Blaine County artists organized the Ketchum Arts Festival as a way to show their work. Now, you’ll find a mix of artists from across the state and region. This year, more than 100 artists will set up in the meadow. You’ll also find children’s activities and day care, music, food, beer, wine and a spectacular mountain view.
Later in the summer, the Arts and Crafts Festival at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’will bring together more than 130 artists, working in a variety of mediums, from Idaho and across the country. You’ll see artist demonstrations, hands-on kids activities and hear a lineup of bands playing a mix of folk, bluegrass and jazz. A percentage of sales benefit the Center.
Aug. 7-9, Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum. Free. Info: SunValleyCenter.org.
Classical music shines in Sun Valley during the Sun Valley Symphony, a free festival of concerts and other musical events. This year’s highlights include a performance by opera star and Tony winner Audra McDonald, Metropolitan Opera Mastersinger Thomas Hampson and Garrick Ohlsson, playing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3.
Aug. 4-19, Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. SVSummerSymphony.org.
Organizers of the 11-year-old Pikes Peak Art and Music Festival have refined its offerings this year by increasing the quality, not the number, of its fine art and music. The festival inhabits America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs, which makes a stunning setting for the work of 100 artists. You’ll find a music stage and plenty of hands-on activities for kids. Also see the city’s public art collection, and the galleries and local eateries along Tejon Street.
Colorado’s Vail International Dance Festival offers access to world-class outdoor adventure, along with performances of world- class ballet and contemporary dance. Dancers perform outdoors with a dramatic mountain background, and at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. This year’s highlights include tap-dance-sensation Savion Glover performing with his jazz quartet The Otherz and a “A Celebration of Balanchine,” his greatest ballets performed by a mix of international dancers.
July 27-Aug. 9, Vail. VVF.org.
Set along the banks of Bend Oregon’s Deschutes River, Art in the High Desert brings together more than 100 artists from the United States and Canada working in a variety of mediums. The organizers seek out artists that you won’t find at other art fairs in the West. If you’d like a little music with your art, check out the scene in the nearby Old Mill District.
Interested in theater? Visit Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the mothership of regional Shakespearean theaters. It produces a mix of plays by The Bard, musical theater and works by classic and new American playwrights. And though it produces theater year-round, the summer is when it gets intense. Choose from 11 plays, including the Victorian mystery “Fingersmith” (featuring Boise’s Sara Bruner), Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes’s newest play “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” and director Bill Rauch’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra.”
The Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City is the summer home for the Utah Symphony and Opera. It offers chamber music, classical and pops concerts in intimate indoor and spectacular outdoor venues. Highlights include Disney’s “Fantasia” on July 17, “Curtis Stigers Celebrates Sinatra” on July 25, Kristin Chenoweth on Aug. 8 and Diana Krall on Aug. 14.