Things To Do In Boise Idaho

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Are you moving to the area, or do you already live here? Here at Build Idaho we have created a comprehensive guide to the city of Boise. This local information guide is designed to give you ideas on things to do and insight to finding your way through Boise. We have done the leg work, and picked the events, parks, cultural happenings, sporting events, urban explorations, and annual activites to feature in this guide. We take pride in our city and hope you venture out and experience everything Boise has to offer.

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 PARKS

 

Scenery

Desert, Foothills, Mountains, Valleys & Canyons. Vistas, Horizons, Panoramas and much more!

Notable Sights & Landmarks

  • Snake River Canyon & Hells Canyon
  • Boise/ Sawtooth/ Payette National Forests
  • Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
  • Oregon Trail
  • Silver City Ghost Town
  • Bruneau Dunes & Observatory
  • Shoshone Falls & Evil Knevil Jump Site
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • McCall & Cascade Mountain Resort Towns
  • Thousand Springs State Park
  • Three Island Crossing, Glenns Ferry
  • Deadwood Reservoir

The Idaho State Parks Passport

  • Is just $10 for Idahoans, per vehicle, per year!
  • Offers unlimited day-use access to every Idaho State Park
  • Covers boat launch fees within Idaho State Parks
  • Provides access to hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Provides free parking at all events held at the Ford Idaho Center

Go Forth and explore!
One of the greatest things about the Treasure Valley is the vast space it encompasses and for that reason; if you have an open mind, there are endless photo opportunities.

Why Boise consistently has amazing Sunrises and Sunsets
It has the perfect combination of elevation, temperatures, winds, mountains, humidity, and open terrain. Especially in the winter, colors will stretch across the valley.

Top 5 Scenic Views in Boise

  1. Table Rock
  2. Camels Back Park
  3. Boise Depot
  4. Follow 8th Street North to Hull's Gulch
  5. CW Penthouse

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*Table Rock is the most popular destination for scenic views of the valley. You can hike to the top in about an hour from from the Old Idaho Penitentiary or you can drive to the top and it is just a short walk to the rim.

 

Julia Davis Park

The city's oldest park, Julia Davis Park was created thanks to a generous donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his beloved wife, Julia.

The park features a formal Rose Garden, two reservable pavilions, a six-court tennis complex, playground, duck pond, restrooms and a section of the Boise River Greenbelt. Every year, Julia Davis Park hosts Art in the Park. This open air arts festival takes place every year on the first weekend after Labor Day. Stop by for 3 days of arts, crafts, and food.

700 South Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID,  83702
(208) 345-8330 (Boise Art Museum)
www.juliadavispark.org/

Julia Daivs Park


Idaho Botanical Gardens

The Idaho Botanical Garden has blossomed into numerous specialty gardens, each with a unique focus. Included are a contemporary English Garden, a Meditation Garden, a Children’s Adventure Garden, an Heirloom Rose Garden, and a Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden. The Idaho Botanical Garden is open year-round, hosting concerts, weddings, events, and the annual Winter Garden Aglow event in the winter.

2355 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID,  83712
www.idahobotanicalgarden.org/

Idaho Botanical Gardens


The World Center for Birds of Prey

The center’s research facilities are designed to enhance the health, reproduction, and reintroduction efforts of endangered species and to collect information about the general biology of raptors. The science is focused on understanding how diet, aging, and environment affect the health, growth, reproduction, and lifespan of the birds. The facility is also the headquarters for The Perigrine Fund, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of raptors worldwide since its founding in 1970. The organization’s propagation program played a critical role in the successful recovery of the Peregrine Falcon, which was removed from the U.S. Endangered Species List in 1999.

5668 W. Flying Hawk Ln
Boise, ID,  83709 US
(208) 362-3716
www.peregrinefund.org/world-center

Brids of Prey


Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capitol improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals, animal habitats, species conservation and the environment. The zoo is open year-round and hosts rotating national exhibits as well as holiday events and family days.

355 Julia Davis Road
Boise, ID,  83702 US
(208) 608-7760
www.ZooBoise.org

Zoo Boise


Eagle Island State Park

Bordered on the north and south by the Boise River, Eagle Island features a swimming beach, grassy picnic area, and more than five miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking or walking your dog. The park also sports a water slide that is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

4000 W Hatchery Road
Eagle, ID,  8616 US
(208) 939-0696
www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/eagle-island

Eagle Island State Park Idaho


Sports

 

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks are a Single-A minor league baseball team, and is currently a farm team for the Colorado Rockies. The Hawks play in the Short-Season Class A Northwest League. Since the team's founding in 1987, the Hawks have won 6 Northwest League titles and 10 Southern Division titles. The Hawks have played at Memorial Stadium since 1989. 14 former Hawks players have gone to play in the major leagues and win World Series titles. There are multiple special event and giveaway games every year with great events and prizes. Every year, Memorial Stadium hosts firework displays after many games.

5600 Glenwood
Boise, ID 83714
208/322-5000

Hawks Full Schedule and Ticket Info.

Boise Hawks of Idaho

Boise State University Athletics

Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho, and is represented by 11 different sports competing in the Division-1 Mountain West, PAC-12, and Western Athletic Conferences. Boise State is most famous for its blue turf. The famous turf made its debut in 1986 and was the first non-green colored artificial turf field in the world. Albertson's Stadium hosts all of the Bronco football home games as well as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl game every December. The cross country and track & field teams enjoy success in collegiate championships in addition to national and international competition. Basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics compete in the Taco Bell Arena. The arena has hosted March Madness games, concerts, and a variety of special events.

1400 Bronco Lane
Boise, ID 83706
www.BroncoSports.com

Boise State University Football Field- Bronco Stadium

Firebrid Raceway

Firebird Raceway has been the home of Idaho drag racing since 1968. The dragstrip is officially sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association and has been named the NHRA Track of the Year 3 times. The strip hosts national competitions from April until October. Starting in 1976, Firebird Raceway began hosting the Bracketeer tournament. This has become the country's oldest continuously running bracket racing tournament. Also in 1976, Firebird started one of the first high school drag racing programs, where students could receive a varsity letter in drag racing. On December 24, 2018, Firebird Raceway was added to the National Register of Historic Places—the first dragstrip in the country to make the register.

8551 Hwy 16
Eagle, ID 83616
208/938-8986

www.FirebirdOnline.com

Firebrid Raceway Boise Idaho

Idaho Steelheads

The Idaho Steelheads are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Boise, Idaho. The team was founded in 1997 and has been a member of the East Coast Hockey League since 2003. During the 2003–04 season and since the 2005–06 season the Steelheads have been an affiliate of the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. The Austin-based Texas Stars have been Idaho's American Hockey League minor-league affiliate since the 2009–10 season. Home games are played at the 5,000-seat CenturyLink Arena in downtown Boise. The steelheads have won 3 ECHL championships and multiple conference and division titles. The Steelheads have played in the postseason every year since 1997. So far, 25 Steelheads payers have gone to have careers in the NHL.

233 S Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702
208/331-8497

www.idahosteelheads.com

Boise Idaho Steelheads Hockey

Snake River Stampede

The Snake River Stampede is a five-day rodeo held in Nampa, Idaho every year during the third week of July. It is recognized as one of the top twelve professional rodeos by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The rodeo in its official form started in 1937 when it joined the PRCA. Since 1950, the Snake River Stampede has welcomed numerous country music acts including Gene Autry, Sons of the Pioneers, Reba McEntire, Roy Rogers, and Glen Campbell. Since 1997, the rodeo has taken place in the 12,279-seat capacity Ford Idaho Center. 

www.snakeriverstampede.com

Idaho Snake RIver Stampede


Urban Exploration

 

Downtown Boise Idaho | Basque Center

Boise Basque

 

Boise is home to the largest community of Basque people outside their native region in Europe. Their heritage is preserved at The Basque Museum and Cultural Center at 6th and Grove. Their hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays 11am-3pm. Call at 208-343-2671. There are also several Basque restaurants and a market specializing in Basque wine, meat, cheese, and food.


 

Boise Greenbelt

The 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise's most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the Boise River from Discovery Park in East Boise and continues west through the heart of Downtown Boise, and into Eagle Island State Park. The Greenbelt provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city's popular riverside parks in addition to Zoo Boise and Boise State University. The Greenbelt also serves as an alternative transportation route for commuters and is open to foot and bycicle traffic.

 

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Boise River Greenbelt


 

Wahooz Family Fun Zone & PINZ Bowling Center

Wahooz Family Fun Zone is open year round, and features exciting attractions for all ages. Outside features two go-cart tracks, two miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages. Inside has laser tag, Kiddie Cove soft play structure, over 100 arcade games, the new XD Dark Ride, the 24-lane Pinz Bowling Center, and prize redemption center.

1385 Blue Marklin Lane
Meridian, ID 83642
208/ 898-0900

www.wahoozfunzone.com

Wahooz Meridian Idaho


 

Discovery Center of Idaho

Founded in 1988, the Discovery Center of Idaho celebrates scientific literacy and seeks to educate and facilitate an interest in the physical world around them by encouraging visitors to explore a rotating cast of exhibitions. The Discovery Center uses interactive, hands-on exhibits and educational programs that make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning exciting and tangible for all ages. Their vision is to foster an educated workforce and an informed electorate in the stewardship of our planet through lifelong learning and discovery.

131 W Myrtle St.
Boise, ID 83702
208/ 343-9895

www.DCIdaho.org

Discovery Center of Idaho


 

Roaring Springs Water Park

Roaring Springs has everything you need to stay cool in the summer. The sprawling water park features 11 water slides, a wave pool, lazy river rafting a kids zone for younger children. Roaring Springs is a great idea for birthday parties or fun family outings. Day passes as well as season passes are available for purchase. When the sun goes down, head next door to Wahooz Family fun zone to keep the fun going!

400 West Overaland
Meridian, ID 83642
208/ 884-8842

www.RoaringSprings.com

Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian Idaho


Boise Depot

The Boise Union Pacific Depot is a former train station. It was built in 1925 by the Union Pacific Railroad. The beautiful Platt Gardens were built in front of the depot. The Gardens remaina popular place for wedding pictures. On August 7, 1974, the Boise Depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1990 MK-Morrison Knudsen purchased the depot and renovated it to its pristine spanish-inspired condition. The renovations were completed in 1993. In 1996, the City of Boise took posession of the depot. In 1997, passenger train travel stopped coming through the depot, but freight trains pass by the depot to this day. The depot is open to the public on Sundays and Mondays from 11am to 5pm.

2603 W Eastover Terrace
Boise, ID 83706

www.parks.cityofboise.org/

 

Boise Depot- What to Do in Boise!


Boise Bike Bar

The Boise Bike Bar is the Treasure Valley's new entertainment of sightseeing and partying. It is a calorie burning pedaling party perfect for any occasion! Book this 14 person bike for your next special event, birthday party, happy hour, family reunion, or team building.

Thank you CyclePubBoise.com for the image.

1100 W. Front St.
Boise, ID,  83702 US
208.941.4919
www.boisebikebar.com

Boise Bike Bar


Boise Trolly Train

Take a tour through the historic parts of Boise in an old Trolly! Regular daily historical tours last 90 minutes and begin at 10:30am. You will get to hear the stories behind the Old Penetentary, the Boise Depot, the Capital Building, Fort Boise, and many of our parks. Mark your calendars for special seasonal tours around Halloween and Christmas for more fun and exciting tours!

All tours leave from Elmer's Restaurant
(At the corner of Yale Street and Lois Avenue)
 

Thank you boisetownshiptours.com

Boise Trolly Train


Day Trips

 

Idaho City

Idaho City is a famous mining camp that has refused to close when the gold mines did, and instead has prospered into the thriving community that it is today. During its early years it was known Bannock City or West Bannock to differentiate between Bannock, Montana, since at that time both towns were in the Idaho Territory. In 1863, Idaho City was the largest city in the Northwest with a propulation of more than 6,000, and was being seriously considered for the territorial capital. At the time, the territorial capital was Lewiston. It lost out, however, and in 1864 the territorial capital was moved to Boise City. With the first printing of The Boise News in 1863, Idaho City can boast it had a newspaper a year earlier than Boise. The Boise News was later changed to The Idaho World. The immediate area around Idaho City has been extensively placer mined and dredge tailings can be seen for miles along Mores Creek. Even the buildings in town were raised up on pilings so the ground underneath could be mined.

