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November
21

Holiday Events Coming to Downtown Meridian

Downtown Meridian

The festive season is on its way, and downtown Meridian is ready to celebrate. Our real estate agents love working in this city thanks to all of the exciting holiday events. There are plenty of these to look forward to in 2022. Here are just a few of the highlights! 

  • Christmas in Meridian Winterlights Parade and Tree Lighting
    On Friday, December 2nd, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Meridian will be holding its local Christmas parade at the Generations Plaza downtown. This event kicks off with a screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on a large projection screen next to the plaza's main stage. After this, the parade will begin its route through old town Meridian, accompanied by performances from the Treasure Valley Children's Theatre along the way. When Santa Claus reaches the end of his trek, he will light up the city's giant Christmas tree to signal the official start of Meridian's Christmas season. Food and hot cocoa will be available at the plaza's food court during the event to help paradegoers stay cozy while they wait for the grand finale.  

  • Downtown Decorating Contest
    Every year, the many businesses of downtown Meridian dress up their storefronts for the city's Downtown Decorating Contest. This beloved tradition gives local entrepreneurs the chance to show off their Christmas spirit and gain some community goodwill, and many of them go all-out to create some truly impressive displays. Every resident can vote for their favorite display on the city's website. This year, voting for the contest opens on Friday, December 2nd, and closes on December 11th. Winners will be announced the day after the voting period ends. 

  • Shop Meridian Downtown Night
    On Thursday, December 8th, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, downtown Meridian will host a special outdoor shopping event. Pop-up vendors from all over the city will gather in the streets to sell their wares to the people passing by. You'll be able to pick up one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts from local small businesses, sample some food and treats from the many eateries near our Meridian homes for sale, and even enter the Meridian Chamber's Shop Meridian prize drawing. 

  • Children's Winterland Festival 
    On Saturday, December 10th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Boys and Girls Club of Meridian will be hosting its annual Children's Wonderland Festival. Children from all over the community can come to the club building to enjoy games, arts and crafts, and a photo opportunity with Santa himself. This is a free event sponsored by Meridian Parks and Recreation and All American Insurance, so your kids can just show up and start having fun. 

  • The 5th Annual Interfaith Food, Blanket and Toy Drive
    On Sunday, December 11th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, volunteers will be running Meridian's annual food, blanket, and toy drive in the Vertical View Climbing Gym parking lot. Community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, and new store-bought or homemade blankets to the parking lot. All items go to benefit charities like the Meridian Food Bank and Star Outreach Food Pantry, Toys for Tots, and Blanket the World, as well as various local homeless shelters. 

This small city is full of culture and opportunity all year round. Contact us today to learn more about our Meridian and Boise homes for sale and find out how you can become a part of this exceptional community. 

November
7

Pet-Friendly Adventures in the Boise Area

Boise Pets

If you dread the thought of leaving the house without your dog, you're not alone. Our real estate agents love their pets and are always on the lookout for local adventures to take them on. Our furry friends are part of our families, and so we enjoy spending time outside the house with them whenever possible – even in the winter!

Both you and your furry friends benefit from outdoor exercise all year, so don't let colder weather stop you from exploring. Get that winter gear (for both of you) out of the closet and get outside. From beautiful parks to trails and fenced dog parks, there are tons of options around the Boise area. If you're planning a pet-friendly weekend around town, here are some of our favorite destinations your pup is sure to love:

  • Ann Morrison Park - 1000 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706
    "Dog Island" is one of the coolest dog parks in the valley! This year-round fido-friendly park includes a 5.4-acre "active" dog area, a fenced "shy dog" area, and, weather permitting, opportunities for your four-legged pal to swim in the surrounding pond. Beginning November 1st, all of Ann Morrison Park is an off-leash area, so if your pup is well-behaved with great recall, grab your "Chuck-It" and head out!
     
  • Kathryn Albertson Park - 1001 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706
    Just across the street from Ann Morrison lies one of Boise's best parks. Kathryn Albertson Park is the perfect place to take your pup for a peaceful, on-leash stroll. This 41-acre park has beautiful scenery and is very well maintained. You'll find picturesque ponds and greenery that make great photo ops. Plus, you never know what type of local wildlife you'll encounter on your walk. 

  • Morris Hill Dog Park - 10 N Roosevelt St, Boise, ID 83705
    If you want to give your furry friend the opportunity to run around and socialize with other dogs, head over to Morris Hill Dog Park. This off-leash park is about 1 acre and has separate sections for small and large dogs. There are even fire hydrants, agility toys, and a doggie drinking fountain.

  • Boise River Greenbelt - 150 North Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702
    This 25-mile path runs on both sides of the Boise River through Boise and includes many parks to explore. Bundle up, leash your pup, and head out for a great adventure. The Greenbelt Map outlines some of the highlights so you can plan ahead for your journey.

  • Bowler Park - 4403 S Surprise Way, Boise, ID 83716
    A Southeast Boise jewel, Bowler Park includes a 1.25-acre enclosed park and a smaller "shy dog" area. There's a great covered area inside the large area to sit and sip your coffee while your pup plays.

As a reminder, when taking your dog out for an adventure, make sure to keep them on a leash unless the area specifically allows them to be off-leash. Bring water and food if you'll be out for a couple of hours. And don't forget to clean up after them if needed.

Spending a day out on the town with your dog is one of the best ways to unwind and get to know the area. Thankfully, it's easy to do in Boise. Contact us today for more information on the area's local businesses and amenities that your whole family can enjoy. 

October
17

5 Events for Halloween Fun Around Boise

Boise Halloween

Are you ready for the spookiest holiday of the year? It's almost time to celebrate Halloween, and as always, there will be some exciting events around Boise. From pub crawls to 5k runs, artisan markets, and everything in between, there's something for everyone coming up on the calendar this October. Our real estate agents have all of the details of 5 fun Halloween events in Boise this year.

  • Boise Official Halloween Pub Crawl – Downtown Boise, ID 83702
    Experience some of the best, most exciting bars near Boise homes for sale with the Boise Official Halloween Pub Crawl, which features dates on October 22, 29, and 31, 2022. Enjoy Halloween costume contests, drink specials, live DJs, and admission to many of the top-rated bars in Boise. There will also be some fun prizes for the best videos and photos posted to social media from the event. Get to know all of the best places to enjoy a drink around Boise and make some new friends as you travel from pub to pub, enjoying all of the Halloween excitement that the city has to offer.

  • Halloween Hustle 5k – 1304 7th St. N., Nampa, ID 83687
    The Lakeview Water Park may be closed for the season, but there's still plenty of fall fun to be enjoyed at Lakeview Park near Nampa homes for sale. One exciting upcoming event will be the Halloween Hustle 5k on October 31. This family-friendly event includes a 5k run/walk around the scenic 44-acre Lakeview Park, with trick-or-treat stations along the way and fun, family activities for all ages to be enjoyed throughout the event. Be sure to stick around after the race is complete for the finish line party.

  • Halloween Artisan & Vendor Fair – E. Main St., Emmett, ID 83617
    The annual Halloween Artisan & Vendor Fair is back this year and bigger than ever. The event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Emmett, will be taking place on October 29, 2022, at Bowman Memorial Park, around the corner from Emmett homes for sale. There will be more than 40 vendors selling all sorts of crafts and ghoulish goodies, as well as a costume contest with great prizes for the winners. Enjoy family-friendly fun at this event on the weekend of Halloween.

  • Halloween Art Party – 1357 N. Lilly Ave., Boise, ID 83713
    Kids of all ages can look forward to the Halloween Art Party sponsored by Sardine Studios, which will be kicking off on October 30, 2022. The event starts with a fun art session where kids can create Halloween-themed artwork with supplies from the studio. The Halloween excitement continues with a costume contest, with great prizes for the winners, along with bags featuring candy and toys for all participants.

  • Linder Farms Halloween Fun Run – 7165 S. Linder Rd., Meridian, ID 83642
    Get ready for a fun, unique race near Meridian homes for sale with the annual Linder Farms Halloween Fun Run. This is not your average 5k, with an obstacle course that creates an enjoyable challenge and adds excitement for younger participants. There will also be free candy for the children, a costume contest, and a raffle with thousands of dollars in prizes.

