We’ve all heard the saying – April showers bring May flowers. But, April brings more than flowers. It also brings other activities to the Boise area that you can enjoy without enduring a drizzle. Here are a few activities, from jazz to gardening, being held in the month of April in the Treasure Valley that just might pique your interest.
April 4th, 5th, 6th: 8am – 10pm, Boise State University
This festival is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy excellent jazz music, but also help support local performers, promote education and inspire listeners of all ages. For over 20 years now, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has provided the Treasure Valley community with the best in Jazz music. This festival entertains as well as provides education to Jazz students and the community. The Gene Harris Endowment provides scholarships to Boise State University jazz students. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage the continuation of the love and education of Jazz.
Wednesday, April 4th: 4:30 – 5:30, Ada Community Library, Victory Branch
Are you an avid gamer, a novice or even something in between? Then come join other gamers each Wednesday at the Ada Community Library, on the corner of Victory road and Five Mile road. Bring your friends and challenge them to a game of Halo, Legends of Zelda or even Minecraft on the Wii or the X-box at this open play time.
Saturday April 7th: 6pm – 10pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Our diverse community boasts a large Latino population. Come to this fundraiser and enjoy great food, entertainment along with music and dancing and help our Latino friends achieve their dreams. Tickets are $75 per person and the proceeds go to help young Latinos on their road to college.
Saturday April 21st: 9:30am – 4pm, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County
501 Main St
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Hey all you gardening enthusiasts, the University of Idaho Extension Office is offering gardening classes. Just $30 will allow you to choose from over 15 different classes, taught by Master Gardener Volunteers, to answer your questions. There will also be a plant sale to help you get stocked up and ready to bring your garden to life. Space is limited so don’t wait to register. If you have any questions call 208-459-6003.
Wednesday, April 11th: 6pm – 8:30pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Chef Ratna Subba came to Boise in 2012. His passion for the foods of his home country, Nepal, and his desire to share them, led him to open his own food truck called “Darjeeling MoMo“. Now, with the support of Global Gardens, he will be teaching a hands-on class in making momo, a Nepalese dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. At the end of class, students will be able to sit down to a shared meal where they can try other Nepalese dishes. Beverages will be available for purchase. The class is open to students 13 years old and older. Sign-up quickly because registration ends April 9th.
Global Gardens is a non-profit organization created by the Idaho Office for Refugees. They provide a plot of land in a community garden to refugees in which they can plant, care for and harvest food to help sustain themselves and their families. They are also taught how to sell their produce at farmer’s markets. These gardens give refugees the ability to grow foods from their home country that they may not be able to find here, it gives them the opportunity to get outside and have some family time, and it gives them some independence and fosters a healthy self-esteem.
March Events in the Treasure Valley
A popular saying among those native in the Treasure Valley goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes.” If you don’t like the weather we have had these past few days, you’re not alone; after all, it’s not fun to go from a pseudo-spring to the dead of winter in the matter of a week. If you are feeling these February blues like many of us are, here are some events in March going on all over the Valley that you can mark on your calendars:
March 1st, Downtown
Starting off in the Capital City, the monthly First Thursday event takes place this upcoming Thursday evening in downtown Boise. This event is catered to visitors of the City of Trees, putting on exhibition some of the best of what downtown Boise has to offer in the way of shops, restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities. Beginning right as the work day ends, the festivities begin at 5 pm, and conclude mostly around 9 pm. At all First Thursday events in Boise, there is a little bit of everything, appealing to a variety of interests. If art in its many varieties calls to you, there are always art events, featuring mostly local artists that use a multitude of mediums. If you love the idea of a relaxing dinner carried aloft by with a touch of musical prose, there are restaurants downtown that can suit those desires. Local musicians of many genres play in various venues downtown, providing live entertainment sure to spice up your evening. In those shops that participate in the event, you can find First Thursday shopping specials, sure to be kind on your pocketbook as well as on your sensibilities.
