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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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.

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Upcoming Events

Various Locations
Oct 6 – Oct 10 all-day
Trailing of the Sheep - 25th Anniversary! @ Various Locations
12:00 am
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 colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders, celebrates the rich cultures of the past and present and entertains and educates children, adults and families about the production of local food and fiber that sustain local economies and generations of hard-working families. Our mission is: To gather, present and preserve the history and culture of the families and individual men and women involved in Idaho sheep ranching and to honor their contributions to the development of Idaho and the West. Trailing of the Sheep has been named in the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World, Top 200 Best U.S. Festivals and the Top 100 Festivals in N. America. In 2013, USA Today named it One of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in America.  It is also the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Cultural Heritage.    
Various Locations
Oct 13 – Oct 17 all-day
Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival - CANCELLED @ Various Locations
12:00 am
Due to these increasing health concerns, the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival will not take place next month. The Festival will be held October 12-16, 2022. Some important details to note about the 2022 event: Total sales are again limited to 1,500 GA passes (day passes are no longer available) Tickets will be available for purchase starting February 1, 2022, for $265 + tax All purchases are fully transferable (gift/sell) to someone else Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival Five days. Forty Bands. One Million Smiles Attendees from all fifty states, every Canadian province, and several foreign countries gather each October to celebrate live performances of America’s music. The Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard and is held mid-October each year in Sun Valley, ID. Become One of the Thousands of Jazz Fans Who Have Been Delighted Since 1990! This experience of telling the story of “American” music is our passion. Amazing isn’t it? We all get to be part of this history while it’s still in the making. The names that ring through eternity—Armstrong, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Beiderbecke, Goodman, Holliday, Basie, Shaw, Miller, ...
Various Locations
Feb 1 – Feb 6 all-day
Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour @ Various Locations
12:00 am
The 49th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour will take place in person in Ketchum, Idaho on Saturday, February 5. Due to the popularity of last year’s virtual event, “Our Boulder, Your Backyard,” participants may opt to ski on a course of their choice between February 1-6. Registration is now open at skireg.com/zions-bank-boulder-mountain-tour. All entrants who sign up before October 31 will be entered into a drawing for season Nordic ski passes courtesy of the good folks at Sun Valley Resort and the Blaine County Recreation District. For the virtual event, participants will ski a 30k or 15k course of their choice in a convenient location. Trails will be suggested at various areas and resorts in regions throughout the United States. Times will be submitted by racers for posting on the BMT Leaderboard. Prizes will be awarded via livestream raffle on Monday, February 7. The BMT Block Party and Awards Bash will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square on Saturday, February 5. Food and beverage trucks, awards, music, and a good time will be on tap. Raffle prizes include skis, boots, poles, clothing, bags, and training aids from our generous sponsors and supporters. You must be present to ...

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...