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November Activities Around Boise

November

Wow.  Time has gotten away from me!  November is a very busy month.  Not only is it time to prepare for the holidays there are a lot of fun things to do around the valley.  Everything from wine tasting, farmer’s markets, a dog training event, a film festival, and much more. The people of Idaho like to be social and have fun.

NewDance: Form & Concept – Ballet Idaho

Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th  , Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Ballet Idaho, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy:  501 S 8th St,Boise, Idaho

This intimate theater in the heart of downtown Boise will afford you the opportunity to get up close to the beauty, and form of dance.  Your imagination will be stretched, and your senses delighted when you indulge in the presentation of these varying  dance concepts. Don’t miss out on these world-class performances from highly sought after choreographers and the world premiere of Lauren Edson, one of Boise’s own hometown darlings.  

Stinker Stores Stomp Out Hunger 2018

November 9 – November 19, All Stinker Store Locations in Idaho

Help Stinker Stores stomp out hunger.  All you have to do is donate $1 with each of your purchases and Stinker will match that amount.  Each dollar that is donated the Idaho Food Bank can serve five people a meal. That’s pretty awesome!  Stinker has set a goal to raise $56,000 for 2018. They feel pretty confident they can raise that much since last year they were able to raise $56,771 and then Stinker kicked in another $25,000 bringing the total to $81,771.  Being a part of such a wonderful campaign can be a fulfilling experience.

Beginning Adult Breakdance

Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 West Myrtle Street, Boise, ID

Have you ever wanted to learn how to breakdance, or maybe brush up on your dance skills?  Here’s your chance to become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be. Strengthening exercises and footwork methods are both parts of this fun, rocking, breakdance class.  Come join this rad group of dancers.

Wintry Market

Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018 : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle, Boise, ID, 5th and 6th floors:  Free admission

Food & Wine magazine has named this event the best holiday bazaar in Idaho.  Over 60 local artists and crafter will have their work on display for you to buy.   You will find a large variety of homemade, innovative, and original items that won’t put your budget into a tailspin.  Make your holidays even more special with that unique item from the Wintry Market.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 :  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID

With a smartphone in hand and a team of friends and/or family, you can go on a scavenger hunt that covers the entire downtown Boise.  Receive clues on your phone that will lead you and your team to historical locations where you will complete challenges, and maybe even learn a little more about your local history.  Using the promo code GOOUTLOCAL you and a team of 2-5 people can take on this adventure for only $39.20 per team. This opportunity is a fun way to learn history while spending time with your loved ones.

Winter Garden aGlow

Monday, November 19th through Saturday, January 5th:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Last admissions will be at 8:45 p.m.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, Idaho

Come experience the magic of the gardens this holiday season.  Over 380,000 sparkling lights twinkle from the trees of the garden. The gates will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.  They will be open no matter the weather and don’t be surprised if Santa comes for a visit. Don’t miss out on this spectacular display that is sure to brighten your holidays.

The Forgotten Carols Play

Monday, November 26, 2018:  7:30 pm

Morrison Center, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane. Boise, Idaho

Don’t miss this enchanting, and witty musical which tells the story of Connie Lou a disenchanted nurse assigned to take care of an elderly man named only Uncle John for the holidays.  This charming, mysterious, eccentric gentleman introduces her to a different look at the holidays, encouraging her to open her heart to others, and the joy of the holiday season.

Festival of Trees

November 21st to 25th, 10am – 9pm

Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho

This is the 35th anniversary of this charming event to benefit St. Alphonsus Hospital.  There will be an elaborate display of decorated trees which will be for sale. Performers from around the valley will perform, and share their talents.  Santa will be available to listen to holiday wishes, and for photos at the North Pole Village. Look for the K- 6 art contest, Train display, and the Lego display.

The month of November is chock full of exciting things to do that will make your holidays extraordinary.  Don’t forget to take some time this busy holiday season to have fun, and get involved in the community. Make sure you leave all the holiday preparations behind for a while and participate in the wonder of the season.  You won’t regret it.

 

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September Events Around Boise

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!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

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.

Albertsons Boise Open

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.

Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt

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!

Earth Wind and Fire

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!

Oktoberfest

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.

Corwyn’s Cause Sunshine Gala

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.