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August Activities Around Boise

August

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.

Stop Motion Director

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

JUMP 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

Ages 10-14
$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.

Tasty Tales Storytime at Guru Donuts

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.

Cool Summer Nights

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.

Western Idaho Fair

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.

Day of the Dog: Run, Walk
or Jog 5K or 10K

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.

The Spirit of Boise Balloon
Classic 2018

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!

 

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July Events around Boise

July

July is a time to celebrate and the Treasure Valley does not disappoint.  There are a vast amount of events and activities throughout the month to help you have fun and explore your patriotic side.  Following are just a few of the many exciting opportunities to leave your TV and grill behind and participate in some fun activities in our community.

Boise Chalk Art Festival

July 4th:  8 am to 4 pm at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Do you like to watch sidewalk chalk artists bring a picture to life?  Then come watch local artists work their magic creating a 4th of July masterpiece on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park. This fun activity is free for spectators but if your inner artist wishes to participate, there is a fee.  For ages 12-17 the fee is $10, ages 18+ it is $15, and if you have a team of two to four the cost is $20. For more information call: 208-608-7644.

Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th:  10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! at the fireworks show at Ann Morrison Park.  Beginning at 4 pm food and beer vendors will open their doors to provide you with their culinary delights. Be aware ahead of time of road closures close to the park.  For more information about the event and parking just click here.  If downtown Boise is not your speed, don’t worry, there are a variety of other shows all around the valley.  You can find more information about these and other events here and here.

First Thursday

Thursday, Jul 05:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come to Downtown Boise and experience FIRST THURSDAY. This unique way to shop is held the first Thursday of each month until December 6th, 2018.  Downtown merchants throw open their doors to shoppers, dinners and passers-by to participate in special in-store events. These events range from wine tasting to art exhibits to charity events.  Let the downtown merchants show you a better way to shop.

Flavorful Fairy Tales: “The Gruffalo”

Thursday, July 12:  4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

This parent/child activity is a fun way to spend some quality time together.  Participants will read the book “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and make their own Gruffalo Crumble. This story is of a clever mouse who is taking a walk through the woods.  Through smart thinking, he manages to avoid being eaten. After the reading, participants will make and enjoy their own homemade Gruffalo crumble. There will also be crafts and a lot of fun.  $15 per participant.

Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, July 17th:  7 pm.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, General Admission:  $56.00, Member Admission: $51.00

Tickets are available at the Taco Bell Arena/Ticketmaster.com. For more information contact the Idaho Botanical Gardens.

Singer, songwriter and actress, Sheryl Crow, will rock the Treasure Valley this July in a one-night performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  This Grammy Award-winning artist has graced the stages of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart since the mid-1980’s. Now she will be gracing the stage at the Botanical Gardens.

Navigating Distress Through Self Compassion

Wednesday, July 18:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, BOISE, ID 83702

Negative feelings or “emotional distress” are a part of the human experience.  These feelings can be harmful and hinder us from reaching our true potential. Join psychotherapist Sidrah Khan on an excursion of self-discovery.  Learn how to be more kind and gentle with yourself when in times of emotional distress. Learn tools to help you move toward better understanding and compassion toward yourself and others.

Cirque Italia

July 12-16 & July 19-22

Boise Towne Square, 350 North Milwaukee, Boise, ID 83704:  In the parking lot near SEARS

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

This aquatic circus is sure to please people of all ages.  Let these performers thrill you with their fantastic abilities, technological prowess and the elements of water all swirled together into an exhilarating production.  This everyone-friendly and pocketbook friendly show will feature pirates, fountains, jugglers, jet skies, the wheel of death and much, much more. It is rumored that there may also be a visit from a dinosaur.  This fantastic show is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi and Chanté DeMoustes. Come and join the fun.

