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Food truck park opening, pond skim, beer fest, record store parties & tons of live music

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What's up friends? This weekend is jam packed with fun things to do and the weather is going to be stellar. All signs point to a super fun weekend! Listen to me talk about some things to do on today's podcast. Have fun out there.

In partnership with Rolling Hills Vineyard

Have you been to Rolling Hills Vineyard?

If not, you need to go asap! It’s an amazing family-owned and operated local vineyard and winery. Rolling Hills is a family business run by Mark & Lori Pasculli and their three kids, who handle all operations, farming, and marketing.

The urban vineyard and winery offers award-winning wine and NA options from their beautiful urban tasting room off Chinden Blvd. They’ve got an amazing patio for sunny days, a lovely tasting room with tons of natural light, what seems like an endless wine list, and delish snacks to pair them with!

Rolling Hills is one of my favorite wineries. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink with a friend, have a date night, or entertain visiting friends and family.

Find out more about Rolling Hills at

Happy Earth Day

  • TONIGHT: Repair Café is back at JUMP! This is so fun. Bring one item in need of repair and a team of volunteers will help you diagnose and repair it in a relaxed, social setting. Goes from 4-6pm.
  • Fri Apr 19: Gardeners Drinking Beer - An Earth Day Party is happening at Mad Swede Brewing (Cole Road location). Local farmers from Global Gardens will teach you how to Plan Your Garden For Success, Jordan's Garden Center is providing the goods you need to make your garden thrive, Mad Swede will be pouring beer, plus there's DIY crafts, and bidding on prizes. It goes from 5-8pm and it's free!
  • Fri-Sat Apr 19-20: Earth Day Film Festival is happening on Friday from 6-7:30pm and Saturday 1-2:30pm at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Nampa. It's free!
  • Fri-Sat Apr 19-20: Shade City Brew Fest is this weekend! It's a two-day, sustainability-focused, ‘70s-themed celebration of Idaho’s beer scene featuring dozens of breweries, local sustainability-focused vendors, food trucks, and live music. Fri Apr 19 & Sat Apr 20 at Idaho Botanical Garden. Tix are $40-$85. 21+
  • Mon Apr 22: Earth Day Silent Disco & Give Back is happening at the Children's Cancer Pavilion at Julia Davis Park. From 5-7pm there's a volunteer event to help re-stain picnic tables at the park, followed by a silent disco from 7-9pm.

Markets this weekend

  • Fri Apr 19: Folks is hosting a lil pop up with Moon Fire Vintage and Mad Woman Metals from 9am-2pm.
  • Sat Apr 20: B-Mart, a vintage market, is happening in Shrine Social Club Ballroom from 10am-5pm. There's also coffee and tattoos!
  • Sat Apr 20: Wild West Spring Fest is happening at O’Conner Field in Nampa from 9am-5pm. There will be western vendors, treats and fun activities for the whole family. Admission is $1.
  • Sat Apr 20: Boise Farmers Market is happening from 9am-1pm at 1500 Shoreline Drive in Boise. Shop for locally-grown produce, meat, cheese, eggs, plants, flowers, seeds, and more!
  • Sat Apr 20: 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 Apr 20: 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 Apr 20: Nampa Farmers Market is having its grand opening from 9am-1:30pm in Lloyd Square Park in Nampa. Tons of vendors to shop!
  • Sun Apr 21: 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!

Openings & closings

  • Fri-Sun Apr 19-21: Green Acres Food Truck Park is opening for the 2024 season - yay! Open each day from 11am-8pm with food, live music, games and good times. Kids and dogs welcome. See the food truck lineup each day here.
  • Sat-Sun Apr 20-21: Bogus Basin closing weekend. They are closing things up for the winter with a party. Free music, a shot-ski clinic, a chance to win a historic Bitterroot chair, and the annual Bogus Basin Pond Skim from 1-3:30pm. Bring your fun outfits, crazy costumes, wacky get up and stoke for a day of spring fun on the mountain. Pass holders are welcome to ride & day tix are available for purchase.
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Record Store Day

I wrote a story about Boise's connection to Record Store Day. It's old and some info is out of date but the jist is still relevant.

Sponsored by City of Boise

One thing I love about Boise that we’re a biking, scooter-riding, walking city. Especially when the weather is nice. I personally love to zip around on scooters to get around downtown when I don’t have my bike around - but I have noticed lately that they’re kinda all over the place, and so has the City of Boise. The city's Scoot Over campaign calls on our community to be safe and mindful when using the scooters and be sure to “park kind, with others in mind”.

When scooters are left in the middle of roads or sidewalks, they can easily get in the way and cause challenges to get by, especially those that need ADA access. Also it’s just kind of annoying, ya know?

