McCall Event Calendar

Event Calendar in McCall

There is always something going on in McCall and here are some events you just don’t want to miss. Year after year these events get bigger and better. Some are fundraisers for local charities, some are community parties, and others are athletic events to test your endurance. We all have a favorite event for each of the four seasons and here is it is…the must-attend events of the year.

April 2014

April 5, 2014                     Crazy Daze at Brundage – Featuring Pond Skimming

Celebrate the end of winter and the start of the spring season by watching brave souls as they shoot  across the chilly 100-foot pond! This is a fun event for the whole family. Everyone can participate in the poker run, kid’s piñata party, and the treasure hunt.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and be ready to celebrate spring. There is nothing like watching skiers and boarders press their luck with the freezing waters of the Brundage Pond.

April 18-20, 2014              Jet Boat Races in Riggins, Idaho

McCall locals love to get out of the snow and mud of spring and head up the road to Riggins, Idaho to spend the weekend under the sun and on the river watching the exciting jet boat races. This year marks the 30th Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races. The races are sponsored by the Salmon River Jet Boat Committee. Teams from Canada and the United States will be competing for not only cash prizes but also for bragging rights. The get to boast about racing the River of No Return and having raced the most exciting and longest running river Jet Boat Race in the lower 48.

May 2014

May 3-4, 2014                    Riggins Rodeo and Parade

In its 66th year the Riggins Rodeo is a rip roarin’ good time. This rodeo is sponsored by the Salmon River Cowboy Association at the Riggins Rodeo Grounds. The Rodeo ends on Sunday with a traditional parade down Main Street.

June 2014

June 7, 2014                       Big Water Blowout River Festival

The Big Water Blowout River Festival  on the Salmon River in Riggins, Idaho is an action packed event with local white water outfitters offering discounted raft trips from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get your thrill seeking in and paddle HUGE rapids with experienced guides or just drive up the river to watch the dare devils hit the waves. End your day with live music and a Dutch oven cook off contest.

June 14, 2014                     BARK! in the Park

BARK! In the Park is a fundraiser for MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter. It is a 3K walk in Ponderosa State Park. Leash up your pup and enjoy a nature walk through the scenic meadows and forests in the park. McCall is a community of dog owners and we love to celebrate the coming of the summer season with our dogs in our state park. BARK! in the Park also includes a picnic lunch and contests for you and your furry family member.

June 20-22, 2014               Payette River Games

The games take place in Cascade, Idaho at Kelly’s White Water Park. Payette River Games include international competitions in stand up paddling, kayaking and river surfing. They also offer events such as dog fetch in river, Frisbee disc golf, fitness competition, lumber jack, bocce ball, volleyball, fly casting, raft cross and more.  It is free for spectators and fun for everyone.


July 2014

June 27-July 7, 2014        July 4th in the Mountains

McCall hosts a 10 day 4th of July Celebration. This is our big summer kick off party. The McCall Area Chamber of Commerce, along with area businesses and organizations, puts on a party for 10 days to celebrate the Fourth of July. Every year this party gets bigger and better. They offer  tons of live music, fireworks over the lake, beer garden, and lots of fun activities for the kids.

July 4, 2014                         Thunder Mountain Days

Cascade’s Fourth of July Celebration, Thunder Mountain Days, is a weekend of family fun.  Events include the Buckaroo Breakfast, parade, BBQ’s, live music and fireworks over Cascade Lake.

July 17-18, 2014                Roseberry Music Festival

Produced by The McCall Folklore Society, the Summer Music Festival at Roseberry is one of Idaho’s Most Popular Music Festivals! Every year for almost four decades, great artists and musicians have traveled from near & far to perform in front of the iconic red barn for an energetic crowd. Thursday night is always locals night, Friday is string band night and Saturday is world and rock night. There is music for all tastes.

TBA                                        Idaho Down Music Festival

The Idaho-Down is a collaboration of Idaho musicians and artists that dreamed of having a great music festival in our backyard. Idaho-based band Equaleyes took the initiative to make the dream come true with the co-operation of Brundage Mountain Resort in 2009. Coming into its 5th year, the Idaho-Down now features some of the most talented musicians and artists in the region. It is a two day festival of music, art, dancing, and mountain biking, hiking, and camping!

August 2014

Aug. 1-3, 2014                    Harmonica Festival in Yellow Pine, Idaho

Entering its big 25th anniversary year in 2014 the Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival has grown into one of the world’s largest festivals. The festival provides musical talents in the beautiful and rustic setting of Yellow Pine, Idaho. This little town, located in the Idaho back country, becomes the harmonic capitol of the world for this one weekend a year. New this year is a music parade and youth jam session. Not only can you enjoy concerts each night under the stars there are also music workshops to participate in.

Aug. 4-9, 2014                    Valley County Fair

Valley County Fair takes place in Cascade, Idaho at the Valley County Fair Grounds. Old Fashioned Family Fun! Open Class, 4-H, Livestock Auction, Commercial Vendors, Food Vendors, Entertainment, Backhoe Rodeo, Junior rodeo, and ICA Rodeo.

Aug. 8-10, 2014                 Huckleberry Festival in Donnelly, Idaho

Celebrating the favorite local berry.  The Huckleberry Festival fills downtown Donnelly with various huckleberry products and delicacies. The festival includes the Huckleberry Trot 5K run, parade, huckleberry pancake breakfast, car show, and live music.

Aug. 30, 2014                     Payette Lake Run

The Payette Lake Run is a fundraiser for Little Ski Hill.  It takes place at the end of summer and is a great event for runners of all levels.  There are 3 distances a 3.1 mile, a 8.6 mile or half way around the lake, and the longest distance an 18.6 miles or, in other words, all the way around Payette Lake.

September 2014

Sept. 6, 2014                      Twilight Dragon Relay Run

This team running relay event is a 56 mile course covering the areas around McCall. The event name is in honor of Sharlie, the Twilight Dragon. Local lore has it that sightings of this sea serpent looking creature have been reported as early as the 1920’s. How cool is that? See for more details.

October 2014        

Oct. 4, 2014                         Oktoberfest

The first Saturday of October, McPaws Animal Shelter puts on it’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Partnering with Alpine Village they bring us live polka music, local beer, and food. This is a great celebration for the whole family.

TBA                                        Pancake House Jack o’ Lantern Lighting

Usually the last Saturday before Halloween, this is a local favorite.  McCall’s famous Pancake House restaurant hosts a Pumpkin Lighting Festival in late October each year. This is a fantastic celebration of Halloween for the kids. The day includes a hay ride, cookie decorating and face painting along with the placement of LOTS of carved pumpkins that are lite up at dark.

November 2014

Nov. 26-27, 2014               Festival of Trees & McCall Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kick the holiday season off right with the official lighting of the McCall Community Christmas Tree at Art Roberts Park in downtown McCall on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  In addition to the lighting of the tree, Santa always arrives by fire truck with treats for the kids. This event has grown over the years to now include the Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees, and a shop local night.

December 2014

TBA                                       Light up the Night at Brundage

Live music, fireworks, bonfire, and dinner.  A great way to celebrate the winter solstice. We love our fireworks in McCall.  We start the year with fireworks at winter carnival and we end the year with fireworks at Brundage.

TBA                                        McCall Starz on Ice Presents Holidays on Ice – Ice Show

Manchester Ice & Event Centre and McCall Figure Skating club puts on a ice show each year during the holiday season. Guest stars include national and Olympic medalists, local amateur and professional skaters.