As the heavy tourist season begins to wind down, some of the favorite local events take place. The Coeur d’Fondo bike ride has five different distances and each ends at an Oktoberfest celebration put on by the downtown association. Just north of town, Silverwood Theme Park is transformed into Scarywood –a haunted amusement park of incredible detail. Downtown shops open up to trick or treaters, and you’ll have fun picking out your own pumpkin. Fisherman stalk Bull trout and day trips for Steelhead are equally popular. With fire season all but over, many head into the backcountry to enjoy crisp autumn days and nights as well as do some scouting for upcoming deer and elk season.
Art & Music Walks
Downtown Coeur d'Alene hosts fantastic music performances at local businesses on the fourth Friday each month from January through March before Art Walks begin on the second Friday of each month from April through December. The Music Walks are from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and give you the opportunity to visit many downtown businesses-turned-concert-venues and sample a wide variety of music from local artists. Whether you like jazz, rock, classical or pop, you will find music you enjoy. All of the participating businesses are open extended hours, and 2-hours of street parking is free. Visit www.coeurdalene.org for more information.
Cardboard Box City
Sleep in a cardboard box for a cause! This fundraiser, happening in October, raises funds to shelter families with children and raise awareness of community homelessness. Pick up your info packet at the Day Center - 501 Wallace Ave. in CDA (St. Luke's Episcopal Church).
Coeur d'Alene Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest, happening towards the end of September, is a fun filled weekend complete with the Gran Fondo bike races, live music, German food and the very best of Harvest Brews in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Visit www.coeurdaleneoktoberfest.com for more information.
Coeur d'Alene Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure fundraiser is happening in September at North Idaho College. Proceeds go to the Race for the Cure, which is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community.
The Coeur d’Fondo , happening in September, showcases a beautiful bike ride near Lake Coeur d'Alene and the forest, roads and scenery along Idaho's Scenic Byway; Highway 97, passing through the communities of Harrison and St. Maries; before finishing back in Coeur d'Alene at the fall Oktoberfest in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Visit www.cdagranfondo.com for more information.
Downtown Farmer's Market
Running from spring to fall, the Farmer's Market is the place to buy from the grower, find one of a kind arts and crafts and listen to local music and meet with friends. As spring progresses into summer, the market overflows with vegetables, fruit and flowers. The vendors also produce meat, cheeses, dairy products, eggs, jams, breads and even local wine. Fall brings winter squash, pumpkins and decorations for the season. Saturdays they are located at the Corner of Prairie Ave & Hwy 95 in Hayden, Idaho. Hours are 9:00 to 1:30 pm. Wednesdays they hold their market downtown at 5th Street and Sherman Ave. from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Check out www.kootenaifarmersmarkets.org for more information.
Fall Fest / Apple Palooza
The final Farmers' Market of the year, happening in October. Music, food, harvest produce, hay rides, and apple delights throughout the Downtown. The Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association invites you to come shop and taste the best of the harvest at the last Farmers Market of the year downtown at 5th St. and Sherman Avenue. There will be free hay rides and our infamous Apple Palooza, apple tasting event throughout the downtown. Pick up your maps and People's Choice ballots at 5th & Sherman. Visit www.coeurdalene.org for more information.
Happening in October, enjoy breathtaking views while running past golf courses, lakes, horse pastures, farms, and North Idaho forests. All three distances start and finish at Hayden Lake’s Honeysuckle Beach, a beautiful neighborhood park overlooking Hayden Lake and surrounding mountains. Located just 10 minutes north of Coeur d'Alene, this unique marathon course goes completely around Hayden Lake on hilly, challenging forest-lined roads. Come experience North Idaho and its beautiful world-class recreation scenery. Visit www.haydenlakemarathon.org for registration information.
Scarywood Haunted Nights
Starting in October, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood Haunted Nights, with five signature bone-chilling attractions, more scare zones scattered throughout the park, as well as most of Silverwood's signature rides in the dark. For more information visit www.silverwoodthemepark.com.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort consists of 2900 skiable acres, 92 named trails and some of the finest tree skiing in North America. During the warm weather months try out their biking trails, chair lift rides, ziplines, climbing wall and air jumper and more! For more information visit www.schweitzer.com. Photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
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