Live Performances


Sun Valley may not offer the massive stadiums of large cities, but big-name musicians seem to be drawn to our majestic mountain acoustics nonetheless.

In August of 2008, Sun Valley Resort unveiled the Sun Valley Pavilion, new home to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is the largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America.  Under the leadership of Maestro Alasdair Neale since 1995, the orchestra has grown to more than 100 players and presents free concerts to over 50,000 people annually.  Bring a picnic and sit on the lawn or arrive early for seating inside the Sun Valley Pavilion.  No matter where you sit, you will enjoy the sound of world-class music.

From world-famous headliners to neighborhood jam bands, the hills are alive with the sound of music in Sun Valley. Our event schedule is packed with musical events that everyone will love. In the summer, most days of the week are filled with free outdoor concert offerings, and weekends are full of world-class artists. In the winter, music is still alive indoors and often in the streets.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts provides music-lovers with a wide-ranging slate of musical events as part of the seasonal performing arts series. Indoor and outdoor concerts include world and popular music (the Avett Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Michael Franti, Carole King and James Taylor, Ben Sollee, Jake Shimabakuro).


Experience a wide variety of theater, ranging from mini ballerinas performing the Nutcracker to the Fool's full-fledged stage productions of 'Our Town' and the 'Glass Menagerie'--brought to you by the local talents at the nexStage TheatreSt. Thomas Playhouse and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts/Company of Fools.

Things To Do

  • Caritas Chorale

    Caritas Chorale Services: youth education – adult education – performing arts, music This non-profit organization encourages and promotes musical education and appreciation in the Wood River Valley...

  • Footlight Dance Centre

    Footlight Dance Centre was founded in 1984. A professional conservatory environment for dance instruction in the Wood River Valley. Our mission is to expose children to the best possible dance...

  • Murder Mystery and Mayhem

    nexStage Theatre

    The nexStage Theatre, Sun Valley and Ketchum’s non-profit community theater, situated at 120 South Main Street in downtown Ketchum, is lit up with education programs, cabaret, cutting-edge theater,...

  • Northern Rockies Music Festival

    The Northern Rockies Music Festival began in 1977 as a Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Humanities event. Now independent, the festival has grown into a two-day show jam-packed with talent culled...

  • St. Thomas Playhouse

    St. Thomas Playhouse is celebrating our 12th Season in 2013 and is proud to have become one of the Wood River Valley’s most popular community theater organizations. We are sincerely grateful to our...

  • Sun Valley Artist Series

    SUN VALLEY ARTIST SERIES  is an Idaho nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and encouragement of the art of classical music.  Our mission is to enhance the cultural life of our community by...

  • Sun Valley Ballet School

    Each year, between 120 and 140 enthusiastic dance students will receive dance education and performance opportunities through The Sun Valley Ballet School (SVBS). The students participate in up to...

  • Sun Valley Center for the Arts Museum

    Sun Valley Center for the Arts

    Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is the oldest arts organization in central Idaho's Wood River Valley. The Center has grown from a few people presenting classes and events to an...

  • Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree - Join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration - October 15-19, 2014

    Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

    Join us during the 3rd weekend of October for live jazz, dixieland, swing, zydeco, and blues playing simultaneously on 10 stages throughout the valley. Five days, forty bands, one million smiles!...

  • Sun Valley Opera

    Sun Valley Opera is proud to bring quality opera and other vocal music to the Wood River Valley at affordable prices. Whether presenting two concerts a year or co-presenting the MET HD:Live series...

  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony Orchestra performs in the Sun Valley Pavilion

    Sun Valley Summer Symphony

    The largest privately funded free-admission symphony in America, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony celebrates its 28th season in the glorious Idaho mountains this summer. Founded in 1985 as the Elkhorn...

  • The Sun Valley Writers' Conference

    The mission of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is to invite readers and writers into a realm of intellectual intimacy. In an annual program, anchored by recognized writers of fiction and...

  • Trailing of the Sheep Festival

    The Trailing of the Sheep Festival was started in 1996 in response to the rapid loss of farms and ranches and the rapid growth in the Wood River Valley. The Festival preserves the stories and...

  • Will Caldwell Productions - Ketchum's FREE Concert Series

    Will Caldwell Productions runs and organizes Ketchum’s FREE summer concert series.  The local’s favorite concert series, “Ketch’em Alive,” is returning every Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 pm at the...

  • Wood River Community Orchestra

    Wood River Community Orchestra

    Wood River Community Orchestra was formed in 2006. Musicians from our community perform 4-5 concerts during season- Fall, Winter and Spring and perform at several "informal" concerts during the year...

Dining & Shopping

  • Iconoclast Books & Cafe

    A 4800 square foot beautiful setting to encourage intellectual curiosity. We pride ourselves on being unique and going beyond the bestseller selection. New, used and rare titles, Hemingway and Idaho...


  • Northern Rockies Music Festival

    Date: July 31 to August 1
    Time: (All day)

    A family-friendly, long-running mulit-genre music festival takes place every year in the Wood River Valley. With food and arts vendors, camping, beer and wine sales, raffles and much more. The 38th...

  • Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival

    Date: October 14 to October 18
    Time: (All day)

    Join us in 2015! October 14-18.Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival

  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony

    Date: July 26 to August 19
    Time: (All day)

    With free year-round music education programs complimenting free-admission concerts, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony has claimed a place of world-class status in the North American classical music...

  • Sun Valley Summer Symphony Gala Concert

    Date: August 2
    Time: 6:30pm

    Tickets on sale now for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony 2015 Gala Concert featuring Audra McDonald, Sunday, August 2. Go to to purchase your seats.  


  • Paul Tillotson- Jazz Pianist

    Paul Tillotson says “my mission is to play great improvised music, deeply touching the souls of audiences around the world, spreading the joy that is created while making music that comes from love...