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Living in Southwest Idaho

Mountain Home AFB Living in Southwest Idaho

 

There’s plenty to do in and around Southwest Idaho — music events, sports, theater, museums, parks and more. Pull up a blanket for concerts in the park throughout the summer, for instance, or do a little camping while enjoying a country music festival. Don’t miss Mountain Home Historical Museum’s annual Pioneer Breakfast or the Elmore County Fair and Rodeo. Be sure to check out Three Island Crossing State Park for the Oregon Trail event.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of Elmore County will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.

Elmore County Fair and Rodeo

http://ecfr.weebly.com

The Elmore County Fair and Rodeo is the third week in July in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. The fair features junior rodeo, craft and merchandise vendors, 4-H and FFA livestock show and sale, horse show and live entertainment.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

www.famousidahopotatobowl.com

A holiday tradition in Boise, this annual football event in late December features the Western Athletic Conference champion taking on the Atlantic Coast Conference representative on the blue turf of Boise State University.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

www.idahoshakespeare.org

Each June through September, Idaho’s premier professional theater company stages a full season of the Bard and other classical playwrights. Performances run in repertory Tuesday through Sunday and are produced at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor riverside amphitheater along the Boise River. Picnicking is encouraged, and a wide array of food and beverages are available for purchase.

Mountain Home Country Music Festival

http://mountainhomefestival.com

This three-day country music festival in late July features an all-star lineup (past artists have included Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans and Florida Georgia Line, to name a few) along with RV and tent camping. This fun event takes place about 30 minutes outside Mountain Home in the foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains.

National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival

www.fiddlecontest.org

An event that gives Weiser, Idaho the title of “The Fiddle Capital of the World” the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival, a competition during the third week of June that has been popular for more than 60 years, showcases fiddlers from all over the world as they compete in what is proudly referred to as the “Super Bowl” of fiddling.

Snake River Stampede

www.snakeriverstampede.com

Recognized as one of the top 20 rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede in mid-July has been a popular event for almost a century. It showcases the skills and talents of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls in a huge lineup of events including saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, team roping and tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding and the Stampeders Night Light Drill Team.

Western Idaho Fair

www.idahofair.com

The Western Idaho Fair dates back to 1897 when it got started as the Intermountain Fair where the attractions were agricultural events, horse racing and cowboy contests. Now, the 10-day fair in August features carnival rides, concerts, a dog-jumping event and the agricultural events that the fair has always featured.

Arts

Mountain Home AFB Living Arts

 

Southwest Idaho residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from theater to music to dance and more.

Ballet Idaho

501 S. Eighth St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-343-0556
www.balletidaho.org

Ballet Idaho offers a full season of 20 performances, including “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty,” from November through May. The professional ballet company also offers a professional Academy of Dance, training students in classic ballet and extensive educational outreach programs for students in Boise, the Treasure Valley and throughout Idaho.

Boise Art Museum – Art in the Park

670 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
208-345-8330
www.boiseartmuseum.org

Boise Art Museum’s Art in the Park 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 in Julia Davis Park in September, Boise Art Museum presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and hands-on activities for children.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
208-426-3099
https://geneharris.boisestate.edu

The Gene Harris Jazz Festival was created to educate, entertain and enrich listeners of all ages in Boise and its surrounding communities to the exciting sound of all forms of jazz music; to encourage the appreciation of and participation in music by children and adults alike; and to support an endowment that will provide ongoing financial support for guest artists, music scholarships and the festival at BSU.

Meridian Symphony Orchestra Centennial Performing Arts Center

12400 W. McMillan Road
Boise, ID 83713
208-891-2721
www.meridiansymphony.org

The Meridian Symphony Orchestra is a 70-member ensemble dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the community and region by providing quality entertainment in a family-friendly, educationally focused environment. Meridian Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer orchestra, with members from a diverse range of backgrounds. The Meridian Symphony presents four concerts during its regular season, including a spring concert featuring winners of the Young Artists Competition, plus an outdoor concert in the summer at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian.

Mountain Home Arts Council

P.O. Box 974
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-3706
www.mharts.org

Some of the programs and services provided by Mountain Home Arts Council include scholarships for local students, acting as a coordinator between community groups and artists, and presenting a series of events that bring professional performers into the community that would not otherwise be available, including concerts at Carl Miller Park throughout the summer.

Museums

Mountain Home AFB Living Museums

 

Learn about the Idaho’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.

Fort Boise Replica

305 N. Third St.
Parma, ID 83660
208-722-5138
www.visitidaho.org/attraction/museums/fort-boise-replica

Parma’s Old Fort Boise, on the eastern edge of Parma, has a replica of Fort Boise, a museum and an authentic pioneer cabin. A RV park, picnic area and campground are available near the park. Private tours can be arranged by calling 208-722-6477. Hours vary by season; check the website for more information.

Idaho Military Museum

4692 W. Harvard St.
Boise, ID 83705
208-272-4841
http://museum.mil.idaho.gov

The Idaho Military Museum pays homage to the armed forces and our nation’s heroes with a number of exhibits, including a tribute to Idaho’s Medal of Honor recipients, Air Force and Idaho Air National Guard exhibit, F-4 cockpit simulator and a look at how military rations have changed. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Lawson’s Emu-Z-Um

22142 River Road
Grand View, ID 83624
208-834-2397
www.emuzum.com

This former emu ranch near the Snake River in Grand View is now a museum that includes an authentic replica of an early 1860s town, Native American artifacts and the Silver City Schoolhouse Museum. Some of the displays include period clothing, antique farm implements, a hand-built automobile and train station with model trains on display. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment Monday through Thursday, from March to September. Winter visits are by appointment only.