Today, Idaho City is popular for hunting, fishing, and many other outdoor activities. The proximity to boise makes it a popular destination for day trips and weekend camping outings. In addition, Idaho City has hosted a stop on the American Rally Association national tour. Top-tier professional and amateur rally drivers push their cars to the limit on forest service roads a few minutes north of town.

Location: North of Boise off Hwy 21. The drive takes about 40 minutes.

www.IdahoCityEvents.org

Idaho City

 

Silver City

Silver City is one of the few old mining towns that did not burn down or become commercialized into a modern city. The city became a boomtown when silver and gold were discovered in the nearby War Eagle Mountain. Because of this, Silver City was one of the first areas to have both electricity and telephone service in the Idaho Territory. In addition, miners found veins of placer and quartz, which dried up around 1890 shortly after Idaho became a state. In 1972, the township of Silver City was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Idaho Hotel looks much like it did 100 years ago except with a few modern amenities. Sinker Creek Outfitters will provide you with a historic ride back into history on horse back exploring the Owyhee Mountains as well as the ghost towns of Silver City, Empire City, and Ruby City. 

Location: South towards Melba, cross Snake River, headed to Grand View and south again into the Owyee Mountains. About a 2 hour drive.

www.historicsilvercityidaho.com

Silver City Idaho

 

Bruneau Sand Dunes

The tallest sand dune rises 470 feet above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. The unique state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at one of only two public observatories in Idaho. Climbing and sliding down the dunes is the most popular activity. Brigning your own boards and sleds is allowed. However, specialized sand boards are available to rent at the visitor center.  No vehicles are allowed off-road or on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and the sand dunes. Two cabins are available for rent, and there are 82 serviced campsites with water and electricity, and 31 standard sites. The Equestrian Area provides facilities for visitors to camp with their horses and there is a 9-mile riding trail around the park.

www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/  The drive from Boise is roughly 1 hour.

Bruneau Sand Dunes

 

Garden Valley

A great resort town just 45 minutes from Boise, Garden Valley is known as the white water capitol of the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Payette River, rafting and kayaking are two of the most popular activities to enjoy. From Spring through Fall, enjoy golfing and camping as well as miles of hiking, horseback riding, and ATV trails through mountains peaking at 7,000 feet. During the winter, Garden Valley is a popular destination for snowmobile riding, snowshoeing, and soaking in multiple hot springs. Along the Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway, there are ample opportunities to see elk, multiple spieces of deer, bald eagles, foxes, and many other native animals. 

www.gvchamber.org

Garden Valley Idaho

Thousand Springs/ Hagerman Area

Most of the history in this area is geologic in nature. The cracks and folds of rock along the canyon cliffs record the movements of earth, lava and water. Early Native Americans piled rocks along the rim to capture bison and other game animals. There are numerous areas to camp, fish, and explore the Oregon Trail. Hagerman is most famous for the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. These fossil beds are unique for a few reasons. They contain fossils of plants and animals from the Pliocene era (5.3-2.5 million years ago). Most famously discovered were 20 complete fossils of the Hagerman Horse, an early descendant of horses that more closely resembles zebras. Other findings include eight spieces of plants and animals unique to the region. Hagerman is also home to Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, which works as part of a national effort to conserve and assist populations of local salmon and trout. 

 

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Swan Falls Dam

Swan Falls Dam is on the Snake River about 20 miles south of Kuna through the Snake RIver Birds of Prey Conservation Area. Built in 1901 to provide electricity to nearby mines, it is the oldest hydroelectric power generating site on the Snake River. In July of 1976, the dam and its resivoir were added to the National Register of Historic Places and is now a historical display. Idaho Power built a new power plant in the mid-1990s and the old plant was decommissioned. 

The museum is open on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The adjacent park is day-use only, but there are multiple free camping areas above and below the dam. In 2014, Idaho Power completed a major renovation of the park and the camping areas. The boat ramps above and below the dam have been upgraded. Improvements have been made to campsites and roads. All campsites have fire rings and level parking areas. New vault toilets were installed, and additional trash facilities have been put in place. All camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are asked to camp in designated areas only, due to the fragile nature of the soil and plant life in the area.

Swan Falls Dam


Arrowrock Reservoir

Arrowrock Reservoir is formed by Arrowrock Dam, which was built in 1915. Arrowrock is located 40 minutes east of Boise above the Lucky Peak Reservoir. The Reservoir is managed by the Boise National Forest (Boise National Forest map). This 18-mile narrow canyon reservoir of 3,150-acres has limited access to 60 miles of shoreline. Boating, canoeing, windsurfing, and fishing are the major recreation activities at Arrowrock. The reservoir is only 30 minutes from Boise and provides access to the city's nearest national forest. Fish species include rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, yellow perch, whitefish, and the protected bull trout. Reservoir acre feet, total reservoir capacity, and cubic feet/second release rates for rivers below Boise & Payette River Basins reservoirs and select river locations are updated daily and graphically provided. The site offers: vault toilets, boat ramps and dock, parking, and dispersed camping.

Directions: From Boise, north on Hwy 21. Turn east after crossing the bridge to Lucky Peak and Spring Shores Marina. Drive on to Arrowrock Dam & you are there!

Arrowrock Resevoir


Culture

 

Boise Art & Culture

Where The Wild Wild West meets Renaissance

  • Best Downtown (Vogue & Livability)
  • Best Place to Live (US News & World Report)

 

On the Lighter Side
Boise has several comedy clubs and Karaoke bars.

Get Your Tickets!

  • Opera Idaho
  • Ballet Idaho
  • Boise Philharmonic
  • Boise Contemporary Theater
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival
  • Balance Dance Company
  • Boise Public Main Library
  • Log Cabin Literary Center
  • Julia Davis Cultural Park
  • Boise Art Museum
  • Idaho Historical Museum
  • Discovery Center
  • Aquarium of Boise
  • Warhawk Museum
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Zoo Boise
  • Freak Alley

Festivals and Annual Traditions.

  • Gene Harris Jazz Festival
  • Boise Music Festival
  • Art in the Park
  • Spirit of Boise Balloon Festival
  • Treefort Music Festival

See What To Do in Boise


 

Idaho Historical Museum

Founded in 1907, the Idaho Historical Museum has a comprehensive collection of over 250,000 objects. Events, special traveling exhibitions, and programs provide unique learning opportunities for families, school groups, and other visitors.

610 Julia Davis Drive
Boise, ID 83702

Office hours:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (concert Fridays 9am-3pm)

Closed Federal Holidays and the week of Christmas

www.history.idaho.gov/idaho-state-historical-museum

Idaho Historical Museum


Boise Philharmonic

The mission of the Boise Philharmonic Association is to musically enrich, entertain and educate through community engagement and music performance at the highest level.

As Idaho's largest and oldest performing arts organization, (established as the Boise Philharmonic in 1960) the symphony performs for over 50,000 people annually in concerts at the Morrison Center, NNU's Brandt Center in Nampa, in schools around the state, and in smaller recital halls and venues. The 80+ member professional orchestra can trace its roots to earlier than 1885 with the formation of the Boise City Orchestra. The Boise Philharmonic performs fourteen Masterworks concerts per season, with repertoire from the most well known classical and contemporary composers, as well as commissioning new works. Additionally, a variety of "Pops" concerts, a chamber music series, and other symphonic events round out each concert season. The musicians in the Boise Philharmonic hail from the best music schools in the country, including the Juilliard School in New York, the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, San Francisco Conservatory, and many others.

(208) 344-7849

https://boisephil.org

 


Boise Music Festival

The last weekend in June is the hottest! The Boise Music Festival is Southern Idaho's best one-day music event. The festival was initially heald at Ann Morrison Park at the Gene Harris Bandshell. But the event became so popular so fast, it was moved to Expo Idaho next to the Fairgrounds to accomodate the large aount of people. This family-friendly event is full of food, drinks, kids activities, and lots of great music. BMF draws local and regional talent in addition to top-tier music stars. Previous headliners include Carly Rae Jepson, LL Cool J, Jason Derulo, and Pitbull. The Boise Music Festival never fails to dissapoint!

