EVENT GUIDE: Summer fun in the Treasure Valley and beyond
Author: Tyson Miller
Published: 2:59 PM MDT May 17, 2018
Updated: 9:38 PM MDT June 13, 2019
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BOISE, Idaho — 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 - look no further than this updated summer 2019 event guide. We've compiled all of the major community 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 most events are outdoors. It is summer after all!

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Events below are listed by date. Note: click or tap on the chapter titles (months or event types) to go directly to the section you want to see. 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

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Chapter 1

JUNE

Boise Ice Cream Festival

  • Tuesday, May 28 - Saturday, June 15
  • Various locations, Boise
  • Website
  • The Boise Ice Cream Festival highlights locally-made ice cream, including creative concoctions and collaborations. The festival culminates with a finale called The Grand Tasting, featuring over 200 flavors of ice cream to sample. The festival happens at various locations throughout Boise (visit the website above to see the venues and buy tickets to The Grand Tasting).

Music on the Water

  • Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1
  • Esther Simplot Park, Whitewater Park Boulevard, Boise
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
  • This two-day music festival will bring in a revolving roster of local and regional musicians, including: Boise Rock School, Low-Fi, Lounge on Fire, Seatopians, Camp Crush, Smokey Brights, The Weary Times, and Moondoggies.
  • All profits will be donated directly to Make-A-Wish Idaho
  • Event runs 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 1:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • Walk for Wishes at 5 p.m. on Friday

Hells Canyon Days

  • Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1
  • Cambridge
  • Website
  • Friday night - Hells Canyon Jam live concert featuring Muzzie Braun, Dave Nudo band and Dusty Leigh and the Claim Jumpers; 7 p.m. at Rodeo Arena. Other events include: taco feed, book sale, community breakfast, farm toy show, antique power show, car and truck show and shine, Pit BBQ, and Bulls & Broncs at Cambridge Rodeo Arena

Big Water Blowout Festival 

  • Saturday June 1, 2018 9 a.m. - midnight
  • Salmon River, Riggins
  • Website
  • This annual event is a celebration of Idaho's longest free flowing river. Events at City Park include live music, food vendors, and Dutch oven cook-off contest. Salmon River outfitters will be offering discounted high water raft trips through class III and class IV rapids. 

Family Summer Palooza

  • Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood Street, Garden City
  • Website
  • Admission: Single ticket - $5; Family pass - $20 (pre-purchase tickets online or cash only at the door)
  • The Family Summer Palooza provides a full day of entertainment and interactive fun zones for all ages. Activities include: kids activity zones, face painting, bounce house, petting zoo, reptile exhibit, games and much more.

Capitol Classic Children's Run

  • Saturday, June 1, starts at 10 a.m.
  • Starts at Boise Depot, ends at Idaho State Capitol
  • Website
  • Admission: $25 per child
  • This annual fun run for kids ages 6 - 14 is organized by Saint Alphonsus and the Treasure Valley YMCA. Proceeds from the run benefit Safe Routes to School

Boise Greek Food Festival

  • Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saints Helen & Constantine Greek Orthodox Church , 2618 W. Bannock St., Boise
  • Website
  • The annual Greek Food Fesitval is a major fundraiser for Saints Helen & Constantine Greek Orthodox Church. Volunteers pitch in to organize, prepare and serve delicious, traditional Greek dishes and desserts. Also features live music and performances by Greek dancers.

Snake River Raptor Fest

  • Saturday, June 1, Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Indian Creek Winery, 1000 N. McDermott Road, Kuna
  • Website
  • Get an up close look at birds of prey. Event includes field trips, live music, beer, wine, food, and activities for all ages.

Old Fort Boise Days

  • Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8
  • Parma
  • Website
  • This annual festival in Parma features a wide array of fun, family-oriented events including: pie-eating contest, art guild/quilt show, fort activities, cow pie bingo, a car show, live music, a parade, and a queen pageant.

Konnexion Music Festival

  • Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9
  • 155 Jerusalem Road, Horseshoe Bend
  • Website
  • Admission: $195
  • Billed as Idaho's largest music and arts festival, Konnexion's goal is to build community while celebrating music and art. Attendees are encouraged to camp on site in a tent. 
  • Performances from a wide range of musical artists, live paintings, artistic sculptures, performance artists and more. 
  • Daytime activities include workshops, games, hosted theme and soundcamps, zipline access, food vendor and merchandise areas.  

Great Northwest Outdoor Expo

  • Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9
  • Ford Idaho Center, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: General - $8; Seniors and military - $5; Family 4-pack - $24; Weekend pass - $16; Free for children 12 and under. 
  • The expo is a "see it, try it, buy it" experience for everything outdoors; Features seminars, elk and waterfowl competitions, exhibits, rock crawling demonstrations, and the popular Dock Dogs competitions.

Zoo Daze

  • Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Zoo Boise
  • Website
  • This year's Zoo Daze is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"; Activities include: Butterflies in Bloom; Readings of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar;" Treats for zoo animals, carousel rides, face painting, giraffe feeding, sloth bear encounter, zookeeper chats, and more.

Idaho Free Fishing Day

  • Saturday, June 8, times vary depending on the event
  • List of Free Fishing Day events in the Southwest Region
  • The events are free to the public, no fishing license required

RELATED: Idaho Free Fishing Day is on June 8

Get Outdoors Festival

  • Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa
  • Website
  • The inaugural Get Outdoors Festival includes activities like fishing, hunting education, nature journaling, interpretive walks, and more. 

Emmett Cherry Festival

North Fork Championship

  • Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15
  • North Fork Payette River & Crouch, Idaho
  • Website
  • The annual North Fork Championship brings in some of the best kayakers in the world to compete on one of the best stretches of whitewater in the world.
  • This year the NFC will be the Extreme Kayak World Championship. Competitors will battle for the title of World Champion and King and Queen of the North Fork World Championship.
  • The NFC Whitewater Festival takes place each evening in Crouch's Weilmunster Park and will offer live music, beer by Payette Brewing Company, awards ceremonies and a costume party.
  • MORE: 'Idaho is a great place to host this': World kayaking championships hit the Payette River
  • MORE: Kayakers from around the world compete in Idaho

Boise Pride Fest

  • Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cecil D. Andrus Park, 601 Jefferson Street, Boise
  • Website
  • Boise Pride Fest is celebrating its 30th anniversary with live music and performers, a parade, a festival in Cecil D. Andrus Park, a fireworks show, and much more.

Food Trucks on Flag Day

  • Friday, June 14, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Nampa Recreation Center
  • Website
  • Family-friendly carnival-style games and activities, entertainment, vendor booths, and plenty of food trucks. Proceeds benefit the Nampa Recreation Center Scholarship Fund.

World Refugee Day

  • Saturday, June 15
  • Grove Plaza, Downtown Boise
  • Website
  • The internationally-celebrated World Refugee Day includes ethnic food, performances, artisans, and a citizenship ceremony.

Wild West Brewfest

  • Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
  • Website
  • This immersive, western-themed festival is a throwback to the wild west; Live music, beard and mustache contest, gold panning, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, magician, whiskey experience, and more.

Sun Valley Brewfest

  • Saturday, June 15, Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Ketchum Town Square
  • Website
  • Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
  • This annual beer festival features 40 brewers from Idaho and the Northwest, music, games, food and more. Proceeds benefit Ketchum/SV Rotary Club.

Ballpark Brew Fest

  • Saturday, June 15, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Memorial Stadium, Garden City
  • Website
  • For the third straight year, the Boise Hawks will host the Ballpark Brew Fest at Memorial Stadium. Local breweries will showcase their top beers: Boise Brewing, Payette Brewing, Barbarian Brewery, Clairvoyant Brewery and Hop Valley Brewery. Also, food trucks, live music and games.

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival

  • Monday, June 17 - Saturday, June 22
  • Weiser
  • Website
  • The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest is a popular annual event that brings thousands of spectators and participants to Weiser each year.
  • Popular competitions include twin fiddling and swing fiddling.
  • A parade through downtown will take place on Saturday

Meridian Dairy Days

  • Wednesday, June 19 - Saturday, June 22
  • Various locations, Meridian
  • Website
  • A summer mainstay in the Meridian for 90 years, Meridian Dairy Days supports local 4-H and FFA programs. Events include a parade, princess pageant, carnival, pancake feed, vendors in Storey Park, Monster truck rides, fun run,  livestock shows, fireworks, and more.

World Village Fest

  • Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23
  • Cecil D. Andrus Park, Boise
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
  • World Village Fest is a three-day arts and humanities event that plays host to several multi-national performing groups repsenting Idaho's variety of cultures. Entertainment includes music, dance, poetry, storytelling, film and food.

Boise Music Festival

  • Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Expo Idaho, Garden City
  • Website
  • Headliner: Pitbull; featuring: Eli Young Band, Jake Miller, Tenille Townes, Tone Loc, and Color Me Badd
  • Admission: Tickets range in price from $25 (general admission) to $150 (VIP)

God and Country Festival

  • Wednesday, June 26, starts at 4 p.m.
  • Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
  • Website
  • Annual non-denominational event, includes concert by Christian bands, speakers, large fireworks show, military appreciation, food and more.

Road to X Games: Boise Park Qualifier

  • Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29
  • Rhodes Skate Park, 1555 W Front St, Boise 
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
  • World class skateboarders and BMX riders will be back in Boise for the third consecutive Road to X Games: Boise Park Qualifier. The event will feature three disciplines: Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park, with the top six athletes in the Men’s BMX and Men’s Skateboard disciplines receiving invitations to X Games Minneapolis. The top four athletes in the Women’s Skateboard Park Qualifier will receive invites as well. 

Garden Valley Stampede

  • Friday June 28 and Saturday, June 29
  • Crouch and Garden Valley
  • Website
  • Annual UTV and music festival includes: live music from Idaho bands, UTV poker run, food, and trail rides. 

Motorfest 2019

  • Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30
  • Expo Idaho, Garden City
  • Website
  • Admission: General: $15; 2-day pass: $25; Children ages 7-12: $10 (2-day pass: $15)
  • Described as an "automotive experience," Motorfest is one of Idaho’s largest outdoor motor shows.

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Chapter 2

4TH OF JULY EVENTS

Caldwell 4th of July Parade and Celebration

  • Brothers Park, 4099 S Indiana Ave., Caldwell
  • Website

Schedule of events:

  • 9 a.m. - Parade
  • 10:45 a.m. - Opening ceremony 
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Vendors, car show and kids activities in Brother Park
  • 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Lightning River Band
  • Dusk - Fireworks

Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July

Schedule of events:

  • 7 a.m. - Fun run
  • 9 a.m. - Arts and crafts fair, concessions begin
  • 10:30 a.m. - Parade
  • After parade - car show, fairway of games
  • 11:30 a.m. - Fried chicken lunch at senior center
  • 12 p.m. - Antique tractor pull, stage entertainment begins
  • 1 p.m. - Horseshoe pitching
  • 3 p.m. - Chicken round-up
  • Dusk - Fireworks

Meridian Independence Day Celebration

  • Storey Park, 205 E Franklin Rd, Meridian 
  • Website
  • Meridian’s Independence Day Festival will kick off at 3 p.m. and with three-legged races, hola hoop contests and other games for the whole family.   Festival attractions include an inflatable obstacle course, slide and bounce houses.  Local food and beverage vendors will be on site.
  • Fireworks show starts shortly after dusk

Star Hometown Celebration

  • Star, Idaho
  • Website
  • Star's 4th of July Hometown Celebration includes a fun run, a parade, a luncheon and pie auction, kids games, talent show, raffle, a concert and fireworks

Schedule of events:

  • 7 a.m. - Fun Run at Hunter's Creek Sports Complex
  • 10 a.m. - Parade begins at W. State Street in front of El Mariachi Loco and travels west, ending at Star Road.
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Luncheon at LifeSpring Church
  • 12 p.m. - Pie auction at LifeSpring Church
  • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Kids games (all afternoon and evening events take place at Hunter's Creek Sports Complex)
  • 6:30 p.m. - Talent show and raffle 
  • 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Concert by the Fabulous Chancellors 
  • 10:15 p.m. - Fireworks show 
Chapter 3

JULY

Eagle Fun Days

  • Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
  • Downtown Eagle
  • Website
  • The 48th annual Eagle Fun Days is a weekend of fun festivities including: Family Fun Night, Wet n' Wild parade, fun run live music, cornhole tournament, classic car show, shopping market, food trucks, fireworks and more. 

Lavender Festival

  • Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • The Lavender Merchant, 2871 Stroebel Road, Kuna
  • Website
  • Visit a lavender field in full bloom, and pick a bouquet of lavender; Other lavender products will be available for purchase. Food and drink - including lavender desserts, lavender lemonade, and other specialties will also be available. 

Ketchum Arts Festival

  • Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14
  • Festival Meadow, Sun Valley Road, Ketchum
  • Website
  • The annual Ketchum Arts Festival hosts more than 100 arts and crafts booths from Idaho artists; food and beverage vendors; and live music. Kids activity tent offers free childcare.

