Summer is a magical and energetic season here in Ketchum, Idaho. With auctions and antique shows, brewfests and bike races, concerts and conferences, Ketchum has the ABC’s of events covered all summer long. Here are some my favorites.
Ketch’em Alive is a free music event that takes place every Tuesday in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The music starts on June 14th and the stops on August 9th. Bring a blanket, chairs, some libations and your dancing shoes. This family-friendly event draws a big crowd so if you’re looking to picnic, show up early to stake out a place for your entourage.
The Summer Concert Series hosted by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts at River Run Lodge is known to bring in present-day chart toppers and veterans of the music industry alike. Be sure not to miss Mavis Staples & The James Hunter Six on July 29th, Emmylou Harris and Ian Janco on August 8th, and Lake Street Dive with Gregory Alan Isakov on August 17th this summer.
The Sun Valley Resort Summer Concert Series at The Pavilion are also bound to please. This summer, the concerts begin on June 28th and run until September 5, and they will feature bands like Collin Ray, The Midtown Men, and Lukas Nelson. These concerts never disappoint!
If classical music is more in line with your taste, don’t miss the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, also hosted at The Pavilion, from July 24th until August 18th. This series is free to the public and is meant to inspire and enrich people’s lives through access to classical music. This summer, the symphony is partnering with Janni Young Productions to bring Stravinksy’s The Firebird to life using puppets and original choreography. Don’t miss this show on August 1st!
So, you’re not into classical or country music? Check out Idaho Basecamp’s first ever Lost River Disco on top of Trail Creek July 22-24. This event will feature house and techno DJ’s all weekend long. NOTE: Costumes are not only welcomed here, they are encouraged.
The Sawtooth Valley Gathering on August 19th and 20th in Stanley is a small family friendly festival that hosts 20 bands over two days just an hour north of Ketchum. If you’ve never been over Galena Pass, you should go just for the scenery and let the music be an added benefit to your adventure.
This town is full of professional athletes, amateur athletes, and fitness enthusiasts. Therefore, we host a number of running and bike races and events throughout the summer to quench our thirst for competition. Check out, or sign up for any of these events if your idea of a good time involves sweat and a finish line.
June 11th: Adam’s Gulch Fun Run – 4.2 miles. It’s FREE! And it’s beautiful.
July 16th: The Elephant’s Perch Annual Backcountry Run – 9.5 miles OR 3 miles
August 20th: STANDHOPE Ultra Race – 60K or 30K. This is NOT a beginner’s ultra race, but if you’re a seasoned ultra runner, or looking to up your mileage at a higher altitude, this might be the race for you.
September 24th: Baldy Hill Climb – 1.9 miles, 3200 vertical feet, straight up the Warm Springs Run on Baldy – it’s a favorite amongst locals.
Bike Races and Rides:
June 23th: Ronde Van Ketchum – This non-competitive bike ride will take you over hills of every size from the heart of town to famous Phantom Hill, through Elkhorn, and up to Trail Creek. If you want to empty your tank and get a great tour of the valley, get on board for this adventure.
June 23-26th: Sun Valley Bike Festival – If there’s one athletic event you shouldn’t miss, even if you’re just going to watch, it’s this one. Get your fill of bikes and beers all weekend long.
June 14-October 11th: Buy your groceries from Ketchum Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 2:00pm-6:00pm on East Avenue and 4th Street. It’s yummy, crafty, and supports local businesses.
June 18th: The Ketchum/Sun Valley Rotary is hosting the annual Sun Valley Brewfest in Ketchum’s Town Square. All the proceeds from this event go to local charities. If you like giving back and drinking beer, we’ll see you there!
Other Must-dos in the Woord River Valley
July 2-4th: Don’t miss Days of the Old West Rodeo at the rodeo grounds in Hailey (Ketchum’s southern neighbor), and be sure to wear your best western attire. Before you hit the rodeo though, check out the antique shows in both Ketchum and Hailey!
August 12-14th: The Sun Valley Craft Fair in Atkinson’s Park is, in short, fabulous. From jewelry to sculpture work, there is a beautiful and original creation in every tent. It’s a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike!