Break out your warmest sweater, heat up the apple cider, and set out to celebrate fall with a local festival! Idahoans celebrate fall like few other states, with tons of festivals to get you in the spirit. Here are our favorite annual fall festivals in the state!
The Hyde Park Street Fair is an annual festival held every fall in Boise, Idaho, to fundraise for FINE Grants and community programs. The festival is usually held over the course of a weekend and includes vendors, kid activities, exotic foods, live performances, community entertainers, and a wine garden.
You don't have to travel to Germany to celebrate your German heritage. An Oktoberfest celebration is held every year in Nampa, Idaho's Civic Center's garden. Stop by for live music, food, games, and, of course, and enough beer to make you never want to leave. Check the site for more infor on the event!
If you are of Scottish ancestry, you simply can't miss this event. This traditional Scottish party kicks things off with traditional food, music, dancing, and lore. Then comes the Highland Games, where athletes from all over come together to participate in events such as caber toss, sheaf toss, weight over bar, weight for distance, hammer throw, and stone put.
Sheep herding is part of Idaho's cultural identity, and the Trailing of the Sheep festival, held every fall, keeps the tradition alive. The festival takes place over several days through the towns of Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley. You can find workshops, wool classes, lamb-showcased cooking classes, sheepdog trials, picnics, and more. The big event, called the Big Sheep Parade, sees 1,500 sheep herded down Main Street in Ketchum.
On the third Saturday of every September, Idahoans flock to Shelley, Idaho, to celebrate the humble potato. The tradition is going strong with over 90 years of history. Activities include the Miss Russet Pageant, Tater Trot, a 5K run/walk, a pancake breakfast, parades, and more.
Every year, the Magic Valley Arts Council of Hagerman, Idaho, throws the Thousand Springs Festival of the Arts. The weekend includes live entertainment, over 90 artists, and a beer and wine garden. Make sure to spend time at the waterfall, and don't forget to take a horse or mule drawn wagon-ride!
The Harvest Festival Street Fair, held yearly in Emmett, Idaho, is a free celebration of everything fall. You’ll find fantastic food vendors, artisans, and live entertainment. The nearby orchards are open for fruit picking, too.
Wallace, Idaho, is one of America's Great Places, as named by the American Planning Association, and is a prominent feature on the National Register of Historic Places. Naturally, the people of Wallace come together once a year every fall to celebrate their history with reenactments, tours, and workshops.
The annual Eagle Food & Wine Festival in Eagle, Idaho, is community-run to help raise money for various charities, including the International Winter Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, the Landing Community Center, and more. Join a wide-ranging and ever-expanding list of restaurants, wineries, and breweries for a delicious, fun-filled weekend.
Get your tickets today for the annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival, held in Sun Valley, Idaho. The multi-day festival celebrates everything jazz, with live performances, dance lessons, and a guaranteed good time. Check out the website for a full listing of events and details.