Sandpoint gears up for festive, snowy season ahead!

Thankful in Sandpoint

Community events, festive seasons, more!

As the holidays arrive, we find so much to be thankful for in Sandpoint - the four seasons, a more walkable downtown, the first snow at Schweitzer, and events that fill the calendar. If you're spending the Thanksgiving holiday here, be as busy as you'd like with festive happenings including the Tree Lighting at Jeff Jones Town Square FridayNov. 23, with s'mores and Santa; concerts at the Panida Theater including the Redhead Express - Christmastime concert Friday, Nov. 23, and the Shook Twins: Giving Thanks concert Saturday, Nov. 24. View all events on the Visit Sandpoint Entertainment Calendar.
featured events
3 Hive Halloween Bash
3 A Night to Remember
10 Ski Swap
16 Runaway Symphony
17-18 Christmas Fair
17-25 K&K Fishing Derby
22 Happy Thanksgiving!
23 Tree Lighting
23 Redhead Express
24 Shook Twins Concert
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2018 Visitor Guide

Snow at Schweitzer!

It won't be long now ...

A few inches of white stuff at Schweitzer Mountain Resort (pictured here Oct. 31) has skiers buzzing about the upcoming season, which is really just around the corner. Schweitzer folks say the projected opening date is Friday, Nov. 30 ... "but we always love to get open right after Thanksgiving, weather permitting!" In the meantime, the resort made some spiffy improvements over the summer: expanding the beginner "Magic Carpet" conveyor lift, installing a panoramic webcam at the summit (check it out at, improving Wi-Fi around the mountain, plus a new bus service took over the shuttle between the Red Barn parking lot at the base and the resort - and it's free for everyone!

Double the breweries

Additions put Sandpoint on map

Over the past few months, Sandpoint has welcomed two new breweries to town - Utara Brewing at 214 Pine St., and Matchwood Brewing Co. at 513 Oak St. Both breweries are housed in renovated buildings, with their own unique flair. Utara is a British-style ale and curry house that has four to five core beers on tap; they serve Indian-inspired appetizers with plans to add lunches by Thanksgiving. Matchwood occupies a sprawling industrial building in the Granary Arts District, and serves six of their beers on tap; food options include pasties, burgers, and more. As these two join longtime breweries MickDuff's Brewing and Laughing Dog Brewing, Sandpoint rises up as a "beer town" destination!   

Get a head start on holiday shopping

Bazaars, fairs, downtown events fill calendar

Start your Christmas shopping early - and enjoy a leisurely pace! - with festive events happening 'round town this month:
- Nov. 10: The Forrest Charter Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison. Sponsored by the school's economics class, shop local artisan crafts, food vendors, student booths, and more.
- Nov. 10: Holiday Farmers' Market. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. Shop seasonal produce, holiday food and gift items.
- Nov. 17-18 Bonner County Fairgrounds Christmas Fair. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at 4203 N. Boyer Rd. Shop for handmade gifts and unique crafts, plus kids' activities and Christmas fun! Santa visits from noon to 2 p.m. each day.
- Nov. 24 Shop Small Saturday. Head to downtown Sandpoint and shop unique, festive gifts from our own hometown merchants!
See a complete list of shopping events on the Visit Sandpoint Entertainment Calendar
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