If you love the arts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy all year around in Sandpoint. Festivals, art shows and concerts abound during Sandpoint’s Summer months and art galleries, wine tastings and an array of theater shows in the fall and Winter month.
The Festival at Sandpoint is everyone’s favorite Summer event with two weeks of fabulous concerts under the stars at Memorial Field right next to the lake. Plus, in town there’s always a sidewalk concert or live music happening at the local breweries and pubs. If you just take an evening stroll through town, most nights you’ll be able to follow the music for a good time.
A self-described “arts town,” Sandpoint offers numerous art galleries and lovely outdoor public art on display. Stop by the Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery, 302 N. First Ave., and view an ever-revolving display of mostly local art on display. View more art that’s also for sale at ArtWorks Gallery, 214 N. First Ave., featuring an array of fine art paintings and photography, jewelry, textiles and more. Plus, Hallans Gallery, 323 N. First Ave., is a must-see exhibit of Ross Hall’s extensive vintage black and white photography. And outdoor public art is easily viewable from just any vantage point in downtown Sandpoint.
Who’s thinking suds? Luckily, the craft beer craze is alive and well in Sandpoint. A relaxed environment and fresh batches of beer on tap can be fetched at Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay. Or take a bike ride or walk through downtown Sandpoint to visit, MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., Matchwood Brewing 513 Oak St., and Utara Brewing Co. 214 Pine St. All offer daily beer tastings, great food and snacks, outdoor patios, and welcoming environments to share with friends.
Local Wine Tasting
Dabble in the finer side with a wine tasting at the Pend d’Oreille Winery in the heart of downtown Sandpoint. With its vibrant atmosphere located in a beautifully restored building, the winery is a must-sip stop during your visit. Offering live music, artisan pizzas and small bites to share, and of course, great wine.
The historic Panida Theater has been a local treasure since 1927. The refurbished building houses local and global film festivals, movies, comedy, live music, dance performances and live theater. There’s always something going on—check the bustling schedule at Panida.org.