Sun Valley Center for the Arts Presents 44th Annual Festival 

Friday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 12

If you picked up the Aug. 1, edition of Boise Weekly (and you better have), you may have noticed that we gave you a whole bunch of reasons to visit the Wood River Valley. Well, guess what—here's another one.

While Idaho isn't short on places to peruse the wares of local artists and creative types in a park setting, few arts and crafts festivals are as big a deal as the annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival. It will kick off its 44th installment Friday, Aug. 10, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 12, at Atkinson Park.

Two hours from the Treasure Valley will land visitors in a world of live music, artist demonstrations, family activities and more than 100 booths boasting fine art and crafts to spend your cash on.

From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., children of all ages can learn techniques used by artists at the festival and create something fun for free.

Teachers and artists will help youngsters create talking cards Friday, creative disguises Saturday and sun hats (probably pretty useful in a valley known for its rays) on Sunday. Children younger than 8 need to be accompanied by an adult, while children ages 8-12 may create solo but cannot leave the area unattended.

All ages can enjoy daily artist demonstrations such as ceramics by Boulder Mountain Clayworks and music from bands such as Boulder Bros., B3 Side with Carl Holmes, Johnny Shoes, Blaze and Kelly and more.

If spending a day cruising art outdoors makes your stomach rumble, fret not--there will be plenty of food vendors on site as well.

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