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The Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of dozens upon dozens of examples of how to enjoy the Treasure Valley and beyond without breaking the bank for your or your family this summer. The Idaho Press-Tribune has compiled 101 events, places and opportunities to get out in Idaho and enjoy all it has t…

Fiddlers from all over the country compete for top dollars at the certified Idaho Open Fiddle Contest at the Nampa Civic Center. Winners go on to compete at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest and Festival in Weiser, Idaho, the following week. The event is planned for June 5-6. The nationa…

Between 100-150 bicycle racers will take to the streets of Nampa on June 15 for this USA Cycling sanctioned event. Bicycle racing comes to historic downtown Nampa as part of a full afternoon and evening of cycling activities that includes a citizens race, kids races, kids activity areas and …

The Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa is a place where students of all ages can learn about the American experience during times of war, conflict and change. Residents can learn about the personal experiences of those who lived through those times and how the advancement in technology had an impac…

Boasting a $400,000 payoff, the Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 regular season professional rodeos in the nation. The stampede, held July 14-18, has evolved from a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900s to a major professional sports event. Virtually all of the w…

This summer, the College of Idaho is offering its first non-credit programs to the community. A variety of programs — from dance camps to guitar classes to quilting lessons — will be offered for kids, teens, adults and seniors. The programs are three-to-four sessions in length and range in p…

Wilson Ponds are a good birding area near the city of Nampa and the regional office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Summer nesting birds include pied-billed grebe, American coot, Virginia rail, black-chinned hummingbird, belted kingfisher, marsh wren and yellow warbler. The 55-acre…

Ward Memorial Park is a historical site memorializing the members of the Ward Party that were killed by local Indians on Aug. 20, 1854. This is the site of the first attack on wagon trains during this particular period of the Oregon Trail. Emigrants and Indians occasionally had adverse encou…

Music Theatre of Idaho was founded as a nonprofit corporation to provide opportunities for individuals to explore musical theatre production while presenting the community with professional quality, family-centered live musical theatre. The MTI provides performance opportunities for over 200…

See all the Canyon County Fair has to offer from July 23-26. This year’s fair concert line-up features some of today’s newest country stars, Old Dominion with special guests Haley and Michaels, Brett Eldredge and Easton Corbin. Along with fair-goer favorites such as the carnival, 4-H Club an…

Walk or bike the Nampa and Caldwell greenbelts. The city of Nampa offers miles of existing pathways and has developed the bicycle pedestrian master plan for more pathways in the future. Nampa visitors will enjoy running, walking, in-line skating or bicycling on the Nampa Pathway System. User…

Part of this 14.5-square-mile reservoir with 28 miles of shoreline lies within the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. Boating, fishing and wildlife viewing are the major recreation activities at Lake Lowell, located southwest of Nampa. Historic features of the area include the embankment da…

The Caldwell Night Rodeo is listed among the top 20 professional rodeos in the nation and draws crowds in the neighborhood of 40,000 over five nights, Aug. 18-22. The best professional cowboys in the world make the Caldwell Night Rodeo an annual stop in their schedule. It has been featured o…

The rumble of muscle cars combined with the sounds of live music and the rushing water of Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell each September are synonymous with the annual Indian Creek Festival. The city of Caldwell has worked hard over the years to improve its downtown through the restoration…

This family-friendly Meridian destination features the Corkscrew Cavern – Idaho’s first looping water slide. Riders will step into a launching capsule, and then wait for the trap door to drop. Adrenaline kicks in as riders are propelled into a narrow 32-inch enclosed tunnel and instantly acc…

This unique landscape feature certainly lives up to its namesake. Located near the town of Marsing, the butte sits next to Highway 55 and overlooks the Snake River to the west. The Butte is roughly 350 feet high and has an elevation of 2,634 feet above sea-level. This is fruit country so muc…

Jubilee Park has 1,350 acres of open space, featuring breathtaking views of the Snake River Canyon, Owyhee Mountains and the Boise Front. This close-to-home desert landscape provides a unique setting to enjoy many recreational opportunities. The 350 acres of trails accommodate OHV, horseback…

Bordered on the north and south by the Boise River, the 545-acre Eagle Island Park features a swimming beach, grassy picnic area and more than five miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking or walking your dog. The waterslide opens Memorial Day weekend and is open until Labor Day. The par…

Located on the southwest side of Pickles Butte, southwest of Nampa, the Nourse Range is part of 1,350-acre Jubilee Park, operated by Canyon County Parks and Waterways. There are nine shooting lanes of various sizes and lengths, separated by earthen berms. Each range has a firing line establi…

This historic building in Melba was built in 1919 originally as a boarding house. Ten years later it became the Oddfellows Lodge. The Oddfellows expanded the building and created their meeting hall on the second floor. For a short time it was owned and used by the Rebekah's. Thanks to the lo…

The Boise River Park is located between the Fairview Avenue and Veteran's Memorial Parkway Bridges on the Boise River off of Whitewater Park Boulevard. The area boasts an opportunity for community recreation and paddlesports while improving the habitat and environment, especially for native …

Babby Farms in Caldwell is a nonprofit petting zoo started in 2009 to offer one-on-one experiences with farm animals as well as exotics to individuals with disabilities. To offset those costs, the farm offers admittance to the general public as well. Babby Farms is USDA and ISDA-certified an…

The Idaho Military History Museum assists in the preservation of all military records, banners and relics of the state as an enduring memorial of the patriotism and valor of the soldiers of Idaho. Exhibits feature displays of firearms and memorabilia from the Philippine Insurrection and the …

Experience fair fun with featured vendors, comedians, hypnotists, tribute bands, animals and tasty fair food at Boise’s Western Idaho Fair on Aug. 21-30. The fair's 2015 concert lineup includes Jerrod Niemann, Theory of a Deadman, Pat Benatar and Gary Allan. For information, go to www.idahof…

Friends — old and new — will be welcomed to Boise from July 26-Aug. 2 for Jaialdi 2015. Jaialdi started in 1987 as a way to promote and sustain Basque culture in the United States and abroad. Nearly 30 years later, it’s one of the largest Basque festivals anywhere in the world. You’ll be abl…

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