Is buying or selling a home at the top of your to-do list this fall? Let our local team help you accomplish your real estate goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Boise, ID, area.

October
3

Fall Fun at the Idaho Botanical Garden

Idaho Botanical Garden

Fall brings a fresh crispness to the air here in the Boise area, and the changing leaves make it a great season to spend some time outdoors. In particular, fall is one of our real estate agents' favorite seasons to visit the Idaho Botanical Garden. 

But lovely weather and beautiful foliage aren't the only reasons to visit the gardens this fall. Just like they do every year, the Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting a wide range of fun, family-friendly autumn events and festivities in 2022. Be sure to mark your calendar for these garden events in Boise this fall!

  • Fall Harvest in the Garden (Every Saturday in October)
    You have multiple opportunities to experience Fall Harvest at the Garden this year. Returning every Saturday throughout the month of October, Fall Harvest days include arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, great local craft beer and cider, live music, and a fall plant sale. It's a great way to get into the spirit of the fall season. The events take place from 10 am to 3 pm, and each Saturday's lineup will be different, so don't be shy about catching more than one! Plus, it's all happening just minutes from these Boise homes for sale.

  • Fall Fairy Gardens Workshop (October 16)
    The Idaho Botanical Garden host a wide range of workshops and classes throughout the year. One of the most anticipated this fall is the Fall Fairy Gardens Workshop, taught by Wendy Irwin on October 16 at 10 am. This family workshop invites adult/child teams to work together to create single fairy-sized outdoor fall container gardens. Participants should bring their own containers, but all the soil, plants, and decorations will be provided. Sign-ups will remain open until they reach capacity!

  • Autumn Yoga with Becca Hayes (Every Saturday in October)
    It's hard to imagine anything more restorative than a yoga class amid the outdoor splendor of the Idaho Botanical Garden. You can experience that every Saturday this October as yoga teacher Becca Hayes brings her Autumn Yoga series back for another season! The classes are suited for all levels and include a lot of great foundational poses to build strength and balance. Autumn Yoga takes place from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Saturday mornings in October. 

  • Scarecrow Stroll (October 1 - October 31)
    The Idaho Botanical Garden is open to self-guided tours year-round. But visitors during the month of October will see a decidedly spookier garden than they would in other seasons! It's an annual tradition that the gardens are decorated with dozens of scarecrows throughout the month, adding a splash of autumnal ambiance to the space. This year's Scarecrow Stroll will be on display all through October, featuring scarecrows designed and installed by talented local artists and volunteers. 

  • Fall Harvest Costume Contest on (October 29)
    The final Fall Harvest in the Garden event of the season takes place on Saturday, October 29, and it includes something special: the annual Fall Harvest Costume Contest and Parade. After the regular Fall Harvest happenings have concluded (including live music from Dela Freed), kids and grown-ups alike are invited to dress up in their spookiest or cutest Halloween attire for the Costume Contest. Think of it as practice for Halloween night!

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest through all the changing seasons in Idaho. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Boise and the surrounding areas. 

September
19

Explore History at the Idaho State Museum

Idaho State Museum

With more than 500 artifacts in its 80,000 square feet, the Idaho State Museum serves as a living testament to the state's legacy. Our real estate agents love exploring these incredible exhibits found at the museum.

  • Origins
    Learn how the five federally recognized tribes of Idaho play a significant role in the state's past, present, and future. The theater in the Origins gallery turns a spotlight on each tribe's origin story. Other topics examined in the exhibit include Idaho's diverse landscapes and how the tribes shape contemporary land stewardship.

  • Idaho: The Land & Its People
    High-tech activities take visitors on a virtual trip through the spectacular lands that make up our beautiful state in "Idaho: The Land & Its People." Travel from the lush forests and majestic mountains of North and Central Idaho to the stark beauty of the deserts and canyons in South Idaho. Experience the sensation of riding a chairlift up Mt. Baldy or take a virtual bike ride through the streets of Pocatello and Boise.

  • History Explorers Gallery
    Share the thrill of learning with your whole family in the History Explorers Gallery. Be sure to stop by the Penny Arcade and visit Deja Moo, the legendary two-headed calf. Read moving personal recollections from other Idahoans and find out how your family can incorporate history into your own activities. 

