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July Events around Boise

July

July is a time to celebrate and the Treasure Valley does not disappoint.  There are a vast amount of events and activities throughout the month to help you have fun and explore your patriotic side.  Following are just a few of the many exciting opportunities to leave your TV and grill behind and participate in some fun activities in our community.

Boise Chalk Art Festival

July 4th:  8 am to 4 pm at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Do you like to watch sidewalk chalk artists bring a picture to life?  Then come watch local artists work their magic creating a 4th of July masterpiece on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park. This fun activity is free for spectators but if your inner artist wishes to participate, there is a fee.  For ages 12-17 the fee is $10, ages 18+ it is $15, and if you have a team of two to four the cost is $20. For more information call: 208-608-7644.

Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th:  10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! at the fireworks show at Ann Morrison Park.  Beginning at 4 pm food and beer vendors will open their doors to provide you with their culinary delights. Be aware ahead of time of road closures close to the park.  For more information about the event and parking just click here.  If downtown Boise is not your speed, don’t worry, there are a variety of other shows all around the valley.  You can find more information about these and other events here and here.

First Thursday

Thursday, Jul 05:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come to Downtown Boise and experience FIRST THURSDAY. This unique way to shop is held the first Thursday of each month until December 6th, 2018.  Downtown merchants throw open their doors to shoppers, dinners and passers-by to participate in special in-store events. These events range from wine tasting to art exhibits to charity events.  Let the downtown merchants show you a better way to shop.

Flavorful Fairy Tales: “The Gruffalo”

Thursday, July 12:  4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

This parent/child activity is a fun way to spend some quality time together.  Participants will read the book “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and make their own Gruffalo Crumble. This story is of a clever mouse who is taking a walk through the woods.  Through smart thinking, he manages to avoid being eaten. After the reading, participants will make and enjoy their own homemade Gruffalo crumble. There will also be crafts and a lot of fun.  $15 per participant.

Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, July 17th:  7 pm.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, General Admission:  $56.00, Member Admission: $51.00

Tickets are available at the Taco Bell Arena/Ticketmaster.com. For more information contact the Idaho Botanical Gardens.

Singer, songwriter and actress, Sheryl Crow, will rock the Treasure Valley this July in a one-night performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  This Grammy Award-winning artist has graced the stages of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart since the mid-1980’s. Now she will be gracing the stage at the Botanical Gardens.

Navigating Distress Through Self Compassion

Wednesday, July 18:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, BOISE, ID 83702

Negative feelings or “emotional distress” are a part of the human experience.  These feelings can be harmful and hinder us from reaching our true potential. Join psychotherapist Sidrah Khan on an excursion of self-discovery.  Learn how to be more kind and gentle with yourself when in times of emotional distress. Learn tools to help you move toward better understanding and compassion toward yourself and others.

Cirque Italia

July 12-16 & July 19-22

Boise Towne Square, 350 North Milwaukee, Boise, ID 83704:  In the parking lot near SEARS

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

This aquatic circus is sure to please people of all ages.  Let these performers thrill you with their fantastic abilities, technological prowess and the elements of water all swirled together into an exhilarating production.  This everyone-friendly and pocketbook friendly show will feature pirates, fountains, jugglers, jet skies, the wheel of death and much, much more. It is rumored that there may also be a visit from a dinosaur.  This fantastic show is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi and Chanté DeMoustes. Come and join the fun.

Mama Mia!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho

Every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8/31/2018

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the play Mama Mia!  This musical is about a young woman’s search for her birth father.  The night before her wedding three men arrives claiming to be her father.  Come see how everything pans out in this comical storyline interwoven with the iconic songs of ABBA.

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January Events around Boise

January 2018 Events in the Boise Area

Happy New Year!  It is now officially 2018 and the Treasure Valley is hitting the ground running with almost countless numbers of awesome events for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s dive right in! Here are 6 of the top events you should look out for this month in Boise.

Game Time at JUMP

Jan 6th:  12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you enjoy board and card games with friends, then you are definitely going to enjoy this awesome event at JUMP on the 6th of January: ‘Game Time’. Game Time is a free event that is going to be held every first Saturday of the month in January, February, and March. It is a time when you can gather, bring whatever games you want to play and have fun with friends and other visitors to the JUMP Center.

It starts at noon and goes until 2:00 PM and will be located in the lobby of the JUMP Center.

Falun Dafa: A Qigong Workshop

Jan 13th:  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

Another great free event that you can find at the JUMP Center is the Falun Dafa Qigong Workshop. It is much like yoga but from China. However, unlike yoga, instead of twisting and bending, you do slow movements to help activate your muscles, loosen your joints, and so on. It looks a lot like Tai Chi, but without the intent to fight.

It will be a wonderful hour-long workshop that will go over exercises to boost your health, reduce stress, and help you grow emotionally. It will be held in the Move Studio at JUMP which is on the 5th floor.

Readings and Conversation with Jesmyn Ward

Jan 16th:  7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Egyptian Theater

The Cabin, a center for readers and writers, is an organization here in Boise that tries to promote writing for the general public. They are located right next door to the downtown branch of the Boise library. However, for this event, the Readings and Conversations with Jesmyn Ward, will be down the road at the illustrious Egyptian Theater.

At this event, you can hear from Ward and learn about her journey, her writing, and so much more. From what we can tell, the event is free—but you should check before you go.

Justin Moore Concert

Jan 21st: 6:00 PM, Ford Idaho Center

If you are looking for some great music to warm you up during the deep winter of January, then you will surely enjoy this great concert by Justin Moore. Moore is a country music star and is stopping in Nampa as part of his Hell on a Highway tour. However, you won’t just get to hear from Moore, you will also get to hear from the awesome Dylan Scott!

Tickets are on sale now and range in price depending on how far away they are from the stage. Doors open at 6 PM and the concert starts at 7:30 PM.

The Writer’s Toolbox – Revision Workshop

Jan 25:  6:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you are an aspiring writer, then you may want to check out the Writer’s Toolbox Revision Workshop. It is a $20 event that will how to better critique your own work and as well as someone else’s. However, most importantly, you will also be able to bond with other local writers, get more ideas, and learn what resources you have available.

The people who are putting on the Revision Workshop are also doing a workshop called ‘Capturing Story through Objects’ in February and ‘Creating a Story Spine’ in March.

Dinosaur Cupcakes

Jan 25th:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place

If you don’t want to swing by the Writer’s Toolbox on the 25th, you should definitely head over to the Dinosaur Cupcakes event. It is a $25 event that will cover recipes and tricks for making awesome cupcakes. They will also go over how to shape and mold your cupcakes to make fantastic shapes and arrangements— specifically dinosaurs. There are only 12 spaces available, so be sure to get your ticket now. It will be held at 6 PM on the 25th of January in the JUMP Center lobby.

As you can tell, January of 2018 is going to be pretty eventful here in the Treasure Valley. Thanks to these and many other great events that we couldn’t mention here, there will be plenty of things to do during this chilly month! Be sure to check back here later on for more information about what you can expect when February rolls around.