From Boise

Things to take a dad to

published8 months ago
5 min read

Hi friends! Hope you are all doing great. Did anyone check out Alive After Five or the Sunset Park Neighborhood Concert last night? I went to AA5 and it was soo fun! So happy it's back.

This weekend it's not raining (rejoice) and that means I've got a long list of fun things for you to do. Have funnn!

Something new for summer

Pedals & Pints (the company that does the bike bars downtown) just announced Lucky Peak Boat Tours. Talk about a summer partay.

Tours are for 8-12 people. You hop on a shuttle from Albertson's on Federal Way and head to Lucky Peak for a 2 hour boat ride complete with drinks, music & swim stops. It's open to all ages, cost is $799 and the whole shebang is about 3.5 hours. You can book right meow:

Credit Pedals & Pints

North Fork Championships

North Fork Championships are happening this weekend, June 16-18, in Crouch. It's one of the top kayaking competitions in the world for the best of the best. It's also a very fun whitewater festival/party in the mountains. Events start on Thursday and wrap up Saturday night. Here's the schedule if you wanna check it out and you can learn a bit more about the races here.

TONIGHT: To kick things off, check out the NFC Film Fest at Payette Brewing. Watch kayaking short films, drink beer, wine something cool in a raffle & make some new river friends. Starts at 5:30pm & the festivities begin at 7pm. It's all ages & tix are $20 at the door.

Saturday celebrations

World Refugee Day is happening 9:30am-1pm on the Grove Plaza. See live music and dance performances, a citizenship ceremony, shop artisan and craft vendors & enjoy specialty meals from Amina’s Sambusas, Darjeeling MoMo and Tarbush Kitchen.

Juneteenth celebrations are happening Sat & Sun in Julia Davis Park. Performers, car raffle, vendors, music & more. 11am-4pm.

FEMSTEM is a new festival celebrating women, movement, mindfulness, and STEM. It's at Ann Morrison Park from 9am-1pm. Explore all kinds of workshops, pop ups, and speakers and learn things like rock hounding, self-defense, hiking safety, knot tying, yoga, breath work and much more. It's free but rsvp required.

Also on Sunday, there's a Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration at Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park.

Credit City of Boise

Sponsored by Downtown Boise Association

Take dad downtown

...because the 19th Annual Downtown Boise Father's Day Car Show is back! Treat the dad in your life to a day of doing something dads do best: surveying other people's work ;)

The Father's Day Car Show will have dozens of classic cars, hot rods, modern vehicles, and alternative vehicles (garbage trucks, herses, buses?!) that you can check out while listening to live Radio Boise DJs and enjoying beautiful downtown Boise.

Cars will be there from 9am-3:30pm and will be along the streets at the northern end of downtown near 8th Street and the Capitol. More info here. Fun!

Credit Downtown Boise Association

More things to take a dad to

Tunes & shows

Sat June 18: If you need some new vinyl, The Record Exchange is doing Summer RSD Drops. 80 Record Store Day exclusives available 8am-8pm!

Hot hot shows comin up! See them all at

More upcoming shows:

Alive After Five last night. Credit Conner Schumacher/Duck Club @cdigi_

Food finds & things to drink

  • TONIGHT: Mad Swede Brewing is doing a tap takeover at Homestead Bar & Grill from 5:30-8pm. Go taste your faves.
  • Fri June 17: Celebrate Pride Month and meet new LGBTQ friends at the Rainbow Circle BBQueer in Kleiner Park from 5:30-8:30pm. Some food provided but bring a side or dessert to share. All ages welcome, under age 13 should come with a trusted adult/sibling/parent. Free to attend!
  • Sat June 18: Boise Brewing's Anniversary Block Party is 12-9pm. Beer, dunk tank, food trucks, music & more!
  • Sat June 18: The Wild West Brewfest is going on at Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell from 5-10pm. There will be 50+ breweries, country music & a mustache contest lol. It's free to attend. Tix to drink are $35 & includes mug & 12 tokens.
  • Alsooo Kin has a new summer bar menu & it looks
Aunt Mabel's Mah Fry Chicken from Kin. Credit: Kin

Comedy shows

Fri June 17: Emma Arnold + Geoff Tate at Push & Pour in Garden City. Doors at 8pm and tix are $20.

Fri-Sat June 17-18: Quartez Wynn + Bree Jones at Lounge at the End of the Universe. Show is at 8pm and tix are $15.

Sat June 18: A Brunch of Laughs (Pride Edition) at Watson's Mystery Cafe. Show starts at 2pm and tix are $10.

Sat June 18: Femme Fatale Comedy Show (Pride Edition) at Mad Swede Brew Hall Downtown. Tix are $15 and sho starts at 9pm.

Credit Push & Pour

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Check out the Pride Pop Up happening at Flying M Coffee in Nampa from 5-8pm. It's an all ages Pride party with food trucks, LGBTQ+ makers and nonprofits & new friends!
  • TONIGHT: It's Third Thursday in downtown Nampa & it's gonna be poppin'. They've got food trucks up the yang, lots of games & live music. Free parking too!
  • TONIGHT: Boise Bicycle Project has Kids Fix-It Night, where any child in need of bike repairs can come & learn how to fix their bike for free! 6-8pm.
  • TONIGHT: Go see some Art at the Greenbelt Market. This week, local artist Sunny Dawn Freeman is showing her work. 6-8pm & it's free to attend!
  • Fri June 17: Attend Captivating Conversations at the Old Idaho Pen and learn the history of prison labor at the Old Pen. Convo starts at 6:30pm. It's free! But register before you go.
  • Fri June 17: Movie night! Go see Addams Family 2 at Optimist Park in Nampa. Byo blanket/chairs. It's free!
  • Sat June 18: Go on a hike with Meriwether Cider Co & Ridge to Rivers! My amazing friend Scott is leading the hike through Polecat Gulch. It's $7 ($2 goes to R2R), kids are free & pups on-leash allowed. Meet at the Polecat Reserve parking lot at 10am.
  • Sat June 18: Go to the Juneteenth Emancipation Drag Show at The Balcony. Starts at 8pm and tix are $5. 21+
  • Sat June 18: Nature-loving history buffs, this one is for you. Join Idaho State Archives for Variety From the Vaults: Great Outdoors & look through maps, photos, and documents illustrating the history of wilderness, trails, and parks across the state. Goes 12-3pm. It's free!

Just trust me...

watch this music video about Idaho from a From Boise reader :)

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely weekend!

With love from Boise,


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