Each year for the past 20 years, Sun Valley has kicked off summer with a focus on health, wellness, and fun at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Spanning the long Memorial Day weekend, this year from May 26 to 29, it is the perfect start to the season, inviting participants to think deeply and breathe deeply during a wide range of programming. There truly is something for everyone. The Sun Valley Wellness Festival was started in 1997 with the mission of inspiring people to live healthier lives. To that end, they bring to Sun Valley each year the best of the best across a mind boggling...
Take a moment and get out your calendar. Now is the time to save the date(s) for a summer full of Sun Valley fun. From festivals to concerts, art shows to the outdoors, it’s all happening right here. Days are luxuriously long. Mornings require a light sweater for a round of golf. Afternoon evolve into “time to cool off in the pool.” The sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m. Days can be as busy or as relaxing as you wish, but most visitors and locals alike find time every day to get outside, for a hike, bike ride, game of tennis, fly fishing, ice skating. You name it.
Just announced! The one-and-only band Foreigner will rock the Sun Valley Pavilion on August 20. They promise to be “Hot Blooded” on a hot summer’s night!
Many one-of-a-kind activities are what a Sun Valley summer is measured by and draw thousands of enthusiasts from near and far. Though there are too many to name, here are some of the highlights:
Sun Valley Concert Series:
This summer, the hills around Sun Valley will be alive with the sounds of music with numerous different shows staged at the soaring Sun Valley Pavilion. The first kicks off summer in a rocking way on Tuesday, June 28. Collin Raye’s soulful, heartfelt vocals and are sure to get the crowd on its feet. With 24 top ten records, 16 No. 1 hits, and 10 nominations as male vocalist of the year (5 CMA and 5 ACM), he is an electrifying performer. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert will last from approximately 8 – 10 p.m.
Then, as part of the exciting Independence Day weekend (think star-studded ice shows, fireworks and much more), The Midtown Men will storm Sun Valley. Again, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pavilion, this show reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's huge hit, Jersey Boys. The cast brings some of the best-loved music, combined with amazing choreography, to the valley. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award Nominee J. Robert Spencer star in this unique concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 60s. This promises to be an amazing show and you are sure to know every song. We dare you not to sing along!
Events like the annual Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction not only put on one amazing party – they also support important local organizations. Cheers!
This just in! Any Foreigner fans out there? Is anyone not a Foreigner fan? After all, they have had ten multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Cold as Ice.” Get ready to watch one of your all-time favorite groups perform live on Saturday, August 20. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music will play from about 8 – 10 p.m. There is a VIP ticket option available for this concert that includes premium seating and a cocktail party on the Pavilion Terrace prior to the show featuring an appearance from members of the band! This very special night is sponsored by Sun Valley Resort and the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial.
On August 30, at 7 p.m., the incomparable couple Vince Gill and Amy Grant grace the Pavilion Stage. Sinclair Oil and the Sun Valley Resort are extremely proud to welcome this world-class duo. Gill is one of the most popular singers and songwriters in country music. In addition, he is pretty mean on the guitar and when he adds his soaring tenor, the crowd will see what all the fuss is about. Amy Grant was the original fresh-faced teen out of Nashville bringing Christian music to the forefront of American culture. As her career evolved, she created and performed one hit after another, morphing genres and capturing a widespread audience. This evening of great music promises performances from many musical genres including country, folk, gospel, western swing, and pop. It’s a can’t-miss.
The annual Sun Valley Writer’s Conference brings some of the best and brightest to the Resort to discuss important issues of the day and luxuriate in one of life’s greatest pleasures – the written word
On Friday, September 2, the Sun Valley Opera presents Kelli O’Hara and Nathan Gunn at the Pavilion from 6:30 to 9 p.m. O’Hara is the 2015 Tony Award Winner (The King and I) and Nathan Gunn is an opera sensation. Together, they will entertain with ‘Salute Broadway Under the Stars,’ accompanied by the American Festival Orchestra. Craig Jessop conducts. Special event tickets can be purchased from Sun Valley Opera at 208-726-0991 and include dinner with Kelli and Nathan at a private cocktail party September 1. Premier seating at the concert is also included with the VIP package.
And the summer fun will extend into September. It was just announced that crowd favorite, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, with the Social Animals, will appear on Monday, September 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. This will be a raucous and rocking goodbye to an amazing summer season.
Tickets for all Sun Valley concerts are available HERE. For more information, please call 208-622-2135.
Sun Valley Writer’s Conference
Does your perfect vacation include meaningful discourse on the day’s important issues? Great books and great authors? Spending time with like-minded people while immersing yourself in the life of the mind? Then don’t miss the perennially popular Sun Valley Writer’s Conference. This year, the intellectually charged event will take place in and around the Sun Valley Pavilion from July 12 – 15. According to organizers, the mission of the conference is to “invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and nonfiction, readers and writers come together as a community to be educated, enlightened, challenged and inspired.” This year’s speakers and participants include luminaries such as Anne Enright, Ridley Pearson, Peter Bergen, Curtis Sittenfeld, W.S. Merwin and James McBride among many others. Please click HERE for more information single event tickets (based on availability).
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction
What could be better than fine wine, great friends (old and new), fabulous food and a chance to toast the season over one memorable weekend? Not much! The Sun Valley Center Wine Auction, one of the premier charity wine auctions in the nation, returns to Sun Valley July 21 - 23. Tickets are now on sale for this legendary event that offers something for everyone (as long as you are over 21!). Extraordinary wine experiences await over the course of three days that include Vintner dinners hosted in exquisite private homes, the always-popular Vine & Dine picnic, a new Toast and Tasting Package, and the Wine Auction Gala. Wonderful all-inclusive packages are available for the weekend as are tickets to some individual events. Proceeds from all Wine Auction events support The Sun Valley Center for the Arts. The Center provides educational opportunities in the arts, with fine art and music programming, lectures series and arts education in the Blaine County School District. Cheers! Click HERE for tickets & registration.
One of the most anticipated events of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Wine Auction weekend is the Vine & Dine picnic at Dollar Mountain
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Summer Concerts
Another popular venue for music under the stars is the lawn at River Run at Baldy. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host three terrific concerts this summer. First, on Friday, July 29, the incomparable Mavis Staples & the James Hunter Six will rock the crowd. Mavis Staples is known for gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and so much more. She has been called “ living, breathing history.”
On Monday, August 8, the legendary Emmylou Harris will take center stage at River Run and is sure to deliver a knockout performance. This 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient is also a Country Hall of Fame inductee. She has had a remarkable career and is sure to be a crowd favorite. She is joined by special guest Ian Janco.
Then, on Wednesday, August 17, Lake Street Dive & Gregory Alan Isakov will perform at River Run from 7 to 9 p.m. This four-member ensemble was founded in 2004 and now tours nationally and internationally in support of their four studio albums and wildly popular YouTube videos. Critics say it’s like “Motown meets the Brill Building in jazzy, soulful, woulda-been Sixties chart toppers.”
Come early and bring your low back chairs to enjoy a wonderful evening outside. Sun Valley offers food and beverage choices and it’s always a huge party for both locals and visitors. For tickets and more information, please click HERE.
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is one of the true highlights of a Sun Valley summer
Sun Valley Summer Symphony
In August, one of the joys of the summer spreads its picnic blanket across the vast expanse of the Pavilion lawn. When Sun Valley Summer Symphony season rolls into town, the evenings are just a little more lovely, your friends just a bit more interesting, and there is so much to look forward to. From August 1 to the 18th, the strains of some of the best classical and chamber music programs fill the valley. Unpack a gourmet picnic full of treats on the vast lawn outside the Sun Valley Pavilion’s sail. Pour a glass of wine and toast another great Sun Valley day while you settle in for an evening of world-class classical musical played live by some of the country’s best musicians. And what do you pay for this one-of-a-kind experience? Absolutely nothing. Join the thousands of enthusiasts who make an evening at the Sun Valley Symphony the centerpiece of their summer schedules. This year’s Gala headliner is Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth on August 7. For more information and to buy tickets for this special event gala, please click HERE. Be a part of it – every concert is a reason to celebrate!
No trip to Sun Valley is complete without taking in a Saturday night ice show that bring the biggest headliners to center ice on the iconic outdoor rink
Sun Valley On Ice
There is nothing more beautiful than being outside on a star-filled Sun Valley summer’s night and no better place to be on a Saturday night than at Sun Valley On Ice. These storied ice shows have graced Sun Valley’s iconic outdoor rink for decades, drawing the very best professional and up-and-coming figure skating talent summer after summer. This year, Sun Valley welcomes top names including Jason Brown, Polina Edmunds, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Johnny Weir, Ryan Bradley, Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Wow! Sun Valley On Ice debuts July 2 and runs most Saturday nights through Labor Day. No visit to Sun Valley is complete without enjoying this unique show.
Labor Day is officially the end to summer and in Sun Valley, the season ends with one of the biggest celebrations of the year: Wagon Days. During this festive holiday weekend, the Wood River Valley honors its heritage with lots of family-friendly events culminating in the Big Hitch Parade. This non-motorized parade is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest and features museum quality wagons, buggies, and stagecoaches. The Grand Finale to the parade is Ketchum’s own Big Hitch, the Lewis Ore Wagons. These large freight wagons are the best preserved, most original, functioning wagons of their kind in existence. Watch them wend down Sun Valley Road pulled by an authentic 20-mule jerk line. There are also arts and crafts fairs, pancake breakfasts, an antique car show and auction, live music and much more. It is a can’t-miss weekend in Sun Valley.
Picture yourself here – soaking up every moment of the concerts, events, parties, and mountain fun that define a Sun Valley summer
That doesn’t even begin to cover summer’s fabulous meals, farmer’s markets, Gallery Walks, summer camps for kids, free community concerts like Ketch’em Alive and music at Town Square. Don’t forget Ride Sun Valley, the Ketchum Arts Festival and juried Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, July Fourth fun, whitewater adventures ... You could spend every summer of your life here and never get bored. In fact, many people do.
Don’t miss a minute of this magical season in Sun Valley. Daily non-stop flights to Sun Valley are available from San Francisco (United Airlines), Seattle (Alaska Airlines), Los Angeles (Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines – new this year), Salt Lake City (Delta Airlines), and Denver (United Express).
See you this summer in Sun Valley! Rest up now! It’s going to get busy.
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