March 1st & 2nd, Nampa Civic Center
If you’re looking for a mixture of “the magic of Broadway and the energy of a rock show with the excitement of Irish dance”, the Nampa Civic Center is poised to host the kick off show of the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” tour. The brainchild of Celtic rocker Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty, this event is sure to be something you will never forget. As Chris Smith says, “This isn’t your typical Irish dance show.” Tickets have been on sale since January, but there is still time left to procure seating for either the March 1st show or the March 2nd show before the act leaves town. The show will also feature three time international Irish dance champion Ashley Smith as the female lead dancer, as well as the Broadway dance choreographer Jeff Whiting.
March 10th, Nampa, ID
If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, and if the briskness of early spring doesn’t bother you, the self described, “Cure for Cabin Fever” is being held on March 10 in Nampa. This “cure” is a hike centered around the remnants of the historic Oregon Trail that can be found just outside of Nampa, overlooking the Boise River and the beautiful landscape of the Treasure Valley. This gem of an opportunity to get your hike on begins at 9:30 am and concludes just after 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Worried about the hike? The trail is graded as a beginner level hike, and therefore the only challenge to you is to get out of bed that early on a Saturday morning.
March 21st through 25th, Downtown Boise
Going back to the east side of the Treasure Valley, the annual Treefort Music Festival will cap off the end of the month, going from the 21st of the month to the 25th. Treefort is always a big deal for Boise, spanning many venues and bringing out the city in a celebration of spring, of Boise, and especially of music. This festival draws musicians and groups from all over the country, with a healthy lineup of local musicians complimenting the wide variety of acts set to play in the festival. Treefort is unique in the sense that all the concerts will not be held at one venue, rather at multiple venues, encouraging visitors to see the city, take in the sights, food, and sounds of City of Trees, as well as the magnificent music. Treefort is one of Boise’s most prestigious events, one that is an absolute must for any self respecting music lover.
March 23rd through 25th, Boise Centre on the Grove
Around that same time, the annual Boise Flower & Garden Show will bloom from March 23rd to the 25th. This event is a welcome embrace of spring time after a (usually) cold winter, mustering with many different flowers, decorative plants and vegetables on display. Featured as part of this event are workshops that demonstrate how to properly utilize your green thumb in a variety of ways, as well as experts on hand to give advice from anything from horticulture to landscaping. Also as part of this event will be plants, starts and seeds for sale, as well as multiple other lawn and gardening necessities.
This is just a portion of the events that are available in the Treasure Valley, but some we thought you may enjoy. Spring is just around the corner!
For many people, February means only one thing: cold. However, here in the Boise area, there are plenty of great things you can do to enjoy yourself and get away from the bitter cold. Well, at least most of them will; it’s hard not to enjoy the great outdoors here in Idaho, even in the winter. So, here are 5 awesome events for February 2018 in the Treasure Valley.
Feb 9th to 11th, Expo Idaho: Times Vary
Golf is well loved sport by many people, and the people of Boise are no different. In fact, we love golf here enough that we are having the Boise Golf and Travel Show over the weekend of February 9th. Whether you are an avid golfer or just a casual practitioner, you will find something you love here at the show. General Admission costs $12 and VIP Night tickets cost $20. Check out the website for more info.
Feb 10th, Creative Corner Custom Framing
For all you craft lovers out there, this one is for you! Creative Corner Custom Framing is more than just a frame shop— it’s also a fun place to go to learn about crafts of every kind. On February 10th, the craft of choice is quilting and embellishments. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to piece ‘crazy quilt blocks and explore the creative world of embellishments,’ according to their website.
Wed., Feb. 14, 12-9 p.m.
Quoted from the Idaho State Historical Society:
Looking for something other than roses or chocolates this Valentine’s Day? The Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering a unique alternative to this hum-drum day devoted to love. Stroll through the site and snuggle up with your Valentine or find the true meaning of “ball and chain.” Visitors can read ‘Love’ Stories from the Penitentiary, and play games like Match-In’ Mates, Honey Bee Heist and Pin the Rose on the Gardener, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts, and self-guided tours. Presentations are indoors and have a limited capacity. Last admission 8 p.m. $11 for 2
Feb 16th or 17th
Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
If you have ever looked at the fine craftsmanship of a woodworking project, or watched a video of a woodworker and thought, “I would love to do that!” then you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Intro to Woodworking class at JUMP. This class will go through the basics of woodworking and act as a springboard for you into the wonderful and fulfilling world of wood.
Feb 24th, JUMP: 10:15 AM
Another JUMP even you should definitely check out is the Build a Lending Library instructional event. It is a wonderful way to life the spirits of your community while having fun at the same time. Lending libraries are small, waterproof boxes that you put around your neighborhood that have books placed in them for anyone to read. Now, the rules for the lending library may differ depending on the neighborhood, but typically people can provide books they would like to share and borrow and read books put there by their neighbors as often as they like. It is a wonderful way to promote literacy, and community unity.
We hope you are as excited for this month as we are. If so, mark your calendars and buy you tickets now so you won’t miss out on all the fun!
January 2018 Events in the Boise Area
Happy New Year! It is now officially 2018 and the Treasure Valley is hitting the ground running with almost countless numbers of awesome events for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s dive right in! Here are 6 of the top events you should look out for this month in Boise.
Jan 6th: 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you enjoy board and card games with friends, then you are definitely going to enjoy this awesome event at JUMP on the 6th of January: ‘Game Time’. Game Time is a free event that is going to be held every first Saturday of the month in January, February, and March. It is a time when you can gather, bring whatever games you want to play and have fun with friends and other visitors to the JUMP Center.
It starts at noon and goes until 2:00 PM and will be located in the lobby of the JUMP Center.
Jan 13th: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
Another great free event that you can find at the JUMP Center is the Falun Dafa Qigong Workshop. It is much like yoga but from China. However, unlike yoga, instead of twisting and bending, you do slow movements to help activate your muscles, loosen your joints, and so on. It looks a lot like Tai Chi, but without the intent to fight.
It will be a wonderful hour-long workshop that will go over exercises to boost your health, reduce stress, and help you grow emotionally. It will be held in the Move Studio at JUMP which is on the 5th floor.
Jan 16th: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Egyptian Theater
The Cabin, a center for readers and writers, is an organization here in Boise that tries to promote writing for the general public. They are located right next door to the downtown branch of the Boise library. However, for this event, the Readings and Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, will be down the road at the illustrious Egyptian Theater.
At this event, you can hear from Ward and learn about her journey, her writing, and so much more. From what we can tell, the event is free—but you should check before you go.
Jan 21st: 6:00 PM, Ford Idaho Center
If you are looking for some great music to warm you up during the deep winter of January, then you will surely enjoy this great concert by Justin Moore. Moore is a country music star and is stopping in Nampa as part of his Hell on a Highway tour. However, you won’t just get to hear from Moore, you will also get to hear from the awesome Dylan Scott!
Tickets are on sale now and range in price depending on how far away they are from the stage. Doors open at 6 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM.
Jan 25: 6:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you are an aspiring writer, then you may want to check out the Writer’s Toolbox Revision Workshop. It is a $20 event that will how to better critique your own work and as well as someone else’s. However, most importantly, you will also be able to bond with other local writers, get more ideas, and learn what resources you have available.
The people who are putting on the Revision Workshop are also doing a workshop called ‘Capturing Story through Objects’ in February and ‘Creating a Story Spine’ in March.
Jan 25th: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place
If you don’t want to swing by the Writer’s Toolbox on the 25th, you should definitely head over to the Dinosaur Cupcakes event. It is a $25 event that will cover recipes and tricks for making awesome cupcakes. They will also go over how to shape and mold your cupcakes to make fantastic shapes and arrangements— specifically dinosaurs. There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to get your ticket now. It will be held at 6 PM on the 25th of January in the JUMP Center lobby.
As you can tell, January of 2018 is going to be pretty eventful here in the Treasure Valley. Thanks to these and many other great events that we couldn’t mention here, there will be plenty of things to do during this chilly month! Be sure to check back here later on for more information about what you can expect when February rolls around.
Whether you like music, dance, great food, holiday fun or amazing architecture, there is going to be something awesome for you to enjoy this December. Even though the snow is falling, and most Treasure Valley residents and visitors are heading up to Bogus Basin, there are still plenty of things to do down here in town. Here are some activities that are sure to make December 2017 quite unforgettable.
A Christmas Story, Boise Little Theater, 100 E Fort St, Boise ID
Nov 24 – Dec 9 (Times Vary)
This favorite holiday movie has been acted live in theaters all over the country. Set in the Midwest in the 1940’s, It follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his quest for his perfect Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle” (frequently met with the response, “you’ll shoot your eye out!). It includes all the elements of the movie, with Ralphie dodging bully Scut Farkus, the wet tongue on the lamppost, and trying to make it to Christmas day with glasses intact.
Dec 3rd, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you have ever watched the Price is Right and thought, ‘hey, I would love to do that!’ then you are in luck because the well-beloved day-time television show is coming to Boise! That is right, on December 3rd at the Morrison Center you can join in the audience, and possibly be picked as a contestant, on the game show that has entranced people for years.
Tickets are on sale now on the Morrison Center’s website (link in the section heading), but you better hurry, they are going fast. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $57.50 (Estimated figures only).
Dec 15th to 17th, Times Vary by Day, Morrison Center
There are few music and dance combinations as thrilling and timeless as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker”. It will be performed at the Morrison Center for 3 days in mid-December. So, before this amazing opportunity passes you by, be sure to join Ballet Idaho for this incredible experience.
Tickets for this amazing cultural event range from roughly $30 to $60 or so (these are estimates, please check Ballet Idaho’s website for current prices as they may change).
Dec 21st, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you are into neoclassical new-age music, then you are going to really like Mannheim Steamroller. This American group has been wowing audiences for over 30 years with their rock infused classical music. This group is a wonderful group that offers some of the most amazing holiday and classical music next to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are looking for a fun concert to go to this month, then this is one you ought not to miss. Check out their website for more information.
Dec 22nd, 2:00 PM, Albertson’s Stadium
Treasure Valley football fans big and small are going to have a great time on the night of December 22nd. Here at the Boise State Bronco’s own turf, one team from the Mountain West Conference will face off against a team from the Mid-American Conference. It is an awesome chance to get up into those bleachers to watch two teams battle it out on our beloved blue field for the rest of the country to see.
Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get them soon before all the great seats are gone.
Dec 31st, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM
he Idaho Potato Drop is a yearly tradition where Idaho’s most enduring symbol (the potato) is dropped like the ball in Time Square. However, leading up to the ringing in of the new year is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exciting public parties of the year. In the twelve hours the party rages, there will be awesome music from local bands and musicians, great food, and even some adult beverages. Not to mention, there is plenty of volunteer opportunities and the chance to usher in the new year with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Make sure that you also take a moment to come back here next year as we outline some of the awesome things that 2018 has in store for you!
October Events in Boise
Fall is officially upon us and we here in the Treasure Valley are about to be surrounded by fun activities to take part in. From harvest festivals to Halloween celebrations, there is plenty to do throughout the month of October. However, despite the vast array of thousands of awesome new events going on all around the valley, we have come up with 6 of the ones we think you’ll find enjoyable. Be sure to mark your calendars and check them out before you miss them!
Oct 1st through Oct 28th, 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian, ID 83642
For many people in the Treasure Valley, the month of October is not complete without a trip to a corn maze or two. And, while there are multiple corn mazes in town, one of the most popular has to be the Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. This autumn attraction is a wonderful way to enjoy all the traditional fall activities you’ve come to expect. They have the maze, an awesome pumpkin patch, food, farm animals and more.
The Farmstead is open from October 1st to October 28th giving you only a limited window of opportunity to go and enjoy this great Boise tradition.
Oct 7th and 8th, Idaho Botanical Gardens: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
On October 7th and 8th, from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, is the annual Fall Harvest Festival. This exciting event brings together everything you could want out of a harvest festival: music, great food, amazing beverage choices, and so much more.
