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Things to do on a rainy spring weekend

Published about 2 months ago • 6 min read

Sup friends? How are you liking this rainy spring day? I love it, not gonna lie. Those foothills are gonna be greeeeen, baby! It's supposed to rain through the weekend, so here's some fun stuff to do inside:

Fun firsts!

TONIGHT: It's First Thursday in downtown Boise! Here's some fun things to check out:

  • Barbarian Brewing is bringing back their Desert Bloom Sour, a tequila barrel-aged prickly pear sour - yum! Plus they have music bingo & its free to play.
  • House of Wine is hosting Split Rail Winery for a free tasting 5-9pm.
  • Meriwether Cider House is hosting a lil workshop where you can paint your own terracotta pot & plant it with native Idaho flowers. It's free!
  • The Basque Market is doing paella, pintxos, and drink specials.
  • The Balcony has a free wine tasting from 5-7pm, then drag bingo at 7:30pm.
  • Dawson Taylor is doing coffee & cake with Mad Cake Skills. They'll have Bento Box Cake kits for $20 with a free drip coffee.
  • City Peanut Shop has a nut + beer pairing with IdaWild Brew Co.
  • Radio Boise is doing "open station" tours, snacks & live DJs.
  • SHIFT Boutique has an additional 30% off all markdown items.
  • Richard's Bar has all-day happy hour and a new HH menu with 3 new mocktails, $10 wines by the glass, $5 drafts, $15 two-fer cocktails, plus appetizer specials.
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Fri Apr 5: First Friday Art and Studio Stroll is happening in Garden City! You can check out the map & events here. A few highlights:

  • Black Earth Pottery is doing a pop up at Wepa Cafe.
  • Hallie Maxwell and Matthew Thorley have an installation in the GreenBox
  • Paintings & film screening at Push & Pour.
  • Sonya Feibert is doing poems written on the spot, inspired by your story at The Lit Room, plus they have tons of books to browse!
  • Kit Julianto has paintings in front of Surel's Place
  • Seven different artists at sPacePort!
  • Miki Lee, Katherine Shaugnessy, Elizabeth Hilton, Suzanne Gore, Brecken Bird, and Amber Lawless are doing things at The Common Well - good time to check out this place if you haven't already!
  • Klei Ceramics is doing seconds and samples sale alongside regular stock, with throwing demos as well. One of my fave coffee mugs ever is from her!

Gem State Comic Con

Sat-Sun Apr 6-7: Gem State Comic Con 2024 is this weekend at Expo Idaho! It's a pop culture and comic convention celebrating all kinds of fandoms - from comics to TV and movies to anime and beyond. Tix are $15 for Saturday only, $25 for both days, $75 for a family pack, or there's other tix packages that include photo ops & autographs. Open at all ages!

Movie weekend

  • TONIGHT: Whiplash is showing at 7pm at Idaho Film Society (1212 W Bannock Street). It's free!
  • Fri Apr 5: The Omen is showing at 7pm at Idaho Film Society. It's free!
  • Sat Apr 6: Trail Running Film Festival is happening at Idaho Film Society. Doors open at 6pm, food & drinks will be available for purchase, tix are $25. The venue is kinda small, so spaces are limited. Get your ticket now before they sell out!
  • Sun Apr 7: American Movie is showing at 12pm and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever is showing at Idaho Film Society. Both are free!
  • Also new lineup of films at The Flicks starting today.

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Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: Jared Fried will be at The Knitting Factory at 8pm. The show is all ages and tix are $20-$45.
  • TONIGHT: America’s Got Talent’s Ahren Belisle is performing at The Egyptian Theatre at 7:30pm & tix are $20-$30.
  • Fri Apr 5: Tom Segura: Come Together Tour is happening at The ExtraMile Arena starting at 8pm. The show is 16+ and tix are $42-$96.
  • Fri Apr 5: Kevin Nealon is performing at The Egyptian Theatre. Starts at 7:30, tix are $34.50-$49.50, and the show is all ages.
  • Sat Apr 6: Jimmy Failla will be at The Egyptian Theatre starting at 8pm. Tix are $35-$65.
  • Fri-Sat Apr 6-7: So Ready for Laughter: The Live Show is happening at The Idaho State Museum. It's a live show and tribute to Bob Hope’s military performances, featuring singing, dancing, and segments of Bob Hope’s comedy taken directly from his wartime radio and USO shows. Tix are $15 for GA or $12 for active-duty military, veterans, groups of 10+ people, ISHS members, seniors, and youth age 5-17.
  • Sat Apr 6: Jack Mormon Comedy Hour is happening at The Balcony. Tix are $20-$140 and it starts at 8pm. 21+
  • Tue Apr 9: Comedian Steve Hofstetter is performing at The Knitting Factory starting at 7:30pm and tix are $30-$140.
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Food finds & things to drink

  • Sat Apr 6: Idaho Brewers United is hosting Beer & Friends at the historic Boise Train Depot from 12-8pm. It’s featuring all collab beers between Boise breweries and businesses - fun! Tix are $40 for 10 tokens, $21.50 for 5 tokens or $10 for DDs. 21+
  • Sun Apr 7: A CAMP Cocktail Group Experience is happening at The Warehouse from 1pm-3pm. Your $40 tix gets you two delightful craft cocktails, tasters, and a souvenir-branded pint glass.
  • Sun Apr 7: Join Sunday Board Games & Brunch at Meriwether Cider in Garden City! Taqueria Güeros will be serving brunch, Phoenix Fire will bring a bunch of games to play for free, and Meriwether will be pouring the good stuff. Goes 10am-1pm.
  • Sat Apr 6: Boise Farmers Market opens this weekend! The other markets are opening soon too - more on that next week!
  • Go visit a Garden City bakery! Black Moon does amazing pastries & pizza, Flourish Bakery recently opened & has tons of macarons, jar cakes and naked cakes, and Wildflour Bakery has lots of cookies, breads & more.

Things to do

  • Fri Apr 5: Bike-loving femmes unite for Fem Night with Crank Queens and SWIMBA at Boise Bicycle Project. The event will be station style focusing on emergency bike repair on and off trail.
  • Fri-Sun Apr 5-7: George’s Cycles is doing its Annual Spring Garage Sale. Discounts on everything! A good excuse to get a new bike… just sayin!
  • Sat Apr 6: Speed Dating By the Book is a non alcoholic singles event for ages 35-55 to discover the mystery of mingling with like-minded individuals and forging new connections in the unique setting of a smaller eclectic bookstore. It's happening at Kuna's Book Habit at 5pm and tix are $15.
  • Sat Apr 6: AI Studios is hosting Tyrus Newell + Sean Ahern for their Retrospective Art Installation from 6-9pm.
  • Sun Apr 7: Come support female entrepreneurs at The Whitewater Market, going on at the Clubhouse at Whitewater Apartments from 11am-4pm. There will be free mimosas, snacks, and a gift basket raffle.
  • Tue Apr 9: It’s Trivia Night at Hap Hap Lounge from 6-8pm. Gather your smartest buds to win concert tix, festival passes, bar tabs and more.
  • Tue-Wed Apr 9-10: Check out It's Alive! Improving Soil Health Through Biology workshop with Ada County Soil & Water Conservation. Learn how to build and maintain healthy soil by focusing on the organisms responsible for this ecosystem role.

Just trust me...

Did you know we are getting two new Ridge to Rivers trails?

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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