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!
2017 is now in full-swing and everything seems to be getting back to normal after all the crazy snow! Hopefully the snow didn’t cause you to miss any of the fun things there was to do in January. Whether it did or not, let’s hope that February offers us some better weather to go along with the many more fun and interesting events we have going on in the Treasure Valley during this the second month of 2017.
February 1st to 5th
The McCall Winter Carnival is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Though it doesn’t take place in Boise, but rather in McCall which is 2 hours north of here, it is still a tradition that people from the Treasure Valley trek up north for almost every year. Thousands of people flock to McCall during the Winter Carnival to enjoy the plethora of great activities in and around this snowy paradise. This year you can expect to see fairs, parades, and, of course, the famous McCall ice sculpture contest. The carnival is a multiday event that spans from the end of January to the 5th of February and no matter what it is you plan to do while you are there it is a great way to combat the cold winter blues this February.
If you have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters before then you need to get tickets for their show on February 9th at the Idaho Center. Their show offers clean comedy, intense basketball tricks, and life lessons that will stick with for the rest of your life. You can find tickets at the Idaho Center or online at www.ictickets.com/event/default.aspx?id=1730. They also accept phone orders between 10 AM and 8 PM at (208) 442-3232.
The Harlem Globetrotters is truly a fun and friendly event that is appropriate and entertaining for all ages.
February 10th to 12th
Attention golf enthusiasts! The Boise Golf and Travel Show is the best way to get to know all the new things coming to the golfing world. There will be shows and exhibits as well as all sorts of contests. It is put on at the Expo Idaho on the border of Boise and Garden City off of Glenwood and Chinden. Tickets can be bought for several prices. It is $12.00 for general admission and $20.00 for a VIP ticket if bought in advance. At the gate these VIP tickets are $25.00 apiece.
February 18th to 19th
Flea Markets are a great way to spend time this month. You can get killer deals, find items you never knew you needed, and even make some new friends from around town. This only comes around a handful of times a year so better get down there at 9 AM on Saturday or 10 AM on Sunday to get all the good deals before they’re gone.
Admission is $2.00 a person; children under 12 are free.
February 25th to 26th
There are many interesting facts about Idaho that many people don’t know and one of them is that Idaho is known as the Gem State. This is due to the many types of gems, minerals, precious metals, and non-precious metals of all kinds here in Idaho including the elusive Star Garnet.
Thanks to this large amount of gems that can be found here, Idaho has become a gathering place for geologist, jewelers and gem enthusiasts from all over. The Gem and Mineral Show is a place that all gem admirers can come together to buy, sell, trade, and learn all things gems and minerals. There will even be demonstrations in things like silversmithing, faceting and so on.
Admission to the Idaho Gem and Mineral Show is $4.00 a person with children under 12 getting in for free.
This is just a small sampling of things to do around Boise in February. There are dozens more things to do with a little research. The Treasure Valley has many fun and exciting events to offer its residents and visitors so we are confident that you’re going to have a great February here with us
Happy New Year! It is now 2017 and we are coming down from a wonderful and exciting New Year’s celebration and it is time to start planning out the rest of the year. While you are sitting down thinking of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to think about all the fun you can have in the Treasure Valley during the month of January. Here we have a few of the awesome events you’ll see throughout the month that we think you might like!
Idaho Laugh Fest, January 12th to 15th
If you like comedy, then Idaho Laugh Fest is for you. The Idaho Laugh Fest is a yearly event where comedians of all kinds converge here in Boise Idaho. Whether you like improv, stand-up, or any other kind of comedy, then you are going to enjoy this.
Idaho Laugh Fest is a weekend of great fun where you can see local acts, international performers, and much more. There are shows of all kinds that you can hear at almost any time in during the weekend. So, be sure to check out their schedule to find out more information
Taylor Hicks Concert, January 14th
Nampa Civic Center
American Idol may be off air, but the sounds of their winners are still resonating throughout the country. This month, the people of Nampa get to play host to one of the most popular of those winners: Taylor Hicks. This country and soul singer is bringing his particular brand of music to the Treasure Valley to rock the Nampa Civic Center for one night.
The show is supposed to be one of the best concerts of the year, so be sure to mark your calendars!
The show starts at seven and the tickets can be found on www.icTickets.com and should start from $44.
Once (the Musical), January 20th and 21st
The Morrison Center
Once is a Broadway original performance that is finally being shown here in the Boise area. It is a wonderful musical with stunning work by the cast who actually play their instruments as part of the performance making it half musical, half concert.
Once will be performed 3 times, once on the 20th at 8 PM and twice on the 21st at 2 PM and 8 PM. The 2 PM show will also provide ASL intepreters.
This musical is said to have ‘adult language’ and ‘adult themes’, so be sure to take that into account when making a purchasing decision.
1-Light Studio Workshop, January 28th
4619 EMERALD STREET SUITE 106, BOISE
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the exciting world of photography, then the 1-light studio workshop is where you need to be on the 28th of January. At the 1-Light Studio Workshop you will be trained in the art of using lighting in photography. The package includes instruction, practice with models, and lessons in proper set up and take down procedures of the set and equipment.
This workshop is limited to 6 people so you better sign up fast. Their website has the price listed around $99 but that is subject to change.
Skiing at Bogus Basin, Throughout January
If there is one thing that is necessary to have a great time in January, skiing would have to be on the list. There is nothing like taking a ride down the slopes on skis, a snowboard, or inner tube and the best place for Treasure Valley Residents to do this is, of course, Bogus Basin.
This local favorite is home to some of the best skiing in Idaho along with one of the only night skiing locations in the state. It is a great place to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Idaho, so be sure to wax up your skis or board and get ready for some fun!
From the looks of things, this year is going to be pretty fun. Boise is one of the nation’s most attractive cities right now, and with all the fun things we have to do here, it is no wonder why. However, it is important to know that this isn’t even half of all the great activities that are available to Boise and Treasure Valley residents throughout the month of January. If you are at a loss for things to do while you are here though, a quick Google search will show that there are plenty more things to enjoy here in our City of Trees. You can also send us an email!
There are few things in this world as heartwarming and alluring as the holiday season. With its lights, treats, parties, and so on it is hard not to have a smile on your face despite the bitter cold outside. However, for one reason or another, there are some people who find it hard to feel the boisterous spirit of the season like the rest of us. These are people that are sick, hungry, homeless, or trapped in any number of terrible situations. These people’s circumstances are desperate, their pleas sometimes silent, but one thing is for sure: they need some help. If you have been looking for a way to give back this holiday season, to alleviate some of the pain of those around us, then we have a few suggestions for you. Below are 4 local charities that are favorites of ours to donate to plus an idea on donating to educational organizations in Idaho. If you are looking for a good local charity, this may be a start. These organizations are always looking for donations, volunteers, or to spread the word of their need.
191 N Linder Road, Meridian Idaho(208) 794-0944
The Humane Society is a wonderful organization that takes in rescue dogs and helps them get adopted by a new family. They work hard caring for these dogs, fostering them if necessary and playing with them until someone comes to adopt them.
If you want to get involved with the Meridian Valley Humane Society check out their website. They have links for volunteers, dog foster care, and more. If you want to help out but don’t have time, just click the donate button in the top right hand corner of the website.
NOTE: At the beginning of 2017 the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be changing their name at the start of 2017 to “Meridian Canine Rescue”.
Ronald McDonald House of Idaho
101 Warm Springs Avenue, Boise Idaho (208) 336-5478
The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful non-profit that helps out families of sick children. They offer a place to stay for the members of the family that are not sick and supply them with food and activities to pass the time when they are not at the hospital with their loved ones.
This organization has helped many children and families across the nation during their times of need by keeping them close together during their trying times and the Idaho chapter is no exception. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho has been a great help to many people in and around the State of Idaho.
