From Boise

Savor Idaho, summer shows, spooky speakeasy & tons of weekend events

Published 13 days ago • 9 min read

Hey hey! Tis a busy summery weekend out there. There's tons of stuff going on this weekend and into next week. You can listen to me talk about it on the podcast. Have fun out there!


Out of Town Tip

It's summer and that means its paddle board season. Our out of town tip for you this week is a few beautiful places in SW Idaho to take your SUP.

You’ve heard of Payette Lake in McCall, but have you heard of Little Payette Lake? It’s a natural lake in McCall & a much quieter experience than the larger Payette Lake.

Lake Cascade covers over 47 square miles with lots of shoreline to explore, plus amazing views of surrounding mountains and valley. You can byo SUP and launch it from the shore, or rent a SUP or kayak from Van Wyck Boat Ramp at Lake Cascade State Park.

Did you know there’s a lake at Bruneau Dunes? Dunes Lake is one of the most under the radar SUP spots. There’s no motorized boats out here, so you’ll have nice flat water to explore. Also you’ll definitely want to stay the night at Bruneau Dunes because the stargazing is incredible.

Next time you visit Idaho, be sure to bring your SUP and check out one of these spots in SW Idaho.

Markets this weekend

  • Fri June 7: 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 June 8: The Friendship Summer Pop-up is happening at VooDoo Brewing Company from 10am-3pm. Come shop from many local handmakers & artisans.
  • Sat June 8: Summer Market and Craft Faire is happening at Peace Valley Charter School on Federal Way from 10am-2pm. There will be goods by local makers, kids crafts, and baked goods.
  • Sat June 8: 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 June 8: 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 June 8: 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 June 8: Nampa Farmers Market is going on from 9am-1:30pm in Lloyd Square Park in Nampa. Tons of vendors to shop.
  • Sat June 8: Eagle Saturday Market is happening from 9am-2pm at Eagle City Hall Campus. There’s food and craft vendors, and live music.
  • Sat June 8: GemState 208 Market is happening from 9am-4pm in Kuna. There will be over 50 local vendors to shop from, food & drink, raffles, and more.
  • Sat June 8: Super Summer Craft Market is happening at Flying M Nampa starting at 9am. There will be unique, handmade wares from 35+ local makers in our parking lot & along 14th Avenue South, cool drinks, treats, food trucks, and fun.
  • Sun June 9: The Boise Flea is going on from 10am-4pm in the Boise State East Stadium Lot. Come find lots of vintage treasure from many different vendors. Parking is $5 and admission is free.
  • Sun June 9: 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.
  • Tue June 11: Meridian Night Market is going on at Frontier Park from 6-10pm next to The Roosevelt Bar. Enjoy live music, local artists & makers, food trucks, tasty drinks and much more.
  • Tue June 11: ​Caldwell's Farm to Fork Farmers Market​ is happening at Indian Creek Plaza from 5-8pm. Find tons of local producers, plus live music, local restaurants and more.
  • Wed June 12: South Meridian Market is having its grand opening at Pinnacle (1375 E Phenomenal St, Meridian) next week & will happen on the second Wednesday of the month through the summer.

Summer shows starting

  • Tuesdays on the Creek is at Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell at 6pm. Here's the lineup. It's free & there's a market happening at the same time.
  • Jump Jam & Jive is at the JUMP amphitheater in downtown Boise on Tuesdays at 6pm. It started this week on June 4 and goes through August 27. Here's the lineup. It's free!
  • ​Alive After Five is on the Grove Plaza in downtown Boise on Wednesdays at 5pm. It starts June 19 goes through July 31. Here's the lineup. It's free!
  • ​Neighborhood Concert Series happens in different parks around Boise & happen on Wednesdays. It starts June 11 and ends August 21. Here's the schedule. It's free!
  • ​Eagle Gazebo Concert Series is at Heritage Park in Eagle on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm. Next one is June 27. It's free!
  • ​Great Garden Escape is in the Meditation Garden at the Idaho Botanical Garden & happen almost every Thursday. It starts on June 15. Here's the lineup. The show on Sept 5 is a comedy show! Bring a blanket or low back chair. You can get food from a food truck or byo picnic. Tix are $12-$15 and
  • Outlaw Field shows are the big shows at the Idaho Botanical Garden. Here's the lineup. It starts tonight with Jon Batiste. Tix prices vary.
  • ​Boise Baroque Orchestra has four outdoor summer shows on August 11, 18, 25 and September 1 at 8:15pm at Château des Fleurs in Eagle. Each night has different music. Tix are $30-$260 depending on where you sit.


Save the date: 21st Annual Father's Day Car Show

Downtown Boise's 21st Annual Father's Day Car Show is back on Sunday, June 16 from 10am-3pm!

Bring your dad downtown and check out classic cars, classic motorcycles, electric cars, and exotic vehicles in front of the beautiful Idaho Capitol Building. Plus enjoy live Radio Boise DJs & the 8th street food scene. The Father's Day Car Show is the perfect activity to do with dad – then let him go home and take a nap.

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Fri June 7: Jim Norton is performing at The Egyptian Theatre at 7:30pm. Tix are $27.50-$60.
  • Fri June 7: Zoo’s Line is it Anyway is happening at Zoo Boise from 6-8:30pm. It's improv comedy meets conservation for wildly funny evenings. Tix are $20 and all proceeds go to support wildlife conservation.
  • Sat June 8: Magic for Humans with Justin Willman is happening at the Egyptian Theatre at 3pm. Tix are $33-$148.
  • Sun June 9: Campfire Stories is happening at The Modern Hotel from 7-9pm. Storytellers this month include Kim Barnes, CMarie Fuhrman, and Robert Wrigley.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Th June 6: Happy(ness) Hour is happening at JUMP Boise from 5-7:30pm. There will be snacks, bogo drinks, games, live music, and more.
  • Th June 6-Sat June 8: The Edgar Allan Poe Speakeasy is happening at Lounge at The End of The Universe from 6-10pm each night. Tix are $55 & includes a chilling cocktail experience that brings four of his stories off the page and onto the stage as told through the Poe Historians.
  • Fri June 7: Garden City BrewGrass festival will be taking place in the parking lot of Clairvoyant Brewing in Garden City from 4-10pm. There will be lots of beer, food trucks, live music, and more. Tix are $15 online and $18 at the door.
  • Fri June 7: Sawtooth Winery in Caldwell is hosting Fireside Friday from 6-9pm. There will be wine tasting, live music and more.
  • Sat June 8: Wildlife Federation Public Lands Alefest is going on from 4-9pm at Green Acres Food Truck Park. Drink some beer, play yard games, enjoy live music and win some hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear & experiences. Tix are $30 online or $35 day of.
  • Sat June 8: Meriwether Cider is hosting a Cheese and Cider Pairing event from 3-4pm. Tickets are $25 and will include 5 cheese tastings from Beehive Cheese paired with a Meriwether cider flight.
  • Sun June 9: Savor Idaho is happening out at the Idaho Botanical Garden this Sunday from 11am-6pm. Sample from over 30 Idaho wineries and cideries, chat with the producers, and get some food from local food trucks. Tix are $80 and include unlimited tastings. 21+
  • Wed June 12-Sat June 15: The Emmett Cherry Festival is going on next week/weekend in Emmett. This is a free event for all with food vendors, expo vendors, live music, and a carnival - all of which is cherry themed!

Things to do

  • Th June 6: A Downtown Meridian Block Party is happening to celebrate the opening of Phase 1 of Idaho Ave. construction project with a night filled with vendors, live music & fun. It goes from 4-8pm and is open to the public.
  • Th June 6: Tonight is First Thursday in downtown Boise. Tons of events, sales, and specials going on from 5-9pm.
  • Th June 6: Hometown Drag Show Too is coming to The Egyptian Theatre. Celebrate Pride month and enjoy nonstop glamorous looks and fierce performances starting at 7pm. Tix are $10-30.
  • Th June 6: The PNW Stompede Line Dance & Country Swing Competition is going on at 127 Saloon starting at 5pm. Entry is $10 per person and there will be prizes, drinks and more.
  • Th June 6 - Sat June 8: Boise Fashion Week is having their spring/summer show from 7:30-10pm. They will be featuring various local designers, brands, businesses, models and creative expression in the Treasure Valley. Tix range from $25-$400.
  • Th June 6-Sat June 15: The Venardos Circus, a unique broadway-style Circus, is coming to Boise Town Square Mall. The show turns world-class, animal-free circus acts into a Broadway Musical-style format. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission. Tix are $15-$60.
  • Fri June 7: First Friday Studio Art Stroll is happening in Garden City. Artists are set up at multiple locations with cool exhibits, open studio visits and more. Super fun way to check out Garden City.
  • Fri June 7: Twilight Tours are back at The Old Idaho Penitentiary from 7-11pm. Admission is $12.50-$15 and recommended for those 13+.
  • Fri June 7: The Big Green is showing for Movies on The Greenbelt in Kuna starting at dusk. It's free to attend & there will be food trucks set up.
  • Fri June 7 - Sun June 9: The Gem Faire is coming to Expo Idaho Friday-Sunday from 12-6pm. There will be fine jewelry, crystals, gems, beads, minerals, gold & silver, fossils & much more at manufacturer's prices. Admission for the weekend is $7 & cash only.
  • Sat June 8: Snake River Raptor Fest is happening at Indian Creek Winery from 12-5pm. The event will be filled with live birds, live music, local food and drink, kids’ activities, nonprofit partners, and local arts and crafts.
  • Sat June 8: Surel’s Place Fundraising Gala is happening from 6-9:30pm. It’s their largest and most popular fundraiser held every other year. At the heart of the event is a silent auction of incredible art made out of Shrinky Dinks by dozens of local artists. This year’s event is 70’s-themed, so dress in your best groovy attire. Tix are $15-$45.
  • Sat June 8: Saturday in The Park Car Show is going on at Julius M Kleiner Park from 10am-3pm. It’s free to attend and there will be food, coffee, DJs, and more.
  • Sat June 8: BSU is having its Outdoor Rental Center Gear Sale from 11am-2pm at the Campus Recreation Building.

Just trust me...

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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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