From Boise

Food festivals, restaurant news, pools open & more

Published 20 days ago • 10 min read

What's up people! Can you believe this Saturday is June 1?! Summer is here and it shows with the massive amount of events I've got for ya in today's newsletter. You can find the podcast episode here.

Have fun out there!


FitOne registration opens next week on June 5th!

FitOne is coming up on September 21, 2024. It's Idaho’s most popular & family-friendly race! With 5k, 10k, or half marathon distances, FitOne is a race for all people, all ages, and all abilities.

If you register for FitOne on Wednesday, June 5th, your registration fee will only be $20! That price is available on June 5th only – prices go up June 6th.

Also if you register on June 5th, you could win some super cool local prizes like a $500 Visa gift card, $50 Albertsons gift card, Axiom membership, Bogus Basin summer day pass, a pair of shoes from Shu’s Idaho Running Company, Roaring Springs Water Park passes, Boise Music Festival tickets and more!

PS - Children 12 and under can race FREE with a paid adult!

Food news

  • Fri May 31-Sat June 1: Boise Greek Food Festival is happening at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church (2618 W Bannock St in Boise). There will be tons of food, dancing, church tours, music, and drinks. It's one of my favorite annual events and this year is the 42nd annual! Read my story about the Boise Greek Food Festival here.
  • New restaurant alert: Susina opens today on the Boise Bench! It's a new concept from Wild Plum located at 1621 N. Orchard Street in Boise. Susina is a "European American comfort kitchen" offering a four-course prix-fixe menu. Looks amazing!
  • New bakery alert: Pure Bliss Baking is a new bakery on the Boise Bench! Pure Bliss specializes in organic, digestible, long-fermented sourdough and omg it all looks incredible. Pizza dough, burger buns, mini focaccia, sourdough loaves and more. You can find them at 201 N Orchard Street in Boise.
  • Also: Tavolata's Copper River Salmon Feast is happening on June 12 at 6pm. Giving y'all the heads up so you can make reservations now! It's a salmon-centric dinner and the menu sounds delish. Smoked Salmon Bruschetta with lemon aioli and pickled red onion; Salmon Ravioli with fava bean sugo, Prosciutto di Parma, mint, and olive oil; Skin-on Copper River Salmon—Steak House Style with Castelvetrano olive salsa verde, spring allium aioli, and Washington cherry bearnaise. Yum!

Weekend festivals

  • Th May 30: The inaugural Namptons Beerfest is happening at Lloyd Square in Nampa from 5-10pm. There will be beer, food trucks, live music, and much more. It’s free to enter for all ages, and for 21+, $40 gets you 10 beer tokens.
  • Fri May 31-Sat June 1: Hells Canyon Days is happening in Cambridge, Idaho starting at 1pm. There will be live music, rodeo events, a quilt show, a market, a car show, cornhole tournaments, and SO much more.
  • Sat June 1: IRU Brewshed Festival is going on at Green Acres Food Truck Part from 4-9pm. Tix are $25 and bringing your own cup is recommended.
  • Sat June 1-Sun June 2: Outpost Days is happening at the Owyhee County Historical Museum in Murphy, Idaho. It's a western heritage festival & fundraiser for the museum.
  • Sun June 2: The Annual Arts and Rose Festival is going from 10am-5pm at The Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park. Here you will have a chance to support over 100 local, fine artists with a wide array of styles and mediums.

Pools are open & splash pads are on

The pools are open & the splash pads have been turned on. It's officially summer, friends. Here's the info:

Markets this weekend

  • Fri May 31: Children’s Business Fair is going on at The Village at Meridian from 4-7pm. The fair supports courageous youth as they step out and offer their gifts and passion to the world.
  • Sat June 1: Boise Farmers Market is happening from i9am-1pm at 1500 Shoreline Drive in Boise. This one is a food-focused market. Also fyi no dogs allowed.
  • Sat June 1: Capital City Public Market is happening from 9:30am-1:30pm on the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise. Art, baked goods, produce, herbs and spices, clothing, jewelry, and more.
  • Sat June 1: Meridian Main Street Market is happening from 9am-2pm at City Hall Plaza & next to Meridian City Hall. Find fresh produce, artisan goods, crafts, and more.
  • Sat June 1: Nampa Farmers Market is going on from 9am-1:30pm in Lloyd Square Park in Nampa. Tons of vendors to shop!
  • Sat June 2: Eagle Saturday Market is happening from 9am-2pm at Eagle City Hall Campus. There’s food and craft vendors, and live music.
  • Sun June 2: 36th Street Sunday Market is happening at Sockeye Alehouse. There's an eclectic mix of items from spices, artwork/crafts, fresh produce, and more. Goes 10am-2pm, and brunch is served in the Alehouse next door.
  • Tue June 4: Meridian Night Market is going on at Frontier Park from 6-10pm next to The Roosevelt Bar. Enjoy live music, local artists & makers, food trucks, tasty drinks and much more.
  • Tue June 4: Caldwell's Farm to Fork Farmers Market is happening at Indian Creek Plaza from 5-8pm. Find tons of local producers, plus live music, local restaurants and more.


DTPlays is Back!

All summer long, DTPlays brings cornhole, hula-hoops, giant Jenga, and recurring Story Time with Rediscovered Books to parks and open spaces throughout downtown Boise.

