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August is finally here and we still have no shortage of great activities and events here in the Treasure Valley. As usual, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting, events you can see going on this month. These activities, and many others, are waiting for you in and around the Boise area, making it the center for all sorts of fun. August is seen by many as the traditional end of the summer season (though summer doesn’t actually end until late September); so, if you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the last full month of summer, then be sure to check some of these activities out.
August 3rd, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Edge Brewing Company
We here in Idaho love animals, especially our pets. So, it is natural that we would have activities and events to help support the health and safety of our furry friends. To help cut down on the number of strays in the State of Idaho, the Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (coincidentally known as S.N.I.P.) is on a mission to contain the population of dogs and cats.
If you want to support them on this mission, be sure to swing by Edge Brewing Company on the 3rd of August and enjoy an adult beverage— a portion of the proceeds will be given to S.N.I.P.
Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM
There are few things as fun as a movie night under the stars on a lovely summer evening. Luckily for Treasure Valley residents, there are many opportunities to do that this summer. One of those opportunities for those living in the Nampa area is at Optimist Park. If you swing by Optimist Park on Fridays through the 18th of August at 8:30 PM, you are sure to stumble upon some great choices for entertainment. Be sure to check the website for more information about what movies will be shown on which days.
August 12th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anne Morrison Park
On the 12th of August, be sure to check out the Tour de Fat show that will be put on by New Belgium Brewing Company. This event combines music, performances, and so much more to mystify and astound you. Their website explains that the show will include circus performers, comedians, musicians, and even the Blackberry Smoke band. Be sure to dress up if you enter the ride!
The Tour de Fat is a benefit show for many of the Treasure Valley’s local bicycle groups including Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Boise Bicycle Project, and so on.
Tickets can be found on the Tour de Fat website.
August 18th to August 27th, Times Vary
Idaho Fair Grounds
The Western Idaho Fair is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Whether you are excited about the rides, the shows, the vendors, or just the great fair food, you are not going to be disappointed at this Treasure Valley Fair. It is the largest fair in the area and attracts acts, patrons, and events from all over the country.
Not to mention, there are also thousands of agriculture events like the traditional judging of crops and animals. Be sure to check out the fair at some point during the 9 days they are in town so you too can take part in this great Treasure Valley tradition.
August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM
There are few things as exciting, and nearly universally captivating as a total solar eclipse, and we here in Idaho are lucky enough to enjoy one this month! On the morning of August 21st at 11:27 AM, the total solar eclipse will cross the Idaho Oregon border near Weiser. Between 11:27 AM and 11:35 AM, said eclipse will pass through the center of Idaho. The best viewing places will be around Garden Valley, Sun Valley, and Rexburg (approximately).
If you venture to see the solar eclipse, be sure to get a pair of glasses to watch it with. Though the sun will be covered by the moon, it will still be bright enough to damage your eyes. So, be sure to get a hold of some devise that is safe for solar eclipse viewing.
As you can probably tell, the month of August is going to be quite exciting for those living in or visiting the Treasure Valley. We are lucky to have these, and hundreds of other activities to enjoy as we start to wrap up the summer months. Be sure to take advantage of all these great activities— you won’t be disappointed.
Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are always hopping with endless amounts of activities, and the summer months are no different. Only now, instead of only having community events to go to, you can now enjoy Idaho’s many natural attractions too. However, if you have time between your days at the lake or afternoons in the shade, then you are going to greatly enjoy some of the activities we have listed below.
July 4th, Expo Idaho: 10:15 PM Gates open at 6:00 PM
There are few things as fun as watching fireworks on the 4th of July. This year, before your festivities are through, be sure to head on over to Expo Idaho to see the firework show the City of Boise puts on. Granted, you could probably watch these fireworks from anywhere in the valley because of how large the show is.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there, food and adult beverage vendors will be on site to provide you with some of the best fares Boise has to offer. So, be sure to bring your wallet and an empty stomach with you to watch the fireworks.
This is a change of venue from years past. Usually, the fireworks are launched from Ann Morrison Park, but with the river the way it is, the city has decided to play it safe and move everything to the expo.
July 4 – 5, 8 – 9, 13 – 14, 18 – 19, 22 – 23, 27 – 28, ISF Amphitheater
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Victor Hugo’s most well-known stories, and there are fewer renditions of it as gripping as the 1996 film adaptation from Disney. If you were a fan of the movie, then you had best get your tickets today so you can enjoy all the songs and all the action of the Disney version on stage right here in Boise.
