Now that school has started, some of you may have a little more time on your hands. Fortunately, the Treasure Valley has some interesting and exciting things you can do to fill that time. Use some of that time for yourself and enjoy some new experiences or reconnect with some old ones that you’d like to take up again. Here are a few ideas of activities and events that might interest you.
Monday, September 3: 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Basque Center, 601 W Grove St. Boise, Idaho 83702
If you’ve ever wanted to experience Japanese culture then this is the activity for you. This will be a fascinating immersion into true Japanese culture. There will be booths which will include information on anime, a flea market, and karate booth. You will be able to stroll through the booths to the sounds of authentic Japanese music such as Koto music and Taiko which is traditional Japanese drumming. There will be performances demonstrating Japanese dancing, specifically the Lion Dance. Come see a calligraphy demonstration and taste the delights of Japanese cuisine.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 : 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
5668 W Flying Hawk Lane, Boise ID 83709
The Nocturne Auction is for guests 21 and over.
You will want to “flock” to this event benefiting the World Center Birds of Prey. Come join this evening event while enjoying delicious food, and drinks. Meet the raptor ambassadors, view the amazing raptor art done by local artists. Join the bidding on new and original work done by the artists. There will also be a number of Raptor Experiences that will be available for bidding on. The proceeds of this event go to support STEM educational programs, to help take care of our bird buddies and to maintain the facilities. This event will be well worth your time and money.
Friday, September 7: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm
2901 E Pine Ave
Meridian, ID 83642
This all-day event by Scentsy is in support of The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This organization works tirelessly to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Volunteers will sit along Eagle road in rocking chairs to raise money for this organization. The day’s events will culminate at 9:00 pm with a dazzling fireworks show. Come help Scentsy celebrate their 14th anniversary with this special Rock-a-Thon.
Thursday – Saturday, September 13-16: 7:40 am Tee Times
Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho
For 29 years Albertsons has been hosting the Boise Open. There have been some exciting changes to the fan experience. Friday, after golfing is done for the day, the popular rock band Cheap Trick will be entertaining golf enthusiasts starting at 7:15 pm. With the new addition of the Fan Zone, golf spectators will be able to enjoy local foods and beer. Another new addition is Michelob Ultra Beers FORE Birdies venue on the 16th green. The cost of attending this new venue is included in the price of the ticket. There are no cover charges or upgrading of tickets necessary to enjoy this new fan experience.
Friday, September 14 – 16: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Boise County Roads, Idaho City, Idaho 83631
Since its inception in 2007, Idaho Rally has entertained folks from around the world. There are a few different ways you can enjoy this event, as a participant, a volunteer, or as a spectator. Idaho Rally has it all for you, whether you want to tear up the roads in the Boise National Forest with the staging area in Idaho City. Having gained national attention, this year’s event is promised to be the biggest yet.
Saturday, September 15: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, Main Cinder Butte Road, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647
Have you ever wanted the challenge of facing a volcano? Well, if you have, then this is your opportunity. This 10K (6.2 miles) course of rugged terrain at The Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, is sure to challenge participants. The race goes to the top of the volcano, then down around the crater rings. The course can be run or walked and for those who don’t want that much of a challenge, there is a 2.9-mile course that leads to a breathtaking overlook of the craters.
September is a wonderful time for new beginnings. A time to reset and start anew. You could find your inner adventurer or take on a new challenge.
August may signal the beginning of the end of summer, but truly there is still
a lot of summer left to live. There are fun and exciting things to do that can fill you with more great summer memories.
Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
JUMP 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
$50 fee includes snacks and lunch
These students will have the opportunity to work with others their age to develop a script, design and create sets, direct, and film their own stop-motion film. Also, throughout the day they will have time to relax, play and discover in JUMP’s unique rooms: the nest, deep tinker, taste buds, showtimes, flutter foot and slide zone. Lunch and snacks will be included and at the end of the day, they will have a showing of their films.
