Festival announces season ticket sales


Sure, The Festival at Sandpoint will be turning the big 4-0 in 2023, but the community will be the one celebrating with lots of great music.

To hear this music — and save on ticket prices — festival officials said it’s best to buy a season pass. Season passes for 2023 will go on sale Saturday, October 1 and cost $299 before fees and taxes.

“Permanent passes are deeply discounted tickets sold each year that give customers access to all concerts in the organization’s summer concert series,” said Ali Baranski, the festival’s executive director. “With a limited number of Season Passes available for sale each year, customers will enjoy their very own line for faster access to the venue.”

The Festival at Sandpoint is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual concert series on Lake Pend Oreille and features a variety of genres including rock, jazz, country, folk, indie and more. In 2023, the Summer Music Series begins July 27 and runs through August 6 with concerts at War Memorial Field. Featuring nine performances by world-class acts, the concert series has featured artists such as Johnny Cash, Etta James, ZZ Top, KALEO, Kacey Musgraves, Lindsey Stirling and many more over the past 40 years.

Baranski said the festival at Sandpoint feels like an intimate concert experience with music legends, where concertgoers are allowed to bring their own blankets, chairs, food and drinks.

While the location and great music aren’t changing, Festival at Sandpoint officials said there are important updates to the season pass and venue policies and procedures that people should be aware of. The changes will help the organization implement industry security standards and attempt to protect customers from ticket fraud services.

Under the new policy, season passes will be reusable, transferable ID cards with a single barcode that guests scan each night. Individual tickets are not issued for every concert. Additionally, Baranski said season pass holders cannot upgrade their badge or concerts for early entry.

While hard-sided coolers are not permitted, soft-sided coolers are permitted at the venue. Carts, strollers, scooters, skateboards, and rolling hard-shell coolers are also not permitted. To expedite the security scanning process, Baranski said the festival encourages but does not require see-through bags.

Another security measure being implemented is that there will be no re-entry into the venue once guests have entered and scanned their tickets, she said. If a guest leaves the venue, they will not be granted re-entry for that night.

Information: online, festivalatsandpoint.com; or by calling 208-265-4554

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