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Winter weekend plans, comedy shows, death cafe & more

Published about 2 months ago • 7 min read

Hi friends. Welp it's winter. If you are hating it, I've got some ideas for you. If you are stoked, I've got some ideas for you, too. I talk through some of these things on today's podcast episode. Have fun!

Winter weekend outdoors

A few ideas & events for the outdoor kitties, who don't really care how cold it is. Here's a few places to go & things to do while bundled up:

  • Go up to Bogus Basin. It's open 9am-10pm on weekends for skiing, snowboarding and downhill skiing.
  • Go sledding. A few places to take the kids sledding are Camel's Back Park, Simplot Hill (be very careful of the road and make sure you park in the right spot aka not in front of the no parking sign), Kleiner Park in Meridian, Hewett Park in Meridian, and Gateway Park (manmade sledding hill) in Eagle.
  • Go on a winter hike/snowshoe. I've been hiking a lot lately and it's been so lovely. Crampons or snowshoes recommended. Check the trail conditions here. Some of my favorite winter hikes are Dry Creek, Hulls Gulch, Oregon Trail, Five Mile, and Cervidae Peak.
  • Go bird watching. Winter bird watching is awesome. Bundle up and bring your binos to Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, the Greenbelt, Whitewater Park/Quinn's Pond, or go down to Celebration Park or Swan Falls.

Winter weekend indoors

A few events for all the inside kitties, who are thinking hell no I'm not going out there. Here's a few outside things that are taking place indoors:

  • Fri Jan 12: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is happening at The Egyptian Theatre. It's an evening of short films highlighting the stories of people and the outdoors. View the list of films here. Tix are $18 or $15 for students. Starts at 7pm.
  • Sat Jan 13: The Ultimate Apres Ski Party is happening at Lost Grove Brewing in Hyde Park. This is technically outside but also not really, ya know? Gather round the bonfire to enjoy a live DJ and delicious hot drinks. Also there's a contest for coolest ski outfit. Goes 3-6pm.
  • Sun Jan 14: Polar Pints is happening at Boise Brewing. It's a winter party with fire pits, live music, and local ski videos playing in the taproom. They are also doing a warm clothing drive for the IRC and Ukrainian Welcome Center. Apres Mobile Ski Tech will be onsite from 4-9pm to tune up your skis/snowboard, and you get a free beer while you wait!

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You’ll be delighted by Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Haochen Zhang. This piece packs a satisfying emotional punch while also delivering some of the most impressive fingerwork you’ll see on stage. Hailstork’s Fanfare on Amazing Grace is a joyous explosion of sound – complete with soaring strings and brass fanfare galore.

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Get your tickets to Rachmaninoff The Romantic on January 20th.

Tunes & shows

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Comedy & storytelling

  • TONIGHT: Comedian Michael Palascak is at The Sapphire Room (at The Riverside Hotel). He's been on The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central and more. Tix are $28-$32. Starts at 7pm.
  • TONIGHT: Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is at Morrison Center. He's known for his Netflix specials, podcasts, and Comedy Central roasts. Tix are $35-$75. Starts at 7pm.
  • Fri Jan 12: Riddikulus Comedy Show: Hufflepuff Special is happening at the Lounge at the End of the Universe. Step into a spellbinding improv extravaganza that pays tribute to the beloved Hogwarts House of Hufflepuff. Tix are $20. All ages.
  • Fri Jan 12: Local comedians Tyler Wolf + Nate Ford are at Mad Swede Downtown. Tix are $20-$70.
  • Fri Jan 12: Improv Insanity Adult Comedy Show is happening at Watson's Cafe from 8-9:30pm. Tix are $15 – $45. 18+
  • Sat Jan 13: Femme Fatale Comedy Show is happening at Mad Swede Downtown at 5pm. It's an openly feminist comedy show & it always sells out so buy your tix asap - it's $20.
  • Sat Jan 13: Comic of the Year 2024: Round 2 is happening at Mad Swede Downtown at 7pm. It's a monthly comedy competition to find the funniest person in Boise. Tix are $30.
  • Sat Jan 13: Taylor Calmus aka "Dude Dad" is at The Egyptian Theatre. He's become an online sensation through his family based comedy videos. Tix are $27.50-$47.50 and it starts at 7pm. 18+
  • Sat Jan 13: Almost Scary - A Saturday the 13th Improv Comedy Show is happening at Recycled Minds Comedy. Tix are $15 online, $20 at the door and $5 for kids age 5-12. Starts at 8pm.
  • Sat Jan 13: Shannon Curtis is doing a special performance at the Lounge at the End of the Universe. It's one part TED talk, one part visual art installation, and one part musical performance. Sounds interesting! Tix are $25.

