Ketchum Arts Festival

Ketchum Arts Festival

The 13th annual Ketchum Arts Festival will take place from July 13th -15th, 2012  from 10am to 6 pm every day.  Come enjoy the performances, taste some great food and beer, sign the kids in at the kids’ activity tent, and shop the wares of 125 local artists and craft makers.  Admission and parking are free (so is the kids’ tent).  The Festival is located at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road, close enough to walk from either Ketchum or Sun Valley.  Come for the day or stay and play for the weekend!

For more information visit www.ketchumartsfestival.comKetchum Arts Festival

MASSV Music & Arts Showcase Sun Valley

MASSV Music & Arts Showcase Sun Valley

July 13–14


MASSV Music and Arts Showcase Sun Valley makes its debut this summer during a 2 day festival.

When art, music and the majestic scenery of Sun Valley come together —it becomes MASSV. The latest and most exciting event to happen this summer in Sun Valley will be the inaugural MASSV Music and Arts Showcase this summer, July 13-14. The two-day music and arts festival in downtown Ketchum will take place at the Simplot lot, future home of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, across from the Ketchum Post Office.

This historic event will feature the most cutting-edge music touring acts in the nation today including the eclectic and energizing creative rock, funk, and electronica sounds ofGhostland Observatory, the hot vibes of the acoustic and electronica combination sounds and dance performance of Beats Antique and the mixing mania of the dubstep group theAdventure Club.

MASSV is for everyone, and is also pleased to feature the soulful and profound music of Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears. Their James Brown influence will have everyone on their feet as well as the hip-hop super tunes of Brother Ali. Other acts to fill out the MASSV festival’s line-up will include reggae, rock ‘n’ roll and Americana music featuring Gift of Gab of Blackalicous, Proper Motion, Stylust Beats, Winstrong, Boombox and B-Side Players. MASSV will also present Boise’s Equaleyes and Idaho and Wood River Valley’s acclaimed rocker trio Finn Riggins.

Invoking the spirit Mardi Gras and garnering some inspiration from Bonnaroo, MASSV encourages festival goers of all ages to enjoy the party with costumes and art projects. Expect local “tweener” acts of art and music too. The summer fun and super-charged atmosphere will include jugglers, stilt walkers, break dancers, hula hoppers, African drummers, scratch DJs and many other entertainers all throughout the two-day event. Enjoy an art car parade, a torch lit drum march from Simplot lot to Main Street in Ketchum after the main stage closes each night where a street party will ensue with laser light shows and more to continue the MASSV groove.

Gates will open on Friday, July 13, at 2 p.m. The show will start at 4 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. A Ketchum street party will take place from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Saturday, July 14, gates open at 12 p.m. and the show will take place from 2 to 11:30 p.m. followed by a Ketchum street party from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Early Bird tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 16. A weekend pass is $49.99 and individual day passes are $39.99. These passes are available for a limited time only. An online advanced pass for $59.99 will be available following an early bird sell out. After July 7, the weekend pass will be $69.99 and individual passes will be $45. MASSV will have food, drink and other vendors on-site at the Simplot lot. In addition, parking, camping, lodging and ticket sales information will be available soon.

Students interested in art projects for exhibition at the festival should contact the festival at as well as volunteers and other interested parties who would like to be involved in this debut festival event.

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DIVAS: Mother’s Day Ideas

Top 5 Ways to Spoil Mom in Sun Valley this Mother’s Day

By Laurie Sammis

Mother’s Day is nearly 100 years old. Declared an official national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, Mothers Day began in the United States after Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began a campaign to set aside a day just for mothers. Her mother had died and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered with a day of quiet reflection and family. But mother’s have been celebrated since the time of the ancient greeks, who used to honor Rhea, "Queen of heaven" and "mother of the gods" in the springtime with flowers, sweet honey cakes and fine drinks at dawn.

Perfect. It sounds like the beginning of the Mother’s Day tradition of breakfast in bed.

But if you really want to indulge mom this Mother’s Day, book the special Mother’s Day Package at Sun Valley Resort and give her a weekend to remember. This exceptional weekend package includes Saturday night’s lodging in the Sun Valley Lodge or Inn, Sunday Brunch for two and a one-hour massage. The Sunday Brunch is not to be missed and offers a lavish display of breakfast specialties including omelet and crepe stations, seafood, an array of gourmet salads and a symphony of desserts.

And don’t forget the pre- or post-massage soak in the Sun Valley Lodge heated outdoor pool–with poolside cocktail service and the expansive blue Idaho skies, it is a unique extravagance (and a local tradition)!

Looking for some other things for mom to do while she is enjoying her weekend indulgence in Sun Valley? Here are a few ideas to help make her day.

1) Let her be Sonja Henie for a Day

The beautiful Sun Valley Outdoor Ice Rink is an original Sun Valley Story and the location for the 1941 academy award nominated musical “Sun Valley Serenade” staring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Glenn Miller and Lynn Bari. Let mom don white figure skates and twirl and dip around the outdoor rink to the sounds of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Follow it up with a cocktail on the Lodge terrace or in the historic Duchin Lounge. Or bring the whole family and let mom skate with the kids for her own personalized version of Disney on Ice.

2) Enjoy a Historical Tour and Picnic at Trail Creek

The Ketchum / Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Musuem features information and historical tours of the area, along with amazing exhibits with photos and memorabilia on everything from the early days of skiing in America to author Ernest Hemingway’s years in Idaho. Visit their Hemingway in Sun Valley [] page for more information on where to go to touch a little of the history related to the celebrated author and visit a few local institutions at the same time–the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Cabin, the Casino Club, the Ketchum Korral, etc. Visit the Hemingway Memorial and picnic alongside Trail Creek (grab provisions from the Sun Valley Deli).

3) Bike to Lunch at the Sun Valley Club

The views are spectacular and the wrap-around terraces overlooking the 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course (a great place for kids and new golfers to practice) and the Trail Creek Golf Course are perfect for sipping Bloody Marys outside when the weather is nice. And it is a short bike ride (or walk) from the lodge–with the Ernest Hemingway Memorial is just a short pedal along Trail Creek Road.

4) Indulge Her with some Retail Therapy

Designer fashion, gifts & accessories in the Sun Valley Village shopsDon’t miss the village shopping–with 15 unique shops for every need, from specialty hand-dipped chocolates to jewelry, unique toys, gift items and designer fashions at the Brass Ranch (for the largest collection of European and American ski and sportswear, including Arc’teryx, Bogner, Canada Goose, Eider, JetSet, Kjus, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Rossignol, Toni Sailer and more) or Panache (with big designer names like Nanette Lapore, Brunello Cucinelli, Chan Luu, Elizabeth & James and Diane Von Furstenberg, who makes a personal appearance for their annual fashion show fundraiser every summer).

Looking for the latest cool finds, local shopping deals and steals, check out Sun Valley Magazine’s weekly SWAG blog to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

5) Pamper Her with a Spa Day

Book a bevy of services through the Sun Valley Spa and give mom a day of indulgence. Start with a hike in the morning (there are several within easy walking distance of the lodge) and then give her a head-to-toe makeover with a manicure / pedicure, followed by a facial and a 90-minute Sun Stone "Hot Stone Therapy" massage or herbal body wrap. Heaven!


So spoil mom this year in all the ways she deserves and enjoy everything Sun Valley has to offer.


Ketch’em Alive Free Concerts

Ketch’em Alive Free Concerts


Every Tuesday

June 26 – August 21


The local’s favorite concert series, "Ketch’em Alive," is returning every Tuesday evening from 7 until 9 pm at the Forrest Service Park in downtown Ketchum.   There will be dancing, music, and a funfilled community party.  Picnics are encouraged; food and drink will be sold in the park as well.   Nationally touring bands will play rock, reggae, world beat, Americana, folk, etc.   "Ketch’em Alive" starts June 26th and continues until August 21st.

Sol Fest!

Sol Fest 2012!

March 23, 24 & 25

Blitzen Trapper Headlines Sun Valley Spring Break Weekend

 For Immediate Release (Sun Valley, ID)  The Sun Valley, Idaho region is pleased to announce SolFest 2012, an event embodying the energy of spring with a weekend of snow, sun and rock and roll March 23-25th 2012.  Rockers Blitzen Trapper will headline the weekend events playing a free show March 24th on Main Street in downtown Ketchum, ID.

SolFest 2012 Schedule of Events:

Friday March 23

  • 5:00 pm SolFest kick-off party at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill with musical request specialists Bermuda Cowboys
  • 10:00 pm Southern rockers, Fox Street All Stars, play Whiskey Jacques

Saturday March 24

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Baldy Poker Run, register at Apple’s Bar and Grill
  • 5:00 pm Main Street Party. Blitzen Trapper headlines multi-act, free concert
  • 8:00 pm 511 Rail Jam at 511 Building, downtown Ketchum
  • 10:00 pm Local troubadours, Old Death Whisper, play Whiskey Jacques

Sunday March 25

  • 11:00 am Slide, Glide, Ride Relay at Dollar Mountain, a fun event for families and friends of all ages and sizes.

At a time when the skiing and snowboarding is at its finest, the days are long and warm, and the spring vibe fills the air, SolFest is bringing back the heart and soul of mountain town culture.

With Northwest and Rockies colleges on spring break, Sun Valley Resort is rolling out the red carpet offering college students with a valid student I.D. up to 50% off lift tickets and aggressive lodging specials.  Never has there been a better time for those looking for a memorable spring break to make the trip to Sun Valley.

"There is something special about Sun Valley in the spring and we are serving up SolFest to bring people to town for a great time.  Few things are better than tearing up the ski hill with your friends dressed in some wild outfit with the bars and streets filled with great music and good times," said Visit Sun Valley’s Greg Randolph.

"We are starting a spring tradition and using our creativity and resources to show younger generations just how much fun Sun Valley is.  We are lining up a great event, the skiing is always awesome this time of year, and having talent like the Fox Street All Stars and Blitzen Trapper on board is going to put the party over the top," said Whiskey Jacques booking agent, Thatcher Marstadt.

For more information visit:

Marley In The Mountains

Marley In The Mountains

Ketchum Town Plaza

February 18; 4pm


The Good Times return President’s Weekend for the 4th Annual Marley in the Mtns! Come out and celebrate winter and all the Mt. Niceness! The Greatest Show on Snow!

Abja and the Lions of Kush

Soulmedic backed by Lions Den Sound System and DJ Vision.

Old Death Whisper, Army of Pines, Captain Dano and the Nobodies.

Reggae/hip-hop sensation Obie Won will be MC.
Plus other special guests and surprises!


MITM is proud to partner with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports and its Higher Ground program. SVAS will receive $5 for all pre-sale tickets. Higher Ground would like to welcome all veterans to enjoy a FREE concert ticket.

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival

Fri- Sun, Aug 10-12
Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Atkinson Park, Ketchum
Admission is free

This three-day outdoor exhibition of 130 artists from around the country features a wide range of unique handmade fine arts and crafts including painting, photography fiber, ceramic, metal, jewelry and woodwork.  Ranked as one of the best outdoor juried festivals in the nation, the Festival is a tremendous opportunity for Wood River Valley residents and visitors to meet artists and get a sense of what’s happening in the world of arts and crafts- and maybe even buy some art!  This popular community event includes artist demonstrations, live music and a children’s activity area.

Free Kids Crafts at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival

Aug 10-12, daily 11am-2pm
Atkinson Park, Ketchum

In the activity area children will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by trying some of the techniques used by the artists in the Festival.  It’s all free, it’s all fun, and it’s all for kids!
The kids’ activity area is open from 11am-2pm each day.  All children under the age of 8 are welcome with an adult who is ready, able and willing to help them create art.  Children ages 8-12 can work alone but cannot leave the area unattended.

Wagon Days

Wagon Days

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, Sept 1 – Monday, Sept 3, 2012

Wagon Days features events including a rodeo, car collector’s auction, antique show, community barbeque, a western shootout, live music, and the Pacific Northwest’s longest non-motorized parade.


The Big Hitch Parade has grown into the largest non-motorized parade in the West, displaying more than a hundred museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. The Wagon Days Big Hitch is powered by an authentic sixteen-draft mule jerkline. Adding spice to the parade is a lively assortment of authentically costumed individuals, numerous breeds of horses, including Arabs, Morgans, and Pasos, as well as, professional and scholastic marching bands from around the state and the intermountain west.

Contact City of Ketchum for more information:  208-726-7803

Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Don’t miss the 2012 Sun Valley Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Ski and Heritage Museum (KSVHS)on Wednesday, February 1st at 4:00 pm. The celebration includes live music, drinks, and a brief presentation and speech by each athlete.

This year’s class includes Alpine Committee selections: Dick Durrance, Warren Miller, Janette Burr Johnson, Pete Patterson and Michel Rudigoz. The Nordic Committee has selected Bill & Annie Vanderbilt, N’tala Skinner, Charley French, Hans Muehlegger and Jenny Busdon






EVENTS: A Roundup of New Year’s Events in Ketchum and Sun Valley

A Few Reasons Why New Year’s Eve in Sun Valley is the BEST!

By Katie Matteson

Celebrating Sun Valley style–Happy New Year!

2012 is upon us! And what better place to ring in the New Year and get a fresh start than in Sun Valley! Sure New York knows how to throw a street party, beach parties in Thailand are hard to beat and I heard that the fireworks in Sydney over the Opera House can be pretty spectacular.

But really, there is nothing better than celebrating a fresh start, the New Year and new beginnings here in the mountains of Idaho. And with a fresh blanketing of snow and plenty of options to celebrate in style, I’m pretty sure once that clock strikes midnight, you’ll be glad you’re here.

