March Activities around Boise

March is a favorite of mine.  Spring starts knocking on our door, which means it’s time to get outside and start exploring some of the cool things Boise has to offer. There continues to be a whole bunch of varied and exciting events and activities going on this month in Boise and you can easily be a part of them! 

The Buzz on Native Bees

March 3rd:  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Ada Community Library

Bees. Some people are allergic, some people shy away when they draw near for fear of a sting, and some people are concerned about the little insect’s future. Regardless of how you feel about bees, they are an important part of Idaho’s ecosystem. If you ever wanted to learn more about them, you’ll get a chance early in March at the Ada Community Library. You can learn from various experts about just what is going on in Idaho that is putting bees in danger. At the very least there should be some interesting new things to learn.

First Time Home Buyers Workshop

March 3rd:  6:00 – 8:00, Legends Pub and Grill at 7609 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID

Life:  Home Buyers Edition will be an informative and interactive session going over the process of purchasing a home.  Do you know someone that is currently renting and wonders if they will ever be able to purchase a home?  Judy Trimble and Julie Gould will help sort out the confusion and explain the process from start to finish including what financing is available, down payment assistance, inspections and positioning your offer.  If you are considering purchasing a home, this session is for you!

The Idaho Pun Slam

March 6th:  7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, The Lounge at the End of the Universe

Puns are a bit controversial when it comes to jokes. Are puns just lowbrow humor connecting two words together in an obvious way or is a pun evidence that someone is a master of comedy and language? Here is your chance to find out and maybe prove yourself to be the best pun maker of all time. Never before has there been a competition that was so punny! (hahaha) Get to the venue an hour early and you can enjoy some tasty ramen as well, courtesy of Ramen Sho.

Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

March 7th:  8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Clearwater River Casino and Lodge

Fleetwood Mac is one of the most well-known and beloved bands of all time, with their songs and albums being universally recognized and jammed to. Rumours is a fantastic tribute band that shares a love for their songs and music.   Early in March, you will get another chance to attend one of their fantastic shows and hear some of the classics from Fleetwood Mac live. Plan ahead for the drive to Lewiston, Idaho.  Tickets are $25 and that money goes directly to Idaho Foodbank in Lewiston.

Fire Station 6 Grand Opening

March 12th:  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Fire Station 6

Every town has at least one fire station and an area like the Treasure Valley,  has fire stations all over. However, it is not so often you get to be there when a fire station opens up for the first time. Midway through March, the brand new Fire Station 6 in Meridian will be opening its doors for business, showing itself ready to take on the fires of Idaho. There will be a ceremony for the opening itself and then an open house directly after.

Festival Del Gato

March 15th:  5:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Powderhaus Brewing Company

Right in the middle of this month, you have a chance to attend the Festival Del Gato or the Festival of the Cat! There will be food! There will be dancing! There will be a silent auction and lottery! There will be an enormous amount of fun.  Guests are encouraged to wear their bright, fun festival apparel. Cat food donations to feed hungry outside cats in the community are appreciated. This event is put on by Operation Community Cats which is an all-volunteer Idaho non-profit providing educational programs and humane TNR for lost, abandoned, stray and feral cats to reduce overpopulation.

Will Act 4 Food

March 21st:  7:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Boise Little Theater

Most musicals and shows take months and even years to perfect to a point that they are watchable and enjoyable. On March 21st, Will Act 4 Food is going to throw all of that careful planning and rehearsal away to perform several plays that have all been put together within the last 24 hours. You are guaranteed to get many laughs, many slip-ups, and many character breaks that leave the audience and cast rolling on the floor in fits of intense amusement. This is another event where all proceeds will be going to the Idaho Foodbank to provide meals to those who otherwise would go without.

Femme Fatale

March 31st:  7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Liquid Laughs

This is one for the ladies! To celebrate International Women’s Month, Liquid Laughs will be putting on an all women’s comedy night.   A host of female jokesters are lined up to leave you laughing and relating to situations women encounter.   This is a good reason for a girls night out!

As the weather warms up, there will be more activities to keep us moving and enjoy our beautiful state!  I’m looking forward to more adventures in 2020.

February Activities Around Boise

February 2020 Events and Activities

In January there were fun things to do but a lot of the month was just recovering from the holidays and storing up for the rest of the year. With February on its way and with the year starting to really get going, you are probably looking for something fun to roll into this coming month. 

First Friday Astronomy 

February 7th, 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Boise State University, Education Building

If you are looking for  chances to explore the natural world, early this month you have the opportunity to explore outside the earth’s biosphere. If you have ever wanted to learn more about our solar system and get an up-close look at Saturn in particular, Boise State University is going to give you your chance. Astronomy is an amazing subject matter to learn more about.   In this segment, there is a giant ball of gas with an enormous ring set several million miles away that is eager to blow your mind with incredible facts about its existence.

Miss Boise

February 8th

5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Boise State University, Special Events Center

The day after your chance to learn more about the solar system comes a chance to get immersed in all the glamor and excitement of Boise’s contribution to the Miss Idaho competition. This is sort of small potatoes compared to the upcoming pageants across Idaho and the rest of the country but you can still be a part of the fun and limelight for just a $10 ticket on the 8th of February. There will be causes championed, beauty exemplified, and fun had. 

Maxgiving Lunch and Learn

February 12th, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

PaymentStars Event Center

So far, most of what February has had to offer has been purely about fun, but if you have been looking for something a little bit more practical, there is going to be a very useful seminar later in the month. Increasingly, web development has become a massive part of being successful when you have something to market or when you have something to tell people. On the 12th of February, you are going to get a chance at a free crash course on what you should do to become great at web development. You will even get a bite to eat.

Silent Movies With Orchestra

February 16th, 7:30 PM

The Egyptian Theater

As always, there is going to be a bit of music this coming February to brighten the winter days in Idaho. This particular “concert”  will also be a delight for movie-goers as the Egyptian Theater is going to be putting on a show that combines some classic silent movies with a live orchestra that will make you feel like you have traveled back to the golden era of film. Be sure to reserve your place quickly. This event tends to sell out every year.

Minidoka Documentary

February 19th, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Idaho State Museum

If you have been a resident of Idaho for long then there is a good chance you have heard something about the Minidoka internment camp and the Japanese American citizens that were kept there during World War II.  The Boise State Museum is going to be screening a documentary about this camp and the entire affair of “American Concentration Camps” during World War II and what has been done to make up for the injustice. The Movie is “Righting A Wrong” and is guaranteed to be educational as well as uncomfortable but is a story that should be told.

Science With Style Gala 2020

February 28th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Chateau des Fleurs

To cap the month off there is another great scientific event that might interest you, the Science With Style Annual Gala for 2020. Put together glitz, glamour, and a whole bunch of smart people and you get an evening of great conversation, tasty food, and an Egyptian theme that will have you thinking of a different time. The Gala is guaranteed to give you a night that will not disappoint. Spend the evening socializing with the elite, supporting science, and just enjoying a good time.

February is where things really start to pick up in a year and Boise is certainly going to have a lot going on this coming month of love. Keep in mind that this year’s February is an extra day and will not actually end until the 29th. That means you have a whole 24 extra hours for fun before the month comes to a close!

January Events around Boise

January 2020 Events and Activities

 

This time of year in Boise, it can be hard to get yourself out of the home and into the city for some fun.  Here are several very good reasons for you to get up and out of whatever warm and comfy spot you have chosen for yourself and enjoy a day or night on the town.

Puppies A-Z

January 7th:  5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Meridian Canine Rescue

 Training a dog is no easy task. You might think it is all fun and games with your brand-new pup but it is really difficult and can lead to frustration if you don’t have experience with dog training.   If you feel like you need some help, you can visit Meridian Canine Rescue early this January and get an expert lesson from Julie Anderson, dog trainer extraordinaire.

