Oktoberfest (Coeur d’Alene) - Festivities include 12 tasting stations with more than 20 beers, traditional German-style food, live music and contests. Friday, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, 1-10 p.m., downtown Coeur d’Alene. $15, includes six sampling tokens and an Oktoberfest stein (pick up in Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave.). (208) 415-0116
Wild Night for Wilderness - A community celebration of the great outdoors with slideshow and updates on the Selkirk Mountains and Scotchman Peak Proposed Wilderness, plus music by Baregrass, free appetizers while they last, door prizes, locally brewed beer by Laughing Dog Brewing, locally crafted wine by Pend d’Oreille Winery, and coffee by Evans Brothers. Sponsored by Idaho Conservation League, Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education. Friday, 7 p.m. Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St., Sandpoint. $5; no-host bar. (208) 265-9565. www.idahoconservation.org.
RYPtoberFest - Featuring Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien in traditional German dress, throwing footballs and singing with the band. German music by The Polkatones and country music by The Kelly Hughes Band. Benefits the Rypien Foundation to help children with cancer and their families, and the Inland Northwest Honor Flight, which flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial. Saturday, 3-11 p.m., Greyhound Park and Event Center, Post Falls. $50, includes all-you-can-eat dinner buffet and snacks, five beer tokens and commemorative beer stein. (509) 362-1781, www.ryptoberfest.ticketleap.com
Lake City Blues Benefit - Inland Empire Blues Society presents the 13th annual event featuring Riverboat Dave & The Furtraders and Voodoo Church, to benefit at-risk Kootenai County youth through Project Safe Place. Saturday, 6-10 p.m., O’Shay’s Irish Pub & Eatery, 313 Lake Coeur d’Alene Drive, Coeur d’Alene. All ages/families welcome; $10/suggested donation at the door. (208) 676-0772
Cokie Roberts - Talk by veteran political reporter for National Public Radio, to benefit Spokane Public Radio. Saturday, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $40. (800) 325-SEAT