Every Tuesday through the month of August, 10:00 and 10:30 am
Guru Donuts, LLC, 928 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702
Have you ever heard of story and a cookie? Well, this is story and a donut. Throughout the month of August, Guru Donuts together with Rediscovered Books will be hosting this fun event. There will be 2 story times, the first will be from 10:00 to 10:25 and the second will be from 10:30 to 11:00. Kids donuts with 8oz of milk can be purchased for $2.50. Adults can purchase an old-fashioned donut and 12 oz of coffee for $2.50. Also, all books purchased at the event or at Rediscovered Books will receive a 20% discount all day. So, bring your kids and enjoy this free event.
Every Friday evening until 9/28/2018: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell, Idaho
Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell is opening their doors. Every Friday night is game night. Using giant game pieces, you can challenge your family and friends. There will also be dancing, swing, cha-cha, the waltz and much more. Food vendors will be onsite to offer food including beer and wine.
August 17-26: 8/17-8/25 12pm-11pm: 8/26 closing day 12pm-9pm
Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 N Glenwood St., Boise, ID 83714
There is always so much to do at the fair. First of all, there are a lot of animals to look at. There will be horses, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and the list goes on. Check the website for the schedule of activities because you’re not going to want to miss the hypnotist, Stryker the Dinosaur, or all the concerts! There will be other shows as well and of course
the carnival rides. Also, there are so many booths to peruse and spend your money at.
And don’t forget all the food trucks. You’re sure to find plenty to eat and enjoy. Watch for STEM activities for the kids and the Llama and Alpaca Costume Contest. That’s sure to be a fun time.
Sunday, August 26th, 2018: This is a virtual race so you can do it anywhere you want.
You might be asking, “What is a virtual race?” Just complete a 5K or 10K by walking, running, or jogging, preferably with your favorite four-legged fur baby, any time during the month of August until August 26th. Register online for $20-$30 and you will receive a Day of the Dog medal and your fur baby will receive a tag for their collar.
15% of the proceeds will go to Freedom Service Dogs of America, a non-profit organization who custom trains rescue dogs for those in special need of assistant dogs. These dogs are trained to the individual’s needs.
Wednesday, August 29 thru Sunday, September 2nd: 6:45 am – 8:30 am on Friday, August 31st there is Night Glow at 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm
Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706: Free
What’s that in the sky? It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not even Superman. It’s hot air balloons! It’s time for this year’s Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. Wednesday is Kid’s Day. Come early that day so the kids can get a free, tethered balloon ride in the balloon of their choice before they go off to school. Throughout Ann Morrison Park there will be many other activities for the kiddos. Friday night is Night Glow when the balloons take flight in the evening. Watch as the setting sun glints magically off the colors of the balloons. Sunday morning kids as well as adults will have the opportunity to enjoy a tethered balloon ride. Volunteers who want a hands-on experience preparing a balloon for flight are welcome – no experience needed. You can find the signup form and restrictions for those under 18, on the website. Don’t miss out on the beauty and fun.
So, get out there and have some fun before the end of summer!
July is a time to celebrate and the Treasure Valley does not disappoint. There are a vast amount of events and activities throughout the month to help you have fun and explore your patriotic side. Following are just a few of the many exciting opportunities to leave your TV and grill behind and participate in some fun activities in our community.
July 4th: 8 am to 4 pm at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free
Do you like to watch sidewalk chalk artists bring a picture to life? Then come watch local artists work their magic creating a 4th of July masterpiece on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park. This fun activity is free for spectators but if your inner artist wishes to participate, there is a fee. For ages 12-17 the fee is $10, ages 18+ it is $15, and if you have a team of two to four the cost is $20. For more information call: 208-608-7644.
July 4th: 10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free
Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! at the fireworks show at Ann Morrison Park. Beginning at 4 pm food and beer vendors will open their doors to provide you with their culinary delights. Be aware ahead of time of road closures close to the park. For more information about the event and parking just click here. If downtown Boise is not your speed, don’t worry, there are a variety of other shows all around the valley. You can find more information about these and other events here and here.
Thursday, Jul 05: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Come to Downtown Boise and experience FIRST THURSDAY. This unique way to shop is held the first Thursday of each month until December 6th, 2018. Downtown merchants throw open their doors to shoppers, dinners and passers-by to participate in special in-store events. These events range from wine tasting to art exhibits to charity events. Let the downtown merchants show you a better way to shop.
Thursday, July 12: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
This parent/child activity is a fun way to spend some quality time together. Participants will read the book “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and make their own Gruffalo Crumble. This story is of a clever mouse who is taking a walk through the woods. Through smart thinking, he manages to avoid being eaten. After the reading, participants will make and enjoy their own homemade Gruffalo crumble. There will also be crafts and a lot of fun. $15 per participant.
Tuesday, July 17th: 7 pm.
Idaho Botanical Gardens, General Admission: $56.00, Member Admission: $51.00
Tickets are available at the Taco Bell Arena/Ticketmaster.com. For more information contact the Idaho Botanical Gardens.
Singer, songwriter and actress, Sheryl Crow, will rock the Treasure Valley this July in a one-night performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. This Grammy Award-winning artist has graced the stages of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart since the mid-1980’s. Now she will be gracing the stage at the Botanical Gardens.
Wednesday, July 18: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, BOISE, ID 83702
Negative feelings or “emotional distress” are a part of the human experience. These feelings can be harmful and hinder us from reaching our true potential. Join psychotherapist Sidrah Khan on an excursion of self-discovery. Learn how to be more kind and gentle with yourself when in times of emotional distress. Learn tools to help you move toward better understanding and compassion toward yourself and others.
July 12-16 & July 19-22
Boise Towne Square, 350 North Milwaukee, Boise, ID 83704: In the parking lot near SEARS
Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!
This aquatic circus is sure to please people of all ages. Let these performers thrill you with their fantastic abilities, technological prowess and the elements of water all swirled together into an exhilarating production. This everyone-friendly and pocketbook friendly show will feature pirates, fountains, jugglers, jet skies, the wheel of death and much, much more. It is rumored that there may also be a visit from a dinosaur. This fantastic show is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi and Chanté DeMoustes. Come and join the fun.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho
Every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8/31/2018
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the play Mama Mia! This musical is about a young woman’s search for her birth father. The night before her wedding three men arrives claiming to be her father. Come see how everything pans out in this comical storyline interwoven with the iconic songs of ABBA.
June with its sunny days and warm weather is a busy time of year. Along with all the outdoor activities of swimming, boating, hiking and camping, there are plenty of indoor activities that hopefully you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Not to mention all that the Treasure Valley offers when it comes to ways to play and learn. Here are just a few of the many exciting opportunities available throughout this month and throughout the valley to play, to learn, and to grow.
June 6th – August 29th, 5pm – 8pm
Every Wednesday evening this summer, The Center on the Grove will be rocking the BODO with the 32nd Alive After 5 Concert Series. For 32 years, Alive After 5 has brought to Boise artists such as LED, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Afrosonics. Also performing will be the Brad Parsons Band and The Talbott Brothers. All summer long you can enjoy great music amongst the charming atmosphere of downtown Boise. Come shop and dine while enjoying the music. This is a FREE event.
June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark): 7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series
Misery is an adaptation by William Goldman of Stephen King’s book by the same name. When novelist, Paul Sheldon, is rescued from a roadside accident by his “biggest fan”, Annie, his life soon takes a gruesome twist as she plots and manipulates, causing his life to become something from the pages of a horror novel. The only way to survive this ordeal is for Paul to outwit this psychopathic fan and escape. Do to the violence, language and dark subject matter of this play, it is STRONGLY recommended for mature audiences only.
Also playing at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this summer is Macbeth, Mamma Mia, and Pride and Prejudice. Check out their website for more information and pricing.
Saturday, June 9th, 10 am – 1:30 pm, Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center: 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID
The City of Boise, in conjunction with Idaho Wool Growers Association, and Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, are presenting the 8th Annual Sheep in the Foothills Festival. This appropriate-for-all event will feature opportunities to learn about sheep, wool and watch a dog herding sheep demonstration. Learn how sheep are used to manage rangelands in the Foothills. There will be crafts for the kids, live music with Gary and Cindy Braun, lots to buy from local vendors, and a delicious lunch of, what else but, BBQ lamb.
