2014 Idaho Bucket-List: Outdoor Summer Events
running Middle Fork Salmon River rapids
Running one of Idaho's famous whitewater river, the Middle Fork of the Salmon in this photo, is among the most exciting summer adventures.

There are numerous Idaho events and activities throughout the summer, but here are a just a few to get your heart pumping. Check Visit Idaho and Idaho Parks & Recreation for other possibilities.

Reminder: It’s probably too late already to book a river rafting trip, but check out this page for some ideas: Idaho Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

Summer Events:

Moscow Farmers Market From May 4 through October 26, every Saturday (since 1977) in Moscow, Idaho. The market is located downtown on Main Street and in Friendship Square next to the Moscow Hotel. Local musicians perform from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event celebrates local farmers, artists, craftspeople and musicians. Includes fresh produce, meats, homemade baked goods, nursery plants, flowers and handmade crafts. Phone: (208)-883-7036

Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series at Idaho Botanical Garden (Includes The Fray, Barcelona, Oh Honey, Slightly Stoopid with Stephen Marley, Nickel Creek… and more. Check the hotlink for more bookings not yet available at the time of this writing.)

Idaho Fish and Game “Take Me Fishing” Trailer Schedule for various ponds throughout the state. The only thing kids and parents have to do is show up. No licenses required. (After the trailer-event, parents need a license.) Fishing equipment can be checked out for free for the scheduled portion, first-come, first-served. Fishing instructions provided by Fish and Game personnel to get kids “Hooked on Fishing!”

Idaho Fish and Game Approved Fishing Tournaments See the Calendar of Fishing Events at the link. When these pages are updated for current information, click on “This Month” and “Next Month” for larger calendar at bottom right. Keep in mind that contests may be added or changed. Also check the above links on this page for seasons for various fish species. See also the http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/ Hunting page for information on seasons, etc. Take a look at the Hunting calendar off to the right.

Salmon River Days from July 4-7 in Salmon, Idaho. Starting with 4th of July celebrations, followed by street fair and parade, fire hose zip line, farmers market and concert. On Sunday, the last day, is the boat race on the Salmon River.

11th Annual Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival on July 11-12 in Sandpoint, Idaho. Includes boat show, Sand Creek Boardwalk, kid boat building booth, model boat club displays, parade of boats, vendors, awards banquet. Located at the Old Powerhouse & Sandpoint Marina.

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs on June 14 at Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ICF and HIS are offering classes designed to teach dogs to avoid rattlesnakes and not get close. Dogs that hike, hunt, fish and camp with you or live in rural areas are at risk and can die from a rattlesnake bite. Class is $60, $50 for second dog and other dogs added by owner are $40 each. Must register with the Idaho Humane Society at the above link.

Snake River Stampede from July 15-19 at the Ford Idaho Center Arena in Nampa, Idaho. One of the top 10 regular professional rodeos recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Held every year here in July.

Paddle Out Cancer on July 19, starting at 1 p.m., a river float on the Boise River. Starts at Barber Park, ends at Ann Morrison Park. Register early. $20. Adults, $10 for kids under 14. After Float Festivities at Ann Morrison Park 3-6pm include, prizes, raffles, food, music and FUN! Your registration bib gets you entry into the bib raffle, and a chance to win poker hand and costume prize.

Geyser Pride Days in Soda Springs, Saturday Aug. 2. With street dancing to live music, bed races, 9K run, beard contest, wagon-ride historical tours, farmers market, art/crafts, raffle & wild salmon feed and live music at the park until 11 p.m.

Huckleberry Festival on Aug. 3, Sunday, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint, Idaho. Live music, huckleberry pancake breakfast, crafts, treats, pie-eating contest, kids activities. Hiking, biking, chairlift rides, climbing wall disc golf, zip line, sluice box and more are available. Actual berry picking is dependent on ripe berry availability on the Schweitzer property.

Annual Teton Valley Mountain Men Rendezvous Aug. 15-17 in Victor, Idaho. It looks like they forgot to change the date to 2014, but those dates are a Friday through Sunday, so it should be for 2014. Call the city office for verification at: 208-787-2940 or one of the motels listed on the page.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Watch the big balloons fill up the Boise, Idaho skies. From August 27 through 31st. On the 30th will be the “Nite Glow” with food vendors and music. Every day starts at 7 a.m. at the Ann Morrison Park.

A couple notations for September:

Salmon and Steelhead Days at the MK Nature Center in Boise, a 3-day celebration, some time in September. Call the Nature Center at some point for an update: 208-334-2225.

Cowboy Poetry and Music at Stanley, Idaho in early September for good food, good times, and toe-tapping.


More Information:

Idaho’s State Parks