ROTATING EXHIBIT

Syringa and Treasures Galleries host rotating exhibits. Some highlight additional artifacts in the museum's collection, while others feature materials on loan from national sources. 

Currently, Treasures Gallery features "The Art of Deco." This distinctive style reached its peak of popularity during the 1920s, but it lives on through the design of structures such as the Empire State Building.

During its heyday, Art Deco influenced the look of everything from clothing to toys, with examples of both on display among more than 40 artifacts. The State Historic Preservation Office has also created a digital StoryMap identifying Art Deco architecture in Boise, including the museum's original façade.

After viewing this exhibit, visitors will have a greater understanding of the iconic style's influence on design around the world. "The Art of Deco" runs through January 14, 2023.

Online Exhibits

The museum's reach extends beyond its physical location. These entertaining exhibits are as close as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

  • Digital Textile Collection
    Clothing and accessory styles often reveal facets of a particular culture. The museum's Digital Textile Collection makes use of 3D modeling and sophisticated photography techniques to provide previously unattainable views of attire across the ages, from the 1820s until today.

  • Trailblazing Women of Idaho
    Idaho's history is studded with the names of fiercely intelligent and forward-thinking women who made their voices heard. "Trailblazing Women of Idaho" honors the women who have impacted both Idaho and the United States.

The Idaho State Museum is located at 610 Julia Davis Dr., just minutes from Boise homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for college students with ID, and $5 for ages 6-17.

Create your own history with a wonderful home in Boise. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

September
6

Boise Fine Dining Options

Boise Fine Dining

If you're about to celebrate an anniversary, milestone birthday, or another special occasion, enjoying some delicious cuisine is a lovely option. Fine dining is as much about the ambiance as it is about the food. Dressing up and pampering yourself really makes the occasion special and memorable. Luckily, Boise has some incredible fine dining restaurants to choose from. Take a break from looking at Boise homes for sale, and enjoy a meal at one of these top spots.

  • Bacquet's Restaurant: 117 E. Winding Creek Dr. #150, Eagle, ID 83616
    Bacquet's Restaurant specializes in French cuisine. The restaurant's chef, Franck Bacquet, grew up in France. The menu changes daily, but it often features favorites like pates au fruits de mer, or seafood pasta. The prime rib French dip is another favorite.

    Bacquet's also has a great wine selection to complement your meal. The ambiance is cozy and elegant, with old-time photos on the walls, white tablecloths, and ornate chandeliers. Plus, it's a short drive from Eagle homes for sale.

  • The Brickyard: 601 Main Street, Boise, ID 83702
    The Brickyard is a great place to visit if you're in the mood for steak. This classic steakhouse offers some wonderful appetizers, such as seared tuna and baked brie. When it comes time to order your entree, you can't go wrong with any of the steaks. The bone-in ribeye is especially indulgent. 

    After dinner, be sure to order an espresso or cappuccino. If you really want a unique experience, visit Friday or Saturday night when the restaurant hosts dueling pianos.

  • Richard's Restaurant & Bar: 500 S. Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702
    Richard's Restaurant & Bar
    is a fine dining establishment that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Their weekend brunch menu includes a selection of cocktails, like the Myrtle Mimosa and Pear Bellini. Dishes like banana bread French toast, and eggs Benedict make for a special meal.

    If you visit Richard's for dinner, you will love the house-made pappardelle. With mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and cream sauce, it's incredibly delicious. The braised leg of lamb is also a favorite. Complete your experience with the tiramisu cheesecake or pistachio ricotta crostata.

  • Capitol Cellars: 110 S. 5th Street, Boise, ID 83702
    Capitol Cellars is a wine lover's paradise. They have an incredible wine list with plenty of selections sold by the glass. Their food menu is created to pair well with their wines. You'll find options like Pete's Lamb Chops and The Senator's Prime Rib. For something lighter, try the Re-Elect Ravioli, made with wild mushrooms.

    Capitol Cellars also has a lovely happy hour. They offer 50% off select wines and cocktails. Order a few drinks and a round of The Oval Olives for your group, and you're set for a fun evening.

