By Lyndsie Kiebert
Even with Old Man Winter driving Sandpoint deeper and deeper into the chill that makes this time of year so hard, the Winter Carnival is still in full swing. Don’t miss this weekend’s plethora of great food, live music and local brews as this year’s carnival comes to a boisterous close.
Thursday, Feb. 22
Dine Out for a Cause
Support the Bonner Community Food Bank by dining at Trinity at City Beach on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m.
National Margarita Day Celebration
Blended or on the rocks? Salt or no salt? Visit Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant on Thursday to take advantage of specials and celebrate margaritas, sponsored by Hornitos Tequila.
Friday, Feb. 23
Live music @ the Beer Hall w/ Moses Willey
Moses Willey was born deep in the heart of the Great North Woods, high on the peak of a musical note. They form a special place where the lines between traditional bluegrass, folk, and Appalachian mix together in a mist of stylistic and idiosyncratic interpretations. Also, joining the crowd is the Edelwagen Food Truck with awesome handcrafted sausages and high-quality food!
Live music @ the 219 w/ Dime Store Prophets
Those 21-plus can enjoy the live music of Dime Store Prophets at the 219 Lounge on Friday night.
Final Starlight Party
Taps Lounge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is hosting their final party, and this time the theme is “007.” Sport your best Bond look — the party starts at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Frozen 5K Run
Meet up at the Dover Bay Barn before 10 a.m. Saturday to partake in the Frozen 5K Run. Participants must pay $5 and sign a waiver to participate.
Weird and Wonderful Winter Pub Crawl
Hosted by Dine Around Sandpoint, the Winter Carnival pub crawl celebrates the best — and weirdest — of Sandpoint’s beer scene. Over a dozen locations are participating, offering one weird and one wonderful brew. Visit the Dine Around Sandpoint Facebook page to learn more about how to purchase tickets and participate.
Live music @ the Beer Hall w/ Harold’s IGA
Harold’s IGA — the indie-rock band named after that grocery store that was bulldozed to the ground — is playing the Beer Hall, and anyone looking to dance their pants off should definitely go. It’s 21-plus only, and the jams begin at 6:30 p.m.
International String Trio @ the Panida Theater
This trio is said to have “developed a unique concert program that is both highly entertaining and educational, energetic and musically gratifying.” Visit panida.org for ticket information.
Dirty Revival @ the Hive
This powerhouse band from Portland will light up the Hive Saturday night. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older to “get dirty.” (Their words, not mine.)
Stand-up comedy at the 219
Comedian Jessa Reed headlines the 219 Saturday night. She’ll tell jokes about her life, from teen mom to meth addict to homeschooling housewife. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Must be 21-plus to attend.
DJ Josh @ the 219
The 219 will party late into the night Saturday with DJ Josh starting at 10:30 p.m. The tunes are free, but you must be 21-plus to attend.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Eichardt’s K9 Keg Pull and Coffee Tasting
One of Sandpoint’s most photogenic events is back. The K9 Keg Pull will start at 9 a.m. at the granary, and dogs of all sizes will pull kegs and beer cans down a snowy runway. Evans Brothers Coffee will host the Neighborhood Coffee Tasting and Family Faire at the same time, which starts at 8 a.m. The $10 entry donation fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter.