March Events in the Treasure Valley
A popular saying among those native in the Treasure Valley goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 30 minutes.” If you don’t like the weather we have had these past few days, you’re not alone; after all, it’s not fun to go from a pseudo-spring to the dead of winter in the matter of a week. If you are feeling these February blues like many of us are, here are some events in March going on all over the Valley that you can mark on your calendars:
March 1st, Downtown
Starting off in the Capital City, the monthly First Thursday event takes place this upcoming Thursday evening in downtown Boise. This event is catered to visitors of the City of Trees, putting on exhibition some of the best of what downtown Boise has to offer in the way of shops, restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities. Beginning right as the work day ends, the festivities begin at 5 pm, and conclude mostly around 9 pm. At all First Thursday events in Boise, there is a little bit of everything, appealing to a variety of interests. If art in its many varieties calls to you, there are always art events, featuring mostly local artists that use a multitude of mediums. If you love the idea of a relaxing dinner carried aloft by with a touch of musical prose, there are restaurants downtown that can suit those desires. Local musicians of many genres play in various venues downtown, providing live entertainment sure to spice up your evening. In those shops that participate in the event, you can find First Thursday shopping specials, sure to be kind on your pocketbook as well as on your sensibilities.
March 1st & 2nd, Nampa Civic Center
If you’re looking for a mixture of “the magic of Broadway and the energy of a rock show with the excitement of Irish dance”, the Nampa Civic Center is poised to host the kick off show of the “Rockin’ Road to Dublin” tour. The brainchild of Celtic rocker Chris Smith and Irish Dance World Champion Scott Doherty, this event is sure to be something you will never forget. As Chris Smith says, “This isn’t your typical Irish dance show.” Tickets have been on sale since January, but there is still time left to procure seating for either the March 1st show or the March 2nd show before the act leaves town. The show will also feature three time international Irish dance champion Ashley Smith as the female lead dancer, as well as the Broadway dance choreographer Jeff Whiting.
March 10th, Nampa, ID
If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, and if the briskness of early spring doesn’t bother you, the self described, “Cure for Cabin Fever” is being held on March 10 in Nampa. This “cure” is a hike centered around the remnants of the historic Oregon Trail that can be found just outside of Nampa, overlooking the Boise River and the beautiful landscape of the Treasure Valley. This gem of an opportunity to get your hike on begins at 9:30 am and concludes just after 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Worried about the hike? The trail is graded as a beginner level hike, and therefore the only challenge to you is to get out of bed that early on a Saturday morning.
March 21st through 25th, Downtown Boise
Going back to the east side of the Treasure Valley, the annual Treefort Music Festival will cap off the end of the month, going from the 21st of the month to the 25th. Treefort is always a big deal for Boise, spanning many venues and bringing out the city in a celebration of spring, of Boise, and especially of music. This festival draws musicians and groups from all over the country, with a healthy lineup of local musicians complimenting the wide variety of acts set to play in the festival. Treefort is unique in the sense that all the concerts will not be held at one venue, rather at multiple venues, encouraging visitors to see the city, take in the sights, food, and sounds of City of Trees, as well as the magnificent music. Treefort is one of Boise’s most prestigious events, one that is an absolute must for any self respecting music lover.
March 23rd through 25th, Boise Centre on the Grove
Around that same time, the annual Boise Flower & Garden Show will bloom from March 23rd to the 25th. This event is a welcome embrace of spring time after a (usually) cold winter, mustering with many different flowers, decorative plants and vegetables on display. Featured as part of this event are workshops that demonstrate how to properly utilize your green thumb in a variety of ways, as well as experts on hand to give advice from anything from horticulture to landscaping. Also as part of this event will be plants, starts and seeds for sale, as well as multiple other lawn and gardening necessities.
This is just a portion of the events that are available in the Treasure Valley, but some we thought you may enjoy. Spring is just around the corner!
The Nampa Civic Center is another great event facility that offers shows, musicals, and comedy acts. Many performing art companies book this facility for their shows.
Located at 311 Third Street South in Nampa, this facility opened in the 1970’s to provide an event center for the surrounding community. We enjoyed a local play there last year. It’s a great way to support area artists and be entertained at the same time! Here are some events coming up:
- A Christmas Carol:
Friday, December 09, 2011 07:30PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011 01:30PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011 07:30PM
Friday, December 16, 2011 07:30PM
Saturday, December 17, 2011 01:30PM
Saturday, December 17, 2011 07:30PM
Presented by Music Theatre of Idaho.
‘Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment in Alan Menken’s Ahrens’-Mike Okrent’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This is the version that leaves New Yorkers and tourists alike gasping in wonder and merriment every year as the story unfolds on the stage at Madison Square Garden. The score is filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics. Their song “A Place Called Home” has become a holiday standard. The MTI last performed this holiday favorite in 2008.’
- The Elvis Christmas Show
Sunday, December 11, 2011 07:00PM
‘Join Stacey Wayne as Elvis with His Blue Moon Boys Band in this entertaining and exciting Christmas Show. There will also be a tribute to Frank Sinatra by Adam Gottesman. Produced by Scorpion Entertainment and Music Theater of Idaho this show is sure to be a crowd pleaser’.
- The Bells of Christmas
Sunday, December 18, 2011 04:00PM
‘Come join in this annual tradition of beautiful Christmas music with an opportunity to support the Salvation Army of Nampa the 6th Annual “Kettle Koncert” This Bells of Christmas Show features Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist and Sean Rogers, pianist; with special guests: SOUNDWAVE! (Advanced handbell choir from Gem State Academy) ‘
- New Years Eve with High Street
Saturday, December 31, 2011 07:00PM
‘High Street, a ten piece show band with a five-piece horn section, is known for their aesthetic appeal, their solid musicianship and their ability to get the place jumpin’ with their special brand of high energy and quality showmanship. One of the Northwest’s most entertaining bands, their repertoire includes cover songs and originals in a mixture of swing, blues, R & B, Latin, oldies, and ballads. Their music is infectious to crowds of all ages. Ring in the New Year with us! Enjoy dinner, a concert, and dancing as well as a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight.
This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early!!!’
Check out their events for the 2012 too. There are musicals and comedies as well as concerts: http://www.nampaciviccenter.com/events.php
If you are interested in renting this facility for your event go to: