Sun Valley Local Area Guide: Things to do

Sun Valley Ski Season (Winter) Things To Do

With 80% of sunshine during the Winter, Sun Valley lives up to its name.
From Bald Mountain to Dollar Mountain; "never-evers" to experts; alpine skiing to snowboarding; snowshoeing to tubing, nordic skiing to half pipe; and ice skating to sleigh rides; Sun Valley has something for everyone!

Sun Valley Summer- Outdoor Activities

With 18 hrs of sunlight in the summer you`ll have plenty of time to Hike, Bike, Fly Fish, Golf, Swim, Paddle Boat, Ice Skate, Kayak, play Tennis, go Whitewater Rafting, or Horseback Riding.
In Sun Valley, there is something for everyone!

Sun Valley Holiday Season

Magical and majestic, the Holiday season in Sun Valley is THE most popular time of the year for residents and guests alike.
Stroll in Sun Valley Village, Listen to Carolers, take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh ride to Trail Creek Cabin for dinner, Ski, Skate, or just relax....

Sun Valley Gallery Walks

Each year the Sun Valley Gallery Association hosts nine gallery walks (exhibition openings for all SVGA galleries), which are eagerly anticipated and free to the public.
Locals and visitors alike take in thought-provoking exhibitions of newly installed art, enjoy wine, mingle with friends, and often meet the artists.
What: Gallery Walks
When: Feb 16, 2018, Mar 9, 2018, Jul 6, 2018, Aug 3, 2018, Aug 31, 2018, Nov 22, 2018, Dec 28, 2018
Where: Downtown Ketchum, Idaho
Cost: FREE
Info: Visit

Sun Valley Nordic Festival: Feb 1 - Feb 4, 2018

The annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival will showcase and celebrate Sun Valley’s well-deserved reputation as “Nordic Town USA” featuring the Boulder Mountain Tour on February 3, 2018.
Additional races, clinics, expos, events and discounts on nordic ski passes, and demos/rentals round out this amazing Nordic event.
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The Family of Woman Film Festival: Feb 26 - March 4, 2018

The Family of Woman Film Festival was launched by Friends of UNFPA Board Member, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, in Sun Valley, to bring attention to the work of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The 7th Annual Family of Woman Film Festival will take place in Sun Valley, Idaho Feb 26 - March 4, 2018. Details TBD.
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Sun Valley Film Festival: March 14 - March 18, 2018

The Sun Valley Film Festival, returns with new, cutting-edge Independent Films, Screenwriters Lab.
What: Sun Valley Film Festival
When: March 14 - March 18, 2018
Where: Sun Valley, Idaho
Info: Visit

U.S. Alpine Championships: March 19 - March 26, 2018

Join us March 19 – 26, 2018 for a celebration of mountain culture with ski races, après parties, and concerts at America’s first destination ski resort. Cheer on the nation’s best skiers during the 2018 Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships at Sun Valley on Bald Mountain, dance to live bands at Warm Springs, and experience the bliss of life at elevation.

Wood River Farmers` Market- June 12 - October 16, 2018

Located at East Ave and 4th St in Ketchum, Idaho, the Wood River Farmers` Market offers seasonally available fruits, vegetables, and flowers as well as cheeses, BBQ, honey, meats, pies and a variety of other items.
What: Wood River Farmers` Market
When: Tuesdays; June 12 - October 16, 2018
Time: 2pm (at the sound of the bell) - 6pm
Where: 380 N. East Ave Ketchum, ID 83340
Info: Visit

"Ketch` Em Alive" FREE Music Concert Summer Series

Enjoy a FREE Music Concert in Downtown Ketchum every Tuesday night at the Forest Service Park. Bands range from Reggae to Celtic Rock and everything in between! Family friendly, picnics are encouraged, however Food and drink are available to purchase .
What: Ketch`Em Alive Music Concert Series
When: Tuesdays- TBD Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: 131 East River St Ketchum, ID 83340
Cost: FREE

Ketchum Arts Festival: July 13 - July 15, 2018

Great food, over 100 artist booths, continuous live music, and free Kids’ Activity Tent (10am-4pm daily). Free entry and parking, or walk the few blocks from either Ketchum or Sun Valley.
Located in the Festival Meadow off of Sun Valley Rd.
What: Ketchum Arts Festival
When: July 13 - 15, 2018
Time: 10 am - 6pm July 13 - 14 and 10 am - 4 pm July 15
Where: Festival Meadow off of Sun Valley Rd
Cost: FREE Entry
Info: Visit

37th Annual Sun Valley Wine Auction: July 19 - July 21, 2018

Named by Wine Spectator as one of the Top Ten US Charity Auctions of 2003-2008, Join us for the 37th Annual Sun Valley Center Wine Auction fund raising event in Sun Valley, Idaho. Extraordinary wine experiences await over the course of three days, from Vintner dinners hosted in exquisite private homes, to the popular Grand Tasting and Tapas party to the Wine Auction Gala.

