Artists Loose on the Palouse - Arts and crafts fair with more than 20 artists and vendors. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., with dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. and music by Michael Robinson and Jason Luoto and friends, RSVP required; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. On Sacred Grounds: Books and Art Gallery, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. $10/Friday dinner. (509) 747-6294.
Davenport Pioneer Days and Alumni Reunion Celebration - Themed “Celebrating Americana in our Backyard.” Enjoy chalk art contest, where artists gather to create and display drawings on Davenport city sidewalks in a competition for cash prizes; “Little Shop of Horrors” performed by the local theater group in the Davenport High School auditorium; and the All American Root Music mini-concert in the park with country music by The Two Dudes, blues by Don Millard and bluegrass by the Kettle Creek Band. Also featuring The Road Knights car show, duck races, quilt show, teen dance, book sale, Saturday morning Pioneer Plod Fun Run, parade, Lion’s Club barbecue, pies by the Davenport Women’s Club, the “Road Rage Rally,” and more. Downtown Davenport Pioneer Park, Davenport. Free admission. (509) 725-1000.
Rathdrum Days - Friday night includes a car cruise, street dance and beer garden downtown on Main Street; Saturday parade downtown at 10 a.m. Both days include live entertainment, food and craft vendors, climbing wall, dunk tank, wiener dog races, lawn mower races, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and games and activities for the kids. Highway 41, Rathdrum. (208) 687-2866 or (509) 954-6446.
19th Annual s.m.ART (St. Maries Art) Festival - The annual s.m.ART by the River Festival of the Arts will feature regional and local performers providing live entertainment both days. A juried show, silent auction, clothesline art sales, beer and wine garden are featured as well as arts and craft vendors. A hands-on adult-assisted creative experience for children ages 4-12 takes place each day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is a minimal fee and materials will be provided. Artist booths will be open from Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located on the St. Joe River at Cherry Bend, off Highway 3, St. Maries, Idaho. Free admission. (208) 245-3417.
Latah Creek Variety Market – More than 60 vendors will offer antiques and art, farm produce, flowers, crafts, honey, wine and beer, food booths, games and activities for children. Live music from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 4241 S. Cheney Spokane Road, across from Qualchan golf course, south of Interstate 90 on Highway 195. (509) 939-3923.
Family Scrapbooking with Miss Abi - Learn beginning and intermediate scrapbooking techniques. Youth participants should be able to follow directions and complete projects with minimal assistance. Held Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315, ext. 438.
Timber Days - Next Friday and July 26. Timber Days starts next Friday with the Asphalt Angels Hot Neon Nights Car Cruise. July 26 events start at 7 a.m. and will feature a huckleberry breakfast at the city park, five- or one-mile fun runs, logging competitions, art and craft booths, food booths, informational booths, a car show, a softball tournament, a parade, and a family dance. Downtown Priest River, Idaho. (208) 448-2721.
A Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes - Aug. 1-3. A festival of food, arts and crafts, music, and fine art. Aug. 1-2, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Coeur d’Alene City Park. (208) 660-2789.
Art on the Green - Aug. 1-3. Arts and crafts outdoor festival sponsored by The Citizens Council for the Arts. Includes booths to purchase handcrafted art work or create your own. Aug. 1, noon-8 p.m.; Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. North Idaho College grounds, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. (208) 667-9346.
Downtown Street Fair - Aug. 1-3. This three-day event will feature arts and crafts from the region, along with food and entertainment. Aug.1-2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sherman Avenue, downtown Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. (208) 667-5986.
Keystone International Arts Festival - Aug. 3. Featuring local artists, entertainers, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, ethnic vendors, and community groups. INWBA Sanctioned Boxing Showcase sponsored by ESBA and The Spokane Boxing Club. 5-9 p.m., Sprague Avenue and Pittsburg Street. (509) 251-0156.
Lavender U-pick - Daily through July 27. Visit www.leisurelavender.com for directions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Leisure Lavender Farm, 3529 N. Lynden Road, Otis Orchards. (509) 993-5036 or (509) 226-3071.
Cherry Festival at Green Bluff - Saturday-Sunday. Green Bluff, 15 minutes north of Spokane.
Iris Sale - Featuring rhizomes from the Manito Iris Garden. Presented by the Inland Empire Iris Society. Saturday, 9 a.m., Northwest Seed and Pet, 7203 N. Division St. (509) 624-2588 or (509) 535-8025.
North Idaho Lavender Festival - Fourth annual event. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cut your own bouquets of lavender, purchase specialty lavender plants, attend various demonstrations, enjoy live music, lavender lemonade, fine art and arts and crafts booths. Music by Ruby Devine, Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mountains View Ranch, 11508 E. Nunn Road, Athol. $3/person; free/children age 11 and younger. (208) 687-6016.
Inland Empire Bonsai Society Show and Sale - Sale will include plants, tools, books, and SUNI-E art. Sunday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Manito Park Meeting Room. (509) 455-9576.
“Finally Home” - A home ownership class for first-time home buyers. Learn how to: increase borrowing power, decide on a home, buy a home, and negotiate the purchase. Also learn more about mortgages and how to apply for a loan. Register online at www.workforcetraining.nic.edu. Sessions will be offered from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. North Idaho College Workforce Training Center, 525 West Clearwater Loop, Post Falls. $10. (208) 769-3333.
“Spokane’s Secret: Mary Lou Weidman -The Story Quilt Lady” - Speaking at Washington State Quilters meeting at 1 and 7 p.m., open to the public. Thursday. Mukogawa Fort Wright Commons Building, 4000 W. Randolph Road. $7. (509) 435-3889.
Town and Country Iris Society Rhizome Sale - Rhizomes of tall bearded iris, many are 2003 and newer; lots of varieties and colors; some Siberians, miniatures, dwarf, intermediates. Free planting information and advice from club members. July 26, 9 a.m., Plant Land, 15614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. $2 each or more. (509) 671-1540.
23rd Annual Yard and Garden Tour - Aug. 3. Presented by The Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane. Stroll through seven showplaces of the “Garden Belles of the Cathedral and Points East” tour. Tickets available at: Liberty Park Florist and Greenhouse; Mel’s Nursery and Gifts; Northwest Seed and Pet; Plantland Nursery; and Stanek’s Nursery; or at any garden on the day of the tour. Garden locations include: 245 E. 13th Ave.; 627 E. 13th Ave.; 1321 E. Overbluff; 916 E. Overbluff; 1212 E. Rockwood Pines; 1106 E. 20th Ave.; 1414 E. Rockwood. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. (509) 327-0452.
Horse and Carriage Rides - Friday evenings in July and August. Travels through downtown Spokane, guests receive a complimentary rose, as well as a sheet of dining specials at downtown restaurants. Sponsored by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union and the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District. Friday, 4-10 p.m., Wall Street at Main Avenue. $5/person. (509) 456-0580, ext. 102.
4-H County Dog Show - Next Friday and July 26. Visit www.northidahofair.com for more information. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Building 25, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 446-1680.
Woofstock - Woofstock is a musical event sponsored by Spokane 7. This event is a collaborative adoption event hosted by the four area animal shelters with a goal of 50 animal adoptions. July 26. Noon-6 p.m., Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. Free. (509) 995-4542.
North Idaho Fair Open Horse Show - Aug. 8-10. Gates open at 1 p.m. Aug. 8, 8 a.m. Aug. 9 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 946-6650.