When you ride a Lime scooter, make sure to leave at least 3 feet between the scooter and the pathways, and use the mandatory parking spaces especially around high traffic areas like BSU and downtown. Also, ride in a bike lane whenever you can!

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: The Idea of Nature Lecture Series is happening tonight and the topic is “The Nature of Taylor Swift”. It explores the songwriter's relationship to nature. It's happening from 6-8pm at the Simplot Ballroom in the BSU Student Union Building. It's free!
  • Fri Apr 19: Go see Captivating Conversations with Michael Copenhaver at the Old Pen. He's a contractor with the Idaho Department of Correction in the resident-led mentor program. Event starts at 6pm. It's free!
  • Fri Apr 19: Improv Insanity Adult Comedy Show is happening at Watsons Mystery Cafe from 8-9:30pm and tix are $15-$45.
  • Fri-Sat Apr 19-20: Comedian Pete Jr. is performing at Lounge at The End of The Universe from 7-9pm and tix are $25.
  • Sat Apr 20: Variety from the Vaults is hosting a talk about Animals in the Archives. Each month, staff at Idaho State Archives highlights different items from the collections that tell a part of Idaho's story. Starts at 11am.
  • Sat Apr 20: Mad Swede Brew Hall is hosting The Late Night Open Mic starting at 11pm. It’s free to attend and is 21+.
  • Tue Apr 23: Go see Story Story Night's season finale, EJECT is happening at JUMP. Hear real stories from Janet Lo, Al Youngwerth, and Ginger Ragan. Tix are $17 online or $20 at the door. Doors at 6pm, stories at 7pm.

Food finds & things to drink

  • TONIGHT: Mutts and Meows Mixer, a benefit for the Idaho Humane Society, is happening at Barbarian Brewing from 6-9pm. Tix are $30 and gets you one drink token, reusable steel cup, musical bingo cards, raffles, prizes, and fun.
  • TONIGHT: North Star Spirits is hosting a Free Whiskey Tasting from 4-6pm at Idaho State Liquor Store 103, enjoy three free samples.
  • Sun Apr 21: Loose Screw Beer Co. is hosting a Waffle and Mimosa Brunch. Build your own custom waffle and get bottomless loose screw mimosas/beermosas. It goes from 11am-2pm and tix are $36.
  • Mon Apr 22: Telaya Wine is hosting Telaya Bites with Cousin’s Maine Lobster from 7-9pm. This informal & intimate experience will include 5- two ounce pours of wine with five bite-sized pairings.
  • Also check out the new Caffe Sorrento Boise, coming soon! Sounds soo good!

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Idaho Film Society is showing Blade Runner in 35MM (The Final Cut) at The Egyptian Theatre tonight at 7pm. Tix are $20 and it's 17+
  • TONIGHT: Go Speed Dating at New Colony Beer from 6-9pm. It’s for ages 21-40, tix are $20, and there will be drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • TONIGHT: More speed dating! Watson's is hosting speed dating for people age 50+. Starts at 5pm.
  • TONIGHT: Old State Saloon is putting on Country Music Night with line dancing & karaoke starting at 6:30pm. It’s free! 21+
  • Fri Apr 19: Boise Bicycle Project is hosting a shop re-opening celebration after a car crashed into the front of their building. The event is from 6-7:30pm. Go see their new shop entrance!
  • Sat Apr 20: The Rugged Idaho Expo is going on at Indian Creek Plaza from 10am-5pm. Get all the gear you need for hiking, camping, grilling, fishing, hunting and more. It's free!
  • Sat Apr 20: Maravia (602 E 45th Street, Garden City) is doing a Spring Equipment Sale to support Idaho Whitewater Association. There will be tons of whitewater gear, climbing gear, backpacks, dry boxes, coolers, kayaks, SUPs and much more. Free admission!
  • Sat Apr 20: It's Exotic Animal Day at Pony Express Ranch in Meridian. Starts at 1pm.
  • Sat Apr 20: Go see Hokus Tokus with Miss Claire Voyant, a smokin' hot burlesque and variety show at The Balcony. Goes 7-10pm and tix are $20-$300. 21+
  • Tue Apr 23: St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore, a mobile bookstore that travels the US, is setting up at Mother Earth Tap Room on Tuesday from 2-7pm. Cute!
  • Tue Apr 23: Join the Idaho Centennial Trail Presentation at Lost Grove Brewing. In case you aren't familiar, the ICT is a 1,000 mile long, super rugged trail through Idaho's wilderness. This talk is for people who want to hike the ICT, interested in helping with a trail project, or just interested. Starts at 6pm. It's free!

Just trust me...

4/20 is Saturday and it's also my bday! I'm turning 31🙀 Enjoy some of my early and arguably most entertaining writing.

Thanks for reading! Have a fun weekend!

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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