Events at the Sandpoint Winter Carnival

2018 Schedule of Events

Take a look below to see all the fun happenings you can expect this year … and plan on being here for the annual Sandpoint Winter Carnival!

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Friday, February 16

Parade of Lights

The wild ‘n’ crazy Parade of Lights arrives in downtown Sandpoint with its legions of zany floats, marching groups, and snow-shovel brigades! Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Parking Lot, down Church to First, along First to Cedar, up Cedar to Fourth, and back to the City Lot (Awards Ceremony immediately following parade, near staging area). Calling all greater Sandpoint businesses, organizations and groups who want to get out there, show some local pride, have some fun and light up the night! There is no fee to participate in the Parade of Lights, but you must register by Feb. 10th to take part – please download our 2018 Registration Form, fill it out and save and email it to [email protected]. ***If you fill out the form and then download it your information will not save*** For more information, contact the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at 208-263-2161 or e-mail [email protected].

After-Parade Party at Pend d’Oreille Winery

Following the Parade of Lights, head over to Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., for performances by the Gypsy Divas, the Allegro Dance Studio dancers, and Sandpoint Karate. Free and fun!

S’mores and Firepits

Calling all c-c-c-old parade-goers! Understory Coffee, 120 Cedar St., hosts free s’mores at multiple firepits. Stop on by for a festive fun time!

Third Fridays with Devon Wade

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts First 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.

Chinese New Year Party

Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St., hosts a Chinese New Year Party starting at 7 p.m. This is a benefit for Underground Kindness and features a Woods Wheatcroft art opening and DJ Mercury dance party. Eichardt’s cash bar. Dress up in red, gold, sparkles – get festive! $5 donation at the door.

Petty Fever at the Panida

Petty Fever is an award winning full production tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers featuring the captivating Guitarist/Vocalist and 2016 Hollywood FAME Award Winner, Frank Murray. Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. More information.

Live Music at the 219 – Harold’s IGA

219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts live music featuring local’s favorite Harold’s IGA from 9 pm to midnight.  Free and open to the public.  21 and older.  Non-smoking environment.  More information.


Saturday, February 17

Schweitzer Events – Activities all day

Schweitzer has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, village campfire with complimentary treats, music at Taps, and wine tasting. In the evening there will be live music in Chimney Rock by Electric Cole Show, and a party at Taps with music by Devin Wade. More information here.

4th Annual Winter Carnival Cornhole Classic Tournament

Cornhole kings and queens will be taking to the three regulation indoor brewery courts set up at MickDuffs Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., to test tossing abilities in the 4th Annual Winter Carnival Cornhole Classic Tournament! Capped at 32 teams, so sign up early by calling 208-209-6700 or show up day of between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. First toss at 1 p.m. Cost is $20/team, $10/person. Cash & prizes; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

Sleigh Ride Dinner and Concert

Come to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch and enjoy a winter Sleigh Ride Dinner and Concert! Sleigh rides can be scheduled at 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Local artist Maria Larson will perform soft jazz favorites the whole family will enjoy. Dinner features slow-cooked prime rib and salmon. A no-host bar will be available to purchase beer and wine. Reservations required by calling 208-263-9066. Cost is $65 per person and $54 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 and under are free.

Beer Hall Live Music

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with The Other White Meat from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This classic rock and roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early ’90s, opening for such acts as George Thorogood, Styx, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Brothers, Ted Nugent, Rail, and Cracker. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, bass and kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, and Dana Peite on drums and percussion. Free and open to the public ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

Live Music at the 219 – The Beatdiggers

219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts live music with another local’s favorite, The Beatdiggers from 9 pm to midnight. Free and open to the public.  21 and older.  Non-smoking environment.  More information.


Sunday, February 18

“Let It Glow!” Night Parade and Fireworks!

Schweitzer Mountain celebrates over Presidents’ Weekend with the Coca Cola Let it Glow! kids parade and fireworks show, in addition to Sunday night skiing. Pre-register on EventBrite for the nighttime LED parade down Ridge Run, followed by the Coca Cola Fireworks Show! Also at Taps, enjoy apres music with Hawthorne Roots from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and a party at 7 p.m. with Dodgy Mountain Men. Contact the Activity Center for information and to register at 208-255-3081 or e-mail [email protected]!

Schweitzer Events – activities all day

Schweitzer has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, and a village campfire with complimentary treats. More information here.


Monday, February 19

ANNUAL 219 PARTY

The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts its annual 219 party on 2/19 starting at 2:19 pm.  There will be $2.19 drink specials all day long.  Prizes and snacks.  Ages 21 and older.  Non-smoking environment.  More information.