Jerry Seinfeld Live

January 16th:  7:00 PM, The Morrison Center

 This next one is another big one. The one and only Jerry Seinfeld is going to be making a visit to Boise this January and he is going to be putting on his world-famous act for the people of Idaho’s capital. There are going to be people from across the state and country coming out to get a taste of such a comedy legend and you can be guaranteed some laughs and a fun time.

Fantasies and Legends

January 17th

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, The Brandt Center

For a musical experience that keeps you inside an auditorium instead of outside in a snow flurry, the Boise Philharmonic is going to be putting on a new show this winter.  It comes out of legend and fairy tale and is a fun and engaging collection of musical pieces that will leave you dreaming of Spring.  The Boise Philharmonic continues to be an icon of the Boise area, demonstrating a whole lot of class and bringing a whole lot of fun.

Hot Club of Cowtown

January 28th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Cinder Wines

You may prefer some music that is a little bit more contemporary but fun and exciting. You will never quite see a live show like one put on by Hot Club of Cowtown. It is going to be an experience that is hard to forget, and the band’s blend of jazz and country makes for a musical conglomeration that needs to be heard. 

The Play that Goes Wrong

January 31st

8:00 PM, The Morrison Center

To cap off the month a fun and intriguing option is this stage production that was inspired by the idea of what might happen when you smash Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python together and call it a show. As you might imagine, this particular play showing in the Morrison Center at the end of the month is designed to make sure you are bent over laughing for the entire time and hopefully for hours after the curtain has been closed.

So get out and enjoy some activities this January!  AND if you want to travel a bit, it’s a great time to try skiing, snow shoeing, or sledding in the mountains!

Boise December Activities

December 2019 Events and Activities

It is that time of year again. The chill is starting to feel like it really means something, holiday music is blaring in every shop and mall, and there is a  Santa around every corner. The holidays always bring winter fun in the Boise area and this holiday season is no exception. If there were a thousand cool and exciting things to do in the previous eleven months, there are even more cool and exciting things to do this December. 

Winter Garden

November 28th to January 4th, 2020

6:00 PM :  Idaho Botanical Garden

The first thing you should check out is actually starting very late in November but will run through all of December and a little bit of January. If you live in Boise, you have probably heard of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Starting November 28th, they are going to be changing up the aesthetic of their gardens and start showing off a winter theme. If there is a particular night where you want to feel the holiday spirit, head over to the Idaho Botanical Garden and treat yourself to a winter wonderland.

Bluegrass and Birds

December 6th:  6:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Mardi Gras Ballroom

If you have not heard of the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey, the two things might just make up the most interesting and important organization in Idaho. They are dedicated to saving endangered and threatened birds of prey across the world. Early in December, they are holding a dance/ concert to help support them in their efforts. Though this particular event has nothing distinct to do with the holiday season, it is still going to be a lot of fun and a great way to contribute to protecting the ecosystem of Idaho.

Miracle on 34th Street

December 8th:  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Idaho State Museum

Miracle on 34th Street is a holiday and Christmas classic!. It is old and somewhat dated but it is still a stirring story that somehow avoids falling into the “holiday movie trap” of too much sap. The Idaho State Museum is going to be screening the movie partway through December and this is your best chance to see the movie on the big screen this year. You will really believe that Santa Claus is real.

Mayhem Under the Mistletoe

December 3rd-4th, 10th-11th, 17th-18th

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM:  Playhouse Boise

Another event that is going to be running all December long (Or at least intermittently throughout the month) is a murder mystery party being held every week at Playhouse Boise. If you want to get embroiled in a conspiracy of epic proportions and track a killer to the ends of the earth or if you want to be the killer yourself, murdering your friends and trying not to get caught, you are certainly going to have a fun time attending one of these parties. Take on a role and become consumed by the criminal world.

7 Cares Idaho Shares

December 14th:  7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Treasure Valley Fred Meyers, Albertsons, and the BSU Albertsons Stadium

The holidays are more about giving than they are about receiving. If you have not had a chance yet to do your part to make someone else’s life better or if you are looking for yet another opportunity to make a difference, here is another chance. Sponsored by KTVB, you can swing by any number of locations on December 14th to drop off a donation of either cash or food so that someone else can have a holiday experience as happy as your own.  

Graham Cracker Cottages

December 21st:  2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Ada Community Library

If December comes to an end and you have not had a chance to build a gingerbread house (Or in this case a graham cracker cottage) than don’t think you have missed out. If you want to get the full December experience,head on down to the Ada Community Library on the 21st and put your blood, sweat, and tears into building the best cottage you possibly can. Bring your kids along and help them realize their future home in graham cracker form. It should be a fun family time for sure!

When December comes to an end this year, you are probably going to be sad to see it go. There is always so much fun to be had with family and friends that the parting can be bittersweet. Have a most wonderful Holiday Season! 

November Activities Around Boise

November 2019 Events and Activities

Winter is heading to our area and fun events are in store!   Boise has a rich collection of fun and exciting things to do indoors this coming November. As always, there are plenty of options to occupy your time, even as the temperature gets cooler.  Get out on the town and try out some of these fun things.

Cone Bird Feeder Class

November 6th, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Franz Witte Nursery

For something fun to take the kids to early in the month, Franz Witte Nursery is going to be hosting a class on how to build a bird feeder. This is a great chance for your child to work with their hands and you to make something special that will attract all kinds of lovely wildlife to your home. A bird feeder is a gift that keeps on giving.  Over an hour and thirty minutes, you and your child will make an great memory and an amazing toy/ art-piece.

Boise Baroque Orchestra

November 8th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Egyptian Theatre

If you enjoy live music and have a soft spot for the classics, you might want to see the Boise Baroque Orchestra’s performance of George Frederick Handel’s opera: Acis & Galatea. This is some work of Handel’s that you might not have heard before and which is guaranteed to be a treat for anyone who enjoys the swell of the strings and a beautiful booming voice from someone on stage.

Idaho Job and Career Fair

November 14th, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Courtyard by Mariott

If you are looking for work or would like to explore potential other jobs that are available this is a great place to start.   The Idaho Job and Career Fair is going to have almost 50 different employers that are looking for new employees and will be happy to give you insights into a career field you might be interested in. Just make sure you have a bunch of copies of your resume on hand and look professional.

Speed Friend-Ing

November 19th, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Ada Community Library – Victory Branch

It can be hard to find new friends in this modern world, especially if you are new to an area and are not sure where to start. How about starting here?  You will have an opportunity to meet a lot of new people. Come with an open mind and hopefully leave with a new friend!

Tinker the T-Rex

November 22nd, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Discovery Center of Idaho

The Discovery Center of Idaho is getting a brand-new exhibit towards the end of November and it is going to be all about everyone’s favorite kind of dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus rex! This is another great opportunity to bring your kids out to see and do something incredible.  It will also be a chance to learn additional things about natural sciences and paleontology. If you like dinosaurs, this is going to be a great time for you to head on down to the Discovery Center and learn a little.

Downtown Boise Holiday Tree Lighting

November 29th, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

The Grove Plaza

As you can imagine, the closer this month gets to December the more people are going to be excited about the holidays coming up. Every year, there is a great and massive Christmas Tree set up in  downtown Boise and every year it needs to be lit for the first time. If you want to be there to see it, you should head down to the Grove Plaza on the evening of the 29th. There will even be some live performances and other events going on.

Annie

November 29, 30 and December 1, 5, 6,7,8, 12, 13,14

Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise ID 83712

The musical Annie is loved by all ages.  Little Orphan Annie is a spunky, positive little girl in search of her family and her forever home.  Set in New York in the 1930’s, Annie charms her way into everyone’s hearts.  Fun for the whole family!

There is a lot going on this November so get out and enjoy some of the events that the Boise area has to offer!

October Activities around Boise

October 2019 Events and Activities

It just might be the perfect time of year right now in Boise. The weather is in the sweet spot where it is not too hot and not too cold, and things are just right for you to head out to pretty much any part of Idaho for a nice day in nature. Or maybe you just want to keep it in the city and have a month of fun and excitement across the Treasure Valley. Whatever you want to do, Boise is up and running to give you the best options!

Comedy Benefit Show

October 1st:  7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, RamaPong, 204 N Capitol Blvd #10

 Starting on the first day of the month there is a chance to get some laughs for yourself and also contribute to giving opportunities to the youth of Idaho. Specifically, proceeds from the comedy show will go towards the Youth Transition Program which is designed to give young people some of the skills that will help them succeed in life. You can enjoy yourself for the night and feel good about helping to give someone a better future.

Idaho Health and Fitness Fair

October 5th:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Expo Idaho

 There are all kinds of fairs going on at various times in Boise and the rest of Idaho, but the Idaho Health and Fitness Fair is a little bit different than the rest. It is a great way to learn more about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones healthy and can be a good motivator to make much-needed changes in your life. You are not likely to find any food trucks selling greasy food like you might find at any other state fair, but you will quickly learn that it is probably a good thing they are not there.

The Empire Strikes Back with Live Orchestra

October 5th Repeating:  7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Morrison Center

 Starting on the same day as the Idaho Health and Fitness Fair you are also going to get the chance to participate in one of the best opportunities for cinephiles, audiophiles, and Star Wars nerds. The second movie of the Star Wars series is a cinematic masterpiece and the score John Williams wrote for it is one of the best collections of music of all time. It introduced the famous Imperial March which filled viewers with dread for the power of the Dark Side. If you want the full experience of watching the movie with a live orchestra performing the music of the movie, you are in for a treat.

University of Idaho Homecoming Food and Fund Drive

October 14th:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, University of Idaho 

Even if you are not connected to the University of Idaho or any other part of the education system in the Treasure Valley you might still be interested in doing your part to help those in need of food. This is another chance for you to make a difference in the world and your reward is the University of Idaho’s Homecoming game!

Family Fun Harvest

October 19th:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Children’s Museum of Idaho

 As always, there are a number of things going on this month that are perfect if you have children and want to get them involved with cool things. There is going to be face painting and all kinds of fun and games for kids and even some fun and games for adults. There are a bunch of free prizes if you show up early and there is a chance to get in on the scavenger hunt. This will definitely be the most fun you and your kids have all week.

15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival

October 25th: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, The Egyptian Theatre

 Towards the end of the month, there is another chance for film lovers to get out and see something special with people who share the same interests. Idaho is all about winter and that theme is going to carry over into this year’s Backcountry Film Festival. See humans fighting back against nature, one of the oldest and greatest story archetypes of all time projected for you on the big screen.

Make sure to take advantage of the season while you can. Fall is a fantastic time of the year to explore Idaho’s beauty and activities.

September Area Activities in Boise

As we move into September it is starting to cool down (a little) and the weather is beautiful.  Here are a few things you can do this coming month to take advantage of the end of summer and the move into fall.

Art in the Park

Friday, September 6  & Saturday, September 7:   10AM -8PM.  Sunday, September 8:  10AM – 5PM

Julia Davis Park, Downtown Boise

Art in the Park, is organized by Boise Art Museum and recognized as one of the Northwest’s premiere cultural events. This is a walking festival that is held every year the weekend after Labor day.  You have an opportunity to meet over 200 artists, view their works and purchase them as well.  There is something for everyone!  In addition to art, you will also find food trucks, performers and activities for children.  It’s a fantastic three day event that is a “must do” in September!

Meridian Business Day

September 13th, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Meridian City Hall 

This particular event is not so much for the average consumer, but it is open to pretty much anyone who might want to attend and learn a little bit more about the world of business. If you are an entrepreneur or if you have an idea of what you might like to do with your own business endeavors, this is a great way to meet other people who are in the same position or who have gone on from that position to become very successful. They might be able to teach you a thing or two about what you should be doing from here on out. 

Jack and Jill Downhill Marathon

September 15th, 6:30 AM

Bogus Basin

Now, you probably do not want to show up to this particular event without having done something to prepare or without being fit for a marathon or a half-marathon. The entire event is being hosted by Gemini Timing and you will need to make sure you are registered before you go. Either way, a marathon (Or half-marathon) is a great thing to do to stay in shape if you are ready for it and Bogus Basin is probably going to be really nice at 6:30 AM midway through September. Have fun running with a cool breeze and among a bunch of other people who want to achieve something.  Or be a spectator and cheer the runners on!

