Just when you think summer is waning, it’s going to be another fabulous busy weekend in McCall! Thursday evening kicks off the weekend with live music at four (at least) venues throughout McCall.
Plus, don’t forget the 13th Annual “Art in the Courtyard” this weekend at Bistro 45 with local artists displaying their wares, and tons of live music all over town.
See “Julie’s Picks” below for all the details!
(Keep in mind these are just events that come up on my radar, and that I am interested in potentially attending. It is nowhere near an all-inclusive list of all things going on in McCall, but rather a glimpse of the myriad of things to see and do in our beautiful town.)


~~Live music at Mile High Marina, Columbia Jones, 6:00-9:00pm.
~~Live music at the Anchor with Deja Blue with Scott Tyler, 6:00-8:00 pm.
~~Live music at Banyans on the Green at the McCall Golf Course with Merchants of Groove, 6:00-9:00pm.
~~Live music at Jug Mountain Ranch with Indubious. Doors open at 6:00pm with music starting at 7:30. $10 cover.


~~Live music at Mile High Marina, Columbia Jones, 6:00-9:00pm.
~~ TGIF Concert Series featuring Emily Stanton Band at Brundage Mountain Resort, 6:00-9:00pm. Bring a chair to enjoy the show from the lawn or reserve a prime spot on the balcony or plaza to enjoy our price fix dinner tailored to the style of the music.

~~Art in the Courtyard at Bistro 45, 10:00am-6:00pm.
~~ McCall’s Farmers Market 10:00am-2:00pm.
~~2nd Annual McCall Ball Tournament at Golden Glove Park, 8:00am-7:oopm. McCall Ball is a 3-person, easy to learn, fun-filled, co-ed ‘softball’ game. McCall Ball will raise funds for local charities, and scholarships.
~~Live music at Mile High Marina with Steve Eaton, 6:00-9:00pm


~~Art in the Courtyard at Bistro 45, 11:00am-5:00pm.
~~Live music at Mile High Marina with Merchants of Groove, noon-3:00pm.


1. Get out on beautiful Payette Lake! Rent Boats and SUPS from @MileHighMarina and rent SUPS and kayaks from Backwoods Adventures at North Beach. Or cruise the lake in style aboard “The Idaho” with McCall Lake Cruises. Their office is located at the entrance of the Yacht Club. Call (208) 634-5253 for their summer cruise schedule.
2. Jug Mountain Ranch is open for golf, dining, hiking and mountain bike riding! Call them for more details at (208) 634-5072. The McCall Golf Course is open for play and dining as well! Call them at (208) 634-7200 for tee times and dining hours.
3. For the active souls, hiking and biking is outstanding right now. Bear Basin, Ponderosa State Park, Jug Mountain Ranch, Brundage Mountain, Goose Creek Falls, Boulder/Louie Lake, and too many other locales to mention. Make sure to pick up your maps at the McCall Chamber Office!

4. Live music: Typically at Crusty’s Pizza McCall, The Anchor, Broken Horn Brewing Company, The Yacht Club and Foresters. Check out their Facebook pages for times and dates.
5. Eats & drinks: So many wonderful places to wine and dine in McCall. My go-to faves are Rupert’s Restaurant, The Sushi Bar McCall, Bistro 45, The Salmon River Brewery, Steamers Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Shore Lodge – McCall, Idaho, Ruby’s Kitchen, McCall Brewing Company, 2 Sisters Country Store in Lake Fork, the new Café 6Three4, and of course Stacey Cakes!
6. Wine & beer: Bistro 45 has a great “wine wall” and perfect courtyard to sip and savor or play a game or two of bocce ball, but also try Mountain Java for their cool wine collection and adorable outdoor wine bar.
7. Rent a bike at Gravity Sports, Hometown Sports, or try the zippy electric bicycles at Apex – electric bike rentals and sales in the Alpine Village McCall condo complex.
8. Visit MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter and adopt a Furrever Friend! It’s kitten season!
9. Did someone say “shopping?” There are so many fun shops in and around McCall. My faves? Razzle Dazzle, McCall Jewelry Company, Mountain Monkey Business, Gravity Sports, Hometown Sports!

Julie Conrad is an Idaho native who spent much of her early life in McCall at her family’s cabin, and now calls McCall her full-time home. In 2012 Conrad created McCall Marketing Solutions because she enjoys promoting local small businesses and events. Among other volunteering endeavors, Conrad is a member of the MCPAWS and Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts boards.

(Cover photo by Julie Conrad.)

About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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