Frequently Asked Questions

When is Jaialdi?

Jaialdi has been rescheduled because of coronavirus concerns. It will now be July 27-Aug. 1, 2021. 

How often is Jaialdi held?

It’s held every five years in Boise, Idaho.

Should i reschedule my hotel?

Yes, please contact your hotel to do so. 

How many people come to Jaialdi?

It’s tough to accurately estimate because some events, such as those on the Basque Block, do not require tickets. Our best guess is in the neighborhood of 35,000.

Why is Jaialdi held in Boise?

The first Jaialdi was intended as a one-off cultural festival, but then-Gov. Cecil Andrus asked the Boise Basque community to hold another in 1990 to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary. After the success of the 1990 event, it was decided that the festival should be held every five years.

Who runs Jaialdi?

Jaialdi is entirely run and staffed by unpaid volunteers. It is a labor of love.

i'm a vendor. Will i still be one at the 2021 festival?

We hope you’ll stick with us! Our vendor coordinator will be in touch. 

I’d like more frequent updates. Where should I go?

Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Do kids need tickets to the events?

Yes, children do need tickets to Festara, Dantzaldi, and Sports Night. This is due both to the fire policies at some of the venues and because we have limited seating. Children younger than 10 may attend Expo Idaho events for free. 

i placed an ad in the program book. now what?

We hope you’ll keep your ad in the 2021 program book! Our program book coordinator will be in touch.