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September Activities in Boise

September Events

Summer is coming to a close and we are starting to see some shifts– in the season and even a shift in the kinds of activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. While the events of July and August were great, they are nothing compared to the events we have going on in Boise during the month of September. This month is going to be full of great fun, excitement, and a lot of unforgettable memories.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

August 31st to September 4th

There are few things that compare to watching a hot air balloon take to the sky and gently glide above the city, and the awesome part is, here in Boise we get 5 whole days of it! During the end of August and the beginning of September is when the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic (a hot air balloon festival) is held. It is a time for hot air balloon pilots, enthusiasts, and spectators to gather and watch these majestic creations lift off into the cool morning air. It is a great time, even for those who do not go down to the launch ceremony as everyone in the valley can see these tens of hot air balloons floating above downtown.

Boise State Broncos vs Washington State Cougars

September 10th

Bronco football is one of the most popular late summer and fall activity in the Treasure Valley. During September, football fans of all types gather round a television, trek to the blue field of the Albertson’s stadium, or even hop on a plane to follow the team to away games, just to get another dose of Bronco Football.

The first home game of the season is against our neighbors to the north: the Washington State Cougars. They will come down and play the broncos on the night of the 10th. You can watch this game on ESPN, but if you want the real experience you have to head down to watch the game at Albertson’s Stadium— there is nothing like it.

Blink-182 Concert

September 15th

If you are a fan of 90s, 2000’s or 2010’s punk rock, then this is a concert you need to check out. The famous band Blink-182 is coming to the Taco Bell Arena this month to give the City of Trees a concert it will never forget.

To celebrate their newest album (California) Blink-182 is going on tour through the US and Canada bringing their pop and punk music to life once again. You can get tickets to this great show through the Taco Bell Arena website. Tickets range from $25 to $75 for varying seating choices (the $75 choice is for general admission, however it is the closest to the stage).

Hyde Park Street Fair

September 16th to 18th

Boise is a wonderful place to live and there are few of its neighborhoods that are as eclectic and attractive as the North End. In the North End, there is Hyde Park, one of the most prominent streets in the whole city. Every year, Hyde Park holds a street fair to celebrate the community and have a good time. This year’s street fair will be held on the 16th through the 18th of September. Check out the North End website for more details.

Def Leppard Concert

September 28th

Considered one of the best rock bands of all-time, Def Leppard is a band that easily creates quite the hype. Their upcoming Boise concert is looking like it will be an event that everyone will want to attend. This legendary rock band is performing at the Taco Bell Arena on the 28th. Tickets are scarce, but you can find them on the Taco Bell Arena website. They are a bit more expensive than the ones you would get for a concert like Blink-182, but they are totally worth it to the passionate fan.

Boise, and the rest of the Treasure Valley, is such a wonderful place. Whether you are looking for great events, a serene place to live, or just to have fun, then you are definitely on the right track. Now, these aren’t the only things that our little corner of Idaho has to offer during September. There are many more awesome things to do here, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

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Fun July Activities

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 . . .

Craft Corner,

July 1

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.

KISS Freedom Rock Tour,

July 7th

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.

Deadly Murder— Stage Coach Theater

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.

Phillip Phillips

July 14th

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.

Meghan Trainor

July 14th

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.

Boise Depot Open House

July 14th

Boise Depot

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)

Movies Under the Stars— Pan

July 30th

Jullion Park

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

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!

Art and Rose

June 5th

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

June 11th

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson- An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

June 15th

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.

 

Boise Hawks V. Salem-Keizer

June 20th

“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

Boise Music Festival

June 25th

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.

 

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

June 30th

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!

Memorial Day Activities in the Treasure Valley

O.K. So with the three-day week-end upon us, I searched and searched for activities to do.  What I found was that there are festivals, fun runs, concerts, and all kinds of FUN activities all over the internet for this week-end..  Most of these activities do not pay tribute to the men and women that have given their lives for our country (the very reason why we have Memorial Day and the three-day week-end).  With a little research, I did find some ceremonies honoring our military.  If you would like to take part in these ceremonies, here is the information:

  Memorial Day Activities in the Treasure Valley taken off of boiseinteractive.com

http://www.boiseinteractive.com/events

Description:

The City of Nampa in conjunction with the American Legion, Joseph H Murray, Post 18 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor the men and women who have been in the service for our country and many who have made the supreme sacrifice of giving their lives so that we might live in freedom. What: Memorial Day Ceremony When: Monday, May 28, 2012 Time: 10 AM Where: Kohlerlawn Cemetery Veteran’s Loop 76 6th Street North, Nampa

Occurs once: May 28, 2012 (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Contact Name: Nampa Rec Center

Contact Email: rec@cityofnampa.us

Contact Phone: (208)468-5858

Location:

Kohlerlawn Cemetery Veteran’s Loop
76 6th Street North, Nampa, ID 83686

Ticketing Phone: (208)468-5858

Ticketing URL: http://nampaparksandrecreation.org

 

Description:

WHAT: The public is invited to the annual Memorial Day celebration at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony will feature a wreath laying ceremony, the Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band, bagpipes, and a rifle and cannon salute. At the conclusion of the ceremonies there will be an A-10 fly over by the 124th Fighter Wing Idaho Air National Guard.

WHEN: 10 a.m., Monday, May 28

WHERE: Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise (There will be no parking available within the cemetery grounds. Attendees are asked to arrive early and park their vehicles at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex at 9889 Hill Rd and take a free shuttle to and from the cemetery. The shuttle is handicap accessible.) WHO: Keynote speaker will be Brigadier General Alan Gayhart, US Army (Ret). Colonel David Brasuell, USMC (Ret) Division Administrator, Idaho Division of Veterans Services will provide opening remarks. WHY: This annual ceremony is a Memorial Day celebration in remembrance of those who devoted their lives to keeping America free.

INFORMATION: For more information call the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 208-577-2330.

Occurs once: May 28, 2012 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)

Contact Name: Patti Murphy

Contact Email: patti@murphymediaservices.com

Contact Phone: 208-336-3424

Location:

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery
10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, ID 83703

Ticket Price: Free

 

Description:

Memorial Day Remembrance Program Caldwell, Idaho (May 28,2012) Hillcrest Memorial Gardens will host a Memorial Day Remembrance Program, Monday, May 28, 2012. Please join us for a day of remembering and celebrating. We will begin serving free refreshments at 11:30am and the program will begin at 1:00pm. This service is designed to help families and friends remember and honor those that have served and are serving on our Armed Forces, through music and reflection. Chaplain Bob Cruthirds Lt. Col, USAF (Retired) will give a keynote speech that will include a message of hope and comfort for those grieving and remembering. Mark Maselli and the Boise SQ. Civil Air Patrol will perform a symbolic flag fold and talk on the flag folding honor. The Musettes will perform patriotic as well as inspirational musical selections. Antique military equipment, brought by the SW Idaho Military Preservation Society, will be on display all morning. It will be a wonderful day of remembering, celebrating and honoring our loved ones. The event is FREE and open to everyone in the community. Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 15862 S Indiana Ave Caldwell, ID 83607 208-459-4949 http://www.hillcrestmemorialgarden.com (Corner of Karcher Road and Indiana Ave)

Occurs once: May 28, 2012 (11:30 AM to 2:00 PM)

Contact Email: wecare@hillcrestmemorialgarden.com

Contact Phone: 208-459-4949

Location:

Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
15862 S Indiana Ave, Caldwell, ID 83607

Ticket Price: Free

Have Fun, Be Safe, and thank your military!

American Heart Association Walk or Volunteer!

Get out and walk or volunteer this week-end to fight cardiovascular disease!

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of all Americans. ‘In fact, someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds!” says The American Heart Association.  It is responsible for more deaths in women than all forms of cancer combined.  In infants, the most common cause of infant deaths from birth defects are caused from congenital cardiovascular birth defects.

If you would like to walk, here is the website and the event information:

Event Information

  • Date:     May 19, 2012
  • Location: Julia Davis Park Time:
  • Festival Area Opens: 8:00 AM, Walk Begins: 10:00 AM
  • The Route: 3-mile walk & 1-mile optional Route

Event Schedule
8:00am – Festival Area opens at the Julia Davis Bandshell

  • -Complementary healthy snacks
  • -Company Photos
  • -Heart/Stroke Survivor Red Cap pickup
  • -Family Fun Zone
  • -Heart health education
  • -VIP Area (for walkers who have raised $1,000 or more)
  • -Turn in donations

9:00am – Opening Ceremonies & Announcements 10:00am – Walk Begins through downtown Boise (1-mile & 5K routes) 11:00am – Awards presentation for top companies and individuals

http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=481881

The Event Coordinators could still use Volunteers!!  Here is information from the Volunteer Committee:

Friday, May 18th  [5-10 Volunteers]1 pm – 5 pm; This day will be primarily fun set-up and much less involved than Saturday, the day of the event. You’ll get to be involved with the behind-the-scenes crew getting ready for the big day!

Saturday, May 19th  [10-15 volunteers]5 am – 8 am; For you early morning birds, who like to get an early start, please join us in the final moments before the event while we put together all the loose ends in anticipation of our 10,000 walkers. Things will be fun and busy as we prepare and then you will be done just in time to enjoy the festivities or participate in the walk! We promise coming to help out this early will pay off when you get to see all the fun things we have coming for the festival!

8 am – cleanup is complete (usually by 1pm);  [50-75 volunteers] Those who volunteer for this shift will get to be in the midst of all the action and help out with making sure the event is as fun as possible for both you and our walkers! Help our photographers, vendors, stage managers and more run the show, or be a smiling face and cheering voice for all our incredible walkers in a great community space!

Please contact Debbie Mills, Heart Walk Volunteers Committee, at debbie-mills@leavitt.com for further details!

A Way to Help our Military Service Members PLUS have Fun!

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, April 28 the CW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund is having a clay shoot and Cajun Theme Benefit Auction.  The fun starts at 9:00 (until 4:00) at the Boise Gun Club.  There are events for men, women and children.  After the clay shoot, at 6:00 at Alpine Ponds in Meridian, there will be a Cajun benefit dinner and auction.  Both live auction and silent auction items available, plus great food and music.

Here is a link to the flyer:  http://tilleryfund.org/newsletter_132_849210673.pdf

More about theCW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund (taken off of the website):

The CW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the local community to help “bridge the gap” between what our veterans, active duty members, and their families need and what is actually provided. These young men and women and their families face the challenges of multiple deployments, mounting unemployment, and increasing medical and psychosocial needs.

 Your donation will help in the following ways:

  • Providing free lodging for families to be close to wounded
    loved ones.
  • Aiding wounded or disabled veterans while they wait for benefit payments to begin.
  • Helping provide for educational and job reintegration.
  • Assisting financially needy young military families
    during deployments.

For on-line registration and more about the Tillery Memorial Fund visit:  http://www.tilleryfund.org/

 

Roller Derby – Anyone?

If you are planning to go the Rolletariat on Saturday, April 21, the date has been changed to Saturday, April 28.  Fun family night out watching the Treasure Valley Rollergirls compete against the Seattle Blizkerieg Bruisers.  Fast paced action with rollergirls battling it out at the Century Link Arena in downtown Boise.

A little about the Treasure Valley Rollergirls from their website:

‘Founded in February 2006, the Treasure Valley Rollergirls are Boise’s one and only women’s roller derby league. The premier bout was held in March of 2007 and they have played teams all over the west in the years since. The Treasure Valley Rollergirls are a proud member of the Womens Flat Track Derby Association, and are thrilled to be bouting in downtown Boise at Century Link Arena representing Idaho Roller Derby. The skaters and referees volunteer regularly in the Treasure Valley and donate a portion of the proceeds of their bouts to various charities’.

Check them out at:  http://treasurevalleyrollergirls.net/

“Power To The Rolletariat”:  Professional Double Header Roller Derby action on Saturday, April 28th at CenturyLink Arena. Tickets start at JUST $12.  Available through CenturyLink Arena box office while supplies last.  Charge tickets on-line at http://www.Centurylinkarenaboise.comor call 331-TIXS

For additional dates and times check out:  http://treasurevalleyrollergirls.net/event_calendar.html

 

 

There is still Time to Catch Some Basketball!

Basketball season is not over yet!  At least it’s not for the Idaho Stampede.

Get downtown to cheer on the team and have a fun night out.

The Idaho Stampede is one of the minor league teams for the Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers and the Denver Nuggets.  Many of the Idaho Stampede players in past years have moved on to a professional career.  The venue has entertainment for the whole family;  Jump houses for kids, good food and drink for adults, and of course the opportunity to meet the players after the games.  For more information and the rest of the season schedule, visit:

http://www.nba.com/dleague/idaho/index_main.html

 

Harlem Globetrotters in Boise, ID – Tonight!

If you are looking for a night out filled with fun entertainment, the Harlem Globetrotters may be just the ticket for you.  They will be in Boise tonight, February 6 at the Century Link Arena downtown.  For ticket information follow this link:

http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/event/harlem-globetrotters-centurylink-arena

 

Here is their story taken off their website:

85 years ago in Chicago, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.

In 1941, just before the start of World War II, the Globetrotters signed Reece “Goose” Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team. By the end of the war the Globetrotters had played an incredible 30,000 games (losing only 2190) and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race.

The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, a Globetrotter named Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton became the first African-American player to be drafted by the NBA. In 1959, when the United States and the Soviet Union were enemies at the height of the Cold War, the Globetrotters went on a sold-out tour of Russia.

Over the next 50 years, tens of thousands of people around the world turned out for each of the Globetrotters games, including presidents, kings, and popes. Their line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson, and they’ve been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Globetrotters have appeared in their own movies and TV shows and have been seen by hundreds of millions of people in 120 countries. The Harlem Globetrotters are simply the most famous basketball team in the world”.

Classes and Activities in Meridian and Boise

Looking for something to do this winter and spring?  It’s not too late to try something new and check out Meridian Parks and Recreation Activities and Boise Parks and Recreation Activities.  Both cities have great classes and programs available for young children, teens and adults.    The classes and activities are very reasonably priced and my family loves the opportunity to try something new.

Meridian Parks and Recreation has age appropriate spring break camps as well as art classes for children and adults.  Don’t miss an opportunity for some great adult education too.

Meridian Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

http://www.meridiancity.org/activityguide/

Boise Parks and Recreation has loads of activities for children and adults to try.  Everything from educational classes to pure fun with art, dancing, or softball are available.  We have enjoyed several of the spring break camps over the years.  Mountain Biking and golf were both big hits for my daughters.  They offer plenty of other spring break camps like art, drama, skating, hockey, zoology

Boise Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/Activities/page12464.aspx