This weekend marks the 46th annual Festival of Trees at North Idaho College. The green space around Coeur d’Alene’s very own Harvard on the Lake is transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery each year. Local and regional artists set up camp downtown for three days of art, music and food.
Art on the Green started as “Coeur d’Alene Art Festival” on the tennis courts of North Idaho College almost half a century ago, since then it has grown into one of the most highly-acclaimed arts festivals in the region. The early mission to encourage, promote and support the arts in our community has held true and today Art on the Green has evolved into an extravaganza of art and culture enjoyed by more than 50,000 people each summer.
- Over 170 artists
- Poetry wall and youth poetry reading – Sunday at 9:45 a.m.
- Juried show – Under the tent at NIC
- Plenty of live entertainment and youth performances
- Food Vendors
- Art Shop – ends Aug. 1
- Children’s Hands-On Art activities area – free, located by the south stage and juried show
- Clothesline Art Sale booth – a community booth that showcases original works by local artists for sale from $10 to $75
- NIC corner gallery – art created and displayed by students at NIC
I am extra excited about one of the musical acts performing this year, the Senate. This Seattle-based band came to Wazzu a few times while I was there and man, they’re good. They’re an all string rock band who mastered the worlds of cover music and original work. I’m really excited to watch them perform after having been broken up for a few years (welcome back, guys!). They’ll be on the South Stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Check ‘em out on Facebook.
Be sure to check out the full schedule of events on Art on the Green’s website.
Also be sure to walk up to Sherman Avenue for this year’s Street Fair. More vendors, food, music and fun. Art, food and music? No wonder this is my favorite weekend of the summer :)
See you all there!