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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!

 

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!

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.

 

September Activities around Boise

September

Now that school has started, some of you may have a little more time on your hands.  Fortunately, the Treasure Valley has some interesting and exciting things you can do to fill that time.  Use some of that time for yourself and enjoy some new experiences or reconnect with some old ones that you’d like to take up again.  Here are a few ideas of activities and events that might interest you.

Japan Day

Monday, September 3:  12:00 pm to 04:00 pm

Basque Center, 601 W Grove St.  Boise, Idaho 83702

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Japanese culture then this is the activity for you.  This will be a fascinating immersion into true Japanese culture. There will be booths which will include information on anime, a flea market, and karate booth.  You will be able to stroll through the booths to the sounds of authentic Japanese music such as Koto music and Taiko which is traditional Japanese drumming. There will be performances demonstrating Japanese dancing, specifically the Lion Dance.  Come see a calligraphy demonstration and taste the delights of Japanese cuisine.

Give a “Hoot” for STEM Education at our Nocturne Auction

Thursday, September 6, 2018  :  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

5668 W Flying Hawk Lane, Boise ID  83709

The Nocturne Auction is for guests 21 and over.

You will want to “flock” to this event benefiting the World Center Birds of Prey.   Come join this evening event while enjoying delicious food, and drinks.  Meet the raptor ambassadors, view the amazing raptor art done by local artists.  Join the bidding on new and original work done by the artists. There will also be a number of Raptor Experiences that will be available for bidding on.  The proceeds of this event go to support STEM educational programs, to help take care of our bird buddies and to maintain the facilities. This event will be well worth your time and money.

Scentsy’s Rock-a-Thon and Fireworks Show

Friday, September 7:  8:00 am to 9:30 pm

Scentsy

2901 E Pine Ave

Meridian, ID 83642

This all-day event by Scentsy is in support of The Women’s and Children’s Alliance.  This organization works tirelessly to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  Volunteers will sit along Eagle road in rocking chairs to raise money for this organization.  The day’s events will culminate at 9:00 pm with a dazzling fireworks show. Come help Scentsy celebrate their 14th anniversary with this special Rock-a-Thon.

Albertsons Boise Open 2018 Golf Tournament

Thursday – Saturday, September 13-16:  7:40 am Tee Times

Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho

For 29 years Albertsons has been hosting the Boise Open.  There have been some exciting changes to the fan experience.  Friday, after golfing is done for the day, the popular rock band Cheap Trick will be entertaining golf enthusiasts starting at 7:15 pm.  With the new addition of the Fan Zone, golf spectators will be able to enjoy local foods and beer.  Another new addition is Michelob Ultra Beers FORE Birdies venue on the 16th green. The cost of attending this new venue is included in the price of the ticket.  There are no cover charges or upgrading of tickets necessary to enjoy this new fan experience.

Idaho Rally 2018

Friday, September 14 – 16:  8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Boise County Roads, Idaho City, Idaho 83631

Since its inception in 2007, Idaho Rally has entertained folks from around the world.  There are a few different ways you can enjoy this event, as a participant, a volunteer, or as a spectator.  Idaho Rally has it all for you, whether you want to tear up the roads in the Boise National Forest with the staging area in Idaho City.  Having gained national attention, this year’s event is promised to be the biggest yet.

Crater Crawl- Run Around the Rings

Saturday, September 15:  10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, Main Cinder Butte Road, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647

Have you ever wanted the challenge of facing a volcano?  Well, if you have, then this is your opportunity. This 10K (6.2 miles) course of rugged terrain at The Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, is sure to challenge participants.  The race goes to the top of the volcano, then down around the crater rings. The course can be run or walked and for those who don’t want that much of a challenge, there is a 2.9-mile course that leads to a breathtaking overlook of the craters.  

September is a wonderful time for new beginnings.  A time to reset and start anew. You could find your inner adventurer or take on a new challenge.  

 

August Activities Around Boise

August

August may signal the beginning of the end of summer,  but truly there is still
a lot of summer left to live.  There are  fun and exciting things to do that can fill you with more great summer memories.

Stop Motion Director

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

JUMP 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

Ages 10-14
$50 fee includes snacks and lunch

These students will have the opportunity to work with others their age to develop a script, design and create sets, direct, and film their own stop-motion film.  Also, throughout the day they will have time to relax, play and discover in JUMP’s unique rooms: the nest, deep tinker, taste buds, showtimes, flutter foot and slide zone.  Lunch and snacks will be included and at the end of the day, they will have a showing of their films.

Tasty Tales Storytime at Guru Donuts

Every Tuesday through the month of August, 10:00 and 10:30 am

Guru Donuts, LLC, 928 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702

Have you ever heard of story and a cookie?  Well, this is story and a donut.  Throughout the month of August, Guru Donuts together with Rediscovered Books will be hosting this fun event.  There will be 2 story times, the first will be from 10:00 to 10:25 and the second will be from 10:30 to 11:00. Kids donuts with 8oz of milk can be purchased for $2.50.  Adults can purchase an old-fashioned donut and 12 oz of coffee for $2.50.  Also, all books purchased at the event or at Rediscovered Books will receive a 20% discount all day.  So, bring your kids and enjoy this free event.

Cool Summer Nights

Every Friday evening until 9/28/2018: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell, Idaho

Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell is opening their doors.  Every Friday night is game night.  Using giant  game pieces, you can challenge your family and friends.  There will also be dancing, swing, cha-cha, the waltz and much more.  Food vendors will be onsite to offer  food including beer and wine.

Western Idaho Fair

August 17-26:  8/17-8/25 12pm-11pm:  8/26 closing day 12pm-9pm

Western Idaho Fairgrounds, 5610 N Glenwood St., Boise, ID 83714

There is always so much to do at the fair.  First of all, there are a lot of animals to look at. There will be horses, cows, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and the list goes on.  Check the website for the schedule of activities because you’re not going to want to miss the hypnotist,  Stryker the Dinosaur, or all the concerts!  There will be other shows as well and of course
the carnival rides.  Also, there are so many booths to peruse and spend your money at.
And don’t forget all the food trucks. You’re sure to find plenty to eat and enjoy.  Watch for STEM activities for the kids and the Llama and Alpaca Costume Contest.  That’s sure to be a fun time.

Day of the Dog: Run, Walk
or Jog 5K or 10K

Sunday, August 26th, 2018:  This is a virtual race so you can do it anywhere you want.

You might be asking, “What is a virtual race?” Just complete a 5K or 10K by walking, running, or jogging, preferably with your favorite four-legged fur baby, any time during the month of August until August 26th.  Register online for $20-$30 and you will receive a Day of the Dog medal and your fur baby will receive a tag for their collar.
15% of the proceeds will go to Freedom Service Dogs of America, a non-profit organization who custom trains rescue dogs for those in special need of assistant dogs.  These dogs are trained to the individual’s needs.

The Spirit of Boise Balloon
Classic 2018

Wednesday, August 29 thru Sunday, September 2nd:  6:45 am – 8:30 am on Friday, August 31st there is Night Glow at 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm

Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706:   Free

What’s that in the sky? It’s not a bird.  It’s not a plane. It’s not even Superman.  It’s hot air balloons!  It’s time for this year’s Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.  Wednesday is Kid’s Day.  Come early that day so the kids can get a free, tethered balloon ride in the balloon of their choice before they go off to school.  Throughout Ann Morrison Park there will be many other activities for the kiddos.  Friday night is Night Glow when the balloons take flight in the evening.  Watch as the setting sun glints magically off the colors of the balloons.  Sunday morning kids as well as adults will have the opportunity to enjoy a tethered balloon ride.  Volunteers who want a hands-on experience preparing a balloon for flight are welcome – no experience needed.  You can find the signup form and restrictions for those under 18, on the website. Don’t miss out on the beauty and fun.

So, get out there and have some fun before the end of summer!

 

July Events around Boise

July

July is a time to celebrate and the Treasure Valley does not disappoint.  There are a vast amount of events and activities throughout the month to help you have fun and explore your patriotic side.  Following are just a few of the many exciting opportunities to leave your TV and grill behind and participate in some fun activities in our community.

Boise Chalk Art Festival

July 4th:  8 am to 4 pm at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Do you like to watch sidewalk chalk artists bring a picture to life?  Then come watch local artists work their magic creating a 4th of July masterpiece on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park. This fun activity is free for spectators but if your inner artist wishes to participate, there is a fee.  For ages 12-17 the fee is $10, ages 18+ it is $15, and if you have a team of two to four the cost is $20. For more information call: 208-608-7644.

Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th:  10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! at the fireworks show at Ann Morrison Park.  Beginning at 4 pm food and beer vendors will open their doors to provide you with their culinary delights. Be aware ahead of time of road closures close to the park.  For more information about the event and parking just click here.  If downtown Boise is not your speed, don’t worry, there are a variety of other shows all around the valley.  You can find more information about these and other events here and here.

First Thursday

Thursday, Jul 05:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come to Downtown Boise and experience FIRST THURSDAY. This unique way to shop is held the first Thursday of each month until December 6th, 2018.  Downtown merchants throw open their doors to shoppers, dinners and passers-by to participate in special in-store events. These events range from wine tasting to art exhibits to charity events.  Let the downtown merchants show you a better way to shop.

Flavorful Fairy Tales: “The Gruffalo”

Thursday, July 12:  4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

This parent/child activity is a fun way to spend some quality time together.  Participants will read the book “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and make their own Gruffalo Crumble. This story is of a clever mouse who is taking a walk through the woods.  Through smart thinking, he manages to avoid being eaten. After the reading, participants will make and enjoy their own homemade Gruffalo crumble. There will also be crafts and a lot of fun.  $15 per participant.

Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, July 17th:  7 pm.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, General Admission:  $56.00, Member Admission: $51.00

Tickets are available at the Taco Bell Arena/Ticketmaster.com. For more information contact the Idaho Botanical Gardens.

Singer, songwriter and actress, Sheryl Crow, will rock the Treasure Valley this July in a one-night performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  This Grammy Award-winning artist has graced the stages of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart since the mid-1980’s. Now she will be gracing the stage at the Botanical Gardens.

Navigating Distress Through Self Compassion

Wednesday, July 18:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, BOISE, ID 83702

Negative feelings or “emotional distress” are a part of the human experience.  These feelings can be harmful and hinder us from reaching our true potential. Join psychotherapist Sidrah Khan on an excursion of self-discovery.  Learn how to be more kind and gentle with yourself when in times of emotional distress. Learn tools to help you move toward better understanding and compassion toward yourself and others.

Cirque Italia

July 12-16 & July 19-22

Boise Towne Square, 350 North Milwaukee, Boise, ID 83704:  In the parking lot near SEARS

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

This aquatic circus is sure to please people of all ages.  Let these performers thrill you with their fantastic abilities, technological prowess and the elements of water all swirled together into an exhilarating production.  This everyone-friendly and pocketbook friendly show will feature pirates, fountains, jugglers, jet skies, the wheel of death and much, much more. It is rumored that there may also be a visit from a dinosaur.  This fantastic show is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi and Chanté DeMoustes. Come and join the fun.

Mama Mia!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho

Every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8/31/2018

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the play Mama Mia!  This musical is about a young woman’s search for her birth father.  The night before her wedding three men arrives claiming to be her father.  Come see how everything pans out in this comical storyline interwoven with the iconic songs of ABBA.

June Events Around Boise

June with its sunny days and warm weather is a busy time of year. Along with all the outdoor activities of swimming, boating, hiking and camping, there are plenty of indoor activities that hopefully you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Not to mention all that the Treasure Valley offers when it comes to ways to play and learn. Here are just a few of the many exciting opportunities available throughout this month and throughout the valley to play, to learn, and to grow.

Boise Downtown Alive After 5 Concert Series

June 6th – August 29th, 5pm – 8pm

Every Wednesday evening this summer, The Center on the Grove will be rocking the BODO with the 32nd Alive After 5 Concert Series.  For 32 years, Alive After 5 has brought to Boise artists such as LED, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Afrosonics.  Also performing will be the Brad Parsons Band and The Talbott Brothers.  All summer long you can enjoy great music amongst the charming atmosphere of downtown Boise.  Come shop and dine while enjoying the music.  This is a FREE event.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark):  7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series

Directions

Misery is an adaptation by William Goldman of Stephen King’s book by the same name.  When novelist, Paul Sheldon, is rescued from a roadside accident by his “biggest fan”, Annie, his life soon takes a gruesome twist as she plots and manipulates, causing his life to become something from the pages of a horror novel.  The only way to survive this ordeal is for Paul to outwit this psychopathic fan and escape. Do to the violence, language and dark subject matter of this play, it is STRONGLY recommended for mature audiences only.

Also playing at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this summer is Macbeth, Mamma Mia, and Pride and Prejudice.  Check out their website for more information and pricing.

Sheep in the Foothills Festival

Saturday, June 9th, 10 am – 1:30 pm, Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center: 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID

The City of Boise, in conjunction with Idaho Wool Growers Association, and Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, are presenting the 8th Annual Sheep in the Foothills Festival.  This appropriate-for-all event will feature opportunities to learn about sheep, wool and watch a dog herding sheep demonstration.  Learn how sheep are used to manage rangelands in the Foothills. There will be crafts for the kids, live music with Gary and Cindy Braun, lots to buy from local vendors, and a delicious lunch of, what else but, BBQ lamb.

Yoga

Sunday, June 10th 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Every month on the 10th

JUMP, 1000 Myrtle St.  Boise, ID 83702

Once a month on the 10th, join with other families and individuals in learning to celebrate our individuality and embrace the mindfulness of yoga.  Classes weave together exercise with music, dance, and song to help the development of the total being.  Bring your family, a friend, or just come by yourself and internalize these elements to promote the creation of a whole, joyful being.  A parent must attend if children are coming.

JUMP Camp: Culinary Creativity

Wednesday, June 9th. 9 am – 4 pm

JUMP:  1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702 (Teens ages 10-14)

“Don’t play with your food”, is not something you’ll hear at this event.  In fact, it’s encouraged.  Learn to bake a dessert in your own hand-made solar oven.  Also, you will develop culinary skills through making Vietnamese inspired summer rolls.  This will include two types of dipping sauce.  Come and explore, create and by all means, play with your food.

Critter College at Zoo Boise (Grades K – 1)

Thursday, June 14 th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Zoo Boise:  355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702

Every Thursday this summer at the Boise Zoo there will be opportunities to introduce K-1 grade children to the animals of the world.  They will have up close interaction with some of the animals and will be able to discover what an Aldabra Tortoise is or see a real penguin as it scampers about and swims through the water.  Students will have the opportunity to act like a monkey and even sample their food. The cost for each child is $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents and $35 for nonresidents.

Longest Day of Golf

Sunday, June 24th, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

 Warm Springs Golf Course:  2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83712

Sponsored by Business Links Boise, Eventageous Idaho, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho.  For $60 each player will receive a cart and tee time.  Provided by Warm Springs Golf Course you will also receive a bucket of balls and your range fee waived.  Tee times start at      6 am and go to 7 pm.  There will be awards for “Closest to the Pin”, “Longest Drive”, and there will also be a raffle.  Bring your friends and take part in this opportunity to network, have fun and support the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho.

