An old-fashioned Parade, Celebration, and hometown Rodeo during White Bird Days on Father’s Day weekend in mid-June is always wildly popular. Other fun, family events range from a Sausage Feed in March, to Art Shows & Sales, Chili Cook-Offs, and more. Check this page for contact information about our events and family festivals occurring throughout the year in White Bird, Idaho.
Community events and festivals occur frequently in White Bird, Idaho and in addition to the annual Festival & Parade in mid June, range from trap shoots, to Easter Egg Hunts, bike rides, a Halloween youth party, the Rebekah Turkey Dinner, and Christmas programs….there’s a lot going on in this small town in north central Idaho
White Bird Gun Club – 10 WEEK WINTER SHOOT
Begins: Sunday January 11, 2015 at 10 am ‘sharp’ (Pacific)
Practice times at the gun club are every Saturday, from December ’til end of 10 week shoot, beginning at 10 am
Junior shooters are welcome!
Call for more information: 208.839.2653
Volunteer Fireman’s Ball & Auction
Saturday, February 14
Fundraiser for regional volunteer fire departments: White Bird, Riggins & Grangeville
Location: Hoots Cafe, Hwy 95, White Bird
Special Valentines Dinner Menu from 5 to 8pm – Hootie’s Baby Back Ribs, NY Steak or Prime Rib
Dance & Auctions begin at 7 pm (Pacific Time)
Cost: $10/couple or $5/individual
Music performed by Joaquin & Verna Lowe and Dave Dixon
Live & Silent Auction (funds raised to be split between the 3 volunteer fire departments)
Art Show & Sale “March Miniature Madness”
Saturday, March 21 (Art Guild Flyer)
The Salmon River Art Guild is presenting a collection of miniature art pieces and all priced at less than $50
Held at Hoots Cafe from 8am to 3pm (Pacific)
Also on Saturday, March 21, the White Bird Community Library Volunteers will have a bake sale inside Hoots from 10 AM until sold out. Come enjoy a baked good and support the library. Proceeds will help the library with general operating expenses and to begin a fund for a new roof.
8th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s Day Sausage Feed
Sunday, March 15
- Time: 7:30am to Noon (Pacific)
- Where: IOOF Hall, Downtown White Bird
- Cost: $8 / meal for adults; $5/ kids
- Yummy family style breakfast, complete with locally prepared & very delicious sausage, eggs, pancakes, juice & coffee
- It’s Fun!
- Hosted by the White Bird Chamber, this event is a major fundraiser with proceeds shared with the local EMTs
White Bird Rodeo Queen Tryouts
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1 PM (PST) – visit the White Bird Rodeo website to learn details
The White Bird Rodeo is celebrating their 26th Anniversary this year! Girls, 14-18 years of age living in Idaho, Lewis, Adams, Nezperce, Clearwater, or Valley Counties are eligible for the Tryouts to be held at the White Bird Rodeo Arena south of town on Hwy 95. For more information call Kami Fogleman (208) 983-1726 or (208) 983-8779.
APRIL – 2015
Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 4, 10 AM (note new time) at the old White Bird School – now part of the new Parks & Rec District. Fun for toddlers through 6th grade. Organizers this year are Cody and Renee Farmer. Donations accepted; volunteers needed.
Stew & Soup Cook-Off
Sunday, April 26th, All Day
Cook your favorite stew or soup recipe downtown during this fun outdoor fundraising event sponsored by the White Bird Medical & Relief Fund. Judging is at 1:00 PM. Great Prizes! Sign up at the Silver Dollar. Entry fee is $20. Call 839.9930 for more information. Dinner to be served after judging, $5/person (includes soup or stew & grilled cheese sandwiches).
MAY – 2015
Swap and Shop Day at Swiftwater RV Park
May 1st, Friday
If you have something to sell, call Anna at 839.2700.
Vintage trailers will fill the Park, April 30 – May 3rd.
Cinco de Mayo Dinner
Saturday, May 2nd at noon
A fundraiser event hosted by the local Rebekah Royal Gem Lodge #13. The ladies will be preparing a fabulous Mexican fare, made from scratch, including popular Enchiladas, Burritos, Rice, Beans, plus all the ‘fix’ins’ ….and probably more! Cost for an adult: $7 and youth ages 6 to 12: $4 and for the real young’ins: $2.
Old Time Fiddlers
Friday and Saturday, May 1st & 2nd
Enjoy this annual event at Hoots Cafe! Go & listen, or bring your guitar, fiddle, bass, or voice, and join in. Music is played all day long on both days, and into the evening.
67th Annual Riggins Rodeo and Parade
Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd & 3rd
Join the fun in nearby Riggins. Rodeo at 1:30 PM (MT) each day. Parade on Sunday at 11 AM (MT) down Main Street. Don’t forget those times are Mountain Time. For more information visit the Riggins Rodeo website.
Saturday, May 9th at 12:00 PM (MT)
Sacred Salmon Ceremony near Riggins. Click here for details.
Sunday, May 17th
Steak BBQ Ride down Eagle Creek. RSVP before May 1st by calling 839.2303 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNE – 2015
“Just For the Hill of It” Bike Race
- Begins at Hammer Creek Rec. Park with gentle climb starting at 1600′ and summitting at 3800′. 13 miles with challenging switchbacks
- All ages welcome; lunch provided
- Contact information
Also, on Saturday, June 6th, in Riggins, ID
Big Water Blowout River Festival
For more information
June 17th at 10 AM, Commemoration of the Battle of White Bird Canyon
Nez Perce military veterans will conduct a pipe circle and empty saddle ceremony. Observance is at the intersection of Free Use Road. The public is invited. This commemoration coincides with the park’s 50th year as a unit of the National Park System. Click here for more information, nps.gov/nepe.
White Bird Days Parade and Celebration – Saturday, June 20th
The 2015 family event is organized by the Medical Relief & Fund
- Parade at 11 AM “Whatever Trips Your Trigger“
- Grand Marshals Peg Marek & Polly Hollandsworth
For more detailed information about these two amazing ladies, visit
- Cowboy Breakfast, IOOF Hall, 7-10 AM; Hotcakes, Ham & Eggs w/drink
- Queen’s Luncheon, IOOF Hall following the parade
- Games, Music, Food, and the Annual Salmon River Art Guild Art Show & Sale
- “Grab-Bag” Bingo in the Park, Pie Booth, Potato Bar
- Live music & street dance on Friday evening and Saturday night, beginning around 8 PM
- Parade entrants contact Carrie Marek, 839.2500
- Vendors contact Sheryl, email@example.com
White Bird Rodeo – June 19th & 20th – 26th Annual Rodeo
- www.whitebirdrodeo.com (for more detailed information)
- White Bird Arena (US Hwy 95 at Twin Bridges)
- Friday night rodeo starts at 6:30 pm (PST)
- Saturday afternoon rodeo starts at 5 pm (PST)
ART SHOW & SALE – Saturday June 20th (During White Bird Days) 8-3 PST
Celebrate with us at our annual White Bird Days Show & Sale in downtown White Bird at the historic IOOF Hall. We will have silent auction items and beautiful artwork on display, for enjoyment and purchasing. Raffle tickets will be available for an opportunity to win the “Round Robin” painting which will be painted over the course of the day by alternating artists demonstrating the process. Admission is free!
June 27th and June 28th
Visit Kamiah for the 52nd Annual Rodeo, CVRA
Parade “Spurs & Spokes” on June 27th
JULY – 2015
Grangeville Border Days
July 3, 4, and 5
Travel north to our neighbor for Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo. For more, detailed information, click here.
- Parades all three days; “Under the Prairie Skies”
- cowboy breakfast
- street sports
- firecracker fun run
- walking tacos
- strawberry shortcake
- Art in the Park
- CIAA Hole in the Wall Art Show–many of our fine local artists are also members of the Central Idaho Art Association
July 4 & 5 at the Rodeo Grounds on Benedict Rd
Contact Janell Wilson, 208.924.6247, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Music in the Park”, Grangeville
At 6 PM in the park; bring your chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and enjoy the evening.
July 9, 16, 23, 30 – various artists
Contact the Grangeville Chamber website for more details.
Nearby City of Orofino Annual Show and Shine
July 18th – 19th
Orofino City Park 7 am gates open 2 pm awards
Contact: Pam Emigh 208-476-7534
Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th, HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 2015
“Spinning with the stars and cars”
(Remember Riggins is on Mountain Time)
In Riggins City Park, sponsored by Salmon River Chamber of Commerce
- sizzling car show
- the famous (amateurs only) Talent Show at 7 PM, Friday
- kids’ games, water slides, sno cones
- food booths, beer garden
- visiting and dancing
- be in the park at 7 PM, Saturday, for Joaquin, Verna and Dave (until 9 PM)
August – 2015
Join St. Gertrude’s Monastery in celebrating the 23rd Raspberry Festival on Sunday, August 2 2015, in Cottonwood, Idaho. For more information, click here.
