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There are fantastic festivals and annual events throughout Idaho celebrating everything from the changing seasons to Jazz. Below are just a couple of the fun, family-friendly events you should pencil into your travel itinerary.
The Idaho Winter Carnival celebrates the approach of the winter season and has done for more than 40 years. Their snow sculpture contest draws in artists from all over the Western United States, and the Mardi Gras Grand Parade is a highlight.
Earn your Ironman stripes in Idaho. The Ironman Coeur d'Alene is an incredible athletic competition in beautiful northern Idaho. Men and women ready for the challenge – swim 2.4 miles in Lake Coeur d'Alene, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles along the Lake. Many participants will compete in the Ironman Coeur d'Alene to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
During this intense triathlon, athletes must complete each phase without a break in order to complete the event in less than seventeen hours. Make the most of your Coeur d'Alene visit by spending time on the lake, visiting the galleries, shops or wineries.
Held annually in February, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival takes place on-campus at the University of Idaho – found in Moscow in northwestern Idaho. Established in 1967, the event is said to be the largest jazz festival west of the Mississippi River.
Named for the legendary jazz musician, and awarded by the National Medal of Arts, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest features workshops, classes, seminars, and plenty of live jazz. There are many ways to enjoy a visit to Moscow, ID – be sure to explore the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which consistently proves be one of the best.
Celebrate the history and heritage of the Lumberjack history each year at this Orofino attraction. Held every mid-September, this four-day event offers family-friendly fun close to the scenic Clearwater River.
Popular activities include a carnival, kiddie parade, horse pulls, and an auction. Don't miss the signature log show, which offers show-stopping events like axe throwing, hot sawing, tree topping, and saw bucking.