Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Events
Coeur d'Alene Tribe Pilgrimage & Feast of the Assumption at the Old Coeur d'Alene Mission, August
The Old Mission (built 1848-1853) was a combined effort of the missionaries and over 300 native Catholics. Fr. Ravalli, an Italian born Jesuit, designed the building to resemble the elegant cathedrals of his homeland, using local materials. The building still stands, as a monument to the cooperation of the Coeur d'Alene tribe and their missionaries.
The mission sits on a beautiful knoll, overlooking the Coeur d'Alene River. The mission and parish house are open for tours, there are picnic grounds and walking paths with unobtrusive interpretive speeches, a Visitor's center with a film show, and two historical cemeteries.
Today the mission is part of a very sacred tradition - the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Pilgrimage and Feast of the Assumption. The Tribe's annual pilgrimage to the cemetery and church is followed by Mass and a dinner accompanied by Native American drumming, singing and dancing.
Contact: Coeur d'Alene Visitors Bureau, (877) 782-9232
4th of July Celebration & Porcupine Race, July
A small town 4th of July celebration. Morning begins with breakfast in the park; parade begins around 11:00 am followed by the porcupine races. All the activities are centered around the city park in downtown Council and on the football field between the grade school and high school. A great day of family entertainment. Quilt show at grade school, music, food booths and sawing contests. Spectacular fireworks at dusk by the grade school. Outlaw Dragster Races.
Contact: Council Chamber of Commerce, (208) 253-6830
Eagle Fun Days, June
After a fun-filled golf tournament on Friday, Saturday starts off with a Fun Run and Chamber breakfast. Next, the wettest and wildest parade in Idaho is followed by a water fight. More than 80 food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a professional bicycle race on Sunday and a community religious celebration. Saturday's Fun Run is sponsored by the Eagle Fire Department. Famous for the Rocky Mountain Oyster feed.
Contact: Eagle Chamber of Commerce, (208) 939-4222
Murphy Outpost Days, June - August
Pioneer skills and lost art demonstration, horney toad race and food. Fundraiser for the Owyhee County Historical Museum. They have sheep dogs that round up the sheep, soap making booths, horse hair braiding events, wall branding sessions, pinecone basket weaving, a pie shop, and Indian dancers. The museum is close to Silver City. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm, year round.
Contact: Owyhee County Historical Museum, (208) 495-2319
Bear Lake Raspberry Festival, August
The lush region surrounding Bear Lake is ideal for growing raspberries, and the area's abundant crop is celebrated each summer during a weeklong festival in Idaho and Utah. August brings tourists from all across the U.S. and the world to sample these succulent treats. The festival features arts and crafts fair, rodeo, raspberry recipe cook-offs, the Miss Berry Princess contest, street dances, nightly fireworks, and local entertainment venues. Treat yourself to a famous Bear Lake raspberry shake all summer long!
Lava Hot Springs
Fire and Ice Winter Festival, February
Take a jog down Main Street in nothing but your swim suit & flip flops during the Running of the Bulls and at the end, jump into the warmth of Idaho's World Famous Hot Pools! Or if you prefer join in on the one-quarter mile Polar Bear Float (wet suits allowed). For those not as adventuresome there is Idaho wine tasting, a barista contest, bartender contest, chili tasting contest, formal dinner and casino night. Children can enjoy games and events or test their skills on the pool rock climbing wall.
Contact: Lava Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, (208) 776-5500
Malad Valley Welsh Festival, June
Welsh pioneers were the first to settle in the Malad Valley in the 1860's. Today, Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, with roots going back 900 years. This event was held locally for many years until it was discontinued before World War I. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality. Events include: family history consultations, community breakfast, dutch oven community lunch, pioneer exhibits, a Welsh indoor and outdoor film festival, heritage craft and food booths, Welsh musicians and sing-a longs, and instruction in Welsh folk dancing. Additional activities are horse drawn wagon tours of Malad and heritage games and competitions.
Contact: Malad Chamber of Commerce, (208) 317-1827
The American Dog Derby - Ashton, Idaho Dog Sled Race, February
This historic dog sled race that runs from Ashton, Idaho to Yellowstone Park is an exciting experience for mushers and spectators alike. There are five different races offered and a start/finish line full of activities including a celebrity race, a snowshoe race, and a weight pull in which spectators and their dogs can compete.
Contact: Ashton Chamber of Commerce, (208) 652-3355
Galena Ski Trails
Ride Stride Glide Relay Race, March
The Ride, Stride, Glide relay race celebrates the end of the cross-country ski season at Galena Lodge with a bike, run and ski relay. Team and solo persons often compete in costume.
Contact: Galena Lodge for details, (208) 726-4010
Trailing of the Sheep Festival, October
Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a recipient of the Idaho Governor's Award for Outstanding Tourism. Events include a variety of cultural activities and programs relating to the history of sheep ranching in Idaho and the Wood River Valley, and the Basque and Scottish heritage of the region including a sheep poetry reading and music, sheep folk life fair, story telling, and guided walk to view sheepherder tree carvings. Additional activities include workshops on spinning, weaving, and cooking with lamb. The three day event concludes with a parade and a chance to trail with local herders and their sheep through down town Ketchum.