The days are longer, trees are budding, flowers are starting to show, and the jackets have been stowed for the season—Spring is finally here! In celebration, there’s a magnificent list of events blooming across the Treasure Valley all month long. Whether you’re hopping after an Easter egg or dancing through a night of live music, even April showers can’t stop you from enjoying Boise’s endless Spring activities.
Gene Harris Jazz Festival | Various Locations
March 31-April 1
It’s the 25th annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival! This incredible event brings over 1,500 students to Boise for two days of intense music clinics taught by jazz instructors from across the country. This year’s theme is Big-Band, and under the tutelage of the world-class instrumentalists, student bands and professional musicians are set to showcase their skills on Thursday’s “Club Night,” where Downtown plays host to four different big-band venues. The Festival concludes with a “Super Band” performance at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday night that you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical | The Music Theatre of Idaho
March 31-April 2
Based on the beloved Roald Dahl story, Matilda the Musical brings the magic of imagination to the stage. Created by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this 47-time award-winning musical is fun, captivating, wonderfully inspiring, and a surefire way to bring the kid out in all of us. Learn more.
Paranormal Investigation | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Big River Paranormal heads to the Old Idaho Penitentiary for a night of spectral fun! In this late-night attempt to communicate with its long-lost inhabitants, Big River Paranormal’s unique equipment and knowledge will be on full display from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am. Can you handle the spooky mysteries of Idaho’s most haunted destination? Learn more.
Boise Farmers Market 2022 Kick-Off | 1500 Shoreline Drive
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Spring is here, and BFM is back! After last year’s drive-through market, the Boise Farmers Market is once again ready for walk-throughs. As an agriculture-focused gathering of over 90 vendors, this long-time Boise staple is set to fill your grocery basket with a mountain of locally-grown produce and naturally-raised protein. Learn more.
Idaho Steelheads | Idaho Central Arena
April 6, 8, 9
Downtown Boise is bound to buzz with action as the Idaho Central Arena hosts the final three Steelheads home games. Don’t miss the season-ender as the local hockey legends take center ice against the Utah Grizzlies. Learn more.
The Spongebob Musical | The Morrison Center
The more than twenty-year-old cultural icon takes the stage alongside Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and the rest of Bikini Bottom’s quirky friends. With famous artists like Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, and many others writing the musical’s original songs, the Spongebob Musical is ready to have the entire family wishing they lived in a pineapple under the sea. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Downtown Boise joins forces once a month for a night of art, shopping, food, music, and family activities! With in-store events, live performances, dining specials, and more, First Thursday is a perfect way to welcome April’s warm weather and enjoy the best of Downtown Boise. Learn more.
Terry Robb | The Sapphire Room
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Terry Robb hits the stage for a special night of finger-picking blues. Robb’s legendary style and virtuoso talent have brought him inductions into multiple Hall of Fames, and after winning the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar for 19 years in a row, its name was changed to the Terry Robb Acoustic Guitar Award. A generational talent, you won’t want to miss this guitar-twangin’ and body swangin’ night of blues. Learn more.
24th Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner with Jeffrey Brown | Boise Centre West
Join the Idaho Humanities Council for a night of stimulating discussion around the concept of “public good” and what it means for the community. Following a catered dinner, Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for the Arts, Culture, and Society for PBS NewsHour, will take the stage. He’ll reflect on the night's theme through his lecture: “The Public Good”: A Defense, where his experiences as a broadcaster offer unique insight into growing a better community. Learn more.
Idaho Horse Expo | Ford Idaho Center Horse Park
The state’s largest Equine Expo is back for its 36th year! Bringing exhibitors, spectators, and horse-lovers from across the country, the Horse Expo features equipment vendors, riding entertainment, seminars, youth activities, competitions, and world-class trainers and clinicians. Whether you’re looking for a new saddle or ready to cheer for the jousters, you won’t run a-foal at this thoroughbred event. Learn more.
Michele Eastland Presents: An Evening of Ella Fitzgerald | The Sapphire Room
Celebrate Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most popular vocalists of all time, with a family-friendly night of jazz at The Sapphire Room. Offering a full food and bar menu and table-side service, Michele Eastland’s wonderful renditions of Ella Fitzgerald’s revolutionary music will take you back to a simpler time—it’s bound to be a night for the ages. Learn more.
Easter EGGstravaganza | Zoo Boise
Zoo Boise’s Easter favorite returns after a two-year hiatus, and they’re celebrating with a massive, two-day event! Free for children two-and-under, get ready for face painting, animal enrichment, photos with the Easter Bunny, and over 30,000 treats. Grab the family and hop into Easter with a day of egg-celent adventure and animal-themed fun. Learn more.
Les Bois Film Festival | The Egyptian Theatre
Explore the beauty of the natural world and take a peek into the great outdoors with the 6th annual Les Bois Film Festival. With topics ranging from snow art and ice climbing to salmon extinction and Yellowstone’s natural wonders, join the local conservation community and stoke your love for the wilds of the world. Learn more.
Idaho Talent Fest | Nampa Civic Center
Competition heats up on April 9th as local talents awe a live audience in their quest to be named Idaho’s Most Talented. With musicians, dancers, and a range of entertainers, the FSHD Society hosts the dazzling displays as they raise awareness for FSH Muscular Dystrophy. Learn more.
Gem State Comic Con 2022 | Expo Idaho
Let your inner nerd out with this all-day fandom extravaganza of pop culture, comics, celebrity guests, artists, vendors, and so much more. From tv shows to tabletop games, there’s something for everyone at the Gem State Comic Con—just don’t forget your cosplay! Learn more.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt | Harward Rec Center Park
Easter Egg Hunting just got a little more fun—it’s in the DARK. Grab your flashlights, prep your baskets, and head out to the park at 9 pm sharp for this sun-down, egg-seeking spectacular. The hunt is for 13-17-year-olds, giving even the oldest kids a chance to Spring into the Easter spirit. Learn more.
Capital City Public Market Kick-Off | The Grove Plaza
April 16, 23, 30
The Spring Farmers Market season is here, and Boise’s largest market is ready to fill your shelves with locally-grown produce, hand-crafted art, and specialty foods. The market runs Saturdays from 9:30-1:30, and with over 150 vendors at the height of the season, every weekend holds a unique opportunity to eat fresh, shop small, and support the community. Learn more.
Taste of Yoga | Payette Brewing Company
Ebb and flow through five back-to-back yoga classes at this stretch-test event! A Taste of Yoga lets you try different styles, instructors, and studios in 25-minute sessions. Between poses, be sure to check out all the shopping, food, and complimentary experiences from local vendors. Learn more.
Spring Eggstravaganza | Indian Creek Plaza
Hop on over to one of the largest Easter events in the Treasure Valley! Meet the Easter Bunny, vote on your favorite in the “Cutest Chick” contest, and hunt for over 20,000 eggs. Then get ready to fill your basket with local treats, crafts, and more at the accompanying Spring Market. Taking place at the Indian Creek Plaza, the incredible event center and gathering place in downtown Caldwell, the Spring Extravaganza has something for everyone this Easter. Learn more.
Shade City Brewfest | Idaho Botanical Gardens
The 21-and-over, ‘70s-inspired Beer Fest takes to the scenic Botanical Gardens for two days of Idaho beer appreciation and conservation conversations. Designed to provide a space to share a love for barley and discuss local, sustainable business practices, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than with this beer jamboree. Learn more.
Boise River Clean-Up | The Boise River
As host to over 125,000 annual floaters, year-round fishing, native wildlife, and summertime splashing and swimming, the Boise River is the heart of the Treasure Valley community, and once a year, we gather to make sure it shines. Give back to Boise’s best feature during the annual Boise River Clean-Up. Come solo, register as a group, or join a team to clean the banks this Earth Day. Idaho Rivers United provides maps, trash bags, and gloves for participants. Learn more.
Rugged Idaho Expo | Indian Creek Plaza
Live music, food trucks, vendors—what more could you need for an outdoor adventure expo? From hiking and camping to fishing and grilling, stock up for your next rugged trip with the best gear, guides, and grub Idaho offers. Learn more.
Menopause the Musical | The Morrison Center
“Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine,” this hilarious, 60s, 70s, and 80s pop-parody musical follows a sisterhood of four women as they celebrate mood swings, wrinkles, and everything else that comes with “The Change.” Learn more.
The Flaming Lips | The Knitting Factory
The psychedelic rock band brings their world-famous music and stage show to Boise. With three Grammy awards under their belt, the Pink Robots are here to blow the City of Trees away. Do You Realize?? The band has shaped alternative music for nearly 40 years, and they’re noted as one of the Top 50 shows to see in your lifetime. Learn more.
Wildflower Walk | Idaho Botanical Gardens
Follow botanists along a leisurely walk through the foothills as they identify and discuss the native and non-native species that help shape the beauty of the Boise foothills. Learn more.
RV SuperShow & Sale | Expo Idaho
April 28-May 1
The top RV dealers in the Valley are joining forces to bring you a one-stop-shop of outdoor vehicles. Showcasing the comfiest ways to tackle Idaho’s wilderness, there’s once-a-year value to be found on motor homes, trailers, fifth wheels, and more. Learn more.
Eric Church | ExtraMile Arena
The highly-popular country artist is here for one night only! Eric Church is a rock/outlaw country singer-songwriter, and his “Gather Again” tour is ready to bring the house down with a more-than-a-decade discography of hits. Learn more.
Boise Salon Society: In Recital | The Sapphire Room
Boise’s newest chamber music group premieres its debut recital, featuring solo and ensemble pieces for violin, oboe, piano, and percussion by classical and contemporary composers. Combined with The Sapphire Room’s all-ages environment, everything is set for a classic-al night with the Boise Salon Society. Learn more.
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