Weekend festivals

Fri-Sun Sept 9-11: The 68th annual Art in the Park is happening at Julia Davis Park all weekend! Browse more than 200 artists & enjoy live music & food. It's free to attend & so fun.

Fri-Sun Sept 9-11: The 33rd Annual Boise Pride Fest is happening at Cecil D. Andrus Park all weekend. The fireworks & lighting of the Capitol is Friday. Pride parade is Sunday morning. Free to attend!

Sat Sept 10: The Children's Museum of Idaho is having a Family Fun Festival from 10am-2pm. Carnival games, alien abduction, face painting, dunk tank, obstacle course & more! Tix start at $2.

Sat Sept 10: Sockeye Brewing's Boise Bacon & Beer Festival is at Expo Idaho from 1-5pm. Sample beer & bacon-inspired dishes from 25+ local & regional breweries & food trucks, enjoy live music, yard games & under 100° weather. Tix are $45 & include 15 drink tokens & 10 bacon tokens. This is a 21+ event.

Sat Sept 10: Eat local at the Taste of Caldwell Harvest Festival at Indian Creek Plaza from 5-8pm. Tix are $25-$35 and include 6 food tastings from local Idaho chefs, plus beer, wine and NA beverage tastings. Sounds amazing!

Support the Underdogs

A group of local music fans have assembled to bring a new all-ages venue to Boise! While Boise's music scene is growing & exciting things are happening, we are still very much lacking in venues for the under 21 crowd to enjoy live music. Underdogs Boise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit raising funds to create a venue & help fill this gap.

They have a GoFundMe to kickstart the process of getting a space. Also sharing their page & telling a friend is an excellent way to support this project in its early stages.

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Tunes & shows

It's a good weekend for free shows. First Ladies of Disco is tonight at Knitting Factory & it's free. Tomorrow, Boise Rock School kicks off a new free, all-ages concert series called Rock the Lot happening every Friday in September from 5:30-7:30pm. On Saturday, Outdoor Exchange is having a 10th Anniversary Celebration & has two bands playing, including my friend Scotcho playing at 3pm!

Also some funnn shows this weekend & next week! On Friday night, Afro-American Night is starting up again at Neurolux. Go dance to Afrobeat tunes. I'm excited about Dark Dazey (listen) & Golf Alpha Bravo (listen - I love this jam) at The Olympic on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, reggae artist Nattali Rize (listen) is at The Olympic with her six-piece band from Australia & Jamaica.

Also on Fri Sept 9: Tickets for Treefort Music Fest (March 22-26, 2023) go on sale tomorrow & they are doing a Locals Only Sale at Record Exchange! Snag a 5-day pass for $199, available in-person at RX on Friday only.

See more upcoming shows at fromboise.com/shows

More upcoming shows: fromboise.com/shows

Comedy & storytelling

  • Fri Sept 9: Check out the Freaky Friday Comedy Show at Watson's. Tix are $20 and show starts at 8pm. 21+
  • Fri-Sat Sept 9-10: Comedian Thai Rivera is at Lounge at the End of the Universe. Both shows start at 7pm & tix are $15.
  • Sat Sept 10: Go to Comedians Unplugged at Watson's & see 5 comedians face off. Tix start at $20.
  • Sat Sept 10: Attention potheads, the Potter's Scar Comedy Show is happening at Recycled Minds at 8pm. Tix are $5-$12. All ages!
  • Sun Sept 11: The Outta Control Dinner Show is a standup, improv, sketch show. Tix are $20 and starts at 7pm. 18+
  • Tue Sept 13: Radio Boise's Couch Surfer Series is back! Hear creators talk about their craft, path, inspiration & how they do what they do, as well as perform songs, poetry, and excerpts of their creative endeavors for a live audience. It's really cool. This month features author Alan Heathcock & local musician Endless Atlas. Tix are $20 & limited!
  • Mon Sept 12: Bloom: A Reading Series is back at Idaho Botanical Garden. This week hear from CMarie Fuhrman, Elizabeth Rodgers & Stacy Boe Miller. Starts at 6pm.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Fri Sept 9: Head out to Potter Wine's for the Vietnamese Banh Mi Bar featuring Lola Le. Tix are $28 for Banh Mi + Wine or $20 for Banh Mi only & comes with Banh Mi of your choice, egg rolls & sauces. Sounds delish.
  • Sat Sept 10: Eat farm fresh on a Peaceful Belly Tour & Tasting. Learn all about Peaceful Belly Farm in Caldwell & enjoy a cider & appetizer tasting. Tix are $40-$45.
  • Mon Sept 12: Get your tix for the Beer and Wine Dinner with Telaya Wine, Barbarian Brewing & Kismet Kitchen. Enjoy 5 courses paired with Telaya wine & Barbarian beer - the menu looks amazing. Tix are $85. Din is 6-9pm.
  • Wed Sept 14: Want to grow a kitchen garden? Go to the Herb Gardening Workshop at Petite 4. Tix are $60 & includes all materials plus snacks & drinks from Petite 4.

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Ladies, learn to fix your bike at the Bike Maintenance Clinic hosted by SheJumps & Idaho Mountain Touring. Tix are $15 & starts at 6pm.
  • TONIGHT: Check out Art at the Greenbelt Market & meet local artist Alyson Singer, who paints birds & other creatures in their natural environment.
  • TONIGHT: Local artist Justin Hillgrove is at Re-POP Gifts from 5-7pm with stickers, prints, books & games.
  • Fri Sept 9: Movie night! Go watch Pan's Labyrinth at The Egyptian Theatre. Starts at 8pm.
  • Fri-Sat Sept 9-10: Scope out the Treefort Yard Sale at The Owyhee.
  • Sat Sept 10: Outdoor Exchange is having a 10th Anniversary Celebration & Sale from 10am-6pm. Deals, live music from 1-6pm, Lost Grove beer & gear giveaways!
  • Sat Sept 10: Go check out Party At The Pen, a vintage motorcycle show happening 11am-8pm at the Old Pen. See 150 custom bikes, tintype photography, get a tattoo, hear live music & shop local vendors. Tix are $15 & kids under 12 free!
  • Sat Sept 10: Go do Goat Yoga at Sawtooth Winery. It's $40 & includes a glass of wine or mimosa. 6-7pm.
  • Sun Sept 11: Go on a beginner Bird Walk on the Bethine Church River Trail with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. It's free! 10am-12pm.
  • Sun Sept 11: Go play games at Sunday Funday at Mad Swede Brew Hall in downtown. Board games provided or byo! Starts at 4pm. It's free!
  • Mon Sept 12: Watch films made by locals at Indie Movie Mondays at Mad Swede Downtown. This week's lineup is drama and story films. It's free!
  • Tue Sept 13: Looking to buy a house? Go to Hops & Homes First Time Home Buyer Class at Lost Grove. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that this class changed my life & made it possible for us to buy a home. Even if you feel like it's impossible for you to buy, I really encourage you to go & just listen. At the very least you get a free beer lol.
  • Tue Sept 13: Grab your spot for Boise Sew Together, a 12-week sewing course at Global Lounge. Classes meet on Tue or Thur from 6-8pm. Next session begins Sept 13. It's free w/ a donation!
  • Cool job alert: City Cast Boise is looking for a Boise Podcast Host! If you love Boise & talking about Boise, you should totally apply. Opening closes Monday Sept 12!*

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Just trust me...

...it's almost time... 53 days until Halloween y'all 👻

Thanks for reading!

With love from Boise,


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PSS - happy first day of football season to those who celebrate. The Ravens are gonna win the super bowl - you heard it here first lol

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