From its sage-covered deserts to its lush wilderness areas, Idaho is a diverse state filled with many stunning natural attractions. Although the state is most famous for its potato crop, those who look beneath the surface will find an abundance of activities, events, festivals, museums and more. With unique and sometimes eerie landscapes and its tempting urban amenities, Idaho truly has something for everyone.
Each August, Sandpoint hosts the Festival at Sandpoint an 11-day festival featuring live music on several stages in an outdoor setting, featuring every music genre from classical to pop. After enjoying some tunes, stroll down a street dedicated to your favorite festival foods and local fare.
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In the late summer, many Native Americans flock to Fort Hall for the Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival. For more than 40 years, this festival has attracted Native Americans from around the country to enjoy traditional dress, dances, and an all-Indian rodeo. There is an art show, high stakes bingo, and many other fun things to do.
Each year as summer ends and fall begins, visitors flock to Blackfoot for the Eastern Idaho State Fair. If you are looking to see a demolition derby or a junior rodeo, this is the fair to attend. Guests enjoy learning about local agriculture and industry through displays and demonstrations. There is a tractor pull, live entertainment, and fair food.
Each year as fall arrives, Boise hosts Art in the Park. Local and national artists get a chance to show off their creations and offer them for sale. After strolling through the art exhibits, visitors can take in some live music. This is a festival for the whole family with plenty of children's activities available.
In the early fall, Lumberjack Days comes to Orofino. At this event, lumberjacks from around the world come to show off their skills. Guests enjoy axe throwing, burling, and a two-person hand saw competitions. There is a horse pulling contest and a dance in the evening.
Each fall, Ketchum hosts the Trailing of the Sheep Festival to bring awareness of the Wood River Valley region's rich sheep ranching heritage and history. Guests can enjoy some amazing demonstrations of sheering, weaving and sheep herding by stock dogs. After the traditional lamb dinner, visitors can enjoy dancing and music. There is something for the entire family to enjoy at this festival.