Carnival Time!


January 14 – 17

Spend Martin Luther King weekend in downtown Sandpoint and at Schweitzer Mountain for the Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Below is a breakdown of the festivities. For more information, including ideas for where to stay, visit or call the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association at (208) 255-1876.

Thursday, January 14th

5 pm to 8 pm: Taste of Sandpoint is the traditional event kick-off on Thursday evening at the Sandpoint Events Center from 5 to 8 p.m.  Tickets available at the door for $1 each, and the average sample dish, brew, or glass of wine is $3-$7

Shop Around Sandpoint: January 14 through 3 pm Monday Jan 18. Downtown Sandpoint. Visit participating retail shops in downtown Sandpoint during Winter Carnival to pick up a “Passport to Prizes” – collect six stamps on the passport and turn it in to win terrific prizes, including two season passes to the 2010 Festival at Sandpoint, a night in the deluxe La Quinta suite, lift tickets for skiing at Schweitzer Mountain and a set of four area guidebooks from Keokee Books.

Friday Jan 15th

5 to 7 pm Winter ArtTrek will be held in a variety of wine bars, galleries and shops in downtown Sandpoint Friday night the 15th. Self-guided walking brochures will be available at the Chamber, DSBA office and many shops downtown. 5 to 8 pm downtown Sandpoint. Free admission. Friday Jan 15, 5 to 7 pm and Saturday 11 to 5 pm.

6 to 9 pm: Bonfire and Rail Jam at Jeff Jones Town Square. Skiers and snowboarders compete at sliding on handrails and other man made features. Points are awarded for style, amplitude, difficulty, and variety. Spinneybent Rails will construct a 20 ft tall and 90 ft long feature that includes custom-built rail slides. Riders will compete for cash, and the spectators can keep warm and catch all the excitement by the bonfire. 7 to 10 pm,  Jeff Jones Town Square.  Spectator admission is free. Registration for competitors is $20. Pre registration forms are available at the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association office at 231 N Third Avenue in Sandpoint or register onsite at 4 pm the day of the event. Parental signature will be required for those under 18.

6 pm: Fire Dance outside Pend d’Oreille Winery by BioLuminesce, 220 Cedar St.

Dine Around Sandpoint: January 15 through February 16, at participating restaurants. Treat yourself to a night out. During the first annual Dine Around Sandpoint, many local restaurants will be showcasing their culinary talents with fixed price, 3-course dinner menus ranging in price from $15, to $30 depending on the restaurant. These menus, in addition to their regular menu, are available every night at the participating restaurant during the month and may change weekly. Visit for restaurant and menu details.

Saturday Jan 16th:

9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Family Fun Day & Coffee Tasting at Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St. Savor hand-crafted coffees at Evans Brothers Coffee Roasting Studios along with food, live music and indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages, including a snow ball toss, snow slides, snow man photos, art projects and more.

11 am to 5 pm: Winter ArtTrek in downtown Sandpoint

6 pm: Schweitzer Lights up the Night torchlight parade and fireworks. Free admission.

Sunday Jan 17th

10 am (registration at 9 am): Eichardt’s K9 Keg Pull: We watch our dogs of all sizes race down the Eichardt’s alley pulling kegs of various sizes.

11 am to 4 pm: The Dover Bay Midwinter Art Fest (Highway 2 in Dover).


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