EVENT GUIDE: Summer fun in the Treasure Valley and beyond
Author: Tyson Miller
Published: 2:59 PM MDT May 17, 2018
Updated: 1:31 PM MDT June 19, 2018
EXPLORING-IDAHO 14 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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Events below are listed by date:

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

JUNE

Sip 2 Give

  • Friday, June 1, Noon - 7:30 p.m.
  • Telaya Wine Co., 240 E. 32nd Street, Garden City
  • Telaya will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Opera Idaho; Includes performances by Opera Idaho; Food truck on site

Music on the Water (Boise)

  • Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 12-9 p.m.
  • Surrounded by the waters of Boise's Esther Simplot Park, a revolving roster of local talent - including Built to Spill - will be playing live music while "fun, food and family unite."
  • All profits will be donated to Make-A-Wish Idaho
  • Website

Hells Canyon Days

  • Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2
  • Cambridge, Idaho
  • Website
  • The annual Hells Canyon Days will be held in Cambridge, Idaho - which boasts the motto, "Gateway to Hells Canyon." The two-day event inlcudes a Friday night concert by Muzzie Braun, Dave Nudo, and Straightaway; a Bulls & Broncs rodeo; Rodeo Pit BBQ, a flea market; and several shows (cars, antiques, art)

Greek Food Festival

  • Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sts. Constantine & Helen Orthodox Church, 2618 W. Bannock Street, Boise
  • Website
  • Admission: $2 donation, children under 12 free
  • Annual festival features all the delicious Greek food you can eat, as well as Greek music and dancing.

Big Water Blowout Festival (Riggins)

  • Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Riggins, Idaho
  • Website
  • A celebration of Idaho's longest free flowing river. Outfitters offer discounted high water raft trips through Class III and Class IV rapids on the Salmon River

Gunfighter Skies Air & Space Celebration

  • Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mountain Home Air Force Base
  • Website
  • The annual Gunfighter Skies air show is free of charge, but VIP tickets are available starting at $25. The popular event features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Demonstration Team, Wings of Blue - U.S. Air Force Parachute Team, ACC F-22 Raptor Demo Team, Tora Tora Tora Airshows, and more.

Eagle Plein Air Festival & Competition

  • Saturday, June 2 - Saturday, June 9
  • Various locations, Eagle
  • Website
  • This festival, exhibition and competition brings in dozens of artists to paint, draw and sketch the natural landscape. Watch a demonstration, take a painting lesson and meet the artists. The event also features Art on the Island on Thursday, June 7 at Eagle Island State Park. Tickets for that event cost $35.

Old Fort Boise Days

  • Wednesday, June 6 - Saturday, June 9
  • Various locations, Parma
  • Website
  • Celebrate the original Fort Boise in Parma with this annual four-day event that includes a long list entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Gingerfest V

  • Friday, June 8, 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise
  • Website
  • Admission: Adults - $7, Kids - $4
  • Celebrate redheads and red fun at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Family-friendly games, live music, food trucks, beer and wine

Celebrate the Vine

  • Friday, June 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Williamson Orchards & Vineyards, Caldwell
  • Website
  • Celebrate The Vine is an annual summer event at Williamson Orchards & Vineyards in the wine country of Southwest Idaho. Sip on the vineyard's signature summer sangria, enjoy barrel tasting, and take in some live music.

  • June is Wine Month in Idaho. For a list of events and tours through Idaho Wine Country, scroll down to the Summer-Long Events section of this guide.

Homedale Art in the Park

  • Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Betty Uda City Park, Homedale
  • Website
  • Local crafters and artisans will have their wares on display and available for purchase

World Village Fest

  • Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10
  • Cecil D. Andrus Park (formerly Capitol Park), 601 West Jefferson Street, Boise
  • Website
  • This three-day arts and humanities festival features multi-national performing groups representing Idaho's variety of cultures. It includes storytelling, music, dance, poetry, film and food.

Savor Idaho

  • Sunday, June 10, 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 North Penitentiary Road, Boise
  • Website
  • Admission starts at $55; VIP for $75
  • 21 or older only
  • Taste some of Idaho's best wine and food at this event sponsored in partnership between the Idaho Botanical Garden and the Idaho Wine Commission.