Plaza Palooza

  • Saturday, July 13
  • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
  • Website
  • The 2nd annual Plaza Palooza will give the kiddos a break from the summer heat with a Kids' Fair & Water Carnival. Play in the splash pads & fountains, and enjoy water games, live music and entertainment.

Twilight Criterium

  • Saturday, July 13
  • Downtown Boise
  • Website
  • The 33rd annual ASWD Twilight Criterium is an exciting high-speed race through downtown Boise and features the top pro men's and women's cycling teams in the nation, as well as the best local and national amateurs. The Twilight Fan Expo in Cecil D. Andrus Park hosts food, beverage, and vendor booths.

Snake River Stampede

  • Tuesday, July 16 - Saturday, July 20
  • Ford Idaho Center, Nampa
  • Website
  • The 104th annual Snake River Stampede is a staple of the professional rodeo circuit. Boasting a $450,000 payoff, the Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 regular season professional rodeos in the nation, and brings in about 60,000 spectators each year for the five-day event.
  • Buckaroo Breakfast: Monday and Tuesday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; $5 per person

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts and Crafts Fair

  • Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21
  • Stanley, Idaho -- Junction of Idaho's Scenic Byways 21 and 75 (just east of the Mountain Village Merc.)
  • Website
  • The 43rd annual Mountain Mamas Arts & Crafts Fair will bring over 160 booths full of the creations by artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest to Stanley. 

Canyon County Fair

  • Thursday, July 25 - Sunday, July 28
  • Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 S. 22nd Ave., Caldwell
  • Website
  • Carnival, concerts, stage acts, Latino Festival, dance competition, 4H and FFA exhibits and livestock sales, fun run, and more.
  • Concerts include: Collective Soul (July 25), Tracy Byrd (July 26), and Randy Houser (July 27)

San Inazio Basque Festival

  • Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28
  • Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St., Boise
  • Website
  • The San Inazio Festival is an annual event to honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. It began more than 25 years ago and now thousands come to the Basque Block at the end of every July to see local musicians and dancers as well as Basque sporting events.

Sawtooth Valley Gathering

  • Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27
  • Stanley, Idaho
  • Website
  • The Sawtooth Valley Gathering returns to scene Stanley, Idaho for its fifth year, bringing in dozens of musical acts on two stages for the two-day festival. Attendees can camp onsite.
Chapter 4

AUGUST


Boise Goathead Fest

Braun Brothers Reunion 2019

  • Thursday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 10
  • Challis, Idaho
  • Website
  • This popular mountain music festival has a family-friendly reputation and features excellent Americana, Texas Country, Red Dirt and Bluegrass music.
  • 2019 lineup includes Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motorcars, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Reverend Horton Heat, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, and many more.

Nightfire Nationals

  • Thursday, Aug. 8 - Sunday, Aug. 11; 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • Firebird Raceway, 8551 Idaho 16, Eagle
  • Website
  • The 48th annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals is Firebird Raceway's signature event, and features all kinds of fast-moving fun including: dragsters, funny cars, sled/bikes, and more.

Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Friday, Aug. 9 - Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Atkinson Park, Ketchum
  • Website
  • Celebrating its 51st year, the Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival is an outdoor, juried fine arts and crafts show; also includes artist demonstrations, food vendors and a kids' activity area. 

Nampa Festival of the Arts 

  • Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11
  • Lakeview Park, Nampa
  • Website
  • The Nampa Festival of the Arts has been a summer staple at Nampa's Lakeview Park for more than 30 years. More than 200 artisans are expected to be on hand for the event; Also, live entertainment, food concessions, free activities for children, including a kid's art booth.

Caldwell Night Rodeo

  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Saturday, Aug. 17
  • Rodeo Grounds, 2207 Blaine Street, Caldwell
  • Website
  • Now in its 85th year, Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the largest and longest-running annual events in Canyon County, drawing rodeo fans in excess of 45,000 over five nights. Listed among the top 20 professional rodeos and top 5 large outdoor rodeos in the nation, Caldwell Night Rodeo features some of the best professional cowboys, cowgirls and animal athletes in the world and is an annual stop on the professional rodeo tour. 

Western Idaho Fair

  • Friday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug. 25
  • Western Idaho Fairgrounds, Garden City
  • Website
  • Carnival, concerts, stage acts, dance competition, 4H and FFA exhibits and livestock sales, and more.
  • Concert acts include: 3 Doors Down (Aug. 20), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Aug. 21), Dustin Lynch (Aug. 22), REO Speedwagon (Aug. 23)

Albertsons Boise Open

  • Thursday, Aug. 22 - Sunday, Sept. Aug. 25
  • 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, including group tickets, 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 through the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program. 

Pooch Party Stroll & Splash

  • Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Lakeview Park, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: $25 first dog, $10 for each additional dog
  • The 12th annual Pooch Party at Lakeview Park is Nampa's largest dog festival; Participate in a one mile walk around the park. After the walk, Lakeview Water Park will open and the dogs will have the opportunity to splash around in the swimming pool. Enjoy contests, raffles, a canine cake walk and pet friendly vendor booths.
  • All proceeds go toward the continued development of Nampa’s Amity Dog Park as well as start to fund a second dog park in Nampa. 

Warbird Roundup

  • Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa
  • Website
  • The Warbird Roundup - a popular annual gathering of famous WWII airplanes - returns to the Warhawk Air Museum for its 17th year. This year, the Museum is honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Sunday, Sept. 1
  • Ann Morrison Park, Boise
  • Website
  • The always-popular Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic returns to Ann Morrison Park, bringing the high-flying spectacle to the City of Trees for its 29th year. For five days, dozens of balloon pilots and crews will take to the skies over Boise. One annual highlight of the event is the Night Night Glow Spectacular which illuminates the park beginning at dusk on Friday, Aug. 30. 

Twin Falls County Fair

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 - Monday, Sept. 2
  • Twin Falls County Fairgrounds,  215 Fair Avenue, Filer
  • Website
  • Carnival, concert (Chris Janson on Sept. 1), stage acts, Ponies, Pistols & Pistons show, Magic Valley Stampede Rodeo, Chicks and Chaps Ladies event, exhibits, and more.

      

Chapter 5

SEPTEMBER


208 Comedy Fest

  • Thursday, Sept. 5 - Sunday, Sept. 8
  • 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 Maria Bamford, more to be announced.

Sip 2 Give

  • Friday, Sept. 6, 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

Art in the Park

  • Friday, Sept. 6 - Sunday, Sept. 8
  • Julia Davis Park, Boise
  • 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. 6 - Sunday, Sept. 8
  • 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.

Bands, Brews and BBQ Festival

  • Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Boise Spectrum, 7709 W. Overland Rd.
  • Website
  • The Bands, 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

  • Friday, Sept. 6, Kickoff 7 p.m.
  • Albertsons Stadium, Boise
  • Website
  • The Broncos will face off against Marshall on the Blue for the first home game of 2019. Single game and season tickets available.

Nampa's Taste of Idaho

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 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. 

Indian Creek Festival

  • Thursday, Sept. 19 - Saturday, Sept. 21
  • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
  • Website
  • This year’s festival features a car show, cardboard kayak races, chalk art contest, dog parade, a fireman's breakfast, and a square dance on Saturday night.

Hyde Park Street Fair

  • Friday, Sept. 13 - Sunday Sept. 15
  • 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. Vendors, activities for kids, live music, exotic foods, cold beer, and a wine garden; All proceeds go toward grants and programs in the North End community.

Zoobilee

  • Friday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.
  • Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr.
  • Website
  • Admission: $125; 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. 14 (McCall) and Sunday, Sept. 15 (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.

Eagle Food and Wine Festival

  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
  • BanBury Golf Course, 2626 N. Marypost Place, Eagle
  • Website
  • Admission: $45
  • The 13th 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 Idaho2Fly program and the Eagle Community Foodbank. 21 and up only.
Chapter 6

SUMMER-LONG EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Concert series and more

Alive After Five (Boise)

  • Grove Plaza, Downtown Boise
  • 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5 - Aug. 28
  • Website
  • Downtown Boise's long-running concert series, Alive After Five, returns to the Grove Plaza for its 33rd year. The weekly event is free to attend. Check website above for weekly schedule and headlining acts.

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 (Boise)

  • A recurring summer event at the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Great Garden Escape features a great lineup of bands.
  • Thursday evenings, June 6 to September 5
  • Website

Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series (Boise)

  • Another popular outdoor concert series at the Idaho Botanical Garden, Outlaw Field has a long list of popular musical artists set to perform this summer. The lineup includes Indigo Girls, Rebelution, Clint Black, Slightly Stoopid, Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lord Huron & Shakey Graves, The Piano Guys, Josh Groban, Foreigner, and Dropkick Murphys.
  • Website

Rock the Village Concert Series (Meridian)

  • The Village at Meridian
  • Fridays, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., June 7 - July 19
  • 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 (Caldwell)

  • Indian Creek Plaza, downtown Caldwell
  • Tuesdays, 6 - 9 p.m., through Aug. 27
  • Website
  • Free admission
  • Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell will once again play host to a summer concert series, taking place each Tuesday night through the end of August. Check website above for weekly schedule and headlining acts.

Sunset Concert Series (Tamarack)

  • Tamarack Resort
  • Saturday evenings, June 29 - Aug. 24
  • 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 (Caldwell)

  • Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell
  • Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., June 16 - Sept. 15
  • Website
  • Ste. Chapelle winery's long-running summer concert series is celebrating 36 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 12 - Aug. 21
  • 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 (Meridian)

  • Sept. 7, Sept. 21, and Oct. 5
  • 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 2:30 p.m. 

Thursday Thunder (Boise)

  • Every Thursday, June 20 - Aug. 29, 6 p.m.
  • Boise Spectrum, 7609 West Overland Road, Boise
  • Website
  • Live music and entertainment, raffles, food and drink, and more. No charge for admission.
Chapter 7

Outdoor Theatre

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

  • May 24 - Sept. 29
  • 5657 East Warm Springs Avenue, Boise
  • Website
  • A mainstay of summer entertainment in Boise, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 43rd season in 2019. This year's slate of plays and musicals includes "The Taming of the Shrew," "Witness for the Prosecution," "The Music Man," "Julius Caesar," and "Million Dollar Quartet."

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. This year, SMT presents: Oklahoma!, Mama Mia, Newsies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Over the River and Through the Woods.
Chapter 8

Float the Boise River

  • Opening date TBD, expected approx. June 22
  • Website

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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Floating on the Boise River.
Chapter 9

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 10

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 the craft beer industry in the state. Visit Idaho has compiled a searchable list of breweries for you to choose from!

Chapter 11

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 Glade Runner mountain coaster, go tubing, scale the climbing wall, catch some air on the bungee trampoline, or just take a day hike. Open weekends only until 7-day-a-week operations begin on Thursday, June 20.

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 15, 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 12

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 4:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6:45 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. Be sure to check out the Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Aug. 9 - 12, the raceway's premier event.

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 2019, contact the Boise Hawks Front Office at (208) 322-5000.
Chapter 13

Movies in the Park

Movies Under the Stars (Boise)

  • June 15 - Aug. 10
  • 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 7 - August 23
  • 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 14 - Aug. 16
  • 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.

Starlight Cinema Series (Caldwell)

  • Thursdays, June 6 - Aug. 22
  • Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell
  • Website
  • The theme of this summer's Starlight Cinema Series is "Throwback Thursday," and will feature popular movies from the past, and new movies featuring your favorite childhood toys, heroes, and more. Movies start at 8 p.m.
Chapter 14

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
  • Cool off this summer at the Treasure Valley's only waterpark; New attractions this year include Bearfoot Bay, a wilderness-themed playground for kids with three new slides, 12 animal-themed play features, an expanded shallow wading pool, six new cabanas, and giant umbrellas to shade parents.

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
  • Located right next door to Roaring Springs, Wahooz is a fun amusement park for the entire family. New attractions include the 17,000 square-foot, four-story Indoor Adventure Park.

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 Zoo Daze (June 8) and Zoobilee (Sept. 15). Also returning this summer is the popular Butterflies in Bloom attraction from June 1 - Labor Day. And be sure to check out the new 2.5-acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit opening on July 17.

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 15

Farmers' Markets

Boise Farmers Market

Capital City Public Market

  • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 13 - Oct 26
  • 8th and Idaho streets, Boise
  • Website

Caldwell Farmers Market

Eagle Saturday Market

  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., May 4 - Oct. 5
  • 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 1 - Oct. 26
  • Blaser Park, North Washington Avenue and West Park Street, Emmett
  • Website

McCall Farmers Market

  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., June 6 through mid-October
  • Intersection of Pine and Lenora streets, McCall
  • Website

Meridian Main Street Market

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 13 - Oct. 12
  • Meridian City Hall plaza, 33 E. Broadway Avenue
  • Website

Nampa Farmers Market

  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 27 - Oct. 26
  • 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.