We have broken down the events by location in Sun Valley and Ketchum, as well as a listing just for kids and families. So read on to check out our roundup of New Year’s options around the Sun Valley area, then grab your loved ones and go celebrate Sun Valley style. We will see you in the New Year!

>> Events in Sun Valley

1. New Year’s Bubbly Bash at River Run Lodge: NOW SOLD OUT

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Junior Patrons Circle Bubbly BashHopefully you got your ticket early because this event, put on by Sun Valley Resort and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Junior Patrons Circle, will be hopping! Eighties cover band, Notorious, will be providing tunes and with a free champagne toast and photo booth, revelers will be partying the night away!

>>Where: River Run Lodge

>>When: New Year’s Eve, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

>>Info: Tickets are now SOLD OUT!




2. Joe Fos Trio at the Sun Valley Duchin Room

Ring in the New Year in the classic Sun Valley Lodge bar–the Duchin Room. The Joe Fos Trio will be providing music and it is sure to be a special Sun Valley New Year’s Eve.

>>Where: Sun Valley Lodge, Duchin Room.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info:, Call 208.622.4111 for more info.



3. Trail Creek Sleigh Ride: Celebrate Idaho-style!

Try an old, Idaho tradition to celebrate the start of 2012 with a classic horse-drawn sleigh. Starting and ending at the Sun Valley Inn, this ride takes you and your family out to the Trail Creek Cabin for dinner and brings you back under a canopy of stars. Dress warmly and get ready to celebrate!

>>Where: Sun Valley Inn and Trail Creek Cabin

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call for reservations 208-622-2135.


4. New Year’s Even Dinner at the Roundhouse

A classic Roundhouse sceneWith one of the best views in town and some of the best dinner in the Valley, the only on-mountain lodge that offers dinner service is the Roundhouse–and it offers a picturesque and romantic setting for your New Year’s Eve dinner. The ride up and down the gondola also provides a little more romance for the evening.

>>Where: The Roundhouse, Bald Mountain. Park at River Run and ride the River Run Gondola.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31st.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 for details! Dinner reservations are currently booked but they are taking names for the wait list.


5. The Ram: New Year’s Dinner in the Sun Valley Village

Head to the cute and quaint Sun Valley Village for a New Year’s Eve dinner you won’t soon forget. The Ram is offering a five-course gourmet meal for $79 per person. Head to the nearby Inn Lobby Lounge to ring in the New Year after dinner!

>>Where: Sun Valley Village, the Ram Restaurant.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 to inquire about availability.



>> Events in Ketchum

1. Reckless Kelly at Whiskey Jacques: The wildest party in town!

Nationally successful country-rock band, and native Idahoans, Reckless Kelly, headlines the main event in downtown Ketchum. Get ready for a wild night of dancing and fun at Ketchum’s favorite bar, Whiskey Jacques!

>>Where: Whiskey Jacques, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Doors open at 9:00 PM.

>>Info: Advance ticket sales are now over. Tickets will be available at the door for $75/person. Contact Whiskey Jacques for more info, 208.726.5297.



2. Ring in the New Year at the Roosevelt Grille!

DJ Lenny Joseph will be spinning tunes and there will be plenty of dancing to be had at Ketchum’s Roosevelt Grille. Come in for dinner before the party gets rocking at 10:00 PM! Tickets are available starting today and include a complimentary Champagne toast and party favors!

>>Where: Roosevelt Grille, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Party starts at 10:00 PM.

>>Info: Call 208.720.0051 for dinner reservations or to get your wristbands for the party!


3. Romantic Italian New Year’s Dinner at Il Naso

Dinner at il Naso in Ketchum, IdahoRomance your loved ones with an intimate and delicious dinner at Ketchum’s Il Naso.  Dine by candlelight with this five-course, prix fixe meal with a complimentary glass of prosecco.

>>Where: Il Naso, 480 North Washington Ave, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31.

>>Info: Call 208.726.7776 for reservations.




4. Dance the night away at the Casino with Old Death Whisper

Ketchum’s famous dive bar, the Casino on Main Street in Ketchum, is hosting local folk/country/rock band, Old Death Whisper for their New Year’s Eve party. Come get into a little trouble and party down with the locals!

>>Where: The Casino, Main Street, Ketchum.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31. Party starts at 10:00 PM.

>>Info: $15/person at the door.



>> For the Young Ones – Families & Kids!

1. Sun Valley New Year’s Eve Party for the Kids!

The kids have their own party this year! Kids of all ages are welcome for food, beverages and fun in the Sun Valley Inn’s Continental Room. Come check it out!

>>Where: Sun Valley Inn, Continental Room.

>>When: New Year’s Eve, Saturday, January 31st. 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM.

>>Info: Call 208.622.4111 for reservations.  $75/person.