Mama Mia!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho

Every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8/31/2018

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the play Mama Mia!  This musical is about a young woman’s search for her birth father.  The night before her wedding three men arrives claiming to be her father.  Come see how everything pans out in this comical storyline interwoven with the iconic songs of ABBA.

June Events Around Boise

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.

Boise Downtown Alive After 5 Concert Series

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.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark):  7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series

Directions

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.

Sheep in the Foothills Festival

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.

Yoga

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.

JUMP Camp: Culinary Creativity

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.

Critter College at Zoo Boise (Grades K – 1)

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.

Longest Day of Golf

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.

May Events Around Boise

May is an exciting month filled with more consistent weather and the delights of spring in full bloom.   It’s a time to plant our gardens, visit the farmers market, learn how to infuse honey, see a play and much, much more.  The following are a few fun, informative and healthy activities to take part in this May.

Hula the Heartbeat of Hawai’i

Every Wednesday, May 2th – 30th (May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)

JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St.  Boise, ID 83702

Aloha!  Want a glimpse into the Hawaiian culture and learn how to hula?  This class is for all adventurous learners from ages 13 and up. It is a 5 week course where you will not only learn the basic steps of the dance but also the history, background and meaning of the steps.  Plus, it’s a great workout.

Boise Farmers Market

Saturday, May 5th  9:00 – 1:00 (This event will be held every week on Saturday until 10/27/2018), 208-345-9287.  Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove streets; Boise, Idaho

Do you value homegrown produce and supporting your local economy?  Then come to the 5th annual Boise Farmers Market where you will find fresh local vegetables and fruit, breads, pastries, honey, jams and sauces.  Even fresh-roasted coffee. There will also be a wide selection of ready-to-eat foods. On opening day they will be celebrating their 5th anniversary.   They have festivities planned throughout the day, beginning with the cutting of the cake at 10 am. There will be activities for younger kids and hourly giveaways.

Herbal Honey Infusions

Tuesday, May 8th  6:00 – 7:30, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place;  1000 W Myrtle St, Boise  ID, 83702

Ages 13 and up. Registration ends Sunday, May 6th. Fee: $30

Have you ever wanted to create your own herbal infused honeys?  Join other like minded explorers in learning some herbalism basics and in creating your very own infused herbal honeys.  You will have your choice of cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, ginger, and garlic-thyme. You will learn how to prepare several easy recipes for honey incorporating and will have the chance to try each of the infused herbal flavors. You will take home recipes and jars of your honey creations. Beverages will be available for purchase.

 

7th Annual Boise Tech Show

Thursday, May 10th 11:30 – 7:00, Boise Centre East; 850 W. Front Street, Boise ID 83714

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in technology, or for proven leadership strategies, innovative ideas, and key initiatives that are crucial to business success, then come to Boise’s 7th annual Tech Show. There, you will meet and learn from some of Idaho’s most influential and innovative business leaders as they address the most relevant issues facing companies today. There will be 15 to 20 seminars to choose from, more than 25 technology demonstrations, and much, much more.  With professionals from all types of organizations: CEO’s, CFO’s, IT Engineers, Marketing Managers, Office Administrators, HR Managers, and more you will have many opportunities to get your questions answered and rub elbows with your future success

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 8:00 PM

$35.00 – $62.50 (ticketing fees not included), Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez, Boise ID

This Tony award winning comedy is a hilarious romp with Monty Navarro as he works his way closer to his family’s fortune through eliminating those who are ahead of him in the inheritance line.  All this he must do while juggling his mistress, and his fiancée, who just happens to be his cousin. Will Monty end up behind bars before he achieves his goal?  Join the cast in this exciting adventure in love and murder and find out.

Blood, Sweat and Cheers Charity Golf Tournament

Friday, May 18th 8:00 – 5:00; Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N Edgewood Ln, Eagle ID

The Idaho Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation is sponsoring their 23rd annual Blood, Sweat & Cheers Charity Golf tournament. Proceeds go toward inherited bleeding disorders.  Through education, advocacy and research this organization strives to find better treatments and cures and to prevent the complications that stem from these disorders. Join them Friday, May 18th at Eagle Hills Golf Course from 8:00-5:00. For more information and to purchase your foursome go to the website, idahoblood.org.  Play a round of golf with them in support of this worthy cause.

This is just a handful of events happening in the month of May in the amazing Treasure Valley.  Enjoy your spring!

April Events Near Boise

April Events

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.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

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.

Video Game Challenge

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.

Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation Annual fundraising Gala

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.

2018 Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale

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.

Nepalese Culture and Cuisine with Global Gardens

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 Around Boise

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:

First Thursday Event

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.

Rockin’ Road to Dublin

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.

Cure for Cabin Fever

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.

Treefort Music Festival

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.

Boise Flower and Garden Show

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!

January Events around Boise

January 2018 Events in the Boise Area

Happy New Year!  It is now officially 2018 and the Treasure Valley is hitting the ground running with almost countless numbers of awesome events for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s dive right in! Here are 6 of the top events you should look out for this month in Boise.

Game Time at JUMP

Jan 6th:  12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you enjoy board and card games with friends, then you are definitely going to enjoy this awesome event at JUMP on the 6th of January: ‘Game Time’. Game Time is a free event that is going to be held every first Saturday of the month in January, February, and March. It is a time when you can gather, bring whatever games you want to play and have fun with friends and other visitors to the JUMP Center.

It starts at noon and goes until 2:00 PM and will be located in the lobby of the JUMP Center.

Falun Dafa: A Qigong Workshop

Jan 13th:  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

Another great free event that you can find at the JUMP Center is the Falun Dafa Qigong Workshop. It is much like yoga but from China. However, unlike yoga, instead of twisting and bending, you do slow movements to help activate your muscles, loosen your joints, and so on. It looks a lot like Tai Chi, but without the intent to fight.

It will be a wonderful hour-long workshop that will go over exercises to boost your health, reduce stress, and help you grow emotionally. It will be held in the Move Studio at JUMP which is on the 5th floor.

Readings and Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

Jan 16th:  7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Egyptian Theater

The Cabin, a center for readers and writers, is an organization here in Boise that tries to promote writing for the general public. They are located right next door to the downtown branch of the Boise library. However, for this event, the Readings and Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, will be down the road at the illustrious Egyptian Theater.

At this event, you can hear from Ward and learn about her journey, her writing, and so much more. From what we can tell, the event is free—but you should check before you go.

Justin Moore Concert

Jan 21st: 6:00 PM, Ford Idaho Center

If you are looking for some great music to warm you up during the deep winter of January, then you will surely enjoy this great concert by Justin Moore. Moore is a country music star and is stopping in Nampa as part of his Hell on a Highway tour. However, you won’t just get to hear from Moore, you will also get to hear from the awesome Dylan Scott!

Tickets are on sale now and range in price depending on how far away they are from the stage. Doors open at 6 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM.

The Writer’s Toolbox – Revision Workshop

Jan 25:  6:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you are an aspiring writer, then you may want to check out the Writer’s Toolbox Revision Workshop. It is a $20 event that will how to better critique your own work and as well as someone else’s. However, most importantly, you will also be able to bond with other local writers, get more ideas, and learn what resources you have available.

The people who are putting on the Revision Workshop are also doing a workshop called ‘Capturing Story through Objects’ in February and ‘Creating a Story Spine’ in March.

Dinosaur Cupcakes

Jan 25th:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you don’t want to swing by the Writer’s Toolbox on the 25th, you should definitely head over to the Dinosaur Cupcakes event. It is a $25 event that will cover recipes and tricks for making awesome cupcakes. They will also go over how to shape and mold your cupcakes to make fantastic shapes and arrangements— specifically dinosaurs. There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to get your ticket now. It will be held at 6 PM on the 25th of January in the JUMP Center lobby.

