There’s plenty to do in and around Southwest Idaho — music events, sports, theater, museums, parks and more. Pull up a blanket for concerts in the park throughout the summer, for instance, or do a little camping while enjoying a country music festival. Don’t miss Mountain Home Historical Museum’s annual Pioneer Breakfast or the Elmore County Fair and Rodeo. Be sure to check out Three Island Crossing State Park for the Oregon Trail event.
Residents of Elmore County will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Elmore County Fair and Rodeo
The Elmore County Fair and Rodeo is the third week in July in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. The fair features junior rodeo, craft and merchandise vendors, 4-H and FFA livestock show and sale, horse show and live entertainment.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
A holiday tradition in Boise, this annual football event in late December features the Western Athletic Conference champion taking on the Atlantic Coast Conference representative on the blue turf of Boise State University.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Each June through September, Idaho’s premier professional theater company stages a full season of the Bard and other classical playwrights. Performances run in repertory Tuesday through Sunday and are produced at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor riverside amphitheater along the Boise River. Picnicking is encouraged, and a wide array of food and beverages are available for purchase.
Mountain Home Country Music Festival
This three-day country music festival in late July features an all-star lineup (past artists have included Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Florida Georgia Line, to name a few) along with RV and tent camping. This fun event takes place about 30 minutes outside Mountain Home in the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains.
National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival
An event that gives Weiser, Idaho the title of “The Fiddle Capital of the World” the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival, a competition during the third week of June that has been popular for more than 60 years, showcases fiddlers from all over the world as they compete in what is proudly referred to as the “Super Bowl” of fiddling.
Snake River Stampede
Recognized as one of the top 20 rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede in mid-July has been a popular event for almost a century. It showcases the skills and talents of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls in a huge lineup of events including saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, team roping and tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding and the Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.
Western Idaho Fair
The Western Idaho Fair dates back to 1897 when it got started as the Intermountain Fair where the attractions were agricultural events, horse racing and cowboy contests. Now, the 10-day fair in August features carnival rides, concerts, a dog-jumping event and the agricultural events that the fair has always featured.