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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.

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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.

April Activities around Boise

April has come around to the Treasure Valley and winter is finally starting to end.   The snow and ice did not exactly stop anyone from going out, but a lot of people are eager to find new and exciting things to do outside and around town. If you are looking for something to distract you on a day off or for a nice event that you can bring the family to, here are some wonderful suggestions for you!

Books by the Bag Sale

April 3rd to April 7th, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM First Day:  Friends Warehouse 762 River Street

If you love books, this is the event for you.  Books are not expensive, but they add up, so you want to take every chance to get deals and participate in sales. One such sale is going on early in April thanks to the Boise Public Library. You can get a discount on individual books or, as the name of the sale suggests, they have bulk bags of books that might catch your fancy as well.

The Mikado

April 6th and April 7th, 7:30 PM and 2:30 PM:  The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Maybe you are interested in something more visually stimulating? The Morrison Center has a particular show going on for two days in early April that might catch your attention. It is an operetta known as The Mikado, a story set in Japan in the late 1800s which about British politics of the era. Yes, you heard that right, British politics in Japan. They operetta was designed to avoid arousing the anger of Queen Victoria.

Tickets run from $19 to $81 dollars depending on where you would like to sit.

Lewiston & Clarkston

Starting April 17th, 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM (Depending on the day you go):  Boise Contemporary Theater

For a different kind of show that might be to your liking, Rabbit/ Moon starts playing at the Boise Contemporary Theater in mid-April. It tells a sort of twisted tale of fantasy and science fiction about love and danger in space with a further story developing with the strange arrival of forest animals into the predicament.

Tickets run from $20 to $38

SHARE Dinner: “Cook, Eat, Connect”

April 19th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM:  Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)

Maybe you are more excited about getting something tasty to eat that you made yourself while also taking part in a social experience where you can meet new people. For the SHARE Dinner, you are going to be doing both. The meal is going to be prepared by everyone there and then you will devour your recently created concoctions with the new friends you have just made while cooking and preparing the food. You will need to register soon with the link above if you want to attend.

TEDxBoise 2019

April 20th, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM:  Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

Over the last decade, TED talks have taken the world by storm. They provide a medium for learning that is convenient without sacrificing the fascinating elements of science, technology, culture, or social problems. A lot of good has been done because of TED talks and you can take part in that if you visit Jack’s Urban Meeting Place late in April. There will be two sessions with a number of different speakers talking about different subjects.

Boise Phil’s “The Virtuoso Orchestra” Concert

April 26th, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM:  Brandt Center, 707 Fern St, Nampa

Maybe all you need if something to treat your ears. If music is your thing, you can take park in the playing of Chairman Dances, a piece to be performed at the Brandt Center in Nampa by the Boise Philharmonic. It is a bit of a different piece than you might expect from a typical orchestral production and if you never liked classical music before, you might be surprised to like this.

Idaho Writers Conference

April 26th and April 27th, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM:  Boise Centre EAST, 850 West Front Street

This particular event is not just for people who are aspiring to be writers. If you have any interest in writing, reading, or watching what people have written come to life on a screen, you might find something at this conference that appeals to you. If you are interested in becoming some kind of writer, this is your chance to get some tips on your work or just see what other people are doing.

Basic admission for the conference is $25 and certain programs and offers will vary in price.

Yay! to the sun shining and the warmer weather for us to go out and get some Vitamin D and socialize!

March Activities around Boise

March 2019 Events and Activities

March is a wonderful time here in the Treasure Valley. The weather starts to warm up a little, the sun starts to shine, and there are more and more activities for us to enjoy. If you thought that February was great, then you are going to love March. This month there are all sorts of events, so there is no reason to stay cooped up inside. Here are just a few of the activities that you might be interested in!

Tiny Tot Dance a Lot

March 7th

9:15 AM to 10:00 AM, JUMP Move Studio

This event is for young children, but that doesn’t mean that their parents or guardians can’t join in the fun! It is a great way to socialize, have fun and, of course, DANCE! On their website, they explain that it is a great way to introduce little ones to the dancing game and help you bond with them in the process!

