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!
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!