Expo Idaho | 5610 N. Glenwood, Garden City, ID

www.boisemusicfestival.com/

Boise Music Festival


 

Art in the Park

Boise Art Museum’s Art in the Park is widely recognized as one of the premiere cultural events in the Northwest. This annual open-air festival provides visitors of all ages and interests with the opportunity to meet more than 200 artists and purchase their works. During the three-day event on the first weekend after Labor Day, Boise Art Museum presents a variety of contemporary arts and crafts along with an exceptional array of live entertainment, park performances, wonderful food and hands-on activities for children.

BOise Art in the Park


African Summer Night Ball

The Annual African Summer Night Ball is held at the El Korah Shrine in downtown Boise. An evening of African cuisines, entertainment, and networking with special guests, an African fashion show, and musical guests in support of the Treasure Valley’s ever growing African community.

El Korah Shrine
1118 W Idaho St
Boise, ID 83702

Get your tickets now

African Summer Night Ball


Gene Harris Jazz Festival

The annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival is a tribute to the late Gene Harris who inspired audiences and young musicians throughout his long and distinguished career. Student competitions and clinics are held on the Boise State University campus throughout the festival. Concerts are held throughout the event featuring distinguished world-class musicians who are making an impact on the musical world. In addition to helping students and the community access world-class musical talent, the festival helps support muscial education at Boise State through scholarships and public outreach.

http://www.geneharris.org/

https://www.boisestate.edu/geneharris/

 

Gene Harris Jazz Festival


 

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

As you enter our outdoor amphitheater and habitat reserve, you’ll be embarking upon a theatrical experience like no other! In addition to all the magic, drama and passion of professional theater, and a 770-seat, state-of-the-art facility that was built to feature the human voice, the Festival Amphitheater & Reserve is nestled in a unique habitat that is home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species. The Festival operates under an agreement with the Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. As you wind your way into the theater proper, you’ll enjoy native plants, the songs of water birds and glimpses of deer, heron, ducks, geese, and an occasional fox. Plays run from May until October and feature world-class performances of Shakespeare classics in addition to contemprary and popular plays. The Idaho Shakespeare Festival also hosts an acting camp for high school students. The camp is taught by the cast and crew of the Shakespeare Festival. Students learn about acting, stage presence, coreography, and set production. The camp culminates in a performance and talent show by the campers to a crowd before one of the plays.

Get Your Tickets

www.idahoshakespeare.org

Things to do in Boise - Idaho Shakespear Festival 2017

 

Boise Film Festival

For the last four years every September, Boise transforms from the City of Trees into the City of Film thanks to the arrival of the Boise Film Festival. Showcasing films from around the world to bring filmmakers together with local businesses, the Festival aims to shine a spotlight on the Treasure Valley and all of Idaho for it’s value as a film production destination.

Boise Film Festival


Meridian Dairy Days

Meridian Dairy Days started 90 years ago as a way to celebrate Meridian's dairy industry. Every June since then, the 4-day event has featured cattle and goat show competitions, a carnival, a dairy market, a princess pageant, and a parade. Meridian Dairy Days is focused on building strong agricultural leaders through supporting 4-H and Future Farmers of America Programs in the Meridina Area.

Meridian, ID

More Information Here

Things to do in Boise - Meridian Dairy Days


Jaialdi

Ongi Etorri! Boise's Basque organizers, Euzkaldunak, invites everyone to celebrate Jaialdi. Jaialdi means "big festival" in Basque, and that's exactly what it is- every five years, attendees from around the world come to Idaho to celebrate the best of Basque culture. Share in our customs of food, dance, community, and heritage! The next Jaialdi takes place in 2020

Boise, ID

More Information Here

Things to do in Boise - Jaialdi 2020


 

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Since the very first Balloon Classic for the Boise River Festival in 1991, the staff, volunteers, and sponsors have supported the basic mission of this event: to provide an exciting, family-oriented production to the community of Boise, Idaho at no charge. The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is truly a one of a kind family friendly community event in the City of Trees.

