August Events and Activities
Wow, it’s almost August already? It feels like May was just yesterday—where has the time gone!? Well, at least the month of August is proving to be the best month we’ve seen so far for events here in the Treasure Valley. So let’s jump right in and see what we have to look forward to this month. Before we start however, be sure to always stay hydrated when you are out there enjoying yourself and don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You don’t want to end a fun day in the sun with a sunburn and dehydration.
August 6th & 7th
Downtown Boise— Capitol Park
If you are a fan of basketball, even in the slightest, then the BAM Jam is the place for you to be on August sixth and seventh. It is a fun 3 on 3 tournament for players of all skill levels that offers matches, challenges, and so much more. It is held primarily in and around Capitol Park just in front of the State Capitol of Idaho which offers a beautiful 360 view of downtown. Not to mention the park will also be full of food trucks and other vendors to slake your thirst or satisfy your appetite between games.
The first day of the tournament is usually the bracketed tournament where teams of 3 will play at least 3 games as they battle the competition. The second day, on the other hand, is a bit different. The traditional Slam Dunk and 3-point shot challenges are the main events the morning and afternoon of the 7th. To register for the BAM Jam, check out their website for the details
August 6th through 13th
Downtown Boise— Freak Alley
Art lovers of all kinds will find the Freak Alley Mural Gallery Event a time to remember. But, to really appreciate this event, you need to know more about it. Freak Alley is a stretch of alleyway in downtown Boise that has been sanctioned (whether officially or unofficially) for street art. This includes graffiti, murals and mosaics. It is a beautiful part of Boise culture and a perfect representation of the artistic soul of this the City of Trees.
While Freak Alley is open for the public to tour every day of the year at any time, as well as free to use for photography backgrounds, there is a specific event the week of August 6th through the 13th where artists can showcase their works. See their website for more details. (NOTE: be safe when going downtown after nightfall. Boise is a relatively safe city, but it is always best to go with a buddy or just wait until it is light out)
August 19th– 28th
The Western Idaho Fair is one the Treasure Valley’s most awaited events. It is a massive collection of rides, vendors, shows, and food that has never ceased to amaze. Coming during the later weeks of August, the Western Idaho Fair will be 10 days of fun and excitement.
As it was mentioned earlier, the fair is home to a number great events. There will be several concerts and performances by Josh Turner, Foreigner, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and many more— a part of the fair that is always eagerly anticipated. Another eagerly anticipated part of the fair are the rides and food vendors. If you like carnival rides, hot dogs, and deep fried Twinkies (yes, you can usually buy them there) then you will have a great time.
Ann Morrison Park
It really is as strange, and as fun, as it sounds. The Great Inflatable Race is a charity race that is held every year. What makes it different from a regular race? Well, first of all, it is really an obstacle course and secondly, these obstacles are large, bouncy, inflatable objects. It is a kooky way to get some exercise, help benefit a charity, and have fun!
Race times are staggered from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM every half hour (so the course doesn’t get congested). Check out their website for more information about signing up!
Taco Bell Arena
This awesome concert will be a night to remember. Come check out this awesome new band and special guest appearances by Roy English and Hey Violet. These are some of the hottest names in pop music and are responsible for several radio hits from the last year.
Prices for this concert range from $25 to $79.95 depending on your seat. The Taco Bell Arena has more information on the concert and a link to buy tickets. Check it out today to find out more! Doors open at 7:30.
So there you have it: 5 great activities to enjoy during August. There are more activities than these you can enjoy in Boise this month, so be sure to keep a lookout for other awesome events!
If you are looking for fun things there are to do in the Boise area this July, then you will not be disappointed, and if you thought that nothing could top June’s activities, then you are going to really love what the Treasure Valley has to offer this month! July is all about summer fun, and while there are many events out there that are diverse, there are many musical activities to get excited about this month. However, before we delve into the rock and roll and contemporary concerts we have to look forward to, let’s take a second to check out . . .
