To The Max

Making the most of the last few days of summer in Coeur d’Alene

Labor Day looms large for all of us with a vacation mindset, reminding us that summer is winding down (not to worry though, because Coeur d’Alene has terrific goings-on through fall and winter, too!). Check out these end-of-summer celebrations:

Start your weekend off right with the final BANDS ON BOATS LAKE CRUISE featuring Ryan Larsen Band Aug. 31. Tickets: $25, ages 21-and-up only. Visit or call 855-703-4648.

Grab your Hawaiian shirt and get ready for the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT’S HAWAIIAN LUAU on Sept. 2, featuring live music, fire eaters, hula lessons and an island-style feast: traditional roasted pig, huli-huli chicken, all kinds of seafood, tropical cocktails and other goodies. Overnight stay packages from $298 (luau tickets are sold out). Visit or call 800-688-5253.

End the summer in classic style at SILVERWOOD’S COASTER CLASSIC CAR SHOW, Sept. 1-2, free with admission to the park. So, in addition to all the rides, stage shows and fun stuff to do, you get a rare up-close-and-personal view of some of the hottest hot rods and coolest classics from across the Northwest. Tickets: $47 (ages 8-64); $26 (ages 3-7, 65-and-up). Visit or call 208-683-3400.

Just $10 reserves your seat at the COEUR D’ALENE CASINO COUNTRY MUSIC CONCERT on Sept. 1 for Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of NBC’s The Voice. Of course, once you’re there, you’ll want to have dinner, play a few slots or make a weekend out of it with a trip to Spa Ssakwa’q’n or a round of golf at the amazing Circling Raven Golf Course. Visit or call 800-523-2464.

Head north to SCHWEITZER’S ANNUAL FALL FEST, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, for breathtaking views and a raucous good time on the mountain. It’s a brewfest — over 70 craft beers and ciders — plus a music fest, with bands like Dimestore Prophets, Dodgy Mountain Men and the Powers. Park at the bottom and take the shuttle up or, better yet, book a room and make a weekend out of it. Visit or call 208-254-2786.

All work and no play is no fun! Treat the kids to three times the fun at TRIPLE PLAY this Labor Day weekend and rediscover how much fun it is to play with go-karts, bumper cars, a climbing wall, laser tag, mini golf and a huge arcade. Tickets: $36.95; add ropes course, and/or Raptor Reef pass, $4.95-10.95. Visit or call 208-762-7529.

Upcoming Events

Silverwood’s Community Appreciation Weekends

Squeeze some summer-like fun out of September during Silverwood’s Community Appreciation Weekends where park admission is discounted and $4 from every adult ticket and $1 from each youth/senior ticket will be donated to local food banks. Admission is $38 (ages 8-64) and $21 (ages 3-7 and 65+). Save even more when you buy your tickets at

Kootenai County Farmers Market

It’s harvest time, so stock up on fresh produce from the farm vegetables, local cheese, honey and much more at the North Idaho farmers markets. More than 100 vendors sell their wares Saturdays from 9 am-1:30 pm (Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue in Hayden) and Wednesdays from 4-7 pm (Fifth Street and Sherman Avenue). Both markets continue through October.

Keeping History Alive

The Museum of North Idaho is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its feature exhibit “Keeping History Alive,” showcasing some of its favorite artifacts that reflect and preserve our region’s history. Tue-Sat, 11 am-5 pm; free admission is offered the second Friday of each month from 5-8 pm. Go to for details.


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