Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Festival at Sandpoint

Escape the heat and enjoy cool music in an intimate environment at the Festival at Sandpoint. Definitely one of the premiere music festivals in Idaho, come and enjoy eight nights of eclectic music under the stars, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille from August 1 - 11.

You can purchase food and beverages on "Festival Street," or bring your own picnic basket and cooler from home. Stretch out on a blanket, bring a lawn chair or rent one at the festival, sit in the grandstands or let loose on the dance floor.

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The Festival is affordable. Ticket prices range from $36 to $59, depending in the headliner. The tickets to the popular Family concert are only $6 per person.

One of the best things about the Festival at Sandpoint is the intimate venue. It feels as though the artists are playing in your back yard. In this era of arenas tours and skyrocketing ticket prices, get back to your music festival roots and treat yourself to a concert experience both rare and precious. Many of the attendees and their families make the pilgrimage to The Festival at Sandpoint year after year, to listen to great music under the summer stars.

Here are the talented headlining artists performing at the 2013 Festival at Sandpoint:

  • Thursday August 1: Indigo Girls

  • Friday August 2: CAKE

  • Saturday August 3: Rosanne Cash

  • Sunday August 4: Family Concert

  • Thursday August 8: John Butler Trio

  • Friday August 9: Steve Miller Band (SOLD OUT)

  • Saturday August 10: The Avett Brothers

  • Sunday August 11: Grand Finale Concert with Spokane Symphony

Lodging for the Festival at Sandpoint

We have a number of bed and breakfasts conveniently located in and around Sandpoint. The Schweitzer Mountain Bed and Breakfast is in Sandpoint and is a Swiss four story chalet with Victorian antiques. Rent one room or all five for a group.

Check out all the great inns we have in Northern Idaho.

For additional information on Idaho call 1-800-VISIT-ID

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Julyamash Pow Wow Festival

Julyamsh is the largest outdoor Pow Wow in the Northwest  - and everyone is invited! Join the modern Coeur d'Alene Tribe July 26-28 at Greyhound Park in Post Falls ID for dancing, music, sports and spirituality.

For those that have never attended a pow wow before, you are in for a treat. The experience is like nothing else. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • This is not a tourist attraction. Do not be surprised or upset if the event does not have an exact schedule of events.

  • Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated!

  • Stand and remove your hat as a signal of respect when the eagle staff is brought in during the grand entry.

  • Please ask permission before taking a photo of someone outside the dancing area.

  • The elaborate outfits worn by the dancers are not 'costumes.' Those are for Halloween! These dancers wear 'regalia'.

Dance Styles at the Julyamsh Pow Wow

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Dances represent traditions or legends. Usually, genders perform separately and competitions are divided into age and style categories.

  • Men's Grass Dance: This dance represents the scout, finding a new place to make camp. It also reflects warrior movements, such as stalking game or an enemy.

  • Women's Fancy/Shawl: The women who dance this style wear elaborately beaded capes, moccasins and leggings that are usually complemented by beautifully embroidered or decorated long-fringed shawls. The colorful regalia match the spirited movements of this exuberant dance.

  • Men's Traditional: This dance comes from a long history of imitation of the animal spirit world. This is a time for the traditions of the grandmothers and grandfathers to be carried out. Some regalia pieces have been passed down many generations reflecting items worn by early warriors.

  • Men's Fancy Dress: A slightly more modern style, young men wear regalia specially designed to enhance the fast-paced whirling movements of this exuberant dance. A competition develops between the dancers and the musicians as they try to out-maneuver each other.

  • Women's Jingle: A lyrical dance involving a very special regalia with tinkling metal. Based off the dream of a dying father.

Lodging for the Pow Wow Festival

Post Falls is only ten miles West of Coeur d'Alene. We have Idaho bed and breakfast members in both Post Falls and Couer d'Alene, as well as throughout Northern Idaho.

For additional information on Idaho call 1-800-VISIT-ID

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The 2013 Snake River Stampede

The 98th annual Snake River Stampede Rodeo will take place this year on July 16-20 at the Idaho Center in Nampa. Come and see some of the best cowboys in America, as the Snake River Stampede is one of the Top Ten professional rodeos during the regular season.

Be part of the action! The crowd peaks at around 40,000 over the five-day event!

Events at the Snake River Stampede

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  • Bareback bronc riding

  • Saddle bronc riding

  • Bull riding

  • Steer wrestling

  • Tie-down roping

  • Team roping

  • Ladies' barrel racing

  • Mutton busting for the kids

  • The famous Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team - see their video below. Trust me, they make it look easy!


Brief History of the Snake River Stampede

The Rodeo started as a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900's. Originally called the Rodeo and Buck Show, the broncos used in the competition were brought in from about 40 miles away, near Horseshoe Bend. In 1937, the Rodeo gained its current name and became an official, professional rodeo competition.

What You Need to Know

Tickets range in price from $11.75 - $33.50, depending on your seating area in the Idaho Center Amphitheater. You can buy tickets online at IC Tickets.

For night performances, gates open at 5:30 p.m., the pre-rodeo show begins at 6:30 and the official rodeo events begin at 7:30.

For the Saturday matinee, gates open at 10:30 a.m., pre-rodeo shoe is at 11:15 and the official events begin at noon.

Idaho Lodging

Nampa, the home of The Snake River Stampede, is in Southwest Idaho, where we have many member bed and breakfasts that would love to be your hosts! From Caldwell to Boise, unique inns and B&Bs offer quality lodging with delicious breakfasts that help make your traveling experience even more enjoyable!

For additional information on Idaho call 1-800-VISIT-ID