Top Events

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Northern Idaho

Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, Late Nov.-Jan.1

America's largest floating holiday light show extravaganza features over one million lights and 150 holiday displays. Cruise boats offer a close-up view of animated light displays and holiday scenes along Lake Coeur d'Alene. or

Post Falls

Julyamsh Pow Wow, July

Hundreds of Native American drummers, horsemen and dancers come together in harmony and peace to compete during one of the nation's largest outdoor powwows. More than 200 booths feature traditional goods, clothing, jewelry, drums and furs for sale. Storytelling demonstrations, rodeo events and traditional bareback races are part of this annual celebration.


Festival at Sandpoint, Aug.

A series of classical, blues, country, pop, rock-n'-roll and jazz concerts under the stars. Past artists include Branford Marsalis, Warren Zevon, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.

Sandpoint Winter Carnival, Jan.

Enjoy fun in the winter cold in Sandpoint! This festival includes Taste of Sandpoint, Parade of Lights, Beach House Bonfire, Schweitzer Urban Rail Jam, Chili Cook-Off, Fudge-o-Rama, Adult Spelling Bee and more!

St. Maries

Paul Bunyan Days, Sept.

Activities include logging events, pool events, auction, community booths, carnival, parade and fireworks.

North Central Idaho


Dogwood Festival, April

A month long celebration of arts, recreation and family fun, including the Classic Show & Shine, the 3-on-3 Dogwood Dunk Basketball Tournament, Seaport River Run, the Swing into Spring Jazz concert & dance and Art Under the Elms. This festival has something for everyone.

Lewiston Roundup, Sept.

The area's largest and oldest rodeo with three days of PRCA-quality action.


Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Feb.

You'll boogie with the best at this musical extravaganza. More than 50 of the world's greatest jazz artists conduct workshops and participate in concert performances.


Lumberjack Days, Sept.

This international event attracts loggers from all over the world and features competitions that include burling, axe throwing, tree races and two-person hand and power saw races. Also enjoy a horse pulling contest, the Lumberjack Days Dance, the annual ice cream social at the Clearwater Historical Museum and the free logging show.


Salmon River Jet Boat Races, April

BBQ's, a town dance and plenty of action on the water.

Southwestern Idaho


Art in the Park, Sept.

Artists from throughout the Northwest bring original works of art to display and sell at this three-day outdoor event at Julia Davis Park to benefit the museum.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival, April

The annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a tribute to the late Gene Harris who inspired audiences and young musicians throughout his long and distinguished career. Student competitions and clinics are held on the Boise State University campus throughout the festival.

Idaho International Film Festival, Sept.

The Idaho International Film Festival features an exciting, diverse and award-winning selection of films that represent the best new independent cinema from America and abroad. The festival's mission is to promote exploration of fine arts, culture and entertainment in Idaho, while providing vital exposure and recognition for independent filmmakers and their work.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival, June-Sept.

Each June through Sept., Idaho's premier professional theater company stages a full season of the Bard and other classical playwrights. Performances run in repertory Tues. - Sun. and are produced at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's stunning outdoor riverside amphitheater. Picnicking is encouraged and a wide array of food and beverages are available.

Humanitarian Bowl, Dec.

A holiday tradition in Boise, this annual event features the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion vs. an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) representative on the blue turf of Boise State University.

Western Idaho State Fair, Aug.

This western Idaho tradition brings together history, education and entertainment for the whole family. The annual event includes livestock showings, agricultural venues, craft booths, carnival rides, food and drink.


Caldwell Night Rodeo, Aug.

One of the top 20 PRCA rodeos in the nation featuring top professional cowboys performing in an outdoor arena.


Thunder Mountain Days, July

Thunder Mountain Days features a wide variety of activities including a show & shine, a Burnout at the Cascade Airport, dance, kids activities, poker run, parade on July 4th, BBQ and concert.

