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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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”.
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
With the change in season, it is hard to not get excited about all the events and activities that are to come. May is a traditionally a great month for fun and exciting activities in the Treasure Valley and this year sounds like it will not disappoint. Check out these awesome looking events and be sure to mark your calendar before it’s too late!
May 3rd – 5th
If you are a fan of the theater, then you need to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ this month. Join the Treasure Valley and the Morrison Center in welcoming one of musical theater’s most beloved stories. It is a fun show that will have you singing along before the curtain closes. It is a show like no other. In fact, you could even call it, amazing.
Knitting Factory (18 years of age and above only)
Cinco de Mayo may be a traditionally Mexican holiday, but it is widely celebrated here in the States as well, including Idaho. Among the many celebrations that you can enjoy on the 5th of May, there aren’t many that will compare to the Knitting Factory’s Salsa Celebration.
Starting at 8:00 PM the Knitting Factory will be transformed into a Cinco de Mayo paradise with food, music and fun. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the music provided by DJ Giovanni while sipping on your favorite beverage (bar drinks will only be sold when ID is presented).
This wonderful activity is for the kid in all of us, even though it is mainly marketed to children. It is a great opportunity to see the animals of Zoo Boise without large crowds. The event allows you a chance to interact with the animals and even spend the night in the zoo itself.
The Snooze at the Zoo only happens four times a year, so if you want to participate, get your tickets now.
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Yard and garage sale season is upon us so it time to start bargain hunting. Instead of taking the time to search for great deals however, why not just go to Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale down at the fairgrounds. This amazing event allows people and local businesses to come and sell their wares in a garage sale setting but without the hassle of doing it in their own yard.
Entry to the event is pretty reasonable, and the stuff that you find will definitely make it worth your time.
Celtic Woman is a show that needs no introduction and is one that we here in the Treasure Valley area are proud to have! This quartet of beautiful voices brings the sweet Celtic sounds of their homeland on tour and play in some of the most reputable cities in the world. They have been featured on PBS and other television syndicates for years and have released numerous albums.
If you have ever wanted to see these women live, then this is your opportunity. Check out the Morrison Center’s website to get your tickets today!
Now, this only represents a fraction of the activities that you can participate in during the month of May; so, keep a look out for more great stuff to do. Whether you are looking to take in a show, meet some animals, or have yourself a good time, you won’t come away disappointed.
Remember also to stay tuned for next month’s event calendar to find out what amazing things you can enjoy during the month of June!
During the month of April the Treasure Valley will play host to many awesome events. So, strap in and get ready to have some fun!
April 1st and 2nd
Ford Idaho Center, Nampa
Rodeos are a core part of western history and culture and they continue to be events for communities to rally around. The ERA (Elite Rodeo Athletes) Pro Rodeo is a world class event that offers exciting action in a fun western atmosphere. It is a great way to enjoy the beauties of the old west without having to travel that far from home.
This traveling event is making its way through the west with stops in places like Redmond, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; and, of course, Nampa, Idaho. While here they will hold several different competitions like Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, and so forth. It is a two day event like none other with stakes, and payouts, that are as high as ever.
Boise Main Library
12:30pm to 4 pm
Taxes can be a pain, and can put a bit of a damper on your plans for springtime. However, with this event at the Boise Public Library, you can get your precious time back. On Wednesday the 6th of April, at the Boise Main Library off of Capital Boulevard and River Street, you get help filing you 2015 taxes from volunteers from Boise State. These awesome volunteers are trained and taught on all the current laws and regulations so that you can put your mind at ease about your taxes. (They can only help with your taxes if you make less than $62,000)
For more information about what to bring and what you can expect, call the Boise Library at (208) 972-8200.
April 8th and 9th
Morrison Center, Boise
The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr (Peter) Llyich Tchaikovsky is one of the Russian composer’s most famous works. Coming in closely behind the Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. It is the ballet version of Charles Perrault’s classic story we all know and love and you can see it over the weekend of the 8th at the Morrison Center.
Told via music and dance, this story is told in a way unlike any other by Ballet Idaho’s amazing and talented roster of performers. Tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster.com (follow the link listed on Ballet Idaho’s website) and are going fast so you better act now!
April 15th through 17th
Do you love motorcycles? If so, the Idaho Motorcycle Show and Sale is where you will want to be between the 15th and 17th of April. This three day show is the place for bike enthusiasts from all over the Treasure Valley to gather. There will be representatives from many of the dealers in the valley with their newest and best bikes with special pricing for the days of the show only. You can peruse all the best bikes in the area to your hearts content and maybe even go home with one!
