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Jaialdi Events 2010


Jaialdi is officially in full swing. A mind-boggling 35,000 to 40,000 Basques and Basque-appreciators have descended upon the City of Trees looking for hot solomo sandwiches and ice-cold kalimotxos. So where should you go to Basquerade with the best of them? Here's a run-down of all the events going on during Jaialdi:

On Wednesday, July 28, from 5-11 p.m. you can celebrate Jaialdi on the Basque Block with food, drinks and music. Around the corner at the Egyptian Theatre, there's the Basque Cultural Conference from 7-9 p.m., which features experts discussing Basque immigration.

On Thursday, July 29, check out Sports Night at the Qwest Arena, featuring weight lifting, wood chopping and farm sports competitions at 7 p.m.

On Friday, July 30, from noon to 6 p.m. the Basque Block will be brimming once again with hungry and thirsty revelers. Later that evening at 7 p.m., the Morrison Center will host Festa'ra, which includes a Basque-themed dance by the Trey McIntyre Project.

On Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., don't miss Basqueing at the Fairgrounds at Expo Idaho, which will feature the official Jaialdi opening ceremonies along with vendor booths, grub and a display of Basque sheep wagons. Later that evening, attend Catholic Mass spoken in Basque at 7 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral and the Basque Street Dance from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Expo Idaho with music by Amuma Says No and groups from the Basque country.

Things wrap up on Sunday, Aug. 1, with another installment of Basqueing at the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Expo Idaho. This event will include the official Jaialdi closing ceremonies as well as music, weight-lifting demonstrations and plenty more opportunities to stuff your face.

Wednesday-Sunday, July 28-Aug. 1, various locations. For more information, visit