Glenns Ferry

Three Island Crossing, Aug.

Following parts of the original Oregon Trail, horses and riders re-enact a historic pioneer wagon train crossing of the Snake River. Pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, entertainment, mountain man rendezvous, parade, ice cream social, BBQ and black powder shoot.


Winter Carnival, Jan.-Feb.

This annual celebration is a local tradition. Highlights include Mardi Gras Grand Parade, snow sculpture contest, Grand Bingo and Monte Carlo Night, tubing races, fun run and a beard & sexy leg contest.


Snake River Stampede, July

The Snake River Stampede is one of the top 20 rodeos in the nation and includes the world's best cowboys and cowgirls in action. Bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and the Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.


National Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, June

The most prestigious fiddlers' contest in the country. Musicians jam throughout town during this week-long celebration as fiddlers from around the world compete in the "superbowl of fiddling."

Yellow Pine

Yellow Pine Harmonica Contest, Aug.

A foot-stompin' musical celebration takes place in a small gold mining town that looks and feels like Idaho did 100 years ago. A play-off salutes the importance of the harmonica in the musical history of the old West. Amateur harmonica contest plus music, food and craft vendors.

South Central Idaho


Idaho Regatta, June

A three-day speedboat spectacular on the Snake River featuring 90 of the nation's finest flat-bottom boats. Six classes of 140-mph power boats and four top alcohol drag boats reach speeds of more than 200 mph.


Hagerman Fossil Days, May (Memorial Day Weekend)

A weekend full of old-fashioned, small-town family fun in the Hagerman Valley. The Hagerman City Park offers ongoing musical entertainment and dancing, lots of good food, craft vendors and games for children. Each year, Friday night features live entertainment on stage for the whole family. The parade held at 11:00 a.m. on Sat. is one of the best around.

Twin Falls

Western Days, June

Family-oriented event featuring a carnival, two days of music, arts and crafts show, food booths and a parade. Held at the Twin Falls City Park.

Southeastern Idaho


Eastern Idaho State Fair, Sept. (Labor Day Weekend)

Top name stars, rodeo, bull riding and a demolition derby are just some of the activities at this fair. Tractor pull, free stage entertainment, freestyle motocross tour, petting zoo and "Ain't We Got Fun." Additional activities include the mechanical bull, carnival, fantastic food court, state junior rodeo and a lil' cowpoke rodeo.

Fort Hall

Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival, Aug.

This celebration of Indian culture features traditional Indian dress, dances, parades, all-Indian rodeo, art show, high stakes bingo, fun run, Indian crafts and traditional hand games. Contact: Rosemary DeVinney at 208 237-9791 or Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Box 306, Fort Hall, ID 83203, 208-238-3700, Web:


Butch Cassidy Days, July

Celebrate the area's history of the famous outlaw Butch Cassidy with events on both Fri. and Sat. Friday afternoon features bed races, a log cutting contest, hatchet throw, old fashioned parade and the shootout. Friday evening includes entertainment in the park with a dinner featuring the Fulltime Fiddlers. On Saturday the shootout begins at 12 noon with activities throughout the day, followed by music in the park in the evening and spectacular fireworks show Saturday night.


Dodge National Finals Rodeo, March

This second largest points-qualifying rodeo in the U.S. features cowboys from 12 nationwide circuits. Nearby, Pebble Creek Ski Area hosts the Annual Coors Cowboy Classic Slalom and Barrel Race. Professional cowboys and cowgirls take a wild ride down the mountain on a barrel tethered by two downhill skiers.


Festival of Lights, Nov.-Dec.

This winter festival opens with a parade and includes music and one of the best displays of Christmas lights in Idaho.

Napoleon Dynamite Festival, July

Welcome to the hometown of famous movie legend "Napoleon Dynamite." Many fun events are planned along with performances by the Happy Hands Club. Local cast members sign autographs, including 'Lyle' the farmer who shot the cow.


