February Activities around the Boise Area

February Events

2017 is now in full-swing and everything seems to be getting  back to normal after all the crazy snow!   Hopefully the snow didn’t cause you to miss any of the fun things there was to do in January. Whether it did or not, let’s hope that February offers us some better weather to go along with the many more fun and interesting events we have going on in the Treasure Valley during this the second month of 2017.

McCall Winter Carnival

February 1st to 5th

McCall, Idaho

The McCall Winter Carnival is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Though it doesn’t take place in Boise, but rather in McCall which is 2 hours north of here, it is still a tradition that people from the Treasure Valley trek up north for almost every year. Thousands of people flock to McCall during the Winter Carnival to enjoy the plethora of great activities in and around this snowy paradise. This year you can expect to see fairs, parades, and, of course, the famous McCall ice sculpture contest. The carnival is a multiday event that spans from the end of January to the 5th of February and no matter what it is you plan to do while you are there it is a great way to combat the cold winter blues this February.

Harlem Globetrotters

February 9th

Idaho Center

If you have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters before then you need to get tickets for their show on February 9th at the Idaho Center. Their show offers clean comedy, intense basketball tricks, and life lessons that will stick with for the rest of your life. You can find tickets at the Idaho Center or online at www.ictickets.com/event/default.aspx?id=1730. They also accept phone orders between 10 AM and 8 PM at (208) 442-3232.

The Harlem Globetrotters is truly a fun and friendly event that is appropriate and entertaining for all ages.

Boise Golf and Travel Show

February 10th to 12th

Expo Idaho

Attention golf enthusiasts! The Boise Golf and Travel Show is the best way to get to know all the new things coming to the golfing world. There will be shows and exhibits as well as all sorts of contests. It is put on at the Expo Idaho on the border of Boise and Garden City off of Glenwood and Chinden. Tickets can be bought for several prices. It is $12.00 for general admission and $20.00 for a VIP ticket if bought in advance. At the gate these VIP tickets are $25.00 apiece.

Flea Market

February 18th to 19th

Expo Idaho

Flea Markets are a great way to spend time this month. You can get killer deals, find items you never knew you needed, and even make some new friends from around town. This only comes around a handful of times a year so better get down there at 9 AM on Saturday or 10 AM on Sunday to get all the good deals before they’re gone.

Admission is $2.00 a person; children under 12 are free.

Idaho Gem and Mineral Show

February 25th to 26th

Expo Idaho

There are many interesting facts about Idaho that many people don’t know and one of them is that Idaho is known as the Gem State. This is due to the many types of gems, minerals, precious metals, and non-precious metals of all kinds here in Idaho including the elusive Star Garnet.

Thanks to this large amount of gems that can be found here, Idaho has become a gathering place for geologist, jewelers and gem enthusiasts from all over. The Gem and Mineral Show is a place that all gem admirers can come together to buy, sell, trade, and learn all things gems and minerals. There will even be demonstrations in things like silversmithing, faceting and so on.

Admission to the Idaho Gem and Mineral Show is $4.00 a person with children under 12 getting in for free.

This is just a small sampling of things to do around Boise in February.   There are dozens more things to do with a little research.  The Treasure Valley has many fun and exciting events to offer its residents and visitors so we are confident that you’re going to have a great February here with us

January Events Around Boise

January Events

Happy New Year! It is now 2017 and we are coming down from a wonderful and exciting New Year’s celebration and it is time to start planning out the rest of the year. While you are sitting down thinking of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to think about all the fun you can have in the Treasure Valley during the month of January. Here we have a few of the awesome events you’ll see throughout the month that we think you might like!

Idaho Laugh Fest, January 12th to 15th

Liquid Laugh

If you like comedy, then Idaho Laugh Fest is for you. The Idaho Laugh Fest is a yearly event where comedians of all kinds converge here in Boise Idaho. Whether you like improv, stand-up, or any other kind of comedy, then you are going to enjoy this.

Idaho Laugh Fest is a weekend of great fun where you can see local acts, international performers, and much more. There are shows of all kinds that you can hear at almost any time in during the weekend. So, be sure to check out their schedule to find out more information

Taylor Hicks Concert, January 14th

Nampa Civic Center

American Idol may be off air, but the sounds of their winners are still resonating throughout the country. This month, the people of Nampa get to play host to one of the most popular of those winners: Taylor Hicks. This country and soul singer is bringing his particular brand of music to the Treasure Valley to rock the Nampa Civic Center for one night.

The show is supposed to be one of the best concerts of the year, so be sure to mark your calendars!

The show starts at seven and the tickets can be found on www.icTickets.com and should start from $44.

Once (the Musical), January 20th and 21st

The Morrison Center

Once is a Broadway original performance that is finally being shown here in the Boise area. It is a wonderful musical with stunning work by the cast who actually play their instruments as part of the performance making it half musical, half concert.

Once will be performed 3 times, once on the 20th at 8 PM and twice on the 21st at 2 PM and 8 PM. The 2 PM show will also provide ASL intepreters.

This musical is said to have ‘adult language’ and ‘adult themes’, so be sure to take that into account when making a purchasing decision.

1-Light Studio Workshop, January 28th

4619 EMERALD STREET SUITE 106, BOISE

If you have ever wanted to learn more about the exciting world of photography, then the 1-light studio workshop is where you need to be on the 28th of January. At the 1-Light Studio Workshop you will be trained in the art of using lighting in photography. The package includes instruction, practice with models, and lessons in proper set up and take down procedures of the set and equipment.

This workshop is limited to 6 people so you better sign up fast. Their website has the price listed around $99 but that is subject to change.

Skiing at Bogus Basin, Throughout January

Bogus Basin

If there is one thing that is necessary to have a great time in January, skiing would have to be on the list. There is nothing like taking a ride down the slopes on skis, a snowboard, or inner tube and the best place for Treasure Valley Residents to do this is, of course, Bogus Basin.

This local favorite is home to some of the best skiing in Idaho along with one of the only night skiing locations in the state. It is a great place to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Idaho, so be sure to wax up your skis or board and get ready for some fun!

From the looks of things, this year is going to be pretty fun. Boise is one of the nation’s most attractive cities right now, and with all the fun things we have to do here, it is no wonder why. However, it is important to know that this isn’t even half of all the great activities that are available to Boise and Treasure Valley residents throughout the month of January. If you are at a loss for things to do while you are here though, a quick Google search will show that there are plenty more things to enjoy here in our City of Trees.  You can also send us an email!

Looking to Donate to some Great Non-Profits in the Boise Area?

There are few things in this world as heartwarming and alluring as the holiday season. With its lights, treats, parties, and so on it is hard not to have a smile on your face despite the bitter cold outside. However, for one reason or another, there are some people who find it hard to feel the boisterous spirit of the season like the rest of us. These are people that are sick, hungry, homeless, or trapped in any number of terrible situations. These people’s circumstances are desperate, their pleas sometimes silent, but one thing is for sure: they need some help. If you have been looking for a way to give back this holiday season, to alleviate some of the pain of those around us, then we have a few suggestions for you. Below are 4 local charities that are favorites of ours to donate to plus an idea on donating to educational organizations in Idaho. If you are looking for a good local charity, this may be a start.  These organizations are always looking for donations, volunteers, or to spread the word of their need.

Meridian Valley Humane Society

191 N Linder Road, Meridian  Idaho(208) 794-0944

The Humane Society is a wonderful organization that takes in rescue dogs and helps them get adopted by a new family. They work hard caring for these dogs, fostering them if necessary and playing with them  until someone comes to adopt them.

If you want to get involved with the Meridian Valley Humane Society check out their website. They have links for volunteers, dog foster care, and more. If you want to help out but don’t have time, just click the donate button in the top right hand corner of the website.

NOTE: At the beginning of 2017 the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be changing their name at the start of 2017 to “Meridian Canine Rescue”.

Ronald McDonald House of Idaho

101 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise  Idaho  (208) 336-5478

The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful non-profit that helps out families of sick children. They offer a place to stay for the members of the family that are not sick and supply them with food and activities to pass the time when they are not at the hospital with their loved ones.

This organization has helped many children and families across the nation during their times of need by keeping them close together during their trying times and the Idaho chapter is no exception. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho has been a great help to many people in and around the State of Idaho.

If you want to donate to or volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho log on to their website and click on the “How You Can Help” tab. There you can find all sorts of information about volunteering, donating, hosting fund raisers, and much more.

