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As you enter Pocatello from the south on I-15, you will notice a large, stunningly beautiful building on the hill to your left. It is the new L. E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. With computerized acoustics, the grand hall has been touted by many performers as being near perfect. This feature alone has attracted many sophisticated and demanding professional artists. The Center houses the Idaho State Civic Symphony and is host to many concerts and performances.

Those who would like more robust entertainment will be pleased to find that Pocatello has bars, clubs and coffee houses that offer everything from an intimate, quiet atmosphere to those which specialize in wine tasting, home brewery, line dancing, mechanical bull riding or exotic dancers.

During the summer, there are free concerts at a number of outdoor venues, from the band shell in shady Ross Park to the covered pavilion in Old Town Pocatello.

Pocatello and Chubbuck residents are fortunate to have an opportunity to attend many stage shows and quality performances during the year. Some are presentations by talented children, as in the Children’s Theater, and others range from intimate theater to the more mature Westside Players and Chubbuck’s Medieval, castle-like Mystique Theater, which presents dinner shows to rival those on Broadway. Idaho State University often presents high quality student performances to the public at low cost.For those who enjoy movies, Pocatello and Chubbuck provide theaters that present low-cost budget movies and others that offer the very latest shows, presented in a first-class environment.

Local artists have a number of galleries, as does Idaho State University. Those who want to learn art can do so at a number of class offerings. There are also a number of museums that exhibit everything from natural history to the specific history of this area, including that of Native Americans. Upper Ross Park in Pocatello has a replica of Fort Hall, a famous stopping point on the Oregon/California Trail, as well as a “ghost town” representing “Pocatello Junction,” the community which finally became the city of Pocatello. Next to the fort, a large enclosure houses elk, bison, antelope and other hoofed animals–all on year-long view to the public.


Sports fans will enjoy the nearly 12,000-seat Holt Arena, where everything from university and high school football games to the Dodge National Finals Circuit Rodeo and Simplot Games is offered–indoors and out of the weather!

Speaking of weather, with an average yearly precipitation of only about 12 inches, no one ever bothers to plan a “rain day” for their activities!

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