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August Events around Boise

August is finally here and we still have no shortage of great activities and events here in the Treasure Valley. As usual, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting, events you can see going on this month.  These activities, and many others, are waiting for you in and around the Boise area, making it the center for all sorts of fun. August is seen by many as the traditional end of the summer season (though summer doesn’t actually end until late September); so, if you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the last full month of summer, then be sure to check some of these activities out.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Benefit, 

August 3rd, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Edge Brewing Company

We here in Idaho love animals, especially our pets. So, it is natural that we would have activities and events to help support the health and safety of our furry friends. To help cut down on the number of strays in the State of Idaho, the Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (coincidentally known as S.N.I.P.) is on a mission to contain the population of dogs and cats.

If you want to support them on this mission, be sure to swing by Edge Brewing Company on the 3rd of August and enjoy an adult beverage— a portion of the proceeds will be given to S.N.I.P.

Free Movie in the Park

Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM

Optimist Park

There are few things as fun as a movie night under the stars on a lovely summer evening. Luckily for Treasure Valley residents, there are many opportunities to do that this summer. One of those opportunities for those living in the Nampa area is at Optimist Park. If you swing by Optimist Park on Fridays through the 18th of August at 8:30 PM, you are sure to stumble upon some great choices for entertainment. Be sure to check the website for more information about what movies will be shown on which days.

Tour de Fat

August 12th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anne Morrison Park

On the 12th of August, be sure to check out the Tour de Fat show that will be put on by New Belgium Brewing Company. This event combines music, performances, and so much more to mystify and astound you. Their website explains that the show will include circus performers, comedians, musicians, and even the Blackberry Smoke band.  Be sure to dress up if you enter the ride!

The Tour de Fat is a benefit show for many of the Treasure Valley’s local bicycle groups including Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Boise Bicycle Project, and so on.

Tickets can be found on the Tour de Fat website.

Western Idaho Fair

August 18th to August 27th, Times Vary

Idaho Fair Grounds

The Western Idaho Fair is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Whether you are excited about the rides, the shows, the vendors, or just the great fair food, you are not going to be disappointed at this Treasure Valley Fair. It is the largest fair in the area and attracts acts, patrons, and events from all over the country.

Not to mention, there are also thousands of agriculture events like the traditional judging of crops and animals. Be sure to check out the fair at some point during the 9 days they are in town so you too can take part in this great Treasure Valley tradition.

Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM

Central Idaho

There are few things as exciting, and nearly universally captivating as a total solar eclipse, and we here in Idaho are lucky enough to enjoy one this month! On the morning of August 21st at 11:27 AM, the total solar eclipse will cross the Idaho Oregon border near Weiser. Between 11:27 AM and 11:35 AM, said eclipse will pass through the center of Idaho. The best viewing places will be around Garden Valley, Sun Valley, and Rexburg (approximately).

If you venture to see the solar eclipse, be sure to get a pair of glasses to watch it with. Though the sun will be covered by the moon, it will still be bright enough to damage your eyes. So, be sure to get a hold of some devise that is safe for solar eclipse viewing.

As you can probably tell, the month of August is going to be quite exciting for those living in or visiting the Treasure Valley. We are lucky to have these, and hundreds of other activities to enjoy as we start to wrap up the summer months. Be sure to take advantage of all these great activities— you won’t be disappointed.

July Activities around Boise

July Events

Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are always hopping with endless amounts of activities, and the summer months are no different. Only now, instead of only having community events to go to, you can now enjoy Idaho’s many natural attractions too. However, if you have time between your days at the lake or afternoons in the shade, then you are going to greatly enjoy some of the activities we have listed below.

4th of July Fireworks

July 4th, Expo Idaho:  10:15 PM Gates open at 6:00 PM

There are few things as fun as watching fireworks on the 4th of July. This year, before your festivities are through, be sure to head on over to Expo Idaho to see the firework show the City of Boise puts on. Granted, you could probably watch these fireworks from anywhere in the valley because of how large the show is.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there, food and adult beverage vendors will be on site to provide you with some of the best fares Boise has to offer. So, be sure to bring your wallet and an empty stomach with you to watch the fireworks.

This is a change of venue from years past. Usually, the fireworks are launched from Ann Morrison Park, but with the river the way it is, the city has decided to play it safe and move everything to the expo.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

July 4 – 5, 8 – 9, 13 – 14, 18 – 19, 22 – 23, 27 – 28, ISF Amphitheater

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Victor Hugo’s most well-known stories, and there are fewer renditions of it as gripping as the 1996 film adaptation from Disney. If you were a fan of the movie, then you had best get your tickets today so you can enjoy all the songs and all the action of the Disney version on stage right here in Boise.

Tickets range in price and can be different depending on when you want to go, so be sure to get them soon to get the perfect seat.

Emmett Farmers Market

Wednesdays 3 to 6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, Blaser Park

If you like food that is both locally sourced and delicious, then you need to check out the Emmett Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays this month! Buy some of the greatest food you will ever taste right from Idaho soil. You can also buy wares from dozens of different artisans and crafts people as well.

The hours for the Farmers Market are different for each day, so be sure to check their website before heading out.

Dashboard Confessional

July 17th, Idaho Botanical Garden:  6:30 PM

Many people love concerts, but who can resist the allure of an outdoor summer concert? Not many, that is for sure. This month, out of the many awesome concerts that are coming, you can enjoy being serenaded by non-other than Dashboard Confessional at the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ Outlaw Field.

The show starts at 6:30 PM and tickets range in price from $37 to $136+, so act fast if you want to rock out near the roses this July before all the good tickets get taken!

2017 Canyon County Fair

July 27th – 30th, Canyon County Fairgrounds

There are few summer activities as fun as the county fair. I mean, who doesn’t love the fair? There are animals, events, rides, food, and so much more to enjoy and that is only a portion of what you can expect from your time at the Canyon County Fair this year. This year’s schedule boasts an impressive array of different activities to choose from, so be sure to check out their website before you go!

Enjoy your July and get outside!  There are lots of activities to experience to keep you from getting bored.  Be sure, however, to keep yourself hydrated, July tends to get pretty hot here in Boise.

June Activities around Boise

June Events

Well, now that May is over, hopefully, we will start to dry off here in the Treasure Valley. With all the rain and flooding that swept through Garden City and Eagle, it is high time we had some fun, and there is plenty of fun to be had this month. Here we have listed 5 of the many, many events and activities that are scheduled for the month of June in the Boise area, so, don’t feel restricted by what we have listed here. We must warn you though, beware of the river.  With the floods end still a mystery, it’s best to wait for summer river activities.

‘9 to 5’ Comedy Musical

June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th And 10th, Stagecoach Theater, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

For only $20 you can check out the stage version of the 1980’s classic ‘9 to 5’. It is a vivacious show that illustrates the adventures of 3 friends as they take over the company they work at and give their bully of a boss what’s coming to him.

‘9 to 5’ features music and songs from the movie that were originally penned by the illustrious Dolly Parton. It is sure to be quite the show. Come and join the classic characters Violet, Judy, and Doralee as they embark on the most intense adventure of their lives and take back their independence.

Tickets can be purchased on the Stagecoach Theater’s Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9-to-5-a-musical-comedy-tickets-28315352983

Farmer’s Markets, Boise, Nampa, Kuna, & Eagle

Every Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

If you like local food, then the farmer’s market is the place to go. Whether you like your food farm to table or you just want to enjoy meeting and buying from local vendors, then you are going to love spending a Saturday or two over at one of the many farmer’s markets here in the Treasure Valley.

It doesn’t matter if you are in Boise, Nampa, Kuna, Eagle, or anywhere else in the Treasure Valley for that matter, there are always great farmer’s markets to check out. Attending a farmer’s market is a great way to boost the local economy, buy fresh produce, save a bit of cash and have some fun at the same time.

Galactic Day at Zoo Boise

June 17th, Zoo Boise, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sci-fi fans one and all, be sure to take a trip down to Zoo Boise on June 17th to enjoy the Galactic Day at the Zoo and enjoy diving head first into the many awesome science fiction activities they have going on. According to their website, there will be photo opportunities with Star Wars Characters from the 501st Legion, sci-fi themed entertainment, Q&As with actors and other awesome ‘galactic’ fun.

Admissions are as follows:

Kids 3 to 11 — $7

Seniors 62 and Up — $8

Adults 12 and Up — $10

Zoo Boise is still gearing up for this event, so be sure to check back at their website for more information as it is available.

Great Garden Escape

Thursdays in June, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

If you like enjoying music in the great outdoors, then you are going to love the Great Garden Escape at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. This outdoor summer retreat is a mainstay for Treasure Valley residents that are looking for a way to relax in the beautiful summer sun. This awesome concert series is a great place to enjoy music, dance, spend time with friends and even, as their website suggests, have a picnic.

With its great music, outside food friendly atmosphere, and onsite vendors, this event is great for people of all ages. If you are wanting to attend any of the concerts that make up the Great Garden Escape series, it will cost $6 for children ages 5 to 12, $7 for Idaho Botanical Gardens members, and $10 for non-member adults.

16th Annual Kruz In Car Show

June 24th, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 100 Short Rd Eagle, ID

For 16 years now the Annual Kruz In Car Show has graced the Treasure Valley, much to the delight of many car enthusiasts. This event is free to the public and features custom cars, hot rods and more from around the area (no entry fee required). Remember though, the cars are for display purposes only.

This year the car show will also feature a quilt show. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1265144320221089/?ti=icl for more information.

June is going to be a great here in the Treasure Valley. With the plethora of activities available (including those we didn’t get to list in this article) we are sure you are going to have a great time. There are so many activities and events going on in the month of June that it would be almost impossible to not find one you want to attend. Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to spend the summer, so be sure to always be on the lookout for new ideas, events, and community activities to participate in.

May Events around Boise

May Events in Boise

May is a wonderful time of year in the Treasure Valley, with the smell of new growth in the air it is hard not to get excited to go out and enjoy yourself! Well, with the very wet month of April now behind us, we can start looking forward to some of the great activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. There are so many things going on that it is going to be hard to decide which to attend! Here we have listed 5 events that we think will peak your interests so be sure to check them out!

Comedian Brian Regan

May 3rd, 8:00 PM, Morrison Center

If you like to laugh then you definitely need to make plans to visit the Morrison Center on May 3rd to see Brian Regan. Regan is a hilarious comedian that has captured the hearts of millions over his last decade or so of comedy experience. He is well known as a “clean” comedian so all his material is appropriate for everyone.

Regan blends his brand of self-deprecating humor with his many anecdotes of being a parent to produce signature jokes that will have you laughing for years. Tickets are around $50 a piece and are going fast, so you better get them before they’re gone!

First Thursday

May 4th:  5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Downtown Boise

First Thursday is a program that puts together events on the first Thursday of every month. This month, the first Thursday lands on May 4th. The First Thursday is an event where dozens of shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues offer discounts and special offers during the evening hours of 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The list of specials and events changes monthly, so you can check their website for more detailed information. However, in months past, they have had glassblowing demonstrations, discounts at some awesome eateries, and even some wine tasting tents.

Idaho Job and Career Fair

May 10th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Nampa Civic Center

If you are looking for a new or different job, then you should head to the Idaho Job and Career Fair at the Nampa Civic Center. It is sponsored by IBL Events, KBOI, and a handful of other local companies and this marks their 2nd fair out of the 4 they have planned for 2017.

It is a great way to visit with a lot of employers in a short amount of time—employers who are actively searching for people to hire. Some of the employers that will be in attendance include, but are not limited to, Boise Cascade (the wood manufacturing company), Bronco Motors, Farmers Insurance, and the United States Postal Service.

National Public Gardens Day

May 12th, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Idaho Botanical Gardens

“April showers bring May flowers” is the saying; and with all the rain we received in April, the flowers should be pretty spectacular. The best way to enjoy flowers though would have to be at the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ National Public Gardens Day celebration. This celebration is a free event for the public. Everyone can come in and see the beautiful flowers and other plants grown at this local garden. You can even take in some of the educational opportunities provided by the Idaho Botanical Gardens and even buy some plants if want to.

http://www.ridgetorivers.org/hikes-rides/family-friendly-hikes/

Now until trails get muddy:  Ridge to Rivers Trail System

May is a great time to get out with friends and family and learn the trail system around Boise.  Introducing your kids to the family friendly trails can instill a love of the outdoors and desire to explore.  Check out the link above to get started.  Get out and explore!!

Enjoy a your month!  Happy May!

April Events around Boise

April Events

Spring is officially here, Treasure Valley— and it is beautiful!  The weather has finally warmed up, the sunshine is raining down on us, and a lot of Treasure Valley residents are gearing up for full-on vacation mode. Well, while there are plenty of fun and awesome things to do in the Treasure Valley’s outdoor hot spots, there are also some fun and exciting things going on in town that you might want to be aware of. Here are a few of the Treasure Valley events we have going on in April.

 Gene Harris Jazz Festival

Boise State University/ Other Locations in downtown Boise, April 5th to April 7th

The people of Boise love jazz and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is the prime example of this. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a 3 day event at several different locations throughout Boise. There are lots of fun things to do and is a great way to enjoy jazz from talented musicians right here in the Treasure Valley. It is a tradition that has lasted for two decades now. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival so it is sure to be one of the best jazz festivals the city of Boise has ever seen. So, be sure to head downtown April 5th through April 7th to take in some of the fantastic shows, clinics, and lessons brought to you by both local and regional jazz performers and teachers.

Check out the website for more information, schedule, and ticket pricing.

Mauritius— A Dramatic Comedy 

Stage Coach Theatre, April 14th through 29th on various days

For those of you who are excited for spring theater performances, then look no further than the Stage Coach Theatre off of Emerald Road in Boise. Coming in April this beloved Boise treasure presents “Mauritius”— a Dramatic Comedy. Here is an excerpt from the description of the play from its EventBrite.com page:

“After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world.”

A T-Rex Names Sue

Discovery Center of Idaho, Throughout the Month of April

If you like science and discovery of any kind, then you really need to head down to the Discovery Center during the month of April to see the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever to be found! This relic of years past was dug up in South Dakota by archeologists working in and around the Black Mountains. The archeologist that found the dinosaur originally is named Susan, so the group thought it best to name the T-Rex after her, hence why the skeleton’s name is Sue.

To date it is still the most complete T-Rex skeleton to be found so it is easily one of the most important and profound scientific finds in geological and archeological history. To fully appreciate how special this dinosaur is however, you have to see it for your own eyes. She is a massive 40 foot long skeleton that towers 12 feet in the air above guests to the Discovery center. Before you go though, it is advised, however that you take some time to watch the documentary about Sue’s discovery and history since leaving the ground. It is a fascinating documentary called “Dinosaur 13” which can be found on Netflix and through several other mediums. It really is a must watch.

 Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy

Taco Bell Arena, April 22nd

Laughter is usually quoted as being the best medicine, and it certainly is when it comes to cabin fever. Now that you are free to spread your wings after our long winter, you ought to take a moment and go see the rowdy and hilarious comedy of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. Arguably two of the most well-known comedians of our day, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy bring their special brand of comedy to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena Saturday April 22nd. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to snag yours while you have the chance!

We hope that you have a fun and safe April and that the suggestions we made today help you to get the most out of your free time this spring.

March Events around Boise

March Events

Now that Valentine’s Day and February have passed, it is time to turn our attention to springtime and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in the month of March. Spring is right around the corner, so hopefully the snow and ice are behind us so we can enjoy some amazing activities. Here are 5 of the things you can look forward to this month in the Treasure Valley.

A Streetcar Named Desire:  March 3 – 11th, various times

http://boiselittletheater.org/current-season/

This is an amazing play by Tennessee Williams that was successful on Broadway and on the road.  Featuring the character of Blanche du Boise, who shuns the reality of life in favor of romantic illusions.   This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and continues to be popular in theaters today.  I’m especially excited to go because I have a friend in the play!