Boise River Greenbelt Anniversary

September 19th – 21st, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Julia Davis Park

This September marks the 50th year that the Boise River Greenbelt has been a staple of life in Boise and the City of Boise is celebrating the area and the people who enjoy it with a few days of fun. During the three days, the celebration is going on you can expect to hear talks about the history of the area, enjoy tours of the park, either on a bike or on your feet, and all kinds of other exhibitions that have to do with Idaho and the greenbelt. The whole thing is going to finish with a get-together for attendees.

Charlotte’s Web

September 27th, 7:00 PM

Treasure Valley Children’s Theater

If you have an affinity for the theater and are hoping to build such an love in your children, there is going to be a play run of Charlotte’s Web this September at the heart of Meridian. In fact, the play will be going for most of September. If you want to go for multiple visits or if you want to go earlier in the month then your options are wide open. Charlotte’s Web is a story that pretty much everyone can enjoy and if you have children you can be certain that they will like it.

HARVEST FEST

September 29 from 12 – 5 PM.  Early Bird tickets available! Price goes up at the door to $15 PP. First 400 registered get a Harvest Fest special logo glass! (under 21 Free)

Indian Creek Winery, 1000 N McDermott , Kuna ID

Harvest fest will be a fun event with music from several bands, food trucks and games.  Great for the whole family!  Live music by Travelin Miles & Honey Bear and The Pearl Tones.  Local Food Trucks include La Crepe Boise, Genki Takoyaki and MELT Food Truck
Sweet Treats by: Nezzy’s Brazilian Sweets – Brigadeiros & Cool Intentions Ice Cream Truck.  Harvest Games activities sponsored by MYTH Parkour: Grape Stompin’, Cork Spittin’ and more.  There will also be local vendors with some fares so you can do a little shopping!  Come out to the beautiful gardens of Indian Creek Winery for a relaxing fun filled day.

Beginner Ballroom Dance Workshop

September 29th, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Boise Square Dance Center

 How would you like to be as graceful and powerful on the dancefloor as any professional dancer? Well, two hours of beginner training may put you on your way or at least make you look competent on the floor of a ballroom. If ballroom dance has ever been something you wanted to try out and learn about, this is one of the best chances you will get.

Enjoy being both outside and inside in our great state in the month of September!

August Activities around Boise

August 2019 Event and Activities

It is August in Boise and while the temperature is hot, the city is much hotter. Boise in the summer is as exciting as it gets and there are hundreds of new things happening this month that you might want to get in on. Whether you are looking to beat the heat or just want a fun way to spend the weekend, there is something going on in Boise this month that is probably going to interest you. So, without further rambling on, here are a handful of the most fun things you can expect to get involved with in Boise as the summer progresses in the Treasure Valley.

Les Misérables in Boise

August 2nd Recurring:  2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Morrison Center

We are going to start off with something that is going to make fans of musical theater very happy. During the whole month of July, the world-famous musical Les Misérables is going to be on display at the Morrison Center. The first showing was in late July, but August 2nd is going to your first chance this month to get going with one of the best musicals of all time. If you are not familiar, Les Misérables is all about a bunch of very unhappy people caught up in the French Revolution. The music is phenomenal, and the story is great as well.

Citizens Planning Academy: What’s Law Got to do With It?

August 7th:  6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Idaho Water Center

This next one is a bit of a strange option, but it could pique the interest of a few of the more civil minded of you. If you have any interest in the workings of government and how laws work, this is a great way to get a closer look at the system in Boise and learn about the nitty-gritty of city planning and related public works. There is no cost to get in and there is a lot to be learned.

