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Weekend festivals, local theater, lots of live music, comedy shows & more

Published about 2 months ago • 6 min read

Happy Leap Day y'all! I love this day because it's just kinda weird. There's a few lil leap day things happening (find them at the top of the things to do section), plus some really cool local theater performances, tons of live music (which I talk about by genre on the podcast), and much more. You can find today's podcast here.

Ok here we goooo!

In partnership with Idaho Wine Commission

One of the biggest events for movie fans is upon us! The Oscars are coming to ABC or a streaming service near you next Sunday, March 10. In anticipation of a night filled with fab celebs, commemorative speeches, and celebrating the art of cinema - local wineries are creating unique food + wine pairings inspired by their fave award-winning films. Finally, a chance to put on your best red carpet look (if you want to) and be the main character, because we all love a good theme.

Get the details for the final Idaho Winter Wine Weekend!

Festival weekend

  • This Weekend: Snowfort is happening at Tamarack Resort this weekend, March 1-2. Get pumped for Treefort with a two-day winter bender! Two days on the slopes and two nights of music. Tix are $85 (& don't include a lift ticket fyi). All ages!
  • THIS WEEKEND: The Sun Valley Film Festival is going on right meow, Wed Feb 28-Sun Mar 3. SVFF invites guests to be a part of the legacy of storytellers, artists and filmmakers that have defined the town’s rich cinematic history. You can check out the schedule here. Passes range from $75-$3k and can be purchased here.

Theater & performances

  • Th Feb 29-Sun Mar 10: Alley Rep Theater is performing Boulevard of Bold Dreams by LaDarrion Willams. It's a dynamic story about the night Hattie McDaniel made Hollywood history by becoming the first Black artist to win an Oscar for her performance in Gone with the Wind. You can see it Feb 29, March 1-3, 7-10.
  • Fri Mar 1: Rollin' in Riches is happening at Boise Contemporary Theater. It's a veteran long-form improv comedy duo that is unlike anything you've seen in the Valley. Tix are $25. 18+
  • Fri Mar 1-Sat Mar 23: Stage Coach Theatre is performing Avenue Q, an edgy, heartFELT (pun intended) musical parody.It was a winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It's happening March 1-2, 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23, with matinees on March 10 and 17. Tix are $25 or $22.50 for students, military, and seniors. 16+
  • Also Boise Contemporary Theater is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival, tentatively scheduled for Aug 15-24, 2024. You can fill out the form & find more info here.

Sponsored by Boise Philharmonic

Join Boise Phil for a very special evening of music at the museum!

On Saturday, March 9, Boise Phil will have an after-hours performance inside the Idaho State Museum. Stroll the museum, see a special exhibit about historical instruments in the lobby, then enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance by Boise Phil Woodwind Quintet + Langroise Trio. Get your tickets here!

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: Join author Ayana Mathis for Readings & Conversations at The Egyptian Theatre. She's the author of NTY bestseller The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Doors open at 6pm.
  • TONIGHT: The List (comedy open mic) with Greg Sisco is at Mad Swede Brew Hall. Sign ups are at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm.
  • Fri-Sat Mar 1-2: Comedian Casey Balsham is at the Lounge at the End of the Universe for two shows. She's on at 7pm both nights. Tix are $25.
  • Sat Mar 2: Comedians Nate Ford + Tanya Cope + Danny Monson are performing at Mad Swede Brew Hall at 8pm. Tix are $20.
  • Sun Mar 3: Mom Jokes, a comedy show for moms, by moms. It's happening at The Sapphire Room at 7pm. Tix are $20-$25.
  • Wed Mar 6: Rock Dee House is happening at The Sapphire Room. The event is a fun, interactive, sing-a-long comedy show featuring two dueling baby grand pianos. It starts at 7pm and tix are $28-$32.