Downtown Plays happens every first and third Tuesday from 10am- 1pm at Cherie Buckner Webb Park & on Wednesdays during Alive After 5 shows. Here's the schedule:

JUNE 2024

  • Tue June 4: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park
  • Sun June 16: 10am-3pm at the 21st Annual Father’s Day Car Show
  • Tue June 18: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park with GoGo squeeZ pop-up & Idaho Mountain Touring clinic (12:30 pm -1:00 pm)
  • Wed June 19: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Wed June 26: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5

JULY 2024

  • Tue July 2: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park with GoGo squeeZ pop-up
  • Wed July 3: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Wed July 10: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Tue July 16: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park with Idaho Mountain Touring clinic (12:30 pm -1:00 pm)
  • Wed July 17: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Wed July 24: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Wed July 31: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5


  • Tue August 6: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park
  • Wed August 7: 5-8pm at The Grove Plaza at Alive After 5
  • Tue August 20: 10am-1pm at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park with Idaho Mountain Touring clinic (12:30 pm -1:00 pm)

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Th May 30: The List with Greg Sisco, a Comedy Open Mic is going on from 7:30-10pm at Mad Swede Brew Hall Downtown.
  • Fri May 31-Sat June 1: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown a musical performance is happening at Lounge at The End of The Universe Friday May 31st at 7pm & June 1st at 2pm and 7pm. Tix are $20-$30.
  • Fri May 31-Sat June 1: The Butler Did It, a classic whodunit show is coming to Stagecoach Theatre Fri & Sat at 8pm. Tix are $25 and the show is 13+.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Fri May 31: Bacon for Hope Day at Bacon Boise is going from 8am-2pm. All sales and tips will go to The Hope House.
  • Sat June 1: The Wine Run 5k is happening at Telaya Wine Co starting at 9am. Guests can enjoy tasting flights, glasses and bottles of Idaho wine while overlooking the scenic river. With extra swag options for all wine lovers, walkers and runners, this race is a sure thing for a great time.
  • Sun June 2: It’s time for First Sunday Brunch & Board Games at Meriwether Cider from 10am-1pm. There will be food, games, and of course great cider.
  • Tue June 4: Burger Night with Sear and Savor is happening at Barbarian Brewing from 5-8pm. There will be delicious burgers & beer.

Things to do

  • Th May 30: Garden City Public Library is hosting a Summer Reading Kick-Off Party from 4:30-6:30pm. It will be an adventurous day full of face painting, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a bounce house, outdoor learning stations, otter pops, and special guests including Boise Forest Service, PBS Kids, Girl Scouts, Boise Army Navy Store, and so much more
  • Fri May 31: Idaho Film Society is showing The Big Lebowski at 7pm at the Egyptian Theater. Tix are $25-60 and there will be an after party and costume contest to follow.
  • Fri May 31: Adjustapalooza is going on at Kleiner Park from 6-10pm & has something for everyone, including live music, a line of amazing food trucks, free chiropractic adjustments, beer garden put on by Sockeye Brewing, and bounce houses and other kids activities.
  • Fri May 31: Movie Night in Meridian starts this Friday at 7pm at Settlers Park. They will be screening The Little Mermaid & it is free to attend.
  • Fri May 31: Art for Alzheimer’s is going on at The Village at Meridian starting at 6pm. Participants will be guided through a 2-hour step-by-step painting, receive a mini flatbread and glass of wine from Bodovino, and have the opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer's. Tix are $50.
  • Sat June 1: Gem State Jammin’ Roller Derby Showcase is going on at Expo Idaho from 9am-9pm.
  • Sat June 1: There’s a Puppy Pool Party at Cactus Bar from 1-6pm. This event is free and a portion of the proceeds go to Furever Friends Rescue.
  • Sat June 1: Celebrate the grand opening of In The Bag Antiques on Broadway starting at 1pm.
  • Sat June 1: Everybody Say Love, a pride month community celebration is going on at Treefort Music Hall. This event is free & for all ages. There will be a fashion show, art exhibit and much more.
  • Sat June 1: Kids Bowl Free starts June 1st at Wahooz. Kids 15 & under can get two free games of bowling per day with $5 shoe rentals June 1- Sept 30 Mon-Thurs.
  • Sat June 1-Sun June 2: The LITL Studio is having its grand opening this weekend. Go check out the Bench's newest yoga studio during one of the free classes.
  • Sun June 2: A Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet is happening at Bikes & Beans on Vista. Bring your vintage bikes, trikes, parts, and memorabilia.
  • Sun June 2: Silent Disco Yoga in The Park is happening form 12-1pm at Julia Davis Park. Breathe, stretch, and flow to serene beats through wireless headphones, surrounded by nature’s beauty.
  • Mon June 3: Bombshell Bingo is a lively and entertaining event that combines the excitement of bingo with the glamor of drag performances. It starts at 7:30pm at The Balcony Club & it’s free.
  • Wed June 5: The Eagle Rodeo is having a Retro Night filled with adrenaline pumping, dirt flying rodeo action again in Eagle, Idaho. Gates open at 5 & tix are $20.

Just trust me...

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Thanks for reading!

With love from Boise,



From Boise

by Marissa Lovell

A weekly newsletter & podcast about what's going on in Boise, Idaho. Every week we share stories about people, places, history, and happenings in Boise.

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