Food finds & things to drink

  • Fri Jan 12: The Darkest Night is happening at Taphouse from 11am-11pm. It's a celebration of dark, vintage, and barrel-aged beers. There's 15+ beers to try! Dress in all black & you might get a lil something special.
  • Sat Jan 13: Join January Morning Brew School at Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters. You'll learn how to taste coffee while learning to use three different brewing methods. Tix are $12. Starts at 10am.
  • Sat-Sun Jan 13-14: Cousins Maine Lobster is doing a two-day pop-up at Idawild Brewing (5270 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714). They have famous lobster rolls. Yum!
  • Sun Jan 14: Second Sunday Slay BRUNCH!, a drag brunch, is happening at The Balcony. Enjoy a fabulous drag performance, waffle brunch and bottomless mimosas. Tix are $15 – $360. 21+
  • Next Th Jan 18: The 2024 Field to Fork Festival is happening at JUMP. It's an interactive trade fair that brings together independent food and beverage industry professionals and the community. There's a huge schedule of events with lots of opportunities to learn & taste things. It's free & open to the public!

Things to do

  • TONIGHT: Join 80s &90s Hip Hop Bingo at The 112 in Nampa. It's free to play & there's prizes. Starts at 6pm.
  • Fri-Sat Jan 12-13: Go see Femme Von Follies performance, Nautically Obscure, at VAC. It's a sea-inspired evening of burlesque, cabaret, circus, drag, dance, pole dance and gogo. Starts at 8pm and tix are $20-$20. 21+
  • Fri-Sun Jan 12-14: Go see Boise Little Theater's Ride The Cyclone - The Musical. In this hilarious and outlandish story, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, a mechanical fortune teller invites each to tell a story to win a prize like no other — the chance to return to life. A funny, moving look at what makes a life well-lived. Tix are $25. There's more performances in the coming weekends too.
  • Sat Jan 13: It's Bear Day at Idaho State Museum. Learn more about bears in Idaho and their winter slumbers at the museum's January Family Second Saturday event from 12-3pm. All activities are included with museum admission.
  • Sat Jan 13: There's a Super Smash Ultimate Tournament happening at Realms Arcade from 2-8pm. It's an $8 entrance fee + optional $5 buy in (prize money only available with buy in). All ages!
  • Sun Jan 14: Join the DIY Card Design Class at Potter Wines. It's $10. and goes 2-4pm.
  • Sun Jan 14: Go see Memories Once Forgotten, a visual and musical journey through the melodies and heart of Korean artsongs, old and new. It's happening at Project Flux (inside Par Terre Winery, 4338 W Chinden Blvd Garden City, ID 83714) at 7pm. Tix are $20-$40.
  • Sun Jan 14: Go see the screening of Off Center Dance Public Art Project Video at MING Studios. It's a collaboration with 12 local artists, creating 3 videos that celebrate Boise’s landscapes, public art and its many artists. It's at 7pm and tix are $7.
  • Mon Jan 15: Hops N Homes First Time Home Buyer Class is happening at White Dog Brewing at 6pm. I highly recommend this event - it helped me sooo much. They teach you everything you could ever need or want to know about buying a house. And it's free!
  • Tue Jan 16: Boise Death Cafe is happening at Boise Public Library in Collister Center (4724 W State St, Boise, ID 83703). It's an opportunity to have an open conversation about death with facilitators to guide the process. Read my story about Boise Death Cafe here. It goes from 6-7:30pm. It's free!

Just trust me...

damnnn Pink!

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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