  • Chandlers: 981 West Grove Street, Boise, ID 83702
    Located inside Hotel 43, Chandlers is a long-time staple in Boise. The restaurant opened in 1994 and takes pride in serving the best, hand-carved steaks and fresh seafood. They order shellfish directly from Alaska and Hawaii. Jazz musicians take the stage, creating background music 7 nights a week.

    Menu favorites at Chandlers include the USDA Prime New York Steak and the Grass Fed Filet Mignon, which is rubbed with ancho chile powder. Round out your meal with a side of the gouda mac 'n cheese. For dessert, the triple-layer carrot cake and fromage blanc cheesecake are both incredible.

Make sure your evening is extra special, and you don't have to wait long for your table when you make a reservation at one of these restaurants. Whichever restaurant you choose, we hope you have a memorable evening. If you're new to the Boise area and still looking for a place to call home, contact us soon. Our real estate agents would be happy to assist you.

August
15

Get to Know Boise's Breweries

Breweries

Did you know that Idaho leads the United States in barley production? Add to that a #3 ranking in hops production, and it's no surprise that Boise is home to a number of terrific breweries. Raise a glass at these wonderful locations recommended by our real estate agents

  • Cloud 9 Brewery - 1750 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702
    So what is a nanopub? As the first such establishment in Boise, Cloud 9 Brewery produces beer in batches of three barrels or less. This allows for extensive variety, as flavors change as soon as the previous batches are gone. Cloud 9 also uses locally sourced and organic ingredients in their beer and food. The family- and dog-friendly restaurant is known for its decadent mac & cheese, with a number of available add-ins, as well as a rotating selection of creative desserts such as beer-amisu. Cloud 9 is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon - 9 p.m.

  • White Dog Brewing - 705 W. Fulton St., Boise, ID 83702
    White Dog Brewing promotes the philosophy of "fetching the good life." Their unique cans feature pictures inspired by local residents around Boise homes for sale, sharing activities with their precious pooches. A 24-foot frost rail keeps beer flavors such as Blood Orange Hefeweizen, Blackberry Sour, and Vanilla Cream Ale as you relax with Fido and your two-legged friends. Smoke and Thyme, a 40-foot food truck parked outside, provides tasty pub fare such as the Bacon and Beer Burger and the signature White Dog Fries with cheddar gravy, bacon, and chives. Hours are noon - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Powderhaus Brewing Company - 9719 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, ID 83714
    When you walk into Powderhaus Brewing Company, right down the street from Garden City homes for sale, you'll feel transported to a charming cabin up in the mountains. The ambiance is in keeping with the selection of Alpine-inspired brews, including Snow Blind Hazy IPA and the popular Hot Haus beer. Be sure to try the pickle-flavored Gherkin Gose. Powderhaus has no kitchen, so you're welcome to bring your own food as well as your well-behaved dog. Follow them on Facebook for information about live music events. Hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Barbarian Brewing - 1022 W. Main St., Boise, ID 83702
    Named for the "wild creatures" who discovered an alternative to wine, Barbarian Brewing goes beyond traditional mass-market beers. Their creative, experimental flavors include Watermelon Wheat, Peanut Butter Bits, and Tom & Cherry Sour. Complement your beverage with classic Mexican street food. Dogs are welcome out on the patio, but two-legged visitors must be 21 and over. Barbarian Brewing is open 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday. They also have a second location in Garden City on 32nd Street. Hours for that location are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  • Clairvoyant Brewing Company - 2800 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702
    No need to consult a psychic to find great beer in NW Boise. Family- and dog-friendly Clairvoyant Brewing Company is conveniently located just off the Boise Greenbelt Trail. In addition to their own beers, Clairvoyant is pouring Proletariat Wine and Meriwether Cider. On most evenings, one of Boise's top food trucks can be found right outside. Hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Find out why Boise is a satisfying mix of trendy and traditional. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to learn more.

August
1

Plan Ahead for These Boise Festivals

Boise Festivals

Boise homes for sale are some of the most desirable in the region, and there's something here for everyone. But our real estate agents know that the decision is even bigger than what property you choose. It's about joining a community where you can truly feel at home.

Take a look at everything Boise has to offer, and you'll see yourself living here!