Idaho Foodbank

3562 South TK Avenue
Boise, ID 83705-5278
(208) 336-9643

The Idaho Food Bank is another amazing organization that helps to take care of Idahoans that can’t afford to put food on the table. They do this all year round, but with the holidays coming up they want to be able to let everyone have a merry time.

The food bank has a number of different programs from helping students who need food over the weekends to helping out deserving individuals all over the state. All of these programs revolve around getting people the food they need, but some of them also put emphasis on nutritional education, the teaching of basic cooking skills, and so on.

The Idaho Food Bank has programs that also focus on seniors, children and other demographics that tend to have a higher amount of food needs. It is important to remember however that anyone who is in need can get food from the food bank. This resource is not one that is limited to a select few.

As with all the other charities on this list, the Idaho Food Bank’s website has easy to follow instructions on how to both donate and volunteer. Visit their website today if you want to learn more.

Boise Rescue Mission

308 S. 24th St.
Boise, Idaho   (208) 343-2389

The Boise Rescue Mission does some great work in the Treasure Valley. They have programs for men, women, children, as well as specific demographics like veterans, drug addicts and more.  They have facilities all over the Treasure Valleys from Boise to Nampa to serve as many people as possible.

For more information on their services at the Boise Rescue Mission, or to find out how to volunteer and donate, check out their website or get in touch with their amazing staff.

* Idaho Education related organizations:  Invest in our youth and community by donating to public or private schools, libraries, public television, museums and more.  It’s a double bonus because you are helping fund education in Idaho AND you may receive an additional tax credit.  You may want to talk to your accountant about this.  In addition to a Federal and State tax deduction, Idaho will give you a percentage of the donated amount back as a tax credit up to a certain amount.

* Disclaimer:  I cannot give accounting or tax advice so please contact your accountant or tax professional for more information.

If giving back is on your mind this holiday season, there are many charities like this that help out Idahoans every year.   It’s always rewarding to get out and lend a hand or share some of your financial blessings with others in need during this joyous time of year.

December Events around Boise

December Events

December is a wonderful time of year. It is a time when we can enjoy all sorts of diverse cultures and traditions. Whether you like theater or the beauty of holiday lights, December in Boise will capture your imagination and keep you smiling to the very end. It is important to note that there is much more going on in the Boise area this December than is listed here, these are only the start! So, get ready for a great time!

Winter Garden aGlow, December 2nd to January 1st

Idaho Botanical Gardens

The Winter Garden aGlow festival is a magical event that happens every year here in Boise at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. All the beautiful trees, bushes, and other plant life that was once green now shines bright with the power of tens of thousands of holiday lights.

The Idaho Botanical Gardens will also feature great food and events all month long, so get your tickets soon!

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, Various Days throughout December

The Boise area is ripe with beautiful holiday lights in almost every nook and cranny. That being said, what better way to see the best of them than a trolley tour? The Boise Holiday Lights Trolley Tour is a special event for one and all and is a wonderful way to see the magical holiday lights scattered throughout the valley and enjoy time with friends. So, be sure to check their website for available dates and contact information.

A Christmas Carol, Various Days throughout December

Stage Coach Theater

The Stage Coach Theater in Boise has played host to many classical plays throughout the years and this December it has the honor of hosting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This holiday season you can witness the magic of this classic story right here in Boise. Experience the wonder of the Christmas Carol universe as Mr. Scrooge visits with Christmas past, present, and future and learns a valuable lesson about giving.

Jim Gaffigan,December 11th

Taco Bell Arena

What better way to shake off the winter blues than with a warm hearted laugh? Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian, is coming to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena on December 11th to entertain us with his goofy jokes and silly antics. So, you better come ready to laugh.

Jim Gaffigan’s ‘The Fully Dressed Tour’ is here for one night only and tickets are on sale now. Doors open at 7:00 PM, the show starts at 8:00 PM.

The Nutcracker, December 16th, 17th, & 18th

The Morrison Center

If you have ever wanted to see Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, then this is your lucky day. Ballet Idaho is performing this classical ballet for 3 days this month at the Morrison Center with music provided live by the Boise Philharmonic. It is sure to be the highlight of your year so be sure to get your tickets today!

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, December 12th

Albertson’s Stadium

Football fans, get ready for the twenty year anniversary of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Watch two great football teams square off for the bowl championship right here on our beloved Boise State Broncos blue field. It is a time when thousands tune into the “Smurf Turf” to watch some good old football during our chilly December weather. Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get yours before they are gone!

The Idaho Potato Drop, December 31st

Idaho Capitol Building

This last event on our list is a great way to end the year and ring in the new one with a bang. You see, unlike New York which drops a ball on New Year’s, we here in Boise, drop a potato. It really is a massive community festival coupled with fireworks, food trucks, music, and so much more.

Come down to Capitol Park on the night of December 31st to ring in the New Year with your fellow Boise residents and visitors. Admission is free as far as we can tell, unless you want to go in the VIP tent. In which case you will need to buy tickets from the Idaho Potato Drop website.

Boise is a wonderful place to spend the end of your 2016 and we are glad that you are here to enjoy it with us. It has been a great year and we hope to see you back here come January. Thank you for your continual readership and support.

November Activities around Boise

November Events

October is over and it is now time to jump headlong into some of the most anticipated events of the year. This month will bring the Treasure Valley a plethora of events that are full of thanksgiving, joy, and cheer. Before we get to those however, the first event we want to talk about is Election Day—November 8th. Don’t forget to get out there and vote if you are eligible. If you don’t know where to vote then be sure to check out IdahoVotes.gov to find out. But until that day, you can look forward to these other awesome activities here in the Treasure Valley.

Mosco Ballet: Swan Lake  November 8th

Nampa Civic Center

The Nampa Civic Center has been home to many awesome events in the past, but there are few events that compare to the Swan Lake Ballet. This classic ballet is a must see event—an integral part of the human heritage—and for one night you can enjoy this awesome combination of music and dance here in the Treasure Valley.

The Swan Lake ballet is one of the most world renowned performances to come out of Russia and we are lucky to have a rendition performed here in town. Tickets for the ballet cost $49 for the third tier, $53 for the second tier, and $58 for the first tier. The show starts at 7 PM.

Rake Up Boise  November 12th

If you like service, and or raking up leaves, then this is the event for you. Rake Up Boise is an annual event held in the month of November. It is where people who can’t, or find it difficult to, rake their leaves can be helped out by their neighbors. Teams of coworkers, friends, and community organizations come together to on the 12th (after registering a head of time) and are assigned yards, by the coordinators of the event, of those who have asked to be helped, or who were nominated. These teams then go and rake the leaves in the yards they are assigned, bag them up and put them out on the curb to be taken away by the garbage collectors.

Great Idaho Gun Show  November 12th & 13th

Idaho Center

Whether you are a hunter, collector, military person, or shooter, then the Great Idaho Gun Show is an event you really shouldn’t miss. This event allows people from all over the valley to look at, buy, sell, and even trade guns of all kinds and other gun related equipment and gear. It is at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on the 12th and 13th of November. It opens at 9 AM on both days but closes at 6 PM on Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday. Entry cost $8 a person.

Hymns of Thanksgiving  November 20th

Century Link Arena

There are few things as amazing as the sound of a choir and orchestra performing music to sooth the soul. Hymns of Thanksgiving is a Treasure Valley tradition that takes place every November. It is a choir and orchestral ensemble of local performers who come together to make beautiful music in honor of Thanksgiving. It is a free event that is held at the Century Link Arena in downtown.

Turkey Day 5K  November 24th

Main St & 6th Boise

Running for charities is a popular thing to do and even in the cold of November runner’s enthusiasm is not stifled. This 5k is open to all runners, joggers, and walkers to support the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children. They ask that participants bring non-perishable food items for these charities’ pantries. If you like to serve the community then what better way to do that, and to express your gratitude for what you have, than giving to charity through this wonderful event.

Canyon County Festival of Trees  November 25th & 26th

Idaho Center

One of the most anticipated winter holiday events would have to be the Festival of Trees. This year it will be at the Ford Idaho Center and it will boast a large sampling of exotic trees, hundreds decorative wreaths, an auction, and some great food and trinkets from vendors. It is a long awaited event that has everyone excited so be sure not to miss it.

October Events around Boise

October Events

Fall is here and it sure is looking promising! If you love all things fall—pumpkins, hoodies, the changing colors—than you are going to enjoy a lot of the items on this list. October in Boise is going to be packed with great events from start to finish. There are concerts, outdoor activities, and everything in between— all to celebrate the changing of the season. So, grab your favorite pumpkin flavored beverage and let’s begin.

