EVENT GUIDE: Summer fun in the Treasure Valley and beyond
Author: Tyson Miller
Published: 2:59 PM MDT May 17, 2018
Updated: 3:58 PM MDT September 18, 2018
EXPLORING-IDAHO 12 Articles

BOISE - If you're looking to get out of the house this summer and take in some culture, live music, or a fun, family-friendly festival or fair - look no further. We've compiled all of the major events happening in the Treasure Valley and beyond - from music and art festivals to rodeos and parades. While there is something for just about everyone on this list, you'll notice the one recurring theme is that nearly every event is outdoors. It is summer after all!

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Scroll to the end to see events and activities that you can enjoy all summer long!

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EVENT GUIDE: Summer fun in the Treasure Valley and beyond

EXPLORING-IDAHO
Chapter 1

SEPTEMBER

    James Castle Celebration

    • Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2
    • Garden Valley/Crouch
    • Website
    • This annual celebration of world-renowned artist James Castle, who grew up in Garden Valley, features live music, arts and crafts, student art show, pancake breakfast, James Castle and Friends Exhibit, and much more.

    Nocturne Auction

    • Thursday, Sept. 6
    • World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise
    • Website
    • The Nocturne Auction will feature popular local artists' new works, unique raptor-related travel experiences, and adorable drawings from children at Ridgway's Hawk project in the Dominican Republic. Proceeds benefit STEM education programs at the World Center for Birds of Prey.

    208 Comedy Fest

    • Thursday, Sept. 6 - Sunday, Sept. 9
    • Various venues in Boise: Egyptian Theatre, Even Stevens, Knitting Factory, Liquid, The Olympic
    • Website
    • The 208 Comedy Fest is a three-day, multi-venue comedy festival, featuring dozens of comics. Headliners include Kyle Kinane, Caitlin Gill, and Dave Ross.

    Sip 2 Give

    • Friday, Sept. 7, Noon - 7:30 p.m.
    • Telaya Wine Co., 240 E. 32nd Street, Garden City
    • Website
    • Telaya will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Center

    Scentsy Rock-A-Thon

    • Friday, Sept. 7, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Scentsy Commons, 2901 E. Pine Avenue, Meridian
    • Website
    • Funds raised will go to the Women's and Children's Alliance
    • Scentsy's 12-hour, community-wide rock-a-thon will feature 70 rocking chairs lined up on the company's property along Eagle Road. Scentsy will donate $250 per chair, per hour, to the WCA, as long at the chairs are in motion. If all chair keep rocking for all 12 hours, the company will donate $210,000. Participants are encouraged to wear purple. Food trucks will be available on site. The celebration will end with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.

    Art in the Park

    • Friday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 9
    • Julia Davis Park
    • Website
    • One of the most popular summer events in Boise, this open-air festival provides visitors of all ages and interests with the opportunity to meet more than 200 artists and purchase their works. During the three-day event, Boise Art Museum presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and hands-on activities for children.

    Campfire Theatre Festival

    • Friday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 9
    • Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton Street
    • Website
    • Admission: $10 single tickets; $55 festival pass
    • Campfire Theatre Festival is a three day festival "created by theatre makers, for theatre makers." The event features staged readings, a developmental play reading, workshops, guest performances, and after-parties.

    Rock'N Brews and BBQ Festival

    • Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • Boise Spectrum, 7709 W. Overland Rd.
    • Website
    • The inaugural Rock'N Brews & BBQ Festival features beer tasting from local breweries, a barbeque competition, and a lineup of local rock and blues bands. Local food, drink and merchandise vendors on site.

    Boise State Football home opener

    • Saturday, Sept. 8, Kickoff 8:15 p.m.
    • Albertsons Stadium, Boise
    • Website
    • The Broncos will face off against UConn on the Blue for the first home game of 2018. Single game and season tickets available.

    Nampa's Taste of Idaho

    • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
    • Lakeview Park, Nampa
    • Website
    • Admission: $40
    • Enjoy live music and amazing Idaho food prepared by local chefs. The menu will be accompanied by local wines and beers. RSVP online before Sept. 7.

    Albertsons Boise Open

    • Thursday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 16
    • Hillcrest Country Club, 4610 W. Hillcrest Dr.
    • Website
    • Admission: Individual daily grounds ticket: $15; Individual weekly grounds ticket: $25 in advance, $35 at gate; More ticketing options on website
    • 75 PGA Tour players and 75 Web.com Tour players will compete for 25 PGA Tour cards and $1 million in prize money. All proceeds go to charities. Classic rock band Cheap Trick will perform on Friday at 7:15 p.m. - tickets to concert available here.

    Indian Creek Festival

    • Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15
    • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
    • Website
    • This year’s festival features a car show, cardboard kayak races, chalk art contest, dog parade, and a fireman's breakfast, as well as a few new additions, such as the square dance on Saturday night featuring the Hilfolk Noir band and the Hokum Hi Flyers.

    Hyde Park Street Fair

    • Friday, Sept. 14 - Sunday Sept. 16
    • Camel's Back Park, 13th and Heron streets, Boise
    • Website
    • Bid farewell to summer with this fun annual fundraising fair in Boise's historic North End. Featuring vendors, activities for kids, live music, exotic foods, cold beer, and a wine garden, there is truly something for everyone! All proceeds go toward grants and programs in the North End community.
    <p>2016 Hyde Park Street Fair</p>

    ISBA Fall Bluegrass Music Festival

    • Friday, Sept. 14 - Sunday, Sept. 16
    • Snake River Heritage Center, Weiser
    • Website
    • Admission: $10
    • The 13th annual Idaho Sawtooth Bluegrass Association (ISBA) Fall Bluegrass Music Festival includes a bluegrass band stage show, instrument workshops, and plenty of jamming. Camping available.

    Zoobilee

    • Saturday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.
    • Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr.
    • Website
    • Admission: $100; Table reservations available on website
    • Zoo Boise's premier event, Zoobilee treats guests to an unforgettable evening that includes food, drink, live music, live and silent auctions, and special zoo experiences. 21 and up only.

    Southwest Idaho All British Field Meet Car Show

    • Saturday, Sept. 15 (McCall) and Sunday, Sept. 16 (Meridian)
    • Depot Park, McCall (Saturday); The Village at Meridian (Sunday)
    • Website
    • This car show highlights all things British when it comes to motorized vehicles - from classic cars and motorcycles from the 50’s and 60’s to a new models. If you have a British car or motorcycle, you're invited to take part in the show.

    Bitters, Botany, and the Big Screen

    • Friday, Sept. 21, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Idaho Botanical Garden (Outlaw Field), 2355 N Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
    • Website
    • Admission: $25 for IBG members, $30 for non-members
    • Idaho Botanical Garden and Red Feather Lounge will be mixing four custom cocktail creations, made with native Idaho plants. Then stay for the documentary film, "Hometown Habitats," in partnership with the Sierra Club. A sustainable pint glass is included and yours to keep.

    B'ARC N Brew

    • Saturday, Sept. 22, Noon - 8 p.m.
    • Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise
    • Website
    • Admission: $20, includes taster mug and 8 beer tickets.
    • Billed as Idaho's largest dog-friendly beer festival, B'ARC N Brew returns for its fifth annual fundraiser for The ARC. Featuring live music, a "Mutt Strut" dog parade and more than a dozen local breweries and cider houses.

    Eagle Food and Wine Festival

    • Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 - 9 p.m.
    • BanBury Golf Course, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle
    • Website
    • Admission: $45
    • The 12th Annual Eagle Food and Wine Festival partners select Idaho wineries with premier local chefs to create the perfect tasting pair. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Ada County Sheriff Office's Shop with a Sheriff program and the Eagle Community Foodbank.

    Grape Stomp

    • Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 - 5 p.m.
    • The Flats, 3705 Idaho 16, Eagle
    • Website
    • Admission: $35
    • The 2018 Grape Stomp raises money for SNIP (Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets) and features live music, hors d' oeuvres, Grape Stomp contest, bocce ball and other lawn games, live and silent auction, no-host beer and wine bar.

    Oktoberfest

    • Friday, Sept. 28, 6 - 10 p.m.
    • Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. South, Nampa
    • Website
    • Admission: $7 until Sept. 28, then $10 at door
    • This great community showcase of German heritage includes music, games, food, fun and beer. The first 100 tickets sold are just $5 and include a beer token.
    Chapter 2

    SUMMER-LONG EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

    Chapter 3

    Concerts & Live Music

    Alive After Five

    • Grove Plaza, Downtown Boise
    • 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6 - Aug. 29
    • Website
    • Downtown Boise's long-running concert series, Alive After Five, returns to the Grove Plaza for its 32nd year. The weekly event is free to attend.

    Idaho Botanical Garden

    • Located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a feast for the senses, no matter the season.
    • Website

    IBG Great Garden Escape Concert Series

    • A recurring summer event at the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Great Garden Escape features a great lineup of bands.
    • Thursday evenings, June 14 to September 27
    • Website

    Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series

    • Another popular outdoor concert series at the Idaho Botanical Garden, Outlaw Field has a has a long let of popular musical artists set to perform this summer. The lineup includes Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti, Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne, Chris Isaak, ZZ Top, and Steve Miller Band.
    • Website

    Rock the Village Concert Series

    • The Village at Meridian
    • Fridays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., July 6 - August 17
    • Website
    • Set in the open public area at the Village at Meridian, the Rock the Village Concert Series has become a popular summer event. It features a great mix of music from local and regional artists.

    Indian Creek Summer Concert Series

    • Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell
    • Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m., July 10 - Aug. 28
    • Website
    • Free admission
    • It's been years in the making, but Indian Creek Plaza is officially open for business, fun, and families to fully enjoy. That starts with the plaza's summer concert series, taking place each Tuesday night through the end of August. This year's series features artists including the Drunken Hearts, Jeremiah James Gang, and Jocelyn & Chris Arndt.

    Cool Summer Nights

    • Fridays, through Sept. 28
    • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
    • Website
    • Admission free
    • Beat the Idaho heat and enjoy a family-friendly, fun-filled evening at Indian Creek Plaza’s Cool Summer Nights. Every Friday between July 20 and September 28, enjoy a free night of larger-than-life games and dancing in Downtown Caldwell. Food trucks and drinks vendors on site.

    Sunset Concert Series

    • Tamarack Resort
    • Saturday evenings, July 2 - Aug. 6
    • Website
    • Spend your Saturday evenings this summer enjoying live music and great company at the Sunset Concert Series, presented by the Tamarack Municipal Association.

    Ste. Chapelle Concerts in the Park

    • Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell
    • Sundays, 1 - 4:30 p.m., June 17 - Sept. 9
    • Website
    • Ste. Chapelle winery's long-running summer concert series is celebrating 35 years. In addition to great live music, Concerts in the Park also features tasty food, local vendors and, of course, plenty of wine.

    Live After Five in the Garden (Ontario)

    • Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 SW 5th Avenue, Ontario
    • Wednesdays, June 13 - Sept. 5
    • Website
    • Live After Five is an outdoor concert series held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center’s Hikaru Mizu Japanese Garden. Admission is free and food and drinks are available for purchase from local restaurants.

    Concerts on Broadway

    • July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25
    • Meridian City Hall plaza, 33 E. Broadway Avenue
    • Website
    • Hosted by the Meridian Arts Commission, this free outdoor concert series will take place on four Saturdays this summer at the plaza of Meridian City Hall. Opening bands start at 6:30 p.m. and headliners begin at 7 p.m.

    Thursday Thunder (Boise)

    • Every Thursday, June 21 - Aug. 30, 6 p.m.
    • Boise Spectrum, 7609 West Overland Road, Boise
    • Website
    • Live music and entertainment, raffles, food and drink, and more.
    Chapter 4

    Outdoor Theatre

    Idaho Shakespeare Festival

    • May 25 - Sept. 30
    • 5657 East Warm Springs Avenue, Boise
    • Website
    • A mainstay of summer entertainment in Boise, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 42nd season in 2018. This year's slate of plays and musicals includes "Misery," "Macbeth," "Mamma Mia!," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Beehive - The 60s Musical."

    Starlight Mountain Theatre

    • May 26 - Sept. 1
    • Garden Valley, Idaho
    • Website
    • Located on the banks of the Middle Fork of the Payette River in the mountains of Boise County, Starlight Mountain Theatre creates a unique ambiance and experience that is well-worth the one-hour drive from Boise.
    Chapter 5

    Float the Boise River

    For those new to the Boise area, you may not realize just how big of a deal this is. Floating the Boise River is one of the most popular summer past times in the City of Trees. The floatable stretch of river runs between Barber Park - where floaters put in - and Ann Morrison Park. Plan on about three hours from start to finish. If you have your own tube or raft, it doesn't cost a cent to enjoy the river. If you don't have your own gear, you can rent it at Barber Park. Equipment rentals open at 12 p.m. and the first shuttle departs Ann Morrison Park at 1 p.m. Children under 14 are required to wear a flotation device (life jacket), and alcohol and glass containers are prohibited.

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    <p>Floating on the Boise River.</p>
    Chapter 6

    Visit Idaho Wine Country

    June is Wine Month in Idaho, and there are a lot of events happening at the dozens of wineries in Idaho's burgeoning wine country. And while June is a great time to visit a local winery, there are tours and events happening all summer long. Here are just a few suggestions. For a full calendar of events and other ideas for wine country excursions, click here.

    • Idaho Wine Tours: Leave the driving to someone else and get on a 10-person bus tour to some of Southwest Idaho's best vineyards and wineries. Tickets cost $70 per person.
    • Sunny Slope Wine Trail: Featuring more than a dozen vineyards and orchards from Parma to Caldwell to Kuna, the Sunny Slope Wine Trail makes it easy to plan your visit to local wineries and cideries.
    • Looking to visit a specific winery/vineyard? Visit Idaho has a great website that will help you plan tour own wine country tour.
    Chapter 7

    Explore Idaho's Craft Beer Scene

    Wine isn't the only form of alcohol that is experiencing a sizable boom in the Gem State. Idaho's craft beer scene has exploded in recent years, and is now ranked tenth in the nation for breweries per capita, according to Idaho Brewers United, a nonprofit dedicated to he craft beer industry in the state. Visit Idaho has compiled a searchable list of breweries for you to choose from!

    Chapter 8

    Hit the Slopes

    Ski resorts aren't just for winters anymore. In fact, most Idaho ski resorts have been investing a lot of time and money to upgrade their summer operations. From lift-assisted mountain biking to taking a zipline tour or a ride on a mountain coaster, there are plenty of things to do on the mountain during the summer season. Most resorts also feature live music, food and drink, and other social activities on the weekends. Check out the links below for a look at our local ski resorts' summer plans.

    Bogus Basin - Bogus's 10-mile Around the Mountain mountain bike loop has been ranked by MTBproject.com as the best trail in Idaho. In addition to mountain biking, you can try out the new mountain coaster, go tubing, scale the climbing wall, catch some air on the bungee trampoline, or just take a day hike. Open for weekends (Fri. - Sun., 11 a.m - 7 p.m.); Seven-day-a-week operations begin on June 22.

    Brundage Mountain - With an ever-expanding mountain bike park, Brundage offers something for all skill levels. If mountain biking isn't your thing, consider a game of disc golf or a scenic hike. Afterwords, get a bite to eat and a frosty beverage at Smoky's Bar & Grill. The resort also has a number of summer entertainment events planned, including a concert series. See the schedule here. Summer operations begin June 16, with the Bluebird Express quad chairlift running from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday, through Labor Day.

    Tamarack Resort - Like Bogus and Brundage, Tamarack features some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. But one thing Tamarack has that the others don't is a stellar zipline course that will have you soaring through Ponderosa pines, giving you a birds-eye view of Lake Cascade and the surrounding mountains. Tickets for the three-hour tour cost $99 per person. Speaking of Lake Cascade, it's just a 15 minute drive from Tamarack. There are several watersports outfitters offering rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, motorized pontoon boats, and more.

    Sun Valley - Idaho's iconic winter ski destination is no slouch when it comes to summer fun. Sun Valley offers nearly 400 miles of singletrack trails for hiking and running. Or take a guided horseback tour through the stunning Wood River Valley landscape. And with 45 holes on three courses, golfers won't be left wanting. After a day in the sun, check out an ice show or go ice skating on one of the only year-round outdoor ice rinks in the country.

    Chapter 9

    Sports & Entertainment

    Meridian Speedway

    • 335 South Main Street, Meridian
    • Website
    • This popular quarter-mile asphalt short track boasts auto racing on Saturday nights all summer long. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

    Firebird Raceway

    • 8551 Idaho 16, Eagle
    • Website
    • Founded in 1968, Firebird Raceway hosts drag races (mostly on Fridays and Saturdays) during the April - October season.

    Boise Hawks Baseball

    • Memorial Stadium, 5600 N Glenwood Street, Boise
    • Website
    • Boise's hometown pro baseball team - the Hawks - are a Single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. To guarantee the best seats available for 2018, contact the Boise Hawks Front Office at (208) 322-5000.
    Chapter 10

    Movies in the Park

    Movies Under the Stars (Boise)

    • June 8 - Aug. 11
    • Locations: Various parks in Boise
    • Website
    • Families will enjoy a fun-filled evening of kids’ activities and great films on seven evenings for the “Movies Under the Stars” in Boise. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with free games for kids. At dusk, family-friendly movies are shown on a 30-foot inflatable movie screen.

    CableONE Movie Night (Meridian)

    • Fridays, June 1 - August 31
    • Settlers Park, Meridian
    • Website
    • Meridian Parks and Recreation hosts this free, family-friendly event every Friday night in June, July, and August at Settlers Park.

    Silver Screen on the Green (Nampa)

    • Fridays, June 15 - Aug. 17
    • Optimist Park
    • Website
    • Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family and friends, and head to Optimist Park in Nampa to watch family-friendly movies on the big screen. Fun begins at 8:30 p.m., and movies begin at dusk.
    Chapter 11

    Attractions

    Idaho Botanical Garden

    • Open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily
    • 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
    • Website
    • One of the most popular summer destinations in Boise, the Idaho Botanical Garden hosts a wide range of events year 'round. In addition to summer concert series (see concerts section above), the Garden is home to various educational and cultural events, and offers private tours. Or you can just stop by for a self-guided stroll through the gorgeous floral scenery.

    Roaring Springs Waterpark

    • Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily
    • 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian
    • Website

    Wahooz Family Fun Zone

    • Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. 10 p.m.
    • 1385 Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian
    • Website

    Zoo Boise

    • Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
    • 355 Julia Davis Drive, Boise
    • Website
    • With a long list of fun events planned all summer long, you can always find something to do at Zoo Boise. Highlighted events include Galactic Day (June 9), Run Wild (July 21) and Zoobilee (Sept. 15). Also returning this summer is the popular Butterflies in Bloom attraction from June 1 - Sept. 3.

    Yankee Fork Gold Dredge

    • Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
    • 300 Yankee Fork Road, Stanley
    • Website
    • Admission: Adults - $5; Children 6-12 - $1; Donations encouraged
    • Get a taste of Idaho mining history with a visit to the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, outside of beautiful Stanley, Idaho. Take a tour of the dredge and feel the power of the two Insgersoll-Rand diesel engines that once powered the massive machine. Next on your tour, visit the historic ghost mining town of Custer, just a mile up the road.
    Chapter 12

    Farmers' Markets

    Boise Farmers Market

    • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 - Oct. 27
    • Corner of 10th and Grove streets, Boise
    • Website

    Capital City Public Market

    • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 14 - Dec. 15
    • 8th Street from Main to State streets, Boise
    • Website

    Caldwell Farmers Market

    • Wednesdays, 3 - 7 p.m., May 9 - Sept. 26
    • Located in park at Blaine Street and Kimball Avenue
    • Website

    Eagle Saturday Market

    • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., May 5 - Oct. 13
    • Heritage Park, 185 E. State Street, Eagle
    • Website

    Emmett Farmers Market

    • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., June 2 - Oct. 27
    • Blaser Park, North Washington Avenue and West Park Street, Emmett
    • Website

    Kuna Farmers Market

    • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - noon, through Sept. 29
    • Bernie Fisher Park, 201 W Main Street, Kuna
    • Website

    McCall Farmers Market

    • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., through mid-October
    • Intersection of Pine and Lenora streets, McCall
    • Website

    Meridian Main Street Market

    • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., June 23 - Sept. 1
    • Meridian City Hall plaza, 33 E. Broadway Avenue
    • Website

    Nampa Farmers Market

    • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 28 - Oct. 27
    • Lloyd Square Park, 13th and Front streets, Nampa
    • Website

    If you know of an event that should be in this guide, please email tmiller@ktvb.com.