Crowds

Crowds assembled at the Pavilion for last year’s Summer Symphony.

If one should be so bold as to take the weather forecast at face value, it seems June may bring summer to the Wood River Valley at long last.

Fittingly, the Sun Valley Resort has just made a slew of announcements, padding out an already full summer events schedule.

For music lovers, the valley is absolutely teeming with concerts before autumn sets in. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts announced its summer River Run concerts a couple of months ago. Ziggy Marley and Michael Franti will perform on June 24, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are set for July 24 and Jackson Browne is coming Aug. 5.

River Run will also host a charity concert for cancer research on Aug. 17. Steve Augeri, former lead singer of Journey, headlines the performance. The Killebrew-Thompson Memorial nonprofit, which is organizing the event, will bolster the fundraiser with a two-day golf tournament and auction gala.

    As busy as River Run’s schedule is—it will also host the farmers market this year—the Sun Valley Pavilion is just about full to bursting.

    Three Dog Night will kick off the Pavilion’s summer lineup on June 25. Just four days later, on June 29, country star Granger Smith will take to the stage with special guest McKenna Faith.

On July 2, the Pavilion will host Killer Queen. The London-based group is widely regarded as the best Queen tribute band in the world, not only performing the music as Queen did, but also embodying the iconic band’s spirit.

Throughout the summer, the Sun Valley Opera, Ballet Sun Valley and the newly rebranded Sun Valley Music Festival (formerly the Sun Valley Summer Symphony) will make full use of the Pavilion facilities.

On July 5 and 7, Ballet Sun Valley will host the world-renowned San Francisco Ballet. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Helgi Tómasson, the ballet will perform two very different programs.

Country star and Oscar-winner Ryan Bingham will round out the summer’s concert lineup on Sept. 1 with a concert at the Pavilion.

The Sun Valley Pavilion will also host most of the 25th annual Sun Valley Writers Conference, which brings together scribes of all genres and media from across the country.

For adventurers and athletes, this summer promises to yield a plethora of memorable experiences.

Bald Mountain will open for lift-accessed biking on Friday, June 21. This date also marks the beginning of the three-day Outerbike event at River Run Lodge. This demo saga hosts an ensemble of vendors and cycling enthusiasts.

Mountain biking, hiking, running, races and more will keep Baldy’s trails full this year. Sun Valley also made one special announcement sure to excite many an area resident: For the first time, dogs will now be permitted to ride the gondola up to the Roundhouse. This should go without saying, but all dogs must be accompanied by a human.

For details, tickets, schedules and more, visit sunvalley.com or sunvalley.ticketfly.com.

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