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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22nd: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Finally, towards the end of the month, there is going to be one of the most exciting events of the year in Boise. The Boise Music Festival has only been going on for nine years now, but it is already an important part of the Boise cultural experience. It gives you the chance to hear all kinds of different genres of music and mingle among people who share your own musical interests. It is going to be a massive event and something you will not want to miss.
I hope your June is fantastic!
May 2019 Events and Activities
Here comes May and the summer is not far behind it. The things you can do in the Treasure Valley are starting to change as the valley warms. The weather changes and the things you can do in the Treasure Valley change with it. The Boise area is always abuzz with the best Idaho has to offer.
May 8th: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You may have no ambitions of becoming a broadcaster or a voice actor but there is a lot that a voice-over class can teach you anyway. Voice lessons have a core foundation in confidence and improving your ability to speak in public, a skill that almost everyone will find useful someday. If you do have some interest in using your voice professionally, this could be the best place to start, otherwise, it could help you build up yourself to become a more convincing speaker, either in public or private. The best part is you don’t need to bring your own equipment.
May 12th: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Zoo Boise
Mother’s Day is a day to show thanks. A great activity for the family on Mother’s Day is to visit Zoo Boise on the 12th for a small brunch in the honor of all mothers across the world. This is another family-friendly event and will be perfect if you want to combine a family getaway with a visit to see the animals in the zoo. There will be plenty of food as well as some special zoo-related events.
May 18th: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM, The Flicks
This year LUNAFEST which will be showing off a number of short films that might catch your interest, both for their artful quality and the theme they are exploring. The films this time around are all about women and the stories that surround them. If you want to support women or just see some well-made films, LUNAFEST has got you covered. There will also be a social event afterward where you can discuss what you watched with others and enjoy wine and snacks.
May 18th: 7:00 AM or 10:00 AM start time, Beginning in Discovery Park
If you are looking for something a little less sedentary and a little more active, it might be time to make sure you are ready to run five or ten kilometers this coming mid-May. It is a little late to do the training that might be required for a half marathon but if you are up to it then it is not too late to participate. You can get in a day of good running. If you feel like you are not ready now but could be soon, this marathon might be an excellent goal to push for over the next few weeks.
May 25th: 9:00 AM to after 3:00 PM, Julia Davis Park Band shell
For all dog lovers in the Treasure Valley, it is time to show off your own pup and see all of the other cute and noble dogs that your valley neighbors have trained at an upcoming dog carnival. You can enjoy a morning and afternoon where you are surrounded by humanity’s best friend and participate in different canine related contests and events. Your dog will love it! Treat your dog to a day of fun with all the other dogs in Boise.
May 31st and June 1st: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
If you like Greek food, the upcoming Greek Food Festival is probably going to be a paradise for you. If you have never had Greek food but are open to trying, here is your chance.
There is so much to do in the Treasure Valley! You can always contact us for more ideas and events.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark): 7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
October Events in Boise
Fall is officially upon us and we here in the Treasure Valley are about to be surrounded by fun activities to take part in. From harvest festivals to Halloween celebrations, there is plenty to do throughout the month of October. However, despite the vast array of thousands of awesome new events going on all around the valley, we have come up with 6 of the ones we think you’ll find enjoyable. Be sure to mark your calendars and check them out before you miss them!
Oct 1st through Oct 28th, 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian, ID 83642
For many people in the Treasure Valley, the month of October is not complete without a trip to a corn maze or two. And, while there are multiple corn mazes in town, one of the most popular has to be the Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This autumn attraction is a wonderful way to enjoy all the traditional fall activities you’ve come to expect. They have the maze, an awesome pumpkin patch, food, farm animals and more.
The Farmstead is open from October 1st to October 28th giving you only a limited window of opportunity to go and enjoy this great Boise tradition.
Oct 7th and 8th, Idaho Botanical Gardens: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
On October 7th and 8th, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, is the annual Fall Harvest Festival. This exciting event brings together everything you could want out of a harvest festival: music, great food, amazing beverage choices, and so much more.
Tickets range in price from $5 to $7 depending on age and whether or not the attendee is a ‘Garden Member’. Tickets are available online as well as at the front kiosk at the entrance of the event.
Be sure to check out the Idaho Botanical Gardens website for more information so you too can celebrate the changing of the seasons with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Saturdays Oct 1st through Oct 28th, Downtown Boise
Walking tours of downtown Boise are a great way to spend your time this October. It allows you to take in the sights all around Boise and learn more about the different parts of the city. These tours are a fun time for all and can be booked by calling the number on their website.
A tour is held every Saturday from October 1st through October 28th so there are plenty of times available for you to enjoy this great city we live in.
Fri, Sat, Sun Sept 22nd through Nov 4th: 2:30 PM
World Center for Birds of Prey
f you like Birds of Prey, then you had better make plans to come check out Fall Flights at the World Center for Birds of Prey just outside of Kuna. It is an amazing opportunity to watch the majestic birds at work as handlers fly them outside to show off their skills.
These events will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM (with a few minor exceptions) from September 22nd to November 4th.
Oct 21st, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ
If you love crafts then the Craft Bazaar at the Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ is the place to be! There will be hundreds of different crafts being made and sold by congregation members during the morning and afternoon of October 21st (4th Saturday of the month).
According to their Facebook page, some of the crafts that will be on sale include (but are not limited to) jewelry, glasswork, baked goods, holiday items, and so on.
Oct 28th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Zoo Boise
If you are looking for a great way to enjoy the spirit of Halloween, then you should definitely check out Boo at the Zoo held on Saturday the 28th of October at Zoo Boise. According to their website there will be costumed characters, lots of candy, costume contests, photo ops, face painting and so much more. All of the proceeds from which will be going back into the Zoo for needed improvements.
There will also be special Boo at the Zoo pricing, so be sure to mark your calendars for this one!
Boise and the rest of the Treasure Valley seems to have a never-ending supply of fun and entertaining events and activities for us to enjoy. We hope that the activities that we have shared with you will make your October great. If you want to know more about Boise or the Treasure Valley, be sure to give us a call today!