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 2016 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 Thursday, August 16, 2018.

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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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
6 - 31
Wed - Sun
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

3 - 28
Wed - Sun
Sixth Street Melodrama
The Old Cookie Shop, 33nd summer season continues its 33rd Summer Season with
The Old Cookie Shop
or Nellie was a Baker 'Cause She Kneaded Dough
written by Joe M. Charles
directed by Paul Roberts.  
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
12 - 14 6th Annual Historic Wallace Accordion Jubilee
Schedule of Events
Wallace Accordion Festival 2016 poster Click to open a letter-sized Accordion Festival poster in a separate window.
  • Friday, August 12th
    • 3:00 to 5:00 PM        check-in and assignment of 30-minute concert slots
    • 5:00 - 7:00 PM        Accordion BBQ - bring your accordion for a free dinner
    • 7:00 PM        Sunset Parade around town
    • 7:30 to close        Accordion Song Circle & Jam
  • Saturday, August 13
    • 7:00 - 9:00 AM        free Accordion Breakfast under the tent
    • 9:00 AM - on        30-minute performances inside & out
    • 10:00 AM, 2:00 & 7:00 PM        Accordion Rocket Rides through town
    • Noon        Downtown Accordion Strolls start
    • 1:00 - 3:00 PM        Accordion Taco Bar: bring your accordion for free lunch
    • 5:00 PM        Accordion group photo
    • 6:00 - 7:00 PM        Jammin' BBQ: bring your accordion for a free dinner
    • 7:00 to close        Jam session
  • Sunday, August 14
    • 9:00 AM        Church Service under the tent
    • 9:30 AM        free Accordion Breakfast for players until departure time

   Red Light Garage
   302 5th St, Wallace, Idaho
   (208) 556-0575

(208) 753-7151
Wallace Chamber
12 - 14 Molly B'Damn Days in Murray
Molly B. Damn in tub
  • Friday Night - Karaoke at the Bedroom Gold Mine Bar
  • Saturday - the festivities begin at 9am
    • Vendor booths open
    • Classic Car show begins
    • Dunk Tank
    • Parade at 1:00 PM
    • winners of the Car Show announced at 2:00 PM
    • Molly Queen crowned in park
  • Enjoy music at the Bedroom Goldmine Bar and Karaoke in the evening
  • helicopter rides all day Saturday and Sunday
(208) 682-4394
Bedroom Gold Mine
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.

  • Craft, Food and Other Vendors
    • Friday 11AM to 5PM
    • Saturday 10AM to 5PM
  • Great Kid Activities both days
  • Live Music on the Gazebo
    • Friday 11AM to 5PM:
      Ric-key Band
      One Gun & The Long Shots
    • Saturday 10AM to 5PM:
      The Blue Country Band
      The DCB Band
  • 50/50 Raffle and Huckleberries for sale
Historic Wallace Marketing Group Documents

new item
at the
Nite Rock Event Center
"The Blue Country Band"
7:30 to 11:30 PM
(208) 512-4677
Historic Wallace
Marketing Group
20 Wallace Rotary's Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast
from 7 to 11 AM, Jr/Sr High School
Adults $6        Kids & Runners $4
(208) 290-7163

5K Huckleberry Fun Run
registration from 7:30 to 8:45 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
20 Silver Mountain Brewsfest
2014 Concert at Silver Mountain

"Take a scenic ride up North America's longest gondola climbing 3,400 feet to our mountain top venue located in the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains of North Idaho. With 360 degree views of the region, and cool temperatures to beat the summer heat, the Brewsfest venue is ideal for an afternoon in the mountains.

"The gondola ride and the amazing location help make this event a hit year after year. The Inland Northwest is becoming famous for the area's local micro breweries, and plenty of them will be on tap at Brewsfest. Many of these local favorites aren't available outside of a few select tap rooms, so this is your chance to try them back to back, and even meet some of the brewers who make these tasty beverages. The variety is awesome, with 40 beers to choose from there's something for everyone."

"What's better than a brewsfest? A Brewsfest with live music right in the tasting area! This year we will be kicking things off with a local favorite, Aftermath, who will be taking the stage to perform a variety of classic rock covers with a great high energy show. 4More will take over second half of the show with their acclaimed stage presence and fantastic covers of a wide range of popular songs." The link goes to their music video webpage.

"After the main event you'll be able to catch the Sara Brown Trio, who has been awarded the Best Female Blues Performer 3 years in a row by the Inland Empire Blues Society, in the Gondola Village from 6-9 PM." The link goes to a photographic recap of her performance at the Fifth Annual Historic Wallace Blues Festival last month.

More information on this year's Brewsfest may be found on the resort's website. Tickets may be purchased at the Silver Mountain store.

Silver Mountain Resort

2 - 3

Wallace Downtown Merchants present Crazy Days

Wallace downtown merchants present Crazy Days on Friday and Saturday.

Special sales and fun events throughout the town!


Click image to open letter-sized jpg poster for entire Labor Day weekend

3 - 5

Twelfth Annual
Under the Freeway Flea Market

Saturday & Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM - Monday 8 AM to 2 PM

  • Over 80 vendors
  • Collectables
  • Antiques
  • Unusual Items
  • Great Bargains

Under the Freeway Flea Market 2016

For general and booth space information call (208)752-0111 or email npdepot@gmail.com.

Click image to open letter sized jpg poster for entire Labor Day weekend.

(208) 752-0111
Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum

Wallace Rotary Club presents the Running of the Ducks

Wallace Rotary Club presents the Running of the Ducks

Adopt a fast duck and win up to $500!


Click image to open letter sized jpg poster for entire Labor Day weekend


7 - 9 Fall for History
at the Center of the Universe              new event New Event in 2016!

John Darrington's Wallace in the Fall - click to see more of his photography In cooperation with the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho Historical Society, the Idaho Association of Museums and Visit Idaho, Wallace will be celebrating its heritage with a series of colorful lectures, history re-enactments, live theater productions, and guided tours of the town, which as far as we know is the only city in America entirely listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fourteen different events, including three workshops and several historical tours, are planned for this inaugural fall celebration of our colorful history. Our featured speaker is John Langellier. He received his Ph.D. in military history from Kansas State University. After a 45-year career in public history, he retired in Tucson Arizona, in 2015. He is the author of dozens of books, including Fighting for Uncle Sam: Blacks in the Frontier Army.

More information about this event may be found in the September 16, 2016, Shoshone News-Press story Fall for History in Wallace.

Teddy Roosevelt came to Wallace in 1903 Teddy Roosevelt came to town in 1903
Federal Troops occupied Wallace during the first mining war in 1892 Federal Troops occupied Wallace during the first mining war in 1892.
Buffalo Soldiers occupied Wallace during the first mining war in 1892 These were the now famous Buffalo Soldiers.
Click to open letter-sized cover (pdf) in a separate window.
The 25th Regiment travelled on bikes The 25th Black Regiment travelled on bikes.
Wallace saloons have always been popular Wallace saloons have always been popular.
Wallace Chamber
(208) 753-7151
(208) 599-7554

2016 Wallace Halloween Bash and Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser
Wallace Halloween Bash 2016
This traditional October event is the Wallace Chamber's primary fundraiser of the year, and is vital to keeping the visitors center open and the chamber office staffed. To help, donate or purchase tickets, please contact Dave at the Chamber office (208) 753-7151.

This year we will have a Halloween Bash on October 22nd, complete with live and silent auctions, casino games, entertainment, a great dinner and a costume contest. The party will be held at the Elks Lodge. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Auction items are starting to come in, including a 2009 Chevy Cruze donated by Dave Smith Motors, tickets to local attractions, gift baskets and much more. However, more donations are always needed and appreciated to ensure a fun and successful event. The evening begins at 5:30 PM with silent auction bidding and casino games. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. The live auction will follow. After the auction closes, party goers are invited to dance to the music of local favorites. To add to the festivities, attendees are encouraged to dress in Halloween attire and be eligible for costume contest prizes.

