October is one of the most fun months of the year. There are many great activities to frighten us, to help us have fun, and to give us reasons to celebrate. There’s no reason to ever feel bored during this month. Here are some ideas of things to keep your month hopping.
Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018
9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Idaho’s Botanical Gardens: 2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID
The Idaho Botanical Gardens is having their 11th annual Scarecrow Stroll. Scattered among the beautiful gardens will be displays of 31 scarecrows. These scarecrows are created by people and organizations throughout the community. Everyone is invited to stroll through the garden to view these fantastic scarecrows. If you’re a member, admission is free. If you’re not a member then adult tickets cost $7, seniors 65 or older is $5, youth ages 5-12 are also $5, and children 4 and younger are free. Don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow.
Friday, September 21 until Saturday, November 3
1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, ID: Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm and Saturday 10am – 11pm. Closed on Sunday
Field of Screams: open from dark until 11 pm every Friday and Saturday nights of October.
Each year the cornfield is cut into a unique maze and is the Farmstead’s main attraction. But, if you’re looking for something a little more daring then a Field of Screams just might be for you. The Farmstead also has a Pumpkin Patch which can be accessed by foot or by hayride. You know you’ll get hungry while you’re there having fun so make sure you bring a picnic, or just buy food at the Farmstead. There will be plenty available.
Saturday, October 6th, 9 am to 1 pm. Julia Davis Park BandShell
The Idaho Humane Society is having their 26th Annual Dog Walk and Festival. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will feature demonstrations, contests, food, and more. You can choose from a one-mile long walk through the park or a 5k Fun Run. This event attracts more than 3000 participants both two-legged and four-legged. So, bring your furry friends and help support the Idaho Humane Society.
Saturday, October 25, 10 am to 5 pm. Boise Zoo
Animal lovers of the Treasure Valley, this is your opportunity to indulge in your love for dressing up and to satiate your sweet tooth at the same time. Costume-clad workers will be distributing candy to all visitors. There will be costume contests, face painting, fun, and games. And if you haven’t yet picked up a pumpkin to decorate, no worries there will be a pumpkin patch available as well. All proceeds go to benefit the zoo.
Friday, October 26 – All Ages Night 10+-year-olds: Saturday, October 27 – Adults only
7pm – 11pm, The Old Penitentiary: 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise
The Adult night is exclusively for ages 18 and up. You will need to show your ID to take this tour. You will be taken through the haunted Cell House where you will be scared to death and have fun doing it. You’ll have an opportunity to watch Zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. There will be a costume contest, pizza, tacos, beer, wine and more. Admission is $15. For $30 you can go on a private, one and a half hour tour through the cemetery, penitentiary, the haunted Cell House and see actual mugshots of the former felons of Idaho. This private tour will be guided by members of the International Paranormal Reporting Group. There will also be a Frightened Felons Family Night held on Saturday, October 26th from 7 pm to 11 pm. Although this is a family-friendly event, it is recommended that only 10-year-olds and older attend.
Friday, September 21 – October 30, Monday -Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm and Sundays Closed.
7165 S Linder Rd., Meridian
At Linder Farms you will find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, concession stand, a petting zoo, giant slide, tire playground, pedal tractors, corn box, straw bale pyramid, straw bale maze, and more. It also hosts Zombie Acres which is a unique paintball adventure. Armed with a paintball gun, you’ll ride a bus through a field teeming with zombies. Never a dull moment.
With so many fun things to do during October, it could be easy to spend more time having fun than doing the things you’re supposed to do!
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.
Spring is officially here, Treasure Valley— and it is beautiful! The weather has finally warmed up, the sunshine is raining down on us, and a lot of Treasure Valley residents are gearing up for full-on vacation mode. Well, while there are plenty of fun and awesome things to do in the Treasure Valley’s outdoor hot spots, there are also some fun and exciting things going on in town that you might want to be aware of. Here are a few of the Treasure Valley events we have going on in April.
Boise State University/ Other Locations in downtown Boise, April 5th to April 7th
The people of Boise love jazz and the Gene Harris Jazz Festival is the prime example of this. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a 3 day event at several different locations throughout Boise. There are lots of fun things to do and is a great way to enjoy jazz from talented musicians right here in the Treasure Valley. It is a tradition that has lasted for two decades now. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival so it is sure to be one of the best jazz festivals the city of Boise has ever seen. So, be sure to head downtown April 5th through April 7th to take in some of the fantastic shows, clinics, and lessons brought to you by both local and regional jazz performers and teachers.
Check out the website for more information, schedule, and ticket pricing.
Stage Coach Theatre, April 14th through 29th on various days
For those of you who are excited for spring theater performances, then look no further than the Stage Coach Theatre off of Emerald Road in Boise. Coming in April this beloved Boise treasure presents “Mauritius”— a Dramatic Comedy. Here is an excerpt from the description of the play from its EventBrite.com page:
“After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world.”
Discovery Center of Idaho, Throughout the Month of April
If you like science and discovery of any kind, then you really need to head down to the Discovery Center during the month of April to see the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever to be found! This relic of years past was dug up in South Dakota by archeologists working in and around the Black Mountains. The archeologist that found the dinosaur originally is named Susan, so the group thought it best to name the T-Rex after her, hence why the skeleton’s name is Sue.
To date it is still the most complete T-Rex skeleton to be found so it is easily one of the most important and profound scientific finds in geological and archeological history. To fully appreciate how special this dinosaur is however, you have to see it for your own eyes. She is a massive 40 foot long skeleton that towers 12 feet in the air above guests to the Discovery center. Before you go though, it is advised, however that you take some time to watch the documentary about Sue’s discovery and history since leaving the ground. It is a fascinating documentary called “Dinosaur 13” which can be found on Netflix and through several other mediums. It really is a must watch.
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy
Taco Bell Arena, April 22nd
Laughter is usually quoted as being the best medicine, and it certainly is when it comes to cabin fever. Now that you are free to spread your wings after our long winter, you ought to take a moment and go see the rowdy and hilarious comedy of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy. Arguably two of the most well-known comedians of our day, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy bring their special brand of comedy to Boise’s own Taco Bell Arena Saturday April 22nd. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to snag yours while you have the chance!
We hope that you have a fun and safe April and that the suggestions we made today help you to get the most out of your free time this spring.
2017 is now in full-swing and everything seems to be getting back to normal after all the crazy snow! Hopefully the snow didn’t cause you to miss any of the fun things there was to do in January. Whether it did or not, let’s hope that February offers us some better weather to go along with the many more fun and interesting events we have going on in the Treasure Valley during this the second month of 2017.
February 1st to 5th
The McCall Winter Carnival is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Though it doesn’t take place in Boise, but rather in McCall which is 2 hours north of here, it is still a tradition that people from the Treasure Valley trek up north for almost every year. Thousands of people flock to McCall during the Winter Carnival to enjoy the plethora of great activities in and around this snowy paradise. This year you can expect to see fairs, parades, and, of course, the famous McCall ice sculpture contest. The carnival is a multiday event that spans from the end of January to the 5th of February and no matter what it is you plan to do while you are there it is a great way to combat the cold winter blues this February.
If you have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters before then you need to get tickets for their show on February 9th at the Idaho Center. Their show offers clean comedy, intense basketball tricks, and life lessons that will stick with for the rest of your life. You can find tickets at the Idaho Center or online at www.ictickets.com/event/default.aspx?id=1730. They also accept phone orders between 10 AM and 8 PM at (208) 442-3232.
The Harlem Globetrotters is truly a fun and friendly event that is appropriate and entertaining for all ages.
February 10th to 12th
Attention golf enthusiasts! The Boise Golf and Travel Show is the best way to get to know all the new things coming to the golfing world. There will be shows and exhibits as well as all sorts of contests. It is put on at the Expo Idaho on the border of Boise and Garden City off of Glenwood and Chinden. Tickets can be bought for several prices. It is $12.00 for general admission and $20.00 for a VIP ticket if bought in advance. At the gate these VIP tickets are $25.00 apiece.
February 18th to 19th
Flea Markets are a great way to spend time this month. You can get killer deals, find items you never knew you needed, and even make some new friends from around town. This only comes around a handful of times a year so better get down there at 9 AM on Saturday or 10 AM on Sunday to get all the good deals before they’re gone.
Admission is $2.00 a person; children under 12 are free.
February 25th to 26th
There are many interesting facts about Idaho that many people don’t know and one of them is that Idaho is known as the Gem State. This is due to the many types of gems, minerals, precious metals, and non-precious metals of all kinds here in Idaho including the elusive Star Garnet.
Thanks to this large amount of gems that can be found here, Idaho has become a gathering place for geologist, jewelers and gem enthusiasts from all over. The Gem and Mineral Show is a place that all gem admirers can come together to buy, sell, trade, and learn all things gems and minerals. There will even be demonstrations in things like silversmithing, faceting and so on.
Admission to the Idaho Gem and Mineral Show is $4.00 a person with children under 12 getting in for free.
This is just a small sampling of things to do around Boise in February. There are dozens more things to do with a little research. The Treasure Valley has many fun and exciting events to offer its residents and visitors so we are confident that you’re going to have a great February here with us
OK – so it feels a little strange writing about parks in late December. I’m as disappointed as anyone about the lack of snow for our winter sports. However, why not take advantage of this warm weather to enjoy some area parks, the river, biking or fishing.
As long as the trails aren’t wet, Camel’s Back park is a fantastic place to work off some of your post holiday indulgences. Most adults and kids alike love the ‘hill’ at the park and the challenge to climb it. The best part of the park is that it offers so much. You can enjoy biking trails along the perimeter that lead you down 9th street to additional trails, plus hiking trails are accessible all over the North side of the park. The kids can enjoy the great play equipment on the flat portion to the West. If you’re a tennis fan, there are tennis courts available. AND there is a huge portion of flat grassy area for people to play games like flag football, ultimate frisbee, soccer, lacrosse, or whatever other impromptu game that we don’t usually have the luxury of playing outdoors in late December. Another bonus…It’s free!
I don’t know about you, but I’m signing off early today to hit the greenbelt and throw a line in the water.