Caldwell Night Rodeo
Tuesday, Aug. 13-Saturday, Aug. 17
Canyon County Fairgrounds, Caldwell
You know you're in the West when "rodeo" can be used as a noun or a verb. Around these parts, few are bigger than the Caldwell Night Rodeo--one of the top rodeos (noun) in the country, drawing more than 40,000 fans to watch five nights of competition. Get ready to rodeo (verb) with bronc busting, bull riding and steer roping, as well as extracurricular activities like big-name concerts.
Western Idaho Fair
Friday, Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 25
Expo Idaho, Garden City
Regardless of what's in vogue at any particular time, an old-fashioned fair never goes out of style. The Western Idaho Fair has grown and evolved, but still managed to stay true to its roots, with livestock shows, 4-H projects, carnival rides, games and what feels like miles of fair food offerings all telling you, emphatically, to forget your diet. The fair is still a highlight of summer in the Treasure Valley, drawing kids and adults to Garden City for some family friendly fun, live concerts and food that comes on a stick.
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
Thursday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 1
Ann Morrison Park, Boise
There are few sights prettier than colorful hot air balloons over the downtown Boise skyline, with the Foothills serving as a backdrop--something the number of fender-benders whenever the balloons take to the sky can attest to. For 22 years, the Spirit of Boise has celebrated that fact with roughly 40 balloons from across the region filling the Boise skies. The public can watch the morning launches from the park or check out the skills competitions, while the lucky ones get to see what Boise looks like from above.
Hyde Park Street Fair
Friday, Sept. 13-Sunday, Sept. 15,
Camel's Back Park, Boise,
Boise's North End has always been a conclave of free-thinking individuals, and it's never more so than during the annual Hyde Park Street Fair. Each year the community gathers in Camel's Back Park for three days of music, food, vendors and assorted cultural fun. The event schedule includes everything from traditional ethnic dancers to jam bands and an array of community groups. The crowds are just as diverse at this family friendly celebration.
Emmett Cherry Festival
Wednesday, June 11-Saturday, June 14, 2014
Emmett City Park
When something is called "cherry," it's a reference to its general awesomeness, so it stands to reason that you probably can't go wrong with a Cherry Festival. Emmett takes great pride in its agricultural heritage and celebrates it accordingly. This is a small-town festival in the best ways: full of family friendly activities including rides, concerts, a parade and watermelon-eating contests. Best of all, activities and admission are free for everyone.
Meridian Dairy Days
Tuesday, June 17-Saturday, June 21, 2014
Dairies once ruled Meridian and while most of them are no more, the town still celebrates its heritage with its annual Dairy Days. Marking its 83rd year, Dairy Days still include cattle and dairy goat shows, but the biggest draws are the Friday night parade through town and the carnival in Storey Park. There are fun runs, pancake feeds and even a concert, and the dairy theme runs throughout. There's even a dairy princess--seriously.
St. Inazio Festival
Friday, July 25-Sunday, July 27, 2014
Basque Block, Boise
Everyone might be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but everyone is a little Basque in Boise and no more so than when there's a party being thrown on the Basque Block in downtown. The biggest party of the year is the annual St. Inazio Festival, when the region's Basque community--and everyone else--comes out to play. From live music to traditional Basque dancing to killer Basque cuisine and plenty of spirits, this is a three-day excuse to let go. Of course, it's just a warm-up for Jaialdi--the blowout that happens every five years and draws crowds all the way from the Basque country. The next one happens in 2015, so start getting ready now.
Eagle Fun Days
When summer really begins to swelter, it's time to celebrate in Eagle, where the highlight of the community's annual festival is getting soaked to the bone by a passing firehose. The event is a favorite among families, who come out for a little fun and assorted merrymaking. The Eagle Fire Department even gets in on the action with a little something for the culinarily bold--the annual Nut Feed serves up heaping piles of Rocky Mountain Oysters.