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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Friday, September 7: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
JUMP 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve all heard the saying – April showers bring May flowers. But, April brings more than flowers. It also brings other activities to the Boise area that you can enjoy without enduring a drizzle. Here are a few activities, from jazz to gardening, being held in the month of April in the Treasure Valley that just might pique your interest.
April 4th, 5th, 6th: 8am – 10pm, Boise State University
This festival is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy excellent jazz music, but also help support local performers, promote education and inspire listeners of all ages. For over 20 years now, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has provided the Treasure Valley community with the best in Jazz music. This festival entertains as well as provides education to Jazz students and the community. The Gene Harris Endowment provides scholarships to Boise State University jazz students. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage the continuation of the love and education of Jazz.
Wednesday, April 4th: 4:30 – 5:30, Ada Community Library, Victory Branch
Are you an avid gamer, a novice or even something in between? Then come join other gamers each Wednesday at the Ada Community Library, on the corner of Victory road and Five Mile road. Bring your friends and challenge them to a game of Halo, Legends of Zelda or even Minecraft on the Wii or the X-box at this open play time.
Saturday April 7th: 6pm – 10pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Our diverse community boasts a large Latino population. Come to this fundraiser and enjoy great food, entertainment along with music and dancing and help our Latino friends achieve their dreams. Tickets are $75 per person and the proceeds go to help young Latinos on their road to college.
Saturday April 21st: 9:30am – 4pm, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County
501 Main St
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Hey all you gardening enthusiasts, the University of Idaho Extension Office is offering gardening classes. Just $30 will allow you to choose from over 15 different classes, taught by Master Gardener Volunteers, to answer your questions. There will also be a plant sale to help you get stocked up and ready to bring your garden to life. Space is limited so don’t wait to register. If you have any questions call 208-459-6003.
Wednesday, April 11th: 6pm – 8:30pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Chef Ratna Subba came to Boise in 2012. His passion for the foods of his home country, Nepal, and his desire to share them, led him to open his own food truck called “Darjeeling MoMo“. Now, with the support of Global Gardens, he will be teaching a hands-on class in making momo, a Nepalese dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. At the end of class, students will be able to sit down to a shared meal where they can try other Nepalese dishes. Beverages will be available for purchase. The class is open to students 13 years old and older. Sign-up quickly because registration ends April 9th.
Global Gardens is a non-profit organization created by the Idaho Office for Refugees. They provide a plot of land in a community garden to refugees in which they can plant, care for and harvest food to help sustain themselves and their families. They are also taught how to sell their produce at farmer’s markets. These gardens give refugees the ability to grow foods from their home country that they may not be able to find here, it gives them the opportunity to get outside and have some family time, and it gives them some independence and fosters a healthy self-esteem.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!