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Treefort Music Festival

Over 400 bands and 30+ venues, all packed into five high-energy, creativity-inducing days. Since 2012, Treefort Music Festival has taken over the streets of downtown Boise with a five-day celebration of music, art, culture and community. The festival has become a hotspot for up-and-coming bands in the Pacific Northwest and an emerging stop along the nationwide festival circuit. Treefort is so much more than a typical music festival. Additional “forts” – Alefort, Artfort, Comedyfort, Dragfort, Filmfort, Foodfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Skatefort, Storyfort and Yogafort – encourage festivalgoers to bounce from venue to venue to experience something new.

The Spa at Tamarack

Tamarack is located north of Boise in Donnelly, Idaho. The Spa at Tamarack pampers guests with natural and luxurious treatments found only in the heart of the majestic Idaho Tamarack forests. Based on Native and holistic traditions, their healing oils, lotions and aromatherapies transform you with healing wildflowers and herbs that abundantly thrive in these high mountain meadows and forests. This is Idaho. This is where you rediscover yourself. This is the Spa at Tamarack.

Over 400 bands and 30-plus venues combine into Treefort Music Festival, a high-energy, creativity-inducing five-day celebration. Photo courtesy of Visit Southwest Idaho

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.

Saying goodbye to summer offers an opportunity to take in cooler temperatures and colorful scenery and explore other facets of the Gem State.

Seasonal Must-Sees

Idaho’s transition to fall brings a flare of vibrant tones to roadside views. For a kaleidoscope of colors, hit the road on one of Idaho’s 31 scenic byways, including the International Selkirk Loop and the City of Rocks Backcountry Byway.

Warm up from winter’s chill with a cozy dip in a rejuvenating Idaho hot spring. Find mineral-rich geothermal pools at Gold Fork Hot Springs, Miracle Hot Springs or Lava Hot Springs.

As the snow begins to melt in spring, waterfalls roar back to life. Chase a few at Shoshone Falls, Upper and Lower Mesa Falls or Jump Creek Falls.

Opt Outside

In search of winter recreation that isn’t on a ski slope? Snowshoeing is one of the easiest ways to explore the outdoors. Try Whoop Um Up, Harriman State Park or Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Inside Information

No matter the season or weather, Idaho’s museums offer a chance to learn about the state’s history or to discover something new. Expand your knowledge at the Museum of Clean, the Idaho Potato Museum or the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Want to be on the snow but not race down a hill? Idaho has many ways to explore the outdoors, including snowshoeing. Photo courtesy of Visit Idaho

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

If you’re interested in discovering wide-open spaces, dramatic vistas and picturesque locations, visiting Southwest Idaho any time of year is for you.

Owyhee Mountains
Nicknamed by local ranchers as the “Big Quiet,” Southwest Idaho’s Owyhee desert is still the most remote, undeveloped region in the lower 48. The Owyhee Uplands is one of those iconic, freewheeling spaces people envision when they think about the West.

Hells Canyon
The powerful waters of the Snake River slice through the mountains of central Idaho, creating the deepest gorge in the United States: Hells Canyon. Here, the land is as beautiful as it is dangerous. It’s full of myth, legend, beauty and the best whitewater in the nation.

Tamarack Resort
At Tamarack Resort, you can start your day biking rugged mountain ridges and end it wakeboarding through the warm waters of Lake Cascade. You can brave the snowy slopes and Nordic trails in the morning, then soak in a steaming hot tub before bed. At Tamarack, every season brings new adventures to experience, and you can take on the panoramic views of the mountains, lake and valley below.

At Tamarack Resort, every season brings new adventures to experience, and you can take on the panoramic views of the mountains, lake and valley below. Photo courtesy of Sherri Harkin Photography/Tamarack Resort

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.

With its sapphire lakes and winding rivers, Idaho’s waterways are some of the best places for stunning images and endless adventure:

Ritter Island, Thousand Springs State Park | Twin Falls
Snap a waterfall-framed selfie or pose in the endless blues and greens of the water and vegetation in the park.

Lake Pend Oreille | Sandpoint
Capture the star-studded sky at the fifth-deepest lake in the U.S. Surrounded by the northern Rocky Mountains and a dense forest of fir and pine, there is no shortage of colors and textures on which to set your lens.

