Moscow is located in northern Idaho, nestled between Moscow mountain and the beautiful undulating hills of the Palouse. With a small town friendliness and safety, Moscow is also a great location for higher education, being home to the University of Idaho and with Washington State University just across the state line.
Moscow is the "Heart of the Arts"--with the annual Jazz Festival, live music on the town, the Rendezvous in the Park, and summer theatre.
Moscow is also a great place for those who love the outdoors. Camping, mountain biking, snow mobiling, fishing and skiing abound, with some of the best big game and upland game hunting in the world located nearby.
Web site: www.MoscowChamber.com
Events and Festivals
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
The largest educational jazz festival in the world, and is hosted at the University of Idaho in Moscow. This week-long festival offers student workshops throughout the week and brings in acclaimed world-famous jazz musicians for the evening concerts. 208.885.6231
Held in late April. This festival is a favorite for locals and visitors alike, and features Northwest artists and crafters, as well as a variety of international foods. Take a step back in time and enjoy the skits, mimes, clowns, live music, and arrival of spring. 208.882.5860
June - August
Fresh Aire Concerts
An annual summer tradition in Moscow. Bring your blanket, picnic basket, family, and friends to East City Park every Thursday evening, and enjoy live musical entertainment as you relax in the pleasant evening air.
Rendezvous in the Park
Held in late July at Moscow’s East City Park, An annual summer music festival featuring nationally acclaimed musicians. This is a wonderful family event. www.MoscowMusic.com/Rendezvous
Latah County Fair
Held in mid-September. Free shows, exhibits, entertainment, food and more. The fairgrounds are located on the corner of Harold and Blaine, across from the Eastside Marketplace. 208.883.5722
Exhibits artifacts, photos, and paintings that trace this distinguished horse breed known for its spotted coat. Appaloosa viewing corral during summer months. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm and summer Sat. 9am-3pm. 208.882.5578 ext. 279
Festival Dance & Performing Arts
Brings international professional dance and performing arts events to the area throughout the academic year. The association also has three dance academies located in Moscow, Pullman, and Lewiston that sponsor the Festival Concert Ballet, Festival Jazz Dance, community performances, and art events including summer workshops and youth programs. 208.883.3267
Idaho-Washington Concert Chorale
A non-profit auditioned choir. You can enjoy performances from October through May in the quad cities of Moscow and Lewiston, ID and Pullman and Clarkston, WA, as well as surrounding communities. 208.882.3749, www.IWChorale.org
Built in 1886 by Idaho’s third Governor and Moscow’s most prominent merchant, William McConnell. Today, the mansion is a prime example of Victorian architecture featuring two parlors, dining room, hall, staircase, bedroom, and kitchen that are restored to time periods circa 1890-1930. The Historical Society’s changing exhibits feature Latah County history. Tour the charming and beautiful old homes in the Fort Russell Historical District with a walking tour map. Gift shop. Open Tues.-Sat. 1-4pm. 208.882.1004
Moscow Farmers’ Market
Offers the best in locally grown produce including fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Music performed by local musicians. The market opens the first Saturday in May and runs 8am-12pm each Saturday through October. 208.883.7036.
Opportunities abound in Moscow. The UI Hartung Theatre, a 417-seat theatre located on the University of Idaho campus, offers performances throughout the year. The Idaho Repertory Theatre, founded in 1953, is one of the Northwest’s oldest professional summer theatre companies. The Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) is located in downtown Moscow and offers films and live theatre. The Moscow Community Theatre, founded in 1976, features family drama, comedy, and musical productions.
UI Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
fills 63 acres of land along Nez Perce Drive. Organized into geographical groupings of Asian, European, Eastern, and Western North American sections, it displays plantings of hundreds of species of cultivars of North Temperate trees and shrubs and a xeriscape garden. In addition to native Idaho species, there are over 120 dedicated trees and groves, trails, water features, and 27 granite benches for viewing, studying, contemplation, and enjoying northern Idaho’s spectacular seasonal changes.
UI Prichard Art Gallery
Moscow’s prominent art center and exhibits some of the nation’s finest artists. Gallery open Mon.-Fri. 12pm-6pm and Sat. 10am-4pm. Summer months: Mon.-Fri. 10am-8pm and Sat. 10am-6pm. 208.883.3586
Hamilton-Lowe Aquatic Center
Boasts several large water slides, smaller slides for younger children, adult and kiddy pools, and a large concession area with patio. 208.882.7665
Palouse Recreation Trails
Ideal for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. This system of trails offers an amazing 26 miles of paved pathways!
The Bill Chipman Palouse Trail consists of seven miles of smooth pathway between Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID along Highway 270, and is open dawn to dusk year-round. The Chipman Trail connects with Moscow’s Paradise Path, a 1.47-mile non-motorized trail between the UI campus and downtown Moscow. The Latah Trail connects with Paradise Path and runs parallel to State Highway 8 between Moscow and Troy. The Pullman Parks and Recreation Trail System connects Pullman’s trail system with the Chipman Trail.