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Arts & Culture, Summer

2018 Summer Concert Playlist

Take the confusion out of the 2018 Sun Valley summer concert line-up with our playlist of the musicians coming to town! 

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Arts & Culture

The Independent Spirit of The Community Library

The Community Library in Ketchum, Idaho delivers an incredible experience for such a mountain small town. Dig in to what makes this place so unique.

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Arts & Culture

Ketchum, Idaho’s Modern Art Scene

If you look beyond the iconic depictions of the natural beauty found surrounding Sun Valley, Idaho you’ll find a relatively undiscovered yet robust art scene with especially when it comes to modern and contemporary purveyors. With 12+ galleries located in Ketchum alone, there’s sure to be something for nearly everyone. 

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Arts & Culture

Immerse Yourself: Sun Valley’s Artist-in-Residence Scene

A sunrise over the Sawtooth Mountain range, sunsets on Silver Creek, wild rivers and even wilder horses, are all here in the Sun Valley area to inspire and entice artists to Idaho. It’s a place where artists can truly immerse themselves in a one of a kind place. The local artist in residence programs offer incredible opportunities to experience and explore a place intimately, where they can live and create on sight in an awe inspiring venue. 

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Arts & Culture, Fall

Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival

Born in 1989, the annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival on the third weekend in October delivers five straight days of live music. The event draws between 5,000 and 6,000 jazz connoisseurs from each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. This year’s festivities will run Oct 16-20, 2019 at venues including the Limelight Ballroom and Continental Room at Sun Valley, the Opera House, Satchmo’s, and the River Run Lodge. Forty bands with performances by over 200 musicians will play a variety of music genres from vintage jazz to swing to big band, zydeco, blues, gypsy and more. A festival kickoff party will take place Tuesday the 15that the Limelight Ballroom with a “Roaring ‘20s” theme. Free dance lessons will take place over the weekend at the River Run Lodge including dances like the Lindy Hop and Charleston.  History of the Festival The Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival was started by Tom Hazzard, a southern California boy who grew up listening to musicians like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others of the jazz genre. After attending a jazz festival with his wife in 1988, Hazzard was driving back home to Boise when he came up with the …

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Arts & Culture

Cowboy Up: Sun Valley’s Western Heritage

From a colorful history to a vivacious present, you won’t regret seeking out Sun Valley, Idaho’s western roots.

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Arts & Culture, Fall

A Look Through the Lens: The Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Conservationist, writer and National Geographic Explorerer photographer, Becca Skinner packed her camera bag and ventured from her home in Montana down to Sun Valley, Idaho. Her mission, to experience and capture the truly unique, Trailing of the Sheep Festival

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Arts & Culture, Fall, Spring, Summer

The Streets of Sun Valley: An Unexpected Gallery of Art

Skiing, sunshine, cowboys and art – yes, art. While Sun Valley, Idaho is a well-known playground for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, it also provides a canvas for budding and renown artists to share creative inspiration and showcase their projects. Unique to Sun Valley, these masterpieces aren’t all kept inside or in galleries. From painted power boxes to bronze statues that line Fourth Street, here’s a guide to seeing the passionate projects of local and world-recognized artists – for free. Craters of the Moon Art Commissioned by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in conjunction with the City of Ketchum, two sculptures were created as part of the Craters of the Moon National Park Service Centennial and now live permanently in Sun Valley: Spur and Homage to the Limber Pine John Grade is an internationally renowned sculptor. His creation, Spur, which finds its home along the Wood River Valley bike path, was inspired by the unique geology found in Craters of the Moon. The life-size sculpture is made from Alaskan cedar and was modeled after a digital scan of a lava tube. Visitors can walk through the art piece, simulating the experience of exploring caves within the Craters of the …

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Arts & Culture, Biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Summer

5 Reasons Why Sun Valley Summers Shine

With the mountains in full bloom, a bevy of outdoor pursuits, and a seemingly endless array of festivals and special events, they make it their mission to ensure each weekend is more epic than the last. With plenty of room in the suitcase without the bulky boots and winter gear, get ready for playtime because there is no off-season in Sun Valley’s mountainous backyard.

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Arts & Culture, Summer

Sun Valley: A Place for Flannel-Loving Hipsters

Within a day’s drive of trend-setting Portland, and with the help of nonstop flights into Hailey’s SUN airport, big-town hipster culture has permeated the west. The influence of well-read, big-rimmed glasses-wearing and flannel-loving thirty-something’s has even infiltrated the small resort town of Sun Valley. Here, microbreweries, handcrafted cocktails, great coffee and beard-trimming locations abound, making the trend-adverse hipster, feel at home. Take a walk in a pair of Birkenstocks, and try out Sun Valley, “hipster-style”.