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St Paddy's Day parties, Shade City Brewfest, grown up book fair & so much more

Published 3 months ago • 7 min read

Top of the afternoon to ya, loves! It's St Paddy's weekend and there's a ton of events going on. If you aren't into St Paddy's, I've got some events for you too. You can listen to me chat about stuff on the podcast.

Also lil reminder that Treefort Music Fest starts next Wednesday! You can find my Guide to Treefort 2024 here and buy your tickets here.

Okkk here we go!

St Paddy's Day weekend

  • TONIGHT: Dress in green & go on a St. Patty’s Day Run with Shu’s & Idaho Running Company. It starts at 6pm, no pre-registration is required. It’s free!
  • Th-Sun Mar 14-17: Voodoo Brewing Co has a vibrant green Sour Lacto-Kooler, available on draft or as a slushy all St Patty’s Weekend long.
  • Fri Mar 15: St. Patty’s Day Karaoke is happening at CopenRoss Growlers from 7pm-10pm.
  • Sat Mar 16: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Eve with Boise Firefighters as they march through Highlands Hollow with bagpipes and drums. Starts at 7pm.
  • Sat Mar 16: Boise St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl & Block Party starts at 1pm and includes 10 different Boise bars. Tix are $14-$29 and that includes drink coupons, free welcome shot vouchers and a map of all participating Boise bars.
  • Sat Mar 16: There’s a Anything But Pants St. Paddy's Day Bar Crawl happening at Amsterdam Lounge, Dirty Little Roddy's, Karma, and StrangeLove. Tix are $10 and you get into all 4 bars. It’s $15 if you have pants on lol. This concept is confusing to me but hey, whatever floats your boat! 21+
  • Sat Mar 16: Mad Swede Brew Hall is hosting St. Patrick's Day Pub Songs with Big Richard at 9pm. It’s free!
  • Sat Mar 16: McCleary’s Pub is having a St. Patrick’s Day Party with 90s cover band 2-Day Rental from 7pm-12am.
  • Sat Mar 16: Jumpin’ Janets is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Bash from 7pm-12am. Green beer, food, live music, pool tables.
  • Sat Mar 16: The Dalton Royal is hosting a Perro Patty Party from 9pm-3am. Hip hop, Reggaeton, Guaracha and more. Tix are $10-$15 and it’s 18+.
  • Sat Mar 16: High Desert Harley-Davidson is throwing a St. Patrick's Day Party. They’ve got bagpipes, Green Beer, and Irish Stew Cook-Off. It’s free!
  • Sat-Sun Mar 16-17: Payette Brewing is having a two-day St. Patrick’s Day party from 11am-10pm. Green beer, new beer release, mini-games, a treasure hunt, delicious eats & more!
  • Sat-Sun Mar 16-17: Owyhee Tavern is having a St. Patty’s Day Celebration from 11am-9pm. They have a St. Pat’s menu and Boise Highlanders performances at 7:15pm on Sat and 1pm on Sun.
  • Sun Mar 17: Mad Swede Brewing (Cole Road location) is throwing a St. Patrick's Day party at 4pm. Live music, Boise Highlanders at 5pm, $6 pints/$23 pitchers of green beer & soul food. It’s free!
  • Sun Mar 17: Tavern at Bown Crossing is having a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration from 11am-9pm. St. Pat’s menu and a performance from Boise Highlanders at 4pm on Sun.
  • Sun Mar 17: The 112 in Nampa is having a St Patrick’s Day Party from 12-7pm. Beer flights, brunch & more!
  • Sun Mar 17: Barbarian Brewing (Garden City) is having a St Patty’s Day Party from 12-6pm. Green beer, Irish Red beer and Irish Stout on Nitro all day, Corned Beef & Hash with CRISP Food Truck, and Irish drinking songs with Connor Jay Liess.
  • Sun Mar 17: Heritage Social Club is throwing a St. Patty’s Day Sunday Funday Party from 2pm-5pm. Green beer, best 80s leprechaun outfit competition, corn hole competition, dart and pool tourneys, and live music.
  • Sun Mar 17: St. Patricks Karaoke with KJ Jason is happening at The Neurolux. Starts at 8pm and it’s free. 21+

Sponsored by Lost Grove Brewing

Shade City Brewfest is back!

Guess what's back, back again? Shade City Brewfest returns to the Idaho Botanical Gardens on April 19-20, 2024.

