Arts & Culture

Sun Valley is one of America’s top small towns for art. With more than a dozen galleries, several live theater companies, the lauded Writers' Conference, the Sun Valley Film Festival, free summer symphony concerts in the Sun Valley Pavilion, and one of the West’s premier nonprofit arts organizations, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley packs an enormous cultural punch for its size.

Art Galleries & Museums

Sun Valley, America’s first destination ski resort, is the place where legends and lore collide. But don’t think being rich in history means it’s a wasteland of dust, rust and relics. One glimpse at the thriving art scene, with galleries and exhibitions that can (and do) hold their own against their contemporaries in Manhattan, Berlin, London or Los Angeles, will assure you that Sun Valley’s arts and culture scene is alive and very much of-the-now.

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Performing Arts

Experience a wide variety of theater, ranging from mini ballerinas performing the Nutcracker to full-fledged stage productions of 'Our Town' and the 'Glass Menagerie'.

Sun Valley Performing Art Scene

Movies & Film

Just because you are in the wild Gothic mountains of Idaho don't think that you will miss out on the latest release or the most talked about indie film. With a history of all-time classic movies having been shot here ("How To Marry A Millionaire" starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall, for one), an Idaho film-making revival underway, and a host of stars-in-occasional-residence (Clint Eastwood, Scott Glenn and Arnold Schwarzeneggerall reside in Sun Valley part time), cinema lovers are actually in their element here.

Movie & Film Opportunities in Sun Valley


Tune in to Sun Valley’s acoustic scene for a chance to experience an unforgettable outdoor performance at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Delight in a new discovery or catch a concert with a big name musician all while enjoying the intimacy of Sun Valley’s setting.

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A getaway within a getaway. The area’s newest artistic attraction building on a vibrant cultural his …

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Ketchum’s premier music venue & sports bar.

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Situated in the heart of the Sun Valley Village, the Opera House was built in 1937 and serves as Sun …

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Brain candy and wise words from the likes of Sir Salman Rushdie, David Sedaris, Gloria Steinem, Garrison Keillor, and E.O. Wilson are up for grabs with year-round lectures, readings and the highly rated Sun Valley Writers' Conference.

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Upcoming Events

Various Locations
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference @ Various Locations
12:00 am
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC), widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world, has been on the forefront of the wellness movement for decades and will continue to offer a wide range of innovative wellness programs through its four pillars of focus – Mind, Body, Spirit and Environment – during its 24th annual event, June 25-28 in Ketchum, Idaho.  In addition to featuring over 30 pioneering presentations and workshops from leading wellness experts, SVWFC will offer a new outdoor Experience Park showcasing vendors, music, food, and movement classes, as well as unique guided outdoor wellness adventures such as mindful mountain biking, holistic hiking, forest foraging, mountaintop yoga and meditation, and fireside chats. SVWFC Passes, for both in-person attendance and ‘Virtual SVWFC Experience’ options, are available at Virtual passes are on sale now and IRL (In Real Life) passes, along with full event schedule, will be available in May.  Passholders will have full access to all online session content through July 31, 2021.
Various Locations
Jul 2 – Jul 5 all-day
Hailey Days of the Old West @ Various Locations | Hailey | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
  The best small town 4th celebration in the West!  Hailey, Idaho, offers up perhaps the most quintessential small town 4th of July celebration in the West. In fact, the Los Angeles Times called out Hailey as one of the best places in the US to find “maximum fun for your Fourth of July.” The Hailey Days of the Old West celebration, July 2-5, offers up a fun and unique parade with colorful entries, plenty of horses and a Road Apple Roulette, antique market, pancake breakfast, live music and a spectacular fireworks display.  There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages throughout the Wood River Valley during this holiday celebration. Here is the run-down of what is happening during the Hailey Days of the Old West 4th of July celebration. July 3rd, 2021 Idaho Founders Day Just a block east of McKercher Park, BCRD Arboretum will be the place to celebrate.  The family-friendly event will be put on by the Hailey Tree Committee and will honor the Idaho state tree, the Western White Pine, and the state flower, the Syringa, which can both be found at the Arboretum.  Kid’s activities, like a scavenger hunt and huckleberry (the ...
Festival Meadows
Jul 9 – Jul 11 all-day
Ketchum Arts Festival @ Festival Meadows | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
                  The Festival is held at the Festival Meadow located on Sun Valley Rd and admission to the Festival is FREE! Hours for the Festival are 10 – 6 Fri and Sat and 10 – 4 Sunday Over 100 Arts and Crafts from Idaho Artists Food and beer booths Free kids activity tent The neighboring Catholic Church graciously allowed the use of their parking lot for the event when they do not need it for Church functions. Click here for    Festival Map and List of Artists
Sun Valley Pavilion
Jul 17 – Jul 20 all-day
Sun Valley Writers' Conference @ Sun Valley Pavilion
12:00 am
Renewed. Reimagined. Reconfigured. Preparing for a summer event in these uncertain times is challenging. But we can think of no better gift to writers than to engage them with the country’s finest audience as they – and we – emerge from our cocoons. We’re all hungry for exchange and longing to stretch our imaginations. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to navigate an ever-changing landscape of safety and event protocols.  Rather than our typical four-day format, the Conference will consist of two smaller Conferences of two full days each–July 17-18 & July 19-20. Both conferences will feature presentations by the same group of speakers and will be held exclusively in the Pavilion and in open-air tents. Our priority is to ensure the safety of our presenters, attendees, staff, volunteers, and community as a whole. To meet the social distancing standards that our medical advisors are recommending, capacity in all venues will be limited (see more details about our COVID-19 protocols at ). Pass sales have closed for the 2021 event, however we are excited to be expanding public viewing opportunities for this summer including: MORE FREE LAWN TALKS – All Pavilion talks (7-8 per conference including a special Barry ...

Use this calendar to find out what is happening in and around Sun Valley, Idaho and the entire Wood River Valley, including Ketchum and Hailey, plus...