Arts & Culture
6 Reasons the Sun Valley Film Festival is Better than Sundance
words by: Sara Sheehy
Sun Valley has been attracting Hollywood darlings since the 1930’s, when Averill Harriman invited his A-list Rolodex to hang out on the slopes of Dollar Mountain. On any given day you might run into Tom Hanks at the Elephant’s Perch or Jodie Foster at Java, but in a few short weeks filmmakers and actors will descend en masse for the Sun Valley Film Festival.
The Sun Valley Film Festival, in its sixth year, has attracted major sponsors and lauded film insiders. So does Sundance, you say? Yeah, we know. But we think we have a few things to set us apart. Come see if we’re right.
Come as Yourself
Filmmakers and movie lovers alike are welcome at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Whether you’re writing your first script, just wrapped … Read More »
What Not to Miss at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Words & Photos: Sara Sheehy
Aside from the brilliant transitioning leaves, The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is the highlight of Sun Valley’s fall season. Celebrating sheep and sheep herding traditions, Trailing of the Sheep offers a unique glimpse in to a part of Idaho’s past. Five days of dancing, music, wool classes, lamb dinners, sheep dog trials, and the famous Big Sheep Parade will tantalize the spectrum of senses.
The Wood River Valley has a long history of sheep ranching. The first sheep were brought to the valley in the 1860’s and have remained a vital part of Sun Valley’s character. In the early years of the 20th century, Ketchum was one of the largest sheep shipping centers in the world, second only to Sydney, Australia. The latter part of the 20th … Read More »
Words: Sara Sheehy
The Sun Valley Summer Symphony is the largest privately funded symphony in the United States. For three weeks the Symphony’s free classical music concerts are the center of social life in Sun Valley. Friends & families join forces, pack delectable picnic spreads and flock to the Sun Valley Pavilion for one of the area’s quintessential summer experiences.
Well-seasoned patrons know that there a few tricks to maximizing your symphony experience. We’ve tapped in to a few of those secrets and compiled an insider’s guide to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to make your experience the best it can be.
Each year the Symphony puts together a series of diverse performances that appease a variety of listeners’ preferences. From puppet additions to the classic productions, each show has it’s own unique flavor. To ensure you catch a show that suits your style, be sure to check … Read More »
Words & Photos: Sara Sheehy
Enjoying Sun Valley’s long, sun-soaked days doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Here are ten of the best free (and nearly free) experiences to enjoy this summer.
Hike Up, Hitch a Ride Down: Locals know there is a fountain of youth in Sun Valley, and it’s hidden on the daily pilgrimage up Bald Mountain. Hikers of all ages climb to the summit via the Bald Mountain Trail then hitch a free ride down on the Christmas Chairlift and Roundhouse Gondola. If you get hungry on your trek, swing by the Roundhouse for lunch. >>More: Hiking Trails in Sun Valley
Hone Your Throwing Arm: Disc golf is a mix of frisbee and golf, and can be enjoyed for free at the Ketchum Disc Golf Course and Keefer Park in Hailey. Bring your own discs, then try your best … Read More »
The Sun Valley Summer Stage will have you movin’ and shakin’ for months to come. With events happening nearly every weekend, this summer is one not to be missed!
Sun Valley Half Marathon | June 4th
Stunning vistas, ample amounts of food, interaction and fun make this a not-to-be-missed race for your calendar!
Sun Valley Brewfest | June 18th
Savor the chance to taste some of the finest craft beers in North America! $25 scores you unlimited tasters!*
Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival | June 23rd – 26th
The most fun you’ll have on two-wheels!
SheepTown Drag Races
Foxtrot 40 XC Race
Enduro Cup Races
Idaho Pump Track State Championships
Ketch’em Alive Tuesday Night Concert Series | June – August
Rockin’ good tunes every Tuesday from June 14th – August 9th
Company of Fools Theatre | June – October
June 28th – July 20th | Grey Gardens
Based on the film about Jacqueline … Read More »