March Events Around Boise

March Events in the Treasure Valley

A popular saying among those native in the Treasure Valley goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes.” If you don’t like the weather we have had these past few days, you’re not alone; after all, it’s not fun to go from a pseudo-spring to the dead of winter in the matter of a week. If you are feeling these February blues like many of us are, here are some events in March going on all over the Valley that you can mark on your calendars:

First Thursday Event

March 1st, Downtown

Starting off in the Capital City, the monthly First Thursday event takes place this upcoming Thursday evening in downtown Boise. This event is catered to visitors of the City of Trees, putting on exhibition some of the best of what downtown Boise has to offer in the way of shops, restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities. Beginning right as the work day ends, the festivities begin at 5 pm, and conclude mostly around 9 pm. At all First Thursday events in Boise, there is a little bit of everything, appealing to a variety of interests. If art in its many varieties calls to you, there are always art events, featuring mostly local artists that use a multitude of mediums. If you love the idea of a relaxing dinner carried aloft by with a touch of musical prose, there are restaurants downtown that can suit those desires. Local musicians of many genres play in various venues downtown, providing live entertainment sure to spice up your evening. In those shops that participate in the event, you can find First Thursday shopping specials, sure to be kind on your pocketbook as well as on your sensibilities.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin

March 1st & 2nd, Nampa Civic Center

If you’re looking for a mixture of “the magic of Broadway and the energy of a rock show with the excitement of Irish dance”, the Nampa Civic Center is poised to host the kick off show of the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” tour. The brainchild of Celtic rocker Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty, this event is sure to be something you will never forget.  As Chris Smith says, “This isn’t your typical Irish dance show.” Tickets have been on sale since January, but there is still time left to procure seating for either the March 1st show or the March 2nd show before the act leaves town. The show will also feature three time international Irish dance champion Ashley Smith as the female lead dancer, as well as the Broadway dance choreographer Jeff Whiting.

Cure for Cabin Fever

March 10th, Nampa, ID

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, and if the briskness of early spring doesn’t bother you, the self described, “Cure for Cabin Fever” is being held on March 10 in Nampa. This “cure” is a hike centered around the remnants of the historic Oregon Trail that can be found just outside of Nampa, overlooking the Boise River and the beautiful landscape of the Treasure Valley. This gem of an opportunity to get your hike on begins at 9:30 am and concludes just after 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Worried about the hike? The trail is graded as a beginner level hike, and therefore the only challenge to you is to get out of bed that early on a Saturday morning.

Treefort Music Festival

March 21st through 25th, Downtown Boise

Going back to the east side of the Treasure Valley, the annual Treefort Music Festival will cap off the end of the month, going from the 21st of the month to the 25th. Treefort is always a big deal for Boise, spanning many venues and bringing out the city in a celebration of spring, of Boise, and especially of music. This festival draws musicians and groups from all over the country, with a healthy lineup of local musicians complimenting the wide variety of acts set to play in the festival. Treefort is unique in the sense that all the concerts will not be held at one venue, rather at multiple venues, encouraging visitors to see the city, take in the sights, food, and sounds of City of Trees, as well as the magnificent music. Treefort is one of Boise’s most prestigious events, one that is an absolute must for any self respecting music lover.

Boise Flower and Garden Show

March 23rd through 25th, Boise Centre on the Grove

Around that same time, the annual Boise Flower & Garden Show will bloom from March 23rd to the 25th. This event is a welcome embrace of spring time after a (usually) cold winter, mustering with many different flowers, decorative plants and vegetables on display. Featured as part of this event are workshops that demonstrate how to properly utilize your green thumb in a variety of ways, as well as experts on hand to give advice from anything from horticulture to landscaping. Also as part of this event will be plants, starts and seeds for sale, as well as multiple other lawn and gardening necessities.

This is just a portion of the events that are available in the Treasure Valley, but some we thought you may enjoy.  Spring is just around the corner!