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!
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!