If you want to donate to or volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho log on to their website and click on the “How You Can Help” tab. There you can find all sorts of information about volunteering, donating, hosting fund raisers, and much more.
3562 South TK Avenue
Boise, ID 83705-5278
The Idaho Food Bank is another amazing organization that helps to take care of Idahoans that can’t afford to put food on the table. They do this all year round, but with the holidays coming up they want to be able to let everyone have a merry time.
The food bank has a number of different programs from helping students who need food over the weekends to helping out deserving individuals all over the state. All of these programs revolve around getting people the food they need, but some of them also put emphasis on nutritional education, the teaching of basic cooking skills, and so on.
The Idaho Food Bank has programs that also focus on seniors, children and other demographics that tend to have a higher amount of food needs. It is important to remember however that anyone who is in need can get food from the food bank. This resource is not one that is limited to a select few.
As with all the other charities on this list, the Idaho Food Bank’s website has easy to follow instructions on how to both donate and volunteer. Visit their website today if you want to learn more.
308 S. 24th St.
Boise, Idaho (208) 343-2389
The Boise Rescue Mission does some great work in the Treasure Valley. They have programs for men, women, children, as well as specific demographics like veterans, drug addicts and more. They have facilities all over the Treasure Valleys from Boise to Nampa to serve as many people as possible.
For more information on their services at the Boise Rescue Mission, or to find out how to volunteer and donate, check out their website or get in touch with their amazing staff.
* Idaho Education related organizations: Invest in our youth and community by donating to public or private schools, libraries, public television, museums and more. It’s a double bonus because you are helping fund education in Idaho AND you may receive an additional tax credit. You may want to talk to your accountant about this. In addition to a Federal and State tax deduction, Idaho will give you a percentage of the donated amount back as a tax credit up to a certain amount.
* Disclaimer: I cannot give accounting or tax advice so please contact your accountant or tax professional for more information.
If giving back is on your mind this holiday season, there are many charities like this that help out Idahoans every year. It’s always rewarding to get out and lend a hand or share some of your financial blessings with others in need during this joyous time of year.
December is a wonderful time of year. It is a time when we can enjoy all sorts of diverse cultures and traditions. Whether you like theater or the beauty of holiday lights, December in Boise will capture your imagination and keep you smiling to the very end. It is important to note that there is much more going on in the Boise area this December than is listed here, these are only the start! So, get ready for a great time!
Winter Garden aGlow, December 2nd to January 1st
Idaho Botanical Gardens
The Winter Garden aGlow festival is a magical event that happens every year here in Boise at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. All the beautiful trees, bushes, and other plant life that was once green now shines bright with the power of tens of thousands of holiday lights.
The Idaho Botanical Gardens will also feature great food and events all month long, so get your tickets soon!
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour, Various Days throughout December
The Boise area is ripe with beautiful holiday lights in almost every nook and cranny. That being said, what better way to see the best of them than a trolley tour? The Boise Holiday Lights Trolley Tour is a special event for one and all and is a wonderful way to see the magical holiday lights scattered throughout the valley and enjoy time with friends. So, be sure to check their website for available dates and contact information.
A Christmas Carol, Various Days throughout December
Stage Coach Theater
The Stage Coach Theater in Boise has played host to many classical plays throughout the years and this December it has the honor of hosting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This holiday season you can witness the magic of this classic story right here in Boise. Experience the wonder of the Christmas Carol universe as Mr. Scrooge visits with Christmas past, present, and future and learns a valuable lesson about giving.
Jim Gaffigan,December 11th
Taco Bell Arena
What better way to shake off the winter blues than with a warm hearted laugh? Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian, is coming to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena on December 11th to entertain us with his goofy jokes and silly antics. So, you better come ready to laugh.
Jim Gaffigan’s ‘The Fully Dressed Tour’ is here for one night only and tickets are on sale now. Doors open at 7:00 PM, the show starts at 8:00 PM.
The Nutcracker, December 16th, 17th, & 18th
The Morrison Center
If you have ever wanted to see Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’, then this is your lucky day. Ballet Idaho is performing this classical ballet for 3 days this month at the Morrison Center with music provided live by the Boise Philharmonic. It is sure to be the highlight of your year so be sure to get your tickets today!
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, December 12th
Football fans, get ready for the twenty year anniversary of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Watch two great football teams square off for the bowl championship right here on our beloved Boise State Broncos blue field. It is a time when thousands tune into the “Smurf Turf” to watch some good old football during our chilly December weather. Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get yours before they are gone!
The Idaho Potato Drop, December 31st
Idaho Capitol Building
This last event on our list is a great way to end the year and ring in the new one with a bang. You see, unlike New York which drops a ball on New Year’s, we here in Boise, drop a potato. It really is a massive community festival coupled with fireworks, food trucks, music, and so much more.
Come down to Capitol Park on the night of December 31st to ring in the New Year with your fellow Boise residents and visitors. Admission is free as far as we can tell, unless you want to go in the VIP tent. In which case you will need to buy tickets from the Idaho Potato Drop website.
Boise is a wonderful place to spend the end of your 2016 and we are glad that you are here to enjoy it with us. It has been a great year and we hope to see you back here come January. Thank you for your continual readership and support.
October is over and it is now time to jump headlong into some of the most anticipated events of the year. This month will bring the Treasure Valley a plethora of events that are full of thanksgiving, joy, and cheer. Before we get to those however, the first event we want to talk about is Election Day—November 8th. Don’t forget to get out there and vote if you are eligible. If you don’t know where to vote then be sure to check out IdahoVotes.gov to find out. But until that day, you can look forward to these other awesome activities here in the Treasure Valley.
Mosco Ballet: Swan Lake November 8th
Nampa Civic Center
The Nampa Civic Center has been home to many awesome events in the past, but there are few events that compare to the Swan Lake Ballet. This classic ballet is a must see event—an integral part of the human heritage—and for one night you can enjoy this awesome combination of music and dance here in the Treasure Valley.
The Swan Lake ballet is one of the most world renowned performances to come out of Russia and we are lucky to have a rendition performed here in town. Tickets for the ballet cost $49 for the third tier, $53 for the second tier, and $58 for the first tier. The show starts at 7 PM.
Rake Up Boise November 12th
If you like service, and or raking up leaves, then this is the event for you. Rake Up Boise is an annual event held in the month of November. It is where people who can’t, or find it difficult to, rake their leaves can be helped out by their neighbors. Teams of coworkers, friends, and community organizations come together to on the 12th (after registering a head of time) and are assigned yards, by the coordinators of the event, of those who have asked to be helped, or who were nominated. These teams then go and rake the leaves in the yards they are assigned, bag them up and put them out on the curb to be taken away by the garbage collectors.
Great Idaho Gun Show November 12th & 13th
Whether you are a hunter, collector, military person, or shooter, then the Great Idaho Gun Show is an event you really shouldn’t miss. This event allows people from all over the valley to look at, buy, sell, and even trade guns of all kinds and other gun related equipment and gear. It is at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa on the 12th and 13th of November. It opens at 9 AM on both days but closes at 6 PM on Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday. Entry cost $8 a person.
Hymns of Thanksgiving November 20th
Century Link Arena
There are few things as amazing as the sound of a choir and orchestra performing music to sooth the soul. Hymns of Thanksgiving is a Treasure Valley tradition that takes place every November. It is a choir and orchestral ensemble of local performers who come together to make beautiful music in honor of Thanksgiving. It is a free event that is held at the Century Link Arena in downtown.
Turkey Day 5K November 24th
Main St & 6th Boise
Running for charities is a popular thing to do and even in the cold of November runner’s enthusiasm is not stifled. This 5k is open to all runners, joggers, and walkers to support the Boise Rescue Mission and City Light Home for Women and Children. They ask that participants bring non-perishable food items for these charities’ pantries. If you like to serve the community then what better way to do that, and to express your gratitude for what you have, than giving to charity through this wonderful event.