Sun Valley Writers` Conference July 20 - July 23, 2019

Considered by many to be the best literary festival in the U.S., the Sun Valley Writers` Conference (SVWC) is a festival of ideas and literature with some of the most extraordinary writers and thinkers in the world.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony: July 29 - August 23, 2018

Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the largest privately funded FREE-admission symphony in America, kicks off its 32nd season with an In Focus series July 29 - Aug 3, 2018 and Concert Series August 5 - August 23, 2018.

Whether you picnic on the lawn or have seats in the Sun Valley Pavilion, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony is an amazing experience!
All shows are FREE except the Benefit Gala
Info: Visit

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival: August 10 - August 12, 2018

The Arts and Crafts Festival is a three-day outdoor exhibition of 130 artists from around the country featuring a wide range of unique handmade fine arts and crafts. Food tents and free live music from a mix of music styles and musicians create a fun and festive mood.
According to Art Fair Source Book, the Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival is ranked in the top 100 fine art festivals in the nation.
What: Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival
When: August 10 - 12, 2018
Where: Atkinson`s Park- 900 3rd Ave Ketchum, ID 83340
Cost: FREE Entry
Info: Visit

Wagon Days Celebration: Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2018

2018 marks the 61st Wagon Days Celebration in Ketchum, Idaho honoring Sun Valley`s mining heritage.
Wagon Days features the "Big Hitch Parade", the largest non-motorized parade in the West along with a full calendar of events including , Antique Fairs, a Duck race and Kid`s Carnival!
What: Wagon Days Celebration
When: Aug 30 - Sept 3, 2018
Where: Varies by event
Cost: Parade and most other events are FREE
Info: Visit

Trailing of the Sheep Festival: October 10 - October 14, 2018

From Sheep Dog Trials, to the Folklife Fair Lamb Feast, to the Trailing of the Sheep Parade- you will love every minute of this special 4-day festival honoring Idaho`s sheep industry in Ketchum, Idaho.
What: Trailing of the Sheep Festival
When: October 10 - 14, 2018
Where: Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho
Cost: Varies by event
Info: Visit

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree: October 17 - October 21, 2018

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree produces hundreds of live performances on multiple stages in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho over a five day period the 3rd weekend of October.
2017 marks the 28th Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree Festival October 17 - 21, 2018
Enjoy many styles of music including: Traditional and Contemporary Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Zydeco, Blues and more!
What: Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree
When: Oct 17 - Oct 21, 2018
Where: Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho
Cost: Varies.
Info: Call 1-877-478-5277 or

Sun Valley Dining

Hungry? Craving a burger and fries with fry sauce? Or maybe you want to check out restaurants with a regional flair? From formal to casual, the variety and multitude of Sun Valley`s restaurants will not disappoint!

Hot Springs

There are several natural Hot Springs in the area- the majority of which are north of Ketchum, near Stanley. A couple of reminders to ensure your "soak" is respectful of the environment.
NO Soap or Shampoo, Glass, or Littering, OBEY posted Signs, BRING a Swimsuit
Sawtooth National Recreation Area- For more info call (208) 727-5013.
Russian John: 8 miles north of SNRA Headquarters 1,000 yards west off Hwy 75.
Sunbeam: Just west of Sunbeam off of Hwy 75.
Barth: On the Main Salmon River, located up a scrabbly slope, 100 ft above the river.
Ketchum Ranger District
Frenchman`s Bend: 7 miles out Warm Springs Rd located on the west side. Public use from 4am to 10pm, bathing suits required; no alcohol; no glass containers and parking is restricted to a designated parking zone.
Warfield: 11 miles out on Warm Springs Rd.
Commercial Hot Springs- call numbers below for cost and hours
Easley: 12 Miles north of Ketchum - Outdoor Hot Springs filled pool open summer, winter. Call (208) 726-7522 for more details.
Challis Hot Springs & Campground: Hot mineral water and pool. Call (208) 879-4442 for more details.