As you can tell, January of 2018 is going to be pretty eventful here in the Treasure Valley. Thanks to these and many other great events that we couldn’t mention here, there will be plenty of things to do during this chilly month! Be sure to check back here later on for more information about what you can expect when February rolls around.

 

 

December Events Around Boise

Whether you like music, dance, great food, holiday fun or amazing architecture, there is going to be something awesome for you to enjoy this December. Even though the snow is falling, and most Treasure Valley residents and visitors are heading up to Bogus Basin, there are still plenty of things to do down here in town. Here are some activities that are sure to make December 2017 quite unforgettable.

A Christmas Story, Boise Little Theater, 100 E Fort St, Boise ID

Nov 24 – Dec 9 (Times Vary)

This favorite holiday movie has been acted live in theaters all over the country.  Set in the Midwest in the 1940’s, It follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his quest for his perfect Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle” (frequently met with the response, “you’ll shoot your eye out!).  It includes all the elements of the movie, with Ralphie dodging bully Scut Farkus, the wet tongue on the lamppost, and trying to make it to Christmas day with glasses intact.

The Price is Right Live

Dec 3rd, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center

If you have ever watched the Price is Right and thought, ‘hey, I would love to do that!’ then you are in luck because the well-beloved day-time television show is coming to Boise! That is right, on December 3rd at the Morrison Center you can join in the audience, and possibly be picked as a contestant, on the game show that has entranced people for years.

Tickets are on sale now on the Morrison Center’s website (link in the section heading), but you better hurry, they are going fast. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $57.50 (Estimated figures only).

Ballet Idaho’s “The Nutcracker”

Dec 15th to 17th, Times Vary by Day, Morrison Center

There are few music and dance combinations as thrilling and timeless as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker”. It will be performed at the Morrison Center for 3 days in mid-December. So, before this amazing opportunity passes you by, be sure to join Ballet Idaho for this incredible experience.

Tickets for this amazing cultural event range from roughly $30 to $60 or so (these are estimates, please check Ballet Idaho’s website for current prices as they may change).

Mannheim Steamroller Concert

Dec 21st, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center

If you are into neoclassical new-age music, then you are going to really like Mannheim Steamroller. This American group has been wowing audiences for over 30 years with their rock infused classical music. This group is a wonderful group that offers some of the most amazing holiday and classical music next to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are looking for a fun concert to go to this month, then this is one you ought not to miss. Check out their website for more information.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Dec 22nd, 2:00 PM, Albertson’s Stadium

Treasure Valley football fans big and small are going to have a great time on the night of December 22nd. Here at the Boise State Bronco’s own turf, one team from the Mountain West Conference will face off against a team from the Mid-American Conference. It is an awesome chance to get up into those bleachers to watch two teams battle it out on our beloved blue field for the rest of the country to see.

Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get them soon before all the great seats are gone.

Idaho Potato Drop New Year’s Eve Party

Dec 31st, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM

he Idaho Potato Drop is a yearly tradition where Idaho’s most enduring symbol (the potato) is dropped like the ball in Time Square. However, leading up to the ringing in of the new year is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exciting public parties of the year. In the twelve hours the party rages, there will be awesome music from local bands and musicians, great food, and even some adult beverages. Not to mention, there is plenty of volunteer opportunities and the chance to usher in the new year with the rest of the Treasure Valley.

Make sure that you also take a moment to come back here next year as we outline some of the awesome things that 2018 has in store for you!

October Events Around Boise

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!

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

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.

Fall Harvest Festival

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.

Walkabout Boise

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.

Fall Flights

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.

Craft Bazaar

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.

Boo at the Zoo

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 Around Boise

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!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

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.

Albertsons Boise Open

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.

Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt

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!

Earth Wind and Fire

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!

Oktoberfest

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.

Corwyn’s Cause Sunshine Gala

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.