Mountain Home Historical Museum

180 S. Third East
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-6847
www.mountainhomemuseum.com

The Mountain Home Historical Museum hosts a number of events, including the Pioneer Breakfast at Railroad Park and the First Thursday Luncheon where guest speakers from the community talk about what life was like for them growing up, living and working in the area. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and Saturday by appointment only.

Parks

Mountain Home AFB Living Parks

 

The state of Idaho has a multitude of parks and recreational areas. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Boise National Forest

1249 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 200
Boise, ID 83709
208-373-4100
www.fs.usda.gov/boise

The Boise National Forest includes about 2.6 million acres of forest land north and east of the city of Boise. The forest has a lot to offer including camping, hiking, fishing, boating and natural hot springs.

Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory

27608 Sand Dunes Road
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-366-7919
https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/bruneau-dunes

Star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory and see the night sky as you’ve never seen it before. You can attend a presentation at the Steele-Reese Education Center and view a planet, nebula, moon or galaxy through the “Obsession” 25-inch Newtonian Reflector telescope. The observatory is open to the public from April through October on Friday and Saturday nights only, weather permitting.

Carl Miller Park

North 10th Street East and
American Legion Boulevard
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-2112

Carl Miller Park is the ideal location to hold a community event or gathering. This 4.8-acre park is filled with large trees and plenty of shade. An F-111 is on display showing the town’s pride in the U.S. Air Force. Every September, Carl Miller Park hosts Air Force Appreciation Day, with a day full of activities including a parade and a free community barbecue.

Three Island Crossing State Park

1083 Three Island Park Drive
Glenns Ferry, ID 83623
208-366-2394
http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/three-island-crossing

This 613-acre park has a lot to offer its visitors, including the Oregon Trail History and Education Center where you can learn about the 19th century pioneers who dared to cross the mighty Snake River, disc golf at Three Island, fishing and camping.

Shopping

Mountain Home AFB Living Shopping

 

From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Boise Factory Outlets

6806 S. Eisenman Road
Boise, ID 83716
208-331-5000
www.boisefactoryoutlets.com

Find bargains for the whole family while shopping at Boise Factory Outlets. Save even more by visiting the website to find information about sidewalk sales, merchant tent sales, gift with purchase promotions and special events throughout the year.

Boise Towne Square

350 N. Milwaukee St.
Boise, ID 83704
208-378-4400
www.boisetownesquare.com

Boise Towne Square has plenty to offer shoppers with five department stores, more than 60 apparel shops, approximately 20 places to grab a bite to eat, a children’s play area, free Wi-Fi for club members and ample parking.

Desert Mountain Visitors Center

2900 American Legion Blvd.
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-4464
www.fb.com/DesertMountainVisitorsCenter

Discover all there is to see and do in Elmore County by stopping in at the Desert Mountain Visitors Center. Also, while visiting the Visitors Center, check out the gift shop where there is an extensive display of Made in Idaho products.

Sports and Recreation

Mountain Home AFB Living Sports and Recreation

 

Whether you’re looking to take in a game of golf or a rafting trip down the river, Southwest Idaho offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

Desert Canyon Golf Course

1880 E. Eighth North
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-3293
www.mountain-home.us/golfcourse

This course was originally established in 1963 as a nine-hole course. The back nine was added in 1998 and each half offers golfers challenges. The front half has mature trees and elevated greens while the back half has four holes that surround a deep canyon and has water in play for five holes. For a full list of public and private courses in southwest Idaho, visit www.idahogolfcourses.com.

Raft Idaho

711 N. Fifth St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-342-1438
http://raftidaho.org

The first commercial river rafting trips in the U.S. were launched in Idaho so it’s no wonder that Idaho outfitters continue to be leaders in the industry. Raft Idaho offers trips for all ages and abilities, from half-day to six-day trips, along 15 rivers. The outfitters take care of everything on the trips including food and waterproof gear bags, and even lead beach games around the campfire. Visit the website for information on pricing and availability.

Sled the Trinities

2900 American Legion Blvd.
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208-587-4464
http://sledthetrinities.com

More than 380 miles of well-marked, groomed trails offer snowmobilers nearly every kind of terrain imaginable for winter fun. The base elevation is 4,200 feet and climbs close to 10,000 feet in the fabulous Trinity Mountains and the high-mountain prairies and rolling hills of Cat Creek. Visit the website for more information on snowmobiling events, lodging and to download trail maps.

Wahooz Family Fun Zone

1385 Blue Marlin Lane
Meridian, ID 83642
208-898-0900
www.wahoozfunzone.com

Wahooz Family Fun Zone, just outside of Boise, has something for everyone in the family: miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, two-story laser tag, batting cages, an arcade with more than 100 games to choose from and the Pinz Bowling Center. Visit the company website for hours and pricing.

Zoo Boise

355 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702
208-608-7760
www.zooboise.org

Located in the heart of downtown Boise, Zoo Boise is one of the most popular attractions in southern Idaho as well as a living science facility that is home to more than 200 animals from 83 species. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on ticket prices, visit Zoo Boise’s website.

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