Families flock to Ann Morrison Park before dawn to watch crew set up hot air balloons and take off into the morning sky. Every year, dozens of balloons of all shapes sizes and colors provide a one-of-a-kind spectacle that is truly unique. Bring your camera and a blanket to watch a truly special event.

www.spiritofboise.com

Boise Balloon Festival


Hiking

 

Table Rock

The Table Rock area offers challenging hiking and mountain biking. Most users access these trails from the Old Idaho Penitentiary parking lot, where there is a kiosk and directional signage for the trails. The Table Rock area offers stunning views of Boise and the Treasure Valley, and is a favorite among trail enthusiasts for sunset hikes and rides. The Table Rock area should be avoided when the temperatures are above freezing during winter months, as well as after spring and summer rain storms, as the soils contain significant amounts of clay, and trail damage occurs easily at such times.

2445 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83709

www.ridgetorivers.org/

Table Rock Boise Idaho


Jump Creek

A surprising waterfall and lush riparian area filled with waterbirch and red osier dogwood trees. Visitors can hike the easy ¼-mile Jump Creek Falls Trail - you may get your feel wet! - walk high and dry to the Falls Overlook on a recently improved trail, or picnic near the rock crevices and meandering stream.  Swimmers will find a refreshing dip at the base of the falls.

Location & Directions: Southwest of Marsing, Idaho
From Boise, take Interstate 84 West to the Nampa exit for Highway 55 (Exit 33A). Follow Highway 55 through Marsing and on to the junction with US-95.  Continue 1½ miles past the junction and turn left onto Cemetery Road.  Turn left at the T-intersection with a STOP sign.  The road becomes Jump Creek Road as it continues south.  Just after passing under power transmission lines, the road curves right, through private land – stay on the roadway as it curves back to the left toward the entry to the recreation area.

Jump Creep


Restaurants & Food
 

 

Thriving Culinary Community

  • Why Boise, Idaho, Is a Growing Culinary Hotspot (Vogue)
  • America's Next Must-Visit Wine Region Is Where You'd Least Expect It (Food and Wine)

We grow a lot of Fruits and Vegetables
SW Idaho is a Top Producer for Mint, Hops, Sugarbeats, Onions, Grapes, Apples, and Potatoes. Idaho is also a top producer of Trout.

Agribusiness contributes $27.8 billion in sales, or 20% of Idaho’s total economic output

  • 3.75 times greater than in Washington
  • 3 times greater than in Oregon
  • 10.5 times greater than in Nevada
  • 4 times greater than in Utah
  • 4.75 times greater than in Wyoming

Idaho Breweries
Boise has a number of breweries offering up a variety of hand-crafted beers and ciders jto satisfy your tastebuds. Take a tour of a brewing facility, spend some time in a local tasting room to find your favorite, or pull up a chair to devour some delicious pub food paired with a local beer. Check out these local breweries.

Idaho Wine
Idaho is also getting recognized for great wine due to our near perfect growing conditions including volcanic soils, cool nights and limited precipitation.

Boise’s blend of urban savvy, proximity to nature and entrepreneurial streak means the city—one of the 20 fastest-growing in the U.S.—won’t stay unsung for long.
Wine Enthusiasts Network

 

The Idaho wine industry has been a steadily growing community for the last 30 years; from the quiet hillsides of Boise to the scenic Caldwell, Idaho landscape. Idaho wines are receiving national acclaim and have been remarkably growing the past decade. Idaho is home to more than 50 wineries, over 1,200 acres of vineyards with more on the horizon. You’re invited to experience the remarkable vineyards and wines by scheduling tours, group and private tastings, or by jumping on a bus with other wine enthusiast to tour vineyards.

Top 5 Wineries to Visit

  • St. Chapelle Winery
  • 3 Horse Ranch Vineyard
  • Indian Creek Winery
  • Koenig Distillery and Winery
  • Huston Vineyards

The Farmstead

The Lowe Family Farmstead, Idaho's Original Corn Maze, is only the start of the fun. They have something for everyone– the Field of Screams, hayrides, pumpkin patch, Jumping Pillow, Pig Races, award winning Cow Train, and much more. Every year, the 18-acre corn maze is carved into different fun shapes to get lost in. The Farm attractions are open from late September until Otober 30th.

Hours:
Mon-Thu 4 pm-9 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am-10 pm
Closed on Sundays

Location: 2500 S Eagle Road, Kuna ID 83634

www.farmsteadfestival.com

The Farmstead Meridian Idaho


 
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