Starting From Seed: The Basics

March 13th

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 2355 N Old Penitentiary Road

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a local institution that had dedicated themselves to preserving plants and passing on the art of caring for them. At this event, you will be taught the basics of how to choose and nurture seeds for your collection. Their website contains more information about the event along with information on registration. Be sure to check it out!

Wine and Weave Workshop (Adults only)

March 19th

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Dry Creek Mercantile

This event is for those over the age of 21 as there will be alcohol served. It is a great way to socialize and learn a little about weaving. It only costs $25 to $40 for the class to cover the materials but does not cover the cost of food and wine.

While you are there, you will learn a new skill and create your own work of art using yarn and the supplies nature provides. It is sure to be an interesting and eye-opening experience.

Steven Davis: Dear Folks

March 14th

7:00 PM, Rediscovered Books

This free event is a great way to take a trip to America in the 20th century. Dear Folks is the book written by Steven Davis that explores what life was like for a WWI American soldier. Letters home will be read along with period music, photos, and poems. It is sure to be a fascinating event that will entertain and astound– not to mention, increase your sense of gratitude for those who have served our country.

Lay of the Land Photography Exhibition

Tuesdays through Fridays until March 24th, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM:  Ming Studio

This amazing exhibition is a great way to view and appreciate the photographic arts that are captured by the people in our community. Like many other exhibitions, this one has a theme: “Lay of the Land” where entries are designed to present and explore the concept of place. It is a wonderful exhibition and will only go until the 24th of March, so be sure to head down to the Ming Studio before it’s all over.

This event is free!

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure – Boise

Through March 25th, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM:  Boise

You may have seen games like this before on the internet or on TV as they are one of the hottest new crazes when it comes to app games. The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure is, well, amazing! This game will turn your city into the game board as you travel around the city collecting clues, doing challenges, and having a great time along the way. If you check out the Boise Weekly website they have a promo code you can use as well which will probably save you a little money at sign up.

Treefort Music Fest

March 20th through March 24th:  Downtown Boise

Treefort Music Fest is an annual tradition here in the Treasure Valley. It is an awesome 5-day festival that spans dozens of establishments throughout Boise Downtown giving you ample opportunity to hear from tons of local and visiting bands!

There are so many different bands that will be here for Treefort that you will easily be able to find a group that will play your favorite genre. Be sure to check out their website for more information about the specific bands that will be playing and what times they go on!

And that wraps up our list for this month’s great events in the Boise area.   We hope you enjoy some of these activities!

February Activities around Boise

February Events

Well, 2019 is in full swing and the events keep coming!  Whether you like theater, exercise or ethnic cuisine, February is going to be your month. Below are 6 events that are going to be great for your calendar this February.

Ballet Idaho: The Nutcracker in Boise

February 9th, 7:30 PM:  Morrison Center

Fans of the arts will love this live performance of the Nutcracker by Ballet Idaho. Featuring a professional cast of some of Idaho’s best dances and artists, this ballet is sure to have you begging for more before the curtain even closes. Even though the Nutcracker is usually performed in December, it is a wonderful story any time of year. Be sure to look for tickets on the Morrison Center Eventbrite page. It is sure to be an amazing experience. Hurry while they are still in stock!

Family Field Trip Weekend – World Center for Birds of Prey

February 16th :  10:00 AM.  February 17th:  4:00 PM:  World Center for Birds of Prey

One of the most amazing things about Idaho is its amazing population of birds of prey. These amazing animals are beautiful, intelligent and graceful. There is just something about them that makes for a fascinating and educational afternoon. If this interests you, be sure to check out the World Center for Birds of Prey Family Field Trip Weekend! It is a fantastic event that will open your eyes to the amazing world of birds. Be sure to check out their website for more info!

Boise Centre on The Grove-JDF Masquerade Ball

February 17th:  1:00 AM to 6:30 AM.  Boise Centre on the Grove

Come one, come all to the Masquerade Ball! Starting at 1:00 AM at the Boise Center on the Grove is the most amazing Valentines dance in the city. This is the ninth year in a row they have held this event so it is bound to be pretty amazing. The event includes music, dinner, dancing, cocktails and so much more. While this may be a great time, that isn’t all the good that will come out of it. All the proceeds of the Masquerade will go to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

Idaho Writers Guild February literary Lunch

February 19th:  11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Calling all writers! If you like to write, or have dabbled with the idea of writing, then you might be interested in going to the February Literary Lunch for the Idaho Writers Guild. The Idaho Writer’s Guild meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month, and this month they will be meeting to discuss fiction genres, genre-straddling, and so much more. It is bound to be a fun time and will definitely be delicious.

Hiroshimayaki 101

February 21st:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.   JUMP

Japanese food is some of the most delicious cuisines you can find, and some of the best Japanese cuisine chefs in the area are doing an amazing event called Hiroshimayaki 101 where you will learn the tips and tricks to create this amazing piece of Japanese culinary perfection. The event is for ages 12 and up and registration must be done before the 19th of February. Be sure to check out the website and get tickets now!

B-Movie Improv Comedy Show

February 23rd:  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.   Death Proof Coffee

B-Movie Improve Comedy Show is bound to be a wonderful event. Improv comedy is some of the funniest off-the-cuff comedy you can find. B-Movie Improv Comedy Show will star some amazing comedians from our area including TV stars and YouTube personalities. Tickets are $20 at the moment and are selling out fast so be sure to get your tickets now before they are all gone! Click their name above to be redirected to their ticket page!

If you are looking for something fun to do this February in the Boise area, then you don’t need to look for long. These and more community events can be found in abundance; one of the many reasons that the Boise area is so attractive to all ages!

January Events Around Boise

January

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2019. Wow!  Can you believe it’s been 19 years since the turn of the century?  So much has changed. We’ve seen great advances in technology, medicine, and even entertainment.  When facing a new year, it feels like a good time to make changes in our lives as well. The Treasure Valley holds plenty of opportunities to make those changes and try something new.  Here is just a small taste of what our community has to offer for the month of January.

Idaho’s 6th Annual Potato Drop

New Year’s Eve, 3pm – 1am:  Idaho State Capital, Downtown Boise

A lot of fun and food is promised at this free, fundraising festival.   New this year is the VIP room with a heated tent, food, drinks, and dancing. Don’t forget to reserve your spot because space is limited.  Make sure to find your way over to the “Tuber-Luge” public tubing hill, and the “Big-Air Rail Jam” snow park for some “Spud-Tacular” fun. Kick off the new year with a bang by watching Boise’s World Class fireworks display.  

Mendelssohn & More Concert

Friday, January 11, 2019:  7:30 pm to 9:00 pm:  Brandt Center, 707 Fern St, Nampa, Idaho,

This whimsical rendition of the classical period composers is sure to tickle your musical bone as well as your funny bone.  Come early so you can attend the pre-concert event at 6:30 pm where you can mix and mingle with members of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.  Or stay after for the Post-Concert event immediately following the performance.

Brian Regan

Friday, January 11, 2019:  8:00 pm:  The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, Idaho,

Brian Regan is considered to be the funniest comedian alive.  His Netflix special, Nunchucks And Flamethrowers premiered November 21, 2017, earning him a place with some of the greatest comedians.  Each year Brian’s comedic style consistently draws large audiences to his performances on his annual 100 city, North American tour.  Don’t miss out on this tremendous event sure to make you cry…with laughter.

Family Field Trip Weekend

Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, 2019:  10:00 am to 4:00 pm:  World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W Flying Hawk Ln, Boise, ID,

Trying to entertain the kids on a dime?  Well, look no further, because the Birds of Prey center can do that and even educate the kiddos in the process.  There will be live bird demonstrations, crafts and activities, and the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, and beautiful surroundings of the interpretive trail.  If you miss out on this activity, don’t worry because on February 16th and 17th you’ll have another chance to enjoy a day with the birds.

Yoga with Martha

Tuesday, January 22, 2019:  6:00 pm to 7:00 pm:  Ada Community Library- Lake Hazel, 10489 West Lake Hazel Road, Boise, Idaho

If getting fit is one of your New Year’s resolutions then starting this free Yoga class might just be what you need.  Martha is a certified instructor who can teach you the basics of beginning Yoga. Participants must be 18 years and older.  There’s no need to bring a mat, they will be provided. Just bring a good attitude and a willingness to learn. You will walk away invigorated and relaxed.

Boise Center-Idaho Remodeling and Design Show

Saturday, January 26 thru Sunday, January 27, 2019:  6:00 pm to 11:00 pm :  Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho

For only $6 in cash, you can peruse 120 displays of the latest in kitchen, bathroom, and landscaping renovating and decorating.  But, it doesn’t stop there. Spend time attending their many educational seminars to learn the how-tos of renovating and decorating.  Let them help you to become the Joneses that everyone is trying to keep up with.

Computer Basics

Tuesday, January 29, 2019:  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Ada Community Library, 10664 West Victory Road, Boise, Idaho

Basic computer skills are a must in our high-tech society.  This class is designed to teach those needing to learn basic computer skills or just need to brush up on ones they once knew.  You will come away from this class with keyboarding skills including using functions and shortcuts.

In January you never know where the new year will lead you.  But, right now, take some time to plot a course and possibly create some bucket list items.  You may be surprised by the exciting directions that course can take you.

Boise Area December Activities

December is an exciting time.  There are so many activities that a person can participate in.  Not only does the Winter Garden aGlow at the Botanical Gardens continue, but it is now joined by other beautiful holiday displays.  As the season wears on there will be more holiday displays to enjoy and more activities to revel in, such as holiday bazaars and markets, chances to meet Santa, and fundraisers to support.

Christmas Lights Tour

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Wednesday, January 9, 2019:  Showcase Limousine,  W 38th Street , Garden City , Idaho

Have you ever wondered where the best holiday lights displays are?  Well, Showcase Limousine knows. They have mapped them all out and will take you around the valley on a one and half hour tour.  The package includes a driver adorned with a Santa hat, a red carpet entry, cheerful holiday music, and enough treats to please any sweet tooth. This can all be enjoyed while viewing a cozy fire burning in a virtual fireplace.

Old Boise Model Railroad Holiday Open House

Every Saturday throughout the month of December:  Downtown Boise at 6th and Main in The Historic Pioneer Bldg., Basement Level. (Below Jimmy Johns)

10 am – 4 pm

This FREE event is sure to excite any train enthusiast.  You will be thrilled by this unique display of model trains zooming along the tracks, around picturesque mountain scenes and towns.  On display will be models of different types of trains, such as freight, diesel, and a special Christmas train. Hidden among the scenery will be figures of notable people, and activities for the patient observers to find.   This event is free to the public but donations are always welcome.

Ida Ho Ho Benefit Concert

Saturday, December 8, 2018:  7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Doors open at 6:00 pm

Visual Arts Collective, 3640 Osage St, GARDEN CITY, Idaho:  Advanced purchase tickets are $15.  $20 if purchased at the door.

Audio Lab Recording Studios and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance have gathered together some of Idaho’s best performers for an amazing night of entertainment.  This 21 and older concert is in support of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to help provide a place of safety, healing, and freedom for all those who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Come enjoy the talents of Eilen Jewell, Audio Moonshine, Ashley Rose, and a.k.a Belle, to name just a few of the incredible artists who will grace the stage that night. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind holiday show.

Ballet Idaho- The Nutcracker

December 13, 14, and 15, 2018 performances at 7:30 pm:  Matinees performed on December 15 at 2 pm, December 16 at 12 pm and 4 pm.

Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts:  2201 W Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, ID 83725

This breathtaking ballet will for sure be the highlight of your holiday season.  Joined by the Boise Philharmonic, the Idaho Ballet will bring to life this beloved holiday story. Over 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy will help portray the story of Clara and the nutcracker, turned handsome prince, on their delightful adventures.

Scentsy’s first-ever Point of Lights Concert

Thursday, December 13, 2018:  6:30 pm – 8 pm

Sentsy Commons, 5924, 2901 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID  

With 365 trees and 26 miles of lights, this concert promises to be a magical adventure. This is your chance to hear enchanting music performed by choirs from Eagle and Rocky Mountain High Schools.  BSU’s Meistersingers will also be there to delight all with their renditions of their favorite holiday songs. Enjoy tasty treats as you meander through the stunning light display.  There will be plenty of photo opportunities and don’t forget to checkout the life-sized snow globe in the Sentsy lobby.

