For the Family - Idaho Festivals and Fun
In search of a unique trip for the kids? Fun for the whole fam, Idaho offers great seasonal activities, festivals and outdoor adventures any time of the year to educate and inspire.
Festivals and Fun
Bear Lake Raspberry Days celebrates the harvest with craft booths, a parade, fireworks, and a rodeo. Don’t forget to try a delicious Bear Lake Raspberry milkshake! Experience Idaho’s most famous product at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot and learn more about the potato than you could ever want to know. The Spud Cellar Gift Shop has almost any potato-oriented gift imaginable, including potato fudge!
A favorite springtime celebration, the Moscow Renaissance Fair, features a variety of foods, crafts, and musical and artistic performances, with vendors in period attire creating a fanciful ambience. In April, Lewiston holds a month-long Annual Dogwood Festival with art exhibitions, classic cars, microbrew and wine tasting, and concerts. Visit the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude’s and take a self guided tour of the chapel. Attend the Raspberry Festival there in August for arts and crafts, a car show, a quilt display, and of course-raspberry shortcake.
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the season at the Teton Valley Summer Festival, a three day event in Teton Valley which features balloon rides, games, a 4th of July parade, rodeo action, bike races, a fiddler’s contest, and a craft and antique fair.
Music resounds in the canyon during June with the Snake River Canyon Jam, when local and visiting musicians perform at Centennial Park on the banks of the Snake River in Twin Falls. Nearby, Hagerman Fossil Days features arts and crafts, food, fun, and music in the city park in May, and you’ll enjoy musical favorites at Blues in the Park in September.
Spend a leisurely summer day at the annual Lavender Festival the first weekend in July at the Valley View Lavender Farm. Guests learn about enticing herbs, pick their own bouquets, and enjoy a lavender-oriented meal including lavender roasted chicken, lavender potato salad, and even lavender ice cream.
Fall for Boise is a two-month celebration of arts, culture, and community, from September through October. Moviegoers may be attracted to The Flicks, Boise’s independent theater, with a restaurant and patio dining. The Idaho International Film Festival screens films from all over the world for four days in March. For all Idaho film festivals, see www.filmidaho.com.
Relive the 1960s and do a good deed at Lavapalooza, a tribute to Woodstock in Lava Hot Springs. Proceeds from the mid-September event benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
For traditional Indian dances, crafts, and an all-Indian rodeo, come to the annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, held in August. The Malad Valley Welsh Festival promises food, music, films, heritage games and crafts, plus workshops on Welsh history and culture.
The world-famous Sun Valley Ice Show-Stars On Ice showcases professional ice skaters every Saturday night during the summer with truly amazing performances.
Developed hot springs are found throughout Southeast Idaho. The largest, Lava Hot Springs, a popular resort town southeast of Pocatello, was a sacred gathering place for the Bannock and Shoshone Indians. Today, it remains a popular spot for people from around the world seeking its soothing waters year-round. The odorless hot spring water is naturally filtered as it moves through four separate pools ranging in temperature from 104° to 110°. Downata Hot Springs, near Downey, offers pools, a water slide, driving range, mini-golf, and volleyball and basketball courts. Riverdale Resort and Maple Grove Hot Springs are both located near Preston, while Bear Lake Hot Springs is located near the shores of Bear Lake Soda Springs began as an oasis along the Oregon Trail. The only captive geyser in the world today, Soda Springs Geyser can be seen on the hour, year round, shooting gallons of sparkling water over 100 feet into the air. The Historic Enders Hotel is a great place to enjoy a meal and view the geyser.