Boise What To Do

Sep. 20, 2019

Fall has definitely decided to make an appearance this week and to celebrate its arrival the Valley has some fun activities planned for the whole family.  So shake the closet dust out of those jackets and get out and enjoy how beautiful fall is in Idaho.

  1.  Its Grandparents Day at Farmstead tomorrow.  This number one stop for family fun in the Fall has a new location on Eagle Road out in Kuna.  They are recognizing the importance of grandparents by offering free admission to grandparents with a paid grandchild admission. Paid admission is only $8 and under 3 are free so this is a fantastic deal.  The day runs from 10 am to 11 pm. This is a really fun place to take the family for some fall fun. They have the original corn maze, tractor-drawn hay rides, a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins, pony rides and even a cow train.  So much fun for the whole family! There are events scheduled at Farmstead all this month and next, so if you can’t make it out there for Grandparents Day, be sure to check out there other exciting events scheduled for Fall.

  2. Another fun Family event this Saturday is the Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games.  These highland games feature male and female athletes from around the world with clan and community booths, food, entertainment and a ton of other Highland fun.  This is all happening at Expo Idaho and is put on by the Treasure Valley Scottish American Society. Tickets are $10 with discounts for Seniors and Veterans. Kids under 12, active military and first responders are all FREE.  This is a really fun event and kicks the Fall season off in a BIG way. 

  3. Now Saturday night brings us events to celebrate Idaho musicians in a big way.  First up, its the “September Swing” 1940s Big Band Hangar Dance. Step back into the Big Band era of the 1940s with the big band sound of the Kings of Swing and the sweet serenades of the family Victory Belles from 6 to 10 at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa.  There will be music, dancing, a no-host bar, swing dance lessons, and contests for the best 1940s attire. So much fun packed into one evening! All ages welcome. This is a fundraiser for the museum’s Post 9/11 Hangar Project, a fantastic project to support all while wearing your dancing shoes!

  4. If you are looking for something with a relaxing tone to it, then you should check out the Outdoor Jazz Concert at the Ann Morrison Fountain in Ann Morrison Park tomorrow from 6 to 10.  Boise State Jazz Ensembles will be performing to celebrate the Greenbelt Anniversary and Gene Harris Bandshell Grand Re-Opening. Music starts at 6 and the Boise State Jazz band playing the second set.  This is a FREE event and open to all ages. Jazz in the park makes for a great evening.

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

With the coming of Fall, this is a great time to visit a ghost town and mark it off your BucketList.  Only about 2 hours outside of Nampa, Silver City is the perfect day trip for the Idaho adventurer. Silver City is one of the few old mining towns that did not burn down or become commercialized into a modern city.  The Idaho Hotel sitting on the main street in town is just as it was 100 years ago with a few modern amenities and maybe a few old ghosts hanging around. The town contains about 75 structures that date from the 1860s to the early 1900s.  In its prime, Silver City had about a dozen streets, 75 businesses, 300 homes and a population of around 2500.  

Surrounded by the Owyhee Mountains at an elevation of 6200 ft.,  Silver City boosts amazing views with great hiking and camping all around the area.  You can even contact Sinker Creek Outfitters for a historic horseback ride exploring the city, the Owyhees, Empire City, Ruby City and more.  

Certainly one of the better ghost towns in the Northwest, there is still enough of Silver City standing to give visitors a good idea of how it was in its heyday. There are some great ghost stories going around town to keep your blood pumping while exploring Silver City.  Descendants of the original inhabitants of the town tell of the custom of sitting up with dead bodies the night before they were buried to make sure the person was dead and keep the rats away. They tell of Chinese Polly who had been bought, sight unseen, by a saloonkeeper who promptly lost her in a poker game to a man who freed her and then married her, and the shootout that occurred outside the front doors of the hotel on April Fools Day 1868.  They say when staying at the hotel you can feel the ghosts of the past miners all around you. I don’t know if I would enjoy that, but you ghost hunters sure would.

This is a great opportunity to explore some of Idaho’s history and it can be a day trip or you can do some camping and explore for the whole weekend.  Get out and enjoy before the weather makes the drive impossible except by snowmobile. Which in Idaho could be tomorrow!  

 

Sep. 11, 2019

Good Morning Idaho!  I hope you have all had a great week and are enjoying the cooler weather.  I know I am! It finally feels like fall is in the air. I hope everyone gets out and enjoys the weekend...there is a ton of stuff going on in the valley!

