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Summer Calendar 2008


Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival – June 6-8:
The second annual Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival invites renowned chefs to demonstrate their talents. The Food Networks’ Iron Chef Cat Cora, John Tesar and chefs from the festival’s partnership with the Jean-Louis Palladin Foundation including Jimmy Sneed and Anne Callaghan will attend. Demonstrations by local chefs, vintner dinners, the Sun Valley/Ketchum Grand Tasting and the Bartender’s Cup round out the weekend. Details: (800) 634-3347 or (208) 726-3423, ext. 2112 or

Galena and the Trails Summer Benefit and Barbecue – June 14: Celebrate the opening of summer at Galena Lodge, 23 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75 from noon-3 p.m. Tickets
are $15 with no host bar.
Details: 788-2117 or

One H.E.A.R.T. Benefit – June 21: The One H.E.A.R.T. (Health, Education and Research in Tibet) benefit, Anne Reed Gallery, 391 First Avenue N., Ketchum, 6-8 p.m.
Details: (801) 596-3317 or

Rocky Mountain Dirt Series Women’s MTB Cycling Camp – June 21-22: Sturtos Bike Shop hosts the Rocky Mountain Dirt Series MTB Camp. Open to 40 women looking to improve skills and confidence on all types of trails. Details:

Advocates Gala – June 27: The 11th annual Advocates Gala, "It’s the Roaring Twenties!" 5:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley
Inn’s Limelight Room. Premium silent auction with a chance to win a car, followed by a sit-down dinner, live auction and dancing
to the High Street Band. Details: 788-4191

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Hailey Concert – June 27: Chris Thile and Punch Brothers at 7 p.m., Hop Porter Park, Hailey.
Details: 726-9491 or visit

Hailey Public Library Garden Tour–
June 28: The Friends of the Hailey Public Library Garden Tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., features the gardens of Deerfield and Quigley Road in Hailey. (See page 12.) Tickets: $15. Details: 788-3215

Fly Fishing Film Festival – June 26: Silver Creek Outfitters presents the third annual Fly Fishing Film Festival benefiting the local Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited. 7 p.m. at Ketchum’s nexStage Theatre.
Tickets: $15. Details: 726-5282


Old West Rodeo – July 2-4: It’s an old-fashioned rodeo at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds starting at 7:30 p.m. each night. Wednesday, July 2, is Family Night and kids are free with a paying adult. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children ages 2-12 and $15 for reserved seating. Tickets available at Atkinsons’ Markets in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue. Details: 309-4235

4th on Fourth: Celebrate July 4th in Ketchum’s Town Plaza on Fourth Street and East Avenue. A children’s old-fashioned carnival runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Live music begins at 5 p.m. with Muzzy Braun opening for Reckless Kelly. Also a 4th of July Bike Criterium. Details: 725-2105 or visit

Hailey Days of the Old West – July 4: Hailey Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hailey parade at noon on Main Street, followed by the Button BBQ in Hop Porter Park with live music. Fireworks begin at dusk from behind Wood River High School. Details: 788-3484 or e-mail

Sun Valley Opera – July 3-6: The Sun Valley Opera hosts "Idol Extravaganza" at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6, at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets visit, Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum or call 726-0991

Company of Fools Summer Festival–
July 1-Aug 2: Company of Fools presents three shows in a rotating repertory with showtimes at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Violet by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori plays July 1-July 22; followed by Collected Stories by Donald Marguiles July 5-July 26; and Noises Off by Michael Frayn July 22-Aug 2. Tickets: $15-$25, available at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
Details: 578-9122 or

Cowboy Ball – July 10: The Annual Cowboy Ball benefits the Sagebrush Equine Training Center and the therapeutic riding program. Hailey’s Sagebrush arena.
Details: 578-9111

Ketchum Arts Festival –
July 12-13: The 9th annual Ketchum Arts Festival takes place in Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details: 309-1960 or

Sawtooth Botanical Garden Tour – July 12: The 13th annual Sawtooth Botanical Garden tour. (See page 12.) The self-guided tour of private gardens includes lunch. Details: 726-9358.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Concert - July 17: Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi play River Run Lodge at 7 p.m. Tickets: $40 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Details: 729-9491 or

Dog Days of Summer Animal Shelter Benefit – July 18: The annual animal shelter benefit, Trail Creek Pavilion, 6 p.m. Details: 788-4351

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Art Festival – July 19-20: Stanley’s annual art festival held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Details: (208) 774-3411

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction – July 24-26: The Center’s largest annual fundraiser supports educational arts programming and community outreach. Thursday: vintner dinners; Friday: wine auction gala at River Run Lodge; Saturday wine auction tasting at River Run Lodge, 12:30-3 p.m., and wine auction Picnic at Bigwood at Thunder Spring, 6-9 p.m. Details: 726-9491 or visit

Sawtooth Music Festival –
July 26: The 3rd annual festival at Pioneer Park in Stanley, noon until dark, benefits the Stanley School. Camping permitted. Details:


Northern Rockies Folk Festival – Aug 1-2: The festival’s 31st year. Friday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday: noon-11 p.m. at Hailey’s Hop Porter Park. Details: 788-0183 or 788-3947

Tour of Homes – Aug 2: The Community Library’s 29th annual Tour of Homes, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features homes in Golden Eagle. Proceeds fund services and cultural programs. Opening party: July 31. Details: 726-3493 or

Fish Tales – Aug 6: Share your stories about the Big Wood River with Wood River Land Trust at a storytelling event on the banks of the river at Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey. Details: 788-3947 or

The Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival – Aug. 8-10: In its 40th year, the festival takes place in Ketchum’s Atkinson Park. Saturday concert at 6 p.m. Details: 726-9491 or

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony – Aug. 3-18: The opening season for the new Sun Valley Symphony Pavilion. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public Aug. 3 - Aug. 18. Paid tickets required for Saturday, Aug. 9 Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra benefit. Premier seats for this special event are $500, general seats are $250. Details: 622-5607 or

Ride the Rails – Aug. 10: Celebrate the Wood River Trails with a Wood River Rideshare/Smart Moves Community Challenge party after the ride. Details: 788-9142

Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival–
Aug. 21-31: Includes the Renaissance Faire and evening productions of Much Ado About Nothing at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road. Details: 726-9124

The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference – Aug. 22-25: Featuring authors Carl Hiaasen, Amy Bloom, George Packer, Maira Kalman, Martha Raddatz and others.
Details: 726-5454 or

The Sawtooth Salmon Festival–
Aug 23 & 24: Idaho Rivers United ninth Annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival with field trips to spawning beds, salmon education, music, storytelling, local arts & crafts, traditional dance by Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and kids activities. Admission free across from the Visitor’s Center off Hwy. 21 in Stanley.
Details: (800) 878-7950

Sun Valley Renaissance Faire –
Aug. 23-24: Experience medieval life from jousting to battle enactments. Also dancing, feasting and games for all ages. Tickets available at nexStage Theatre: $12 adults, $6 students, Free for seniors and kids under 14.
Details: 726-9124

Wagon Days Celebration –
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Rocky mountain heritage rolls into the Wood River Valley after skipping 2007 due to wildfire. Ketchum honors its mining heritage by displaying the Lewis Ore Wagons in the Big Hitch Parade and a weekend filled with events and festivities including the annual Duck Race along the Big Wood at Rotary Park. Details: 305-9899