2020 North Idaho Concert Series

Free to the Public!


Coeur d’Alene City Park Downtown Coeur d’Alene Hayden

Well, 2020 was an interesting and challenging summer of Concert Series in North Idaho. The pandemic delayed the start, by one week, of the Coeur d’Alene City Park Concert Series and, also, the Downtown Coeur d’Alene Concert Series. Several bands opted out of their contracts out of concern of the coronavirus. Make up dates for the concerts were plugged into dates vacated by other events that were canceled due to the coronavirus. Only the Hayden Concert Series was spared any cancellations or changes. After awhile, I quit passing out the schedules to the Coeur d’Alene audiences because they were outdated due to the changes. The sizes of the concert audiences were noticeably smaller as many people stayed away in an abundance of caution. But those who did attend were happy, happy, happy. After months of staying home and watching TV, people were ready for some fun and camaraderie. In the end, 24 concerts were staged, which is the same amount that was scheduled before the cancellations and changes. All in all, 2020 was a very successful season Concert Series. And 2021 will be another great Concert Series season! In fact, as of September 1, I have already received commitments from sponsors for 2021 season. How is that for optimism?!? On a side note, 2021 will be the 30th consecutive season of Concert Series staged and produced by Handshake Productions. Wow – where does the time go? The schedule of concerts for 2021 will begin to be posted in April of 2021, with the concerts to begin in late June or early July. So, God Bless You, take care of yourselves and I will see you in 2021.

Contact The Concert Series Sponsors

Handshake Productions is able to organize these free Concert Series because of the generosity of businesses, civic groups and families that choose to contribute the money needed to stage the concerts. They are your SPONSORS. Please contact the sponsors of this year’s concert series and let them know how much you appreciate their contribution. You can find their addresses and phone numbers by clicking on a concert location above. Once there, you will see the sponsors’ ads and, in many cases, you can click on the sponsors’ ads and you’ll be taken to the their web sites. Once you’re at their web site, you will be able to contact them via e-mail. And since you’re at their web site, browse through and, just maybe, you’ll find that they have a product or service that you need.

How to Become a Sponsor or Contribute to the Concert Series

If you, your business, or your civic group would like to be a sponsor of a concert series, or if you would like to make a contribution to the general fund, please Contact Us or call us at 208.667.3162 for more information and details.

Free Concerts Since 1992

Since 1992, Chris Guggemos from Handshake Productions has organized these free, family friendly concert series. After more than 20 summers, these concert series have become one of the most anticipated community events of the summer. In addition to this season’s concert locations, Handshake Productions has, in the past, also produced concert series in Blanchard, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Spirit Lake, and Deer Park, Washington.

Every summer, Handshake Productions schedules great musical entertainment from the Inland Northwest. Over the years, the concert series have featured Rock ‘n Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Country-Western, Salsa, Bluegrass, Big Band Swing Orchestras, Irish-Celtic, and much, much more – and it’s all absolutely free!

With concerts all over North Idaho, people from many of the surrounding areas have a chance to attend the free concerts.

For information about each Concert Series, just click on a Concert Series photo below.