  1.  To start things off, Saturday is the 35th Annual Harvest Classic Fun Run.  This is a family friendly run that features an 8K run or wheelchair race, a 2 mile run or walk and a 1 mile non-competitive race.  There will be food, prizes, entertainment, vendor booths and a school competition plus all participants receive a t-shirt, free admission to the Nampa Rec Center on race day and a chance to win prizes in the post-race drawings.  Proceeds benefit youth through the purchase of PE equipment for local schools and the Nampa Parks and Rec Scholarship Fund that provides scholarships for youth, families and individuals to access recreational activities. This all starts at the Nampa Rec Center at 8 am...So get up early and join in the fun!

  2. Saturday is also the Idaho Vintage Market at Expo Idaho.  This is their first year and sounds like a lot of fun! Its an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring 50 amazing regional artisans and collectors selling original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, sweet treats, flowers and more. This runs tomorrow from 10 to 5 and admission is only $5.  Kids under 12 are FREE. Its a great opportunity to pick up that one of a kind gift for the holidays. 

  3. Now, everyone knows that I am a big supporter of the local music scene.  Idaho has some amazing local artists and as a community we should all get out there and support their growth.  This next event does just that...and in a BIG way! Saturday night at the Egyptian Theatre is the Boise Music Awards.  This is the third year this event has gone above and beyond to recognize local musical talent along with those who help make these musicians dream a reality.  It is presented by Trained To Go Entertainment and there are awards for all genres of music. I love this event because it creates an environment of appreciation from the community for our local artists and groups.  It also provides intern opportunities to BSU students who are looking to make music or event planning a career. Its being held at the Egyptian Theatre and begins at 5 pm. There will be live performances also and an afterparty.  Please get out there and show your support for our local musicians!

  4. Finally, for you Idaho gals, Saturday night its Girls Night Out the Show at the Shredder. It is a ladies night event for 21 and over featuring a live male revue!  Ladies, you do not want to miss this! Enjoy a night out with your gal pals drinking your favorite beverages and watching beautiful men take the stage. General admission is $22.95 and you can buy tickets online at the Shredder website or the door.  I would suggest getting them online as they are limited and will go fast! Its time for a Girls Night ladies!

 

*** BucketList Adventure this Week **

This weeks BucketList Adventure is right here in town and one of my very favorite Idaho events.  Its the Hyde Park Street Fair and it is happening this weekend. They are celebrating 40 years of Idaho fun.  I can not tell you how many years I have attended this event as it will age me, however, I will tell you, its one I don’t miss. Established in 1979, this is a whole family event and there is something there for everyone.  

They have live music, a huge amount of vendors (many of them local merchants), fun activities for everyone and great food!  Its held in Camel’s Back Park in the North End. While you are there be sure to take the time to hike up Camel’s Back!  

This is a FREE event and all proceeds received by vendors go to benefit the non-profit North End Neighborhood Association and their mission to preserve the unique and historic character of Boise’s Historic North End.  Starting in the 1890s the North End grew as the main residential area in Boise. Harrison Boulevard, named for President Benjamin Harrison who signed the act making Idaho a state, began taking shape and became one of Boise’s most picturesque thoroughfares.  Throughout the 20th century many of Boise’s most prominent citizens built their homes there and it has resulted in a superb collection of architectural styles. The boulevard was actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In fact, most of the North End has been designated a Boise Historic Preservation District and there are many sites listed on the National Historic Register.  Hyde Park was added in 1982. 

Hyde Park is also the unofficial headquarters for cyclists and mountain bikers from all over the region because of its many trails. I would like to suggest, if you can, riding your bike into the event as parking can sometimes be difficult.  

This event is truly a unique BucketList item and sums up the essence of history we all love about Idaho. Be sure to check it out with the whole family! 

 

Sep. 6, 2019

Hello Friends!  Happy almost Fall!  Its going to be a beautiful weekend to get out and enjoy Idaho! Here are some great activities to enjoy...


1.  Friday from 6 to 8 its the 7th Annual Salsa Festival at the North End Organic Nursery. It starts at 6 and the cost is only $1. This is a great opportunity to sample locally made salsas from your favorite Idaho restaurants and professional salsa makers. You can even enter your own salsa into the amateur competition and win great prizes. There will be live music, a bounce house, and lots of activities. Its an all ages event, so bring the whole family. Sounds like a tasty time.