Parktacular

  • Sunday, June 10, 1 - 7 p.m.
  • Settlers Park, Meridian
  • Website
  • Parktacular is an uplifting, free outdoor concert and trade show taking place in Meridian's Settlers Park. Nashville contemporary Christian band Sidewalk Prophets headlines; also featuring local artist Ryan Stevenson and Christian rapper KJ-52.

Emmett Cherry Festival

  • Wednesday, June 13 - Saturday, June 16
  • Emmett City Park
  • Website
  • The 84th Annual Emmett Cherry Festival is a family-friendly, four-day festival featuring plenty of activities, vendors, petting zoo, free concerts, parades, and a pie-eating contest.
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North Fork Championship

  • Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17
  • Banks, Idaho
  • Website
  • This annual world-class event showcases the best big water paddlers during a three-day competition on the North Fork of the Payette River. In addition to the excitement of the competition, fans are invited to the NFC Whitewater Festival in Crouch Friday - Sunday.

5th Annual Jackson's Country Stomp

  • Friday, June 15, 5 p.m.
  • Idaho Center Amphitheater, Nampa
  • Website
  • Concert featuring country artists Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Aaron Watson, and Walker Hayes
  • General admission tickets $35 plus fees; discounted to $30 at Jackson's stores

Boise Pridefest

  • Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16
  • Cecil D. Andrus Park (formerly Capitol Park), 601 West Jefferson Street, Boise
  • Website
  • An annual event in downtown Boise, Pridefest brings thousands out to celebrate the local LGBTQ+ community; Features lighting of the Idaho Capitol, a fireworks display, and performances by country-pop artist Steve Grand and American drag queen Sasha Velour.

Road to X Games: Boise Park Qualifier

  • Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16
  • Rhodes Skate Park, 1555 West Front Street, Boise
  • Free admission; Limited bleacher seating available for $15 (June 15) and $20 (June 16)
  • Website
  • Watch the top athletes in skateboarding and BMX compete for an invite to X Games Minneapolis
  • MORE: 'Bigger and better:' X Games qualifier returns to Boise

Weiser River Music Festival

  • Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16
  • 606 U.S. Highway 95, Weiser
  • Website
  • Admission: Starting at $50 (1 day pass), $70 (2 day pass)
  • Lineup of country, rock, and string artists includes Whisky Shivers, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Tony Lucca, and more.

National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest

  • Monday, June 18 - Saturday, June 23
  • Weiser, Idaho
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets start at $6; VIP seating available.
  • The contest draws hundreds of musicians from across the country, and thousands of spectators each year. In addition to the contest there are workshops, performances, a battle of the bands, a parade and a carnival.
National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest

Gordy's Hwy 30 Music Fest

  • Thursday, June 21 - Saturday, June 23
  • Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, Filer
  • Website
  • Admission: $50 (1 day), $69 (2 days), $89 (3 days)
  • This three-day family-friendly music festival features 20 bands from all over the country, including Eli Young Band, Cody Johnson, and Whisky Myers

Meridian Dairy Days

  • Wednesday, June 20 - Saturday, June 23
  • Website
  • Celebrating the dairy industry in the Treasure Valley for 89 years, Meridian Dairy Days is a staple of summertime festivals in valley, featuring a parade, carnival, fireworks, and 4-H/FFA shows. The event supports 4-H and FFA.
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Meridian Lions Rodeo

  • Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23
  • McDermott Road and Cherry Lane, Meridian
  • Website
  • Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and 6-12 year olds
  • More than 250 contestants will be in town for the 29th annual Meridian Lions Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event that is part of the Wilderness Circuit and the Columbia River Circuit. It is one of the highlights of the Meridian Dairy Days celebration.

Boise Music Fest

  • Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Expo Idaho, Garden City
  • Website
  • Admission: $25 - $85
  • The 9th annual Boise Music Festival features over fifty national and local acts, dozens of vendors, a carnival, and much more. Headliners include: Robin Thicke, Granger Smith, Echosmith, Baby Bash, Mat Kearney, and Parmalee.