Soul Food Festival

August 10th:  11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Kleiner Park

If there are two things that are loved in Idaho, they are festivals and food. As it so happens, the two are going to be combined on August 10th in Kleiner Park. On top of some tasty dishes, there is going to be live entertainment and some music as well. This is going to be a great chance to mingle with some of your fellow Treasure Valley citizens and hang out in the sun. The food will almost certainly satisfy your taste buds and maybe give you some new and different ideas for your cooking.

Jam It Out

August 11th:  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Boise Hive

Music is a big part of the Idaho atmosphere and it tends to go wild in Boise during the summer when you can go outside and just listen to some jams. Jam it Out will be a bit more of a casual experience, just giving people a chance to get groovy with their musical abilities and test out some different tunes and tones. There is a big emphasis for veterans to attend and get a chance to just relax with some relaxing or inspiring music.

Idaho Botanical Garden – The Piano Guys

August 16th:  7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Idaho Botanical Garden

If you are not finding your need for good music satisfied by this point in the month, there is going to be a performance by the Piano Guys in the Idaho Botanical Garden, next to the Old Idaho Penitentiary. If you are not familiar with the Piano Guys, they have a very unique sound and approach to music and work in the more traditional musical field of stringer and ivory instruments. Of course, if you like piano music you are going to really enjoy this concert.

See Spot Splash

August 19th:  2:30 PM to 8:00 PM, 1811 E Warm Springs Ave

If you love dogs, you are probably always looking for an outlet for your furry companion to have some fun and cool off in the summer. One such chance is coming up towards the middle of August. The Natatorium is throwing a big party for Boise’s dogs and their owners and giving dogs a chance to just swim and splash around. The pool at the Natatorium is going to have dog-swim all day. Sure, humans are not going to be allowed in the pool (It is going to be pretty hairy) but you can meet other dog owners and make some friends.

Lost Grover Brewing and Travis Ward

August 28th:  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Lost Grove Brewing

The final event for this list is another combination that might interest you. Lost Grove Brewing is going to be hosting the talent of Travis Ward at the end of August to come and play while you sit back and enjoy an ice-cold drink. The music is going to be suitably folksy and you are probably going to find yourself singing along with a joyous chorus of other like-minded people who are all getting their fill of good music and some good drinks.

There is always so much going on in Boise and the surrounding area that you can have some fun with. Of course, if you want some unscheduled fun and a way to cool off from the summer heat, there is always the Boise River Greenbelt and the Boise River. You are almost guaranteed to find something fun on the greenbelt and the atmosphere of the river and the parks are always sure to please.

June Activities around Boise

June 2019 Events and Activities

Well, June has come to town and is bringing summer with it. In the middle of this month, summer will officially begin, and you now get the chance to put winter behind as a bad (Or good) memory in favor of its warmer counterpart. As the wheel of the season never stops turning, so does the wheel of the Treasure Valley continue to bring up new and fun things to do. If you have some time to get out of the house for some fun in the next month, here are some of the options that you might find exciting.

 

St. Luke’s National Running Day

June 5th, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Axiom Fitness Parkcenter

On a day like St. Luke’s National Running Day, you do not have to go anywhere specific to participate. All you need to do is get some running done. However, if you want to more directly be involved in the day’s festivities, there are a number of places across Boise where you can register for upcoming public runs. There is going to be a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon later in the year and if you sign up to participate in those on June 5th, you can be entered for several other competitions.

Straw Rockets

June 10th:  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Garden City Public Library

There are few things as inspiring to a young mind as rocketry. Flying is pretty cool on its own, but when there is a massive rocket booster propelling something across the sky, that is when kids lose their minds. If you have children who would like to get some hands-on experience with how rockets work, the Garden City Public Library will be the place to go. There are no Saturn V rockets to be seen, but you might just inspire your child to be a rocket scientist one day.

2019 World Village Film Night

June 14th:  6:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Jump, 1000 West Myrtle Street

There are a number of different attractions for this particular event. Starting at 6, there is an exhibit for the art of Amiri Osman and then an hour later there is a screening of the movie Ruben Blades is Not My Name. Ruben Blades was a musical icon in the 70s, particularly when it comes to salsa music. Up until his arrival on the scene, salsa music was not well-known or widely listened to. He changed a lot about the way the genre was seen, and this movie is all about him and his accomplishments.