Sunday, June 10th 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Every month on the 10th
JUMP, 1000 Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
Once a month on the 10th, join with other families and individuals in learning to celebrate our individuality and embrace the mindfulness of yoga. Classes weave together exercise with music, dance, and song to help the development of the total being. Bring your family, a friend, or just come by yourself and internalize these elements to promote the creation of a whole, joyful being. A parent must attend if children are coming.
Wednesday, June 9th. 9 am – 4 pm
JUMP: 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702 (Teens ages 10-14)
“Don’t play with your food”, is not something you’ll hear at this event. In fact, it’s encouraged. Learn to bake a dessert in your own hand-made solar oven. Also, you will develop culinary skills through making Vietnamese inspired summer rolls. This will include two types of dipping sauce. Come and explore, create and by all means, play with your food.
Thursday, June 14 th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoo Boise: 355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702
Every Thursday this summer at the Boise Zoo there will be opportunities to introduce K-1 grade children to the animals of the world. They will have up close interaction with some of the animals and will be able to discover what an Aldabra Tortoise is or see a real penguin as it scampers about and swims through the water. Students will have the opportunity to act like a monkey and even sample their food. The cost for each child is $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents and $35 for nonresidents.
Sunday, June 24th, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Warm Springs Golf Course: 2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83712
Sponsored by Business Links Boise, Eventageous Idaho, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho. For $60 each player will receive a cart and tee time. Provided by Warm Springs Golf Course you will also receive a bucket of balls and your range fee waived. Tee times start at 6 am and go to 7 pm. There will be awards for “Closest to the Pin”, “Longest Drive”, and there will also be a raffle. Bring your friends and take part in this opportunity to network, have fun and support the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho.
May is an exciting month filled with more consistent weather and the delights of spring in full bloom. It’s a time to plant our gardens, visit the farmers market, learn how to infuse honey, see a play and much, much more. The following are a few fun, informative and healthy activities to take part in this May.
Every Wednesday, May 2th – 30th (May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)
JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
Aloha! Want a glimpse into the Hawaiian culture and learn how to hula? This class is for all adventurous learners from ages 13 and up. It is a 5 week course where you will not only learn the basic steps of the dance but also the history, background and meaning of the steps. Plus, it’s a great workout.
Saturday, May 5th 9:00 – 1:00 (This event will be held every week on Saturday until 10/27/2018), 208-345-9287. Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove streets; Boise, Idaho
Do you value homegrown produce and supporting your local economy? Then come to the 5th annual Boise Farmers Market where you will find fresh local vegetables and fruit, breads, pastries, honey, jams and sauces. Even fresh-roasted coffee. There will also be a wide selection of ready-to-eat foods. On opening day they will be celebrating their 5th anniversary. They have festivities planned throughout the day, beginning with the cutting of the cake at 10 am. There will be activities for younger kids and hourly giveaways.
Tuesday, May 8th 6:00 – 7:30, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place; 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise ID, 83702
Ages 13 and up. Registration ends Sunday, May 6th. Fee: $30
Have you ever wanted to create your own herbal infused honeys? Join other like minded explorers in learning some herbalism basics and in creating your very own infused herbal honeys. You will have your choice of cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, ginger, and garlic-thyme. You will learn how to prepare several easy recipes for honey incorporating and will have the chance to try each of the infused herbal flavors. You will take home recipes and jars of your honey creations. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Thursday, May 10th 11:30 – 7:00, Boise Centre East; 850 W. Front Street, Boise ID 83714
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in technology, or for proven leadership strategies, innovative ideas, and key initiatives that are crucial to business success, then come to Boise’s 7th annual Tech Show. There, you will meet and learn from some of Idaho’s most influential and innovative business leaders as they address the most relevant issues facing companies today. There will be 15 to 20 seminars to choose from, more than 25 technology demonstrations, and much, much more. With professionals from all types of organizations: CEO’s, CFO’s, IT Engineers, Marketing Managers, Ofﬁce Administrators, HR Managers, and more you will have many opportunities to get your questions answered and rub elbows with your future success
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 8:00 PM
$35.00 – $62.50 (ticketing fees not included), Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez, Boise ID
This Tony award winning comedy is a hilarious romp with Monty Navarro as he works his way closer to his family’s fortune through eliminating those who are ahead of him in the inheritance line. All this he must do while juggling his mistress, and his fiancée, who just happens to be his cousin. Will Monty end up behind bars before he achieves his goal? Join the cast in this exciting adventure in love and murder and find out.
