If you are looking for something fun to do with your family over the summer, check out this list of 14 events you can attend.
1. The Emmet Cherry Festival
1022 S. Washington
Emmett, Idaho 83617
Enjoy a bake off, children’s parade, fun run/walk, softball tourney, ECAC art show & competition, Emmett Lions car show, fireman hose competition, Gem County historical village, Gem County sheriff’s posse rodeo, Jr. Miss Cherry Festival pageant, Kiwanis 1st annual craft fair, Kiwanis breakfast, Miss Gem County & Gem County outstanding teen pageant, pie eating contest, lots of food and a carnival! (Food and Rides do cost money. The event itself is free.)
2. Meridian Dairy Days
335 S Main St
Meridian, ID 83642
Enjoy a parade, carnival and watch the 2015 Meridian Dairy Princess be crowned. Join in on a 65 year tradition: Thursday evening, June 18, starting at 4:00 pm next to the Dairy Barn: The Pancake (and all the extras) Feed. Proceeds are going to the Meridian Food bank and the MFD Burnout fund. Adults $6, Senior & Kids (6-12) $5. The event is free to attend, food and rides cost extra.
3. International Food and Culture Festival
Julia Davis Park
Enjoy food and drink from around the world. This event is still in the process of being developed. Check the website regularly for up to date information.
4. Burgdorf Hot Springs
404 French Creek (USFS #246)
McCall, ID 83638
A fun family day trip or weekend stay. Burgdorf Hot Springs is a rustic resort nestled in the mountains of central Idaho, just north of McCall. Their natural, mineral hot springs are available to both day guests & cabin guests. During the summer they can be accessed by car via Warren Wagon Road.
5. Diamond Lil’s Steakhouse and Saloon
407 & 409 Main Street
Idaho City, ID
Home of the world famous money bar. Take a day trip and enjoy some great food and local history.
6. The Springs at Idaho City
$16/day for Adults
$10/day for children 12 and under
45 minutes from downtown Boise
Go for a soak and enjoy the quiet of the mountains. Book a bodywork or massage session on land or in the water with one of their Licensed Massage Therapists to help work out the kinks of a hard summer of play. Otherwise, just sit back and melt in the natural waters. Reserving your spot is recommended to make sure they have space for you and that you will not be turned away for lack of room. They limit the number of people in the pool to ensure you have a relaxing, comfortable soak. If you are planning to drive up from Boise, it’s always a good idea to secure a spot before you leave town. Reservations are for a full day pass. You just choose the hour you expect to arrive, then arrive sometime within that one hour period. Once you are in, you have a full day pass. If you do stay for less than 2 hours, on any given day, they will give you a discount for your stay. Notify the front desk at check out to ensure that the discount is applied.
7. Idaho City Frontier Days
A hometown celebration of history in the very historic setting of Idaho City, Idaho. This wonderful little town could be considered a museum in and of itself with the presence of many original buildings tying back to Idaho’s territorial gold and silver boons years during the 1860s. Enjoy the past while celebrating scenic Idaho at its best. There will be Kid’s games, Fast Draw Competition, Shootists, Street Shootouts, live music, Historical buildings and Museum will be open for the event, along with a Beer Garden and Craft/Food vendors.
8. Snake River Stampede Rodeo
Ford Idaho Center
16200 Idaho Center Blvd
Nampa, ID 83687
Snake River Stampede is celebrating its 100th year! The rodeo features bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and ladies’ barrel racing, plus mutton busting for the kids and the famous Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.
9. Caldwell Night Rodeo
2301 Blaine St
The Caldwell Night Rodeo is listed among the top 20 professional rodeos in the nation and draws crowds in the neighborhood of 40,000 over five nights. The best professional cowboys in the world make the Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop in their schedule. It has been featured on nationwide television and is one of the rodeos listed on the professional rodeo tour.
10. Western Idaho Fair
Boise, ID 83714
Concerts, carnival, food, 4H competitions, and more. Jerrod Neiman, Pat Benatar, and Gary Allan are all scheduled to perform this year.
11. Canyon County Fair
111 22nd St.
Caldwell, ID 83606
From hypnotists and magicians to major country stars like Josh Turner, there is a little of everything at the Fair! Enjoy carnival rides and games, 4H competitions, concerts (free with paid fair admission), and delicious fair food!
12. Boise Art Museum, Art in the Park
Julia Davis Park
700 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
This annual open-air festival provides visitors of all ages and interests with the opportunity to meet more than 200 artists and purchase their works. During the three-day event, Boise Art Museum presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an exceptional array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and hands-on activities for children.
13. Boise Music Festival
Enjoy music by The Ting Tings, Plain White T’s, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Rob Thomas and more! There will be a carnival to attend as well!
14. Mountain Home Country Music Festival
July 31-August 2
The Mountain Home Country Music Festival venue is in Elmore County, just thirty minutes from Mountain Home, ID. This inviting weekend home is situated in the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains—a perfect location for 3 days of the best music Country has to offer, brought to you by Bi-Mart.
Attendees can expect a star-studded lineup for 2015 with 20+ great performances over 3 days! Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Lonestar, Thompson Square, and Jana Kramer are only a few of the performers scheduled to attend.
I hope you have a wonderful summer and that this list helps you and your family make many lasting memories.