Top 20 Idaho Events and Festivals
View the Top Events USA selection of the main Idaho events and festivals (from January through to December) taking place in Idaho, USA.
Two of the main top 20 Idaho USA events and festivals are the Idaho Winter Carnival at the beginning of the year, a popular event for over 40 years, and the well attended Lewiston Dogwood Festival in April.
See below for a complete list of the main Idaho events and festivals.
Idaho Winter Carnival
late January - early February
Originally created in 1924 and revived in 1965, this annual event and local tradition has been celebrating the winter season for over 40 years. Favorite parts of this, one of the 20 Top Idaho USA events and festivals, are the Mardi Gras Grand Parade and the snow sculpture contest in which artists from all over the West come to McCall to participate in the 22nd Annual Idaho Snow Sculpting Championship. Other highlights include Grand Bingo and Monte Carlo Night, tubing races, a fun run and a “beard & sexy leg” contest.
For more information about the Winter Carnival in McCall visit: http://mccallchamber.org/carnival_events.html
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
For over 40 years the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho has combined the skills of jazz greats and the talents of students from all levels from elementary school to college to create an event celebrating the magic of jazz. From a one-day event, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has grown into a music packed, four-day experience. Visitors and musicians alike 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 at this, one of the main Idaho events.
For more information about the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow visit:
Gene Harris Jazz Festival
Attracting a multitude of fans for over 15 years, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a great educational and entertaining experience for all. The festival includes a wide variety of events including performances by jazz all-stars from around the country offering all forms of jazz music, as well as student competitions and clinics.
For more information about the Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Boise visit:
Lewiston Dogwood Festival
The ever popular Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley is a month long celebration of the arts offering a multitude of events including over 100 booths showcasing the work of hand-crafted artisans, a quilt show, a dog show with more than 180 purebred dogs, a gourmet food court, beer/wine tasting and auction. Sports events include the Seaport River Run and the 3-on-3 Dogwood Dunk Basketball Tournament.
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Idaho Shakespeare Festival
June - September 2013
With performances at the outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the Boise River, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been a popular event since it began well over 30 years ago and is now considered one of the highlights of all American theatre festivals. Presenting five plays, not all of which are Shakespeare productions, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival attracts well over 100,000 visitors each year and is listed as a Major Festival in the book “Shakespeare Festivals Around the World”. Part of the fun of the event is the ideal location for picnics before the performances.
For more information about the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise visit:
National Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival
An event that gives Weiser, Idaho the title of “The Fiddle Capitol of the World”, the National Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival, a competition that has been popular for over 60 years showcases fiddlers from all over the world as they compete in what is proudly referred to as the "superbowl of fiddling".
For more information about the National Old Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival in Weiser visit:
Teton Valley Summer Festival
The highlight of the Teton Valley Summer Festival is the four days of hot air balloon rides and the 30 hot air balloon races. Other features of the Summer Festival include the ever popular parade, all sorts of sports including rodeo, a golf tournament, and bike races, as well as a fiddler's contest and a craft and antique fair.
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Snake River Stampede
Recognized as one of the top 20 rodeos in the USA, the Snake River Stampede has been a popular event for almost a century. It showcases the skills and talents of the world's best cowboys and cowgirls in a huge line up of events including saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, team roping and tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding and the Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.
For more information about the Snake River Stampede in Nampa visit:
Three Island Crossing
Glenns Ferry, Idaho
Every year, on the 2nd weekend in August, horses and riders follow parts of the original Oregon Trail to reenact an historic pioneer wagon train crossing of the Snake River. The reenactment celebrates the bravery of those early pioneers who made the crossing. Today, thousands attends the event each year, enjoying a variety of activities including pioneer arts and crafts, musical entertainment, pancake breakfast, mountain man rendezvous, parade, ice cream social, BBQ and black powder shoot.
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Festival at Sandpoint
Presenting a range of classical symphonic, jazz, blues, folk, world, family and popular music, at affordable prices, the nonprofit Festival at Sandpoint takes place in a casual and relaxed atmosphere at Memorial Field in Sandpoint. A popular attraction since 1983, past artists include Branford Marsalis, Warren Zevon, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.
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Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival
Fort Hall, Idaho
Each year, thousands flock to the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival, an event that has attracted Native American Indians from all over the country for over four decades. 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.
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Caldwell Night Rodeo
Six times in the past seven years the Caldwell Night Rodeo has been nominated for Large Outdoor Rodeos of the year by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Originally organized in 1935, the Caldwell Night Rodeo, featured on national television, is listed among the top 20 professional rodeos in the nation and attracts more than 40,000 enthusiasts over five nights. The best professional cowboys in the world make the Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop on their schedule.
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Art in the Park
Featuring more than 250 artists from all over the western USA, the 3-day, outdoor Art in the Park has been a popular event for more than 58 years. It also features a wide range of activities including a children’s art tent, live entertainment including jazz in the garden, 400 food vendors and the Sculpture Garden Pub.
For more information about Art in the Park in Boise visit:
Idaho Spud Day
Celebrating the wonderful vegetable, the potato, Idaho Spud Day in Shelly, a popular event for more than 83 years, features a range of fun events for the whole family, from a special pancake breakfast that opens the event to the ever popular parade, music, free baked potatoes at noon, a Dutch oven cook-off, World championship potato picking and a spud tug.
For more information about Idaho Spud Day in Shelly visit:
Trailing of the Sheep
early - mid October
Sun Valley, Idaho
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 a 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 3-day event concludes with a parade and a chance to trail with local herders and their sheep through downtown Ketchum.
For more information about the Trailing of the Sheep event in Sun Valley visit:
Coeur d’Alene Resort Tree in Idaho
Coeur d’Alene , Idaho
Coeur d’Alene Resort grand-fir tree in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is lit each year in the popular Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Main parts of the ceremonies include a street parade, live music and fireworks!
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.