Friday, May 18th 8:00 – 5:00; Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N Edgewood Ln, Eagle ID
The Idaho Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation is sponsoring their 23rd annual Blood, Sweat & Cheers Charity Golf tournament. Proceeds go toward inherited bleeding disorders. Through education, advocacy and research this organization strives to find better treatments and cures and to prevent the complications that stem from these disorders. Join them Friday, May 18th at Eagle Hills Golf Course from 8:00-5:00. For more information and to purchase your foursome go to the website, idahoblood.org. Play a round of golf with them in support of this worthy cause.
This is just a handful of events happening in the month of May in the amazing Treasure Valley. Enjoy your spring!
We’ve all heard the saying – April showers bring May flowers. But, April brings more than flowers. It also brings other activities to the Boise area that you can enjoy without enduring a drizzle. Here are a few activities, from jazz to gardening, being held in the month of April in the Treasure Valley that just might pique your interest.
April 4th, 5th, 6th: 8am – 10pm, Boise State University
This festival is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy excellent jazz music, but also help support local performers, promote education and inspire listeners of all ages. For over 20 years now, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has provided the Treasure Valley community with the best in Jazz music. This festival entertains as well as provides education to Jazz students and the community. The Gene Harris Endowment provides scholarships to Boise State University jazz students. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage the continuation of the love and education of Jazz.
Wednesday, April 4th: 4:30 – 5:30, Ada Community Library, Victory Branch
Are you an avid gamer, a novice or even something in between? Then come join other gamers each Wednesday at the Ada Community Library, on the corner of Victory road and Five Mile road. Bring your friends and challenge them to a game of Halo, Legends of Zelda or even Minecraft on the Wii or the X-box at this open play time.
Saturday April 7th: 6pm – 10pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Our diverse community boasts a large Latino population. Come to this fundraiser and enjoy great food, entertainment along with music and dancing and help our Latino friends achieve their dreams. Tickets are $75 per person and the proceeds go to help young Latinos on their road to college.
Saturday April 21st: 9:30am – 4pm, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County
501 Main St
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Hey all you gardening enthusiasts, the University of Idaho Extension Office is offering gardening classes. Just $30 will allow you to choose from over 15 different classes, taught by Master Gardener Volunteers, to answer your questions. There will also be a plant sale to help you get stocked up and ready to bring your garden to life. Space is limited so don’t wait to register. If you have any questions call 208-459-6003.
Wednesday, April 11th: 6pm – 8:30pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Chef Ratna Subba came to Boise in 2012. His passion for the foods of his home country, Nepal, and his desire to share them, led him to open his own food truck called “Darjeeling MoMo“. Now, with the support of Global Gardens, he will be teaching a hands-on class in making momo, a Nepalese dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. At the end of class, students will be able to sit down to a shared meal where they can try other Nepalese dishes. Beverages will be available for purchase. The class is open to students 13 years old and older. Sign-up quickly because registration ends April 9th.
Global Gardens is a non-profit organization created by the Idaho Office for Refugees. They provide a plot of land in a community garden to refugees in which they can plant, care for and harvest food to help sustain themselves and their families. They are also taught how to sell their produce at farmer’s markets. These gardens give refugees the ability to grow foods from their home country that they may not be able to find here, it gives them the opportunity to get outside and have some family time, and it gives them some independence and fosters a healthy self-esteem.
March Events in the Treasure Valley
A popular saying among those native in the Treasure Valley goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes.” If you don’t like the weather we have had these past few days, you’re not alone; after all, it’s not fun to go from a pseudo-spring to the dead of winter in the matter of a week. If you are feeling these February blues like many of us are, here are some events in March going on all over the Valley that you can mark on your calendars:
March 1st, Downtown
Starting off in the Capital City, the monthly First Thursday event takes place this upcoming Thursday evening in downtown Boise. This event is catered to visitors of the City of Trees, putting on exhibition some of the best of what downtown Boise has to offer in the way of shops, restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities. Beginning right as the work day ends, the festivities begin at 5 pm, and conclude mostly around 9 pm. At all First Thursday events in Boise, there is a little bit of everything, appealing to a variety of interests. If art in its many varieties calls to you, there are always art events, featuring mostly local artists that use a multitude of mediums. If you love the idea of a relaxing dinner carried aloft by with a touch of musical prose, there are restaurants downtown that can suit those desires. Local musicians of many genres play in various venues downtown, providing live entertainment sure to spice up your evening. In those shops that participate in the event, you can find First Thursday shopping specials, sure to be kind on your pocketbook as well as on your sensibilities.
March 1st & 2nd, Nampa Civic Center
If you’re looking for a mixture of “the magic of Broadway and the energy of a rock show with the excitement of Irish dance”, the Nampa Civic Center is poised to host the kick off show of the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” tour. The brainchild of Celtic rocker Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty, this event is sure to be something you will never forget. As Chris Smith says, “This isn’t your typical Irish dance show.” Tickets have been on sale since January, but there is still time left to procure seating for either the March 1st show or the March 2nd show before the act leaves town. The show will also feature three time international Irish dance champion Ashley Smith as the female lead dancer, as well as the Broadway dance choreographer Jeff Whiting.
March 10th, Nampa, ID
If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, and if the briskness of early spring doesn’t bother you, the self described, “Cure for Cabin Fever” is being held on March 10 in Nampa. This “cure” is a hike centered around the remnants of the historic Oregon Trail that can be found just outside of Nampa, overlooking the Boise River and the beautiful landscape of the Treasure Valley. This gem of an opportunity to get your hike on begins at 9:30 am and concludes just after 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Worried about the hike? The trail is graded as a beginner level hike, and therefore the only challenge to you is to get out of bed that early on a Saturday morning.
March 21st through 25th, Downtown Boise
Going back to the east side of the Treasure Valley, the annual Treefort Music Festival will cap off the end of the month, going from the 21st of the month to the 25th. Treefort is always a big deal for Boise, spanning many venues and bringing out the city in a celebration of spring, of Boise, and especially of music. This festival draws musicians and groups from all over the country, with a healthy lineup of local musicians complimenting the wide variety of acts set to play in the festival. Treefort is unique in the sense that all the concerts will not be held at one venue, rather at multiple venues, encouraging visitors to see the city, take in the sights, food, and sounds of City of Trees, as well as the magnificent music. Treefort is one of Boise’s most prestigious events, one that is an absolute must for any self respecting music lover.
March 23rd through 25th, Boise Centre on the Grove
Around that same time, the annual Boise Flower & Garden Show will bloom from March 23rd to the 25th. This event is a welcome embrace of spring time after a (usually) cold winter, mustering with many different flowers, decorative plants and vegetables on display. Featured as part of this event are workshops that demonstrate how to properly utilize your green thumb in a variety of ways, as well as experts on hand to give advice from anything from horticulture to landscaping. Also as part of this event will be plants, starts and seeds for sale, as well as multiple other lawn and gardening necessities.
This is just a portion of the events that are available in the Treasure Valley, but some we thought you may enjoy. Spring is just around the corner!
For many people, February means only one thing: cold. However, here in the Boise area, there are plenty of great things you can do to enjoy yourself and get away from the bitter cold. Well, at least most of them will; it’s hard not to enjoy the great outdoors here in Idaho, even in the winter. So, here are 5 awesome events for February 2018 in the Treasure Valley.
Feb 9th to 11th, Expo Idaho: Times Vary
Golf is well loved sport by many people, and the people of Boise are no different. In fact, we love golf here enough that we are having the Boise Golf and Travel Show over the weekend of February 9th. Whether you are an avid golfer or just a casual practitioner, you will find something you love here at the show. General Admission costs $12 and VIP Night tickets cost $20. Check out the website for more info.
Feb 10th, Creative Corner Custom Framing
For all you craft lovers out there, this one is for you! Creative Corner Custom Framing is more than just a frame shop— it’s also a fun place to go to learn about crafts of every kind. On February 10th, the craft of choice is quilting and embellishments. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to piece ‘crazy quilt blocks and explore the creative world of embellishments,’ according to their website.
Wed., Feb. 14, 12-9 p.m.
Quoted from the Idaho State Historical Society:
Looking for something other than roses or chocolates this Valentine’s Day? The Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering a unique alternative to this hum-drum day devoted to love. Stroll through the site and snuggle up with your Valentine or find the true meaning of “ball and chain.” Visitors can read ‘Love’ Stories from the Penitentiary, and play games like Match-In’ Mates, Honey Bee Heist and Pin the Rose on the Gardener, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts, and self-guided tours. Presentations are indoors and have a limited capacity. Last admission 8 p.m. $11 for 2
Feb 16th or 17th
Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
If you have ever looked at the fine craftsmanship of a woodworking project, or watched a video of a woodworker and thought, “I would love to do that!” then you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Intro to Woodworking class at JUMP. This class will go through the basics of woodworking and act as a springboard for you into the wonderful and fulfilling world of wood.
Feb 24th, JUMP: 10:15 AM
Another JUMP even you should definitely check out is the Build a Lending Library instructional event. It is a wonderful way to life the spirits of your community while having fun at the same time. Lending libraries are small, waterproof boxes that you put around your neighborhood that have books placed in them for anyone to read. Now, the rules for the lending library may differ depending on the neighborhood, but typically people can provide books they would like to share and borrow and read books put there by their neighbors as often as they like. It is a wonderful way to promote literacy, and community unity.
We hope you are as excited for this month as we are. If so, mark your calendars and buy you tickets now so you won’t miss out on all the fun!
January 2018 Events in the Boise Area
Happy New Year! It is now officially 2018 and the Treasure Valley is hitting the ground running with almost countless numbers of awesome events for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s dive right in! Here are 6 of the top events you should look out for this month in Boise.
Jan 6th: 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you enjoy board and card games with friends, then you are definitely going to enjoy this awesome event at JUMP on the 6th of January: ‘Game Time’. Game Time is a free event that is going to be held every first Saturday of the month in January, February, and March. It is a time when you can gather, bring whatever games you want to play and have fun with friends and other visitors to the JUMP Center.
It starts at noon and goes until 2:00 PM and will be located in the lobby of the JUMP Center.
Jan 13th: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
Another great free event that you can find at the JUMP Center is the Falun Dafa Qigong Workshop. It is much like yoga but from China. However, unlike yoga, instead of twisting and bending, you do slow movements to help activate your muscles, loosen your joints, and so on. It looks a lot like Tai Chi, but without the intent to fight.
It will be a wonderful hour-long workshop that will go over exercises to boost your health, reduce stress, and help you grow emotionally. It will be held in the Move Studio at JUMP which is on the 5th floor.
Jan 16th: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Egyptian Theater
The Cabin, a center for readers and writers, is an organization here in Boise that tries to promote writing for the general public. They are located right next door to the downtown branch of the Boise library. However, for this event, the Readings and Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, will be down the road at the illustrious Egyptian Theater.
At this event, you can hear from Ward and learn about her journey, her writing, and so much more. From what we can tell, the event is free—but you should check before you go.
Jan 21st: 6:00 PM, Ford Idaho Center
If you are looking for some great music to warm you up during the deep winter of January, then you will surely enjoy this great concert by Justin Moore. Moore is a country music star and is stopping in Nampa as part of his Hell on a Highway tour. However, you won’t just get to hear from Moore, you will also get to hear from the awesome Dylan Scott!
Tickets are on sale now and range in price depending on how far away they are from the stage. Doors open at 6 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM.
