August 2019 Calendar

By Les Tanner

In spite of our efforts to ascertain that events listed in our calendar are described accurately, cancellations or changes due to weather, illness of performers, and other such things, although rare, are bound to occur. Double checking with the event coordinators about locations, dates and times is always a good idea. Details about many of the following events can be found at

Northern Idaho

1-3 Music and Harmonica Festival, Yellow Pine

1-11 Festival at Sandpoint: Enjoy eclectic music under the stars on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint

2-4 Downtown Street Fair: Entertainment, fine arts and crafts, over 250 vendors, and more. 10:00 AM, Coeur d’Alene

2-4 1860 Days, Pierce

2-4 Art on the Green: An annual arts and performance festival. A great place to buy handcrafted works in glass, clay, leather, wood, metal, and more. North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene

3-31 Long Camp Saturday Farmer’s Market: SATURDAYS, Kamiah/Kooskia

3-31 Farmer’s Market: SATURDAYS, Moscow

4 Raspberry Festival: Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood

9 Free Evening at the Museum: Museum of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene

9-11 Hagadone Boat Show: Hill’s Resort, Priest Lake

11 Priest Lake Memory Gardens Grand Opening: 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Priest Lake

16-17 Council Mountain Music Festival: Family friendly music event. Free (donations encouraged). Veterans Memorial Park, Council

16-18 Chief Looking Glass Pow Wow, Kamiah

16-18 Idaho County Fair, Cottonwood

16-19 Old Time Fiddlers Camp-Out, Kamiah

17-18 Wild Weippe Rodeo, Weippe

18 Firefest “Concert on The Lawn”: Benefit, West Priest Lake Fire District. 1:00 PM, Elkins Resort, Priest Lake

23 Baked Potato Bar: Lake City Center, Coeur d’Alene

30-31 Chamber of Commerce Annual BBQ Days, Kamiah

31 Trunk Sale: Community Center, Coolin

31 Youth Zone: River Front Park, Kamiah

Southwestern Idaho

7/31-8/3 Fair & Rodeo: Gem County Fairgrounds, Emmett

1 Teen End-of-the-Summer Party: 4:00-5:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

1 Puppet Show, “No Such Thing”: 3:00 PM. Ada Community Library, Victory Branch, Boise

1-29 Great Garden Escape: THURSDAYS. 6:30-9:00 PM, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

1,8 Family Bootcamp: A variety of FREE family fitness activities, led by certified instructors. 8:30-9:15 AM, Lakeview Park Amphitheater, Nampa

2 Club Challenge Series #5: Auto racing. 6:30 PM, Firebird Raceway, Eagle

3 Humans of Canyon County: Celebrate the diversity of your community by “borrowing” a human book, and learn more about theirlife story. All ages. 1:00-4:00 PM. Public Library, Caldwell

3 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker: Dr. James Ryan, “Insects & Microbes”. O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

3 Movie under the Stars: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Free. 7:00 PM, Simplot Sports Complex, Boise

3-4 Auto Cross: Sponsored by Snake River Sports Car Club of America. West parking lot, Expo Idaho, Garden City

3-4 Kuna Days: This two-day festival features Live Music, Kids Carnival, Parade and Fireworks. Bernard Fisher Park, Kuna

3-23 Southwest Idaho Senior Games: Competitions of all sorts for seniors (50+), from archery to track-and-field, and a lot of others in between, including pickleball. See for event scheduling. Registration deadline: August 1. Boise

3-31 Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead: SATURDAYS. Catch a glimpse of what rural Idaho life was like in the 1860’s. 12:30-4:30pm, 5006 W. Farm Court, Boise

5 Fitness in the Park–Family Yoga: 8:00-9:00 AM, Lakeview Park Amphitheater, Nampa

6 Kilroy Koffee Klatch: 10:00-12:00 at Nampa’s Warhawk Air Museum; FREE for ALL veterans and ALL veterans are welcome; Coffee and breakfast treats are served at no charge. No RSVP required – just show up; Nampa

7 WaterShed Wednesday: Activities, arts and crafts and scientific demonstrations inside and outside! FREE, and no pre-registration required. 10:00 a.m. to noon. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Rd., Boise