Lindsey Stirling

October 3rd

Memorial Stadium

Since her emergence to stardom on YouTube almost a decade ago, Lindsey has been gaining steam with pop, electronica, dance and even classical violin fans around the globe. She has toured all over the world reaching many people with the combination of her upbeat electric violin music and intricate dance moves (both of which she does at the same time during her shows).

On October 3rd she will make her second visit to Boise and will be playing at Memorial Stadium (the ball park of the Boise Hawks). Tickets start at about $56 for general admission.

The Farmstead and Linder Farms Corn Mazes

October 1st to October 31st

1020 S Rackham Way, Meridian, ID & 7165 S Linder Rd, Meridian, ID

Corn mazes are the epitome of fall fun;  in the Boise area, we are lucky enough to have two amazing corn mazes to enjoy every year. Both the Farmstead and Linder Farms are prevalent parts of the community with completely different mazes and experiences to offer their guests.

Taking a spin in the corn maze is so much fun, and it is a tradition for many locals to do so, making both mazes well attended each year. They have the maze, rides, animals, and even great food—so be sure to come hungry.

This year, Linder Farms has made their maze in a Boise State Bronco theme while the Farmstead opted for a Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon theme, a decision that has been getting a lot of national press.

Maroon 5

October 9th

Taco Bell Arena

If you love mainstream concerts, then you will love this. Maroon 5, one of the hottest bands of the decade, is making their way to the main stage at Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena. For one night you can experience Maroon 5 like you’ve never seen them before here in our humble town of Boise. Maroon 5 is easily one of the biggest bands to hit Boise this year so it is sure to be a night to remember.

Maroon 5 will also be accompanied by Tove Lo and Phases to help you start your evening off right. Tickets start at $50 and can go as high as $126 and they are going fast so act now! The arena doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30.

Birds of Prey Fall Flights

Weekends October 1st to October 30th

World Center for Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey are some of Idaho’s most beautiful native animals. And thanks to the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Peregrine Fund, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area we can enjoy the majesty of these birds too. Aside from their usual presentations, conservation activities, and study, the Birds of Prey center is also a zoo like experience were the public can see these beautiful birds up close.

October is special however, because the experts and falconers at the center do live bird demonstrations outside with some of their bigger and more impressive birds. It is a great chance to learn about and appreciate these amazing birds. While you’re there you can even check out their gift shop and interactive learning center.

The Haunted Word

Fridays and Saturdays

October 1st to October 31st

20031 Northside BLVD, Caldwell, ID

Another staple of the fall season after pumpkins and crunchy leaves are haunted houses. With Halloween coming, everyone is getting their scare on, and many can’t wait to be scared. If you are in either category then you are sure to enjoy a trip to the Haunted World, Idaho’s largest haunted house.

Each year the Haunted World gets bigger and better, making it quite the attraction. It draws large crowds almost every night offering visitors all the thrills and chills they have come to expect from a haunted house. If you are looking to get scared this Halloween season, then the Haunted World is the place to go. Check out their website for times and pricing.

Well, if you weren’t excited for October before you probably are now. Between colossal concerts, hair-raising haunted houses, and massive mazes there is no way that October 2016 will be anything less than awesome.

September Activities in Boise

September Events

Summer is coming to a close and we are starting to see some shifts– in the season and even a shift in the kinds of activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. While the events of July and August were great, they are nothing compared to the events we have going on in Boise during the month of September. This month is going to be full of great fun, excitement, and a lot of unforgettable memories.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

August 31st to September 4th

There are few things that compare to watching a hot air balloon take to the sky and gently glide above the city, and the awesome part is, here in Boise we get 5 whole days of it! During the end of August and the beginning of September is when the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic (a hot air balloon festival) is held. It is a time for hot air balloon pilots, enthusiasts, and spectators to gather and watch these majestic creations lift off into the cool morning air. It is a great time, even for those who do not go down to the launch ceremony as everyone in the valley can see these tens of hot air balloons floating above downtown.

Boise State Broncos vs Washington State Cougars

September 10th

Bronco football is one of the most popular late summer and fall activity in the Treasure Valley. During September, football fans of all types gather round a television, trek to the blue field of the Albertson’s stadium, or even hop on a plane to follow the team to away games, just to get another dose of Bronco Football.