2.  Saturday from 9 to 1230 the Meridian Arts Commission is having their annual Art Week Chalk Art Competition. Entrants will be challenged to complete a chalk drawing on a 3 by 3 feet piece of sidewalk near Generations Plaza and City Hall in Downtown Meridian. There are many categories of artists ranging from Professional to youth. You can either bring your own supplies, use supplies provided or just settle in and watch the fun. Sidewalk art is pretty incredible. Ive seen some that look so real you are afraid to step on them. This is a really unique and fun event to check out.

3.  Saturday is also International Vulture Awareness Day at the World Center for Birds of Prey. Celebrate the age old partnership between vultures and humans and be part of a global festival happening all over the world. You can meet Lucy, the Turkey Vulture, enjoy a scavenger hunt, watch short films and meet other amazing raptors. To top it off...or rather, not top it off...its a bald is beautiful day. Guests who are bald, balding or wearing a bald cap get in for FREE. The fun starts at 10 and goes all day.


4.  Now, for one of my favorite festivals of the year. Saturday its the 4th Annual Bacon and Beer Festival. From 1 to 5 at Expo Idaho enjoy 25 local and regional craft breweries, a best bacon dish competition, a MASSIVE cornhold tournament with incredible prizes...including BEER FOR A YEAR...a live DJ and tons of fun yard games. This is a 21 and older event and Admission is $35 and that gets you a commemorative bacon and beer festival glass, 15 drink tokens, and unlimited access to bacon. I can't imagine a better way to spend a saturday afternoon!

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***


As summer comes to a close and before winter activites take over, I would like to suggest a trip up to Bogus Basin to check a ride on Idaho's only mountain coaster off your list. This is fun! Bogus Basin has the only one in the state. Its 4 thousand feet of high speed fun through the woods. You can ride with someone or ride alone. You sit in a mountain coaster cart as they pull you to the top of the track and release you on a ride through the trees. You are in control of your own speed, so you can ride is easy or let your inner child out and release the rides full potential. It is open to children and adults. Single riders are $15 or you can ride tandem for $25.

While you are up there be sure to take your mountain bike. There are 23 beautiful bike trails up there to enjoy and if you don't have your own bike, you can rent one. The kids can also summer tube up there down two 300 ft lanes and they even have trampoline bungee jumping and a climbing wall. If you are more into taking it easy, you can take a scenic chairlift ride up the mountain.

Definitely check it out and I strongly suggest you jump on the Glade Runner and mark that off your bucketlist. It is really a fantastic time!

Have a great week Friends....and be sure to pick up your tickets to the HOMEGROWN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL coming up September 28th in Kuna!  

Aug. 31, 2019

Hello to the last week of August!  Don’t break out the pumpkin spice just yet, there is still lots of summer out there to enjoy.  It’s Labor Day weekend and what better way to celebrate a 3 day weekend then getting out and enjoying all the fun activities around Idaho.

  1.  First up, if you are a trail bike enthusiast, this weekend is the Silver Creek Plunge.  Happening up in the beautiful little town of Crouch, about an hour outside of Boise, the fun runs Saturday through Monday.  They will be putting together riding groups according to riding levels Saturday and Sunday. There is also an area near the camp where kids can ride.  Camping is all weekend and the hot springs will be open. This is all put on by the Treasure Valley Trail Machine Association. What a great way to enjoy the long weekend and connect with like minded new and seasoned riders.

  2. To start your weekend off the right way, head down tonight to the Sandbar by the River at the Riverside Hotel right here in Boise.  The Boise Blues Society is presenting “Blues on the Belt”, a FREE live music event all weekend long. This starts tonight at 5 pm and runs until 8 pm Tuesday.  Not only is there music and dancing, but fantastic food and a great atmosphere. This is a great way to end the summer on a relaxing note. 

  3. Now, if you are like me and love this beautiful state we live in, Sunday has a great event to learn more about Idaho.  Starting at 9 am, you have the opportunity to spend a day learning about 3 amazing farms in the Treasure Valley. It is the Farmers Market Tour of Eden Creamery, Rice Family Farms and Meadowlark Farm.  Everyone will be meeting at the Boise Farmers Market location on Shoreline Drive to load up onto a tour bus at 9 am. You will spend time at each farm learning about each farms unique mark on the local food community.  This tour is not set up for children under 10, however it is an educational tour for adults and children over 10. There will be a picnic midday and both Eden Creamery and Rice Family Farms will have market stands set up on site where you can purchase goods directly from the farms.  The tour bus will even have coolers so you don’t have to worry about the heat. If you can’t make this tour, be sure to stay tuned for other Farmers Market Tours available throughout the fall.  

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

For this weeks adventure, I would like to suggest a day trip down towards Twin Falls.  With Twin only being less than 2 hours outside of Boise, its a great opportunity for a day trip or you can stay the night and make a whole weekend of it.  While there you can check off a couple of items on your BucketList. First up, #70, pick some Idaho orchard fruit. Just outside of Twin in Filer, you need to make a stop at Kelley’s Canyon Orchard. Established in 1908, this farm has a legacy of growing fresh tree-ripe fruit including cherries, apricots, peaches, pears...well everything!  You can pick your own fruit as well as purchase the already picked fruit It is open from 10 to 6 and a great way to get the family out and enjoying the bounties of Idaho.

After a fun morning of picking fruit, head over to Shoshone Falls to check #58 off your BucketList, a picnic at Shoshone Falls. Located at the edge of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is a hot spot on the Snake River.  At 212 feet, the falls are higher than the famed Niagara Falls. There are a ton of recreational facilities including playgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, swimming area and a scenic overlook that is to die for.  There are not enough words to describe the beauty of this area. There is a $5 admission cost per vehicle, but well worth it for enjoying a picnic with your family in such a place of natural beauty. So relax, check something off the BucketList and  enjoy the fleeting days of summer.

 

Aug. 29, 2019

I apologize for the late post Peeps!  The last few weeks have been crazy busy with trying to get in end of the summer bucketlist trips.  I hope you got out and enjoyed last weekend and some of the things I have listed here!

  1.  Tonight the Egyptian Theatre is showing the movie Tombstone.  I think just about everyone in Idaho has seen Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday tame the Arizona mining town of Tombstone in this 1993 favorite.  I know I have seen it more times than is probably healthy! This is a western movie fan favorite starring Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell and it is the movie that brought us that unforgettable line….I’m your huckleberry.  Gives me chills just thinking about it! If you have never seen it on the big screen, I recommend you beat it down to the Egyptian in downtown Boise tonight. Tickets are $11. This is a 21 and older show and they will be serving beer and wine.  Doors open at 6 and it is open seating. They will also be having a costume contest with lots of fun prizes. All you huckleberries better hussle down there, I have a feeling this show will be sold out!

  2. Now keeping with a good vs. evil theme, this weekend the circus is in town.  Not just any circus, but the VS! Circus Showdown! This a high flying variety circus show where good and evil will battle it out in front of your eyes. What’s cool about it (besides the fact it is a circus show) is that the audience gets a chance to vote if good or evil will prevail, and save the damsel, or condemn her to have to stay locked in The Balcony forever.  Talk about your audience participation! These acrobats will be giving an amazing show in the air and on the ground. It is being put on by the Boise Circus Guild, a non-profit full of professional and hobby circus artists. They help to support the circus arts in the Treasure Valley Community and give our kids something unique to witness.  Tickets start at $20 for performances Friday and Saturday nights. The show starts at 8 and its happening right on 8th Street.  

  3. This Saturday and Sunday is also the 7th Annual Boise Comic Arts Festival happening at JUMP. Its an all day, all ages, FREE festival featuring exhibits, workshops, internationally recognized comic creators, cosplay contests and more!  This is a great way to encourage collaboration and creativity in your littles and yourself! Be sure to check it out!

 

*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***

 

For our adventure this week we will be sticking a little closer to home.  Number 71 on the Realistic Guide to a BucketList Idaho List is take a visit to the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  You can find it just outside of town on Old Penitentary Road. It is one of the first and oldest botanical gardens in Idaho with 15 acres of vibrant colors and Idaho folage. 

The Garden promotes horticulture in the Treasure Valley using native and domestic plans adapted to the intermountain region. For 35 years this non-profit has been sharing the beauty of their garden with visitors, creating educational opportunities for children with a children’s garden, sponsoring fun events like the Winter Gardens Aglow and their summer concert series.  It really is a beautiful place to visit and this weekend they are hosting something really fun for the kiddos.

Saturday is Bug Day at the Idaho Botancial Gardens. From 10 to 3 the entire family can learn about the exciting world of bugs. You can earn a certificate in Bugology, purchase edible insects (I don’t know about that!), play bug bingo, participate in an Insect Olympics, catch live bugs and meet a ton of bug experts.  Tickets are $12 and under 3 are FREE.

Its time to get BUGGY and check another item off your BucketList!