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
Feb 1 – Feb 7 all-day
Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour @ Various Locations
12:00 am
Your trail. Your choice. Your Boulder. While many of the hallmarks of the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour remain in place, there are a few key changes this year in response to the Covid pandemic and desire to keep racers and the community-at-large as healthy as possible. The first is the date. Instead of one day, participants can ski any day and any style between Monday, February 1 and Sunday, February 7. The second is the place. BMT organizers are encouraging racers to use their imagination to create and complete self-supported 15 or 30-kilometer races. To this end, many ski areas and organizations have established courses in conjunction with the BMT. Course partners are located throughout the United States. They include Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Utah, Tahoe XC, Calif., Mount Bachelor, Ore., Meissner Nordic Community, Bend, Ore., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont, Washburn Ski Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, Mt., Sun Valley Nordic Center, and the Blaine County Recreation District. “We appreciate everyone rallying to make the Boulder happen. The response has been amazing. We want to emphasize you can ski anywhere. It doesn’t have to be an official course. It is whatever and wherever makes ...
Virtual
Mar 17 – Mar 21 all-day
Sun Valley Film Festival - 10th Anniversary! @ Virtual
12:00 am
The Sun Valley Film Festival will host a streaming on-line event April 14-18, 2021 with original films, exclusive Q&As and virtual events. SVFF supports independent film and the magic of storytelling. It’s mission to celebrate and award filmmakers who are established and emerging has earned the Festival accolades by the film industry, film festival goers, film lovers, and filmmakers. The year-round Sun Valley Film Initiative develops professionals and illuminates the process of filmmaking, propelling emerging voices with grants and education. Since 2012 the Sun Valley Film Festival has invited fans and filmmakers to America’s first ski resort to celebrate the magic of storytelling. In the past, Festival guests include Hollywood legends such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Geena Davis, and Oliver Stone as well as avant-garde writers and filmmakers like Stephen Gaghan and Mark and Jay Duplass. With over 4,000 yearly attendees, SVFF has become known as the Festival for Filmmakers. SVFF looks forward to being back in 2022 with in person events, panels and parties. Until then, join online, this spring, for groudbreaking films and signature spotlight events. The Sun Valley Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. To support and learn more about SVFF opportunities, visit sunvalleyfilmfestival.org   ...
Various Locations
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Sun Valley Wellness Festival & Conference @ Various Locations
12:00 am
SVWFC 2021 will take place on 25 – 28 June. While these 2021 dates are confirmed, health and safety factors in the upcoming months will determine if the physical component is appropriate.  We are optimistic toward both a physical and virtual program and are excited to have the event take place, as we had planned in 2020, in downtown Ketchum at the Argyros Performing Art Center, the Limelight Hotel, and the Forest Service Park. Announcing 2021 Featured Speaker: James Nestor Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020 A Goodreads Award Finalist for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put a new spotlight on respiratory illnesses and the breaths we so often take for granted. In Breath, author and journalist James Nestor lays out his ten-year personal investigation of breathing in a spellbinding, comedic, and riveting fashion.
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  

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