Explore the state of the arts this summer through the broad diversity of fine art and classical music festivals and events in Idaho and eastern Oregon.
Just a couple of hours in the car will transport you to grassy fields, beautiful mountain scenery and great ways a new local culture. You’ll find fine art, classical music and items for sale from fashion to furniture.
Here are some festivals to get in your GPS:
Ketchum Arts Festival
For nearly 20 years, Blaine County artists have gathered to share their talents and show and sell their work at the annual Ketchum Arts Festival. What started as a local enterprise has expanded to more than 100, including many from the Treasure Valley, in the beautiful Sun Valley Festival Meadow. You’ll also find children’s activities, music stage, food, beer and wine. Several nonprofit groups will also be represented.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 8-July 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Festival Meadow, Sun Valley Road. Free. KetchumArtsFestival. com.
Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair
The 40th Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts and Crafts Festival brings more than 140 artists to the small town of Stanley. You’ll also find food vendors and a stellar musical lineup.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the grass near the junction of Scenic Byways 21 and 75, with a spectacular view of the Sawtooth Mountains. SawtoothMountainMamas.org.
McCall SummerFest 2016
Various venues in McCall
McCall goes classical with the weeklong music SummerFest. Artistic Director and conductor David Itkin is back for a second year to create a concert series that ranges from Tchaikovsky to Broadway with the SummerFest 46-member orchestra. Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in venues throughout the quaint mountain town.
▪ “SummerFest Sampler,” Sunday, July 17, $30.
▪ “Tuesday with Tchaikovsky,” Violin Concerto, Tuesday, July 19, $30.
▪ “An Evening with the Brass Quintet,” includes dinner at Rupert’s at 5 p.m. and a concert at River Ranch, Wednesday, July 20, $79.
▪ “Broadway in McCall,” Thursday, July 21, $30.
▪ Children’s Orchestra Concert, Saturday, July 23, free.
▪ “Greatest Hits,” Saturday, July 23, $30.
▪ “A Summer Cabaret,” Sunday, July 24, $65.
Series tickets for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday concerts: $75 at McCallMusicSociety.org/summerfest.
Sun Valley Summer Symphony
Sun Valley Pavilion
This is world-class classical performance in gorgeous Sun Valley. Music Director Alasdair Neale leads an orchestra that’s comprised of musicians from across the nation. It’s all held in a wonderfully festive atmosphere. These orchestra festival concerts are free (aside from the gala) at the Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. Here are some highlights:
▪ This year’s fundraising gala features Tony- and Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. $75 for lawn seating, $1,000 for sponsor tickets at SVSummerSymphony.org.
▪ Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” with Handspring Puppetry Company, 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1.
▪ Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” with narration by Company of Fools’ John Glenn, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.
▪ Prokofiev’s Concerto No 3 for Piano, with pianist Joyce Yang, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
▪ Dvorak’s Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.
▪ “Blockbuster Film Scores,” with guest conductor Michael Krajewski, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
▪ Ravel’s “Sheherazade” with international opera star Michelle DeYoung, and “Bolero,” Sunday, Aug. 14.
▪ Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.
“Little Big Show”
Baker City, Oregon
This isn’t so much a festival as it is a monthlong happening. The Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City modeled the event after Portland’s “Big 500” event. Artists create works on 8-inch by 8-inch boards that will be sold for $40 each at the center and seven other galleries that are all within walking distance of Crossroads. The artwork will be sold off the wall to benefit charities and causes selected by each venue. The “Little Big Show” runs through the month of August, or until the art is gone. With no previews or pre-sales, it’s like a scavenger hunt.
5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 to Wednesday, Aug. 31. Crossroads-arts.org.
Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival
Artists from across the country and the state will converge on Idaho for the 48th Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival at Atkinson Park in Ketchum. Expect about 130 artists in medias from photography to ceramics to jewelry to paintings. You’ll find food, musical entertainment, artist demonstrations and hands-on projects for kids. The event benefits the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, the state’s largest arts organization, that runs the gamut from visual art exhibits and film to music, theater and interactive community workshops arts education.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum. Free. SunValleyCenter.org/arts-crafts-festival.
Payette Lakes Fine Art & Crafts Fair
Local and regional independent artists will show and sell their handcrafted artwork in the juried 26th annual Payette Lakes Fine Art & Crafts Fair in McCall. You will find everything from log furniture and oil paintings to stained glass and pottery. This is a family friendly community event with food vendors and musical entertainment.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Fairway Park, Fairway Drive and Davis Avenue, McCall. Free. PayetteLakesArtFair.com.
Art in the High Desert
This juried show brings more than 115 artists from 38 states, including Idaho and Oregon, as well as Canada working 15 different art mediums. You’ll find everything from metal work to photography. The organizers’ dedication to seeking out artists you might not find at other Western regional festivals has helped elevate its reputation. The show is now ranked No. 12 in the nation by Art Fair Source Book. This is purely a visual art festival, so you won’t find a music stage, or beer and wine garden. You will find all that stuff in the nearby historic Old Mill District, plus restaurants, bars and more.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday Aug. 26, and Saturday Aug. 27; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, Bend, Ore. Free. ArtInTheHighDesert.com.