August 1st and 2nd, 104th Dixie Days
Baked food sale, photo contest, family games
Street dancing, benefit breakfast, raffles, and more
Kooskia Days, 62nd annual celebration, August 1st
Lots of fun activities for you and your family, including
-AWANA Grand Prix Derby
-All-You-Can-Eat-Breakfast, 7-11 AM
-Kooskia Days Parade at 11 AM
-Show & Shine
-Bands, Food, Beer Garden
-“Casting Oklahoma” at the historic Old Opera House at 7:30 PM
Detailed information available at the Greater Kooskia Chamber of Commerce
August 7th and 8th, Elk City Days
Celebrate with our neighbors
Food concessions, parade, live band, games, family fun
August 19-20-21-22, Idaho County Fair
Detailed information on fair activities available here.
Grangeville Farmers (GFM) Market Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm now through September 19th
Local, Fresh Produce at Pioneer Park
Grub Club for the kids, ages 5-12, at 9:30 AM, various craft activities
Contact Elissa Crowell at 451-4217 to help or for questions
SEPTEMBER – 2015
Grangeville Farmers Market continues through September 19th
September 19th, Saturday, Grangeville Biennial Quilt and Art Walk
~Free pancake breakfast, Heritage Square on Main Street, 9-11 AM
~Free quilt demos
~Self-guided Barn Quilt Tour
~Central Idaho Art Association, displays and sales along Main Street
~Quilts of Valor Display
~For the kids, quilt block coloring
~Call 208-983-0254 (Home Grown Quilts, the sponsors) for further information
September 26th, White Bird Medical & Relief Fund Raiser
Support your community and have a great meal with friends/neighbors
- Location–Silver Dollar Bar
- Tickets $5–available at the Silver Dollar or from a medical relief member
- Brisket dinner–bring a side dish (potato or macaroni salad or baked beans) for the contest; no fee to enter
- Raffle for Savage 270, cord of wood, and a homemade quilt
OCTOBER – 2015
Regional Art Show & Silent Auction- Salmon River Art Guild (Art Guild Flyer)
- October 3, Saturday, 9-5; October 4, Sunday, 9-3 (Mountain Time)
- Judge Ward Hooper
- in the Community Center, Riggins, Idaho
- Visit the SRAG Facebook Page for more information.
Annual 6-month Cribbage Tournament
- Begins late in the month on a Saturday, starting at 2pm
- Silver Dollar Bar, downtown Whitebird 839.2293
Halloween Youth Program
DATE: Late October – 2015 date to be determined.
- 6:00 pm at the IOOF Hall, downtown
- Pumpkin Carving Contest
- Youth Costume Contest for all ages
- Tons of games and prizes
- Free hot dogs
NOVEMBER – 2015
Rebekah’s Turkey Dinner
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Bingo starts at 10 AM
Dinner served starting at Noon, until all gone
Donation cost: $7 per person
DECEMBER – 2014
(2015 events to be posted at a later date)
Lighted Christmas Parade! Theme: ‘Breast Cancer Awareness”
DATE: Saturday Dec 13, beginning at 6:30 pm (Pacific)
Enjoy home-cooked Chili, Cornbread & Hot Cocoa in the Park downtown before the Parade….prepared & served free of charge to the community by the White Bird Chamber of Commerce
Contact Carrie to enter the Parade! 208.507.2120
Hosted by Pleasant View Baptist Church
DATE: Saturday December 20, 10 am (Pacific)
All area women are invited to enjoy their gift to the community at this annual event. Tea and snacks will be served while listening to a guest speaker.
Call for more information 208.839.2220
Annual Christmas Program / Community Talent Show!
DATE: Saturday Dec 20, 6:00 pm (Pacific), at the IOOF Hall
Theme: “Snowflakes Are Falling”
It’s not Christmas in White Bird without attending this festive program that includes creative talent performed by our local youth and folks of all ages.
Contact Jessica at 208.839.2523 to enter into the Talent Show, and to volunteer your time to help
Christmas Eve Church Services
Pleasant View Baptist Church: 6 pm, Wednesday December 24th
Community Church: 3 pm Sunday, December 21st
New Years Celebrations!
Prime Rib Dinner & Dance at Hoots Cafe, Hwy 95 – New Year’s Eve, Wednesday Dec 30
Dinner: 5:00 to 8:00 pm (Pacific)
Dance: 8:00 pm
Hawaiian Luau at Mac’s Supper Club, downtown White Bird – New Year’s Eve, Wednesday Dec 30
Dinner will be a roasted pig, plus anything from the regular menu
Special Hawaiian cocktails!
Cover Charge: wear a Hawaiian costume, or bring canned food for Mac’s donation to a local food bank