The first home game of the season is against our neighbors to the north: the Washington State Cougars. They will come down and play the broncos on the night of the 10th. You can watch this game on ESPN, but if you want the real experience you have to head down to watch the game at Albertson’s Stadium— there is nothing like it.

Blink-182 Concert

September 15th

If you are a fan of 90s, 2000’s or 2010’s punk rock, then this is a concert you need to check out. The famous band Blink-182 is coming to the Taco Bell Arena this month to give the City of Trees a concert it will never forget.

To celebrate their newest album (California) Blink-182 is going on tour through the US and Canada bringing their pop and punk music to life once again. You can get tickets to this great show through the Taco Bell Arena website. Tickets range from $25 to $75 for varying seating choices (the $75 choice is for general admission, however it is the closest to the stage).

Hyde Park Street Fair

September 16th to 18th

Boise is a wonderful place to live and there are few of its neighborhoods that are as eclectic and attractive as the North End. In the North End, there is Hyde Park, one of the most prominent streets in the whole city. Every year, Hyde Park holds a street fair to celebrate the community and have a good time. This year’s street fair will be held on the 16th through the 18th of September. Check out the North End website for more details.

Def Leppard Concert

September 28th

Considered one of the best rock bands of all-time, Def Leppard is a band that easily creates quite the hype. Their upcoming Boise concert is looking like it will be an event that everyone will want to attend. This legendary rock band is performing at the Taco Bell Arena on the 28th. Tickets are scarce, but you can find them on the Taco Bell Arena website. They are a bit more expensive than the ones you would get for a concert like Blink-182, but they are totally worth it to the passionate fan.

Boise, and the rest of the Treasure Valley, is such a wonderful place. Whether you are looking for great events, a serene place to live, or just to have fun, then you are definitely on the right track. Now, these aren’t the only things that our little corner of Idaho has to offer during September. There are many more awesome things to do here, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Fun Boise Area Activities!

August Events and Activities

Wow, it’s almost August already? It feels like May was just yesterday—where has the time gone!? Well, at least the month of August is proving to be the best month we’ve seen so far for events here in the Treasure Valley. So let’s jump right in and see what we have to look forward to this month. Before we start however, be sure to always stay hydrated when you are out there enjoying yourself and don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You don’t want to end a fun day in the sun with a sunburn and dehydration.

The Summer BAM Jam

August 6th & 7th

Downtown Boise— Capitol Park

If you are a fan of basketball, even in the slightest, then the BAM Jam is the place for you to be on August sixth and seventh. It is a fun 3 on 3 tournament for players of all skill levels that offers matches, challenges, and so much more. It is held primarily in and around Capitol Park just in front of the State Capitol of Idaho which offers a beautiful 360 view of downtown. Not to mention the park will also be full of food trucks and other vendors to slake your thirst or satisfy your appetite between games.

The first day of the tournament is usually the bracketed tournament where teams of 3 will play at least 3 games as they battle the competition. The second day, on the other hand, is a bit different. The traditional Slam Dunk and 3-point shot challenges are the main events the morning and afternoon of the 7th. To register for the BAM Jam, check out their website for the details

Outdoor Mural Gallery Event

August 6th through 13th

Downtown Boise— Freak Alley

Art lovers of all kinds will find the Freak Alley Mural Gallery Event a time to remember. But, to really appreciate this event, you need to know more about it. Freak Alley is a stretch of alleyway in downtown Boise that has been sanctioned (whether officially or unofficially) for street art. This includes graffiti, murals and mosaics. It is a beautiful part of Boise culture and a perfect representation of the artistic soul of this the City of Trees.

While Freak Alley is open for the public to tour every day of the year at any time, as well as free to use for photography backgrounds, there is a specific event the week of August 6th through the 13th where artists can showcase their works. See their website for more details. (NOTE: be safe when going downtown after nightfall. Boise is a relatively safe city, but it is always best to go with a buddy or just wait until it is light out)

The Western Idaho Fair

August 19th– 28th

Idaho Fairgrounds

The Western Idaho Fair is one the Treasure Valley’s most awaited events. It is a massive collection of rides, vendors, shows, and food that has never ceased to amaze. Coming during the later weeks of August, the Western Idaho Fair will be 10 days of fun and excitement.

