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Goathead Fest, Freak Alley refresh, flea markets & more

Published 9 months ago • 5 min read

In partnership with Boise Bicycle Project

Only TWO DAYS until Boise Goathead Fest returns to downtown Boise! It's an annual celebration of Boise’s bicycle culture & goathead removal around the city.

Bust out your fave costume, your wheels of choice, and get ready to ride! Join the person-powered parade on bikes, blades, skates or scooters and roll through the streets of downtown Boise with thousands of other riders. After the parade, spend the day indulging in all things local: live music, artwork, funky bikes, contests, food trucks, and craft beer.

Don't wait to join the fun. Register for people-powered parade now!

Tuesday follow up

The story on Tuesday was about the history & future of skateboarding in Boise. I got lots of responses to this story (thank you!) and now I've got some interesting tidbits for ya:

I missed a "coming soon" skatepark. Discovery Park in Meridian has a skatepark is almost done and will open very soon! Here's a progress pic. Thanks, Cassandra!

Do you like to finger skate? Gem State Finger Skate is hosting the Treasure Valley Fingerboard Jam on August 26 at Push & Pour on Latah. More info in the link!

Do you want an electric skateboard? You can get one a I Get Around! It's a newish store in Boise that sells electric skateboards, electric unicycles, and one wheels, as well as traditional skateboards and longboards. They also have this FB group & host weekly meetup rides.

More skateboarding history: The young man on the left in the photo below, Brian Schroeder, is better known as Pushead. He's the graphic artist best known for his work with metal band Metallica and Zorlac skateboards. Enjoy this interview with Pushead on MTV's The Week in Rock sometime in the late 80s. Whata legend!

Freak Alley Refresh

Freak Alley Gallery is getting a refresh. Over the years, hundreds of artists have made their mark on the alley walls. Freak Alley is looking for artist submissions to refresh the buildings adjacent to the dirt parking lot on September 9-16, 2023.

If you know an artist, tag them in the comments here.

If you are an artist that wants to participate, apply here.

National Radio Day

Sun Aug 20: It's National Radio Day and Radio Boise is celebrating & raising funds to keep their magical programming on the airwaves.

Tune in to Radio Boise for a full day of specialty programming & join the micro-fund drive. You can donate to the cause just because, or enter the raffle to win an internet radio that is programmed with every community station in Idaho on the dial (including KRBX)! Cool!

More info here.

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Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Sat Aug 19: Cool Comedy Show at Neurolux with comedians Mundek Clement-Stein, Nate Ford, Sam Mason, Krystal Moore, and musical guest Dying Famous. Tix are $15 at the door and it starts at 7pm. 21+
  • Sat Aug 19: Northwest Comedy Tour with comedians AC Oneal and Ikes Chambers is happening at Mad Swede Brew Hall from 9-11pm. Tix are $20.
  • Sat Aug 19: Comedian Jack Wheeler is at Voodoo Cellar at 8pm. Tix are $10.
  • 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 19: Wake up and go to Morning Brew School with Dawson Taylor Coffee. Learn more about how to taste coffee & comparing three brewing methods. Tix are $12 and it starts at 10am.
  • Sat Aug 19: Mountain Brewfest 2023 is happening from 1-6pm at The Ponderosa Center in McCall. Taste beers from 30+ breweries, enjoy food trucks, live music & more! They also have NA drinks, kombucha and slushies. Tix are $45.
  • Birrieria Garnacha Que Apapacha, the beloved Nampa food truck, just opened a brick & mortar space at Boise Spectrum (7709 W Overland Rd, Suite 120). Reviews so far are amazing. Go get some birria!

Things to do

  • Fri Aug 18: Flamenco Idaho presents: The Tablao! at Lounge at the End of the Universe. It's two shows in one evening, at 7:30pm and 9pm. Tix are $15 for each show.
  • Fri Aug 18: Go on a Macabre History of Boise Walking Tour with Idahistory! The tour starts at 7:30pm and tix are $25.
  • Fri Aug 18: Movie night at VAC! Check out An evening of short films featuring Lorelei. It's $10 and 21+. Starts at 7pm.
  • Sat Aug 19: Movie night at The Egyptian! The Karate Kid (1984) is playing at 3:30pm. Men in Black is playing at 6:30pm. Tix are $10.
  • Sat Aug 19: Boise Water Lantern Festival is happening in Julia Davis Park, at the pond kinda by the Zoo. Stuff starts at 6pm, lanterns launch at 9pm. You need a ticket to get a lantern or you can go watch for free.
  • Sat Aug 19: No New Vintage Market is happening from 10am-4pm at the Linen Building (1402 W Grove Street). There's always goodies to be found here! Also heads up that Grove is under super construction, so try to ride/walk/get dropped off.
  • Sun Aug 20: Lost & found 208 is hosting its last Mini Flea Market of the summer! Shop vintage & handmade vendors from 11am-4pm. Address is 514 S Vista Ave in Boise.
  • Sun Aug 20: Birds Are Dinosaurs. Are they? You decide on Sunday at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Dr. Luna will explain where birds fit into the evolutionary tree of dinosaurs & how the characteristics that we associate with birds today evolved during the age of dinosaurs. And you get to see fossils. Coooool! Starts at 1pm.

BFFs only

Our first BFF meetup was last week and it was soo much fun. We played Boise trivia & ate pizza & became real friends! (Photos or it didn't happen, see below lol). We're planning some funnn meetups through the end of the year. The next BFF meetup is on Wednesday, August 30. Join us!

Just trust me...

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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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