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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Now that Valentine’s Day and February have passed, it is time to turn our attention to springtime and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in the month of March. Spring is right around the corner, so hopefully the snow and ice are behind us so we can enjoy some amazing activities. Here are 5 of the things you can look forward to this month in the Treasure Valley.
A Streetcar Named Desire: March 3 – 11th, various times
This is an amazing play by Tennessee Williams that was successful on Broadway and on the road. Featuring the character of Blanche du Boise, who shuns the reality of life in favor of romantic illusions. This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and continues to be popular in theaters today. I’m especially excited to go because I have a friend in the play!
More about the Boise Little Theater from their website: “ Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with an unwavering dedication to amateur theatrical quality. For over 65 years we have produced plays in all genres: contemporary and classical, comedy, drama and musicals. BLT is one of the longest running community theaters in America”.
March 11th, Doors Open at 4:00 PM/ Show Starts at 5:00 PM
Jeff Dunham’s mixture of puppetry and stand-up comedy is legendary, making him one of the most popular comedians of his time. Lucky for us, on the 11th of March, he is bringing his special brand of comedy and storytelling to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena to show off for the whole Treasure Valley.
It is sure to be a great show, so be sure to grab your tickets fast! Tickets are between $47.50 and $35.50. Doors open at 4:00 PM, the show starts at 5:00 PM.
Simply Cats is a great organization that specializes in feline adoption. They are a no-kill adoption center which means that they won’t put a cat down if no one adopts them. While helping out our furry feline friends is awesome, it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, to keep this place going they have to ask for donations and host fundraisers. Catsino is one of those fundraisers.
Catsino is a fun Las Vegas style gambling event, however, instead of a big casino getting a lot of money, money goes to supporting the cats that they try to save. To register for this event be sure to check out their website!
March 22nd to 26th
Treefort is a Music Festival like none other. This multi-day, multi-locational event is one of Boise’s most anticipated events. It brings together musicians, artists, and enthusiasts from all over to enjoy the sweet sound of local music. There are hundreds of events going on during the week of Treefort so you should definitely check out their website for a full list because Treefort has so many great local deals and events. Some of these include art shows, local food, and much more.
March 30th to April 1st
The FIRST Robotics Completion Regional is a competition for high school aged robotics fans where they can show off their wildest creations. Builders can test their robots skills, get insights from other builders, and so much more at FIRST Robotics.
First Robotics Competitions are an attempt to inspire a new generation of people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their website for more information about locations, times, teams, and donations.
Boise is a wonderful place to be during the early springtime. Aside from the events that we listed above, there are more and more outdoor opportunities popping up with the warming weather. So, no matter what you like to do, no one is going to go away bored this month!
If you are looking for fun things there are to do in the Boise area this July, then you will not be disappointed, and if you thought that nothing could top June’s activities, then you are going to really love what the Treasure Valley has to offer this month! July is all about summer fun, and while there are many events out there that are diverse, there are many musical activities to get excited about this month. However, before we delve into the rock and roll and contemporary concerts we have to look forward to, let’s take a second to check out . . .
855 S. Impressions Ct. Nampa, ID
Nampa Idaho is home to many great things, and one of them is its large variety of community activities there are. The Craft Corner is kind of like a fair for arts and crafts. Many people from around the area will being their wares together to sell, trade, and market their crafts and craft services. It is great for the crafty person in all of us.
For more information about the Craft Corner, click the link at the beginning of this section, or call their number at (208) 890-6909.
Taco Bell Arena
Doors open at 6:30 for this amazing show. Like we said earlier, July is the month for music, and the band KISS will kick it all off on July 7th. This concert will be one to remember as Gene Simons, Paul Stanley, and the rest of the KISS band rock Boise to its core.
Tickets for this great show range from around $40 to $125 each depending on your seat. But you better order them now before they are all gone. This is a long expected event that is going to draw many spectators.
July 8th to July 23
4802 Emerald St. Boise
If you like the stage, then you will love the Stage Coach Theater. It is a great way to enjoy good quality entertainment right here in the heart of Boise. This thrilling play will be put on by the Stage Coach Theater several times this month on different days. So, be sure to check out their website for more information on the exact days that it will be performed.
Outlaw Field— Idaho Botanical Gardens
Next on our list of great musical performances is the great Phillip Phillips. The American Idol winner will be performing at the Idaho Botanical Gardens amongst the Garden’s fabulous vegetation. It will be a night to remember as both Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson perform some of their greatest hits here in the City of Trees.
Tickets for this show are different depending on if you are a Botanical Gardens Member or not. Member’s tickets cost $37.50 and the general admission tickets are $42.50.
Ford Idaho Center
Also on the 14th of July, Meghan Trainor will be performing on stage at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. So, if you are “all about that bass”, then you are going to love this opportunity. Meghan Trainor’s “The Untouchable Tour” will be stopping here between concerts in places like Rosemont, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and San Jose, California.
This will be a great concert for all music fans, and tickets are priced very affordably as well. The Idaho Center tickets range from $30 to $50 (plus ticketing fees) and doors open at 6:00 PM that Thursday. But be sure to buy your tickets now, the price will increase $5 for each ticket on the day of the performance.
July 14th is a great day for events in the Treasure Valley, so, no matter what you want to do, you are going to find something you like. This event, unlike the Meghan Trainor and Phillip Phillips’ concerts, is free to the public.
The Boise Depot is a historical building that served as the train station for the area for a good long while. It has been closed and preserved as a community heirloom of sorts for many years now and is a great way to take a walk through history. Usually, the Depot is only open for visits on Mondays from 8-5 and you can’t get guided tours (to our knowledge)
During the summers here in the Treasure Valley, there are these amazing community events called Movies Under the Stars where the city puts on a free movie screening at a park in either Boise or Meridian. They are great events that start with games at 7:00 PM that last until sundown when they start the movie. On July 30th they will be watching the movie Pan. (There will also be a showing of the movie Minions on the 9th of July at Julia Davis Park)
For more information about the movies they will be showing all summer, click the link at the head of this section to check out the Facebook page!
I was just told about this great production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The play is done entirely by children. I plan on taking my girls to it, but didn’t want to wait to write about it since it will almost be over by the time we can go. One of my friends that attended the play said it was awesome. Here are some details:
November 18 – December 17, 2011
‘The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever’.
It is based on a book. The Herdman children tell the story of Christmas even though some of them have rarely, if ever been to church. It is a great humorous read with some life lessons thrown in too.
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: