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World Village Night

Fri Aug 25: World Village Night is happening at Treefort Music Hall. Global Lounge usually hosts a three-day music and art festival called World Village Festival, but this year they are trying something new and doing World Village Night! It's an evening of international music, food & art.

Enjoy performances by Latin musician and percussionist Tito Puente Jr. & His Orchestra, Afrobeat & hip hop dance group Dgit, local R&B group Jun, Shimi Tree Flamenco dancers, multimedia artist Iskode, international tap dance group Andrew Nemr & Friends, and DJ Claude. And you can enjoy international food including Cuban, Indonesian, and various African dishes. Tix are $30 online, $35 door, $60 rail seating, or $70 table seating. It’s open to all ages & starts at 6pm.

Boise Indian Food Festival

Sat Aug 26: The Boise Indian Food Festival is happening from 5-7pm in Julia Davis Park. There’s homemade food, henna, live music and more. You can pre-order your food to skip the line (order by end of today!) or order in person at the event.

Ballon Fest starts next week

Wed-Sun Aug 30 - Sept 3: Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is happening in Ann Morrison Park! This is a magical Boise event. It's one of my faves. Here's the schedule:

  • Wed Aug 30: Kids Day
  • Th Aug 31: Balloons launch around 7:20am
  • Fri Sept 1: Larry Gebert Tribute in the morning & Nite Glow Spectacular in the evening
  • Sat Sept 2: Dawn Patrol, balloons inflate & launch at 6am
  • Sun Sept 3: Final day, balloons inflate & launch at 6am

More info & parking info here

Tunes & shows

Hawt shows comin up!

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: The Improv Games: Finale is happening at The Lounge at the End of the Universe. It's a Hunger Games-inspired improv competition and this week is the best of the best. Tix are $15 and it starts at 7:30pm.
  • TONIGHT: Comedian and nurse advocate Nurse Blake is at The Morrison Center at 8pm. Tix start at $69.50.
  • Sat Aug 26: "It's A Consipracy!" Comedy Show is happening at Recycled Minds Comedy. This month's theme is giants! Show starts at 8pm and tix are $5-$15.
  • Sat Aug 26: Bring Comedy Backyard Show is happening at 8:30pm & this is the last one in this location. Hear comedians Josh Price + Mundek Clement-Stein + Reese Samuels + Nate Ford. Tix are $25 and it's limited to 40 people. You can BYOB or buy things there. Funn!
  • Sat Aug 26: Comedian Ian Stanley is at Voodoo Cellar at 9pm. Tix are $10.
  • Wed Aug 30: ‘A Better Trip’ with Shane Mauss: An Immersive Psychedelic Comedy Experience at Knitting Factory
  • Weekly comedy open mics: Mondays at Mad Swede (Cole Road), sign ups 7:30pm/start 8pm. Tuesdays at Hops & Bottles at 6:30pm. Thursdays at Mad Swede (Downtown), online sign ups, starts at 8pm. Saturday at Mad Swede (Downtown), sign ups 10:30pm, start 11pm.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Sat Aug 26: Cactus Bar is hosting a Cornhole Tournament. It starts at 12pm and last sign ups are at 1pm. You can attend as a team or solo. The bags start flyin' at 2pm and there's prizes!
  • Sun Aug 27: Harvest Moon Dinner 2023 is happening at Idaho Botanical Garden. It's a five-course dinner featuring local chefs & food. Tix are $225 and it usually sells out so hurry and get your tix!
  • Did y'all hear that Nara Ramen is going into the old Even Stevens location downtown, right next to Freak Alley!
  • Alsooo everyone is talking about Tots, a made from scratch tater tot vendor at the Western Idaho Fair. I've seen like 20 different people saying it's one of the best fair foods they've had. Go get em!

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance is hosting a Karaoke Fundraising Extravaganza at Somewhere Bar tonight from 4-6pm. You pay $5 to sing, nominate others to sing, or opt out of singing! All proceeds help the LGBTQ Real Estate Alliance have a booth at the upcoming Boise Pride fest. 21+
  • Sat Aug 26: Squatch Con Idaho 2023 is happening at Indian Creek Plaza. It's a gathering for all things Sasquatch! Hear presentations, attend workshops, shop vendors and more. Sounds fun! It's $10 to attend.
  • Sat Aug 26: Join the Bogus' Late Bloomers Wildflower & Berry Walk to learn about the plants that bloom and disperse seeds in the colder months. The event goes 9am-12pm and it's free!
  • Sat Aug 26: Flower Fest 2023 is happening at WM Knight Lavender, Flowers & Herbs in New Plymouth. You can pick flowers, show flower vendors and enjoy the weekend on the farm. It's free to attend!
  • Sat Aug 26: The 15th Annual Pooch Party is happening at Lakeview Park in Nampa. Bring your dog(s) & the fam to do a scenic one mile walk around Lakeview Park. The pools at Lakeview Water Park will be open for dogs to swim, plus there's contests, raffles, a canine cake walk & pet friendly vendor booths. All proceeds go toward developing Nampa’s Amity Dog Park.
  • Sat Aug 26: Go see Femme Von Follies' Burlesque & Cabaret performance at VAC. Show starts at 9pm, tix are $25 online or $30 at the door. 21+
  • Sat Aug 26: Sawtooth Salmon Festival is happening up in Stanley, Idaho. It's a family friendly event to celebrate Idaho's wild salmon. There's bus tours out to the river to see wild salmon spawning with educational interpretive talks from salmon experts. Goes 11am-5pm and it's free!
  • Sat-Sun Aug 26-27: Gowen Thunder, a fam-friendly air show & military open house, is happening at Gowen Field from 8am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. There's all kinds of flights, demos and a Top Gun photo op. It's free to attend!

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