Idaho Spud Day, Sept.

Idaho Spud Day is an annual country-style gala celebration of the Idaho potato offering fun for visitors of all ages. Events include a parade, music, demolition derby, free baked potato lunch at noon, Dutch oven cook-off, World championship potato picking and Spud Tug. (208) 529-9619

Eastern Idaho


Spudfest, Aug.

Spudfest is celebration of independent family films and music held at a historic drive-in theater in Driggs and at venues in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The festival showcases new and established artists working in the film and music industries. Spudfest is the brainchild of Dawn Wells (Mary Ann, Gilligan's Island) who offers a Film Actors Boot Camp in the Teton Valley each summer. Dawn is founder of the newly-established Idaho Film & Television Institute located in Driggs along with TriPower Studios - the only film sound stage in Idaho, Mont. and Wyo.

Summerfest, July

A festival featuring more than 30 hot air balloons in a race overlooking the majestic Grand Teton Mountains. Four days of balloon rides, games, parades, rodeo action, golf tournament, bike races, a fiddler's contest and a craft and antique fair. Glider rides and balloon flights are available during the festival and year 'round.

Idaho Falls

Snake River Roaring Youth Jam, Aug.

The Snake River Roaring Youth Jam is a three-day arts festival for kids and their families. The festival features major performing arts shows at the Colonial Theater and visual "art tents" where kids can make art on the Snake River Greenbelt, "Teen Scene" with Battle of the Bands and a teen film festival in the downtown pocket park.


Idaho International Dance & Music Festival, July

Hundreds of dancers from around the world share their culture and promote world peace. Free events include opening and closing ceremonies, street dance, parade, fireworks and Youth Culture Day. Tickets required for the BBQ, music fair and indoor performances.

Central Idaho


Challis Mountain Lilac Festival, May-June

This festival celebrates lilacs through a series of events throughout the two months. Events include a Lilac Arts & Crafts Festival, Western comedy plays, cowboy poetry, golf tournament, the Round Valley Horse Show, a Lilac Parade, a photo contest and the Annual 4D Turn & Burn Barrel Race.


Ketchum Wagon Days, Sept.

Since 1958, Ketchum Wagon Days has celebrated the mining heritage of the Wood River Valley with four days of good Old West entertainment including a shootout, BBQs, live music and the Big Hitch Parade - the longest non-motorized parade in the Northwest. Includes antique shows, arts and craft fair, live entertainment, food and a rodeo.


Mackay Rodeo, June

Idaho's wildest rodeo with bull riding, calf and team roping and more. (208) 588-2693


Heritage Days, Sept.

This festival celebrates the assistance Sacajawea gave the Lewis and Clark Expedition as it passed through her native home in the Lemhi Valley. The event features the annual Great Salmon Valley Balloonfest with arts and crafts reminiscent of the period, breakfast, cattlemen's barbeque, a concert, talent stage, Lewis & Clark artifact replicas, tribal dancing and an ice cream social. or


Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair, July

This two-day event brings more than 130 artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest to Stanley, Idaho. Only artists displaying their own original, handcrafted items are permitted to participate in the juried event. Includes entertainment and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast.

Sun Valley

Sun Valley Ice Shows, June-Sept.

A star-studded line-up of Olympic medalists and world-class performers skate by the light of the summer moon at the world-famous Sun Valley Resort.

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, Mid-Oct.

Five days of ragtime, jazz and swing -- the music of the teens, 20's, 30's and 40's featuring bands from the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden.

Trailing of the Sheep, Oct.

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a recipient of the Idaho Governor's Award for Outstanding Cultural Heritage Tourism. Events include a variety of cultural activities and programs relating to the history of sheep ranching in Idaho and the Wood River Valley which includes 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, as well as a focus on the Basque and Scottish heritage of the region. The three-day event concludes with a parade and a chance to trail with local herders and their sheep through downtown Ketchum.