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Mummies, markets, mocktails & music

Published 29 days ago • 10 min read

Sup friends! Hope you are doin good. I've been in Colorado all week hikin around Rocky Mountain National Park. It was amazing and so fun, but also it feels good to be back in beautiful Boise <3

There's lots to do this weekend. Listen to me talk about it on today's podcast episode.

Also, if you are looking for a park to go to, check out City Cast Boise's latest podcast. I was on there with my friend Becca from Boise With Kids, and we ranked our favorite Boise parks. Becca talked about the best parks for kids and families, and I talked about the parks that are best for picnics, games, and allow alcohol lol. Listen here!

In partnership with Tavoláta Boise

I am so stoked about Tavoláta’s $45 wine and pasta dinner special.

Offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, you can get two handmade pasta dishes and a bottle of wine to complement your meal, all for $45.

There’s a variety of pastas and wines that are part of the deal. I’ve tried almost everything on the menu at Tavoláta by now. My faves are the Rigatoni, the Spaghetti (I’ve never had anything like it), the Fettuccine, and the Ricotta Ravioli. Soo good!

You really can’t go wrong at Tavoláta and especially for $45! I just know my fellow pasta lovers out there are gonna eat this deal up. Tavoláta’s happy hour menu has some great deals too, with apps, pasta and yummy cocktails. Check it out here!

Weekend markets

Hope you're in the mood to do some shoppin' because it's a market weekend! By the way, I think I'm just gonna keep a lil market section in every Thursday newsletter through the season. I keep referencing it, so I'm sure you are too. Here's the farmers, craft, and vintage markets happening this weekend:

  • Th-Sat Apr 25-27: Vintage Road Trippin Road Show is happening all throughout the Treasure Valley and even up into Emmett. It’s a 3 day curated market road map with 20 different stops in Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Star, Eagle, Emmett, Fruitland, Payette, and Middleton. Participation is totally free and there’s food trucks at some of the stops too. There’s a map with all the stops on the website.
  • Fri Apr 26: Get ready for the ultimate Western Vendor Fair going from 3-7pm at Ford Idaho Horse Park. There will be barrel racing, vendors selling western wear and other goods, and lots more.
  • Sat Apr 27: Boise Farmers Market is happening from 9am-1pm at 1500 Shoreline Drive in Boise. This one is a food-focused market. Also fyi no dogs allowed.
  • Sat Apr 27: 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 27: 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 27: Nampa Farmers Market is having its grand opening from 9am-1:30pm in Lloyd Square Park in Nampa. Tons of vendors to shop!
  • Sat Apr 27: Eagle’s 2nd annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair is happening at (235 E. Colchester Dr. Eagle Idaho). 80+ local vendors and artists also live music, food vendors. Goes 10am-4pm.
  • Sat Apr 27: Young Entrepreneur Expo is happening at Indian Creek Plaza from 10am-2pm. It’s a market where all vendors are 5-17 years old! Also there’s live music from 10:30am-2pm.
  • Sat Apr 27: Gear Up Sale is happening at Green Acres food truck park. This isn’t technically a market but it fits ya know. Find used outdoor gear, clothing, tents, sleeping bags, all kinds of things. The event also raises money for the Idaho Trails Association. Goes 11am-4pm.
  • Sun Apr 28: 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!
  • Sun Apr 28: The Lost & Found Mini Flea Market is happening from 11am-4pm at 514 S Vista Ave. Shop handmade jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing, one of a kind art, and more from 12 local vendors.
  • Sun Apr 28: Latinas Mercadito is doing a Mother’s Day Market from 11am-4pm at A Succulent Day (2753 W. State Street, Boise). This event features all Latina, women-owned local businesses. Shop unique art, handcrafted jewelry, stunning pottery, coffee, and much more. A Succulent Day is also doing a Calaverita Succulent Potting Bar, where you can pot your own succulent in a sugar skull planter. You have to buy tix for the potting bar, it’s $26 and includes planter, one succulent or cactus and all materials needed.

Theater & dance performances

  • Th-Sun Apr 25-28: Stage Coach Theatre is performing Proof, directed by Garrett Ryan. It won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize! This performance opened last weekend and is showing this weekend, April 25-28 and again on May 2-4.
  • Fri-Sat Apr 26-27: LED is performing Kid Lightening this weekend. It's amazing! The show tells the story of a group of talented contestants on a popular game show set within a 1970’s stylized world. There’s two shows: one on Fri 4/26 at 7:30pm and another on Sat 4/27 at 7:30pm, both at The Morrison Center. Tix are $38-$78 depending on where you sit.
  • Sat Apr 27: The Boise Bard Players are throwing Bard’s Birthday Bash at MING studios 6-9pm. Live Performances by The Boise Bard Players, Music by the Boise High School Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. Also the party is cocktail attire. Tix are $50 or $500 for a table of wine with complimentary wine.

Idaho Gives is next week

Idaho Gives is next week, Monday April 29 through Thursday May 2 It's a statewide event to raise money and awareness for Idaho nonprofits.

There’s hundreds of nonprofits participating and it’s one of the best (and easiest) times to give back to your community. Also throughout the week there’s a bunch of events happening around the valley. Here’s a few fun ones:

  • Mon Apr 29: Pints for Pups, an Idaho Gives Kick Off Party, is happening at White Dog Brewing 4-8pm. This event is to raise funds for West Valley Humane Society.
  • Mon Apr 29: Karaoke Throwdown at Shrine Social Club from 6-8pm. All ages and free to attend.
  • Tue Apr 30: The BFF Block Party is in the street outside of Lost Grove Brewing in the Lusk District from 4-8pm. This party is always a good time.
  • Th May 2: Split Rail Winery is doing a nonprofit market from 4-8pm. Nonprofits, live music, food trucks, wine
  • Th May 2: Barbarian Brewing is doing an event with four local nonprofits, live music, food trucks, a raffle, and beer of course!

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Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Fri Apr 26: Funny Feud Adult Comedy is happening at Watson's Mystery Cafe at 8pm. Tix are $15-$50.
  • Fri Apr 26: Join The Balcony Boise for their show Triggered, a mental health benefit show for Pathways of Idaho. Tix are $13-$20 and the show starts at 7pm. 21+
  • Fri Apr 26: Keillor & Company, an evening of stand-up, storytelling, audience song, is happening at The Egyptian Theatre at 8pm. Tix are $35-$60.
  • Sat Apr 27: Join Watson’s Mystery Cafe for Murder by Design, where audiences kill. For this show you have the unique opportunity to choose the victim, weapon, and location, and talented professional improv actors create one of a kind mysteries just for you. It goes from 7-9pm and tix are $20-$55.
  • Tue Apr 30: Suds Tavern is hosting the Soapbox Comedy Show at 8pm. Tix are free.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Fri Apr 26: The Boise Phil Pub Crawl is happening starting from 6-9pm at four locations in downtown Boise. Here's the schedule: 6-7:30pm at Mad Swede Brew Hall, 6:45-8:15pm at Barbarian Brewing, 7:15-8:45pm at Boise Brewing, 8:15-9pm at Pengillys Saloon. Go hear some great music from the chamber ensembles, purchase Boise Phil collectables, and enter in a raffle to win free tickets to upcoming performances.
  • Fri Apr 26: Split Rail Winery is having their Dictator Release from 6-8pm where you can taste some wines from their new spring collection. The event is free for wine members or $25 for guests.
  • Fri Apr 26: Anthony’s Boise is hosting a Friday Night Oyster Slurp. Belly up to the table and slurp 12 half shell oysters as fast as you can without using your hands. It’s free but space is limited and is first come, first serve.
  • Sat Apr 27: It’s time for some Wild West Glendale Quaffing with Payette Brewing at Cactus Bar. It goes from 1pm-6pm, it’s free to watch or $60 per team to compete. There will be lots of beer and lots of prizes.
  • Have you ever been to an Under The Table Boise dinner? It's an experimental dining experience and it's amazing! They are booking summer dinners right now and they will fill up so get your seat while ya can.
  • Looking for a mocktail? Acero Boards & Bottles has quite the lineup!

Things to do

  • Th Apr 25: Level Up: Going Public - Public Artist Industry Night is happening at Delia Dante Gallery. It's a panel discussion and open-house networking event bringing together art professionals. Goes 6-8pm and it's free but you need to register.
  • Fri Apr 26: The Idaho States Museum is hosting an Arbor Day Celebration starting at 10am to celebrate the importance of trees in Idaho, including our state's bountiful, beautiful, economically vital public and private forests.
  • Fri Apr 26: Vallivue High School is having a plant sale starting at 12pm. They will be selling hanging baskets, bedding plants, and veggies. Go get your garden goodies.
  • Fri Apr 26 & Sat Apr 27: Join Cherry Hill Farms in Caldwell for Spring Days from 10am-2pm. Tix are $5-$40 and includes visiting animals, exploring farm machinery, participating in the junior farmer program, barrel cart rides, and an Agriculture Vendor Fair.
  • Fri-Sat Apr 26-27: "We Love Boise" - A Boise-themed Burlesque and Variety Spectacular is happening at Visual Arts Collective. This two-night extravaganza promises to be a celebration of all things Boise, infused with the glamour and excitement of burlesque, circus, dance, and drag. Tix are $20-$40. 21+
  • Sat Apr 27: The Discovery Center of Idaho is opening up a new exhibit this weekend called Mummies of The World. It’s one of the largest collections of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled! The exhibit includes naturally and intentionally preserved human and animal mummies, including ancient mummies from South America, Europe, and ancient Egypt dating as far back as 4,500 years. It will be at the discovery center through fall 2024.
  • Sat Apr 27: The Coyote Classic Mountain Bike Race is happening this weekend out at the trails around Avimor. The race starts at 9am and there’s still time to enter, or you can just cheer the racers on.
  • Sat Apr 27: Interested in beekeeping? You’re in luck! Edwards Greenhouse is hosting a beekeeping 101 class from 10am-12pm and it’s free. The class will cover topics such as the role of bees, the challenges facing bees today, how we can help the bees, backyard beekeeping, information on our Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club, and honeybee swarms/what to do if you see a swarm of bees.
  • Sat Apt 27: Phoenix Fire Games is putting on a Board Game Swap Meet from 11am-6pm. Bring used and new board games to sell, and find games others brought in to take home.
  • Sat-Sun Apr 27-28: Pure Barre Boise is doing an open house this weekend with free classes!
  • Tue Apr 30: April Death Cafe is happening at Edward's Greenhouse from 6-7:30pm. It's an open conversation about death and it's free.
  • Next Sat May 4: Canopy Watch is doing an all abilities Tree Climb in Municipal Park from 10am-4pm. It's $30 and there's limited spots, so register asap.

Just trust me...

what a good boy

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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