World Refugee Day

June 15th:  9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Grove Plaza

Refugees across the world have been in the news and everyone seems to have an opinion.  What is clearly true is that there are people suffering out there, far from home. The World Refugee Day in Boise is meant to be a recognition of this fact and a way to generate some support. In addition to this important fundraiser, here will be a lot of food and fun to be had.

Father’s Day Car Show

June 16th:  9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

8th and Idaho

How do you feel about cars? Does the revving of an engine get your blood pumping? Do you love to see the history in an ancient car? Is the science behind new car development something that fascinates you to your core? If any or all of these is the case, there is going to be an incredible car show in Boise on the 16th of June. There will be classic cars, electric cars, music, and competitions.

Boise Music Festival

June 22nd:  10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Expo Idaho

Finally, towards the end of the month, there is going to be one of the most exciting events of the year in Boise.  The Boise Music Festival has only been going on for nine years now, but it is already an important part of the Boise cultural experience. It gives you the chance to hear all kinds of different genres of music and mingle among people who share your own musical interests. It is going to be a massive event and something you will not want to miss.

I hope your June is fantastic!

 

May Activities around Boise

May 2019 Events and Activities

Here comes May and the summer is not far behind it. The things you can do in the Treasure Valley are starting to change as the valley warms.  The weather changes and the things you can do in the Treasure Valley change with it. The Boise area is always abuzz with the best Idaho has to offer.

 

Voice-Over Class

May 8th:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

City Hall

You may have no ambitions of becoming a broadcaster or a voice actor but there is a lot that a voice-over class can teach you anyway. Voice lessons have a core foundation in confidence and improving your ability to speak in public, a skill that almost everyone will find useful someday. If you do have some interest in using your voice professionally, this could be the best place to start, otherwise, it could help you build up yourself to become a more convincing speaker, either in public or private. The best part is you don’t need to bring your own equipment.

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12th:  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Zoo Boise

Mother’s Day is a day to show thanks.   A great activity for the family on Mother’s Day is to visit Zoo Boise on the 12th for a small brunch in the honor of all mothers across the world. This is another family-friendly event and will be perfect if you want to combine a family getaway with a visit to see the animals in the zoo. There will be plenty of food as well as some special zoo-related events.

Luna Fest

May 18th:  12:30 PM to 4:00 PM, The Flicks

This year LUNAFEST which will be showing off a number of short films that might catch your interest, both for their artful quality and the theme they are exploring. The films this time around are all about women and the stories that surround them. If you want to support women or just see some well-made films, LUNAFEST has got you covered. There will also be a social event afterward where you can discuss what you watched with others and enjoy wine and snacks.

Famous Idaho Potato Marathon

May 18th:  7:00 AM or 10:00 AM start time, Beginning in Discovery Park

If you are looking for something a little less sedentary and a little more active, it might be time to make sure you are ready to run five or ten kilometers this coming mid-May. It is a little late to do the training that might be required for a half marathon but if you are up to it then it is not too late to participate. You can get in a day of good running.  If you feel like you are not ready now but could be soon, this marathon might be an excellent goal to push for over the next few weeks.

Maiden’s Hope-2nd Annual Boise Dog Carnival

May 25th:  9:00 AM to after 3:00 PM, Julia Davis Park Band shell

For all dog lovers in the Treasure Valley, it is time to show off your own pup and see all of the other cute and noble dogs that your valley neighbors have trained at an upcoming dog carnival. You can enjoy a morning and afternoon where you are surrounded by humanity’s best friend and participate in different canine related contests and events. Your dog will love it!  Treat your dog to a day of fun with all the other dogs in Boise.

38th Annual Greek Food Festival

May 31st and June 1st:  11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

If you like Greek food, the upcoming Greek Food Festival is probably going to be a paradise for you. If you have never had Greek food but are open to trying, here is your chance.  

There is so much to do in the Treasure Valley!  You can always contact us for more ideas and events.