God and Country Festival

  • Tuesday, June 26, Gates open at 4 p.m.
  • Idaho Center, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: Free
  • This non-denominational, free event returns for its 52nd year. It's a night of family-friendly fun, including huge fireworks show, great Christian bands, internationally-renowned speaker Nick Vujicic, military appreciation, civic awards, food and fellowship.
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Great Northwest Outdoor Expo

  • Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1
  • Idaho Center, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets $8 (1 day pass), $16 (weekend pass), $5 (military and seniors), $24 (family 4 pack). Children 12 and under are free.
  • Hosted by Ducks Unlimited, the Great Northwest Expo is the first of its kind in Idaho. Vendors and exhibitors plan to use more than 20 acres to create outdoor experiences, and thousands of square feet of indoor exhibit area to showcase outdoor products. The expo will include hands-on activities, outdoor gear exhibitors, educational seminars, cooking seminars, a Dock Dogs competition, an elk-calling contest and much more. Funds raised will benefit wetlands and wildlife conservation efforts.

Garden Valley Stampede

  • Saturday, June 30
  • Garden Valley, Idaho
  • Website
  • Garden Valley plays host to this outdoor show, featuring: Live music from some of Idaho's favorite bands, UTV poker run, food, and trail rides.

Lavender Festival (Nampa)

  • Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Happy Valley Lavender - 9257 Happy Valley Road, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: Free; bundles of lavender plants available for $5 each.
  • Pick your own lavender bundles; enjoy food and craft vendors, lavender wand making classes and live music

Motorfest 2018

  • Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1
  • Expo Idaho, Garden City
  • Website
  • Described as an "automotive experience," Motorfest is one of Idaho’s largest outdoor motor shows. If it has a motor, you will probably see it at this show.
Chapter 2

JULY

4th of July Events

Gem State Kiwanis 4th of July Pancake Breakfast (Boise)

  • Wednesday, July 4, 7-11 a.m.
  • Julia Davis Park, Boise
  • Website

"We the People" Liberty Day Parade (Boise)

Boise Fourth of July Celebration

  • Ann Morrison Park
  • Food and beer vendors start at 4 p.m.; Fireworks start at approx. 10:15 p.m.
  • Website
  • After a flooding on the Boise River prompted a relocation last year, Boise's 12th annual 4th of July celebration is returning to Ann Morrison Park.

Caldwell 4th of July Parade and Celebration

  • Parade starts at 9 a.m.
  • Festivities at Memorial Park; Fireworks at Brother's Park
  • Website

Big Time - Small Town Independence Week Celebration (Crouch/Garden Valley)

Hailey Days of the Old West - 4th of July Celebration

  • Pancake breakfast 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.; Fun run at 9 a.m.; Parade at noon; RiverFest 1 - 5 p.m.; Rodeo 7:30 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk
  • Lions Park and Draper Wood River Preserve, Hailey
  • Website

Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July

  • Fun Run begins at 7 a.m.; Parade at 10:30 a.m.; Fireworks at dusk
  • Car show, tractor pull, stage entertainment
  • Website

Meridian Independence Day Celebration

  • Festival kicks off at 3 p.m. in Storey Park
  • Fireworks show at Meridian Speedway at approximately 10:15 p.m.
  • Website

Lakeside Liberty Fest

  • Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4
  • Legacy Park, McCall
  • Website
  • The Lakeside Liberty Fest returns for its second consecutive year, and organizers have expanded the event offerings from last year. The two-day festival includes volleyball tournaments, a car show, live music, bounce houses and slides, and of course, the always-popular 4th of July fireworks display over Payette Lake. Because the holiday falls in the middle of the week, organizers say they have a lot of other events planned during the 10-day stretch encompassing Independence Day. For more information on the extended festivities, check out this video.

Sip 2 Give

  • Friday, July 6, Noon - 7:30 p.m.
  • Telaya Wine Co., 240 E. 32nd Street, Garden City
  • Telaya will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Idaho Humane Society

Eagle Fun Days

  • Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7
  • Website
  • Enjoy live music, a fun run, a custom car show, a firetruck pull, parade, and fireworks at this popular annual festival.

Ketchum Dock Dogs Competition

  • Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7
  • Washington Avenue, Ketchum
  • Website
  • The City of Ketchum is teaming up with DockDogs to host a two-day event that showcases the athletic prowess of man's best friend. The city will block off a section of Washington Avenue between the Limelight Hotel and the Forest Service Park, transforming the street into a canine runway and splash pool. Competitive events include Big Air, Vertical Jump and Speed Retrieval. Click on the link above to register your dog for the competition.