Food finds & things to drink

  • New winery alert! Veer Wine Project is opening in Garden City at 4338 W Chinden Blvd. There's a grand opening this weekend on March 2-3.
  • TODAY: Gyro Shack in Meridian is giving out free gyros for leap day. Ends at 9pm!
  • TONIGHT: Check out the Beer Rep Chili Cook Off at PreFunk Beer Bar in Nampa. Representatives from Sierra Nevada, Sockeye, Fremont, 2 Towns Cider, Deschutes/Boneyard, Barbarian and PreFunk are competing & you get to taste their creations. Goes 6-8pm. 21+ (I think).
  • TONIGHT: Barbarian Brewing is releasing new beers tonight. A Nonalcoholic Pilsner and a Maibock Bavarian Lager. They also have live music and a food truck!
  • Sat Mar 2: Barbarian Brewing is hosting The Morrigan & Elixir of the Gods Vertical Pairing Dinner. It's an intimate 3-course pairing dinner with Chef Chris and Chef Michael of Joker's BBQ and Queen's Food Trailer. Enjoy 3-year verticals of Elixir & The Morrigan and fabulous food amongst the barrels in the brewery. There's two seatings at 2pm and 5pm. Tix are $60. 21+
  • Sat Mar 2: Join the Idaho Craft Whiskey Dinner at The Riverside Hotel. Tix are $140 and includes a welcome cocktail, whisket flight, 4 course dinner and educational classes. 21+
  • Sat Mar 2: Proletariat Wine Company is doing a Girl Scout cookie wine pairing. It's $20 for 5 oz pours + 5 cookies. Also you can buy Girl Scout Cookies on site!

Things to do

  • TODAY: Skin Deceptions Tattoo is doing Leap Year Flash Tattoos & Piercings starting at 12pm.
  • TODAY: The Record Exchange is doing a 29% off sale for used music (vinyl, CDs, cassettes), used video (DVDs, Blu-ray and VHS), used audio equipment, bags, hats and scarves.
  • Th-Sun Feb 29-Mar 3: The Idaho Sportsman Show is happening out at Expo Idaho this weekend. Find gear, guides, tons of toys, big horn contests, plenty of stuff for the kids, and more. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors, and kids age 12 and under are free.
  • TONIGHT: Go see Treasure Valley Roller Derby - Sirens vs. Fugitives is happening at Treasure Valley Skate. Tix are $10.
  • TONIGHT: Join Clay By Shay for a Pop-up Party at Highland Hollows Brewhouse where you can create your own jewelry and enjoy fine dining while you do it.
  • TONIGHT: It's Jr. Technician Night at Modern Auto Service. Fun activities for kids (elementary school and up). Goes 3:30-6pm and it's free!
  • Fri Feb 29: Femme Von Follies' Burlesque & Cabaret is happening Fri Feb 29 & Sat Mar 30 at the Visual Arts Collective. Both shows start at 8pm and tix are $20-$40.
  • Sat Mar 2: Shen Yun is back at The Morrison Center with a brand new 2024 production March 2-3. Watch ancient legends, heavenly realms, and modern tales of courage spring to life through classical Chinese dance. There will be shows at 2pm & 7:30pm and tix are $80-$165.
  • Sat Mar 2: Level Up: Going Public - Public Art Foundations is happening at Trailhead from 10am-2pm. Understand the essentials of artist calls, learn the nuts and bolts of crafting a standout public art proposal, gain insights from experienced artists and participate in an interactive idea exchange, engage with your peers during the open discussion, and more. It's free but you need to register!
  • Sat Mar 2: Go see Reel Rock, a collection of short films about rock climbing, at The Commons climbing gym. Tix are $16.
  • Tue Mar 5: Nickelodeon Trivia Night is happening at New Colony Beer Co at 7pm!
  • Next Th Mar 7: Join the Fettuccine Forum: Housing and Home in a Growing Boise to hear ideas about how our city can ensure that housing continues to be affordable and accessible to many types of residents. Happening in-person or on Zoom. It's free!
  • Plan ahead: Get your tix for Wild at Twilight at Zoo Boise. It's an after dark, 21+ zoo experience. Seasonal appetizers provided and beer/cider will be available for purchase. Tix are $45. 21+

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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