Every summer has a soundtrack -- the music that best accompanies long days spent in the sunshine and warm nights spent under the stars. It is the music that when you hear it weeks or even years later, brings you right back to the moment. For the summer of 2018, these memories will be made at the Sun Valley Pavilion and at River Run with more than 25 live concerts planned between June and September. No matter if your tastes run to classical, retro, or up-and-coming, Sun Valley is the place to be all summer long.
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It seems almost impossible, but Labor Day is right around the corner. But the good news is that this unofficial end of summer (which is rather ‘late’ on the calendar this year – more good news) is one of the best long weekends of hot weather season in Sun Valley and you’ll want to plan now to make sure you don’t miss a minute.
From September 4 -7, there will be live music, Olympic ice skaters, mountain bike races, antique cars, thrills for the kids and one of the best and biggest non-motorized parades anywhere. You can stay busy and entertained all day and all night and ensure the summer ends on a high note.
Labor Day weekend in Sun Valley is full of fun and it all leads up to the big show – the Wagon Days Parade featuring the Big Hitch
Kick off the weekend with one of the most notable country and bluegrass legends around: Ricky Skaggs. This one-of-a-kind entertainer will take the stage at the Pavilion on Friday, September 4, with the Kentucky Thunder, promising a night to remember. Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy Award winning artist is a true pioneer in Bluegrass and country music. He has had 12 No. 1 singles, eleven IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year. It promises to be an amazing show. Tickets are now on sale HERE. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, Sun Valley ice shines when the incomparable Gracie Gold steps out into the spotlight. A huge crowd favorite, Gold took the Bronze at the Sochi Olympics with her signature charisma, grace, artistry and power. Gold is also the 2014 U.S. National Champion. Close out the Sun Valley On Ice summer season with this star-studded show and enjoy the Lodge Terrace Buffet beforehand or grab a seat in the bleachers. Rarely do you have the opportunity to get this close to an athlete of this caliber. Tickets are available now by clicking HERE or visiting the Sun Valley Recreation Office in the Village.
Olympian Gracie Gold will electrify the final Sun Valley On Ice show Saturday night, bringing her beauty and grace to this intimate venue
There will be thrills of a different kind on Saturday and Sunday, as well, when Sun Valley will be home base for both The Kids Adventure Games and Rebecca Rusch’s “Private Idaho” mountain bike event. Both are sure to get the adrenalin pumping.
The Kids Adventure Games bring an exciting and challenging racecourse to Sun Valley featuring cargo nets, rope swings, mud crawls and more. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 undertake the adventure in teams of two. For more information, please click HERE.
If you are an avid mountain biker, join “Queen of Pain” Rebecca Rusch, one of the world’s top endurance athletes for this adventure. The ride offers two routes through the jaw-dropping Pioneer Mountains and it’s all for a good cause – or three good causes. To learn more, or to register, please visit www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com.
Sun Valley’s own Rebecca Rusch brings her favorite sport to her favorite place, hosting the third annual “Private Idaho” mountain bike events
And if beautiful cars are what get your heart pounding, the Sun Valley Silver Car Auction returns to the Resort on September 5 and 6. Stroll around the grounds where vintage classics, classics, American and European sports cars, exotics, luxury and muscle cars are all on display before they are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Of course, the ‘big show’ over Labor Day is Wagon Days -- many festivities culminating in the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade. If you’ve never seen this, you must. The parade route takes carriages, horses, museum-quality wagons and, of course, the mule drawn Big Hitch Ore Wagon down Sun Valley Road and through downtown Ketchum. It’s a glimpse of the area’s rich history come to life. The weekend also includes family-friendly activities including a pancake breakfast, cowboy poets, meandering musicians and arts and crafts fairs. Check back to this blog for more on the big parade.
One of my family’s favorite Labor Day activities is the Sun Valley Silver Car Auction where classic, vintage and exotic cars make for a fun afternoon of ‘window shopping’ – or buying!
Don’t let the last weekend of the summer pass you by. Get out there and enjoy everything Sun Valley has to offer. Hike or bike on Baldy while the lift service is running. Enjoy dinner on the terrace at The Ram and soak in the views. Book and appointment at The Spa at Sun Valley and return to “real life” pampered and relaxed. Make time to enjoy as many Labor Day weekend events as possible. Now is the time to get it all in.
The celebration in on!
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