tHINGS TO DO
National Lentil Festival - 24th annual event. Today: free lentil chili, live music, arts and crafts, microbrews tasting tent, food, children’s games; Saturday: lentil pancake breakfast, Little Lentil Sprout Parade and Grand Parade through downtown Pullman, Lentil cook off, kids stage, live music, and more. Visit www.lentilfest.com. 415 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. Free admission to festival. (800) 365-6948.
Brews Fest – Music today by Mark Hummel and Ana Popovic. Saturday will feature 19 breweries and performances by Big Mumbo Blues Band, Simon Tucker Group, and Peter Karp & Sue Foley. Silver Mountain Resort, 610 Bunker Ave., Sandpoint. $22.95/Friday $29.95/Saturday, includes six taste tickets; $45/weekend. Ticket purchase includes riding the gondola to the event. (866) 344-2675.
Pend Oreille County Fair – Through Sunday. Rodeos on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 419152 Highway 20, Cusick. Gate: $6/age 13 and older; $2/ages 6-12, free/age 5 and younger; admission is good for all four days; rodeo with a fair button: $6/general, $2/ages 4-12, free/age 3 and younger. (509) 448/1367.
“Pickin’ on the Prairie” Antique Show - Antiques, primitives, farmhouse decor, jewelry and more. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Road (10 blocks north of Bigelow Gulch Road). $4/general, free/age 12 and younger; good for both days. (509) 499-5099.
Annual Garlic Faire - Noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organic wine, gourmet foods, live music, arts and crafts and lots of garlic. Information, visit www.chinabend.com. China Bend Winery, 3751 Vineyard Way, Kettle Falls. $5. (800) 700-6123.
Spokane Drummers’ Collective - A family-friendly festival. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own hand-held percussion instrument and play along. The event will showcase several area drummers including organizer Ozz Oswalt of Seven Cycles, “Mega” Mike Cluckey of Benign, Lukas Hilker of Odyssey, drumming brothers Shawn Murphy of Blistered Earth, and Zach Kronich of Invasive; Dan and Eric Wills from Concrete Grip; Jon Wilson of Faded Ink/Characterflaw, Matthew Chavez of Reason for Existence, and a special performance and clinic by commercial drum set artist Todd Michael Miller. 2 p.m. Saturday, The Hop!, 706 N. Monroe St. $5/advance, $7/door. (509) 328-5467.
North Idaho Fair and Rodeo - Wednesday-Aug. 26. 2012 theme: “Stirrin’ It Up.” Family fun and entertainment, live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts, livestock, contests and community exhibits. PRCA Rodeo in the Grandstand. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Buildings open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. $9/adults; $8/seniors; $5/children. (208) 765-4969.
Women of Faith - “Celebrate What Matters” tour, an event for women to experience music, humor, drama and inspirational stories. Speakers include Grammy Award-winning singer CeCe Winans; bestselling author and singer Sheila Walsh; “Bad Girls of the Bible” author Liz Curtis Higgs; award-winning musical group Selah; comedian and storyteller Ken Davis; and many more. Register at www.womenoffaith.com. Today, 7-10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $99-$109. (509) 703-3472.
Good Guys and Custom Rod Show - 11th Great Northwest Nationals with car show, swap meet, vendor exhibits, arts and crafts daily; along with live music by Highway 9 on Saturday-Sunday. Show and shine of pre-1972 vehicles. New this year is Super Sunday Get-Together, open to all years American-made and powered vehicles, registration open on Sunday at 7 a.m. at fairgrounds. Show hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Today-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $15/general, $6/ages 7-12, free/age 6 and younger. (509) 477-1766.
27th Annual Wooden Boat Show - One of Coeur d’Alene’s most popular summer events, featuring wooden and classic boats. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Coeur d’Alene Resort Boardwalk. Free. (208) 292-1635.
Bonner County Rodeo - Today and Saturday at 7 p.m. nightly. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint. (208) 263-8414.
Unity in the Community - Celebrate diversity, culture and vitality of the Spokane community with fun-filled activities, entertainment and community resources. Cultural Villages, interactive children’s center, free K-8 school supplies (until noon) and free kid’s helmets and fittings (until noon), health, education and career fair, art, live music and main stage performances all day. This year’s theme is “Diversity in Action.” Saturday Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. Free. (509) 951-0329.