Adventure Guide: Fun ways to spend your weekend in the Treasure Valley

Trailing of the Sheep Festival [Photo Credit: Carol Waller]

You can start off your weekend by heading to Ketchum for the 22nd annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. This event celebrates the people, arts, cultures and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho. The festival includes folk and traditional arts, a wool festival as well as workshops in music, dance and storytelling. The actual sheep parade itself includes 1,500 sheep hoofing down Main Street starting Sunday at noon.

You can see more animals this weekend at Zoo Boise's merry-not-scary Halloween fun-fest. The annual Spooktacular includes a variety of festive displays, activities, special entertainment and animal encounters designed for families. It's your chance to experience the zoo at night. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, it runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The zoo may not scare you, but this might! The Idaho Horror Film Festival takes place all weekend at The Egyptian Theater. The three days of horror screens films in six categories: feature length, animated, shorts, music videos, foreign and the "locals only" classification designed to promote Idaho native filmmakers. Some screenings are complemented by Q&A sessions with cast members and the filmmakers themselves.

You can keep the Halloween theme going at the Idaho Botanical Garden for their 11th annual Scarecrow Stroll. It displays 31 different scarecrow designs entered by community members and organizations. All guests vote for their favorite scarecrow and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners on November 1st.

You can dress up weeks before Halloween at the Idaho Renaissance Faire in Kuna. The medieval themed fair includes games, music, food and shows, with fun and educational performances for families. You can journey back in time Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m.

If you don't have to visit the Renaissance Faire to remember medieval times, the Senior Faire might be the place for you! It is a health and wellness expo focused on senior citizens in the community. The event includes vendors with information on insurance, healthy living, finances, home care, assisted living, future planning and travel. Vendors will even provide free massages, spinal checks and blood pressure checks. You can take your friends or loved ones to the free, fiesta-themed event Saturday at the Nampa Civic Center starting at 9 a.m.

If any of these events interest you, be sure to click on the blue links for more information. Have a great weekend!

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