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This charity concert series runs Wednesdays June 30-Aug. 25 at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. 208-788-0009.

Back Alley Parties

The Tuesday evening free concerts are in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park and run June 29-Aug. 24. A local band opens at 7 p.m. followed by a headliner act at 7:30 p.m.

Ketch’em Alive 2010 Summer Concert Series

The free concerts run Sunday, June 27-Sunday, Aug. 1, in Rotary Park on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. The concerts begin at 6 p.m.

Sunday Evening Jazz In The Park

Every Saturday from June 26-Sept. 4, watch as worldclass ice skaters perform on the ice rink at the Sun Valley Lodge. Tickets $32-$62.

Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows

The four-day festival runs Wednesday, June 23-Sunday, June 27, and celebrates both biking and music in the mountains. Events include music by Pimps of Joytime (above), a cruiser criterium, Sheep Town Fat Tire Rally, Sawtooth Century bike tour, the Idaho Pump Track State Championships and the Dollar Mountain 10K trail run.

Sun Valley Rhythm and Ride: Bike and Music Festival


33nd Annual Northern

On Sunday, Aug. 1, country music star Garth Brooks joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for this year’s annual benefit concert at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Benefit Concert with Garth Brooks


Two nights of music in the mountains, Friday, July 30-Saturday, July 31. $35 weekend pass or $30 single day ticket, ages 12 and younger get in free. $10 per vehicle to camp, Pioneer Park, Stanley.

Sawtooth Music Festival

Take in free classical music performances in the Sun Valley Pavilion and on the lawn outside. The season runs Monday, July 26-Tuesday, Aug. 17. Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with the concerts beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony

Cross-country and marathon race on Saturday, July 24, sponsored by Knobby Tires Series includes double track, single track, creek crossings, flats and climbs, all with scenic mountain views.

Galena Grinder

The 29th annual event runs Thursday, July 22-Saturday, July 24, and includes the auction gala, vintner dinners in private homes, a hosted wine picnic on a golf course and a tasting that includes wines from the more than 120 wineries.

Sun Valley Center Wine Auction

Join Alasdair Neale, music director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, on Tuesday, July 20 for “Scaling Alpine Heights: The 20th Century and Beyond.” FREE. 208-622-5607.

Upbeat with Alasdair

The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Tuesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. $12-$38.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Pavilion

The popular fair in a beautiful setting sells only handcrafted items with food available for sale. Saturday, July 17-Sunday, July 18 in Stanley.

Sawtooth Mountain Mama’s Arts And Crafts Fair

Free events throughout the month of July include art walks, concerts, farmers and artists markets and theater productions.

A Month of Art in Hailey

On Saturday, July 17, stroll through seven private gardens to learn about native and cultivated plants, as well as to see unique garden designs. Tickets are $35 for Sawtooth Botanical Garden members and $45 for nonmembers. sbgarden. org.

15th Annual Garden Tour

More than 25 films produced all over the world are screening in Sun Valley Friday, Sept. 17-Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Liberty Theatre and the Sun Valley Opera House. Many of the filmmakers are on hand to discuss their craft with attendees and conduct panel discussions. $8-$15 individual tickets and special events or $135 festival pass.

Sixth annual Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival

Rushdie, one of the most celebrated and controversial authors of our time, speaks on Friday, Sept. 10. $30-$40. 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

Sir Salman Rushdie Lecture

Bellevue’s Labor Day festivities are highlighted by the parade on Sunday, Sept. 5, with music, food, crafts and antiques in the Bellevue Park afterward. On Monday, Sept. 6, there is music and a celebration with art, vendors and children’s activities.

Bellevue Labor Day Celebration

Ketchum Wagon Days runs Saturday, Sept. 4-Monday, Sept. 6.

2010 Wagon Days Celebration

The exhibit, “Journey Stories,” shows how our evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation helped us grow. The grand opening takes place on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.

Smithsonian Exhibition at the Blaine County Historical Museum


Sun Valley hosts the 2010 U.S. National Paragliding Championships to be held Monday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. 5.

2010 U.S. Paragliding Championships in Sun Valley

The two-day festival Saturday Aug. 28-Sunday, Aug. 29, at Pioneer Park in Stanley includes educational tours, booths and history of salmon, along with food, vendors and entertainment.

Sawtooth Salmon Festival

The annual summer event brings out the outdoor enthusiasts to ride the 20-mile Wood River Trail, a paved bike path that runs along the river and through the streams from Ketchum to Sun Valley on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Events Calendar Labor Day weekend in Ketchum means the return of the granddaddy of all area festivals, the 53rd annual Wagon Days. The three-day event is a celebration of the area’s mining past, but includes more than early miners could ever have imagined. Visitors can check out gallery walks, a classic car auction, an Old Western shoot out, antique fairs and star-studded ice shows. But the highlight is the Big Hitch parade, featuring museum-quality buggies and wagons. Anchoring the parade is the Big Hitch—six 15-foottall Lewis Ore Wagons pulled by a 20-mule jerkline. Crowds line up to see the team make the 90-degree turn at Main Street and Sun Valley Road, a maneuver that requires the muleskinner to move half the mules to one side of the hitch. Of course, watching 24,000 pounds of antique wagons heading back down Saddle

Saturday, Sept. 4-Monday, Sept. 6

Wagon Days

For the last 33 years, Hailey has been a summer destination for folk music fans as the Northern Rockies Folk Festival draws an array of musical headliners. This year’s line-up includes Quailfish, Michael White, Olin and the Moon, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, Joe Paisley, Gypsy River Haunts, No Cheap Horses, Joshua Tree featuring Johnny Shoes, and Leslie and the Badgers. Music lovers can plop themselves on a blanket in Hop Porter Park along the Big Wood River all weekend for just $25. For more information, visit

Friday, Aug. 6-Saturday, Aug. 7

Northern Rockies Folk Festival

The holiday weekend is filled with events from one end of the valley to the other. Both Hailey and Ketchum host antique shows throughout the weekend, but the real draw is the Hailey Days of the Old West celebration. The annual event is as much a celebration of Western small-town culture as the Independence Day holiday. It includes three nights of rodeo, which draws cowboys from across the region. The small town, old-fashioned celebration continues on Sunday, July 4, with a parade down Main Street, followed by a children’s carnival and criterion bike race. The day finishes with the ever-important public fireworks display beginning at dusk. For more information, visit or call 208-788-3484.

Friday, July 2-Sunday, July 4

Fourth of July

Need an excuse for a weekend getaway? The Wood River Valley plays host to a rich series of festivals throughout the summer and fall, offering the perfect reasons to head to the mountains.

Festivals Worth the Trip

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