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Indoor pickleball, ski pass sales, lots of music & much more

Published about 2 months ago • 6 min read

Hi friends! Hope your week is going great. Here's some fun things for you to do this weekend and next week. If you want to listen to me talk about stuff, here's today's podcast episode. Now the fun stuff!

New pickleball gym

Pickleball alert! This weekend is the grand opening of S2 Pickleball, the first indoor pickleball gym in Boise. Fun! They have a variety of different memberships (fyi the prices go up after the grand opening!) and they have some events planned for the grand opening weekend:

  • Fri Feb 23: There's a ribbon cutting at 3pm, family time from 3:30-6:30 with free open play, activities, sponsor booths and swag bags for the first 150 people, and food trucks from 4-6pm.
  • Sat Feb 24: All day pickleball! Matches and games like king of the court, play with a pro, play with a coach, exhibition and challenge court, plus other things like sponsor booths, IV therapy, massage, and more. Goes 7am-9pm.

PS - This is the second indoor pickleball place to open in the valley. The other is The Flying Pickle in Meridian.

Mountain pass sales

President's Day = future ski pass sale time.

Bogus Basin has a 10-day 2024/25 pass sale starting tomorrow through next Sunday (2/23/2024 – 3/3/2024). They have ALL passes on sale, plus a new pass called the Value Season Pass, which has open-close access on weekdays and 3pm-close access on weekends. Check it out here.

Tamarack Resort is celebrating 20 years by throwing Boundless Pass prices back to the price it was in the early 2000's! Family passes will be available for $949 and adult passes for $399 starting tomorrow, Friday, February 23. That's a damn good deal! In case ya don't know, Boundless Passes get you year-round lift access for skiing, mountain biking, and scenic hikes; 10% off of dining, rentals, retail, lessons, tuning, and marina rentals; 15% off vacation rentals; and 15% off day tickets for your friends and family! Check it out here.

Looking to make new friends?

Here's two cool meetup groups you might be interested in:

Boise Brews & Board Games meets every Thursday evening at 6pm at Clairvoyant Brewing (2800 West Idaho Street) for a couple hours of fun competition and socializing over good beers. There's about 15-20 regulars who show up each week & they have a discord group. It's free! If you are interested or have questions, contact Daniel Thomas

Idaho Teacher Besties Club is a social group for teachers that aims to connect educators in Idaho with other professionals in the field. They plan monthly, low-budget meetups, provide resources and tips weekly, partner with teacher creators to do monthly giveaways, and create a safe space for teachers to make friends and have fun outside of school. You can follow them on Instagram @idahoteacherbestiesclub or contact the Teacher Besties Club via email

Speaking of meetups... are you coming to our BFF meetup tomorrow?! Join here.

Psst! Treefort ticket prices go up next week!

Next Friday is March 1st (whaaat) and that means Treefort ticket prices go up! Get your Treefort 2024 tickets now and save some moola. Less than 30 days til it's Treefort time :o

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: True crime fans - check out The Psychology of Serial Killers at The Egyptian. It's a talk all about new insights about the phenomenon of serial homicide. Starts at 7:30pm and tix are $28-$46.
  • Fri Feb 23: Auggie Smith + Eugene Bassham are performing at Lounge At The End of The Universe Fri Feb 23 & Sat Feb 24. The show starts at 7pm and tix are $25.
  • Fri Feb 23: Lectures by Lushes, A Drunken Lecture Series is happening at The Balcony Club at 7pm. Tix are $20. 21+
  • Fri Feb 23: Go see Watson's Live! Funny Feud Adult Comedy at 8pm at Watson's Cafe. See local comics battle each other in this head to head debate competition. Tix are $15-$45. 18+
  • Fri Feb 23: Bottoms Up: An Improvised Drinking Game! is happening at the Lounge at the End of the Universe. Tix are $20 and it's 21+.
  • Sat Feb 24: "It's a Conspiracy!" comedy show is happening at Recycled Minds Comedy. The topic is simulation theory - oooo. Tix are $15 for adults or $5 for kids.
  • Sun Feb 25: Go see the staged reading of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, a Black history event at Boise Contemporary Theater. Tix are by donation.
  • Tue Feb 27: Story Story Night's FAST FORWARD is happening at JUMP ay 7pm. Hear real stories inspired by the fast forward button on a tape deck. Tix are $17.
  • Wed Feb 28: Stand-Up Six Feet Under is happening at The Handlebar at 8pm and it’s FREE.

Food finds & things to drink

  • TODAY: Black Moon's cafe & bakery menu is now open! They will have a selection of baked goods for you to try. This is phase 1 and they will ramp things up over the coming months. Go support them and try it out!
  • Sat Feb 24: Go to Gelande Quaffing at Lost Grove Hyde Park. It's a drinking game that's fun to play and funny to watch. Starts at 1:30pm, but show up early if you want to sign up.
  • Sat Feb 24: Sockeye Brewing's inaugural Beer & Chili Cook-Off is happening at the brewery on Fairview Ave from 1-5pm. If you want to participate, it's $25 and you get 2lbs of ground beef to create your chili entry, two 6 packs of Sockeye beer to use as an ingredient in your chili, 15 tickets for tasting the competitions' chili, and a commemorative 16oz pint. If you want to attend, it's $20 and includes a 16oz pint, 2 drink tokens, and 15 chili tasting tickets. 21+
  • Sat Feb 24: Get your tix for Telaya Speakeasy at Ansots Basque Chorizo. Enjoy 2010-2018 wine from Telaya's cellar with Basque-inspired heavy appetizers by the team at Ansots. Dress in your best Roaring Twenties outfits & enjoy an evening of wine, food, live music & good company. Tix are $95.

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Is bikepacking on your bucket list? Same. Check out Intro to Bikepacking at George's Cycles. Hear from experts about the essentials for bikepacking. It's at 6pm & it's free!
  • TONIGHT: Join Boise Run Collective for a winter run starting from Warehouse Food Hall. Starts at 6pm. It's free to join!
  • Fri Feb 23: Movie night at Boise Bicycle Project! Go see "The Street Project," a documentary that delves into the transformative power of community-driven bicycling initiatives. It's at 6:30pm at Boise Bicycle Project (1027 S Lusk Street) and tix are $10, which includes beer or popcorn.
  • Fri Feb 23: Go see the WCA Youth Art Showcase at The Linen Building from 6-8pm. It's art that represents what love looks like.
  • Fri-Sun Feb 23-25: Opera Idaho is performing Romeo et Juliette, a story of two young lovers from feuding families based on Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Tix are $34.75-$95.25.
  • Fri Feb 23-Sat March 9: Go see Boise Little Theater's performance LOVE/SICK, a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. It's happening Th-Sun now until March 9. Tix are $20.
  • Sat Feb 24: Go on a Shoofly Oolites field trip with Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. It's a geologic wonderland located about 70 miles away from Boise near Grand View Idaho. Can confirm - this place is rad if you like rocks. You need to register and bring a few items (lunch, etc).
  • Sat Feb 24: Check out Taylor Night 2: The Eras Edition, a Taylor Swift drag & burlesque show at The Balcony. Tix are $13-$150. 21+
  • Sun Feb 25: Need to chill? Join the Somatic Sound Journey with Marisa Radha Weppner + Brian Louderbough at Treefort Music Hall. Tix are $40 and it starts at 1:30pm.

BFFs only

Just trust me...

Pick your day - I'm Thursday lol

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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