The Lavender Merchant’s Lavender Festival

  • Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 2871 Stroebel Road, Kuna
  • Website
  • Come and visit the lavender field in full bloom, pick a bouquet of lavender and experience the perfume and beauty of this captivating herb.

Ketchum Arts Festival

  • Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15
  • Festival Meadow (Sun Valley Road)
  • Website
  • Features food and drink, live music and over 100 arts and crafts vendors

Wizard World Comic Con

  • Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15
  • Boise Centre
  • Website
  • Admission: 1-day passes start at $40; 3-day passes $80; VIP packages available.
  • The nationally-traveling comic con, Wizard World, makes its first-ever stop in Boise this summer. The event features everything pop-culture, cosplay, live events, and celebrity speakers. Among the celebrities attending the event: William Shatner (Star Trek), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Jewel Staite (Firefly, Stargate: Atlantis), Sean Maher (Firefly), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charisma Carpenter (Angel), and Thomas Ian Nichols (American Pie)

Snake River Stampede

  • Tuesday, July 17 - Saturday, July 21
  • Idaho Center, Nampa
  • Website
  • One of the top rodeos in the country, the Snake River Stampede returns to Nampa for its 103rd year. The event has evolved from a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900’s to a major professional sports event.
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Summer Music Festival at Roseberry

  • Thursday, July 19 - Saturday, July 21
  • Roseberry, Idaho
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets $20 - $35 for 1-day pass; $60 for 2-day pass; $70 for 3-day pass
  • Enjoy three nights of great music in historic Roseberry, Idaho (near Donnelly). The 41st annual Summer Music Festival at Roseberry includes bands Keller Williams, The Last Revel, Useful Jenkins, Daniel Rodriguez (of Elephant Revival), Kids Mountain Music Camp Ensemble, and more.

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts and Crafts Fair

  • Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22
  • Stanley, Idaho
  • Website
  • More than 140 artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest will be on hand, giving you the opportunity to purchase art directly from the artists.

Emmett Show and Shine

  • Saturday, July 21
  • Emmett City Park
  • Parking lot opens at 6 a.m.; pancake breakfast at 7 a.m.; lunch at 11 a.m.
  • Website
  • The 30th annual Emmett Show and Shine returns to Emmett City Park with an expected 800 classic cars. The event includes a pancake breakfast, a swap meet, a BBQ lunch, and live music at the bandshell. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Emmett Lions Club's charitable organizations.

SummerFest 2018 (McCall)

  • Sunday, July 22 - Sunday, July 29
  • McCall
  • A week-long festival of classical and pops orchestra concerts held in McCall; Presented by McCall Music Society
  • Website

Canyon County Fair

  • Thursday, July 26 - Sunday, July 29
  • Canyon County Fairgrounds, Caldwell
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets start at $25
  • The Canyon County Fair always offers fun for the entire family, with a carnival, stage acts, and live music. Headliners this year are Sawyer Brown, Craig Morgan and Michael Ray.

San Inazio Basque Festival

  • Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29
  • Basque Center, 601 West Grove Street, Boise
  • Website
  • Each year, thousands visit Boise's Basque Block for the San Inazio Festival, an annual event to honor St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. The event features local musicians and dancers as well as Basque sporting events, and of course - Basque food!
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Mountain Home Country Music Festival

  • Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29
  • Forest Rd 061EF, Mountain Home
  • Website
  • Admission: 1-day general admission pass ($100 adult, $50 child), 1-day front row VIP admission ($499), 3-day passes ($170 general admission, $190 premium admission, $199 - $300 VIP admission)
  • The annual Mountain Home Country Music Festival attracts tens of thousands of concert-goers and some of country music's biggest acts for a three-day festival, located about 30 minutes drive from Mountain Home. This year's lineup includes Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, and Neal McCoy.

Sawtooth Valley Gathering

  • Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28
  • Stanley, Idaho
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets start at $90 at the gate (early-bird pricing available)
  • The 4th annual Sawtooth Valley Gathering is a music festival located in scenic Stanley, Idaho. The 2018 lineup includes Fruition, MarchFourth, Shook Twins, and many more.
Chapter 3

AUGUST

Kuna Days

  • Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Website
  • This annual festival in Kuna features a parade, live music, family-friendly activities, and food/beverage vendors

Yellow Pine Music & Harmonica Festival

  • Friday, Aug. 3 - Sunday, Aug. 5
  • Yellow Pine, Idaho
  • Website
  • Escape to the mountains of Boise County for this popular music festival in tiny Yellow Pine. The town's signature event features a full three-day weekend of music, workshops and more.

