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Long weekend plans

Published 27 days ago • 8 min read

Happy long weekend! Whatcha doing for Memorial Day? I'm planning to do a little camping and a little bit of house work. We will see if it actually happens lol. If you are sticking around town, I've got a whole bunch of fun things to fill your schedule. Listen to me talk about them on the podcast.

Have fun out there!


You need some Shrinky Dink art

On Saturday, June 8 from 6-9pm, Surel's Place is hosting its annual fundraising party & Shrinky Dink Art Auction.

Take home your very own piece of Shrinky Dink art made by a local artist, bid on stellar auction items, enjoy party games, entertainment from McKenna Esteb, dinner by Noodle Monster, and dessert by The Tony Cannoli. It will be an evening for the books!

Most importantly, you're supporting Surel's Place, an incredible local nonprofit that does so much to make art accessible in our community. You don't want to miss it!

Shakespeare Fest starts Friday

Fri May 24: Idaho Shakespeare Fest's 2024 season kicks off tomorrow! It's one of the best Boise events. Here's the season schedule:

  • May 24-June 8: The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • June 14-July 6: Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express
  • July 12-August 4: Into the Woods
  • August 9-31: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Sept 6-29: Always... Patsy Cline

You can find ticket info here. Don't wait to buy your tickets because they usually sell out.

Markets this weekend

  • Fri May 24: 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 May 25: Spring Fling Market happening at Lark + Larder on Orchard from 10am-3pm. There's local artists and vendors at Lark + Larder and at Pure Bliss Baking next door.
  • Sat May 25: 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 May 25: 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 May 25: 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 May 25: Nampa Farmers Market is going on from 9am-1:30pm in Lloyd Square Park in Nampa. Tons of vendors to shop!
  • Sat May 25: Eagle Saturday Market is happening from 9am-2pm at Eagle City Hall Campus. There’s food and craft vendors, and live music.
  • Sun May 26: Mini Flea Market happening at Lost and Found 208 starting at 11am. There will be many local vendors selling handmade goods, vintage, and more.


Sip, Sample, Savor

Idk about you but… I love to sample things. I absolutely love to go wine tasting (and if you were thinking Costco sample tables - that's a very close second). Wine tasting is your chance to dress a lil fancy, grab your favorite group of people, and sip on delicious wines while you learn all about flavor notes and pairings. What a dream!

Thanks to the Idaho Wine Commission, you can do all that and more, very soon: Savor Idaho is back on June 9!

Savor Idaho is a one-day event where you have access to 30+ local wineries and cideries, local food trucks to balance out all the (responsible) drinking, and the chance to chat with other wine enthusiasts and the makers themselves! It's the wine event of the year with beautiful views at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

Who knows? You might find your new favorite wine!

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Fri May 24: Riddikulus Comedy Show happening at Lounge at The End of The Universe from 7-8:30pm. This incredible improv performance is a delightful celebration of Gryffindor, the Wizarding World, and beyond. Tix are $10-$20.
  • Fri May 24: Roasted at Watson’s Comedy Battle, a night filled with laughter and entertainment at Watson's Mystery Cafe starts at 8pm. Tix are $15-$50 and the show is “rated R”.
  • Sat May 25: Murder by Design: Where Audiences Kill is going on at Watson’s Mystery Cafe at 7pm. At this event You have the unique opportunity to choose the victim, weapon, and location, and talented professional improv actors from Positive Parkour will create a one-of-a-kind mystery story just for you. Tix are $20-55.
  • Sat May 25: "It's a Conspiracy!" Reptilian Elite comedy show is happening at Recycled Minds Comedy at 8pm. Tix are $15 for adults or $5 for kids.
  • Sun May 26: Boise Brewing is hosting a spelling bee at 4:30pm. Prizes for the top 3 spellers!
  • Mon May 27: The Sweet Swede Open Mic at Mad Swede is happening from 7-9pm. Admission is free and sign ups start at 6:30pm.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Th May 23: It’s Flower Power Happy Hour at Idaho Botanical Garden from 4-7pm. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing evening in the garden. There will be alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
  • Th May 23: Join Maddie’s Wine & Whiskey for an evening of Bourbon & Blues starting at 7pm. There will be live music, tastings, specialty cocktails, and bogo cigars.
  • Sat May 25: Stella’s Ice Cream is having the Grand Opening of their South Meridian location from 11am-10pm. There will be great deals every hour with food trucks, popcorn, face painting, raffles, giveaways and of course, ice cream.
  • Sat May 25 & Sun May 26: Ste. Chappell Winery is having a Sunnyslope Wine Mixer from 12-4pm. No admission or reservation needed and there will be food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, wine tasting, helicopter rides and much more.
  • Th May 23 - Mon May 27: It’s time to stock those coolers at the Annual Memorial Day Can Sale at Payette Brewing. From 11am-10pm while supplies last.
  • Mon May 27: Grab a burger and a beer or slushy at Barbarian Brewing on Memorial Day. Sear & Savor is a Treasure Valley food truck specializing in handcrafted smash burgers and smashed potatoes. They will be open from 12-8pm.
  • Mon May 27: Come join Indian Creek Winery for a magical afternoon filled with Wishes and Wine. Sip on delicious wines while helping make wishes come true for terminally ill adults in our community. This event will include food, music, live and silent auction items, and wine tasting from several local wineries. The event goes from 12-4pm and tix are $30-$70.
  • Tue May 28: It's Wing Night at Barbarian Brewing with Flats, Fats & Fries. Serving from 5-8pm or until sold out.
  • Wed May 29: Green Acres Boise is hosting a Community Square Dance Event from 6-8:30pm. There will be food and drink trucks and the event is free to attend.

Things to do

  • Th May 23: Meridian Youth Baseball and Softball Night is happening at The Boise Hawks Stadium at 6pm. Admission is free.
  • Fri May 24: Need to get your bike fixed up before summer? Head on down to Barbarian Brewing for a FREE Bicycle Repair Workshop with Boise Bicycle Project! They can work on flat tires, brakes, derailleur alignment and chain checks! Goes 4-7pm.
  • Fri May 24: Learn how to Country Line Dance with Dirt Road Dancing every Friday at 6pm on Big Al’s Patio. It’s free and fun for all.
  • Fri May 24: Join Zen Riot Yoga for a Full Moon Blue Lotus Ceremony from 6:30-8:30pm. Begin the evening by learning about this sacred flower in a tea ceremony and transition into a dreamy healing space of pure bliss. Tix are $39 per person.
  • Fri May 24: Femme Von Follies' Burlesque & Bands is going on at Visual Arts Collective starting at 8pm. This is an adults-only event celebrating the art of Burlesque in its most sophisticated form. Tix are $20-$40.
  • Fri May 24: The Idaho Lottery is having their 35th Anniversary Party from 4-6pm at Fred Meyer on Chinden. There will be special scratch tix and a prize wheel.
  • Sat May 25: Release your inner unicorn and dance the night away at The Balcony’s Unicorn Party. There will be a selfie wall, drag pop-ups and special color changing cocktails. Party starts at 9pm and is 21+.
  • Sat May 25: Jefitos 5th Annual Car Show is happening at Expo Idaho starting at 11am. There will be live music and of course, lot’s of cars.
  • Sat May 25: Folks is hosting a Spring Pop-up from 11am-3pm. There will be ceramics, jewelry, and glass goods from many talented artists. Also Chelbie Glass Works is hosting a Stained Glass Butterflies Workshop at 12pm. It’s $65 per person and a great opportunity for people who are wanting to get into stained glass.
  • Sat May 25: The Dirty Rotten Buckers Saddle Bronc Futurity is coming to Gooding! Come watch the top up and coming saddle bronc colts face off against some of the top bronc riders at 2pm. Tix are $11-$16.
  • Sat May 25: Sand Hollow Peewee Rodeo is coming to Caldwell. It starts at 9am and there will be mutton bustin’, a stick horse barrel race, goat tying and much more. Tix are $30-$85.
  • Sun May 26: It’s Dennis The Cat Day at The Old Idaho Penitentiary from 12-5pm. Tix are $12 & there will be food trucks, beer and alcohol, local pet supply vendors, special presentations, new Dennis merchandise, and more. PS read our story about Dennis here.

Just trust me...

I guess I'm in the Boise bubble because I didn't know The Village was opening a second location! Did you?

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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