Shade City Brewfest is a two-day, sustainability-focused, ‘70s-themed celebration of Idaho’s beer scene. The fest features dozens of PNW breweries, local sustainability-focused vendors, food trucks, and music.

NEW this year, live music & entertainment will be dispersed throughout the garden. They are really bringing the festival vibes this year!

Shade City Brewfest is one of my favorite Boise drinking events (and not just because it always falls on my bday weekend). Trust me, you don't want to miss it! Buy a ticket, volunteer, apply as a vendor - there's lots of way to get involved & all of them are fun.

Get your Shade City Brewfest tickets now!

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

Food finds & things to drink

  • TODAY: It's Pi Day... and I forgot. And then once I remembered I didn't have time to find all the events. I feel like I failed you - I'm sorry😭 but this is your reminder to get a pizza and/or a pie tonight. Also Boise With Kids did a roundup in her newsletter!
  • Fri Mar 15: There’s a Girl Scout Cookie & Wine Pairing at JoVinos in Eagle from 10am-8pm. There’s other events going on too, including Everlasting Piercings & Sass and Soul Boutique & Trucker Hat Bar from 4-8pm, and a screenings of the Taylor Swift The Eras Tour Movie at 4pm. Tix are $25 and include all of that!
  • Sat Mar 16: The annual Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs is happening at Lloyd Square in Nampa. All proceeds go to the continued development of Nampa’s Amity Dog Park and Huckleberry Dog Park (opening June 2024). Goes 2-6pm.
  • Sat Mar 16: Coiled Wines is hosting a Flamenco Night from 7:30-9:30pm and tix are $25-$30.23.
  • Looking for a CSA to join this year? Global Gardens CSA registration is open now! Get 18 weeks of fresh veggies grown by farmers with refugee backgrounds. There’s multiple pick up locations & home delivery options.

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Rediscovered Books is setting up a Pop-up Bookshop at Payette Brewing from 4:30-7:30. Adult Scholastic Book Fair dreams DO come true. It’s free!
  • TONIGHT: Wild At Twilight is happening at Zoo Boise where you can enjoy a guided afterhours tour & see different animals and different behaviors. Find out which animals get wild at twilight! Tix are $45. 21+
  • Th-Sun Mar 14-17: Go see Get Sprung - an Idaho Dance Theatre Production. It’s at the BSU Special Events Center (aka SPEC) and tix are $15 on opening night, then $25 for GA or $35 for primo seating.
  • Fri Mar 15: Check out the new exhibition opening Visitors Center at MING Studio. It’s a a group exhibition of The Ecogeoglyphic Observatory, examining the Boise Valley as it changes. It’s free!
  • Fri-Sun Mar 15-17: Check out the Boise Spring Home Show at Expo Idaho. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors, and kids under age 12 are free.
  • Sat Mar 16: Idaho Film Society is hosting a special screening of A Night In Casablanca from 6-9pm at The Egyptian Theatre. Tix are $20.
  • Sat Mar 16: There’s a 80s Prom Totally Rad Murder Mystery event happening at Watson’s Cafe. Tix are $30-$75 depending on the ticket type.
  • Sat Mar 16: The Idaho Reptile Zoo is hosting their Grand Re-opening at 10am.
  • Sun Mar 17: Join the Beginner Bird Walk on the Bethine Church River Trail. It’s at 10am and it’s free!
  • Sun Mar 17: Go on a Museum Tour and Discussion with Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. Explore Idaho rocks and minerals, Idaho Mining Districts, a world-class meteorite exhibit, an authentic mining camp, a Buzz Saw shark exhibit, the well-known Fujii Collection of polished minerals from Idaho and elsewhere,and more! It’s $5. Tour starts at 1pm.
  • Sun Mar 17: Check out the Ethereal Arts Bazaar at Gem Center for the Arts. Local artists, vendors, tarot readers, and more. Family friendly.
  • Mon Mar 18: Wanna buy your first house? Go to Hops n’ Homes First Time Home Buyer Class! It’s awesome! You learn every step of the process & can ask all your newbie questions. It’s free!
  • Tue Mar 19: Join the KegFit workout class at Barbarian Brewing! It’s $10 and includes your recovery beer. Starts at 6pm.
  • Tue Mar 19: Next Tuesday, March 19 is Idaho Agriculture Day! Head to the Idaho State Capitol, 2nd floor, to check out interactive displays about Idaho's various agricultural commodities. This event is perfect for all ages with hands-on activities about the food grown in Idaho. It’s free!

Just trust me...


Thanks for reading! Happy St Paddy's 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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