Annual Events Winter Carnival in Sandpoint, Idaho
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The Sandpoint Winter Carnival

FEBRUARY 15-24, 2019!

What a beautiful time of year it is in Sandpoint, Idaho during Winter Carnival. With Schweitzer Mountain Resort just a few minutes away, the area provides a festive location for the Winter Celebration. Every year, many exciting events are planned for all ages to enjoy during Winter Carnival. The Winter Carnival is an annual event sponsored by The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Local restaurants offer delectable tastes to the public of exquisite food items, as well as locally made wines. A favorite to many, “The Original Taste of Sandpoint” brings hundreds of people downtown for a wonderful evening of eat and drink with some of Sandpoint's best. The fun continues all weekend. For a complete listing of Winter Carnival Events, please contact the

Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-800-2106 or (208) 263-2161

In the past, Winter Carnival has included events like the following:

  • DINE AROUND SANDPOINT
  • ABOMINABLE SNOW SALE
  • WINTER CRAFTS
  • SNOWSCHOOL EXPERIENCE
  • BONNER MALL WINTER CARNIVAL CHILI COOK-OFF
  • FUN IN THE KITCHEN
  • SKIJORING
  • LASER LIGHT SHOW
  • SLEIGH RIDE AND DINNER SHOW
  • SCHWEITZER EVENTS
  • FAT BIKE POKER RIDE
  • KPND SKI PARTY – ANNUAL 2/19 PARTY
  • TASTE OF SANDPOINT
  • PARADE OF LIGHTS & CIRQUE DE SANDPOINT
  • SHOWSHOE OR WALK ON THE PEND D’OREILLE BAY TRAIL
  • LET IT GLOW FIREWORKS SHOW! WINTER CARNIVAL FINALE
  • K9 KEG PULL AND FAMILY FUN DAY

You will not want to miss the fun events happening during the days of Sandpoint's Winter Carnival.

Make plans now to join family and friends at this year's event.

The Festival at Sandpoint 

Sandpoint Winter Carnival is presented by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and Schweitzer Mountain.

For more information, contact the
Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at
208-263-2161 or e-mail annie@sandpointchamber.com.

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT - (208) 263-9555

 
 

Winter Carnival Events

PARADE OF LIGHTS SPONSORED BY TING

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

The Weird and Wonderful Winter Parade of Lights arrives in downtown Sandpoint with its legions of zany floats, marching groups, and snow-shovel brigades! Sponsored by Ting, the Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Parking Lot, Parade Route TBD (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. 8th to take part. For more information, contact the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce at 208-263-2161 or e-mail info@sandpointchamber.com.

PARADE OF LIGHTS AFTER PARTY HOSTED BY PEND D’ OREILLE WINERY & THE FAT PIG

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Following the Parade of Lights, head over to the after party hosted by Pend d’Oreille Winery & The Fat Pig! 301 Cedar St. (party will be on the 3rd Avenue block between Cedar and Main) A bonfire, performances, kids activities, live music and more. Free and fun!

 

HENDRICKS ARCHITECTURE HOT CHOCOLATE BAR

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Keep toasty warm during and after the Parade of Lights with hot cocoa! Hendricks Architecture will be serving up a hot chocolate bar for FREE!

 

KIDS “GET GLOWING” PARADE STATION

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Hosted by the Washington Elementary School PTA, stop by during and after the parade and get “glowing”! There will be all sorts of glow sticks, glow in the dark face paint, and more! This is a free kids activity, however donations are appreciated and will go directly towards funding teacher grants and educational materials. For more info or questions, email info@sandpointchamber.com.

 

DUCK DERBY KICK OFF AT MATCHWOOD BREWING COMPANY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Join the Rotary Club of Ponderay Centennial as they host an after parade party at Matchwood Brewing Company. The Ponderay Rotary Club is bringing out their ducks throughout Winter Carnival and the ski season to raise money for scholarships for Sandpoint Students. Learn about the Duck Derby, Duck Flocking Fundraiser, test your luck at the excellent raffle, enjoy a no host bar, and Winter Carnival fun! 7-9 PM.

