When: Fri., Aug. 21, 5 & 8:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2009
Idahoans celebrate the return of Chinook and Sockeye salmon as they make the long trek back to the streams and lakes in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin. The fish travel 900 miles and conquer a 6,500 foot elevation gain on their return journeys to the streams and lakes of their birth. The festival begins Friday, Aug. 21 with a free presentation by Mike Barenti, author of Kayaking Alone: 900 Miles from Idaho's Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Barenti appears at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum, and at 8:30 p.m. at the Redfish Lake Campground Amphitheater. The weekend of festivities in downtown Stanley on the south side of Highway 21 across from the Visitor’s Center includes field trips to the Salmon River to see spawning Chinook salmon, special Sockeye salmon education events and hands-on kid’s activities including Gyotaku (traditional fish printing). The Wild Salmon Feast is on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 6-9 p.m. featuring wild ocean-caught Alaskan salmon. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Idaho Rivers United’s salmon recovery efforts. Tickets are available in advance at the Idaho Rivers United office in Boise and at the festival. Other events throughout the weekend include educational salmon tents, storytelling, vendor booths and arts and crafts. Dance to live music by Gizzard Stone, Rebecca Scott, Audra Connolly, Bernie Reilly, Carter Freeman, Kelly Lynae and Ryan Wissinger.
Price: FREE activities; salmon dinner $12 for adults $6 for children