August 13, 2019

27 Years of Craft Beers at Schweitzer’s Fall Fest

Four days of regional beers, ciders, and free live music

The final long weekend of the summer is almost here and so is the perennial favorite Schweitzer event, Fall Fest. “This is our 27th year of hosting Fall Fest and we know that it’s become a ‘must-do’ for so many people,” says Schweitzer’s Marketing Manager, Dig Chrismer. “Wrapping up summer can be bittersweet, but a weekend sampling over 80 beers and ciders usually helps ease the pain a little.”

Fall Fest kicks off on Friday, August 30 with live music from 4pm – 8pm featuring Far Out West and Santa Poco. “Friday evening really lends itself to our local beer fans,” states Chrismer. “Pre-ordered glassware will be ready for pick up so you can get up here after work and start enjoying samples from the full collection of beers we have on hand for the weekend.”

Fall Fest will continue on Saturday, Aug 31 & Sunday, Sept 1 from 12pm - 7pm and on Monday, September 2, from 11am - 4pm. Free live music will take place on the Musical Chairs stage overlooking Lake Pend Oreille with the ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins available for pre-purchase online and onsite during the weekend as supplies last. “This year’s music line up is really solid with some great acts including Miah Kohal, Nate Botsford Band, World’s Finest, Balance Trick, Josh Farmer Band, Ron Artis ii & The Truth, Trego and Sol Seed,” adds Chrismer. “The music is free to enjoy so even if you aren’t participating in the tastings, you can still enjoy the sounds of Fall Fest.”

Schweitzer’s village activities will be in full swing all weekend long too with scenic chairlift rides, climbing wall, trampoline jumper and other kid friendly attractions open at 11am each day. Other artisan and culinary vendor options will be located around the clock tower with Schweitzer’s Sky House offering dining options on the summit. The Great Escape Quad will be open from 11am-5pm Friday, 11am-6pm on Saturday & Sunday, and 11am-5pm on Monday.

Schweitzer recommends using the SPOT Bus shuttle to get to Fall Fest this year with shuttles being available all four days of the festival. “Friday night, shuttles will run from 3pm-8:30pm, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-8pm, and on Monday, from 10am-5pm,” explains Chrismer. “Shuttles will leave on the half hour from both the village and the Red Barn so you can plan accordingly.”

Labor Day weekend is the last full weekend of summer operations on the mountain with closing day being September 2, 2019. As Chrismer points out, “taking in the amazing views of Lake Pend Oreille as the sun sets on summer is just a wonderful way to wrap up the season.”

For more information about Fall Fest, the full music schedule and all the activities at Schweitzer, visit