More about the Boise Little Theater from their website:   “ Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with an unwavering dedication to amateur theatrical quality. For over 65 years we have produced plays in all genres: contemporary and classical, comedy, drama and musicals. BLT is one of the longest running community theaters in America”.

Jeff Dunham

March 11th, Doors Open at 4:00 PM/ Show Starts at 5:00 PM

Jeff Dunham’s mixture of puppetry and stand-up comedy is legendary, making him one of the most popular comedians of his time. Lucky for us, on the 11th of March, he is bringing his special brand of comedy and storytelling to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena to show off for the whole Treasure Valley.

It is sure to be a great show, so be sure to grab your tickets fast! Tickets are between $47.50 and $35.50. Doors open at 4:00 PM, the show starts at 5:00 PM.

Simply Cats “Catsino”

March 17th

Simply Cats is a great organization that specializes in feline adoption. They are a no-kill adoption center which means that they won’t put a cat down if no one adopts them. While helping out our furry feline friends is awesome, it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, to keep this place going they have to ask for donations and host fundraisers. Catsino is one of those fundraisers.

Catsino is a fun Las Vegas style gambling event, however, instead of a big casino getting a lot of money, money goes to supporting the cats that they try to save. To register for this event be sure to check out their website!

Treefort Music Festival

March 22nd to 26th

Treefort is a Music Festival like none other. This multi-day, multi-locational event is one of Boise’s most anticipated events. It brings together musicians, artists, and enthusiasts from all over to enjoy the sweet sound of local music. There are hundreds of events going on during the week of Treefort so you should definitely check out their website for a full list because Treefort has so many great local deals and events. Some of these include art shows, local food, and much more.

FIRST Robotics Competition Regional

March 30th to April 1st 

The FIRST Robotics Completion Regional is a competition for high school aged robotics fans where they can show off their wildest creations. Builders can test their robots skills, get insights from other builders, and so much more at FIRST Robotics.

First Robotics Competitions are an attempt to inspire a new generation of people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their website for more information about locations, times, teams, and donations.

 

Boise is a wonderful place to be during the early springtime. Aside from the events that we listed above, there are more and more outdoor opportunities popping up with the warming weather. So, no matter what you like to do, no one is going to go away bored this month!

February Activities around the Boise Area

February Events

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

McCall Winter Carnival

February 1st to 5th

McCall, Idaho

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

Harlem Globetrotters

February 9th

Idaho Center

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

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

Boise Golf and Travel Show

February 10th to 12th

Expo Idaho

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

Flea Market

February 18th to 19th

Expo Idaho

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

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

Idaho Gem and Mineral Show

February 25th to 26th

Expo Idaho

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

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

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

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

September Activities in Boise

September Events

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

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

August 31st to September 4th

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

Boise State Broncos vs Washington State Cougars

September 10th

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

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

Blink-182 Concert

September 15th

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

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

Hyde Park Street Fair

September 16th to 18th

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

Def Leppard Concert

September 28th

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

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

Fun Boise Area Activities!

August Events and Activities

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

The Summer BAM Jam

August 6th & 7th

Downtown Boise— Capitol Park

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

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

Outdoor Mural Gallery Event

August 6th through 13th

Downtown Boise— Freak Alley

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

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

The Western Idaho Fair

August 19th– 28th

Idaho Fairgrounds

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

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

The Great Inflatable Race

August 27th

Ann Morrison Park

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

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

5 Seconds of Summer

August 27th

Taco Bell Arena

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

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

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

Fun July Activities

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

Craft Corner,

July 1

855 S. Impressions Ct. Nampa, ID

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

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

KISS Freedom Rock Tour,

July 7th

Taco Bell Arena

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

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

Deadly Murder— Stage Coach Theater

July 8th to July 23

4802 Emerald St. Boise

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

Phillip Phillips

July 14th

Outlaw Field— Idaho Botanical Gardens

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

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

Meghan Trainor

July 14th

Ford Idaho Center

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

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

Boise Depot Open House

July 14th

Boise Depot

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

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

Movies Under the Stars— Pan

July 30th

Jullion Park

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

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