Boise’s Top 10 Must-Do Activities This Summer

Hey Boise! Summer has arrived, and our vibrant city is ready to showcase its best events and activities. Whether you're a seasoned resident or exploring Boise for the first time, here’s an extensive guide to the top 10 must-do activities this summer:

1. Boise Music Festival

The Boise Music Festival is a highlight of the summer entertainment scene, scheduled for June 22nd at Expo Idaho. It's a full-day extravaganza featuring a diverse lineup of artists across multiple stages. Whether you're into rock, pop, country, or EDM, there's something for everyone. Beyond the music, the festival offers carnival rides, food vendors serving up local flavors, and a beer garden where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere. It's a family-friendly event with activities for kids as well. Make sure to grab your tickets early and stay updated on the lineup at Boise Music Festival.

2. Alive After 5

Alive After 5

Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer, downtown Boise comes alive with Alive After 5 at The Grove Plaza. This free concert series is a local favorite, offering live music performances from talented artists, delicious bites from food trucks, and a vibrant community atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to unwind midweek with friends and family, enjoying the warm summer evenings in the heart of the city. For more details and to check out the lineup, visit Alive After 5.

3. Idaho Shakespeare Festival

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival provides a unique outdoor theater experience set against the backdrop of the Boise foothills. Running all summer long, the festival presents a repertoire of classic plays by Shakespeare and other renowned playwrights. Bring a picnic, spread out a blanket, and immerse yourself in the magic of theater under the stars. It's a cultural gem that shouldn’t be missed. Explore the schedule and reserve your seats in advance at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

4. Boise Basque Festival

Boise Basque Festival Food

Celebrate Boise's rich Basque heritage at the annual Boise Basque Festival held in July. This lively event showcases traditional Basque music, vibrant dance performances, authentic cuisine, and unique sports exhibitions. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn about and experience the vibrant Basque culture that has shaped Boise’s identity. Dive into the festivities and plan your visit with more information available at Boise Basque Festival.

5. Best of Boise Block Party

In August, join the community at the Best of Boise Block Party to celebrate and honor local businesses, artists, and entertainers. This event is a testament to Boise's vibrant community spirit and diversity. Enjoy live music from local bands, indulge in delicious treats from food trucks serving up Boise’s best bites, and participate in family-friendly activities that showcase what makes our city unique. Stay updated on event details and get involved at the Boise Weekly website.

6. First Thursday

First Thursday Art Gallery

On the first Thursday of each month, downtown Boise’s art scene takes center stage with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants opening their doors for art shows, live music performances, and special discounts. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore local artistry, mingle with artists, and discover hidden gems in Boise’s cultural landscape. Plan your art-filled evening and discover participating venues at First Thursday.

7. Boise River Floating

Cooling off on a hot summer day is easy with a leisurely float down the Boise River, starting from Barber Park and ending at Ann Morrison Park. Rent tubes or rafts, gather your friends and family, and enjoy a scenic journey along the riverbank. It's a quintessential Boise summer experience that offers relaxation and stunning views of nature. Prepare for your float and find rental options at Float The Boise.

8. Boise Farmers Market

Boise Farmers Market

Located at 1500 Shoreline Drive, the Boise Farmers Market is a bustling hub of local agriculture and community spirit every Saturday from April through October. Explore stalls brimming with fresh, locally grown produce, artisanal foods, handmade crafts, and more. Meet the growers and artisans who contribute to Boise’s vibrant food culture while enjoying the lively market atmosphere. Plan your visit and learn more about participating vendors at Boise Farmers Market.

9. Zoo Boise Summer Camps

Zoo Boise offers engaging and educational summer camps for children of all ages, focusing on animal conservation and hands-on learning experiences. These camps provide a unique opportunity for kids to explore wildlife, make new friends, and create lasting memories in a fun and safe environment. Discover the range of camp options, check schedules, and register your child at Zoo Boise Summer Camps.

10. Boise Twilight Criterium

Boise Twilight Criterium Racers

Held in downtown Boise in July, the Boise Twilight Criterium is a thrilling cycling event that draws professional cyclists and enthusiasts alike. Experience the excitement as cyclists race through the city streets in high-speed competitions. The event also features amateur races, a kids’ ride, and a festival atmosphere with food vendors and entertainment. Whether you're a cyclist or spectator, it’s an event that captures the energy and spirit of Boise’s active community. Get involved and learn more at Boise Twilight Criterium.

Boise's summer calendar is brimming with activities to suit every interest and age group. Whether you're seeking cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, or family-friendly fun, our city has it all. Dive into the links provided to stay updated on these events and make the most of your summer in Boise!