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Shakespeare fest, fun shows & spring weekend things

Published about 1 year ago • 5 min read

Shakespeare Fest starts next Friday

Next Fri May 26: The 2023 Idaho Shakespeare Festival season kicks off next week! If you've never been, it's an outdoor theatre performance. Enjoy the show & a picnic in a gorgeous setting. It's so fun. Get your tix while you can because these do sell out. Here's the schedule:

  • May 26-June 10: Little Shop of Horrors
  • June 16-July 1: As You Like It
  • July 7-29: Sense and Sensibility
  • Aug 4-26: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • Sept 1-Oct 1: Dracula: The Bloody Truth

Memorial Day prep

Mon May 29: Memorial Day is in two weeks. A few things to put on your calendar if you are looking for Memorial Day events to honor veterans. I had to do some digging to find these, so please let me know if you know of other events!

Th May 25: Gowen Field Memorial Day Celebration is 2-5pm at 4692 W Harvard Street in Boise.

Mon May 29: Warhawk Air Museum is doing Memorial Day Flyovers (subject to weather) and $5 admission to the museum. You can see the flight plan for the flyover here. If you've never been to the museum, it's super cool. There's memorabilia from past wars donated by service men & women & their families.

Mon May 29: Idaho State Veterans Cemetery is having a Memorial Day Ceremony at 10am. It's at 10100 N Horseshoe Bend Road in Boise. Public parking & bus services at Optimus Park starting at 8:30am.

Mon May 29: Caldwell Veterans' Memorial Hall is having an open house. You can tour the hall, ask questions & enjoy food. It's free to attend.

May 20-30: The Annual Field of Honor is happening at Reid Merrill Park in Eagle. 600 flags will fly as a tribute to honor our nation's heroes. Flags can be sponsored for $30 & the display is free for all to view.

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Tunes & shows

We are giving away a pair of tix to see Snakehips at Treefort Music Hall on Saturday - enter here!

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Comedy & storytelling

  • Th-Sat May 18-20: Attention writers and authors who want to take a day trip, there's a three day writing event, To Taste Life Twice Seminar, happening at the Community Library in Ketchum. There's multiple speakers & breakout workshops. It's free!
  • Sat May 20: The Stand Up Strip Down Body Positive Comedy Show is happening at The Balcony. Tix are $30 & show starts at 8pm. 21+
  • Sat May 20: The Cocktail Hour comedy show is happening at Mad Swede Brew Hall Downtown. The bar will be serving cocktails during the show, for this one night only! Tix are $15 & there's a 2 drink minimum. Starts at 9pm. 21+
  • Sun May 21: Comedian John Crist is doing two shows at the Morrison Center, at 4pm and 7pm. Tix are ~$26-$150.
  • Next Th May 25: Comedian Mo Alexander is at Volume 1 Bar & Lounge in Meridian. He's been on Comedy Central & at many comedy festivals. Tix are $20 online/$25 at the door.
  • Weekly comedy open mics: Mondays at Mad Swede (Cole Road), sign ups 7:30pm/start 8pm. *NEW* 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

  • Pizza rec: Have you tried Spitfire Craft Pizza & Pints? They do Detroit-style pizza, or deep dish pizza with the sauce on the side! You can dip it or pour it on top & omg it's sooo good. They also have regular pizza that is also very good. I love the Bench Dweller. Go try it.
  • New bakery alert: Yeast & West is a new natural bakery in downtown Boise, on the corner of 9th & Fulton Streets.
  • Noodle alert: KIN has brought back their cold noodz for summer!
  • TONIGHT: Head down to Payette Brewing for to learn about the Trout-Safe Program and try the new Trout Hero IPA beer release. Goes 5-7pm.
  • Fri May 19: Experience Argentina and Chile's best-kept wine secrets at the South American Wine Showcase with Jackie Elo at the Boise Co-op in Meridian. Tix are $40-$50. 21+
  • Sat May 20: There's a Vegan Bake Sale happening at Bark n' Purr pet store on Vista from 1-3pm. All proceeds go to the Idaho Farm Animals Sanctuary.
  • Sat May 20: The Taste of Caldwell Wine Festival is happening at Indian Creek Plaza from 5-8pm. Tix are $45 and include 12 tastings and a glass. You can also pre-order a charcuterie board. Fun!

Things to do

  • Fri May 19: Go check out two new murals at Tully Skatepark in Meridian. There's a skate competition at 5:30pm.
  • Fri May 19: Alright, alright, alright – Dazed and Confused is playing at The Egyptian Theatre. It starts at 7pm and tix are $10.
  • Sat May 20: Take the fam to WaterShed Birthday Bash. There will be games, activities, cupcakes, ice cream, live music, face painting, a petting zoo & local 4-H Clubs sharing their animals & knowledge. The first 100 families get a gift. It's free!
  • Sat May 20: Feelin crafty? Join the Branch Weaving Wall Hanging Workshop at Free Spirits Lounge + Merc. It's $45 and includes all materials to make your wall hanging & a drink! You can bring materials to include in your wall hanging, too. Goes 6-9pm.
  • Sat May 20: Check out Idaho's Largest Garage Sale at Expo Idaho from 7am-5pm. It's $5 to get in and you can buy online or cash only at the door.
  • Sat May 20: There's also a Trunk Sale happening at the Nampa Civic Center & it's free to attend.
  • Sat May 20: The All Saints Car Show is happening at 704 S Latah. Check out cars, vote for the People’s Choice Award & there will be a Touch-a-Truck with local first responders and food trucks. Goes 10am-2pm.
  • Sun May 21: Idaho State Museum is celebrating International Museum Day with activities, live music and games from all of Boise's museums. Admission is free!
  • Sun May 21: Go to Tasting Notes with Project Flux & artist Jessica Evett. It's an art and wine tasting experience that stretches past your olfactory and gustatory senses. Tix are $25.
  • Next Th May 25: Vivid Roots is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Event at Payette Brewing. Teachers get a free drink! There will also e food trucks, games & more.

Just trust me...

how does this even happen lol

Last thing - the foothills are absolutely gorgeous right now. It's wildflower galore in the Military Reserve and lower foothills. Yesterday I ran part of Central Ridge and it was a sea of flowers - not exaggerating. Go enjoy it!

Thanks for reading! Have a funnn weekend!

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