2009 Chevy Cruze to be auctioned at Wallace Halloween Bash 2016
Click to open entire letter-sized poster in a separate window.

(208) 753-7151


2016 Wallace Halloween Bash and Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser

4, 5, 6
11, 12, 13
18, 19, 20
Sixth Street Melodrama

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 4 to 20, 2015

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

This comedy is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays. "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" was London's longest-running comedy, having clocked a very palpable nine years in London's West End at the Criterion Theater.

Join Edward Warren, Paul Roberts and Chuck Tatman, three madcap men in tights, as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in a wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

This production is geared toward a PG-13 audience.

See business page for more information.

(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theatre

5 & 6 Silver Valley Fall Fair logo 33rd Arts & Crafts Fall Fair
at the Silver Hills Elementary School in Osburn
crafts, lunch, music, drawings, demonstrations
(208) 556-0146
(208) 783-4031

2, 3, 9, 10 Wallace Yuletide Celebration
2016 Yuletide Lighting Festival Yuletide 2016 poster

The Yuletide Festival center of activities will be held at The Historic Wallace Railroad Depot Museum again this year. The Depot will be decorated traditionally. Pictures with Santa will be taken there along with a craft fair, book readings, hayrides, and much more.

Our Yuletide Festival offers lots of lights, decorations, and excitement as the community works together to have two weekends of activities that include:

  • Friday, December 2
    • Winter Walk with music and manger scenes in four churches, starts from Depot at 6 PM
    • Craft Fair at Depot from 3 to 6 PM
  • Saturday, December 3
    • Local Vendors Craft Fair on Depot lawn, 9 AM to 4 PM
    • Breakfast with Santa at the Nite Rock Events Center, 9 to 11 AM
    • Little Miss Snowflake and Master Snowflake competition
    • High Tea and Entertainment at high noon in the Silver Tea Room, call 556-1500 for reservations
    • Nutcracker Dance Recital at Wallace High School, 1 PM and 6 PM
    • Movie at Sixth Street Theater (bring canned food), 2:00 to 3:30 PM
    • Hay rides throughout town, leaving from Depot from 6 to 8 PM
  • Friday, December 9
    • Lighted Yuletide Parade for everyone, line up on Pine Street at 5:30 PM
    • Celebration at Depot upon walkers' return, 6:40 t0 7:30 PM
    • Hay rides throughout town, leaving from Depot from 7 to 8:30 PM
    • Sixth Street Theater Christmas Show at 7:00 PM. Christmas at Sixth Street is a musical variety show featuring talented singers from across the Silver Valley.
  • Saturday, December 10
    • Paw Parade for our animal friends, starting from parking lot across from Brooks at 11 AM
    • Pictures with Santa, pets and children at Depot, 11:30 to 2:00 PM
    • High Tea and Entertainment at high noon in the Silver Tea Room, call 556-1500 for reservations
    • Hay rides throughout town, leaving from Depot from 5 to 7 PM
    • Sixth Street Theater Christmas Show at 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 11
    • Sixth Street Theater Christmas Show at 2:00 PM

click to view higher resolution image in separate window This year's Christmas ornament features another of our historic buildings: the Wallace Corner (Hotel) Building at the corner of Cedar and Sixth streets. Now it is the home of the Sixth & Cedar Espresso Bar, and Gravis Tech.

Ornaments may be purchased for $10.00 (plus 6% tax) at

  • Idaho Silver Shop
  • Price Tag Antiques

If you would like to reserve yours for your collection or are looking for any previous ornaments, please call Rayma at 556-1171 (Idaho Silver Shop). Grey Wallace Christmas vests are also available for $32 at both stores.

(208) 753-7151
Wallace Chamber
Wallace Yuletide Lighting Festival

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