Canyon County Festival of Trees November 25th & 26th
One of the most anticipated winter holiday events would have to be the Festival of Trees. This year it will be at the Ford Idaho Center and it will boast a large sampling of exotic trees, hundreds decorative wreaths, an auction, and some great food and trinkets from vendors. It is a long awaited event that has everyone excited so be sure not to miss it.
Fall is here and it sure is looking promising! If you love all things fall—pumpkins, hoodies, the changing colors—than you are going to enjoy a lot of the items on this list. October in Boise is going to be packed with great events from start to finish. There are concerts, outdoor activities, and everything in between— all to celebrate the changing of the season. So, grab your favorite pumpkin flavored beverage and let’s begin.
Since her emergence to stardom on YouTube almost a decade ago, Lindsey has been gaining steam with pop, electronica, dance and even classical violin fans around the globe. She has toured all over the world reaching many people with the combination of her upbeat electric violin music and intricate dance moves (both of which she does at the same time during her shows).
On October 3rd she will make her second visit to Boise and will be playing at Memorial Stadium (the ball park of the Boise Hawks). Tickets start at about $56 for general admission.
October 1st to October 31st
1020 S Rackham Way, Meridian, ID & 7165 S Linder Rd, Meridian, ID
Corn mazes are the epitome of fall fun; in the Boise area, we are lucky enough to have two amazing corn mazes to enjoy every year. Both the Farmstead and Linder Farms are prevalent parts of the community with completely different mazes and experiences to offer their guests.
Taking a spin in the corn maze is so much fun, and it is a tradition for many locals to do so, making both mazes well attended each year. They have the maze, rides, animals, and even great food—so be sure to come hungry.
This year, Linder Farms has made their maze in a Boise State Bronco theme while the Farmstead opted for a Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon theme, a decision that has been getting a lot of national press.
Taco Bell Arena
If you love mainstream concerts, then you will love this. Maroon 5, one of the hottest bands of the decade, is making their way to the main stage at Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena. For one night you can experience Maroon 5 like you’ve never seen them before here in our humble town of Boise. Maroon 5 is easily one of the biggest bands to hit Boise this year so it is sure to be a night to remember.
Maroon 5 will also be accompanied by Tove Lo and Phases to help you start your evening off right. Tickets start at $50 and can go as high as $126 and they are going fast so act now! The arena doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30.
Weekends October 1st to October 30th
World Center for Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey are some of Idaho’s most beautiful native animals. And thanks to the World Center for Birds of Prey, the Peregrine Fund, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area we can enjoy the majesty of these birds too. Aside from their usual presentations, conservation activities, and study, the Birds of Prey center is also a zoo like experience were the public can see these beautiful birds up close.
October is special however, because the experts and falconers at the center do live bird demonstrations outside with some of their bigger and more impressive birds. It is a great chance to learn about and appreciate these amazing birds. While you’re there you can even check out their gift shop and interactive learning center.
Fridays and Saturdays
October 1st to October 31st
20031 Northside BLVD, Caldwell, ID
Another staple of the fall season after pumpkins and crunchy leaves are haunted houses. With Halloween coming, everyone is getting their scare on, and many can’t wait to be scared. If you are in either category then you are sure to enjoy a trip to the Haunted World, Idaho’s largest haunted house.
Each year the Haunted World gets bigger and better, making it quite the attraction. It draws large crowds almost every night offering visitors all the thrills and chills they have come to expect from a haunted house. If you are looking to get scared this Halloween season, then the Haunted World is the place to go. Check out their website for times and pricing.
Well, if you weren’t excited for October before you probably are now. Between colossal concerts, hair-raising haunted houses, and massive mazes there is no way that October 2016 will be anything less than awesome.
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!