This show is the best place to look for bikes and gear, especially because of the dirt demo area for both bikes and ATVs at the show so you can try them out and see how you like them. There will also be motorcycle stunt shows by the Fallen Angel Stunters on all three days, gear giveaways, and a cash machine money grab courtesy of Idaho Central Credit Union.
Morrison Center, Boise
If you have never heard the 2Cellos, then you really ought to get yourself a ticket for their show at the Morrison Center at the end of April. They are a sensational duo that combines their natural talent on the cello with historical classics and modern marvels. They have traveled around the globe doing live show in countries like Japan, Australia, the United States, and many more. They have also been seen on popular TV shows and talk shows as well.
2Cellos is made up of two Croatian cellists that have won the love and appreciation of the world through their amazing music. They have even earned the acclaim of amazing artists like Elton John. Follow them on their YouTube Channel to watch them in your own living room and see them live as they pass through the City of Trees April 20th.
These are just a few of the many events you can expect during the month of April, with many more to be announced.
The Treasure Valley is really a treasure trove of great things to do, so get out there and enjoy yourself and don’t forget to check back here next month to see what you can look forward to during the month of May! You won’t want to miss it!
I put together some fun events that some of my family and friends enjoy doing in our wonderful valley. There is SO much to do! Maybe you will find something fun and different to do. I have also attached several links at the end of the blog so you can visit other sites to find even more!
Alive After Five Summer Concert Series
Every Wednesday, Friday between 06.04.2014 and 08.27.2014
Listen to live music downtown while enjoying different food from various vendors and playing in the fountain. Kid friendly and FREE!
Kleiner Park Live!
August 7th and August 14th
Kleiner Park in Meridian
FREE concert at Kleiner Park in Meridian. Bring your chairs, relax, and listen to some great music!
Boise Farmers Market
Every Saturday between 04.05.2014 and 12.20.2014
Republic Parking Lot in Boise
Enjoy your Saturday morning checking out local vendors and their produce.
Capital City Public Market
Every Saturday between 04.19.2014 and 12.20.2014
8th Street in downtown Boise
Head downtown Saturday mornings for four blocks of your local producers and the products they sell.
Eagle Farmers Market
Every Saturday between 9:00am and 1:00pm
Heritage Park in downtown Eagle
Enjoy local food, crafts and food from area residents
Rock The Village!
Every Friday Through August 29th
The Village in Meridian
Pack up your family and head to The Village and enjoy FREE live concerts every Friday night through August.
Walk About Boise
Starting on Grove Street Downtown
Admission: $10 per person
Explore 150 years of Boise history and architecture on this 1-hour guided tour.
Take a walk through downtown exploring the shops and in-store entertainment.
28th Annual Nampa Festival of the Arts
Saturday, Aug 9 10:00a
Lakeview Park at Farrity Boulevard and 16th st,
Celebrate the diverse community with art, music and dance. Over 190 artisan booths, food, music and more!
Great Garden Escape
Idaho Botanical Gardens
Enjoy the well-known unique vocalist Rebecca Scott at the Botanical Gardens.
Movies Under the Stars
Saturday, Aug 16: 7:00p to 11:00p
Julia Davis Park in Boise
August – The Lego Movie
Boise Tour De Fat
Saturday, Aug 16
Ann Morrison Park
Dress up in crazy outfits and ride your bike downtown Boise with several hundred other fun crazy people. After the ride finish at the park with drinks, food and music. For more information go to this link:
Come support the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage at the color run charity event in Boise. Grab your running shoes for this 5k of color!
Picnic at the Pops
Gates open at 6:00, performance at 8:00
Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W Hatchery Rd, Eagle
Boise Philharmonic concert series featuring music from family films and musicals.
For more information: http://www.boisephilharmonic.org/concert-event-tickets/picnic-at-the-pops.aspx
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
August 27th-August 31st
Ann Morrison Park
This Balloon Classic is a site you definitely don’t want to miss out on. Come watch the mass of air balloons head up into the sky!
Picnic at the Pops
Gates open at 6:00, performance at 8:00
Eagle Island State Park, 4000 W Hatchery Rd, Eagle
Boise Philharmonic concert series featuring Patriotic music of all kinds
For more information: http://www.boisephilharmonic.org/concert-event-tickets/picnic-at-the-pops.aspx
Want to see even more events going on in the valley? Check out the following links!
Looking to see some of the best athletes in college track and field? You don’t want to miss this event! Over 800 of the best Division 1 athletes and their coaches will be participating in this event March 9 and 10. Many of these students athletes have their eyes not only on a national collegiate title, but also on setting the tone for competing in the U.S. National Championships and qualifying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Here are a couple of websites with more information: