What crazy weather we have had this week! People don’t know whether to go camping or hit the indoor activities. I say it is still summer so I am giving you a little bit of both so the weather is no deterrent to a great weekend!
1. To start things off...for a great date night, join Juniper, the Idaho Wine Commission and over 20 different wineries and cider makers in Boise’s Freak Alley Downtown Gallery for an amazing night of tasting. This is a fantastic way to kick off Idaho Wine and Cider month in June. Yes, Steve, there really is such a thing. $15 at the door gets a stemless glass for tasting and 5 pours. Additional pours are available. Proceeds go to the Idaho Wine Commission’s Wine Education Scholarship. This is a 21 and older event and not only can you enjoy some incredible Idaho wines, but you can also check off an item on your BucketList by strolling down Freak Alley, one of Boise’s favorite Landmarks, a beautiful celebration of street art right in downtown.
2. Next, we have the 38th Annual Greek Food Festival Friday and Saturday from 11 to 9 pm at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Bannock in Boise. Enjoy authentic Greek food, pastries, music, dancing and even a Greek Happy Hour. Family Friendly and a great way for the entire family to learn about and celebrate another culture.
3. Another Family Friendly event happening all weekend is the Miniature Horse Show at the Ford Idaho Horse Park. Sponsored by the Idaho Miniature Horse Club see miniature horses under 38 inches tall strut their stuff and learn more about them with available activities and education. My granddaughter would love this.
4. Did you know that Boise has a new yummy festival? The First Boise Ice Cream Festival started this past Tuesday and continues until June 15th. This is a delicious festival that highlights locally made ice cream in lots of fun activities and events.
This Saturday is the Family Comedy Trolley Tour. It combines 3 Boise treasures, ice cream, a 30 minute trolley ride and comedian Megan Bryant. Such a fun way to spend a Saturday. The festival schedule holds several chef-inspired events, ice cream collaborations and drive up events. Everything cummalates in a Grand Tasting Event on June 15th at JUMP with guests sampling over 200 ice cream flavors for the price of a ticket. Part of the proceeds from the grand tasting go to benefit Create Common Good, a Boise non-profit that provides a place of safety and empowerment for those seeking a fresh start in life. Check out the Boise Ice Cream Festival website for a complete schedule of events.
Now, if the weather cooperates Saturday you might want to head over to Nampa for the 6th Annual Summer Splashtacular. Kick off swim season with Nampa Parks and Rec at Lakeview Waterpark or Lincoln Pool. Enjoy FREE entry all afternoon with water safety educational booths and fun safe swimming activities. You can even enter to win an outdoor pool punch pass or swim lessons. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm day
5. Finally, we have a combination of quick draw, music, and wine over on Eagle Island tomorrow night starting at 3 pm. Art on the Island will be hosted by Eagle Island State Park. Not only is this a fun event, but you also get to enjoy the picturesque setting of Eagle Island. Watch painters compete in a 2 hour artist quick draw competition while enjoying a blues concert and sampling top Idaho food and wines. The evening will end with a wet paint sale and live auction. Bring your lawn chairs and well behaved pets for a memorable and relaxing night on the island. Kids 12 and under are Free.
*** BucketList Adventure this Week ***
My bucketlist adventure this week is right in our backyards. I took to downtown Boise to explore and add to my bucketlist adventures.
First of all I rented a scooter to get me around. Boise has them available all over downtown. You simply download the app, it unlocks the scooter, you ride it til you are done then turn off the app and leave it where you end. So much fun! I have never really rode a scooter before and I found it pretty easy, even in the pouring rain. While scooting around town, I hit up the Space Bar. What a great place! Its an over 21 establishment where you can go in and buy an adult beverage and place some vintage video games or pinball. They have great games like pacman, tron and even donkey kong. Most games are only a quarter to play.
We took the scooters down Freak Alley and got the opportunity to see some of the amazing street art along the way. Freak alley is amazing. The artwork is stunning and it is one of my favorite landmarks in downtown boise. It has grown so much. What started off as a small alleyway that artists rebels painted on has quadrupled in size and sports some of the best artwork in Idaho. This is a great spot for photography sessions or just a scooter ride.
Scootering Boise was a fantastic way to explore all that downtown has to offer and have fun doing it. I seriously felt like a teenager again.