Culture, Events & Entertainment
Every year McCall offers an array of festivals and events to celebrate the seasons.
The town’s largest event is the annual winter Carnival. Spanning the final two weeks of January, this outdoor street festival showcases larger-than-life snow sculptures, parades, music, dogsled competitions, snowmobile races, and a host of other family-friendly events.
Fourth of July Celebration
The town’s summer counterpart to the Winter Carnival, the Fourth of July Celebration features free chairlift rides, a luau party, group mountain bike excursions, battle and survival games, parades, watermelon-eating contests, live music, and of course, fireworks over the lake.
Payette Cup Regatta
Usually held the first week of June, the regatta typically attracts over 100 competitors in boats of all sizes. Come to sail, or cheer on your favorites from shore.
Payette Lakes Arts and Crafts Fair
Fairway Park hosts this annual event, which features arts and crafts from all over the northwest region: pottery, stained glass, jewelry, clothing, furniture, soaps, foodstuffs, and much more, with musical entertainment included.
ACBS Annual Wooden Boat Show
Hosted by Shore Lodge, the Antique and Classic Boat Show has been a McCall summer tradition since 2005 (it’s usually in early August). This free event includes a boat parade of over 50 classic crafts.
Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival
Once a year the nearby village of Yellow Pine (population 35) becomes “The Harmonica Capital of the Western World” as hundreds of mouth-organ musicians from all over the globe inundate the area. The festival started out as a way “to honor prospecting pioneers who carried pocket harps into the wilderness with them,” and has evolved into a three-day music camp, with workshops, lessons, friendly competitions, and concerts.
Summer Music Festival
For nearly four decades the Summer Music Festival in Roseberry has been one of Idaho’s favorite and most-anticipated concert events. Sponsored by the McCall Folklore Society, the festival features all kinds of performers—bluegrass, folk, funk, world music, blues, reggae, and rock, to name a few—and keeps audiences coming back year after year.