Schweitzer Events – activities all day

Schweitzer has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, and a village campfire with complimentary treats. More information.


Tuesday, February 20

Laughing Dog and Jalapeños Pairing Dinner

Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant pairs up with local brewery Laughing Dog for a festive beer pairing dinner, starting at 6:30 p.m. Call 208-263-2995 for reservations.


Wednesday, February 21

KPND Ski Party @ Trinity at City Beach

Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts the KPND Ski and Board Party starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy great prizes, food and drink specials, and lots of fun! 208-255-7558

Wind Down Wednesday at the 219

The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts Wind Down Wednesday from 4 to 10 p.m. Handcrafted cocktails, unique wines, the most craft beer taps in town and appetizers. Live music with Truck Mills and a guest musician from 5 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older. Non-smoking environment.  More information.


Thursday, February 22

Dine Out for a Cause

Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Dine Out for a Cause from 4:30 p.m. ’til close benefitting the Bonner Community Food Bank. All are welcome to join this great event!

National Margarita Day Celebration

Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts a celebration for National Margarita Day! Stop by for specials, sponsored by Hornitos Tequila.


Friday, February 23

Beer Hall Live Music – The Beat Diggers

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with The Beat Diggers from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Made up of locals, The Beat Diggers share cool tunes, ear candy harmonies, and epic rock ‘n’ roll. This band of innovators includes lead guitarist and vocalist Benny Baker, drummer Ali Maverick Thomas, Christine Kester, Mike (Big Dog) Poulin, Rob Smith, and whoever may stoke the stage to instigate true musical treats. Also, Edelwagen food truck will be serving handcrafted sausages and high quality food! Free and open to the public ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 LIVE MUSIC AT 219 – DIME STORE PROPHETS

219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts live music featuring Dime Store Prophets. Free and open to all ages 21 and older; non-smoking environment.

Final Starlight Party – “007” Theme

Epic final party at Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s Taps Lounge – theme is “007” so show us your best James Bond look. Fun gets started at 7 p.m.


Saturday, February 24

Frozen 5K Run

As part of the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, come out and enjoy the Frozen 5K Run at 10 a.m. in Dover. $5 entry fee. Meet up at the Dover Bay Barn and join the fun! Waivers must be signed before participating.

 WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WINTER PUB CRAWL

More information coming soon.

Beer Hall Live Music – Harold’s IGA

Harold’s IGA is gracing MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for a fun night of live music, cheers and beers from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Harold’s IGA was a grocery store that the poor people went to. It was bulldozed to the ground. Now it’s an indie rock band with an ever-changing cast of characters. They play a ton of originals from their their albums. Free and open to the public ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 International String Trio

Live performance at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. Visit Panida.org for tickets and more information.

CONCERT AT THE HIVE: DIRTY REVIVAL

When it is cold outside, come on into The Hive and get dirty with Portland born Dirty Revival. This unique ensemble delivers powerful original tracks and superbly arranged classics with a resounding presence, delivering passionate performances from dimly lit dive bars to crowded concert halls and open festival skies. For more info and tickets, visit LiveFromTheHive.com.

STAND-UP COMEDY AT THE 219

The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts stand up comedy with nationally known comedians.  Morgan Preston will host the show featuring Jonas Barnes and Headliner Jessa Reed.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see nationally acclaimed Jessa Reed.  Teen mom turned meth addict turned comedian.  Reed tells raw and candid stories about her past and her new life as a homeschooling housewife trying to blend in with normal people.  Her honesty is shocking, inspirational and not for the faint of heart.  Tickets $10 in advance at the 219 and $12 at the door.  Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.  Ages 21 and older.  Non-smoking environment.  More information.

Music with DJ Josh

The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts DJ Josh from 10:30 pm until 1:30 am.  DJ Josh, one of Sandpoint’s favorite DJ’s will be playing a selection of your favorite tunes.  Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older.  Non-smoking environment. More information.


Sunday, February 25

EICHARDT’S K9 KEG PULL and COFFEE TASTING

One of Sandpoint’s most endearing and popular events, the Eichardt’s annual K-9 Keg Pull is held at the Granary location to combine with Evans Brothers Coffee’s Neighborhood Coffee Tasting and Family Faire, making for one big event not to be missed! Registration for the Keg Pull starts at 9 a.m., and races go until noon with dogs of all sizes racing down a snow-packed course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $10 donation entry fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. A Neighborhood Coffee Tasting takes place at Evans Brothers Coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hot chocolate for the kids and live music. A great time for the entire family, dogs included!