Tickets range in price and can be different depending on when you want to go, so be sure to get them soon to get the perfect seat.
Wednesdays 3 to 6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, Blaser Park
If you like food that is both locally sourced and delicious, then you need to check out the Emmett Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays this month! Buy some of the greatest food you will ever taste right from Idaho soil. You can also buy wares from dozens of different artisans and crafts people as well.
The hours for the Farmers Market are different for each day, so be sure to check their website before heading out.
July 17th, Idaho Botanical Garden: 6:30 PM
Many people love concerts, but who can resist the allure of an outdoor summer concert? Not many, that is for sure. This month, out of the many awesome concerts that are coming, you can enjoy being serenaded by non-other than Dashboard Confessional at the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ Outlaw Field.
The show starts at 6:30 PM and tickets range in price from $37 to $136+, so act fast if you want to rock out near the roses this July before all the good tickets get taken!
July 27th – 30th, Canyon County Fairgrounds
There are few summer activities as fun as the county fair. I mean, who doesn’t love the fair? There are animals, events, rides, food, and so much more to enjoy and that is only a portion of what you can expect from your time at the Canyon County Fair this year. This year’s schedule boasts an impressive array of different activities to choose from, so be sure to check out their website before you go!
Enjoy your July and get outside! There are lots of activities to experience to keep you from getting bored. Be sure, however, to keep yourself hydrated, July tends to get pretty hot here in Boise.
Well, now that May is over, hopefully, we will start to dry off here in the Treasure Valley. With all the rain and flooding that swept through Garden City and Eagle, it is high time we had some fun, and there is plenty of fun to be had this month. Here we have listed 5 of the many, many events and activities that are scheduled for the month of June in the Boise area, so, don’t feel restricted by what we have listed here. We must warn you though, beware of the river. With the floods end still a mystery, it’s best to wait for summer river activities.
June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th And 10th, Stagecoach Theater, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
For only $20 you can check out the stage version of the 1980’s classic ‘9 to 5’. It is a vivacious show that illustrates the adventures of 3 friends as they take over the company they work at and give their bully of a boss what’s coming to him.
‘9 to 5’ features music and songs from the movie that were originally penned by the illustrious Dolly Parton. It is sure to be quite the show. Come and join the classic characters Violet, Judy, and Doralee as they embark on the most intense adventure of their lives and take back their independence.
Tickets can be purchased on the Stagecoach Theater’s Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9-to-5-a-musical-comedy-tickets-28315352983
Farmer’s Markets, Boise, Nampa, Kuna, & Eagle
Every Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
If you like local food, then the farmer’s market is the place to go. Whether you like your food farm to table or you just want to enjoy meeting and buying from local vendors, then you are going to love spending a Saturday or two over at one of the many farmer’s markets here in the Treasure Valley.
It doesn’t matter if you are in Boise, Nampa, Kuna, Eagle, or anywhere else in the Treasure Valley for that matter, there are always great farmer’s markets to check out. Attending a farmer’s market is a great way to boost the local economy, buy fresh produce, save a bit of cash and have some fun at the same time.
June 17th, Zoo Boise, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sci-fi fans one and all, be sure to take a trip down to Zoo Boise on June 17th to enjoy the Galactic Day at the Zoo and enjoy diving head first into the many awesome science fiction activities they have going on. According to their website, there will be photo opportunities with Star Wars Characters from the 501st Legion, sci-fi themed entertainment, Q&As with actors and other awesome ‘galactic’ fun.
Admissions are as follows:
Kids 3 to 11 — $7
Seniors 62 and Up — $8
Adults 12 and Up — $10
Zoo Boise is still gearing up for this event, so be sure to check back at their website for more information as it is available.
Thursdays in June, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
If you like enjoying music in the great outdoors, then you are going to love the Great Garden Escape at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. This outdoor summer retreat is a mainstay for Treasure Valley residents that are looking for a way to relax in the beautiful summer sun. This awesome concert series is a great place to enjoy music, dance, spend time with friends and even, as their website suggests, have a picnic.
With its great music, outside food friendly atmosphere, and onsite vendors, this event is great for people of all ages. If you are wanting to attend any of the concerts that make up the Great Garden Escape series, it will cost $6 for children ages 5 to 12, $7 for Idaho Botanical Gardens members, and $10 for non-member adults.
