Savoring the Season

Saturday is the day to celebrate the harvest in Coeur d’Alene

Every year the KOOTENAI FARMERS MARKET gets bigger and bigger. Not only does it run Saturday (in Hayden), the Wednesday evening market in downtown Coeur d’Alene is the biggest ever, says market manager Beth Tysdal.

Help them celebrate the end-of-the-season during FALL FEST on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 am-3 pm, a collaboration with the COEUR D’ALENE DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION taking place on Fifth Street from Lakeside across Sherman Avenue to Front Street.

Head to the corner of Fifth and Sherman to pick up your ballots for the popular Apple Palooza, a tasting event featuring regional apples transformed into sips and bites and available throughout participating businesses. Nearby is the departure point for complementary hayrides; head towards Evans Brothers Coffee to catch a ride and enjoy the charm of old Coeur d’Alene in the fall.

This busy corner is also where you’ll hear the bluegrass and country stylings of the Buck 99 band, so feel free to bring your camping chairs and sit awhile. If you get hungry, there are plenty of local places to try, from homemade bread and scrumptious desserts to street tacos and lovely salads.

Did you bring your furry companion? Great! Enter them into the social-media-based doggie pet costume contest. Look for the large “prop” area where you can pose the pooch for a quick pic. Then simply upload for a chance to win gift certificates to the market!

Of course your market trip wouldn’t be complete without a last visit to our local farms, including longstanding market favorites, Killarney Farms. Look for all the fall favorites like squash, assorted greens, onions, cabbage, potatoes and yummy root vegetables like carrots and beets.

Upcoming Events

Halloween Moonlit Monster Cruise

There’s no better way to spend Halloween week than on the spooky waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s “Scary Week” from Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, for the Halloween Moonlit Monster Cruises featuring music, spooky décor, on-board entertainment, a grand prize photo contest, signature Halloween cocktails and more. Pre-purchased tickets required. $10 adults; Children 3 and under free; 4:30 pm boarding; 5 pm departure. See to purchase tickets.

Scarywood Heroes Weekend

What’s scarier than Scarywood itself? Our community without its firefighters, active and veteran military, police and EMT! Scarywood is showing them some love with free admission Oct. 25-27 (with current identification). This weekend also marks the general public’s last chance to face their fears at Scarywood’s Haunted Nights. Tickets are $26 Thursdays; $40 Friday-Saturday; 7 pm-12 am.

Downtown Trick or Treat

Trick or treating has never been so much fun or so safe! Bring your little ghouls or goblins to downtown Coeur d’Alene for some family fun before the sun goes down. Trick or treat at participating downtown businesses or visit the “Trunk or Treat” at Sixth and Sherman. Go to for more details.

Halloween Monster’s Ball

Looking for an epic Halloween Bash? The Monster’s Ball is your ticket. Event organizers promise wilder costumes, “demon drinks,” beer pong, live music, “fearful food” and of course, an awesome costume contest with amazing prizes. Tickets $25 in advance; $30 a the door; overnight packages start at $209; Resort Plaza Shops; 9 pm-2 am.

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