10 Fun and Free Things to do in Downtown Idaho Falls

In the heart of Idaho Falls lies a vibrant downtown that’s bursting with culture, creativity, and community spirit. What’s even better? You can explore and enjoy many of its hidden gems without spending a dime. Join us as we take you on a journey through downtown Idaho Falls, where fun and free adventures await around every corner.

1. Downtown Mural Walk

Grab your camera and embark on a journey through downtown Idaho Falls with the Downtown Mural Walk. This public artwalk is a gallery of vivid, larger-than-life murals that. Each mural is a work of art that brings the past to life right before your eyes. Learn more about the mural walk HERE

2. Idaho Falls Public Library

The Idaho Falls Public Library is not your ordinary library; it’s a thriving community hub right in the heart of downtown. Step inside to explore a world of knowledge, creativity, and learning that goes far beyond the bookshelves. From engaging programs to cozy reading corners, it’s a welcoming space for everyone.

3. Free Little Art Galleries

Downtown Idaho Falls is a place where art thrives, even in unexpected places. Discover the magic of art through the Free Little Art Galleries. These charming, pint-sized showcases offering delightful surprises from local artists. They’re a testament to the community’s commitment to celebrating creativity. Learn more about them HERE

4. Idaho Falls Farmers’ Market

Join the bustling Farmers’ Market in downtown Idaho Falls, where the vibrant energy of the community meets the freshness of local produce. Savor the taste of farm-fresh goods, handcrafted artisanal products, and the lively atmosphere of this weekly gathering. It’s not just a market; it’s a celebration of local flavor!

5. Japanese Friendship Garden

Amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown, find serenity in the Japanese Friendship Garden. This lush garden located inside Sportsman’s Park invites you to escape the chaos and immerse yourself in its serene beauty. Meander along peaceful pathways and enjoy a moment of calm amidst a garden tucked next to the Snake River.

6. Willard Art Center Galleries

The WAC Art Galleries in downtown Idaho Falls are a haven for art enthusiasts. With rotating exhibitions featuring local and national artists, they offer a diverse array of artistic expressions. From paintings to sculptures, these galleries showcase the boundless creativity within the community.

7. IFDDC Community Events

The Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (IFDDC) hosts a myriad of community events in downtown. From lively festivals to cultural celebrations, IFDDC’s events bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Keep an eye on our calendar for exciting opportunities to engage with the community. See all of downtown’s upcoming events HERE

8. Art You Can Sit On Scavenger Hunt

Get ready for an artistic adventure with the “Art You Can Sit On Scavenger Hunt.” Explore downtown Idaho Falls while seeking out and interacting with unique, functional artworks. It’s a delightful and whimsical way to experience the city’s creative spirit.

9. Idaho Falls Riverwalk

If you’re seeking a tranquil escape within downtown, the Idaho Falls Riverwalk is your answer. This picturesque pathway meanders along the Snake River, offering stunning views of the iconic waterfall, lush greenery, and perhaps even a glimpse of local wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll, a jog, or a place to simply relax, the riverwalk provides the perfect backdrop for connecting with nature in the city.

10. Window Shopping

Sometimes, the best way to soak in the unique character of downtown Idaho Falls is through its shop windows. Stroll along the charming streets and explore boutique stores, each offering a curated selection of goods and captivating window displays. It’s a delightful way to admire the craftsmanship, creativity, and style that define the downtown shopping experience. Whether you’re in the mood for fashion, art, or home decor inspiration, you’ll find it while window shopping in downtown.

Downtown Idaho Falls is full of experiences waiting to be discovered. It doesn’t take money to visit, in fact there is even free parking! So if you are looking for a way to spend time in downtown without spending a dime, it is still possible! Bring this list and experience downtown this week!

Idaho Falls Downtown Development Celebrates Pets in a New Mural Downtown  

IDAHO FALLS – Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation, in partnership with Snake River Animal Shelter, kicked off the new downtown mural, Pets of Downtown in June of 2023. After submitting an application, pet owners can pay to have their pet painted onto the mural wall by talented local artist, Marina Zavalova. 

Each pet portrait is in approximately an 18-inch square. Rescue pets receive a heart in the corner of their portrait. $50 of each portrait fee is donated to the Snake River Animal Shelter, Idaho Falls’ only non-profit animal rescue. All pets are welcome. The mural can be found on the north wall of BlackRock Fine Wine and Craft Beer, in the alley off Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls. 

The title of the mural was painted along the top of the wall by Jesse Mendoza at Dynamic Painting LLC.  

The pet mural is a way to celebrate and memorialize the lives of our pets. Each pet portrait will stay up for 3 years, after that the owner can choose to renew the portrait for an additional fee, or the space will be opened for a new pet to be painted. Idaho Falls Downtown Development is thrilled to bring new public art into downtown, along with supporting a local artist and rescue animals.  

“This collaboration is an incredible way to invest in our historic downtown, honor the pets that have added so much to our lives, and highlight the rescued critters throughout our community. We are honored that such an incredible artist will be providing the artwork in this unique opportunity to support our community’s no-kill, nonprofit animal rescue.”
– Michelle Ziel-Dingman, Executive Director of Snake River Animal Shelter 

Pets of Downtown was inspired by a mural in Del Ray, Virginia titled Dogs of Del Ray.  

Join us for the official Ribbon Cutting on July 20th at 4:00 P.M. with the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Pets of Downtown is presented by Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation. All net funds raised support the maintenance of the mural, the artist, and donations to Snake River Animal Shelter. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & visit www.downtownidahofalls.com 

Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (IFDDC) advances our historical downtown as the regional center for commerce, culture and leisure activities for residents and visitors. 


Pets of Downtown Mural, June 28, 2023. Idaho Falls Downtown Develpment Corporation

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Courtney Hernandez
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