Light up the night

Where to go for fun as the sun sets in Coeur d’Alene

Even before the sun sets — after 8 pm in the summer — Coeur d’Alene offers plenty to do and see, from quittin’ time to the wee hours.

Wednesday is a busy day in Coeur d’Alene, including the FARMER’S MARKET downtown at Fifth Street and Sherman Avenue until 7 pm and LIVE AFTER FIVE concerts in McEuen Park through Sept. 5 (Tickets: $5, excluding special engagements), which includes a food court and beer garden so you don’t have to miss a minute of the music.

Also on Wednesday, grab some friends, a barstool and go play Wednesday night PUB QUIZ at Moose Lounge, an Inlander readers’ “Best Of” for many years. Have yourself a laugh or two, then stick around for karaoke.

Mik’s is a local fave for Wednesday night KARAOKE, too, as well as the place to go on weekends for DJ DANCE MUSIC. Weekends mean more live music downtown, including at the Iron Horse Bar & Grill, where you can go for dinner and stay for a rockin’ good time. If you’re thinking more like wine and appetizers, check out STUDIO 107 for live music Friday and Saturday, as well as scheduled wine events in an elegant, art-filled location.

Feel like you’re in the big city with NYC PIANO BAR, a new joint serving up Coney Island dogs and New York-style pretzels in a subterranean spot where there’s always someone tickling the ivories.

Summertime is lake time. Check out BANDS ON BOATS Aug. 17 and 31 (Tickets: $25, 21-and-older only. Or skip the live music and go for dinner and a show — the nighttime splendor of Lake Coeur d’Alene at dusk — on a SUNSET DINNER CRUISE, through Sept. 9. (Tickets: $57, ages 55-and-older $52, ages 6-12 $33.25, 5-and-under free).

Upcoming Events

Legally Blonde, the Musical

This award-winning musical follows the transformation of sorority girl Elle Woods as she follows ex-boyfriend to Harvard Law and tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater’s rendition of this musical takes you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with theatre’s brightest new heroine (and, of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). Tickets $49 adult; $42 senior; $27 child; 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday; 2 pm and 7:30 pm Sunday; Salvation Army Kroc Center.

Ales for the Trail

A good time is brewin’ at McEuen Park when more than two dozen breweries and cideries take over the park to support North Idaho’s Centennial Trail Foundation. Enjoy live music while you sample some of the region’s best craft beer. Tickets $30 (include six sample pours), 2-8 pm, McEuen Park,

Savor North Idaho

Enjoy an intimate wine tasting experience aboard a sunset cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Savor Idaho is presented by the Idaho Wine Commission, and includes wine tastings, appetizers and live music by Douglas Cameron — making it an evening of pure bliss. Tickets $50, 6:30-8:30 pm, board at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

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