by Kara Stermer
PIG OUT IN THE PARK
If there’s one weekend – aside from Thanksgiving – when it’s acceptable to stuff your belly so full you have to unbutton your pants when you sit down, this is it. Each Labor Day weekend for the past 32 years, food vendors, bands and tens of thousands of people have converged in Riverfront Park for this event that’s a hit for all five of the senses. More than 50 local food vendors will set up shop, serving everything from gyros to bacon-wrapped hot dogs and frozen cheesecake dipped in melted chocolate. Prepare your taste buds accordingly. Tonight, Silver Treason, Nude Pop, and Verve Pipe are playing. Saturday, you can catch The Yardbirds. Ending the weekend fun is Fishbone on Sunday. Who can’t pass up dinner and a show?
COEUR D'ALENE MUSIC FESTIVAL
August is tapering off and the days are already getting shorter. Why not take advantage of what's left of our Northwest summer? Take a load off this Labor Day weekend with days of music and sun at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Hosting bands and performers from across the region, this music festival promises to show a diverse range of musicians and bring together people throughout the Inland community. Come see the Shivering Denizens, Flying Mammals, Letters from Traffic, the Terrible Buttons and many more. Tickets are $25 for each day, but totally worth it. For line-up, visit the Coeur d'Alene Music Festival page on Facebook!
SCHWEITZER FALL FEST
If the back-to-school television ads, the cooler nights and the fact that this latest issue of The Inlander features a college preview haven't clued you in, fall is on its way. Up on Schweitzer Mountain, they like to usher in the autumn a little early with the annual Fall Fest over Labor Day Weekend. The event takes place in the resort's village and features a beer festival with more than 40 different microbrews from around the Northwest. There's also plenty of live music, including headlining performances by Seattle soul poppers Pickwick on Saturday, the power rockers Jerry Joseph Band on Sunday and the Oregon punk-turns-bluegrass Larry and His Flask on Monday.