Three Island Crossing State Park | Glenns Ferry
There are few better locations to experience the scenic and diverse landscapes of American agriculture. The lush farms and vineyards offer a perfect contrast to the high-desert plateau of the region.

Bear Lake State Park | St. Charles
From the sparkling turquoise waters in Bear Lake to the complex wetlands of Mud Lake, Bear Lake State Park ­­captivates with its mountain peaks, migratory birds and sandy beaches.

Fall Creek Falls | Swan Valley
Focus your lens on this threading waterfall in Eastern Idaho, surrounded by the flowing Snake River and Snake River Range mountains in the distance.

Capture the star-studded sky at the fifth-deepest lake in the U.S., Lake Pend Oreille. Surrounded by the northern Rocky Mountains and a dense forest of fir and pine, there is no shortage of colors and textures on which to set your lens. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

When visiting Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, travel to nearby Victor for a uniquely Idaho treat. Victor Emporium serves huckleberry milkshakes made with local ice cream and packed with Idaho’s state fruit. If your travels take you near Ashton, drop by Five 11 Main for a fantastic huckleberry shake served with a side of nostalgia in a converted soda fountain shop.

Boise has a reputation for its vibrant music scene, featuring both talented local artists and touring acts from all over the world. Check out Pengilly’s Saloon – a local favorite beloved for its old-school Brunswick bar, vintage decor and rotating mix of live local music, ranging from jazz to bluegrass.

For touring acts, Treefort Music Fest and Duck Club Entertainment have created a legacy of bringing in well-known artists as well as some still flying below the radar. Opening in 2023, the Treefort Music Hall in downtown Boise will showcase a variety of sounds for discovery.

The Lewis-Clark Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a must-do for sampling Idaho wine. Lindsay Creek Vineyard’s Irresponsibility Red Wine is an irresistible red blend pleasing to almost any palate. Or head to Rivaura Wine in Julietta for their award-winning cabernet franc rosé.

For touring acts, Treefort Music Fest has created a legacy of bringing in well-known artists as well as some still flying below the radar. CREDIT Amy Russell

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

Treefort Music Festival in Boise (March)

Boise plays host to national and regional musicians while showcasing local up-and-coming talent.

Savor Idaho in Boise (June)

Savor Idaho is Idaho’s premier wine event, taking place in June during Idaho Wine and Cider Month at the beautiful Idaho Botanical Garden.

Hells Canyon Days in Cambridge (June)

A fun-filled weekend of family-friendly activities, music, crafts, cars/trucks, food and more.

National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest & Festival in Weiser (June)

A five-day celebration complete with fiddle contests, food and merchandise vendors, local entertainers and more.

Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa (July)

The Stampede began as a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900s and has evolved into a major professional sports event.

Caldwell Night Rodeo in Caldwell (August)

With over 600 world-class contestants and seven action-packed nightly events, the excitement in the arena is electric.

McCall Winter Carnival in McCall (January)

The McCall Winter Carnival was inspired by the Payette Lake Winter Games, first held in 1924, when a train from Boise brought 248 visitors to McCall, Idaho. Over the years, it has grown into an iconic Idaho event that brings more than 60,000 people to McCall each year.

National, regional and local up-and-coming talent all perform at the Treefort Music Festival in Boise each March. Photo courtesy of Southwest Idaho

For more information on Southwest Idaho, visit VisitSouthwestIdaho.org.

Idaho’s 80-plus breweries have unparalleled access to some of the best ingredients, with Idaho claiming the top spot for barley production and second-highest for hops in the U.S. Every April, the state celebrates this bounty with Idaho Craft Beer Month. The month kicks off with Pints Up Idaho and is filled with unique events including one-of-a-kind beer pairing dinners and new beer releases.

Thanks to its fertile volcanic soil and four distinct seasons, Idaho is ripe for growing wine grapes. The industry has developed to include over 65 wineries and tasting rooms from the state’s three American Viticultural Areas – Snake River Valley, Eagle Foothills and Lewis-Clark Valley. Each June, this growth is celebrated with Idaho Wine and Cider Month, including special events and promotions from wineries and cideries across the state.

You can sample treats from comforting baked goods to refreshing lemonade packed with huckleberries at the Donnelly Huckleberry Festival, held the second weekend in August. Huckleberries are the state fruit of Idaho, and locals have concocted a variety of ways to enjoy this wild and tart cousin of blueberries. Beyond delicious food offerings, the festival features a float parade, 5K fun run and walk, and arts and crafts vendors.

June is Idaho Wine and Cider Month, celebrating the state’s 65-plus wineries and tasting rooms. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

 

New Moon Dinners in the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve: The Sawtooth Botanical Garden in Ketchum hosts New Moon Dinners in the darkest months of the year – November through February – to showcase the beauty and wonder of Idaho’s night skies in the southern tip of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve. Guests enjoy a catered farm-to-greenhouse dinner with wine, outdoor fire pits, and telescopes with local astronomers to map the night sky.

Yellowstone National Park’s 150th Anniversary: Eastern Idaho is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park and is the perfect starting point to take in the area’s natural beauty and wildlife splendors without the crowds. Begin your journey, or extend your visit, with a road trip along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway or Teton Scenic Byway. The region is home to Harriman State Park, the majestic Grand Tetons, stunning Mesa Falls and world-class fishing on Henry’s Fork of the legendary Snake River.

POSTPONED – Jaialdi to Return in 2025: Idaho is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita in the U.S.; and when it comes to celebrating their unique heritage and culture, the Basques know how to throw a party. Jaialdi, the six-day festival held every five years in Boise, will return in 2025. Attendees are treated to authentic Basque food, music, games, performances and more.

Visitors can experience the beauty and wonder of Idaho’s night skies with a catered farm-to-greenhouse dinner with wine, outdoor fire pits and telescopes with local astronomers to help map the stars. Photo courtesy of Idaho Tourism

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

 

Idaho is no stranger to quirkiness. From creating the ultimate comfort food combo and reimagining recreation on the river to sleeping above the tree line, Idaho is proud of its peculiarities.

Finger steaks are a uniquely Idaho delicacy. You’ll find these battered, deep-fried strips of beef on menus across the Gem State. Various establishments have claimed to be the first to create these savory treats; but wherever they originated, it’s safe to say it was definitely in Idaho. For the full experience, dip your finger steaks in fry sauce – a perfect, punchy blend of ketchup, mayo, pickle brine and spices.

Idaho may be a landlocked state, but inland surfers near and far flock to its rivers to catch a wave. Multiple communities have made impressive surfing waves out of the state’s abundance of river waters, including Boise Whitewater Park, Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade and Lochsa Pipeline near Lowell. If you’re not ready to brave the flow wave yourself, river surfing is a great spectator sport.

Idaho has nearly a dozen fire lookouts – towers in remote areas formerly used to spot wildfires – that now function as the ultimate secluded and cozy overnight stay. Book most lookouts online at recreation.gov, or check Airbnb.

A basket of finger steaks, a uniquely Idaho delicacy, with a side of fry sauce. Photo courtesy of Westside Drive In

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.

If you’re looking for unique activities to delight a variety of ages and interests, consider these Idaho events restarting in 2021 and 2022.

Treefort Music Fest: Boise

The Treefort Music Fest makes its return with two festivals within six months. This popular event brings artists representing nearly every genre of music and highlights film, food, beer, yoga, art and more. Spring 2022 will be Treefort’s 10th anniversary — a celebration you won’t want to miss. Find festival COVID-19 protocols here. September 22-26, 2021, and March 23-27, 2022

Trailing of the Sheep: Sun Valley, Ketchum & Hailey

Experience the history of sheepherding in Idaho at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. This festival honors the autumn migration of sheep from their mountain ranges to lower-elevation pastures for winter and showcases Basque food, music, dancing and art. October 6-10, 2021, and October 5-9, 2022

Jaialdi: Boise

Idaho is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita in the U.S.; and when it comes to celebrating their culture, the Basques know how to throw a party. Jaialdi is a six-day festival held every five years, and attendees are treated to authentic Basque food, music, games, performances and so much more. July 26-31, 2022

Idaho is home to the largest concentration of Basques per capita in the U.S., and their six-day Jaialdi festival is not to be missed! Photo courtesy Aaron Ridriguez

For more information on Idaho, visit VisitIdaho.org.