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Idaho Events 2013

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June Festivals and Events in Idaho

June 1, 2013  19th Annual Mountain Brewers’ Beer Fest – Idaho Falls, Idaho
Join over 6500 other thirsty beer lovers at the 19th annual Mountain Brewers Beer Fest. There will be hundreds of beers and proceeds benefit local charities!

June 9, 2013  Savor Idaho – Boise, Idaho
In its 5th year, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission will be hosting Savor Idaho, Idaho’s premier wine and food event. The event features a vast array of Idaho wineries and restaurants. This is a unique opportunity to savor the best Idaho has to offer in wine and food.

June 12-15, 2013  Emmett Cherry Festival – Emmett, Idaho
Held since the 1930’s to celebrate the abundance of our valley. Cherry pit spitting contest, pie eating contest, entertainment, food, carnival, parade, orchard tours.
Attendance: 40,000.

June 15-16, 2013 Terra Nativa Vineyards-Blossom Time in the Vineyard  –  Boise, Idaho

Blossom time in the vineyard, sipping hardy red wines, Cabernet, Cab Franc, our amazing blend, Sunset Red & more is a great way to spend your day.

June 22-23, 2013  Terrace Lakes Resort Wine & Art Festival – Garden Valley, Idaho
19th Annual Wine & Art festival located on the green in the mountains of Garden Valley. Full service restaurant, lounge,pro shop & geothermal pool.  Accomodations located throughout the valley and on premise.  75 vendors. Beer, food & wine tasting.  Free parking & free admission.

June 27, 2013  8th Annual Sandpoint Summer Sampler – Sandpoint, Idaho
Come “taste” the flavors of our area at a street party you won’t want to miss! Enjoy the Litehouse sponsored cooking competition where local chefs battle for the “best of” with spices and ingenuity.

June 27-30, 2013  2013 Northwest Ribfest – Meridian, Idaho
For 4 days, Meridian will explode into life with non-stop cooking and family-friendly events. The competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and will feature some of the nation’s top barbeque teams. There will also be live music, hot air balloons, beer and wine gardens and a whole lot more.

June 27-30, 2013 Malad Valley Welsh Festival  –  Malad Valley, Idaho

Welsh pioneers were the first to settle in the Malad Valley in the 1860s. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, with roots going back 900 years. Today, Malad Valley has the largest per capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley wanted to reestablish their Welsh roots. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality.

June 28, 2013 Stock Your Cellar Event  – Boise, Idaho

Spanish wine tasting


July Festivals and Events in Idaho

JULY 4, 2013 – There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.

July 17-19, 2013 Elmore County Fair   –   Glenns Ferry, Idaho

If you are looking for the charm of a small town festival where your kids can pet the animals or get up close and personal to watch a sheep, pig or cow be washed and prepared for the next show, or maybe just see the pride on the face of one of the many children and teens that participate in our annual event when their hard work is rewarded….then this is the fair for you!

July 18-20, 2013   32nd Annual Sun Valley Center Wine Auction  –  Sun Valley, Idaho

For over 30 years the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction has been one of the premier summer events in the resort community of Sun Valley Idaho enjoyed by locals and visitors.

July 20-21, 2013 Mountain Mama’s Arts & Crafts Fair  –  Stanley, Idaho

The 37th annual Arts & Crafts Fair is scheduled to bring over 130 artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest to Stanley, Idaho. The fair provides a rare opportunity to be able to purchase art direct from the artist.

July 30-August 3, 2013 Gem/Boise County Fair  –  Emmett, Idaho

Includes rodeo, horse racing, free entertainment and food


August Festivals and Events in Idaho

August 2-4, 2013  Taste of the Coeur d’Alene – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Coeur d’Alene City Park

August 3, 2013 Blues, Brews, & BBQ’s Festival  –  Salmon, Idaho

The annual Blues, Brews & BBQ’s is an outdoor festival in beautiful Salmon, Idaho that celebrates regional breweries, local barbeque, and Southern blues!

August 4, 2013 Cottonwood Raspberry Festival  –  Cottonwood, Idaho

The day event features fun activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, gourmet hamburgers, raspberry shortcake, jam and products, an Arts & Crafts Fair, live music, a Kids’ Carnival, Quilt Show, hand-crafting demos, a Fun Run & Walk, Chapel tours, Museum visits and more.

August 6-10, 2013 Jerome County Fair  –  Jerome, Idaho

Free food and entertainment including pig wrestling and a parade.

August 9-10, 2013 Northwest Chilifest 2013 –   Meridian, Idaho

Another food and family oriented event featuring an Amateur Chili Cook Off with prize money for Voted People’s Choice. Entertainment from Country Music Star Collin Raye. A variety of vendors both food and non food to choose from. Booth spaces are available.

August 9-11, 2013 45th Annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival  –  Ketchum, Idaho

The Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival takes place on a level, grassy field surrounded by high alpine mountains. The Larry Harris List of the Nation’s Best Art Festivals ranks the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival among the top 20 in the Pacific Northwest and California.

August 16-25, 2013  Western Idaho State Fair – Boise, Idaho

Who’s playing on the grandstand? Check out all the great concerts coming to this year’s Western Idaho Fair. Free with Fair admission! The 2013 carnival is slated to be better than ever! Featuring the all-new Vertigo and the Fair’s first-ever water ride, White Water Flume!  This year’s highlights include Wild About Monkeys, The Blacksmith Show, Mini Monster Trucks, Duck Races, and much, much more!

August 20-24, 2013 Bonner County Fair    –   Sandpoint, Idaho

The program generally includes the following competitive exhibits: dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, dairy goats, swine, poultry, rabbits, nursery/field crops and seeds, fruits and nuts, potatoes, and vegetables.

August 24, 2013 Sawtooth Salmon Festival  –  Stanley, Idaho

The Sawtooth Salmon Festival, co-sponsored by Sawtooth Association/SIHA and Idaho Rivers United will be held at the Stanley Museum.

August 31, 2013 Gold Buckle Championships Idaho International Chili Cook-off    –  Nampa, Idaho

Idaho sanctioned International Chili Society Cook-Off Thousands of dollars in prize money, and the chance for the winner to compete in Palm Springs for $25,000.


August 31-September 2, 2013 A Taste of Idaho Adventures  –  Nampa, Idaho

An event featuring many of Idaho’s exemplary wineries, restaurants, and fabulous adventure sites.

August 31-September 2, 2013 Schweitzer Fall Fest  –  Sandpoint, Idaho

Schweitzer is celebrating the 21st anniversary of Fall Fest with continuing as a three day event. That’s right, three days of great fun, great music and great beer! This year we’ll be serving up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 40 beers on tap! For the kids we’ll have the soda tent where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. We’ll have arts and crafts vendors throughout the village and live music playing all three days.


September Festivals and Events in Idaho

August 31-Sept 7, 2013  Eastern Idaho State Fair – Blackfoot, Idaho
Attracting over 200,000 visitors, the fair offers agricultural exhibits, free entertainment, carnival, parade, rodeos, & delicious fair foods. Attendance: 219,000.

September 19-22, 2013 Sun Valley Harvest Festival  –  Sun Valley, ID

Welcome to the 2013 Sun Valley Harvest Festival. Now in its fourth year, the Sun Valley Harvest Festival has become the signature food and wine event of the region. Focused on quality and how to incorporate it into your kitchen and lifestyle, the weekend offers attendees an opportunity to learn culinary secrets from the country’s top chefs, taste agricultural wonders from Idaho and the Northwest, savor wines, beers and spirits, and learn from nationally recognized food and health experts.

September 21, 2013 Octoberfest – Coeur d’Alene, ID

Festivities include food, micro-brews, home-brews, souvenir glasses & activities for children. Live music for the event.

October Festivals and Events in Idaho

October 10-13, 2013  Trailing of the Sheep Festival – Ketchum & Hailey, Idaho
A cultural heritage festival relating to the history of sheep ranching in Idaho.  Includes – Cooking with Lamb workshop;  For the Love of Lamb;  SheepTales Gathering;  Lamb Feast at the Folklife Fair featuring the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants;  Sheepherding Storytelling Lamb Barbecue;  Fiber workshop; Fiber Fest;  A Sheepherder’s Ball with the Hhot Club of Cowtown;  Folklife Fair featuring demonstrations, music, dancers, displays, activities, artisans and shops;  Parade, featuring 1,500 sheep down Main St., Ketchum, Idaho.


November Festivals and Events in Idaho

November 28, 2013  Thanksgiving Day – Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list.  (4th Thursday in November).
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