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October 2013
Explore Idaho Things To Do Places To Stay

Haunted Happenings & Family Fun

October in Idaho is the time to relax after a busy summer, acclimate to cooler weather and best of all…Celebrate Fall!  When you see dry corn stalks standing in fields and huge bales of hay and straw strategically placed in open fields, you know it’s time to visit your favorite corn or straw bale maze!  From family-friendly to terrifying, you can find a corn maze, haunted hay field or a delightfully confusing straw bale maze wherever pumpkins grow—which is pretty much anywhere in Idaho! Even our theme park is tricked out for terror with Scarywood Haunted NightsRead on for a full list of haunts and mazes.

With the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes You Could Score More than Great Snow!

Idaho is a popular winter destination for skiers and boarders who enjoy some of the world's best runs without the crowds. With 18 ski areas offering more than 20,000 skiable acres and an extraordinary array of nordic trails and loops, Idaho is a gem for enthusiasts seeking crystal clear skies, fresh powder and short lift lines.

Idaho Tourism and Ski Idaho want to give everyone a chance to experience the soul of skiing.  Beginning in October and running through the end of February 2014, snow lovers may visit to enter the Vitamin ID Winter Sweepstakes. Read more.

Trailing of the Sheep Festival – An Internationally Renowned Idaho Event

Thursday through Sunday, October 10-13, in Ketchum and Hailey, Idaho, the 17th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival will treat visitors to a nostalgic celebration of Idaho’s sheep ranchers.

This September, USA Today featured the event on its national list, “10 Great Places for Fall Festivals.” MSN Travel went further, ranking it as one of the “Top 10 Festivals in the World.”

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival includes delicious food and wine, concerts, lectures, and workshops for adults, as well as fun events and craft-making booths for kids. Read more.

Upcoming Events

thru oct 11
Victor Farmers Market

Enjoy local farm products, locally made food & beverages, and local artisans. Live Music starts at 5 PM. Victor

thru oct 21
Opera Idaho

An eclectic selection, ranging from beloved classics to contemporary works. Boise

thru oct 26
Moscow Farmers Market

Held Saturday mornings, celebrate local farmers, artists, craftspeople and musicians, giving them an opportunity to interact directly with the community and its visitors. Moscow

oct 3
First Thursday

Stroll through the unique shops and galleries in downtown, while enjoying in-store entertainment and special events. Boise

Oct 16-20
Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

Featuring over 40 bands and 200 top musicians from around the world playing live jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Zydeco, and Blues on 10 stages. Sun Valley

Oct 18-20

This unique cycling and brew festival combines intense Cyclocross  bike race action with a Beer Fest, tapping up to 80 different types of ales and lagers. Hailey

Oct 19-20
Wood River Artist Studio Tour

This event features studio tours of a variety of working artists from throughout the Wood River Valley. Ketchum/Hailey/Sun Valley area

Oct 29
Bellevue Haunted Forest

The Howard Preserve is transformed into the Bellevue Haunted Forest. As the site of the old town dump, you never know what will turn up, or out!  Bellevue

thru nov 30
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World

Offers an entertaining, engaging, and hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history—the guitar. Idaho Falls

thru dec 21
Essential Idaho - 150 Things That Make The Gem State Unique Exhibition

This major exhibit is one of the largest ever shown at the Museum and features rare artifacts, hands-on learning stations, and compelling stories about our fascinating state. Boise


Idaho Department of Commerce,
Division of Tourism Development
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0093

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C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor
Jeffery Sayer, Director
Karen Ballard, Administrator

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