GARDEN CITY -- Thousands took advantage of the nice weather and spent their Saturday at the Boise Music Festival at Expo Idaho. Organizers made an effort this year to make the festival more family-friendly.
In the past, the festival has been held later in the summer.
We used to do it from early July to late July and we moved it to the old River Festival days, which has always been traditionally good weather, said Kevin Godwin, Regional Vice President of Townsquare Media. We lucked out today. We got 80 degrees, and it's been beautiful,
Godwin said cooler temperatures were a welcome change.
There's a great crowd here, he said. It's been steady all day long, and the artists are having a great time. t's a much nicer environment when its not so blistering hot.
In addition to moving the festival date, organizers added a carnival to make the event appeal more to families.
It is a lot more family-friendly, said Stormie Todd, who came to the festival with her husband and daughter. She's so excited to go ride those rides.
But with 12 hours of live performances on several stages, music is still the main focus of the event.
We have over 50 local acts on six different stages, and they've been playing all day, said Godwin.
Big acts like Train, Sir-Mix-Alot, and Fitz and the Tantrums took the main stage, but there was something for everyone with six additional stages, each dedicated to a different type of music: alternative, acoustic, hip-hop, variety, family, and electronic dance music.