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.
- Lakeview Park Nampa, ID 83686 in Nampa, ID
For 2 days each August, Nampa hosts the Nampa Festival of the Arts. Here, guests enjoy more than 150 artisan booths with handcrafted items for sale, displaying everything from sculpture to jewelry. There is a variety of live entertainment and vendors selling food. For the youngest members of the family, there are specials kid's activities.
- Fort Hall, Idaho in Fort hall, ID
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.
At the end of each summer, people come to Boise for the Western Idaho Fair. This is Idaho's official state fair that runs for 10 days. Visitors enjoy a variety of entertainment from livestock displays to craft booth along with a midway and carnival rides. Of course, there is plenty of fair food and drinks available.
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.
To go this week or next week, this is the question. All summer and into the early fall; Boise hosts the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Since 1977, several plays of the famous playwright, Shakespeare have been performed each month in an outdoor setting. Visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy during the performance or select one of the local food vendors for a bite to eat.