August 2020 Calendar

By Les Tanner

Many cancellations or changes in these events are likely to occur because of concerns about Covid-19. We nevertheless show them here, because one goal of the magazine, including the Calendar, is to show what life in Idaho is about. Double-checking with event coordinators about the following locations, dates, and times is highly recommended. Details about many of the following events can be found at

Northern Idaho

7/31-8/2 52nd Annual Art on the Green: For the very first time, Art on the Green will become a Virtual Festival.  “Keep Art In Your Heart” by supporting art and artists through donations, purchasing of art directly from local and regional artists, enjoying one of our art project videos with their children or purchasing some of our Festival Merchandise.  Info: North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene

1 26th Annual Long Bridge Swim:  Hundreds from around the region will challenge themselves and one another in this annual 1.76-mile swim, which parallels the pedestrian bridge across Lake Pend Oreille.  8:00 AM, Sandpoint

1-29 Motor-In Farmers Market: SATURDAYS.  A pre-paid contact-less market, held in tandem with the usual Moscow Farmers Market.  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, City Hall parking lot, Moscow

1-29 Farmers Market: SATURDAYS. 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Main Street, Moscow

2 St. Gertrude Historical Museum Raspberry Festival, Cottonwood

3-24 Pre-School Story Time: MONDAYS. Public Library, Priest Lake

4 Hungry Heroes Veterans Breakfast: Free. 8:00 am, Garden Plaza, Post Falls

6-27 Summer Reading Program: THURSDAYS, Public Library, Priest Lake

7-28 Farmer’s Market: FRIDAYS. Fresh local produce, jams, breads, eggs, homemade crafts and more! 3-5 pm at the Mini Park, Weippe

7-9 Accordion Jubilee: Featured will be accordion breakfasts, parades, jams, impromptu concerts, and much more. Wallace

8-9 Elk City Days, Elk City

8-9 Arts and Crafts Fair: This two-day event runs concurrently with the Festival at Sandpoint, an evening concert series. The Fair takes place during the day, on 2nd Ave. & Main St. in downtown Sandpoint. Elements of the fair include artist booths, food vendors, and a youth art arena. Artwork exhibited includes sculpture, ceramics, metal, fiber, photography, paintings, mixed media, wood, crafts, and more. All proceeds support programs in visual and performing arts and art education for the benefit of our community.  FREE to attend.  Sandpoint

13-15 Idaho County Fair: Theme: “Kickin’ Up Our Boots at the Idaho County Fair”.  Fairgrounds, Cottonwood

14-15 Huckleberry Festival and 5K Walk: Celebrate the prized berry season in downtown Historic Wallace. A 5k fun run, family activities and games, huckleberry breakfast, and entertainment occur all weekend long. Enjoy and celebrate our spectacular summer season at its best! Wallace

14-15 Fifth Annual PRCA/WPRA Rodeo: In conjunction with the PRCA event, there will also be women’s barrel racing sanctioned by WPRA,  Bonner County Fair Grounds, Sandpoint

14-16 Chief Looking Glass Pow Wow, Kamiah

15-16 Wild Weippe Rodeo: The rodeo is open to local contestants and the best cowboys around!  Come join the fun.  Weippe

19-22 Bonner County Fair: Sandpoint

19-22 Idaho County Fair: Bring the family to this fun-filled event. Enjoy the animals, the displays, the food!… share the day with friends. Showcasing local gardeners, bakers, quilters, and artists.  Fairgrounds, Cottonwood

23 Firefest “Concert on the Lawn”: Benefit for West Priest Lake fire district. 1:00pm.  Priest Lake

26-30 North Idaho State Fair and Rodeo: “There’s Magic in the Fair”.  Carnival, Demolition Derby, Food, Rodeo, “Party in the Dirt” Concert, and more.  Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene

28 Lewiston Hot August Nights: 6:00 PM, Downtown Lewiston

29 Food Bank & Thrift Shoppe Donation Drop-Off: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Community Hall, Coolin