Jan 25: 6:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you are an aspiring writer, then you may want to check out the Writer’s Toolbox Revision Workshop. It is a $20 event that will how to better critique your own work and as well as someone else’s. However, most importantly, you will also be able to bond with other local writers, get more ideas, and learn what resources you have available.
The people who are putting on the Revision Workshop are also doing a workshop called ‘Capturing Story through Objects’ in February and ‘Creating a Story Spine’ in March.
Jan 25th: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you don’t want to swing by the Writer’s Toolbox on the 25th, you should definitely head over to the Dinosaur Cupcakes event. It is a $25 event that will cover recipes and tricks for making awesome cupcakes. They will also go over how to shape and mold your cupcakes to make fantastic shapes and arrangements— specifically dinosaurs. There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to get your ticket now. It will be held at 6 PM on the 25th of January in the JUMP Center lobby.
As you can tell, January of 2018 is going to be pretty eventful here in the Treasure Valley. Thanks to these and many other great events that we couldn’t mention here, there will be plenty of things to do during this chilly month! Be sure to check back here later on for more information about what you can expect when February rolls around.
Whether you like music, dance, great food, holiday fun or amazing architecture, there is going to be something awesome for you to enjoy this December. Even though the snow is falling, and most Treasure Valley residents and visitors are heading up to Bogus Basin, there are still plenty of things to do down here in town. Here are some activities that are sure to make December 2017 quite unforgettable.
A Christmas Story, Boise Little Theater, 100 E Fort St, Boise ID
Nov 24 – Dec 9 (Times Vary)
This favorite holiday movie has been acted live in theaters all over the country. Set in the Midwest in the 1940’s, It follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his quest for his perfect Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle” (frequently met with the response, “you’ll shoot your eye out!). It includes all the elements of the movie, with Ralphie dodging bully Scut Farkus, the wet tongue on the lamppost, and trying to make it to Christmas day with glasses intact.
Dec 3rd, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you have ever watched the Price is Right and thought, ‘hey, I would love to do that!’ then you are in luck because the well-beloved day-time television show is coming to Boise! That is right, on December 3rd at the Morrison Center you can join in the audience, and possibly be picked as a contestant, on the game show that has entranced people for years.
Tickets are on sale now on the Morrison Center’s website (link in the section heading), but you better hurry, they are going fast. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $57.50 (Estimated figures only).
Dec 15th to 17th, Times Vary by Day, Morrison Center
There are few music and dance combinations as thrilling and timeless as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker”. It will be performed at the Morrison Center for 3 days in mid-December. So, before this amazing opportunity passes you by, be sure to join Ballet Idaho for this incredible experience.
Tickets for this amazing cultural event range from roughly $30 to $60 or so (these are estimates, please check Ballet Idaho’s website for current prices as they may change).
Dec 21st, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you are into neoclassical new-age music, then you are going to really like Mannheim Steamroller. This American group has been wowing audiences for over 30 years with their rock infused classical music. This group is a wonderful group that offers some of the most amazing holiday and classical music next to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are looking for a fun concert to go to this month, then this is one you ought not to miss. Check out their website for more information.
Dec 22nd, 2:00 PM, Albertson’s Stadium
Treasure Valley football fans big and small are going to have a great time on the night of December 22nd. Here at the Boise State Bronco’s own turf, one team from the Mountain West Conference will face off against a team from the Mid-American Conference. It is an awesome chance to get up into those bleachers to watch two teams battle it out on our beloved blue field for the rest of the country to see.
Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get them soon before all the great seats are gone.
Dec 31st, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM
he Idaho Potato Drop is a yearly tradition where Idaho’s most enduring symbol (the potato) is dropped like the ball in Time Square. However, leading up to the ringing in of the new year is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exciting public parties of the year. In the twelve hours the party rages, there will be awesome music from local bands and musicians, great food, and even some adult beverages. Not to mention, there is plenty of volunteer opportunities and the chance to usher in the new year with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Make sure that you also take a moment to come back here next year as we outline some of the awesome things that 2018 has in store for you!