As the capital of Idaho, one of Boise's unique strengths is its busy social calendar. Whether you love music, art, food, or all of the above, downtown Boise is the happening place to be.

Let's check in with some of the most popular summer events:

  • Fridays on 34th Market & Music – 303 East 34th Street, Garden City, ID 83714
    Fridays on 34th Market & Music is a recurring local event that takes place on Fridays near Garden City homes for sale. A recent innovation by the community's active downtown boosters and others, it has already become a local mainstay that attracts families every week. Summer hours run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and there's always new food and music to appreciate. It runs from June all the way through November and will always be found at 34th Street Market.
  • Idaho Halloween & Horror Film Festival – Red Lion Boise Downtowner – 1800 West Fairview Avenue, Boise, ID 83702
    Idaho Halloween & Horror Film Festival is now celebrating its second year. Awards will be presented for a variety of categories spotlighting the original work of local filmmakers. Horror, thriller, suspense, and science fiction entries are accepted. Last year was a breakout success that has been lauded as friendly, fun, and a terrific networking opportunity for both fans and filmmakers. Celebrate horror films when the festival is in town from August 12 through 14. 

  • Boise Soul Food Festival – 700 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702
    Another winner slated to brighten Julia Davis Park, Boise Soul Food Festival will return on Saturday, August 13 this year. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., people from all around Boise will have the chance to savor delicious meals from top local brands and competing culinary masters. You can shop for local food, arts and crafts, and much more while you enjoy live music. There will also be cultural workshops discussing more of the history and traditions behind the fun. It is sure to be a great time!

  • Boise Water Lantern Festival – 700 South Capitol Boulevard, Boise, ID 83702
    Taking place within Boise's delightful Julia Davis Park, Boise Water Lantern Festival has been voted the #1 festival in the local area. Attendees will be provided with an LED candle and have the opportunity to float their own paper lantern, complete with their wishes for health and happiness. The festival area is attended by local food trucks and performers, and the water will be fully cleaned up after the event. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.

  • Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic 2022 – 1000 South Americana Boulevard, Boise, ID 83706
    Found in Ann Morrison Park every year since 1991, Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic 2022 is one of the Boise area's most successful and beloved family events. Tourists and locals alike gather together to see soaring balloons and hear inspiring music. Launches begin early, typically around 7 a.m., assuming the weather cooperates. By mid-day, dozens of balloons will be gliding over Boise's historic landmarks. Events are scheduled from Wednesday through Sunday, August 31 through September 4.

Contact us to find out more about all Boise has to offer.

July
18

Western Idaho Fair: What to Expect in 2022

Western Idaho Fair

Since 1897, the Western Idaho Fair has been summer's main event near Boise homes for sale. Find out why our real estate agents expect that this year's version, appropriately dubbed "The Big Social," will once again be the highlight of the season.

History of the Fair

Around the turn of the 20th century, Boise was relatively isolated from other cities. The Intermountain Fair was designed as a way for the communities to connect, as Boise showcased their strong agricultural foundation.

In 1936, Ada County appointed a fair board to oversee what was now known as the Western Idaho Fair. The event expanded with the times to include carnival rides and games.

While the fair has generated an increase in local business, financial troubles caused sporadic closings over the years. Since the mid-1980s, the Western Idaho Fair has been entirely self-supporting, with no taxpayer funding. Today, as the fair celebrates 125 years, more than a quarter of a million people attend annually.

Acts and Attractions

From animal exhibits to strolling violinists, the fair features entertainment appealing to all ages and interests. Here's a look at some of the most anticipated attractions:

  • 4-H and Future Farmers of America are staging show competitions for a wide range of animals, from horses to guinea pigs (or cava). There will also be a number of educational seminars and displays, such as "Alpaca 101" and the Mobile Dairy Classroom.

  • What's a fair without motorsports? Adrenaline junkies can get their fill at the Octane Addiction shows, featuring top freestyle riders on snowmobiles, motorcycles, and quads. Little ones can join the fun with the kids' pedal tractor races.

  • Are you the BBQ master in your family? How far can you toss a 3.5-pound skillet? You can also show off your skills and win prizes in myriad categories including flower arranging, cake baking, umbrella decorating, photography, and more. Spend time wandering through the exhibition buildings to view hundreds of displays, crafts, and art.