Southwestern Idaho

1 Water Lantern Festival: Boise

1 Day at The Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park: Meridian

1 Flea Market: Kuna

1 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch), Speaker: Howard Emry,”Pleistocene of the American Falls Formation”. O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

1 Silver Screen on the Green- “Frozen 2″: 8:30 PM, Optimist Park, Nampa

4-25 Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market: TUESDAYS.  5:00 PM, Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

5 Hike the Watershed: Learn about some of the places you can hike in the Boise River Watershed. 10:00-Noon. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise

7-8 Kuna Days: The fun begins at 4pm on Friday with live music and vendors at the Bernie Fisher Park, and a family movie at the city baseball fields around dusk.  Saturday morning: Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast and Kuna Days Fun Run (8am).  The big parade down Main Street begins at 10am sharp.  11am-6pm is a free kids carnival in the East Baseball Field, and corn hole tournament, and Live Entertainment all day long.  The cap to the fun: the AMAZING KUNA DAYS FIREWORKS SHOW!  Kuna

8-9 SRRSCCA Auto Cross: West Parking Lot, Expo Idaho, Garden City

8-9 34th Annual Nampa Festival of the Arts: Live entertainment, food concessions, and free activities for children, including a kid’s art booth, will keep the whole family entertained. Admission and parking are free. 10:00 AM at Lakeview Park, Nampa

11 Bloom, A Summer Reading Series: A safely-distanced reading series, which takes place in our Meditation Garden and the shady, expansive green area that surrounds it. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket. Picnic baskets are welcome or guests can purchase food and beverages from the on-site vendors.  Reader: Russell Wilson.  5:30pm – 7:00pm, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

12 Gardens and Veggies: Learn about gardens and vegetables in Boise and pick some of the fresh vegetables from our Boise WaterShed Farm. 10:00-Noon. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise

15-16 The Payette Lakes Fine Art & Craft Fair: Arts and crafts including stained glass, fused glass, wood furniture, jewelry, floral, photography, metal art, paintings, and specialty foods. Admission, free.  9:00 AM,  Gold Glove Park, McCall

15 C.A.S.T. for Kids: Activity providing children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience through the sport of fishing. Black Canyon Reservoir, Emmett

28 Exploring Idaho’s State Parks: Join Rick Just, retired historian for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, to explore the history of Idaho’s State Parks and how these beautiful natural areas improve the quality of life for Idahoans through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.  Then join local artist Kara Dean to create a piece of art inspired by the beauty and scenery of our state parks.  Cost $15.  Pre-register at (208) 608-7680.   6:00 – 9:30 p.m., Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise

29 13th Annual Pooch Party Stroll & Splash: 9:00 AM, Lakeview Park, Nampa

Southern Idaho

10-15 Jerome County Fair: Jerome

15-22 Cassia County Fair: Burley

17-22 Gooding County Fair: Gooding

Central Idaho

7-9 Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival: Ketchum

Eastern Idaho

1 Downtown Days Neon Street Dance: 6:00 PM, Old Town Pocatello

3-8 Bannock County Fair & Rodeo, Pocatello

7 Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival: Fort Hall Festival Grounds, Fort Hall

8 Blackfoot Makers’ Market: Outdoor Farmers/Craft Market- Local vendors with handmade and homemade goods for sale. Come shop for beautiful & unique gifts, crafts, art, and much much more!  8 a.m to 2 p.m. Held outside at Paisley Cakes and Oakridge Gas Station. Blackfoot.

10-15 Franklin County Fair: Rodeo, Demolition Derby, Car Show and Exhibits. Hypnotist, Comedian, Horse pulls, Motor Cross and much more. Preston

10-15 Madison County Fair: Rexburg

15 Ice Cream Zoofari: 12:00 PM, Zoo Idaho, Pocatello

20-22 Bannock County Bluegrass Festival: Pocatello

28-29 Intermountain Pro Rodeo Finals: 6:00 PM, Bannock County Event Center, 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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