As it was mentioned earlier, the fair is home to a number great events. There will be several concerts and performances by Josh Turner, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and many more— a part of the fair that is always eagerly anticipated. Another eagerly anticipated part of the fair are the rides and food vendors. If you like carnival rides, hot dogs, and deep fried Twinkies (yes, you can usually buy them there) then you will have a great time.

The Great Inflatable Race

August 27th

Ann Morrison Park

It really is as strange, and as fun, as it sounds. The Great Inflatable Race is a charity race that is held every year. What makes it different from a regular race? Well, first of all, it is really an obstacle course and secondly, these obstacles are large, bouncy, inflatable objects. It is a kooky way to get some exercise, help benefit a charity, and have fun!

Race times are staggered from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM every half hour (so the course doesn’t get congested). Check out their website for more information about signing up!

5 Seconds of Summer

August 27th

Taco Bell Arena

This awesome concert will be a night to remember. Come check out this awesome new band and special guest appearances by Roy English and Hey Violet. These are some of the hottest names in pop music and are responsible for several radio hits from the last year.

Prices for this concert range from $25 to $79.95 depending on your seat. The Taco Bell Arena has more information on the concert and a link to buy tickets. Check it out today to find out more! Doors open at 7:30.

So there you have it: 5 great activities to enjoy during August. There are more activities than these you can enjoy in Boise this month, so be sure to keep a lookout for other awesome events!

Fun July Activities

If you are looking for fun things there are to do in the Boise area this July, then you will not be disappointed, and if you thought that nothing could top June’s activities, then you are going to really love what the Treasure Valley has to offer this month! July is all about summer fun, and while there are many events out there that are diverse, there are many musical activities to get excited about this month. However, before we delve into the rock and roll and contemporary concerts we have to look forward to, let’s take a second to check out . . .

Craft Corner,

July 1

855 S. Impressions Ct. Nampa, ID

Nampa Idaho is home to many great things, and one of them is its large variety of community activities there are. The Craft Corner is kind of like a fair for arts and crafts. Many people from around the area will being their wares together to sell, trade, and market their crafts and craft services. It is great for the crafty person in all of us.

For more information about the Craft Corner, click the link at the beginning of this section, or call their number at (208) 890-6909.

KISS Freedom Rock Tour,

July 7th

Taco Bell Arena

Doors open at 6:30 for this amazing show. Like we said earlier, July is the month for music, and the band KISS will kick it all off on July 7th. This concert will be one to remember as Gene Simons, Paul Stanley, and the rest of the KISS band rock Boise to its core.

Tickets for this great show range from around $40 to $125 each depending on your seat. But you better order them now before they are all gone. This is a long expected event that is going to draw many spectators.

Deadly Murder— Stage Coach Theater

July 8th to July 23

4802 Emerald St. Boise

If you like the stage, then you will love the Stage Coach Theater. It is a great way to enjoy good quality entertainment right here in the heart of Boise. This thrilling play will be put on by the Stage Coach Theater several times this month on different days. So, be sure to check out their website for more information on the exact days that it will be performed.

Phillip Phillips

July 14th

Outlaw Field— Idaho Botanical Gardens

Next on our list of great musical performances is the great Phillip Phillips. The American Idol winner will be performing at the Idaho Botanical Gardens amongst the Garden’s fabulous vegetation. It will be a night to remember as both Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson perform some of their greatest hits here in the City of Trees.

Tickets for this show are different depending on if you are a Botanical Gardens Member or not. Member’s tickets cost $37.50 and the general admission tickets are $42.50.

Meghan Trainor

July 14th

Ford Idaho Center

Also on the 14th of July, Meghan Trainor will be performing on stage at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. So, if you are “all about that bass”, then you are going to love this opportunity. Meghan Trainor’s “The Untouchable Tour” will be stopping here between concerts in places like Rosemont, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and San Jose, California.

This will be a great concert for all music fans, and tickets are priced very affordably as well. The Idaho Center tickets range from $30 to $50 (plus ticketing fees) and doors open at 6:00 PM that Thursday. But be sure to buy your tickets now, the price will increase $5 for each ticket on the day of the performance.

Boise Depot Open House

July 14th

Boise Depot

July 14th is a great day for events in the Treasure Valley, so, no matter what you want to do, you are going to find something you like. This event, unlike the Meghan Trainor and Phillip Phillips’ concerts, is free to the public.