  • Once again, a full selection of carnival rides and games will be on hand for everyone, whether you're a daredevil or you prefer tamer thrills.

  • Fair food is the stuff of legends, and the eats at the Western Idaho Fair lead the pack. The award-winning Idaho ice cream potato was named to the "50 Best Fair Foods" list by Food Network. Other mouthwatering treats include hand-dipped Party Pups, onion blooms, turkey legs, and deep-fried Snickers.

  • Strolling entertainers keep you amused as you wait in line for rides or stop for a refreshment break. Watch for violinists, clowns, and Robocars that are real-life Transformers.

Grandstand Shows

Plan to enjoy big-name concerts during fair week. Admission is included with your fair ticket. Seating is first-come, first-served.

  • Chris Janson: Monday, August 22

  • Ja Rule and Ashanti: Tuesday, August 23

  • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Wednesday, August 24

  • Stone Temple Pilots: Thursday, August 25

  • Billy Currington: Friday, August 26

All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Dates and Information

  • The 2022 Western Idaho Fair runs from Friday, August 19, through Sunday, August 28.

  • Gates open at 11 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays. Closing time is 11 p.m. except on the final day, which ends at 9 p.m.

  • Adult admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate, while kids aged 6-11 are $8 and $9, respectively. Carnival wristbands for all ages are $30 and $35. Combo packs are $70 and $150 and may be purchased in advance only.

  • Enjoy free admission from noon - 2 p.m. on opening day with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Idaho Foodbank.

  • Expo Idaho fairgrounds are located at 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, ID 83714.

Life in Boise is full of fun and tradition. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us.

July
5

Theater in Boise: Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Boise Shakespeare

The theater is alive and well in Boise! Every summer, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents classics in a beautiful setting that's only a stone's throw from the Boise River, and the 2022 season is no exception. 

A typical season for the festival includes five or six productions, each shown multiple times between June and September in a spectacular outdoor amphitheater. As always, our real estate agents are excited to see what the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has in store for us this summer. 

About the Venue

Located just minutes from these Boise homes for sale, Idaho Shakespeare Festival events take place at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater surrounded by a wooded habitat reserve. It's a state-of-the-art facility that was designed to naturally amplify the human voice. 

The Amphitheater seats 770, but there's also a spacious general-admission lawn area overlooking the stage. General admission patrons are welcome to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. There is also an option to reserve a specific tableside spot with a chair already set up. 

Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and drink as well. The on-site Café Shakespeare also offers a wide range of refreshments, including gourmet deli items, picnic dinners, desserts, and beverage options, including beer and wine.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been going strong since 1977, and attendance over the course of a season often exceeds 50,000 people. After being forced to cancel the season due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, we're thrilled to welcome the festival back for 2022!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2022 Season

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents a different slate of stage productions every season, and contrary to what some may expect, it's not all Shakespeare! As is usually the case, this season includes some of the Bard's most well-known works, along with several more modern plays.

The 2022 season began with an amazing and now-concluded run of Shakespeare's classic, Much Ado About Nothing. But that was just the beginning! Be sure to catch these upcoming shows (and check out the festival's official calendar for more details): 

  • Ain't Misbehavin' (June 17- July 9) - Showcasing the show-stopping music of legendary jazz musician Thomas "Fats" Waller, this Tony award-winning musical features five actors performing some of Waller's greatest songs.

  • Romeo and Juliet (July 15- 30) - Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare's many classic works, this tale of love and loss between two star-crossed lovers from rival families has resonated with audiences across centuries. 

  • Little Shop of Horrors (August 5- 27) - A classic musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, revolves around a florist whose chance for success and romance comes with the help of a giant man-eating plant.

  • The 39 Steps (September 2-25) - One of the most exciting entries into the 2022 lineup, this fast-paced whodunit packs in both laughter and thrills and has been described as Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python!

Whichever shows you choose to attend, be sure to get your seat early. Most dates include pre-show events such as live music and beer or wine tastings, which are not to be missed! Check their website for any schedule changes due to Covid.

Boise has earned a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about life in Idaho, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Boise and the surrounding areas. 

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