2016 Festivals in Historic Wallace and the Silver Valley

Every year sees an amazing range of festivals that help make this the most fascinating small town in America! On this page, I present an enhanced version of the 2015 Wallace Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar. Many Silver Valley events are also included. Several of Wallace's festivals are large enough to warrant their own pages, complete with photos and forms.
Greg Marsh


Last event added on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

webwork by Marsh Scientific Services in progress always waiting for more 2016 calendar info
meanwhile reference 2015 calendar for recurring events

Historic Wallace Blues Festival, Hall of Fame winner 2014
Our fourth Blues Festival, July 10-12, 2015, was another blast; check out the Photo Recap under construction
The 71th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace, June
   16, 2012
winners at the 71st Lead Creek Derby, June 16, 2012
click to open  2010 Photos and Winners page in separate window
Huckleberry Festival 2010
Photos and Winners
click to open Yuletide Lighting Festival 2014 page in separate window
Yuletide Lighting Festival 2014
Five summers ago we commemorated the Great Fire of 1910 and those who gave their lives to fight it.
click to see pdf poster for 1910 Fireman's Ball, Saturday March 6, 2010
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current weather
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webwork by Marsh Scientific Services in progress If you know of a Silver Valley Event that is not listed below, or you see an error, please use this form to let me know. Thank You.
Greg Marsh


26, 27, 28
4, 5, 6,
11, 12, 13
The 32nd Season of SPRING MELODRAMA

Written by William Nicholson
Directed by Carol Roberts
Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
32th season of spring melodrama
Click to to open a letter-sized poster in a separate window.
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theatre



1 The Sierra Silver Mine miner Sierra Silver Mine Tour
opens for the season at the corner of Fifth and Bank Streets
(208) 752-5151
1 Silver Streak Zipline Tours Silver Streak Zipline Tours
  • opens for the season at 516 Pine Street
  • West Course: $90 for tour of SIX ziplines traveling 5375 feet
  • East Course: $80 for tour of FOUR ziplines, 1800 foot dual zip
(208) 556-1690
2 44th Sunshine Mine Disaster Memorial Service (208) 784-0821
7 Loyalty Day Parade in Osburn (208) 753-7151
31st annual Depot Day
or Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum Festival and Classic Car Show 2016
in downtown Wallace

under construction by Greg Marsh
22 photos of this record setting Depot Day are at Depot Day 2016 photos.

  • Kiwanis Breakfast 7-11 AM at the Elks Lodge
  • Beer Garden with local Micro Brews:
    • North Idaho Mountain Brew
    • Wallace Brewing Company
  • Live Music at the Gazebo:
    One Gun and the Longshots
  • "Brat Boys" and other Food Booths
  • Crafts and Unique Vendor Booths
  • Children's Games
  • Free Depot Museum Tours
  • Model Railroad Display
  • 16 Car Classes plus Motorcycle
  • 65 Trophies
  • Raffles
    • 1st prize: 7 ounces of silver, 7 ounces of copper, beautifully framed, $500 value
    • 2nd prize: $75 gift certificate from Idaho Silver Shop
  • Fun for the Entire Family!
2016 Car Show Registration Form

Depot Day 2010

Click on Perfection

Photos and Winners
Dedication of Magnuson Way

click to see Depot Day 2012
Depot Day 2012
photos, video and winners
Depot Day 2011 DEPOT DAY 2011 WINNERS
Depot Day 2002 DEPOT DAY 2002 WINNERS
Northern Pacific Depot Museum
(208) 752-0111

Original Route of the Hiawatha Logo The Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail will be open daily from May 27 thru September 25, 2016. The trail, trailheads, and facilities are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. During the peak season, June 20 thru September 5, the hours are extended to 5:30 PM (PDT).

Lookout Pass
28 Silver Mountain
summer mountain bike and hiking season
  • Chair 3 will always run when gondola does
  • Opening Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30
  • open June 4-5
  • open Friday through Sunday from June 10 to June 19
  • open every day from June 24 through September 5
  • open Saturday and Sunday September 10 through October 2
  • plus special event September 23
  • hours of operation
    • Gondola always opens at 9:30 AM
    • Friday (July, Aug & Sept 2): bike park open to 8:00 PM
    • Friday (June & Sept 23): bike park open to 5:00 PM
    • Saturday & Sunday: bike park open to 5:00 PM
    • Monday thru Thursday: bike park open to 4:00 PM
  • new beginner trails: 800 vertical feet to bottom of Chair 3
  • over 30 developed trails with a combined length of over 30 miles
  • gondola serves 3400 foot vertical drop
  • advanced terrain includes super flowy single track, rough, technical fall-line trails and machine built, hand tuned jump lines
(208) 783-1111
(866) 344-2675
Silver Mountain Resort

15 - 18

Come see the 75th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace, June 18, 2016 Gyro Days Carnival and Lead Creek Derby in Wallace

Thursday is the start of the downtown Carnival that runs through Saturday night.

The 75th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace will begin at noon on Saturday, June 18, 2016, when the brightly colored leather ball drops into the South fork of the Coeur d'Alene River.

