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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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July Activities around Boise

July Events

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.

4th of July Fireworks

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.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

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.

Emmett Farmers Market

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.

Dashboard Confessional

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!

2017 Canyon County Fair

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.