7-10 Payette County Fair: Fairgrounds, New Plymouth

7-28 “Alive After Five” Summer Concerts: WEDNESDAYS. Free. 5:00 PM, The Grove Plaza, Boise

7-28 Midweek Kids’ Program: WEDNESDAYS. Ages 5-11. Different presenters each week, such as Deer Flat NWR and STARLAB (mobile planetarium). 11:00 AM, Public Library, Caldwell

8 Book Discussion: Featuring author Peter Zheutlin. 7:00 PM, Rediscovered Books, Boise

8-11 Pepsi Nightfire Nationals: Idaho’s premier motorsports event. 8:00 AM, Firebird Raceway, Eagle

9 Silver Screen on the Green: “Smallfoot”. Free. 8:30 PM, Optimist Park, Nampa

10 Jeff Russell R2R 85 plus HUNGRY ONION BIKE RACES 4 KIDS: Racing. 4:45 PM, Meridian Speedway, Meridian

10 Community Dance: $5 per person, finger-food potluck. Music by Just for Kicks. 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Senior and Community Center, Weiser

10 Movie under the Stars: “Incredibles 2”. Free. 7:00 PM, Julia Davis Park, Boise

10 Soul Food Festival: Idaho’s only festival featuring rich and authentic African American/African inspired foods and entertainment. Get your taste of mouth-watering barbecue, Cajun cuisine, ribs, hot links, sweet tea, and more. Free. 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Kleiner Park, Meridian

10-11 Festival of the Arts: A celebration of the creative spirit of our diverse community, expressing cultural heritage through art, music and dance. Free. Lakeview Park, Nampa

13,17 Buckaroo Breakfast: Caldwell Events Center/O’Connor Field House, Caldwell

13,27 Adulting 101: Ages 15+. Theme for August: Car Repair. 6:30-8:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

14 Idaho Job and Career Fair: Civic Center, Nampa

16 Crafter’s Club: 2:00-3:00 PM, Community Room, Public Library, Caldwell

16-25 Western Idaho State Fair: Expo Idaho, Garden City

17 Hot August Cruze Drag Night: Annual Hot Rod Cruise Parade,, NASCAR Modifieds, Dominos Legends, Firehouse Bombers. 6:45, Meridian Speedway, Meridian

17 Water Festival: Quench your thirst for fun with local engineers from Carollo Engineers, Inc. to launch water rockets, race your friends through a hydraulic maze, build your own filter and win prizes, all while learning about the water cycle and water treatment. Free. 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Rd., Boise

17-18 Payette Lakes Fine Art & Crafts Fair: Gold Glove Park, McCall

18 Silver Screen on the Green: Free family movies. Cncessions, family activities. Starts at 8:30m, movies begin at dusk. Optimist Park, Nampa

20 Fly Tying Class: Put on by Indianhead Fly Fishers. 7pm – 9pm, Public Library, Weiser

22 Gazebo Concert: Willison Roos ft. Charlie Burry. 6:30-9:00PM, Heritage Park, Eagle

24 Boise Foothills Geology Hike: Take a 2-3-mile hike to discuss the geology with the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. $15 per person. Pre-registration is required a week in advance. Boise

24 Bug Day: An entomological extravaganza for the entire family. For details, visit Co-Presented by The College of Idaho and Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

31-9/2 Meadows Valley Days, New Meadows

Central Idaho

7/26-8/1 Custer County Fair: Fairgrounds, Mackay

7/38-8/3 The 8th Annual Driggs Plein Air Festival, Driggs

1-29 Music in the Park: THURSDAYS. Free concerts, starting at 7:00 PM. Challis

1-30 “Sundancer’s Vision”: Mixed Media exhibition by Diana Robin. Mad Dog Gallery, Challis

3 Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party: Cake, Games, and a special visit from Smokey Bear! 1 pm – 3 pm, Redfish Center and Gallery, Redfish Lake, Stanley

9-10 “Off the Wall” Art & Back Porch Sale: MadDog Gallery, Challis

9-11 Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival: Atkinson Park, Ketchum

11 Ice Cream Social: 1 pm – 4 pm at the Stanley Museum, Stanley

13 Cat Cozy Club: Knitting adorable and comfy cat cozies for our adoptable cats! Yarn is provided. Free. 11am – 1pm. Christie’s Cat Café, Hailey

16-18 “Ride the Bayhorse” ATV Weekend: Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, Challis

18 Symphony: 4:00-6:00 PM, City Plaza, Driggs

22 Summerfest: Block party! Food, music, local art, and family activities. 5:00pm, downtown St. Anthony

30-31 Sawtooth Salmon Festival: See wild salmon spawning in the streams of their birth and join a day of festivities focusing on wild rivers. Includes a presentation Friday evening at 5:00 PM, plus Saturday festivities. Wild salmon spawning tours every two hours. Afternoon entertainment with live music, BBQ and refreshments. Sawtooth Stanley Museum, Stanley

Southern Idaho

7/29-8/3 Minidoka County Fair, Rupert

6-10 Jerome County Fair, Jerome

10 Star Party: 9:00 PM, CSI Centennial Observatory, Twin Falls

10-17 Cassia County Fair: Fairgrounds, Burley

16-17 Joe Mama’s Car Show: This is one of Idaho’s largest shows, with activities Friday night and the main show on Saturday. North Park, Jerome

21 Summer Solar Session: Safely view sunspots and the solar atmosphere through special filtered telescopes. Free admission. 1:30pm – 3:30 pm, CSI Centennial Observatory, Twin Falls

28-9/2 Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley Stampede: County Fairgrounds, Filere

Eastern Idaho

7/29-8/3 Caribou County Fair: Rodeo, motor sports, competitions, entertainment, 4-H animals and exhibits, good food, parades, and vendors. Caribou County Fairgrounds, Grace

1 Southeast Idaho Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Talk by Mark Heckenbach, Master Gardener. Engaging citizens 55+ and sponsored by Museum Club of Idaho. Free for MOI members, $5 for general public 3:00 PM – 04:00 PM, Trinity United Methodist Church, Idaho Falls

1 Gallery Walk, Downtown Idaho Falls

1-3 That Famous Preston Night Rodeo, Preston

1,8,15 Music on Main: All ages. Free outdoor summer concert series. 6-10 p.m., Victor

3 Butterfly Haven Anniversary Celebration: Free homemade root beer and wagon rides behind a vintage tractor, plus some other fun vintage things to see. Most of all, see amazing butterflies, plants and birds. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Butterfly Haven, Pingree

3 Eagle Rock Outlaws Fast Draw Competition: Free for spectators. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. , Eagle Rock Outlaws Hideout, 10648 N. 25th E., Idaho Falls

5-9 Power County Fair: Fairgrounds, American Falls

6-27 Bank of Idaho River Concert Series: TUESDAYS. Free concerts, 7:00 PM, at the Greenbelt Stage along the River Walk. Lineup: The Powell Brothers (6th), Teton Skye (13th), Danny Heslop (20th), The Mike Banks Quartet (27th). Idaho Falls

7 Planet Arts Class–Torn Paper Landscapes: An art project for ages 5-9. $3.00 per child. Noon to 1:00 PM, Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls

8-11 Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival: Pow wow, Dance Competition, Indian Relay Races, Parade, Rodeos, Arts and Crafts, Traditional Handgames, Fun Run/Walk and more! Festival Grounds, Ft. Hall

9 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Wagon Escort: The 11th OVC is a mounted Cavalry living history unit that loves horses and strives to experience history. The National Oregon/California Trail Center, Montpelier

10 Contra Dance: Traditional American social dance. 7:30 – 10:00 p.m., the First Congregational UCC Church, Pocatello

10 Chubbuck Days Festival & Parade: A variety of fun family activities, such as helicopter rides, car show, Eastern Idaho Scottish Games Championship, carnival games, food booths, entertainment and much more, Chubbuck

12-17 Oneida County Fair: County Fairgrounds, Malad

16-17 Bannock County Bluegrass Festival: Bannock County Fairgrounds, Pocatello

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Les Tanner

About Les Tanner

Les Tanner is shown here with his late wife, Ruby, to whom he was married for more than sixty years, and who also was on the staff of IDAHO magazine. When Les, a retired teacher, isn’t working on the magazine's calendar, proofreading, fishing, writing, playing pickleball, or pulling weeds, he’s out looking for Jimmy the cat.

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