855 S. Impressions Ct. Nampa, ID
Nampa Idaho is home to many great things, and one of them is its large variety of community activities there are. The Craft Corner is kind of like a fair for arts and crafts. Many people from around the area will being their wares together to sell, trade, and market their crafts and craft services. It is great for the crafty person in all of us.
For more information about the Craft Corner, click the link at the beginning of this section, or call their number at (208) 890-6909.
Taco Bell Arena
Doors open at 6:30 for this amazing show. Like we said earlier, July is the month for music, and the band KISS will kick it all off on July 7th. This concert will be one to remember as Gene Simons, Paul Stanley, and the rest of the KISS band rock Boise to its core.
Tickets for this great show range from around $40 to $125 each depending on your seat. But you better order them now before they are all gone. This is a long expected event that is going to draw many spectators.
July 8th to July 23
4802 Emerald St. Boise
If you like the stage, then you will love the Stage Coach Theater. It is a great way to enjoy good quality entertainment right here in the heart of Boise. This thrilling play will be put on by the Stage Coach Theater several times this month on different days. So, be sure to check out their website for more information on the exact days that it will be performed.
Outlaw Field— Idaho Botanical Gardens
Next on our list of great musical performances is the great Phillip Phillips. The American Idol winner will be performing at the Idaho Botanical Gardens amongst the Garden’s fabulous vegetation. It will be a night to remember as both Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson perform some of their greatest hits here in the City of Trees.
Tickets for this show are different depending on if you are a Botanical Gardens Member or not. Member’s tickets cost $37.50 and the general admission tickets are $42.50.
Ford Idaho Center
Also on the 14th of July, Meghan Trainor will be performing on stage at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. So, if you are “all about that bass”, then you are going to love this opportunity. Meghan Trainor’s “The Untouchable Tour” will be stopping here between concerts in places like Rosemont, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and San Jose, California.
This will be a great concert for all music fans, and tickets are priced very affordably as well. The Idaho Center tickets range from $30 to $50 (plus ticketing fees) and doors open at 6:00 PM that Thursday. But be sure to buy your tickets now, the price will increase $5 for each ticket on the day of the performance.
July 14th is a great day for events in the Treasure Valley, so, no matter what you want to do, you are going to find something you like. This event, unlike the Meghan Trainor and Phillip Phillips’ concerts, is free to the public.
The Boise Depot is a historical building that served as the train station for the area for a good long while. It has been closed and preserved as a community heirloom of sorts for many years now and is a great way to take a walk through history. Usually, the Depot is only open for visits on Mondays from 8-5 and you can’t get guided tours (to our knowledge)
During the summers here in the Treasure Valley, there are these amazing community events called Movies Under the Stars where the city puts on a free movie screening at a park in either Boise or Meridian. They are great events that start with games at 7:00 PM that last until sundown when they start the movie. On July 30th they will be watching the movie Pan. (There will also be a showing of the movie Minions on the 9th of July at Julia Davis Park)
For more information about the movies they will be showing all summer, click the link at the head of this section to check out the Facebook page!
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!
Boy, it has been pretty nice out there! February was uncharacteristically on the warm side and March is looking like it will follow suit. And, as the weather gets warmer it seems like more and more events are coming out of the woodwork. Below are 5 of the events I’m looking forward to this month, I hope you like them too!
Idaho Steelheads, http://www.idahosteelheads.com/
March 2, 4, 5, 18, 19, 25, 26, & 30
CenturyLink Arena, Boise
If you are a hockey fan, then an Idaho Steelheads game is right for you. Their season ends in the middle of April, so be sure to stop by one of their home games during the month of March. The Steelheads have had a great season and are at the top of their game. They have a lineup of fantastic players that bring their A-game every night.
At a Steelheads game you can enjoy hockey, great food, and both adult and non-adult beverages. They also have contests and giveaways during the breaks between periods and sometimes even shows you can enjoy.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run, http://www.ymcatvidaho.org/runs/st-patricks-day-fun-run/
Julia Davis Park, Boise
If you like running, charities, or just plain fun, then you will love the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run. Hosted by the YMCA organization, the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run is an event that supports track and field events at the YMCA for children. It is broken up into three different routes: 5K, 5 Miles, and 1 mile so you can choose your difficulty level.
It starts at Julia Davis Park around 9:30. However, if you plan to run, you might want to get there earlier than that.
One Mic Stand Mondays, https://www.facebook.com/events/570768136419341/
March 14, 21, 28
Everyone loves to laugh and that is just what One Mic Stand Mondays is all about. Comedy is growing in popularity here in the Treasure Valley bringing big names from places like Reno, Seattle, and Denver as well as bringing out of the woodwork our own local talents. So, if you are looking to experience more of the great acts that are cracking up our community, then you need to head on over to One Mic Stand Mondays.
Every Monday the Playhouse Boise offers free comedic entertainment with free parking and only a 2 item minimum. Come check it out if you want to get your week off to a good start.
Bam Jam (Basketball Tournament), https://www.bamjamboise.com/
March 19 – 20
Capital High School
If you like to play basketball, or just watch it, then this is the tournament for you. The Bam Jam is an even held every spring and summer here in the valley to raise money for local non-profit organizations and to spread the love of the game of Basketball. It is a tournament with brackets for all ages and skill levels. There are also slam Dunk tournaments, three shot tournaments, and much more.
Registration only costs $25 dollars and all the proceeds this year will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County and Idaho Select Player’s Fund.
Treefort Music Festival, http://treefortmusicfest.com/
March 23 – 27
The Treefort Music Festival is probably one of the largest events Boise hosts in the month of March. It is a massive multiday festival where musicians of all kinds gather to perform their music for the people of the Treasure Valley. The festival brings in big names as well as local artists of all genres to promote a love and appreciation of music.
During the festival there is even a film festival portion where independent film makers can display their work, take classes, and even join Q&As.
The Treefort Music Festival does not have a central location, but rather it is spread through the valley at different locations. So, be sure to find the location of the event you want to visit on their website before heading out.
The Midtown Men, http://themidtownmen.com/concerts/
If you are a fan of musicals, show tunes, or just music in general, then you will love the Midtown Men show at the Morrison Center this month. The Morrison Center has hosted many amazing acts, plays, and performances in its time, and the Midtown Men will surely not diminish that reputation.
The Midtown Men, 4 of the original cast members from Broadway’s Jersey Boys accompanied by a seven person band, offer a performance to be reckoned with. Their amazing renditions of 60’s music will have you on singing along thanks to their abundant talent and amazing harmonization.
Well, that’s a good way to start of the month of March. Stay tune to see what else there is in store for the Treasure Valley!
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!
Did you know that Idaho Parks and Recreation offers a $10 passport pass (per year) that admits you to 30 Idaho state parks? You can purchase this online or through the mail when you register your vehicle. If you have already registered your vehicle, you can visit the DMV in person and purchase a pass. Here is what you get with the purchase:
1. Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
2. Nightly discounts on camping
3. Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
4. Your favorite boat launches
5. Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks (taken off the Idaho State Parks Website)
Even if you only go to Lucky Peak and Eagle Island this is a great deal!
To find out more to to:
April is child abuse prevention month and as usual, KeKe Luv steps up his game to support this great cause!
“It’s April which means 103.3 KISS FM will once again pause to call awareness to Child Abuse and help spread the message it shouldn’t hurt to be a child. In the past Kekeluv’s done everything from staying awake for over a week, running seven (7) marathons in seven days and living on a billboard while fasting to help spread the message “It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.” What’s this year’s plan?
To power our child abuse prevention campaign completely by “human power,” ie the people of the Treasure Valley pedaling bikes around the clock for 175 hours.
103.3 KISS-FM and Keke Luv will be located at The Village at Meridian located at 3600 East Fairview Ave, Meridian broadcasting LIVE (with your help) for seven (7) days, April 19-26th!” (103.3 KISS-FM website)
There is still time to be involved! Come joint the fight and raise awareness to child abuse.
Here a link to the KISS-FM website so you can read all about the current campaign and past campaigns: