Festivals in Idaho are full of the usual craft shows, music, and kids entertainment; but what you will find more interesting is the culture, the northwestern environment, and the differences from the festivals you will attend in New England or the east coast states. Not to say that the west is more or less patriotic, but you will find reflections of a western atmosphere, mountainous scenery; with an attitude of “we have conquered the west” and the leather goods, jewelry, sculptures, and paintings are more natural, hand-crafted and original. You will discover the continental difference and want to come back for more.
Moscow Renaissance Fair: The 46th annual Moscow Renaissance Fair will be held on May 4-5, 2019. It will host an array of juried crafters selling their hand-crafted original art and other creations in wood, glass, jewelry, leather, fiber, clothing, metal, pottery and more. Visit the kids’ village and enjoy face painting, crafts, games, puppet show, and much more. In addition, there will be parade, costume contest, live music, maypole dance, a beer and wine garden, delicious food and many more activities.
Northern Pacific Depot Day Festival: The 34th annual Depot Day Festival will be held on May 11, 2019. It’ll feature car show, live music and dancing, model train exhibit, kids’ events, mine tour, zipline and outdoor laser tag, vendor booths, food booths and much more. Hours: Sat 7am-5pm
Savor Idaho: Event will be held on June 9, 2019. Taste delicious wines, enjoy local music and fill your belly with tasty food. Hours: 2pm-5pm
Emmett Cherry Festival: The Cherry Festival will be June 12-15, 2019. The event will include a parade, pie eating contest, fun run/walk, bake off, carnival rides, rodeo, pageants, art show and competition, craft fair, quilt show, children’s parade, softball tourney, yard sale, train show, truck and tractor pull, car show, food, delicious cherries and more.
Summer Fun Family Event at Kleiner Park: The 3rd annual Summer Fun Family Event will be held on July 20, 2019. Enjoy playing life size candy land and fun scavenger hunt along with other games. There will be vendors, kids’ activities, raffle, food, and much more. Free admission. Hours: 9am-3pm
Canyon County Fair: The Canyon County Fair will be held on July 25-29, 2019. There will be live concerts, fun entertainment on multiple stages, carnival rides, animals, children’s face painting, reptile adventures, pie baking contest, livestock shows and sale, carnival, marketplace, magic show, comedy show, dance competition, food and beverages, and a lot more.
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival: The Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica festival will be held on August 1-3, 2019. This harmonica focused music festival will feature 6.5k race, walking tour of yellow pine, live musical performances, workshops, arts and crafts, vendors, demos, bingo, food and more. Kids will enjoy face painting, pet rocks and other fun activities.
Jerome County Fair: The Jerome County Fair will be held on August 6-10, 2019. It’ll include parade, rodeo, concert, pee wee show, ag show, entertainment, exhibits, vendors, food, and more.
Murtaugh Medieval Faire: The Murtaugh Medieval Faire will be held on October 4-6, 2019. It’ll feature jousting, archery, pumpkin launching, entertainment, kid’s games and quests, royalty, dance with fairies, meet a mermaid, pirates, Vikings, armored combat and much more. Hours: Fri 1pm-9:30pm; Sat 10am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-5pm
More Festivals: Trailing of the Sheep Festival. OCT 9, Eagle Harvest Fest, OCT 12; Boise Holiday Bazaar, Dec 7
Craters of the Moon National Monument
This is Preserve is a mammoth ocean of lava flows located in Central Idaho. Hike through caves and craters and experience scenery unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Explore this unique volcanic landscape by car or by foot and enjoy unique treks through remote parts of the expansive lava field. Plan to stay as the sun goes down and check out the out of this world night skies at Craters of the Moon. The area is a designated International Dark Sky Park, which means there will be no shortage of stars to observe.
Things to Know
- Two of the trails are handicapped accessible.
- Sunscreen and a brimmed hat are recommended and closed-toed shoes
- If planning to visit caves, you must pick up a free permit at the Visitor Center.
- A free Wilderness Permit is required to spend the night at Craters of the Moon.
- A permit is required for commercial filming or photography in the park.
- Pets on leashes are welcome in the campground, parking lots, and paved roads, but not inside the Visitor Center or on NPS Monument trails (except for service animals).
The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, a presidential proclamation by President Clinton greatly expanded the Monument area. The National Park Service portions of the expanded Monument were designated as Craters of the Moon National Preserve in August 2002.
The Monument and Preserve encompass three major lava fields and about 400 square miles of sagebrush steppe grasslands to cover a total area of 1,117 square miles. All three lava fields lie along the Great Rift of Idaho, with some of the best examples of open rift cracks in the world, including the deepest known on Earth at 800 feet. There are excellent examples of almost every variety of lava, as well as tree molds (cavities left by lava-incinerated trees), lava tubes and many other volcanic features.
A series of fissure vents, cinder cones, spatter cones, rafted blocks, and overlapping lava flows are accessible from the Loop Drive. Wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and wild animals can be seen by hiking on one of the many trails in the monument or by just pulling over into one of the turn-offs.
The Visitor Center is near the monument’s only entrance. Various displays and publications along with a short film about the geology of the area help to orient visitors. Ranger-led walks are available in summer and cover topics such as wildlife, flowers, plants, or geology. Self-guiding tours and displays are available year-round and are easily accessible from the Loop Drive
Cave Area is the final stop on Loop Drive and, as the name indicates, has a collection of lava tube caves. Formed from the Blue Dragon Flow, the caves are a half-mile from the parking lot and include Dewdrop, Boy Scout, Beauty Cave and Indian Tunnel. The caves are open to visitors, but flashlights are needed except in Indian Tunnel and some form of head protection is highly recommended. Lava tubes are created when the sides and surface of a lava flow hardens. If the fluid interior flows away a cave is left behind.
Craters of the Moon Campground has 51 sites – none of which can be reserved in advance. Camping facilities are basic but do include water, restrooms, charcoal grills, and trash containers. National Park Service rangers present evening programs at the campground amphitheater in the summer. Camping enables visitors to enjoy the park during the evening and morning, when the heat, glare and wind are far less.
This makes a perfect day trip coming from Boise, ID where you have numerous choices for your stay there. TravelKatz will make sure this vacation will be a wonderful experience for your family. Call us at 352-277-7300 to make it happen.