 

“DRINKING HABITS” AT THE PANIDA THEATER

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

 

LIVE MUSIC AT 219 LOUNGE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts live music from 9 pm to midnight, with Hawthorne Roots. Hawthorne Roots, a sister fronted Roots Rock ‘n Roll band from Bozeman, Montana whose genre defying original material is built off of soulful vocals, three part harmony and guitar riffs reminiscent of bands like The Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks, and Fleetwood Mac. Their uniquely branded “Revved Up Roots Rock” genre has gained momentum and admiration within the northwest community and beyond.Free and open to the public. 21 and older. Non-smoking environment.

 

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEER HALL

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

MickDuff’s Beer Hall hosts live music with Devon Wade from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Devon is an independent country music artist out of Sandpoint, Idaho with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life. Come out and take in his tunes!

 

SCHWEITZER BEERCAT TOUR

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Schweitzer Mountain and 10 Barrel Brewing Co. present the Beercat Tour Feb.15-17th. The Beercat will be parked in the village on Friday, then out and about on the mountain all day Saturday. Ski up for a cold draft beer right on the hill! For more information visit schweitzer.com.

 

SCHWEITZER EVENTS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Schweitzer has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, village campfire with complimentary treats, and wine tasting. Live music at Taps with Harold’s IGA from 3-6 p.m. and Hawthorne Roots from 7-10 p.m.

 

5TH ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL CORNHOLE CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

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 5th Annual Winter Carnival Cornhole Classic Tournament! Capped at 32 teams, this double elimination tournament is a big event every year so please pre-register! Call 208-209-6700 or show up day of between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to register. First toss at 1 p.m. Cost is $20/team, $10/person. Cash & prizes; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 

MUGS AND MUSIC AT LAUGHING DOG BREWING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Live music at Laughing Dog with Chad Patrick! Chad Patrick Guitar Co. has been playing the guitar since ‘94 and teaching others since ‘99. Come check him out from 6-8 PM.

 

SLEIGH RIDE DINNER AND CONCERT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

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. More details to come! Reservations required by calling 208-263-9066. westernpleasureranch.com

 

BEER HALL LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar Street, Sandpoint hosts live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Newly formed North Idaho local band The Wow Wows feature a self described alternative indie psych rock featuring Hunter Jones, Casey Calhoun, Dyllan Darrington and Jen Javana. Ben Olson said their sound lives in a comfortable place somewhere between surf rock, indie pump and alt-rock. Free and Open to the Public. 21+ year of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 

LIVE MUSIC AT THE 219 LOUNGE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Live music with Right Front Burner at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. It’s funk time as the 219 hosts live music with Right Front Burner from 6 to 9 p.m. This is Sandpoint’s funk, disco, rock and groove band- arguably the funkiest trio you’ll see in the Inland Northwest whose years of music experience shines through with every glistening note. With the power to make any booty shake, Right Front Burner is here to help you get your groove on! Free and open to the public. Ages 21+; non-smoking environment.

 

“LET IT GLOW!” NIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Schweitzer Mountain has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, and a village campfire with complimentary treats. Don’t miss the Coca Cola Let it Glow! kids parade and fireworks show from 6-8 p.m., in addition to Sunday night skiing. Contact the Activity Center for information and to register at 208-255-3081 or email activityinfo@schweitzer.com! Live music at Taps with Hawthorne Roots from 3-6 p.m. and The Rub from 7-10 p.m. www.schweitzer.com/events/

 

NICE TURNS FREE TRIAL RUN

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Been skiing for years and feel stuck in a rut? Check out a free sample at the Nice Turns Clinic on Sunday, February 17 at Schweitzer Mountain!! Attend one of their FREE trial runs and have an opportunity to meet the coaches, determine your level, and potentially find your own Nice Turns group and coach! Discover what this program could do for you! No registration is needed just meet at the Nice Turns Trial Run tent in the village anytime from 1 – 3pm. For more details, contact the Schweitzer Snowsports School at 208.255.3070.

 

SCHWEITZER EVENTS

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Schweitzer has a full day of fun activities planned – a snowshoe hike, kids crafts, and a village campfire with complimentary treats. Live music at Taps from 3-6 p.m.

 

MOONLIGHT SNOW SHOE HIKE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Join the Schweitzer Mountain Activity Center staff as they snowshoe through majestic old growth forests with a fabulous sunset, then the moon to light the way back. You’ll find that you can see very well as the moonlight reflects off the snow. Capture a great view of Sandpoint and the surrounding area from picturesque points along the trail system. Enjoy a surprise random act of fun along the way. Topics vary but may include local plants and animals, lunar folklore, or Schweitzer’s winter history. Upon return to the village, the host will bring you to Gourmandie where they’ll share some freshly baked brie bread along with a bowl of soup and a hot drink to warm your insides again. Make the evening truly complete by adding a flight of wine for only $10 (or choose other treats of course!) All hikes are conditions permitting. 4:00-8:00 pm.

 

ANNUAL 219 PARTY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

The 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., hosts its annual 219 party on 2/19 starting at 2:19 pm. There will be snacks and $2.19 drink and beer specials. From 9 p.m. to Midnight the 219 will host Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat. Come out and sing to your heart’s content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment.

 

KPND SKI PARTY @ CONNIE’S CAFE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Connie’s Cafe, 323 Cedar Street, hosts the KPND Ski and Board Party starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy great prizes, food and drink specials, and lots of fun!

 

WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY AT THE 219

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. The perfect place to relax together with friends and colleagues at the end of the day. Half-price bottles of wine and featured cocktails, light snacks and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Tom Duebendorfer, who entertain with great Blues, Folk, Gospel and Jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment.

 

DINE OUT FOR A CAUSE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

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. 10% of proceeds of our Dinner Service will be donated to BCFB. Bring 2 non-perishables and receive a free dessert. All are welcome to join this great event! trinityatcitybeach.com

 

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEER HALL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar Street, Sandpoint hosts live music with Brendan Kelty, showcasing his talents at the ever popular Thursday Night Solo Series! Free & Open to the public. Non-smoking. Fun & Games Environment. More About Brendan Kelty: With roots in Rustbelt sensibilities, Western North Carolina tradition, and the Pacific Northwest wilderness spectacular, Brendan Kelty has cultivated a soulful sound drawn from gritty travel, wilderness living, and personal relationships; simple real and honest.

 

NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY CELEBRATION

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts a celebration for National Margarita Day! Sponsored by Patron, stop by for price specials on great margaritas and some really nice prizes! sandpointjalapenos.com

 

WINTER CARNIVAL CHILI COOK-OFF PARTY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Proud of your chili recipe? Compete against a field of amateur chili chefs including The Festival Gals! Just show up with a crock pot of your chili by 3:00pm at Pierce Auto Center, 30 Gun Club Road in Sagle. Or, if you’re just cold and hungry, come get warm with the friendly folks at Pierce, eat some chili, and vote for your favorite entry! Hosted by Pierce Auto Center and the Festival at Sandpoint. Awesome Prizes for the winners. 3:00-5:30 pm. For more information call (208) 263-4212. pierceautocenter.com

 

BEER HALL LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Harold’s IGA. 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 3 albums.Free and open to the public ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 

LIVE COMEDY AT 219

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Live comedy at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. The 219 presents another great night of live comedy headlined by Michael Winslow and featuring Phillip Kopczynski with Morgan Preston as host. Known as the “man of 10,000 sound effects”, Michael Winslow solidified himself as a pop culture icon when he played the hilariously mischievous Larvelle Jones in the Police Academy franchise. Michael’s unique, wacky brand of comedy alongside his unparalleled gift as a voicetramentalist will leave you breathless from laughing and astonished by his superhuman sound making talent. Spokane-based Phillip Kopczynski is fresh off placing second at the 2018 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and has performed in a wide variety of venues from Vancouver BC to Orlando, Florida. Preston, back by popular demand, has become one of the most outspoken in-your-face, I dare you not to laugh comedians working today. Tickets available at the 219 Lounge. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Ages 21+; non-smoking environment.

 

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WINTER PUB CRAWL

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Let’s Get Weird! We’re talking about beer and maybe a few shenanigans along the way. We’re excited to bring you the 3rd Annual Sandpoint Winter Carnival’s Weird & Wonderful Beerfest & Pub Crawl featuring Sandpoint’s finest craft beer imbibing establishments. Host by MickDuff’s, Trinity at City Beach, and the 219 Lounge, participating locations will be updated as they come on-board, and the Beer List information coming shortly after. If you don’t have a glass, you may not be able to taste these beers until after the event or pay a premium.

 

BEER HALL LIVE MUSIC

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts a fun night of live music, cheers and beers from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with The Other White Meat! This classic rock and roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early 1990’s, opening for such acts as G. Thorogood, Styx, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Bros, Ted Nugent, Rail, and Cracker. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, Bass, and Kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, Dana Peite on drums and percussion. Free & Open to the public. 21+ Only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

 

PANIDA THEATER

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

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

 

LIVE COMEDY AT THE 219

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Live comedy at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. The 219 presents another great night of live comedy headlined by Michael Winslow and featuring Phillip Kopczynski with Morgan Preston as host. Known as the “man of 10,000 sound effects”, Michael Winslow solidified himself as a pop culture icon when he played the hilariously mischievous Larvelle Jones in the Police Academy franchise. Michael’s unique, wacky brand of comedy alongside his unparalleled gift as a voicetramentalist will leave you breathless from laughing and astonished by his superhuman sound making talent. Spokane-based Phillip Kopczynski is fresh off placing second at the 2018 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and has performed in a wide variety of venues from Vancouver BC to Orlando, Florida. Preston, back by popular demand, has become one of the most outspoken in-your-face, I dare you not to laugh comedians working today. Tickets available at the 219 Lounge. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Ages 21+; non-smoking environment.

 

LIVE MUSIC AT SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Miah Kohal in Taps for apres ski from 3 – 6pm!

 

LIVE MUSIC AT THE EAGLES

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

CobraJet and High Treason Ammunition will be rockin’ live music at the legendary Eagles, starting at 8:00PM. No cover charge. Sandpoint Eagles 589, 1511 John Hudon Ln, Sandpoint.

 

EICHARDT’S K9 KEG PULL

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

One of Sandpoint’s most endearing and popular events, the Eichardt’s annual K-9 Keg Pull is held at the Granary District. 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 great time for the entire family, dogs included!

 

MATCHWOOD BREWING KEG PULL BREAKFAST, DIY MIMOSA BAR & FREE CONCERT BY KIND COUNTRY

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Matchwood Brewing will open early (9 am) to serve Keg Puller’s a warm breakfast. They will also offer a DIY Mimosa Bar and full beer menu. Matchwood Brewing will also host an 11 am, live outdoor concert featuring Kind Country, out of Minneapolis, MN. Kind Country features Bluegrass and Cosmic American music and believes in kind music for kind people. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike. www.matchwoodbrewing.com

 

SCHWEITZER’S “GET THE GIRL’S OUT”

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Presented by “She Jumps”, a national community of women of all ages, presents Get The Girls Out. This day is to promote gals to get outside and participate in activities. The SheJumps girafficorn, half unicorn half giraffe founded by Lynsey Dyer, represents “perseverance and keeping your head held high above chaos and drama”. Follow your dreams in the outdoors with a hint of magic that helps us to lighten up and play. For more information visit www.schweitzer.com.

 
 
 
 
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