Arts May 3, 2012

5 Shows Not to Miss!

Looking for entertainment for the whole family? These productions and events are sure to please all ages.
 “Sun Valley’s Stars on Ice”
at the Outdoor Ice Rink : July 4 – August 4, 2012

Don’t miss “Sun Valley’s Stars on Ice” this year, as the Sun Valley summer ice shows take the stage with a dazzling new production each Saturday night. Local skaters perform on the ice alongside world champions, and the themed productions are a joy for all ages!
The outdoor rink itself has seen a major overhaul—with an all new, state-of-the-art sound system that delivers superior lights and sound beneath the expansive Idaho night sky. There is no other show like it, anywhere.

Highlights for 2012 feature a star-studded cast from the world of ice skating elite, including crowd favorite and stunning performer, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, World Champion and two-time U.S. Gold Medalist, Evan Lysacek. If you haven’t seen him perform under the stars in Sun Valley, make sure you get there this summer.

Lysacek is joined on July 21st by 2012 U.S. Gold Medalist, National Champion and two-time U.S. Bronze Medalist, Ashley Wagner in a show that is sure to live up to all the expectations of a “Sun Valley’s Stars on Ice” production. Other notables include 2011 U.S. Gold Medalist and U.S. Silver Medalist Ryan Bradley performing with 2012 U.S. Junior Men’s Gold Medalist Nathan Chen on July 4th, and three-time U.S. Gold Medalist Jeremy Abbot performing on July 7th. Don’t miss 2011 World Bronze Medalists and two-time U.S. Silver Medalists Alex and Maia Shibutani’s July 14th performance, or 2012 U.S. Silver Medalist and two-time U.S. Gold Medalist Alissa Czisny skating in the July 28th performance.

Visit for the complete line-up or to reserve the lavish Sun Valley Terrace Buffet. Standard bleacher seating is also available for purchase, but reserve early, as tickets go fast! For tickets, call 208.622.2135 or visit

San Francisco Ballet
at the Sun Valley Pavilion : July 8, 2012

San Francisco Ballet’s summer/fall tour includes a one-night-only performance at the spectacular Sun Valley Pavilion at Sun Valley Resort. The program includes choreography to “After the Rain,” “Don Quixote” and “The Dance House,” as well as solo performances and pas de deux from “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.” Visit or for more details and tickets.


The Sun Valley Center
Arts & Crafts Festival (Free) : August 10-12, 2012

This festival, located at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park, is great for all ages. In the activity area children will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by trying some of the techniques used by the artists in the Festival.  It’s all free, it’s all fun and it’s all for kids! All children under the age of 8 are welcome with an adult who is ready, willing and able to help them create art. Children ages 8-12 can work alone but cannot leave the area unattended. 208.726.9491


The Sun Valley Summer Symphony (Free)
July 30 – August 14, 2012

Enjoy classical music outdoors in the stunning elegance of the Sun Valley Pavilion with Bald Mountain as backdrop. Or bring a picnic to the lawn and listen to some of the best classical artists in the world perform completely free of charge. The Sun Valley Summer Symphony has attracted internationally-acclaimed guest artists and ensembles, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Vadim Gluzman and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, among others. Now the largest privately funded free admission symphony in America, it is not to be missed! Pops night (August 4) and the afternoon family concert (August 11, with narrator Ridley Pearson) are popular favorites, but programming changes yearly and is always world-class. For a full schedule and details visit or


Bellevue Haunted Forest & Hailey Halloween Hoopla (Free)
October 31, 2012

Participate in a true local experience—dress up your goblins, witches and monsters and bring them to downtown Hailey on October 31st to trick-or-treat! It’s free and local businesses open their doors to kids of all ages. Want a true haunted experience? Visit the Bellevue Haunted Forest over Halloween. Now in its 5th year, this event, a spookfest that encompasses a walking loop through The Howard Preserve in Bellevue that is about 15 minutes long, is growing in popularity and eeriness. The ticket price is right ($5) and all proceeds from the event are donated to the Friends of The Howard Preserve to help with long-term maintenance of the preserve. Highlights include haunted graveyards, witches, monsters and themed creations (such as a pirate ship or Dante’s Inferno) that help create mazes with extra twists and turns. And remember: If traveling with little ones, it is recommended to visit the Forest before dark. After dark, all bets are off. Visit for more details or


This article appears in the Spring 2012 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.