The Festival at Sandpoint, SPR Media Partner
The Festival at Sandpoint is bringing live music back for its 39th annual season! From July 29 to August 8, the Festival will be holding concerts every Thursday through Sunday at War Memorial Field. Spokane Public Radio will be a media partner for the festivities.
This season’s line up includes: St. Paul & the Broken Bones on Thursday, July 29; Jake Owen on Friday, July 30; Shakey Graves on Saturday, July 31; and Keb’ Mo’ & Band on Sunday, August 1 performing the first week. The second week’s performers includes: Gladys Knight on Thursday, August 5; Young the Giant on Friday, August 6; and REO Speedwagon on Saturday, August 7. Gates open at 6 p.m., and music begins at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Sunday’s Keb’ Mo’ concert, which begins at 7 p.m. In lieu of the family carnival that has taken place on the first Sunday in previous years, Whitney Claire Kaufman and the Spokane Symphony will be performing songs from the movies at the Family Matinee from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 8. At 5 p.m. there will be a modified wine tasting and Grand Finale concert featuring the same artists.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few changes being made to the Festival. There will also be an increase in security personnel as well as security checks in accordance with our artists’ contracts and the safety of our guests. In order to promote social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus, there will be a few changes to the Festival Street vendors and other purchases inside the Festival. Firstly, Festival Street will now be located in a fenced-in area behind the grandstands in Lakeview Park. This change opens up more of the field to encourage social distancing.
The Festival at Sandpoint was founded in 1982 by a group of local volunteers who wanted to introduce symphonic music to the area and provide economic boost for their community. Since its first season featuring three concerts with The Spokane Symphony Orchestra, The Festival has grown and diversified, and has had a significant positive impact over the past 38 years on the quality of life to those who live here as well as the local economy through cultural tourism. You can learn more about the upcoming Festival and it's history by going to the website here.