April in Boise is the perfect month to start getting outside and enjoying the Boise recreation scene. The average temperatures creep into the mid-60s during the day, flowers start blooming, and everyone gets ready to take in some much-needed vitamin D. There’s plenty to do in Boise this month, whether you’re ready to take on the outdoors again or if you’re looking to stay inside and experience a ballet or jazz performance. Add these must-do activities to your April agenda.
AutoCross SCCA Solo Event | Snake River Region SCCA
April 1, 21, and 22
Fancy an adrenaline rush? Enter yourself and your hot rod into the Snake River Region SCCA’s April AutoCross events, or come along as a spectator. It’s free to watch, or you can race for a small fee. Learn more.
Broadway in Boise: A Chorus Line | Morrison Center
A rollicking musical performance of A Chorus Line is up next for Fred Meyer’s wildly popular Broadway in Boise series. Enjoy world-famous songs and a gripping storyline based on the real-life struggles of performers dreaming of making it on the Broadway stage. Take in this showing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night only in the first week of April. Learn more.
Gene Harris Jazz Festival
Celebrate the Gene Harris Jazz Festival’s 21st year of bringing world-class music to Boise and inspiring individuals of all ages to love and pursue jazz. This year’s lineup includes an exciting mix of new and established artists, public jazz concerts, and educational clinics. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month, downtown Boise comes alive. Musicians perform live music, stores and restaurants offer special discounts, and there’s always a few delicious surprises. Head downtown on April 5th to sip, shop, eat and see what Boise’s all about. Learn more.
Opera Idaho: Streetcar Named Desire | The Egyptian Theater
April 6 & 8
Be among the first to catch Idaho’s inaugural performances of the beloved A Streetcar Named Desire. Opera Idaho presents the captivating tale of an insecure and aging Southern belle that has become one of the most popular contemporary operas. Learn more.
Boise Farmer’s Market | Downtown Boise
Now we know it’s spring when the two downtown markets open up again. The Boise Farmer’s Market on 10th and Grove kicks things off Saturday, April 7th. Local vendors, restaurants, and makers will be slinging veggies and goods from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Don’t miss opening day of the 2018 season! Learn more.
Dennis Miller | Morrison Center
Whether you’re a fan from his days on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Saturday Night Live,” or his prolific comedy career, you won’t want to miss Dennis Miller live at the Morrison Center on April 7th. Miller has won five Emmys over his career as a comedian, author, actor, and television personality. Learn more.
Distinguished Lecture Series: Werner Herzog | Boise State University
Don’t miss this spring’s Distinguished Lecture given by celebrated filmmaker, director, and critic Werner Herzog. Herzog will be delivering remarks titled “Fake News and Ecstatic Truth.” The Distinguished Lecture series is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Honors College and President’s Office at Boise State University. Learn more.
Friday the 13th | Old Idaho State Penitentiary
Every Friday the 13th, the Old Idaho State Penitentiary brings history to life. This year marks the 67th anniversary of Idaho’s only double execution of Troy Powell and Ernest Walrath. Take a self-guided tour through the rare display of artifacts and attend a presentation by Kathy Deinhardt-Hill, author of Hanged: A History of Idaho's Executions. Learn more.
Spring Sprint Triathlon | YMCA
April 13 & 14
Whether you’re a seasoned tri-athlete or looking for a fun challenge, the Spring Sprint Triathlon is for you. This well-organized event is a longstanding spring swim, bike, and run challenge hosted by the Treasure Valley YMCA. Choose from two difficulty and distance levels for a tailored event. Learn more.
Capital City Public Market | Downtown Boise
The original and largest farmer’s market in downtown Boise celebrates its spring opening day this month on Saturday, April 14th. This enormous and vibrant market features local artisans, coffee roasters, restaurants, food trucks, farmers, and more and spans several blocks on 8th Street in the heart of downtown. See you at the market! Learn more.
Boise Philharmonic Classic Series 7 | Morrison Center
Join the Boise Philharmonic for their Classic Series 7, presenting captivating performances of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, WWV 96: Prelude, Daughtery’s Tales of Hemingway, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. The event features Zuill Bailey on cello. Learn more.
Broadway in Boise Presents Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the Morrison Center on April 19th. This critically-acclaimed tribute band is bringing the album to life in all of its psychedelic glory, and it’s a show that’s sure to delight. Learn more.
Ballet Idaho: Swan Lake | Morrison Center
Peter Anastos brings Tchaikovsky’s iconic Swan Lake to life with Ballet Idaho in this month’s spectacular production. One of Ballet Idaho’s most beloved performances is this classic tale of good versus evil. Learn more.
41st Annual Race to Robie Creek
By some, it’s considered the toughest race in the Northwest. By others, it’s a “rite of spring” and an annual tradition they wouldn’t miss. The 41st Annual Race to Robie Creek begins at high noon on April 21st, and as always, registration filled up almost immediately for this highly-anticipated half marathon. If you’re racing, good luck—if you’re not, go cheer on participants or volunteer to hand out water. It’ll be another race to remember! Learn more.
Pickin’ Boise Vintage & Artisan Show | Expo Idaho
Ready to discover your next favorite vintage find? Don’t miss a chance to comb through vintage treasures and handmade goods this month at the Pickin’ Boise Vintage & Artisan Show. Learn more.
Paw Patrol LIVE! | Morrison Center
Treat your pup-loving little ones to a fun performance of Paw Patrol LIVE at the Morrison Center on April 25th. Choose from three showtimes or even choose a Very Important Pup package and meet the pups backstage. Learn more.
Letters From Anne and Martin | Morrison Center
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, presents Letters From Anne and Martin. This performance features music by Steve Eaton and brings well-known stories to life. Learn more.
Girl’s Day Out | Expo Idaho
IBL Events has put together an exciting day for Treasure Valley women, full of every lifestyle tip, trick, and product you can imagine. Stroll through over a hundred vendors and learn about nutrition, travel, education, fitness, beauty, and fashion. Get the girls together and prepare to relax and have some fun! Learn more.
Spring Boise Parade of Homes 2018
April 28 - May 13th
Whether you are looking for a new home or simply to find fresh ideas, the Boise Parade of Homes is an excellent source of inspiration. The 62nd annual Spring Parade features the latest and greatest in new construction from some of Idaho’s finest home builders. Many of the homes are for sale, while others are pre-sold but all the homes offer innovative architecture, elegant design and inspiring décor. Learn more.
Idaho’s Kids Fun Fest
Learn about the latest products and services for kids at Idaho’s Kids Fun Fest. Bring the kids and enjoy vendor activities, free samples, and an array of informational and educational booths. Learn more.
Family Pet Expo | Expo Idaho
Calling all pet lovers! The Idaho Humane Society is proud to sponsor this year’s Family Pet Expo. All well-behaved family pets—whether they’re canine, feline, reptiles, or feathered—are welcome. It’ll be a day of fun where Fido is welcome and you can meet and greet other family pets. Learn more.
Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Enjoy an evening of music performed by the 9-12th grade musicians of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. They say the Boise Philharmonic is the sound of the city—so the Youth Orchestra is the sound of the city’s future. Don’t miss this performance. Learn more.
Whether we get April showers or not this month, we know there’s one thing for sure in the forecast: a plethora of exciting events and performances to attend. What’s on your calendar in April?