June 24th, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 100 Short Rd Eagle, ID
For 16 years now the Annual Kruz In Car Show has graced the Treasure Valley, much to the delight of many car enthusiasts. This event is free to the public and features custom cars, hot rods and more from around the area (no entry fee required). Remember though, the cars are for display purposes only.
This year the car show will also feature a quilt show. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1265144320221089/?ti=icl for more information.
June is going to be a great here in the Treasure Valley. With the plethora of activities available (including those we didn’t get to list in this article) we are sure you are going to have a great time. There are so many activities and events going on in the month of June that it would be almost impossible to not find one you want to attend. Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to spend the summer, so be sure to always be on the lookout for new ideas, events, and community activities to participate in.
May Events in Boise
May is a wonderful time of year in the Treasure Valley, with the smell of new growth in the air it is hard not to get excited to go out and enjoy yourself! Well, with the very wet month of April now behind us, we can start looking forward to some of the great activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. There are so many things going on that it is going to be hard to decide which to attend! Here we have listed 5 events that we think will peak your interests so be sure to check them out!
May 3rd, 8:00 PM, Morrison Center
If you like to laugh then you definitely need to make plans to visit the Morrison Center on May 3rd to see Brian Regan. Regan is a hilarious comedian that has captured the hearts of millions over his last decade or so of comedy experience. He is well known as a “clean” comedian so all his material is appropriate for everyone.
Regan blends his brand of self-deprecating humor with his many anecdotes of being a parent to produce signature jokes that will have you laughing for years. Tickets are around $50 a piece and are going fast, so you better get them before they’re gone!
May 4th: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Downtown Boise
First Thursday is a program that puts together events on the first Thursday of every month. This month, the first Thursday lands on May 4th. The First Thursday is an event where dozens of shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues offer discounts and special offers during the evening hours of 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The list of specials and events changes monthly, so you can check their website for more detailed information. However, in months past, they have had glassblowing demonstrations, discounts at some awesome eateries, and even some wine tasting tents.
May 10th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Nampa Civic Center
If you are looking for a new or different job, then you should head to the Idaho Job and Career Fair at the Nampa Civic Center. It is sponsored by IBL Events, KBOI, and a handful of other local companies and this marks their 2nd fair out of the 4 they have planned for 2017.
It is a great way to visit with a lot of employers in a short amount of time—employers who are actively searching for people to hire. Some of the employers that will be in attendance include, but are not limited to, Boise Cascade (the wood manufacturing company), Bronco Motors, Farmers Insurance, and the United States Postal Service.
May 12th, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Idaho Botanical Gardens
“April showers bring May flowers” is the saying; and with all the rain we received in April, the flowers should be pretty spectacular. The best way to enjoy flowers though would have to be at the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ National Public Gardens Day celebration. This celebration is a free event for the public. Everyone can come in and see the beautiful flowers and other plants grown at this local garden. You can even take in some of the educational opportunities provided by the Idaho Botanical Gardens and even buy some plants if want to.
Now until trails get muddy: Ridge to Rivers Trail System
May is a great time to get out with friends and family and learn the trail system around Boise. Introducing your kids to the family friendly trails can instill a love of the outdoors and desire to explore. Check out the link above to get started. Get out and explore!!
Enjoy a your month! Happy May!
Spring is officially here, Treasure Valley— and it is beautiful! The weather has finally warmed up, the sunshine is raining down on us, and a lot of Treasure Valley residents are gearing up for full-on vacation mode. Well, while there are plenty of fun and awesome things to do in the Treasure Valley’s outdoor hot spots, there are also some fun and exciting things going on in town that you might want to be aware of. Here are a few of the Treasure Valley events we have going on in April.
Boise State University/ Other Locations in downtown Boise, April 5th to April 7th
The people of Boise love jazz and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is the prime example of this. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a 3 day event at several different locations throughout Boise. There are lots of fun things to do and is a great way to enjoy jazz from talented musicians right here in the Treasure Valley. It is a tradition that has lasted for two decades now. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival so it is sure to be one of the best jazz festivals the city of Boise has ever seen. So, be sure to head downtown April 5th through April 7th to take in some of the fantastic shows, clinics, and lessons brought to you by both local and regional jazz performers and teachers.
Check out the website for more information, schedule, and ticket pricing.
Stage Coach Theatre, April 14th through 29th on various days
For those of you who are excited for spring theater performances, then look no further than the Stage Coach Theatre off of Emerald Road in Boise. Coming in April this beloved Boise treasure presents “Mauritius”— a Dramatic Comedy. Here is an excerpt from the description of the play from its EventBrite.com page:
“After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world.”
Discovery Center of Idaho, Throughout the Month of April
If you like science and discovery of any kind, then you really need to head down to the Discovery Center during the month of April to see the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever to be found! This relic of years past was dug up in South Dakota by archeologists working in and around the Black Mountains. The archeologist that found the dinosaur originally is named Susan, so the group thought it best to name the T-Rex after her, hence why the skeleton’s name is Sue.
To date it is still the most complete T-Rex skeleton to be found so it is easily one of the most important and profound scientific finds in geological and archeological history. To fully appreciate how special this dinosaur is however, you have to see it for your own eyes. She is a massive 40 foot long skeleton that towers 12 feet in the air above guests to the Discovery center. Before you go though, it is advised, however that you take some time to watch the documentary about Sue’s discovery and history since leaving the ground. It is a fascinating documentary called “Dinosaur 13” which can be found on Netflix and through several other mediums. It really is a must watch.
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy
Taco Bell Arena, April 22nd
Laughter is usually quoted as being the best medicine, and it certainly is when it comes to cabin fever. Now that you are free to spread your wings after our long winter, you ought to take a moment and go see the rowdy and hilarious comedy of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. Arguably two of the most well-known comedians of our day, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy bring their special brand of comedy to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena Saturday April 22nd. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to snag yours while you have the chance!
We hope that you have a fun and safe April and that the suggestions we made today help you to get the most out of your free time this spring.
Now that Valentine’s Day and February have passed, it is time to turn our attention to springtime and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in the month of March. Spring is right around the corner, so hopefully the snow and ice are behind us so we can enjoy some amazing activities. Here are 5 of the things you can look forward to this month in the Treasure Valley.
A Streetcar Named Desire: March 3 – 11th, various times
This is an amazing play by Tennessee Williams that was successful on Broadway and on the road. Featuring the character of Blanche du Boise, who shuns the reality of life in favor of romantic illusions. This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and continues to be popular in theaters today. I’m especially excited to go because I have a friend in the play!
More about the Boise Little Theater from their website: “ Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with an unwavering dedication to amateur theatrical quality. For over 65 years we have produced plays in all genres: contemporary and classical, comedy, drama and musicals. BLT is one of the longest running community theaters in America”.
March 11th, Doors Open at 4:00 PM/ Show Starts at 5:00 PM
Jeff Dunham’s mixture of puppetry and stand-up comedy is legendary, making him one of the most popular comedians of his time. Lucky for us, on the 11th of March, he is bringing his special brand of comedy and storytelling to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena to show off for the whole Treasure Valley.
It is sure to be a great show, so be sure to grab your tickets fast! Tickets are between $47.50 and $35.50. Doors open at 4:00 PM, the show starts at 5:00 PM.
Simply Cats is a great organization that specializes in feline adoption. They are a no-kill adoption center which means that they won’t put a cat down if no one adopts them. While helping out our furry feline friends is awesome, it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, to keep this place going they have to ask for donations and host fundraisers. Catsino is one of those fundraisers.
Catsino is a fun Las Vegas style gambling event, however, instead of a big casino getting a lot of money, money goes to supporting the cats that they try to save. To register for this event be sure to check out their website!
March 22nd to 26th
Treefort is a Music Festival like none other. This multi-day, multi-locational event is one of Boise’s most anticipated events. It brings together musicians, artists, and enthusiasts from all over to enjoy the sweet sound of local music. There are hundreds of events going on during the week of Treefort so you should definitely check out their website for a full list because Treefort has so many great local deals and events. Some of these include art shows, local food, and much more.
March 30th to April 1st
The FIRST Robotics Completion Regional is a competition for high school aged robotics fans where they can show off their wildest creations. Builders can test their robots skills, get insights from other builders, and so much more at FIRST Robotics.
First Robotics Competitions are an attempt to inspire a new generation of people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their website for more information about locations, times, teams, and donations.
Boise is a wonderful place to be during the early springtime. Aside from the events that we listed above, there are more and more outdoor opportunities popping up with the warming weather. So, no matter what you like to do, no one is going to go away bored this month!
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.
February 1st to 5th
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.
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.
February 10th to 12th
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.
February 18th to 19th
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.
February 25th to 26th
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
3562 South TK Avenue
Boise, ID 83705-5278
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.
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 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
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.