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September Activities in Boise

September Events

Summer is coming to a close and we are starting to see some shifts– in the season and even a shift in the kinds of activities the Treasure Valley has to offer. While the events of July and August were great, they are nothing compared to the events we have going on in Boise during the month of September. This month is going to be full of great fun, excitement, and a lot of unforgettable memories.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

August 31st to September 4th

There are few things that compare to watching a hot air balloon take to the sky and gently glide above the city, and the awesome part is, here in Boise we get 5 whole days of it! During the end of August and the beginning of September is when the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic (a hot air balloon festival) is held. It is a time for hot air balloon pilots, enthusiasts, and spectators to gather and watch these majestic creations lift off into the cool morning air. It is a great time, even for those who do not go down to the launch ceremony as everyone in the valley can see these tens of hot air balloons floating above downtown.

Boise State Broncos vs Washington State Cougars

September 10th

Bronco football is one of the most popular late summer and fall activity in the Treasure Valley. During September, football fans of all types gather round a television, trek to the blue field of the Albertson’s stadium, or even hop on a plane to follow the team to away games, just to get another dose of Bronco Football.

The first home game of the season is against our neighbors to the north: the Washington State Cougars. They will come down and play the broncos on the night of the 10th. You can watch this game on ESPN, but if you want the real experience you have to head down to watch the game at Albertson’s Stadium— there is nothing like it.

Blink-182 Concert

September 15th

If you are a fan of 90s, 2000’s or 2010’s punk rock, then this is a concert you need to check out. The famous band Blink-182 is coming to the Taco Bell Arena this month to give the City of Trees a concert it will never forget.

To celebrate their newest album (California) Blink-182 is going on tour through the US and Canada bringing their pop and punk music to life once again. You can get tickets to this great show through the Taco Bell Arena website. Tickets range from $25 to $75 for varying seating choices (the $75 choice is for general admission, however it is the closest to the stage).

Hyde Park Street Fair

September 16th to 18th

Boise is a wonderful place to live and there are few of its neighborhoods that are as eclectic and attractive as the North End. In the North End, there is Hyde Park, one of the most prominent streets in the whole city. Every year, Hyde Park holds a street fair to celebrate the community and have a good time. This year’s street fair will be held on the 16th through the 18th of September. Check out the North End website for more details.

Def Leppard Concert

September 28th

Considered one of the best rock bands of all-time, Def Leppard is a band that easily creates quite the hype. Their upcoming Boise concert is looking like it will be an event that everyone will want to attend. This legendary rock band is performing at the Taco Bell Arena on the 28th. Tickets are scarce, but you can find them on the Taco Bell Arena website. They are a bit more expensive than the ones you would get for a concert like Blink-182, but they are totally worth it to the passionate fan.

Boise, and the rest of the Treasure Valley, is such a wonderful place. Whether you are looking for great events, a serene place to live, or just to have fun, then you are definitely on the right track. Now, these aren’t the only things that our little corner of Idaho has to offer during September. There are many more awesome things to do here, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

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Fun July Activities

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 . . .

Craft Corner,

July 1

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.

KISS Freedom Rock Tour,

July 7th

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.

Deadly Murder— Stage Coach Theater

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.

Phillip Phillips

July 14th

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.

Meghan Trainor

July 14th

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.

Boise Depot Open House

July 14th

Boise Depot

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)

Movies Under the Stars— Pan

July 30th

Jullion Park

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!

June Events

June Events in Boise

Spring is coming to a close and the first warm days of summer are starting to creep up on us here in the Treasure Valley which, for Boiseans, is a sign for many fun things to come. After the many outdoor activities that the Boise area has to offer, there are also these, and many other, great events in the area for you to enjoy. So, if you are looking for some fun ways to spend the first few weeks of summer, then start off with these great events happening right here in the City of Trees!

Art and Rose

June 5th

Are you a fan of fine arts? Do you like experiencing the great beauties of many cultures? What about getting great décor for your home or office from local artists? If you said yes to any of those questions, then you are going to love the Art and Roses event on the 5th of June.  The event starts at 10:00 AM and goes until 6:00 PM at Julia Davis Park near the Art Museum and admission is free! There will be over 50 different artists from Southwest Idaho selling all sorts of things from sculptures to paintings and everything else you can imagine. However, if you get hungry, or want to take a break from shopping, you can get yourself a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors and sit down to watch some of the musical entertainment that will be playing throughout the day.

Paint the Town

June 11th

Paint the Town is an annual event put on by the NeighborWorks program here in Boise. It is a volunteer program that paints the houses of people in the community that are in need. How they select the persons’ homes they will work on isn’t exactly clear, but what is clear is that this community program is a massive scale service project that not only helps out those in need, but brings the community closer together.

The houses that are to be painted are divided up and given to groups of volunteers; groups that you can create yourself by gather friends, neighbors, coworkers and so forth, which is a great team building exercise and volunteer opportunity. However, if you don’t want to gather your own group, you can get to know some other people in the community by joining a group that is already formed.

Neil deGrasse Tyson- An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

June 15th

If you are a fan of educational programming, astronomy, or just gazing up on the night sky, then you are going to want to be at Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show coming to the Morrison Center this month. Mr. Tyson is famous for his educational shows on astronomy, astrophysics, and the wide world of science and we are lucky enough to have him here in Boise on his 2016 tour.

Buy your tickets now so you won’t miss the great and inspiring words of Neil degrasse Tyson as he shares his knowledge of the universe through enlightening narratives and riveting explanations. Tickets range from $85 to $250.

 

Boise Hawks V. Salem-Keizer

June 20th

“Take me out the ball game!” is the saying, and if you too are saying that this summer, then you won’t want to miss the Boise Hawk’s first home game of the season! Watch them take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes from Oregon in this long awaited game. Enjoy a night at the ball park with food, great entertainment, and much more.

Tickets can be bought via the Boise Hawks website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t480

Boise Music Festival

June 25th

Easily one of the most long awaited concerts of the year, the Boise Music Festival is an all-day event that gives you the best of today’s music. This year the lineup includes great musicians like Coolio, Andy Grammer, Nelly, and Daughtry— not to mention a lot of local bands!

The Boise Music Festival will be held at Expo Idaho on Chinden across from Fred Meyer. It is a fantastic event that is sure to knock your socks off. Be sure to stay hydrated and get there early for good parking!

Tickets can be bought via the Boise Music Festival website.

 

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

June 30th

Fans of reggae, folk, and or rock music should take note of this concert! Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are coming to Garden City this June on their United States and Canada tour. They will be playing at the Revolution Concert House on Chinden starting at 7:30.

It is a great concert that will certainly make your summer with their inspiring and tasteful music. Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Get your tickets now by visiting ticketfly.com’s website by clicking here.

For more information about all the great things that are happening in Boise and the Treasure Valley, keep checking back on this page! We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the awesome activities and events this great city has to offer!

Discover Bodies Revealed at the Discovery Center

This week-end is going to be a little chilly so why not take the opportunity to see some fascinating real life science at the Discover Center in downtown Boise?

Bodies Revealed is a real life display of bodies.  It shows muscles, skeleton, and organs of true dissected and preserved human bodies.  It gives people insight of the different systems in the human body.  It also shows people how lifestyle choices can affect their organs and tissues.

For a great factual PDF click on the link below.

http://www.scidaho.org/Library/MediaInfo/BODIES_REVEALED_COMBINED_FAQ.pdf

The Discovery Center is located at 131 W Myrtle St, Boise ID 83702.

Map/Directions and link to The Discovery Center attached below:

http://www.scidaho.org/Visit_Us/Map_and_Directions.php

 

 

 

There is still Time to Catch Some Basketball!

Basketball season is not over yet!  At least it’s not for the Idaho Stampede.

Get downtown to cheer on the team and have a fun night out.

The Idaho Stampede is one of the minor league teams for the Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers and the Denver Nuggets.  Many of the Idaho Stampede players in past years have moved on to a professional career.  The venue has entertainment for the whole family;  Jump houses for kids, good food and drink for adults, and of course the opportunity to meet the players after the games.  For more information and the rest of the season schedule, visit:

http://www.nba.com/dleague/idaho/index_main.html

 

Classes and Activities in Meridian and Boise

Looking for something to do this winter and spring?  It’s not too late to try something new and check out Meridian Parks and Recreation Activities and Boise Parks and Recreation Activities.  Both cities have great classes and programs available for young children, teens and adults.    The classes and activities are very reasonably priced and my family loves the opportunity to try something new.

Meridian Parks and Recreation has age appropriate spring break camps as well as art classes for children and adults.  Don’t miss an opportunity for some great adult education too.

Meridian Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

http://www.meridiancity.org/activityguide/

Boise Parks and Recreation has loads of activities for children and adults to try.  Everything from educational classes to pure fun with art, dancing, or softball are available.  We have enjoyed several of the spring break camps over the years.  Mountain Biking and golf were both big hits for my daughters.  They offer plenty of other spring break camps like art, drama, skating, hockey, zoology

Boise Parks and Recreation Activity Guide

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Parks/Activities/page12464.aspx

Idaho Botanical Garden Winter Garden aGlow

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:

http://www.idahobotanicalgarden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.display&feature_id=40

Pho Nouveau, Vietnamese Bistro: Downtown Boise

Thanks to my friend Patty, I recently discovered another gem in downtown Boise, Pho Nouveau.  This restaurant is on Idaho Street between 8th street and Capital.  Very delicious Vietnamese comfort food.  I had the Lemon Grass Chicken:  boneless chicken breast marinated in lemon grass, white wine, oyster sauce and garlic.  Oh my, it was delicious!  The Pho Bowls are excellent too as well as the Fresh Summer Rolls.  I look forward to trying several of the other items on the menu like:  Chicken Curry, Hot and Spicy Beef and the Summer Noodle Bowls. 

Lemon Grass Chicken

November and December boast a lot of downtown Boise events.  If you are looking for a delicious refuel spot, this would be a spot to check out.

http://www.phonouveau.com/

Scary Things to do Before Halloween!

This is the last week-end to take in some of the SCARY festivities before Halloween on Monday. I personally am a chicken so I had to go to my friends and my children to find out the fun, spooky events going on.

Field of Screams:  Located at I-84 and Eagle Road.  During the day this corn maze and festival area is a wonderful family experience but after dark it becomes the Field of Screams.  Open at dark on Friday’s and Saturday’s the peaceful corn maze turns into a scary experience complete with a legend of why people are roaming the fields and screaming out.  Visit their website to read about the legend:

http://www.farmsteadfestival.com/FieldOfScreams.htm

Haunted World:  Located on Hwy 20/26 (Chinden Blvd) and Northside Blvd.  Open dusk to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and dusk to 12:00 on Friday and Saturday.  This venue has several scary things to enjoy:  Haunted World, Skullvania and the Corn Maze.  You can definitely make an evening out of your visit.  Check it out at this website:

http://hauntedworld.org/Page1geninfo.html

Scary Movies:  My teenage daughter and her friends like to make a marathon of scary movies.  This is when I disappear because I would have nightmares for weeks!  Here is a list of some scary movies you may want to check out for your movie marathon:

  1. Paranormal Activity
  2. Insidious
  3. The Ring
  4. The Blair Witch Project
  5. The Shining
  6. Silence of the Lambs
  7. The Shining
  8. The Exorcist
  9. Rosemary’s Baby
  10. Carrie
  11. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  12. The Nightmare on Elm Street
  13. Halloween
  14. Friday the 13th
  15. The Omen
  16. Scream
  17. Alien
  18. Saw
  19. The Descent
  20. The Hills Have Eyes

There are TONS more too.  Just go to your local video rental store or whatever online service you have.  I personally have seen a handful of these and I realize that I am not cut out for scary movies.  When the movie marathon is on at my house, I will be locked in my room watching some sappy  “feel good” movie!

 

 

Fun for all at Settlers Park in Meridian

Swings at Settlers Park

Looking for somewhere the whole family can go to enjoy the weather this week-end? Settlers park in Meridian at the corner of Meridian Road and Ustick is a great place to check out.

Adventure Island play area is universally accessible so you have room for wheelchairs and strollers to move about. There is a sound garden, rock wall, and great playground equipment.

The park also features several covered picnic areas (plus lots of grass!), 16 horseshoe pits, tennis courts, bike racks, running/walking path, and even a fishing pond!

There really is something for everyone here.

Have a great week-end!

This link has some great photos of the park:

http://www.meridiancity.org/parks_rec.aspx?id=1089