April in the City of Trees is a fresh and invigorating time of year. Spring has sprung in Boise, and across the Treasure Valley, exciting events are popping up alongside the daffodils. Whether this April brings showers or abundant sunshine, you won’t have to search far for entertainment, music, shopping, date nights, and more. Add a few of these area events to your calendar this month.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month, experience downtown Boise in a new way. Vendors, merchants, and restaurants offer specials and discounts on First Thursday, and you’re likely to catch special performances, live music, and demonstrations as well. Stroll around downtown Boise this April on First Thursday and discover the city. Learn more.
Gene Harris Jazz Festival | Various Locations
The 22nd annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival is in Boise again this month, sponsored by Boise State University. Throughout Boise, fantastic jazz artists will be bringing world-class music to the Treasure Valley. The jazz festival features student performances and clinics during the day and club night performances in the evenings. Visit the website to purchase tickets and find performance times. Learn more.
Ballet Idaho Spring Fashion Show | Ballet Idaho
Join Ballet Idaho for an evening of sophisticated fun with their spring fashion show. Ballet Idaho performers will show off spring fashions hand-picked by local boutiques and shops such as Piece Unique, SHIFT Boutique, Rooney Mae Couture, and Coach. Hors d’oeuvres and custom cocktails will be provided. Learn more.
Weezer/Pixies | Ford Idaho Center
Experience the live music of Weezer with special guests the Pixies at the Ford Idaho Center this month. Weezer hasn’t been to town since 2001 when they sold out a concert, so don’t miss getting your tickets to their much-anticipated return. Learn more.
Easter Bunny Photos | Boise Towne Square Mall
Someone egg-citing is coming to town this month, and you can meet the Easter Bunny! Get your pictures with the Easter Bunny and make some spring memories to last a lifetime. Reserve your spot ahead of time and skip the line.
Boise Farmers Market | 1500 Shoreline Drive
April 6, 13, 20, 27
You know it’s spring when the outdoor farmers markets start popping up again! The Boise Farmers Market, an ag-focused market with an emphasis on good food, has moved to a new location this year at 1500 Shoreline Drive. The market outgrew its previous location at 10th and Grove and will be bringing more of the same delicious local food every Saturday morning starting on April 6th. Learn more.
The Mikado | Morrison Center
The best known and most performance opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado is a breathtaking performance reimagined by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. The Mikado is set in Japan, which allowed Gilbert to satirize 1885 British politics freely, creating a multi-layered masterpiece. Learn more.
David Archuleta | The Egyptian Theater
David Archuleta became a star at only 16 during Season 7 of “American Idol,” when he finished runner-up. His angelic voice has since been heard around the world. Archuleta’s seventh album, “Postcards in the Sky,” was released in 2018.
SOMETHING ROTTEN! | Morrison Center
The hilarious Broadway hit, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is coming to the Boise stage this month, bringing with it all the sequins, laughs, and musical genius this performance has become known for. SOMETHING ROTTEN! tells the story of two brothers who long to be successful playwrights and begrudge old Shakespeare who keeps stealing the limelight. Together they write the first musical, and the resulting story is one you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
Spring Sprint Triathalon | Treasure Valley YMCA
Whatever your skill level or age, there’s a distance for you at the Spring Sprint Triathalon. Seasoned athletes and beginners alike are invited to join in the fun at this event. Learn more.
Idaho Horse Expo | Ford Idaho Center Horse Park
The 32nd Idaho Horse Expo will be in town on April 14th, an exciting event for the whole family. Parades, competitions, shows, and kids activities make this an equestrian event you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
Capital City Public Market | Downtown Boise
April 13, 20, 27
A sure sign of spring is the white tents lining 8th Street in downtown Boise. Farmers market season is back, and the Capital City Public Market will be making a comeback with opening day on April 13. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, a new t-shirt, or some locally-crafted art, the Capital City Public Market is your spot every Saturday throughout the season. Learn more.
Easter EGGstravaganza | Zoo Boise
Join Zoo Boise for an egg-citing day full of fun for all ages! Over 30,000 Easter eggs—many containing special zoo prices—will be passed out at the zoo on April 13th, and that’s just the beginning of the fun. Easter-themed animal enrichment activities are scheduled throughout the day, as well as face painting, Easter Bunny photo ops, and more. Learn more.
Race to Robie Creek 2019
The infamous Race to Robie Creek is in its 42nd year, and while it may be too late for you to run (the race typically fills all 2,442 of its spots within minutes of opening up registration), that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in this Boise rite of spring. Known as the “toughest half marathon in the northwest,” the Race to Robie Creek is a favorite with locals. Volunteer on the course or join the race spectators and participate. Learn more.
Community Egg Hunt | Kleiner Park
Does the idea of vendors, outdoor fun, activities, and over 150,000 eggs strike you as appealing? If so, head over to Kleiner Park for the annual Community Egg Hunt, a free event that brings together families for some spring frolicking. Learn more.
TEDx Boise | JUMP
This year’s TEDx event has the theme of “Taking Flight” and features local speakers and thinkers who are doing just that. Local speakers will share their knowledge and visions with you, and featured performers will entertain as well. Learn more.
Family Pet Expo | Expo Idaho
Bring your well-behaved feline, canine, or reptile friend to the Family Pet Expo at Expo Idaho this month and enjoy a day full of activities for pet lovers! Interact with other pets and their owners at this unique event. Learn more.
Spring Parade of Homes | Ada County
April 27-May 12
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.
Hop into the spring excitement this month in the beautiful city of Boise. What’s on your calendar?