The Lead Creek Derby Raffle
is based on the time it takes the Gyro Ball to float from Mullan to Wallace. The elapsed time and ticket numbers are randomly paired by computer. Tickets are $1 each. A book of ten is $10... but then you only have to print your name once.
  • 1st wins 50 Silver Dollars
  • 2nd - 6th wins $100
  • 7th - 11th wins $50
  • 12th - 14th wins $25
0.999 fine silver round
(208) 512-3965
Wallace Gyro Club
18 Lead Creek Breakfast at the 1313 Club in Wallace (208) 752-9391
Dean Cooper
18 75th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace (208) 512-3965
Lead Creek Derby 2010


Click on the Gyro Ball
to see
Photos and Winners

2011 Lead Creek Derby winners
2012 Gyro Days Photos and Winners
2013 Gyro Days Winners

1 Sierra Silver Mine miner Sierra Silver Mine Tour adds a Ghost Town Trolly
that takes visitors back in history up Burke Canyon,
and also leaves from the corner of Fifth and Bank Streets
(208) 752-5151
Sue Halley
8 - 10 Fifth Annual Wallace Idaho Blues Festival

This festival has been named Best Blues Festival three consecutive years by the Inland Empire Blues Society. It is one of the largest cultural arts events held in scenic northern Idaho each year.

For our Fifth Annual Blues Festival we have these entertainers lined up

For the first time, we will be selling commemorative "Save Free-Music Friday" pins to help generate revenues to keep this special component of our festival alive. Please consider buying a commemorative Wallace Blues Festival collector's pin for $5 to support Free-Music Friday.

Here is a one page line-up for our fifth annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival.
And here is information on camping, parking and local accommodations.

webwork by Marsh Scientific Services in progress A Photo Recap of the 2016 Blues Festival is under construction for those who missed this event, as well as for those who will never forget it.

(208) 512-1260
BluesFest Committee
July 6 - July 31
Wednesday thru Sunday
Sixth Street Melodrama
Sixth Street Theater, 33nd summer season
begins its 33rd Summer Season with
The Diligent Daughter
Lips That Touch Wine
written by Jerry James
directed by Cynthia Bentley
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
18 - 23

21st annual High Mountain ATV Jamboree and Rodeo 2016

in and around Wallace.

High Mountain ATV Organization

Last summer, this event had to be cancelled due to the excessive fire danger throughout the Pacific Northwest. This summer is relatively cool with temperatures mostly staying in the 75-85° range with moderate rainfall keeping vegetation green.

The Jamboree sports a week long schedule of hosted trail rides with 5-7 rides to choose from each day Monday through Friday. Rides are set up according to three levels of difficulty and are rated as either easy, moderate or advanced. The difficulty level is determined primarily by the type of terrain encountered. Factors considered include: steepness, roughness, obstacles, snow and distance.

The ATV rodeo will be on Saturday and includes four events Drag Racing, Barrel Racing, Sled Pull and the Obstacle Course. The six day Jamboree culminates on Saturday evening with the ever popular BBQ steak dinner banquet, awards presentation and drawings.

(208) 512-2269
High Mountain ATV Association

19 - 20 Huckleberry Heritage Festival, August 19 - 20, 2016 31st Annual Huckleberry Festival 2016
in Historic Downtown Wallace

Click poster to open letter-sized version in a separate window.

(208) 682-2429
(208) 512-4677
Historic Wallace
Marketing Group
20 Wallace Rotary's Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast
from 7 to 11 AM, Jr/Sr High School
live music 7:00 to 11:00 AM
Adults $6        Kids & Runners $4
(208) 682-2429

5K Huckleberry Fun Run
registration from 7:30 to 8:30 AM
race/walk at 9:00 AM
5K Run/Walk Registration Form

Results of the Huckleberry Festival 2015 5K Race
Overall Winner: Ian Wolford 23.42
    Women's Division
  • Under 11
    • Taylor Stovern 35.26
    • Jane Robinson 35.40
    • Alyssa Robinson 39.38
  • 12-15
    • Lillian Gyde 29.21
  • 16-19
    • Jen Parman 47.27
  • 20-29
    • Kelsy Kiezur 31.02
    • Joanie McNutt 32.44
    • Mackenzie Keizur 37.50
  • 30-39
    • Sheena Letourneau 25.29 (first woman finisher & 2nd overall!)
    • Martha House 29.48
    • Carrie Hoag 33.57
  • 40-49
    • Michelle Sheppard 27.07
    • Tisha Whatcott 30.54
    • Betsy Hills 35.52
  • 50-59
    • Mashele Kenney 31.35
    • Kathy Hanson 37.28
    • Elena Grishina 42.48
  • 60-69
    • Angeica Fraga 31.51
    • Linda Keizur 39.01
    • Katherine Sink 45.25
  • 70+
    • Ann Curry 44.05
    • Ann Parman 44.47
    • Jeri Albertini 54.24
    Men's Division
  • Under 11
    • Reed Whatcott 28.40 (finished only 5 minutes after overall winner!)
    • Johnny Stovern 38.24
  • 12-15
    • no runners
  • 16-19
    • no runners
  • 20-29
    • Ian Wolford 23.42 (overall winner)
  • 30-39
    • Brian Barley 26.15
  • 40-49
    • Nate Whatcott 30.42
    • Scott Stovern 38.32
  • 50-59
    • Scott Sogge 27.10
    • Rick Parman 33.37
    • Chuck Kenney 37.07
    • Rocky Sauer 56.06
  • 60-69
    • Gary Kiezur 27.27
    • John Vargas 29.41
    • Eugene Sink 45.11
  • 70+
    • Larry Curry 32.16
    • Arthur Mayer 41.37
    • Jim Parman 49.08
(208) 512-4677





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