Arts & Culture

Nampa is filled with attractions and events that celebrate and honor its multicultural and diverse heritage.

Nampa can be educational and inspiring, but most of all, it is ALWAYS AN EXPERIENCE!

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With several state of the art exhibit and performance facilities, Nampa is becoming known for its arts scene. The Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University is a performing arts center that attracts musical and dramatic performances attended by both students and the community at large. Its Samuel Swayne theatre can accommodate up to 1,500 people, and two guest suites accommodate up to 15 guests each for private viewings and receptions. The Brandt Center's Friesen Art Galleries provide gallery space for Northwest Nazarene University's art students to exhibit their work.

Civic CenterThe Nampa Civic Center, which was created through the support of private businesses, individuals and the City of Nampa, provides the ideal space and location for performing arts events, concerts, business meetings, trade shows, weddings, and so much more. Their flexible room configurations can provide groups with up to 14 separate meeting spaces. For events with trade shows, their in-house pipe and drape service can accommodate up to 110 booth spaces. The Nampa Civic Center's Brandt Auditorium is equipped with audio-visual equipment and includes professional audio-visual technician time. Each of the 640 generously padded seats provides an outstanding view of the stage area. The center hosts an on-site Executive Chef and Catering Director that can customize
your menu to include anything from extravagant culinary creations to traditional meals. The Center offers a wide variety of extra services and equipment that are available for your event, including dance floors and full service bars.

The Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho and the Nampa Depot Museum are magnificent tributes to the history and contributions of our diverse community, and will only add another dimension to your visit. Discover the spirit and history of American veterans and their contributions to the freedoms we value today when visiting the Warhawk Air Museum.

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Nampa is home to one of the top 10 regular season professional rodeos in the nation, the Snake River Stampede Rodeo. The Snake River Stampede evolved from a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900's to what is now a major professional sporting event, which is held at the Ford Idaho Center. With bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, and ladies' barrel racing, plus mutton busting for the kids, this show brings in virtually all of the world champions at one time or another.
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The Ford Idaho Center is one of the most versatile and accessible facilities of its kind in the West, with an amphitheater, arena, horse park and sports center. The Ford Idaho Center fans have enjoyed concerts from some of the top name performers on tour including Tim McGraw, Bob Dylan, Journey, Van's Warped Tour, Aerosmith, Sublime and more. In addition, its horse park hosts thousands of horses in events and the sports center plays host to numerous top ranked collegiate meets and athletic championships, one being the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

With Nampa being part of the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan area, and at the center of Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and various other small cities; Nampa enjoys the best arts and culture in its surrounding communities as well.

Idaho Wine Country

Idaho's warm climate, well-drained soils and direct access to water sources provides the right key ingredients for fruit-forward wwineines with a good structure, and let me tell you ... Idaho produces award-winning and delicious wines. The best part ... Nampa is located right in the midst of it all!
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