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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!
September Events in Boise
Well, summer may be coming to a close, but all the fun events going on in the Treasure Valley are just warming up. Whether you like music, adventure, or sports, there is plenty to get excited about this month. So, be sure to clear your calendars and check out some of these amazing events here in the Boise area!
Aug 30th through Sept 3nd, Ann Morrison Park
There are few things as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons floating in the mid-morning sunrise, which is a sight that Boise residents get to wake up to every morning from August 30th to September 3rd during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Every year, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is held at Ann Morrison Park and it is an event where hundreds of hot air balloon pilots come together to share their passion with others as they take to the skies. There will be shows and demonstrations for spectators as well as plenty of other events to keep us all amused. The signature event of Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic would have to be the Nite Glow Spectacular where the pilots light up their balloons to music and show off the wonderful colors and shapes of their balloons. The Nite Glow Spectacular will also be accompanied by dozens of local food vendors so you won’t be hungry during the event.
Sept 11th to Sept 17th, Hillcrest Country Club
Golf Fans throughout the Treasure Valley should make it a priority to head down to the Hillcrest Country Club between the 11th and the 17th of September to enjoy the Albertsons Boise Open. This charity competition brings PGA Tour winners from all over to compete here in the City of Trees.
This year the Albertsons Boise Open will be supporting the Blue Cross of Idaho Birdies Fore the Boise Brave. As a part of this event, Blue Cross of Idaho will donate $40 per birdie that is hit throughout the entire competition to support police, fire fighters, and military personnel in the Boise area. While $40 doesn’t seem like much, there were over 1,000 birdies hit during last years open.
Sept 16th, Basque Block, 8:30 AM
This is the second year in a row that the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt has excited locals and cause many to take to the streets for a day of fun. Put simply, the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt is a city-wide scavenger hunt that not only gets people out and exploring their own city but also promises awesome prizes for those who finish first!
According to GetYourGuide.com, it is a smartphone guided walking tour of Boise that leads you through historical downtown, along the river, and through many other unique parts of the city. The event is on the 16th of September, but be sure to buy your tickets early to get them at a discounted price!
Sept 24th, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 7:30 PM
If you are longing for the sounds of the 70’s, then the Earth, Wind and Fire concert at the Boise Botanical Gardens is the place to be! On September 24th, the world-renowned sensation that brought you hits like ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘September’ will be performing live on stage at Outlaw Field by the Boise Botanical Gardens. It is sure to be a night to remember as this musical legend takes the stage to excite and entertain! Be sure to get your tickets soon though, they are going fast!
Sept 29th, Downtown Boise, 6:00 PM
There are few things that have autumn written all over them like Oktoberfest. This old European tradition is leaving its mark on the City of Trees once again this year on September 29th with large varieties of beers, food, games, and so much more.
This is a party for all ages that includes good music from bands like Wolfie & the Bavarians and Pilot Error as well as traditional games like Stein Hosting, Mug Relay, Brat Toss, and so on.
September 30, 6:00 – 10:00pm, Jump Event Center downtown Boise
The Sunshine Gala is the first MAJOR event for gathering donations for medically fragile children in the Treasure Valley. Here is the story about Corwyn’s Cause:
Corwyn Schomer was born with a brain malformation and had many health issues and was very medically fragile. He passed away in the fall of 2016. What the family found was that when he was in the hospital charities would visit and bring gifts or fun, dress as super heros, bring light into the lives of these kids who spent so much time in the hospital. When Corwyn was really sick they brought him home on hospice care. Hospice is great but geared more towards adults so no more charities, no more visitors, no more support except for the nurse that came once or twice a day. The family felt alone and in the dark. They decided after Corwyn passed away in November that they needed to bring attention, light and services to terminally ill children and their families. They are offering advocacy, support, education and services to these families. It could be Christmas in July, a cup of coffee for the support person, housekeeping services to clean the home, or special visitors for the child. This would support these medically fragile children and their families during this extremely difficult time. Follow them on Facebook Corwyn’s Cause Facebook to see and hear about inspirational stories. Go to the link above to donate, go to the Sunshine Gala, or apply if you know a medically fragile child.
Boise is a veritable wonderland of great activities one can enjoy; even with the end of summer knocking at our door. September may not be some people’s favorite month, with school starting and the weather changing, but there is no reason not to enjoy yourself while you are here in the Treasure Valley.
June Events in Boise
Spring is coming to a close and the first warm days of summer are starting to creep up on us here in the Treasure Valley which, for Boiseans, is a sign for many fun things to come. After the many outdoor activities that the Boise area has to offer, there are also these, and many other, great events in the area for you to enjoy. So, if you are looking for some fun ways to spend the first few weeks of summer, then start off with these great events happening right here in the City of Trees!
Are you a fan of fine arts? Do you like experiencing the great beauties of many cultures? What about getting great décor for your home or office from local artists? If you said yes to any of those questions, then you are going to love the Art and Roses event on the 5th of June. The event starts at 10:00 AM and goes until 6:00 PM at Julia Davis Park near the Art Museum and admission is free! There will be over 50 different artists from Southwest Idaho selling all sorts of things from sculptures to paintings and everything else you can imagine. However, if you get hungry, or want to take a break from shopping, you can get yourself a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors and sit down to watch some of the musical entertainment that will be playing throughout the day.
Paint the Town is an annual event put on by the NeighborWorks program here in Boise. It is a volunteer program that paints the houses of people in the community that are in need. How they select the persons’ homes they will work on isn’t exactly clear, but what is clear is that this community program is a massive scale service project that not only helps out those in need, but brings the community closer together.
The houses that are to be painted are divided up and given to groups of volunteers; groups that you can create yourself by gather friends, neighbors, coworkers and so forth, which is a great team building exercise and volunteer opportunity. However, if you don’t want to gather your own group, you can get to know some other people in the community by joining a group that is already formed.
If you are a fan of educational programming, astronomy, or just gazing up on the night sky, then you are going to want to be at Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show coming to the Morrison Center this month. Mr. Tyson is famous for his educational shows on astronomy, astrophysics, and the wide world of science and we are lucky enough to have him here in Boise on his 2016 tour.
Buy your tickets now so you won’t miss the great and inspiring words of Neil degrasse Tyson as he shares his knowledge of the universe through enlightening narratives and riveting explanations. Tickets range from $85 to $250.
“Take me out the ball game!” is the saying, and if you too are saying that this summer, then you won’t want to miss the Boise Hawk’s first home game of the season! Watch them take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes from Oregon in this long awaited game. Enjoy a night at the ball park with food, great entertainment, and much more.
Tickets can be bought via the Boise Hawks website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t480
Easily one of the most long awaited concerts of the year, the Boise Music Festival is an all-day event that gives you the best of today’s music. This year the lineup includes great musicians like Coolio, Andy Grammer, Nelly, and Daughtry— not to mention a lot of local bands!
The Boise Music Festival will be held at Expo Idaho on Chinden across from Fred Meyer. It is a fantastic event that is sure to knock your socks off. Be sure to stay hydrated and get there early for good parking!
Tickets can be bought via the Boise Music Festival website.
Fans of reggae, folk, and or rock music should take note of this concert! Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are coming to Garden City this June on their United States and Canada tour. They will be playing at the Revolution Concert House on Chinden starting at 7:30.
It is a great concert that will certainly make your summer with their inspiring and tasteful music. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Get your tickets now by visiting ticketfly.com’s website by clicking here.
For more information about all the great things that are happening in Boise and the Treasure Valley, keep checking back on this page! We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the awesome activities and events this great city has to offer!