One Mic Stand up Comedy Night

Monday, December 24, 2018:  8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Playhouse Events & Dinner Theater:  8001 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID

If you like free entertainment then this is the place to be every Monday night.  Laugh it up with your favorite local (and pass through) stand up comedians. If you’ve got an itch to try out being a stand up comedian then come at 7:30pm to sign up.  The parking is free and so are the laughs. The only cost is the two item minimum.

KUMC FREE Community Sunday Supper

Sunday, December 30, 2018:  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Kuna United Methodist Church, 200 W 4th Street, Kuna, ID

The fine members of the Kuna United Methodist Church endeavor to feed the mind, body and spirit of all people. Come enjoy a hot meal complete with drink, dessert and wonderful company.   

The joys of the holidays are plentiful and are all around.  May you bump into those joys at every corner you turn. Happy Holidays.

 

November Activities Around Boise

November

Wow.  Time has gotten away from me!  November is a very busy month.  Not only is it time to prepare for the holidays there are a lot of fun things to do around the valley.  Everything from wine tasting, farmer’s markets, a dog training event, a film festival, and much more. The people of Idaho like to be social and have fun.

NewDance: Form & Concept – Ballet Idaho

Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th  , Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Ballet Idaho, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy:  501 S 8th St,Boise, Idaho

This intimate theater in the heart of downtown Boise will afford you the opportunity to get up close to the beauty, and form of dance.  Your imagination will be stretched, and your senses delighted when you indulge in the presentation of these varying  dance concepts. Don’t miss out on these world-class performances from highly sought after choreographers and the world premiere of Lauren Edson, one of Boise’s own hometown darlings.  

Stinker Stores Stomp Out Hunger 2018

November 9 – November 19, All Stinker Store Locations in Idaho

Help Stinker Stores stomp out hunger.  All you have to do is donate $1 with each of your purchases and Stinker will match that amount.  Each dollar that is donated the Idaho Food Bank can serve five people a meal. That’s pretty awesome!  Stinker has set a goal to raise $56,000 for 2018. They feel pretty confident they can raise that much since last year they were able to raise $56,771 and then Stinker kicked in another $25,000 bringing the total to $81,771.  Being a part of such a wonderful campaign can be a fulfilling experience.

Beginning Adult Breakdance

Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 West Myrtle Street, Boise, ID

Have you ever wanted to learn how to breakdance, or maybe brush up on your dance skills?  Here’s your chance to become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be. Strengthening exercises and footwork methods are both parts of this fun, rocking, breakdance class.  Come join this rad group of dancers.

Wintry Market

Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018 : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle, Boise, ID, 5th and 6th floors:  Free admission

Food & Wine magazine has named this event the best holiday bazaar in Idaho.  Over 60 local artists and crafter will have their work on display for you to buy.   You will find a large variety of homemade, innovative, and original items that won’t put your budget into a tailspin.  Make your holidays even more special with that unique item from the Wintry Market.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 :  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID

With a smartphone in hand and a team of friends and/or family, you can go on a scavenger hunt that covers the entire downtown Boise.  Receive clues on your phone that will lead you and your team to historical locations where you will complete challenges, and maybe even learn a little more about your local history.  Using the promo code GOOUTLOCAL you and a team of 2-5 people can take on this adventure for only $39.20 per team. This opportunity is a fun way to learn history while spending time with your loved ones.

Winter Garden aGlow

Monday, November 19th through Saturday, January 5th:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Last admissions will be at 8:45 p.m.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, Idaho

Come experience the magic of the gardens this holiday season.  Over 380,000 sparkling lights twinkle from the trees of the garden. The gates will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.  They will be open no matter the weather and don’t be surprised if Santa comes for a visit. Don’t miss out on this spectacular display that is sure to brighten your holidays.

The Forgotten Carols Play

Monday, November 26, 2018:  7:30 pm

Morrison Center, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane. Boise, Idaho

Don’t miss this enchanting, and witty musical which tells the story of Connie Lou a disenchanted nurse assigned to take care of an elderly man named only Uncle John for the holidays.  This charming, mysterious, eccentric gentleman introduces her to a different look at the holidays, encouraging her to open her heart to others, and the joy of the holiday season.

Festival of Trees

November 21st to 25th, 10am – 9pm

Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho

This is the 35th anniversary of this charming event to benefit St. Alphonsus Hospital.  There will be an elaborate display of decorated trees which will be for sale. Performers from around the valley will perform, and share their talents.  Santa will be available to listen to holiday wishes, and for photos at the North Pole Village. Look for the K- 6 art contest, Train display, and the Lego display.

The month of November is chock full of exciting things to do that will make your holidays extraordinary.  Don’t forget to take some time this busy holiday season to have fun, and get involved in the community. Make sure you leave all the holiday preparations behind for a while and participate in the wonder of the season.  You won’t regret it.

 

October Activities around Boise

October

October is one of the most fun months of the year.  There are many great activities to frighten us, to help us have fun, and to give us reasons to celebrate.  There’s no reason to ever feel bored during this month.  Here are some ideas of things to keep your month hopping.

Scarecrow Stroll

Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018

9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Idaho’s Botanical Gardens:  2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID

The Idaho Botanical Gardens is having their 11th annual Scarecrow Stroll.  Scattered among the beautiful gardens will be displays of 31 scarecrows.  These scarecrows are created by people and organizations throughout the community.  Everyone is invited to stroll through the garden to view these fantastic scarecrows.  If you’re a member, admission is free.  If you’re not a member then adult tickets cost $7, seniors 65 or older is $5, youth ages 5-12 are also $5, and children 4 and younger are free.  Don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow.

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Friday, September 21 until Saturday, November 3

1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, ID:  Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm and Saturday 10am – 11pm.  Closed on Sunday

Field of Screams: open from dark until 11 pm every Friday and Saturday nights of October.

Each year the cornfield is cut into a unique maze and is the Farmstead’s main attraction. But, if you’re looking for something a little more daring then a Field of Screams just might be for you.  The Farmstead also has a Pumpkin Patch which can be accessed by foot or by hayride. You know you’ll get hungry while you’re there having fun so make sure you bring a picnic, or just buy food at the Farmstead.  There will be plenty available.

See Spot Walk

Saturday, October 6th, 9 am to 1 pm.  Julia Davis Park BandShell

The Idaho Humane Society is having their 26th Annual Dog Walk and Festival.  It is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will feature demonstrations, contests, food, and more. You can choose from a one-mile long walk through the park or a 5k Fun Run.  This event attracts more than 3000 participants both two-legged and four-legged.  So, bring your furry friends and help support the Idaho Humane Society.

Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 25, 10 am to 5 pm.  Boise Zoo

Animal lovers of the Treasure Valley, this is your opportunity to indulge in your love for dressing up and to satiate your sweet tooth at the same time.  Costume-clad workers will be distributing candy to all visitors.  There will be costume contests, face painting, fun, and games.  And if you haven’t yet picked up a pumpkin to decorate, no worries there will be a pumpkin patch available as well.  All proceeds go to benefit the zoo.

Frightened Felons

Friday, October 26 – All Ages Night 10+-year-olds:  Saturday, October 27 – Adults only

7pm – 11pm, The Old Penitentiary:  2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise

The Adult night is exclusively for ages 18 and up. You will need to show your ID to take this tour.  You will be taken through the haunted Cell House where you will be scared to death and have fun doing it.  You’ll have an opportunity to watch Zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.  There will be a costume contest, pizza, tacos, beer, wine and more.  Admission is $15.  For $30 you can go on a private, one and a half hour tour through the cemetery, penitentiary, the haunted Cell House and see actual mugshots of the former felons of Idaho.  This private tour will be guided by members of the International Paranormal Reporting Group.  There will also be a Frightened Felons Family Night held on Saturday, October 26th from 7 pm to 11 pm.  Although this is a family-friendly event, it is recommended that only 10-year-olds and older attend.

Linder Farms

Friday, September 21 – October 30, Monday -Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm and Sundays Closed.

7165 S Linder Rd., Meridian

At Linder Farms you will find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, concession stand, a petting zoo, giant slide, tire playground, pedal tractors, corn box, straw bale pyramid, straw bale maze, and more. It also hosts Zombie Acres which is a unique paintball adventure. Armed with a paintball gun, you’ll ride a bus through a field teeming with zombies.   Never a dull moment.

With so many fun things to do during October, it could be easy to spend more time having fun than doing the things you’re supposed to do!