Hailey, Idaho is a small town (pop. 8,000) in the Central Idaho Rockies that is proud to host a number of big events that attract visitors from around the county and the world.


Hailey, Idaho is celebrating Arbor Day bigger and better than ever! This year’s event on May 9th is the 4th annual ArborFest celebrating “Community, Art, Earth & Trees”. Activities include free tree seedlings, a visit from Smokey Bear, a bouncy forest, local art displays, musical performances and ArborFest MudRun!



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Photo Credit:  Idaho Fiddlers

The best fiddlers and musicians of all ages in the state gather  for this foot-stoppin’, upbeat competition held at the beautiful Performing Arts Theater in Hailey.


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The world-class Hailey Skate Park hosts an important stop of the Wild West Skateboard Contest Series. This national series features Jam format contests, gear and cash prizes, a massive raffle, DJs, music and artists, and lots of high energy. In order to be eligible for the Overall WWSC Series Title, competitors must compete in at least 4 of the 6 competitions.


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Photo credits: Mountain Sports International, Daniel Dunn Photo

Is this crazy or what?  The annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival ignites with the SheepTown Drag Race in Hailey, a comedic battle challenging the brave to race with flaming logs chained behind their bikes. Open to the public, participants gather at twilight outside the Powerhouse Bike Shop and Pub to sign up for a limited number of spots.  Yep, it’s, ‘flame on’.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Hailey Days of the Old West

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Photo credits:  Carol Waller

Hailey, Idaho offers up perhaps the most quintessential hometown 4th of July celebration in the west. Each year Hailey Days of the Old West, July 2-5,  plays host to the exciting Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo, a fun & unique parade on Main Street with colorful entries and plenty of horses, a shoot-out melodrama, a spectacular fireworks display, pancake breakfasts, lots of live music, antique markets and the new Draper Preserve River Festival. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages.  Renowned humorist Dave Barry even profiled Hailey’s 4th of July parade on his national blog in 2012.


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Rodeo is a proud tradition in the West and in Hailey, the Sawtooth Rangers have held an exciting professional rodeo, featuring some of the best riders and stock in the country, over the 4th of July weekend every year since 1947. In 2011 the City of Hailey invested over $3 million to build a new state-of-the-art rodeo arena and grounds at the entrance to the city to play host to the Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo as well as other events throughout the year, including the Idaho 5th District High School Rodeos and Gran Jaripeo (Mexican bull riding) events.

HAILEY ANTIQUE FAIR  (4th of July weekend, Labor Day weekend)

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Photo Credits: Carol Waller

Nothing is more fun than browsing for unique treasures at a well-curated antique show, and the Hailey Antique Fairs have some of the best antique vendors and wares in the region.  You will be sure to find that perfect one-of-a-kind something!


After the City of Hailey’s July 4th parade, continue your Independence Day celebration with a stroll down to the Draper Wood River Preserve for some sun and family fun!

The Draper Preserve River Festival will feature food, music, River activities, face-painting, educational nature programs and more. So, bring your friends and family down to the Preserve right after the parade.


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Photo credits:  Carol Waller

The are few more enjoyable summer activities than hanging outside in a beautiful setting, listening to great music. And when it comes to making music in the mountains, Hailey, Idaho, knows how to do it right. The Northern Rockies Music Festival has been offering up its own unique blend of national, regional and local folk musical acts for over 25 years and has grown into a two-day festival that attracts thousands of loyal fans each year on the first weekend of August. In addition to always notable national headliner acts, The Northern Rockies Music Festival always makes room on the stage for up-and-coming bands with local ties, student musicians, and“tweeners” who are local musicians given 15-minutes during stage set changes.

The concert site in Hailey’s beautiful Hop Porter Park, is tucked against the Big Wood River, at the base of Carbonate Mountain. People walk, ride their bikes, bring a picnic, soak up some sun, dance, listen to music, and maybe even take a dip in the Big Wood River during band breaks. The Northern Rockies Music Festival is exactly what you want a summer concert to be: a place where a healthy, fun loving community of folks can have a great time.

Headliners over the years have included the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Sam Bush, Richie Havens, Rosalie Sorrels and Utah Phillips, Elvin Bishop, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, the Blasters, Mumbo Gumbo, Reckless Kelly, Muzzie Braun, Asleep at the Wheel, Laurie Lewis, Eileen Ivers, the Derailers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rob Quist and the Great Northern, Kelly Willis, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, the Bruce Willis Band, and Mickey and the Motorcars.


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Photo credits: Wood River Studio Tour

The event showcases more than 50 of the best visual artists working in the Wood River Valley via tours of their studios, including many Hailey artists. By showcasing the creative community within the Wood River Valley, the tour aims to inspire visitors to travel to the valley to experience first-hand the quality of locally produced art in this vibrant community, and the beauty of the valley’s natural environment. Art lovers, collectors, and those interested in learning more about art venture out on self-guided tours to see as many Studio Tour artists and their artworks as possible. The free event connects collectors with artists for engaging dialogue and an intimate glimpse into the life of the working artist. A public reception with the artist’s is also part of the weekend’s events.


The Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley hosts its’ annual Car Show at Roberta McKercher Park the first Saturday in August.  There will be car entrants of antique, sport, modified, collectors and one of a kind.

This is a family event fun for all ages.

The event is free and all the car entry fees will go to the Kiwanis Club to support children’s events in the Wood River Valley.


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Photo credits:  Carol Waller

For an authentic, inexpensive cultural heritage travel experience, check out the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, held each mid-October in the Wood River Valley of Idaho. Every year the popular Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas. This annual migration is Idaho living history and a weekend long festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures, and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west. This is not a reenactment, but a real slice of the American west. This unique cultural heritage Festival, rated as one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by, has international appeal, drawing thousands each year.

Highlights include:

*Authentic Sheep Folklife Fair in Hailey featuring Basque, Scottish, Polish and Peruvian dancers & music, sheepdog herding sheep shearing and sheep camp cooking demonstrations, sheep wagon displays, storytelling sessions, sheep and wool product exhibits, classes, and children’s activities.
*Culinary events such as Cooking w/Idaho Lamb classes, For the Love of Lamb Foodie Fest, Lamb Feast & Lamb BBQ
*A Fiber Festival with classes in knitting, spinning & felting, a fleece competition, exhibits and special lectures by fiber experts.
*Special Exhibits on the history and culture of ranching in the West
*Championship Sheepdog Trials – watch 50 of the most talented border collies in the west compete for prizes.
*Trailing of the Sheep Parade – witness a “wall of wool” featuring over 2000+ sheep trailing down Main Street in Ketchum!


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Crosstoberfest happens each October in Hailey and is a festival designed to promote the cyclocross revolution and showcase brewers and hand-crafted beer and microbreweries from the United States and Europe. The focus of Crosstoberfest remains cyclocross racing combined with the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them, topped off with great live music and wacky fun.

The Beer! Up to 30 different breweries from around the world and across the country will showcase their unique libations. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak directly to the companies and brewers responsible for some of their favorite suds, in addition to offering a venue for discovering new flavors.

The Bikes! Cyclocross (sometimes cyclo-cross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or ‘cross’) is a form of bicycle racing. Races typically take place in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is September–January), and consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount and carry the bike while navigating the obstruction, then remount. Course length ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 km (1.5 to 2 miles). Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and one hour, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (and Flanders in particular), France and the Netherlands. It is a perfect match for a handcrafted brew tasting festival!


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Photos: Hank Dart/Turkey Trot

Held on the morning of Thanksgiving each year, this great community event brings out over 650 participants  to run, walk & stroll the beautiful 5K course through the Draper Preserve in Hailey.  The event raises money for non-profit groups including the Souper Supper, and Girls on the Run after school program.  Register in advance to save your spot!


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Nordic enthusiasts won’t want to miss the fun and excitement of the annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival , designed to showcase and celebrate Sun Valley’s well-deserved reputation as “Nordic Town USA”.  This world-class event features over a week of activities, races, clinics and fun events, along with discounts on nordic passes, demos/rentals, lodging and dining.  The event starts with “Ski The Rails”, which ends with a party in Hailey.


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Photo credits:  Sun Valley Film Festival

Hailey is proud to a integral part of the annual Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), with film screenings throughout the weekend at its beautifully restored Liberty Theatre.   The SVFF, recognized by USA Today as one of the “Great Places for a Film Festival,” rolls out the red carpet for filmmakers and movie lovers each March to celebrate the art of filmmaking and provide another great reason to visit Hollywood’s original ski Shangri-La.

The Sun Valley Film Festival began in 2011and  has quickly become a filmmaker’s festival in a place steeped in cinematic history, with a proven knack for drawing industry heavyweights and independent talents to an intimate locale far from the Hollywood scene. The combination of cutting-edge programming and bona-fide insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is making the Sun Valley Film Festival a rising star in the world of

destination festivals. As Hollywood legend and 2013 Festival special guest Jodie Foster put it, “Remember this festival as it is now, ‘cause it’s going to be big.”

For 2015, the Sun Valley Film Festival will be held March 4-8.  It has added a 5th day of programming and will screen more than 60-curated films followed by filmmakers Q&A sessions. Other special programs on tap are the free, standing-room only Coffee Talks with industry insiders like legendary actor Bruce Dern, the Screenwriters Lab led by Academy Award® winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, screenwriters of The Descendants, and the new Film Lab. Great parties, dinners, special events, and sunny spring skiing will surely top off this spirited and inspired festival weekend in Sun Valley.


Hailey Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau:
tel 208-788-3484  |781 S. Main | Hailey, Idaho, 83333


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