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


Music

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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Featured Venues

The Mint - Hailey

Gathering place that brings vitality while fostering a culture that becomes the go-to destination.

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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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Lectures

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.

Featured Lecture Venues


Upcoming Events

Argyros Performing Arts Center
Feb 27 – Feb 29 all-day
Sun Valley Music Festival Winter Series @ Argyros Performing Arts Center
12:00 am
For community members who live in Sun Valley year-round, and those who flock to the recreational opportunities the area provides in the winter, the Sun Valley Music Festival aims to provide an uncommonly rich concert experience. The Winter Concert Series will feature familiar and unfamiliar musical pieces in a refreshingly new environment, exploiting a wide range of acoustic possibilities and encouraging concertgoers to interact and engage with musicians in fresh ways. By up-ending the traditional structure of an orchestral performance, the concerts aim to reinvent what it means to enjoy music together. Stay tuned for details later in 2019. “Our goal is to create an event unlike any other our concertgoers have attended—a shared experience that breaks down the walls between musicians and audience, and re-defines the ways in which classical music can enhance our lives. It won’t feel familiar in every way… but it will be very Sun Valley.” —Alasdair Neale, Music Director I’m speechless.  On the drive home, I was racking my brain for an adequate adjective for this evening’s performance and I’m at a total loss.  Kudos to everyone for one of the most amazing nights of music in my life. —Patron, Winter Festival 2019
Various Locations
Mar 18 – Mar 22 all-day
Sun Valley Film Festival @ Various Locations
12:00 am
The Sun Valley Film Festival brings together over 4,500 festival goers for five unforgettable days where industry insiders and movie lovers alike gather to celebrate the art of filmmaking in a majestic setting. A combination of cutting-edge content and unprecedented access in Sun Valley’s cinematic setting makes SVFF a “can’t miss” in this year’s lineup of destination festivals. Exclusive Screenings From documentaries to narratives, shorts and episodic work, SVFF provides an insider look into the gems of the independent circuit. See films on the big screen—as they were meant to be experienced—in an intimate, authentic setting with fellow film lovers. Engage in exclusive Q&As with working artists and the breakout storytellers of tomorrow. Panels and Labs SVFF’s panels and labs are a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the industry with names you know and those that you will know. Opportunities include Coffee Talks, the Screenwriters Lab, Salon and more. These are your chance to hear war stories from the best and the brightest in visual storytelling. Parties and Gatherings Main Street comes alive with non-stop celebrations and gatherings throughout the five day event. Festival HQ is an immersive lounge where guests are invited to connect, grab ...
Argyros Performing Arts Center
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day
Sun Valley Forum: An Impact Accelerator @ Argyros Performing Arts Center
12:00 am
The Sun Valley Institute announces the sixth annual Sun Valley Forum’s dates to be June 7-10, 2020. Details to come!  
Various Locations
Jun 26 – Jun 29 all-day
Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference @ Various Locations
12:00 am
​For over two decades the renowned Sun Valley Wellness Festival and Conference has inspired thousands of people to live healthier lives, and features some of the world’s foremost wellness speakers. The four-day conference features top wellness experts with more than 30 presentations and workshops addressing diverse aspects of body, mind, spirit, and environmental wellness. The festival also offers movement classes, a Wellness Experience Hall, music, and more. _______________________________________________________ The Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference (SVWFC), widely recognized as the longest-running wellness festival in the world, announces a move to downtown Ketchum for its 2020 event, taking place June 26-29.  SVWFC will utilize the Argyros Performing Arts Center, the Limelight Hotel, Forest Service Park and Washington Avenue and envisions the use of these adjoining locations as the SVWFC Wellness Path. SVWFC Board President Andria Friesen said, “This exciting move is being made to take advantage of the extraordinary new facilities in Ketchum and to accommodate the space needs of the expanding event. While we immensely enjoyed our past two years at The Community School, change is continuing as our well-received programming and new June event date have created the need for a larger footprint. The Argyros Performing Art Center, the Limelight Hotel, ...

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