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Top 2022 Events in Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley is a four-season destination with outdoor adventures, award-winning restaurants, outstanding amenities and world-class festival and events to inspire all types of travelers.

If you’re planning a vacation to Sun Valley, here’s our top Festivals & Events for 2022 to consider in your plans!

Sun Valley Ski Resort Closing Day

Date: Sun Valley’s estimated closing date for 2021/22 season is 16th April, 2022
Join locals, ski-bums and tourists from all over the US (and globe!) for the final day of the Sun Valley Resort winter ski season – where skiers and snowboarders dress up in all sorts of crazy gear, gather to drink beer, and celebrate a good season on the slopes in style. Spend your day with some of the best spring skiing in the west, start your après ski at the Lookout Lodge on the peak of Baldy, head down to River Run or Warm Springs Base Lodge to continue the festivities, then make your way to Sun Valley Lodge or downtown Ketchum where local restaurants and late-night parties leap to life.

World Class Food & Culinary Events

Sun Valley Brewfest

Date: Saturday 18th June, 2022
Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location: Festival Meadows, Sun Valley Rd.
Spend a day in the sunshine filled with live music, games, drinks, and memorable mountain experiences. Brewfest is a local’s favorite with wine selections, food trucks, over 25 breweries and up to 50 unique beers for tasting. Bring your friends and whole family along for a time of fun, dancing, and easy-going vibes.

41st Annual Sun Valley Wine Auction

Date: 20th – 22nd July, 2022
Location: Carol’s Lodge, Dollar Mountain

Celebrating and raising funds for the Sun Valley Museum of Art, this wine auction on Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain comes with purpose, creativity, connection, and a taste of serenity. The diverse Vintner dinners, extensive range of wine tastings and pairings, winemaker meetings, exciting auctions, live concerts, and exclusive River Ranch Wine walk serves up 3 days of exotic bliss in Sun Valley.

Sun Valley Arts, Culture & Music Festivals

Encore Screening of Warren Millers 72nd Film: Winter Starts Now

Date: Sunday 20th February, 2022
Time: 6:00pm – doors open for entry 5:30pm
Location: Sun Valley Opera House

Join Sun Valley for their 72nd Annual Ski and Snowboard Film Festival. Catch the essence of the winter season as the film takes you across America and up to Alaska, from untouched backcountry to the finest groomers around.

Live Jazz with Fred Hersch

Date: Saturday 5th March, 2022
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Argyros Theatre, Ketchum

Known as “a living legend” by The New Yorker Magazine and “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, the famed, influential and fifteen-time Grammy nominee, Fred Hersch, will be gracing Sun Valley with his smooth and surpassing jazz at the Argyros Theatre in downtown Ketchum.

Sun Valley Film Festival

Date: March 30th – April 3rd, 2022
Location: The Argyros Theatre, Ketchum

With the intention to empower independent film makers, the Sun Valley Film Festival is a celebration of cinema and the art of film. A week of coffee talks, parties, workshops and the screening of up to 25 films with crowds of locals, award winning film makers, Hollywood stars, directors and writers. This top-rated festival in Sun Valley beckons you with a relaxed yet exhilarating atmosphere.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival and Conference

Date: 10th – 13th June, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 7:00pm Location: Limelight Hotel, Ketchum

The Wellness festival is one of Sun Valley’s top events, drawing crowds of up to 20,000 attendees! Engage in workshops with world-class leaders, authors, athletes and wellness experts, attend culinary classes or listen to highly acclaimed speakers to inspire and motivate you on your wellness journey.

Sun Valley Writers Conference

Date: 16th – 18th July, 2022
Location: Sun Valley Pavilion

Sun Valley Writers conference is a weekend of presentations and book signings by popular authors, breakout sessions, breakfasts on the lodge terrace, barbecues and more. A time to learn, grow, and explore your creative side. Please note that a covid vaccination and booster is required to enter this event.

Sun Valley Music Festival

Date: 24th July – 18th August, 2022
Location: Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Rd.

This music festival is a favourite and the best, free and family-friendly summer event in Sun Valley. Enjoy endless days of pure jazz, classical concerts, and the sounds of relentless orchestra’s echoing through the valley. Grab a seat in the pavilion or bring a picnic for summer sunset symphony in the mountains.

Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival

Date: 12th – 16th October, 2022
Location: Various

Bringing back the roots of jazz in all its glory, the Sun Valley Jazz and Music Festival sparks a passion and sweet nostalgia, celebrating the history and future of the music that echoes through time. ‘Five days. Forty bands. One million smiles.’

Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival

Date: 12th – 14th August, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Atkinson’s Park, 900 3rd Avenue N, Ketchum
Sun Valley’s 53rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival is a spirited local event with world-class art exhibitors and vendors, a kid’s craft area, food trucks and live local music, and lots of unique jewelry, artwork, gifts and souvenirs to take home.

Ketch’em Alive

Date: Every Tuesday, starts June
Time: 7:00pm–9:00pm
Location: Forest Service Park, 131 River St E, Ketchum

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, downtown Ketchum hosts renowned musicians and artists to wow the crowds at this well-attended local event with places to picnic, food and cocktail trucks and loads of fun. Whether you’re looking to chill with a craft beer while the kids play or join the dancefloor and shuffle to western wonders as the sun sets, these free events are not to be missed on your summer vacation to Sun Valley.

Sun Valley Area Holiday Events

4th of July Parade and Rodeo

Date: 4th July, 2022
Location: Hailey, Idaho

This is one of Sun Valley’s most popular, entertaining, and exciting events of the year! The festivities begin with the Hailey Days of the Old West Parade on Hailey’s historic Main Street followed by an afternoon at the riverside Hailey Park with live music, food & beer trucks, and dancing with cowboys, locals and other travelers. The day of festivities ends with the Sawtooth Rangers 4th of July Rodeo, an engaging and entertaining old school western Rodeo at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds.

Wagon Days

Date: Labor Day Weekend
Location: Downtown Ketchum, Main St.

Join in on the annual old western Idaho festivities. Wagon Days presents a weeklong celebration of culture and history, with historical displays and exhibits at the Ore Wagon Museum, food trucks, live music, family activities in Town Square, and the famous Big Hitch Parade through downtown Ketchum. Book your stay with Michael’s Vacation Rentals to experience a weekend of fun and a glimpse of life in Idaho in the late 1800’s.

Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Date: 5th – 9th October, 2022
Location: Various locations, Ketchum

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival has been named in the “Top 10 Festivals in the World” and welcomes tourists from all over the US (and internationally!). This festival aims at conserving the rich history, deep cultures and spirited stories of the sheep ranchers and herders of Idaho and the West. The festival is educational, engaging and entertaining with fun activities for the whole family and a classic parade of sheep through the streets of downtown Ketchum.

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The team at Michael’s Vacation Rentals live, work, and play here! We offer the best places to stay in Sun Valley and downtown Ketchum – and know the best places to play too!

Whether you’re searching for a vacation of serenity and seclusion or fun-filled festivities in the heart of the action, we’ve got the perfect downtown Ketchum condo, Elkhorn golf villa or private Sun Valley home to suit your size, style and budget!