Braun Brothers Reunion Festival

  • Thursday, Aug. 9 - Saturday, Aug. 11
  • Challis, Idaho
  • Website
  • Admission: 2-day pass - $86.30, 3-day pass - $124.30
  • This family-friendly music festival in Challis features the Americana, Texas Country, Red Dirt and Bluegrass music. This year's lineup includes Micky and the Motorcars, Turnpike Troubadours, Reckless Kelly, and many more.

Nightfire Nationals

  • Thursday, Aug. 9 - Sunday, Aug. 12
  • Firebird Raceway
  • Website
  • Admission: Tickets $15 - $25 for adults, $5 for children; VIP passes $75
  • Firebird Raceway's signature event of the season

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival

  • Friday, Aug. 10 - Sunday, Aug. 12
  • Atkinson Park, Ketchum
  • Website
  • The 50th Annual Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival is an outdoor juried fine arts and crafts show, and includes artist demonstrations, food vendors and a kid’s activity area.

Donnelly Huckleberry Festival

  • Friday, Aug. 10 - Sunday, Aug. 12
  • Donnelly, Idaho
  • Website
  • Celebrate all things huckleberry at this festival in the scenic heart of Valley County. A long list of food and beverage vendors will be on hand while you enjoy fun events including a lip sync battle, a parade, a 5K run/walk, bull riding, a pie eating contest, a street dance, and of course, a huckleberry pancake breakfast.

Three Island Crossing Re-enactment

  • Saturday, Aug. 11
  • Glenns Ferry, Idaho
  • Website
  • The annual Three Island Crossing Re-enactment honors the pioneers who crossed the Snake River on the Oregon Trail at Glenns Ferry.

Nampa Festival of the Arts

  • Saturday Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12
  • Lakeview Park, Nampa
  • Website
  • Held for more than 30 years in Nampa's Lakeview Park, the Nampa Festival of the Arts is "a celebration of the creative spirit of our diverse community, expressing unique life and cultural heritage through art."

Caldwell Night Rodeo

  • Tuesday, Aug. 14 - Saturday, Aug. 18
  • Website
  • One of the Treasure Valley's premier, and long-running rodeos, the Caldwell Night Rodeo boasts the mantra: "Where the Cowboys are the Stars"

Western Idaho Fair

  • Friday, Aug. 17 - Wednesday, Aug. 22
  • Western Idaho Fairgrounds, Garden City
  • Website
  • The biggest of all the fairs in the Treasure Valley, the Western Idaho Fair is a long-standing staple of summer in the Boise area, bringing thousands out to enjoy the carnival, livestock shows, and live music. This year's concert lineup features Brett Michaels and Styx.

Pooch Party Stroll & Splash (Nampa)

  • Saturday, Aug. 25
  • Lakeview Park, Nampa
  • Website
  • Admission: $30 ($25 early registration) - registration includes t-shirt, doggie gift, walk and swim admission for one dog. $10 for each additional dog
  • The annual Pooch Party-Stroll & Splash raises funds for dog parks in Nampa. While dogs get to take a dip in the Lakeview pool, their people enjoy pet-friendly vendors, a raffle, a one-mile walk, entertainment, contests and more.

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 2
  • Ann Morrison Park
  • Website
  • The always-popular Spirit of Boise Balloon Fest returns to Ann Morrison Park, bringing the high-flying spectacle to the City of Trees for its 28th year. If you can only make it down for one event, make it the Night Glow on Friday night. It is a must-see!

Twin Falls County Fair

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 - Monday, Sept. 3
  • Twin Falls County Fairgrounds, Filer
  • Website
  • Features carnival, exhibits, and live music. The concert headliner this year is Old Dominion
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SEPTEMBER

Sip 2 Give

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

Art in the Park

  • Friday, Sept. 7 - Sunday, Sept. 9
  • Julia Davis Park
  • Website
  • 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.

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.
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Chapter 5

SUMMER-LONG EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Chapter 6

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.

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 11

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 12

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 13

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.
Chapter 14

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

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.