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The Lava Hot Springs Folk Festival is all about the music. The music that permeates the town during the annual festival, the musicians that live among us or travel to join us to share their gifts, and the rising generations who enjoy the rich opportunities provided by an improved music education in the local schools.

Support us in the following ways: Patronize our sponsoring businesses (listed below), donate directly to the festival, or volunteer to help prepare for and/or staff the festival.

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The Lava Hot Springs Folk Festival does not happen without strong support of a tireless team of volunteers. Get in touch at for more information!

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Donations of any size are welcome. Simply click on the DONATE button and enter the amount.

The Festival is a project of the Greater Lava Hot Springs Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible.


Festival Sponsors


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Riverside Hot Springs Inn & Spa and the Portneuf Grille & Lounge, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Steve Eaton
Bonefrog Creative, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Steve Eaton
Dragonfly Art Gallery, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: The Shokota Dance Group
Bayer United States, Soda Springs. SPONSORING: The Band 3
Mountain Mayhem Adventure Rentals and Eruption Brewing & Bistro, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: The Will Baxter Band
Wagon Wheel Lounge, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Absolute Zero
PacifiCorp. SPONSORING: The Dewdroppers
Mike’s Market, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Crazy Love
City of Lava Hot Springs, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Southbound
Lava Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Che Zuro
Lava Hot Springs Inn & Spa, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Lee Penn Sky
Olympic Swimming Pool and Indoor Aquatic Center, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Red River Ray
Idaho’s World Famous Hot Springs Soaking Complex, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Wayne Worthen
Lava Ace Hardware, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Jason Greene
Soda Springs Caribou Ford, Soda Springs. SPONSORING: Crazy Mountain Billies
Blue Moon Bar and Grill, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Tahra Charmaine
The Chuckwagon Restaurant, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Lang Termes
The Shack, Lava Hot Springs. SPONSORING: Emilee BunkerSmith
A heartfelt thanks to other the donors and sponsors of our efforts with the Lava Hot Springs Folk Festival: Lava Chamber of Commerce; Lava Hot Springs KOA Campgrounds, Ireland Bank, and the Lava Hot Springs Golf Course.


About Us

The Folk Festival. The first notes from the Lava Hot Springs Folk Music Festival filled the mountain air in April of 2016. Envisioned by local musicians, parents, and community merchants, the festival was created as a funding vehicle for a new music program in the Lava Hot Springs elementary school.

The program provides weekly music classes for the K-6 students, with instruction by a certified music teacher, and purchase of a variety of child-friendly instruments, such as xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, drums, tone bells, triangles, and maracas. The festival also provides arts-centric events, workshops, and opportunities for the children themselves to perform. The purpose is to both educate and inspire, instilling in each child an appreciation for music and the beauty of the arts.

The growing success of the festival has allowed for expansions in venue capacity, the addition of a third festival day, and a new fall festival weekend—the third weekend in September.

The event is in coordination with the support of The Greater Lava Hot Springs Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and the Greater Lava Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Main Street Businesses.

The Town. Lava Hot Springs is a quaint little village tucked into the upper Portneuf River valley in Southeast Idaho and wrapped around an amazing resource: world famous natural hot springs. For centuries, the hot springs have attracted visitors—indian tribes, traders and trappers, and then Bob Dempsey, who set up a trading post. A town grew up around the trading post. In 1911, the State of Idaho began developing the hot springs and continues to administer and protect this resource.

Today, Lava Hot Springs continues to attract visitors, not only to enjoy a soak in the odor-free mineral waters, but to enjoy the other activities found here. They come to camp, bike, hike, and tube the river. They come for the annual special events and festivals, and in particular, the Folk Music Festival.

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Our Mission

Our focus is to enrich, inspire and instill in our community a lifetime-long love for live performance, innovative music, and arts education for children. Our members and volunteers provide the perpetual momentum that helps us affect that change. This amazing team is committed to providing our youth with a quality music education through the Lava Elementary School. This festival is the result of convictions being turned into action.

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