The Boise Depot is a historical building that served as the train station for the area for a good long while. It has been closed and preserved as a community heirloom of sorts for many years now and is a great way to take a walk through history. Usually, the Depot is only open for visits on Mondays from 8-5 and you can’t get guided tours (to our knowledge)

Movies Under the Stars— Pan

July 30th

Jullion Park

During the summers here in the Treasure Valley, there are these amazing community events called Movies Under the Stars where the city puts on a free movie screening at a park in either Boise or Meridian. They are great events that start with games at 7:00 PM that last until sundown when they start the movie. On July 30th they will be watching the movie Pan. (There will also be a showing of the movie Minions on the 9th of July at Julia Davis Park)

For more information about the movies they will be showing all summer, click the link at the head of this section to check out the Facebook page!

June Events

June Events in Boise

Spring is coming to a close and the first warm days of summer are starting to creep up on us here in the Treasure Valley which, for Boiseans, is a sign for many fun things to come. After the many outdoor activities that the Boise area has to offer, there are also these, and many other, great events in the area for you to enjoy. So, if you are looking for some fun ways to spend the first few weeks of summer, then start off with these great events happening right here in the City of Trees!

Art and Rose

June 5th

Are you a fan of fine arts? Do you like experiencing the great beauties of many cultures? What about getting great décor for your home or office from local artists? If you said yes to any of those questions, then you are going to love the Art and Roses event on the 5th of June.  The event starts at 10:00 AM and goes until 6:00 PM at Julia Davis Park near the Art Museum and admission is free! There will be over 50 different artists from Southwest Idaho selling all sorts of things from sculptures to paintings and everything else you can imagine. However, if you get hungry, or want to take a break from shopping, you can get yourself a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors and sit down to watch some of the musical entertainment that will be playing throughout the day.

Paint the Town

June 11th

Paint the Town is an annual event put on by the NeighborWorks program here in Boise. It is a volunteer program that paints the houses of people in the community that are in need. How they select the persons’ homes they will work on isn’t exactly clear, but what is clear is that this community program is a massive scale service project that not only helps out those in need, but brings the community closer together.

The houses that are to be painted are divided up and given to groups of volunteers; groups that you can create yourself by gather friends, neighbors, coworkers and so forth, which is a great team building exercise and volunteer opportunity. However, if you don’t want to gather your own group, you can get to know some other people in the community by joining a group that is already formed.

Neil deGrasse Tyson- An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

June 15th

If you are a fan of educational programming, astronomy, or just gazing up on the night sky, then you are going to want to be at Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show coming to the Morrison Center this month. Mr. Tyson is famous for his educational shows on astronomy, astrophysics, and the wide world of science and we are lucky enough to have him here in Boise on his 2016 tour.

Buy your tickets now so you won’t miss the great and inspiring words of Neil degrasse Tyson as he shares his knowledge of the universe through enlightening narratives and riveting explanations. Tickets range from $85 to $250.

 

Boise Hawks V. Salem-Keizer

June 20th

“Take me out the ball game!” is the saying, and if you too are saying that this summer, then you won’t want to miss the Boise Hawk’s first home game of the season! Watch them take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes from Oregon in this long awaited game. Enjoy a night at the ball park with food, great entertainment, and much more.

Tickets can be bought via the Boise Hawks website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t480

Boise Music Festival

June 25th

Easily one of the most long awaited concerts of the year, the Boise Music Festival is an all-day event that gives you the best of today’s music. This year the lineup includes great musicians like Coolio, Andy Grammer, Nelly, and Daughtry— not to mention a lot of local bands!

The Boise Music Festival will be held at Expo Idaho on Chinden across from Fred Meyer. It is a fantastic event that is sure to knock your socks off. Be sure to stay hydrated and get there early for good parking!

Tickets can be bought via the Boise Music Festival website.

 

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

June 30th

Fans of reggae, folk, and or rock music should take note of this concert! Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are coming to Garden City this June on their United States and Canada tour. They will be playing at the Revolution Concert House on Chinden starting at 7:30.

It is a great concert that will certainly make your summer with their inspiring and tasteful music. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Get your tickets now by visiting ticketfly.com’s website by clicking here.

For more information about all the great things that are happening in Boise and the Treasure Valley, keep checking back on this page! We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the awesome activities and events this great city has to offer!