Meridian restaurants range from locally-owned ethnic restaurants (featuring
Basque, Greek, Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Vietnamese menus) to well-known
chains for everything from great American steaks to seafood.
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra, an all-volunteer community orchestra,
offers a “family-friendly” season each year. Featuring light
classical and “pops” concerts each season, the Symphony brings
great music to the community and also performs in small groups for various
Meridian has several annual events and festivals. The Chamber Chili Cook-off
in January is a local favorite to chase away the winter blues. Meridian
Dairy Days honors our heritage as the center of the dairy industry in
the first half of the 20th century. Celebrated continuously since 1929,
Dairy Days features a Dairy Show, Parade, Pancake Feed, carnival, and
an arts and crafts fair.
Scarecrow Festival, in October, is a Meridian-original. Harvest-oriented
festivities abound, and scarecrows with various themes show up on every
street corner. Holiday activities the first week in December feature a
parade, the Wreath Festival, City Tree Lighting and various other events.
Meridian residents enjoy the cultural events offered in Boise and Nampa,
from ballet to Shakespeare; opera to Broadway shows. The Treasure Valley
has a wealth of musical and theatrical groups, offering shows throughout