Locals and visitors alike are welcome to take in thought-provoking exhibitions of newly installed art, enjoy wine, mingle with friends and often meet with featured artists during the ever-popular gallery walks.

Participating galleries:

Broschofsky Gallery, Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Friesen Gallery, Gail Severn Gallery, Gallery DeNovo, Gilman Contemporary, Harvey Art Projects USA, Kneeland Gallery, Wood River Fine Arts and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Click here for a map.

The Sheep are Coming!

The sheep are making their way toward Ketchum for a weekend that's all about them

The sheep are making their way to town for a weekend that's all about them

It is officially October in Sun Valley, and that can mean only one thing: the sheep are coming! The countdown has begun to the 17th Trailing of the Sheep Festival that kicks off October 10. This wild and woolly weekend has been called one of the Top Ten Festivals in the world by MSN Travel, one of the Top 200 U.S. Festivals by Amazing Festivals and one of the Top 100 Festivals in North America by the ABA. Around here, we just call it a beautiful fall weekend that provides a wonderful glimpse into our region’s rich history. And the parade of sheep down Main Street in Ketchum is pretty entertaining, too.

It is believed that John Hailey first brought sheep into the Wood River Valley in the 1860s. They soon became a source of fiber and food for early settlers. As the mining industry became less important in the region’s economy, the role of sheep increased. For decades, the sheep population in the state of Idaho greatly outnumbered the human population!

All eyes are on the region's rich history during this festival

All eyes are on the region's rich history during this festival

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates this heritage in a very colorful, flavorful, hands-on way. The four-day event kicks off on Thursday, October 10, and continues through the Trailing of the Sheep parade that runs down Main Street at noon on Sunday, October 13. In between, events up and down the valley entertain and educate.

One of the Festival highlights (among many) focuses on food. If you are a lover of lamb, you truly don’t want to miss opportunities to taste and savor this delicacy in countless incarnations. All week, even before the official kick-off of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, foodies can enjoy a lamb dine-around in Ketchum. Local chefs are offering all kinds of lamb specials — from a modern take on the traditional herb crusted rack of lamb with red wine and rosemary sauce at B. Restaurant in Ketchum, to lamb sliders with Lava Lake lamb on Big Wood bread buns at the Cellar Pub, to slow roasted lamb tacos at Despos. Many of your local favorite eateries are offering new takes on lamb so be sure to reserve a different table each night of the week.

Lots of tasty lamb treats are available to sample at the Folklife Fair

Lots of tasty lamb treats are available to sample at the Folklife Fair

Sun Valley’s historic Trail Creek Cabin is on the sheep celebration, too. The talented chef Wendy Little is sure to have an innovative take on incorporating lamb into her fall menu. Please call 208.622.2800 for more information.

Other eating (and drinking) opportunities are abundant, as well. Cooking classes featuring lamb and a course in pairing wines with lamb are scheduled for October 10. A barbecue on Irving’s Hill and Main Street Market in Ketchum will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Demonstrations show that not every process need be automated

Demonstrations show that not every process need be automated

My family’s favorite event of the weekend is the Folklife Fair that takes place in Hailey on Saturday, October 12. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park, enjoy the spectacle of Boise Highlanders’ bagpipers, drummer and dancers; Peruvian dancers and musicians; Oinkari Basque Dancers; Polish Highlanders and dozens of exhibitions featuring sheep shearing, wool spinning and sheep herding, as well as countless booths showcasing fiber art, face painting, crafts, and, of course, lots of lamb-inspired food.

The colorful Trailing of the Sheep parade caps off a fabulous weekend on Sunday, Oct. 13

The colorful Trailing of the Sheep parade caps off a fabulous weekend on Sunday, Oct. 13

Then there’s the parade that you have to see to believe. Hundreds of sheep racing and jumping down Main Street preceded by wonderful musicians and dancers is a sight you won’t see anywhere else.

For a full schedule for the weekend, please click HERE.

Sun Valley Resort is offering special incentive to come, stay and enjoy all the weekend has to offer with room rates starting at $159 for single or double room. Mention Trailing of the Sheep Festival when you make your reservation.

Think sheep, think fall and I’ll see you at the Festival!



Come run a 5k before you start your feast.


Art critic Barbara Pollack has written that “China has changed more over the past 20 years than most countries did in the entire 20th century.” In this exhibition both Chinese and Western artists respond to the economic and cultural changes taking place in China today.

Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. FREE!

- hosted by Sun Valley Center for the Arts


Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from four countries, California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio fuse more than 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique 6-by-6-string “phenomensemble.” In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trios fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

$20 member / $30 nonmember /$10 students 18 and under – hosted by Sun Valley Center for the Arts


Sun Valley Center For The Arts

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yuan skillfully sets his worn-down characters against the dazzling lights of China’s teeming capital. San Bao is a young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth, having just lost his job, his apartment and the woman he loves (who’s left him for a richer man). Even Happiness, his dog, has run away from him. Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits.

$10 / $12 nonmember

Through a visual arts exhibition, lectures, book discussions, seminar classes and films, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts offers Stories of a Changing China, an opportunity to explore the political, economic and cultural realities of one of the most dynamic countries in the world.

Note from The Center: This movie is for an adult audience. It is a dark look at those left behind in the new China. It is a difficult, but fascinating view of Beijing today.


Connecting Women Through Film – a benefit for Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley

LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley at nexStage Theater in Ketchum on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

 This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

If you have a product or service that you’d like to donate to the Lunafest Silent Auction and gain sponsorship recognition for, please visit our donation form.


The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is thrilled to announce our new event, the Winter Lift-Off Party! The Winter Lift-Off will take place Friday, December 6, 2013, at two new venues, Sun Valley Company’s Roundhouse and River Run Lodge at the base of Bald Mountain in Ketchum.

In the spirit of renewal inspired by the remodeling of the Greyhawk Training Center, the annual Wild Game Dinner will be revamped into the Winter Lift-Off and infused with the energy and anticipation of the SVSEF’s 47th winter season. We have chosen to retire the much-loved geese, and replace them with a winter-themed celebration featuring snowflakes, skis and don’t-stop-til-you-drop dancing.

Despite a lack of our feathered friends, favorites from the Wild Game Dinner will still be present, including mystery balloons, live music, silent and online auctions and all the friends you want to catch up with. The night will begin with an intimate supper at Roundhouse for the SVSEF’s Champions of the Foundation, and festivities continue with a party at the base the mountain for all who would like to join in the fun.

Through the Winter Lift-Off, the SVSEF hopes to raise one-third of the annual budget necessary to produce the quality on-snow programs the community has come to expect. Through fundraising efforts, the SVSEF provides financial aid for both tuition and travel, academic assistance, training facilities, and racing opportunities.

Stay tuned for more information on the SVSEF’s Winter Lift-Off Party, but please save the date for Friday, December 6!


Every October 29th and 30th, the Howard Preserve is transformed into the Bellevue Haunted Forest. As the site of the old town dump, you just never know what will turn up or out!

Before dark, have a little scare …

After dark … bring your pampers!

Our Mission of the Haunted Forest in Bellevue:

To provide a fun, safe and entertaining environment that ensures a public benefit, while promoting the proper stewardship of the Howard Preserve through “hands-on” leadership and best practices management, as detailed in the management plan designed by the Friends of the Howard Preserve.


The final run of the season utilizing mountain single track around Trail Creek Cabin. The course is made up of Proctor Loop, Aspen loop, and the Bench single track.

Runners will be challenged with moderate climbs and descents, flat sections and awarded with amazing views of the SV area.

There will be an award for best Halloween costume, so come dressed in your Halloween finest!