Tickets range in price from $5 to $7 depending on age and whether or not the attendee is a ‘Garden Member’. Tickets are available online as well as at the front kiosk at the entrance of the event.
Be sure to check out the Idaho Botanical Gardens website for more information so you too can celebrate the changing of the seasons with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Saturdays Oct 1st through Oct 28th, Downtown Boise
Walking tours of downtown Boise are a great way to spend your time this October. It allows you to take in the sights all around Boise and learn more about the different parts of the city. These tours are a fun time for all and can be booked by calling the number on their website.
A tour is held every Saturday from October 1st through October 28th so there are plenty of times available for you to enjoy this great city we live in.
Fri, Sat, Sun Sept 22nd through Nov 4th: 2:30 PM
World Center for Birds of Prey
f you like Birds of Prey, then you had better make plans to come check out Fall Flights at the World Center for Birds of Prey just outside of Kuna. It is an amazing opportunity to watch the majestic birds at work as handlers fly them outside to show off their skills.
These events will be held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM (with a few minor exceptions) from September 22nd to November 4th.
Oct 21st, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ
If you love crafts then the Craft Bazaar at the Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ is the place to be! There will be hundreds of different crafts being made and sold by congregation members during the morning and afternoon of October 21st (4th Saturday of the month).
According to their Facebook page, some of the crafts that will be on sale include (but are not limited to) jewelry, glasswork, baked goods, holiday items, and so on.
Oct 28th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Zoo Boise
If you are looking for a great way to enjoy the spirit of Halloween, then you should definitely check out Boo at the Zoo held on Saturday the 28th of October at Zoo Boise. According to their website there will be costumed characters, lots of candy, costume contests, photo ops, face painting and so much more. All of the proceeds from which will be going back into the Zoo for needed improvements.
There will also be special Boo at the Zoo pricing, so be sure to mark your calendars for this one!
Boise and the rest of the Treasure Valley seems to have a never-ending supply of fun and entertaining events and activities for us to enjoy. We hope that the activities that we have shared with you will make your October great. If you want to know more about Boise or the Treasure Valley, be sure to give us a call today!
September Events in Boise
Well, summer may be coming to a close, but all the fun events going on in the Treasure Valley are just warming up. Whether you like music, adventure, or sports, there is plenty to get excited about this month. So, be sure to clear your calendars and check out some of these amazing events here in the Boise area!
Aug 30th through Sept 3nd, Ann Morrison Park
There are few things as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons floating in the mid-morning sunrise, which is a sight that Boise residents get to wake up to every morning from August 30th to September 3rd during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Every year, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is held at Ann Morrison Park and it is an event where hundreds of hot air balloon pilots come together to share their passion with others as they take to the skies. There will be shows and demonstrations for spectators as well as plenty of other events to keep us all amused. The signature event of Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic would have to be the Nite Glow Spectacular where the pilots light up their balloons to music and show off the wonderful colors and shapes of their balloons. The Nite Glow Spectacular will also be accompanied by dozens of local food vendors so you won’t be hungry during the event.
Sept 11th to Sept 17th, Hillcrest Country Club
Golf Fans throughout the Treasure Valley should make it a priority to head down to the Hillcrest Country Club between the 11th and the 17th of September to enjoy the Albertsons Boise Open. This charity competition brings PGA Tour winners from all over to compete here in the City of Trees.
This year the Albertsons Boise Open will be supporting the Blue Cross of Idaho Birdies Fore the Boise Brave. As a part of this event, Blue Cross of Idaho will donate $40 per birdie that is hit throughout the entire competition to support police, fire fighters, and military personnel in the Boise area. While $40 doesn’t seem like much, there were over 1,000 birdies hit during last years open.
Sept 16th, Basque Block, 8:30 AM
This is the second year in a row that the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt has excited locals and cause many to take to the streets for a day of fun. Put simply, the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt is a city-wide scavenger hunt that not only gets people out and exploring their own city but also promises awesome prizes for those who finish first!
According to GetYourGuide.com, it is a smartphone guided walking tour of Boise that leads you through historical downtown, along the river, and through many other unique parts of the city. The event is on the 16th of September, but be sure to buy your tickets early to get them at a discounted price!
Sept 24th, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 7:30 PM
If you are longing for the sounds of the 70’s, then the Earth, Wind and Fire concert at the Boise Botanical Gardens is the place to be! On September 24th, the world-renowned sensation that brought you hits like ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘September’ will be performing live on stage at Outlaw Field by the Boise Botanical Gardens. It is sure to be a night to remember as this musical legend takes the stage to excite and entertain! Be sure to get your tickets soon though, they are going fast!
Sept 29th, Downtown Boise, 6:00 PM
There are few things that have autumn written all over them like Oktoberfest. This old European tradition is leaving its mark on the City of Trees once again this year on September 29th with large varieties of beers, food, games, and so much more.
This is a party for all ages that includes good music from bands like Wolfie & the Bavarians and Pilot Error as well as traditional games like Stein Hosting, Mug Relay, Brat Toss, and so on.
September 30, 6:00 – 10:00pm, Jump Event Center downtown Boise
The Sunshine Gala is the first MAJOR event for gathering donations for medically fragile children in the Treasure Valley. Here is the story about Corwyn’s Cause:
Corwyn Schomer was born with a brain malformation and had many health issues and was very medically fragile. He passed away in the fall of 2016. What the family found was that when he was in the hospital charities would visit and bring gifts or fun, dress as super heros, bring light into the lives of these kids who spent so much time in the hospital. When Corwyn was really sick they brought him home on hospice care. Hospice is great but geared more towards adults so no more charities, no more visitors, no more support except for the nurse that came once or twice a day. The family felt alone and in the dark. They decided after Corwyn passed away in November that they needed to bring attention, light and services to terminally ill children and their families. They are offering advocacy, support, education and services to these families. It could be Christmas in July, a cup of coffee for the support person, housekeeping services to clean the home, or special visitors for the child. This would support these medically fragile children and their families during this extremely difficult time. Follow them on Facebook Corwyn’s Cause Facebook to see and hear about inspirational stories. Go to the link above to donate, go to the Sunshine Gala, or apply if you know a medically fragile child.
Boise is a veritable wonderland of great activities one can enjoy; even with the end of summer knocking at our door. September may not be some people’s favorite month, with school starting and the weather changing, but there is no reason not to enjoy yourself while you are here in the Treasure Valley.
August is finally here and we still have no shortage of great activities and events here in the Treasure Valley. As usual, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting, events you can see going on this month. These activities, and many others, are waiting for you in and around the Boise area, making it the center for all sorts of fun. August is seen by many as the traditional end of the summer season (though summer doesn’t actually end until late September); so, if you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the last full month of summer, then be sure to check some of these activities out.
August 3rd, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Edge Brewing Company
We here in Idaho love animals, especially our pets. So, it is natural that we would have activities and events to help support the health and safety of our furry friends. To help cut down on the number of strays in the State of Idaho, the Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (coincidentally known as S.N.I.P.) is on a mission to contain the population of dogs and cats.
If you want to support them on this mission, be sure to swing by Edge Brewing Company on the 3rd of August and enjoy an adult beverage— a portion of the proceeds will be given to S.N.I.P.
Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM
There are few things as fun as a movie night under the stars on a lovely summer evening. Luckily for Treasure Valley residents, there are many opportunities to do that this summer. One of those opportunities for those living in the Nampa area is at Optimist Park. If you swing by Optimist Park on Fridays through the 18th of August at 8:30 PM, you are sure to stumble upon some great choices for entertainment. Be sure to check the website for more information about what movies will be shown on which days.
August 12th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anne Morrison Park
On the 12th of August, be sure to check out the Tour de Fat show that will be put on by New Belgium Brewing Company. This event combines music, performances, and so much more to mystify and astound you. Their website explains that the show will include circus performers, comedians, musicians, and even the Blackberry Smoke band. Be sure to dress up if you enter the ride!
The Tour de Fat is a benefit show for many of the Treasure Valley’s local bicycle groups including Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Boise Bicycle Project, and so on.
Tickets can be found on the Tour de Fat website.
August 18th to August 27th, Times Vary
Idaho Fair Grounds
The Western Idaho Fair is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Whether you are excited about the rides, the shows, the vendors, or just the great fair food, you are not going to be disappointed at this Treasure Valley Fair. It is the largest fair in the area and attracts acts, patrons, and events from all over the country.
Not to mention, there are also thousands of agriculture events like the traditional judging of crops and animals. Be sure to check out the fair at some point during the 9 days they are in town so you too can take part in this great Treasure Valley tradition.
August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM
There are few things as exciting, and nearly universally captivating as a total solar eclipse, and we here in Idaho are lucky enough to enjoy one this month! On the morning of August 21st at 11:27 AM, the total solar eclipse will cross the Idaho Oregon border near Weiser. Between 11:27 AM and 11:35 AM, said eclipse will pass through the center of Idaho. The best viewing places will be around Garden Valley, Sun Valley, and Rexburg (approximately).
If you venture to see the solar eclipse, be sure to get a pair of glasses to watch it with. Though the sun will be covered by the moon, it will still be bright enough to damage your eyes. So, be sure to get a hold of some devise that is safe for solar eclipse viewing.
As you can probably tell, the month of August is going to be quite exciting for those living in or visiting the Treasure Valley. We are lucky to have these, and hundreds of other activities to enjoy as we start to wrap up the summer months. Be sure to take advantage of all these great activities— you won’t be disappointed.
Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are always hopping with endless amounts of activities, and the summer months are no different. Only now, instead of only having community events to go to, you can now enjoy Idaho’s many natural attractions too. However, if you have time between your days at the lake or afternoons in the shade, then you are going to greatly enjoy some of the activities we have listed below.
July 4th, Expo Idaho: 10:15 PM Gates open at 6:00 PM
There are few things as fun as watching fireworks on the 4th of July. This year, before your festivities are through, be sure to head on over to Expo Idaho to see the firework show the City of Boise puts on. Granted, you could probably watch these fireworks from anywhere in the valley because of how large the show is.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there, food and adult beverage vendors will be on site to provide you with some of the best fares Boise has to offer. So, be sure to bring your wallet and an empty stomach with you to watch the fireworks.
This is a change of venue from years past. Usually, the fireworks are launched from Ann Morrison Park, but with the river the way it is, the city has decided to play it safe and move everything to the expo.
July 4 – 5, 8 – 9, 13 – 14, 18 – 19, 22 – 23, 27 – 28, ISF Amphitheater
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Victor Hugo’s most well-known stories, and there are fewer renditions of it as gripping as the 1996 film adaptation from Disney. If you were a fan of the movie, then you had best get your tickets today so you can enjoy all the songs and all the action of the Disney version on stage right here in Boise.
Tickets range in price and can be different depending on when you want to go, so be sure to get them soon to get the perfect seat.
Wednesdays 3 to 6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM, Blaser Park
If you like food that is both locally sourced and delicious, then you need to check out the Emmett Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays this month! Buy some of the greatest food you will ever taste right from Idaho soil. You can also buy wares from dozens of different artisans and crafts people as well.
The hours for the Farmers Market are different for each day, so be sure to check their website before heading out.
July 17th, Idaho Botanical Garden: 6:30 PM
Many people love concerts, but who can resist the allure of an outdoor summer concert? Not many, that is for sure. This month, out of the many awesome concerts that are coming, you can enjoy being serenaded by non-other than Dashboard Confessional at the Idaho Botanical Gardens’ Outlaw Field.
The show starts at 6:30 PM and tickets range in price from $37 to $136+, so act fast if you want to rock out near the roses this July before all the good tickets get taken!
July 27th – 30th, Canyon County Fairgrounds
There are few summer activities as fun as the county fair. I mean, who doesn’t love the fair? There are animals, events, rides, food, and so much more to enjoy and that is only a portion of what you can expect from your time at the Canyon County Fair this year. This year’s schedule boasts an impressive array of different activities to choose from, so be sure to check out their website before you go!
Enjoy your July and get outside! There are lots of activities to experience to keep you from getting bored. Be sure, however, to keep yourself hydrated, July tends to get pretty hot here in Boise.
Well, now that May is over, hopefully, we will start to dry off here in the Treasure Valley. With all the rain and flooding that swept through Garden City and Eagle, it is high time we had some fun, and there is plenty of fun to be had this month. Here we have listed 5 of the many, many events and activities that are scheduled for the month of June in the Boise area, so, don’t feel restricted by what we have listed here. We must warn you though, beware of the river. With the floods end still a mystery, it’s best to wait for summer river activities.
June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th And 10th, Stagecoach Theater, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
For only $20 you can check out the stage version of the 1980’s classic ‘9 to 5’. It is a vivacious show that illustrates the adventures of 3 friends as they take over the company they work at and give their bully of a boss what’s coming to him.
‘9 to 5’ features music and songs from the movie that were originally penned by the illustrious Dolly Parton. It is sure to be quite the show. Come and join the classic characters Violet, Judy, and Doralee as they embark on the most intense adventure of their lives and take back their independence.
Tickets can be purchased on the Stagecoach Theater’s Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/9-to-5-a-musical-comedy-tickets-28315352983
Farmer’s Markets, Boise, Nampa, Kuna, & Eagle
Every Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
If you like local food, then the farmer’s market is the place to go. Whether you like your food farm to table or you just want to enjoy meeting and buying from local vendors, then you are going to love spending a Saturday or two over at one of the many farmer’s markets here in the Treasure Valley.
It doesn’t matter if you are in Boise, Nampa, Kuna, Eagle, or anywhere else in the Treasure Valley for that matter, there are always great farmer’s markets to check out. Attending a farmer’s market is a great way to boost the local economy, buy fresh produce, save a bit of cash and have some fun at the same time.
June 17th, Zoo Boise, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sci-fi fans one and all, be sure to take a trip down to Zoo Boise on June 17th to enjoy the Galactic Day at the Zoo and enjoy diving head first into the many awesome science fiction activities they have going on. According to their website, there will be photo opportunities with Star Wars Characters from the 501st Legion, sci-fi themed entertainment, Q&As with actors and other awesome ‘galactic’ fun.
Admissions are as follows:
Kids 3 to 11 — $7
Seniors 62 and Up — $8
Adults 12 and Up — $10
Zoo Boise is still gearing up for this event, so be sure to check back at their website for more information as it is available.
Thursdays in June, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
If you like enjoying music in the great outdoors, then you are going to love the Great Garden Escape at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. This outdoor summer retreat is a mainstay for Treasure Valley residents that are looking for a way to relax in the beautiful summer sun. This awesome concert series is a great place to enjoy music, dance, spend time with friends and even, as their website suggests, have a picnic.
With its great music, outside food friendly atmosphere, and onsite vendors, this event is great for people of all ages. If you are wanting to attend any of the concerts that make up the Great Garden Escape series, it will cost $6 for children ages 5 to 12, $7 for Idaho Botanical Gardens members, and $10 for non-member adults.
June 24th, 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 100 Short Rd Eagle, ID
For 16 years now the Annual Kruz In Car Show has graced the Treasure Valley, much to the delight of many car enthusiasts. This event is free to the public and features custom cars, hot rods and more from around the area (no entry fee required). Remember though, the cars are for display purposes only.
This year the car show will also feature a quilt show. Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1265144320221089/?ti=icl for more information.
June is going to be a great here in the Treasure Valley. With the plethora of activities available (including those we didn’t get to list in this article) we are sure you are going to have a great time. There are so many activities and events going on in the month of June that it would be almost impossible to not find one you want to attend. Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley is a wonderful place to spend the summer, so be sure to always be on the lookout for new ideas, events, and community activities to participate in.