds with lots of livestock, a 4-H auction and contests, crafts, produce and flower exhibits, and more. The Bonner County Fair is a time for fun but also a time for education. The fairground is filled with exhibits, contests, food booths and various activities for all ages. The program generally includes the following competitive exhibits: dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, dairy goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, nursery/field crops and seeds, fruits and nuts, potatoes, and vegetables. 208.263.8414.


Schweitzer Fall Fest

Held in early September. Schweitzer's annual outdoor music festival, with live performances, discounted chairlift rides, kids' activities and microbrews. 208.263.9555,

Idaho State Draft Horse & Mule International Show

Held in mid-September at the Bonner County Fairgrounds.


Albeni Falls Dam

Tours are free and held four times a day, seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tour guides will lead you inside the powerhouse, around the generators, onto each of the five floors and out on the spillway. Located on the Pend Oreille River just west of Priest River on Highway 2. 208.437.3133

Bonner County Historical Society and Museum

Celebrating Bonner County's centennial in 2007, this delightful museum has many fine displays depicting old-time Bonner County. An extensive collection of Ross Hall photos are on exhibit, as well as a pioneer kitchen with memorabilia from a bygone era and reproductions of gowns worn by First Ladies at their husbands' inaugurations. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cabinet Gorge Hatchery

About 30 miles east of Sandpoint just outside of Clark Fork, hatches several million kokanee salmon eggs each year for release into Lake Pend Oreille. Open daily; call to arrange a tour for a group, or stop in any day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a self-guided tour. 208.266.1431

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

With more than 2,000 acres, the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 30 miles north of Sandpoint near Bonners Ferry, has plenty of habitats for an abundance of wildlife. The refuge has developed hiking and cross-country ski trails and blinds where waterfowl can be viewed. In autumn, the refuge plays host to literally tens of thousands of ducks, geese and swans migrating down the Pacific Flyway. Some hearty waterfowl winter over. Summer residents include bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, herons, geese and ducks. With luck, you may spot elk, deer, moose or bear. Auto tour routes are open daily except for the hunting season in October-November. A trail near the office and an area on the auto route are handicapped-accessible. 208.267.3888,

The Panida Theater

This historic performing arts center has a rich with concerts, plays, fine art films and events.

Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park

It’s the Northwest’s largest theme park with three outrageous roller coasters, more than 60 other rides and amusements, a vintage narrow-track railroad, turn-of-the-century village -- and the new Boulder Beach Water Park with multiple slides, wave pool and more. Since 2006, a new giant dominates the skies, Panic Plunge, the ultimate adrenaline rush, a 140-foot tower that drops riders at close to 50 mph! A single admission gets you into all parks and includes shows and entertainment. Located 30 minutes south of Sandpoint on Highway 95 at Athol. 208.683.3400,























Farragut State Park

Located four miles east of Athol with 4,000 scenic acres alongside the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. Camping, swimming, boating, lots of wildlife viewing, a model-airplane flying field, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and an 18-hole disc golf course are all available. 208.683.2425,


The Idaho Club (formerly Hidden Lakes Golf Resort) is one of the region’s most anticipated golf resort renovations, just 8 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200 East.  The Idaho Club re-emerges with a new Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and premium amenities including a huge log clubhouse, full-service spa, pool, tennis and sport courts and more. The first 9 holes may open in 2007. 800.323.7020, StoneRidge Golf and Recreational Community is 50 minutes southwest of Sandpoint in the beautiful Blanchard Valley. The 18-hole championship-level golf course was completely renovated in 2001 and offers enough challenge for any level of golfer. 208.437.4653,

Priest Lake State Park

Located on Coolin Road in Coolin alongside the clear waters of Priest Lake, a beautiful lake abundant in kokanee salmon and trout. Hiking and biking trails, camping (RV or tent), wildlife viewing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and swimming are all available. 208.443.2200,

Round Lake State Park

Located 10 miles south of Sandpoint just west of Highway 95 on Dufort Road. Round Lake is a small, scenic lake surrounded by an interpretive trail and filled with perch and trout. Camping, fishing, hiking, skating, sledding and cross-country skiing are all available. 208.263.3489,

Sandpoint Waterlife Discovery Center

On the Pend Oreille River alongside Lakeshore Drive, the new Sandpoint Waterlife Discovery Center offers interpretive trails and self-guided tours of fish habitat and an educational interpretive area. 208.769.1414,

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

An undiscovered place to rediscover your family and friends. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a top winter destination with the finest skiing and snowboarding -- and the best panoramic views -- in the Inland Northwest. With 2,900 acres, 2,400 feet of vertical, 82 named runs and seven chairlifts, Schweitzer is a dream for downhill enthusiasts. There's also 30k of cross country trails, beautiful snowshoe trails, brand-new tubing center, plenty of shopping, snowmobile and backcountry ski tours, and dog sledding tours. The Chimney Rock Grill serves delectable Northwest cuisine and features an award-winning wine list. In the summer, there is a plethora of mountain activities, with chairlift rides, hiking, mountain biking, horseback rides, tennis, disc golf, climbing wall and bungee jump trampoline, picnicking and huckleberry picking, plus frequent music events and festivals. On-mountain, visitors stay at the luxurious Selkirk Lodge or White Pine Lodge, slopeside with access to an outdoor pool and spas. Winter or summer, experience the beauty of North Idaho's premier alpine resort! 800.831.8810,