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!
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!
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.
I am hoping that my family gets healthy this week so we don’t miss going to the Botanical Garden Winter Garden aGlow before Christmas. I guess the good news is that it is open until January 8 so we can still make it a post Christmas activity. So beautiful and an awesome outing.
If you have never been to the Botanical Garden during the holidays, you are missing a great family experience. They have over 250,000 lights and they are truly amazing. During December they have special visits from Santa and Prancer. There is also a Holiday Express Model train through the end of the month. Don’t worry about getting hungry…there are food vendors to feed you and there are hot drinks to warm you.
Mondays are carpool nights and a whole carload gains entry for $20.00 (6 person maximum) which is a great deal.
Click the link below for more information on hours and special December visits: