In Boise, summer hits its peak and starts the fast descent toward back-to-school and fall routines in August. Whether your kids (or you) are hitting the books again this month or you’re still riding high on summer’s last hurrah, there’s plenty to entertain in the City of Trees.
August is traditionally the month of fairs (and Idaho knows how to do a classic western fair right), and also brings back a Boise favorite: the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. You can beat the heat with a visit to a local public pool or float the river, or head indoors for a concert or art exhibit. Whatever you choose, be sure to put these Boise events on your calendar and enjoy our vibrant community.
Mamma Mia! and Pride and Prejudice | Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Throughout the month of August, you’ll get a chance to see the premiere troupe at Idaho Shakespeare Festival perform two incredible productions at their outdoor amphitheater under the stars. They’ll be showcasing the rollicking musical Mamma Mia! as well as Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice. Learn more.
Alive After Five | The Grove Plaza
August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
Boise’s favorite downtown outdoor concert series is in its 32nd year and still going strong in downtown at the Grove Plaza. This month’s lineup includes The Young Dubliners, The Talbott Brothers, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, The Brevet, and Ripe.
During the August 8th concert, you’ll get to enjoy the special partners for the week, the International Flying Fishing Fair at the Boise Centre on the Grove. All Alive After Five events are free and open to the public with available food and drink vendors. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month in downtown Boise is a unique treat. Roving entertainment and special deals on food, beverages, and shopping make downtown the place to be on First Thursdays. Get it on the fun by checking out individual merchants’ events and listed specials. Learn more.
Death Cab for Cutie and Pedro the Lion | Memorial Stadium Summerfield Concert Series
The Summerfield Concert Series has been bringing big-name talent to Boise for two years, including Modest Mouse, Leon Bridges, Boston, The Shins, and more. August’s concert features the alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie with opener Pedro the Lion.
Indulge in one of Boise’s best summer pastimes—entertainment outside—and enjoy food and beverage vendors on site. Conveniently located at Memorial Stadium (home of the Boise Hawks), this concert is easy to attend with lots of free parking and greenbelt access. Learn more.
Boise Goathead Festival | Cecil D. Andrus Park
We’ve all experienced the pain (both literal and figurative) that the noxious puncture weed (commonly called “goatheads”) can inflict. Through the month of July and into August, the City of Boise has teamed up with the Boise Bicycle Project to eliminate goatheads from Boise and beyond—in a super fun way!
Collect a bag of goatheads (or more) and bring them to the Boise Goathead Festival August 3rd and 4th at Cecil D. Andrus Park and you’ll earn a drink token. There will be prizes for the teams and individuals who collect the most bags of goatheads, as well as live music, drinks, activities, art, a parade, and more. Learn more.
Kuna Days | Throughout Kuna, ID
Old-fashioned fun and summer excitement are all happening at this year’s Kuna Days. Enjoy fireworks, food and beverage vendors, fireworks, art and merchandise vendors, live music, contests, activities, and so much more! Learn more.
RODS Jr. Youth Triathalon | Hidden Springs
The YMCA of the Treasure Valley is hosting this year’s RODS Jr. Youth Triathalon on August 4th. This triathlon is for youth ages 6+ and has a great mission: inclusion, empathy, and passion for health and activity. Kids do triathlons because they’re fun; the RODS Jr. Youth Triathalon combines that energy with a great cause (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). Learn more.
Boise Farmer’s Market and the Capital City Public Market | Downtown Boise
August 4, 11, 18, & 25
Downtown Boise’s two public markets are still going strong in August every Saturday. The Boise Farmer’s Market on 10th and Grove features a food-centric market with a heavy emphasis on local produce and growers. The Capital City Public Market on 8th and Idaho features food, beverages, art, textiles, and merchandise from makers and growers across the state. Start your weekend off with a bang by visiting one or both of Boise’s beloved markets.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Movies Under the Stars
August 4 & 11
Through the summer, the Boise Parks and Recreation Department has hosted outdoor movie nights free of charge in local parks. August is your last chance to catch the silver screen outside with the final showings of the 2018 Movies Under the Stars season. On August 4th at Fort Boise Park, catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Or head to Julia Davis Park on August 11th for a showing of Wonder Woman.
International Flyfishing Fair and FishFest | Boise Centre on the Grove
Flyfishing enthusiasts will have a ball at this year’s FishFest and Flyfishing Fair at the Boise Centre on the Grove August 7th-11th. The five-day event includes seminars, demonstrations, activities, speakers, authors booths, and more! Learn more.
Boise Hawks Games | Memorial Stadium
August 9-16 and 29-31
Our local Minor League Baseball team, the Boise Hawks, have 11 home games in August against the Spokane Indians, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, and the Hillsboro Hops. MLB baseball games are a great chance to bring the whole family out for an affordable and fun night of classic entertainment. Root for the home team and book your tickets. Learn more.
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw | The Knitting Factory Concert House
If indoor concerts with plenty of air conditioning are more your thing, you’ll want to grab tickets to Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw’s upcoming concert at the Knitting Factory. American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will take the stage alongside multi-platinum selling singer Gavin DeGraw. Learn more.
Nampa Festival of the Arts | Lakeview Park
The 32nd Nampa Festival of the Arts is slated for August 11th and 12th at Lakeview Park. The beloved festival invites you to stroll through the park to view and purchase stunning local art, including fine art, jewelry, country crafts, books, and more. The event includes a juried fine art competition, live entertainment, food concessions, and free activities for the whole family. Learn more.
Caldwell Night Rodeo | Caldwell Rodeo Grounds
Celebrating is 84th year, the Caldwell Night Rodeo is one of the longest-running and most beloved events in Canyon County. It was the first rodeo in the Pacific Northwest to be held under lights, earning its place as one of the most spectacular night rodeos in the nation. It’s a popular stop on nation-wide tours for some of the best cowgirls, cowboys, and animal professionals in the U.S. Grab a cool drink and some rodeo food and get in on the fun. Learn more.
Western Idaho Fair | Idaho Fairgrounds
The 120th year of the Western Idaho Fair is sure to be a rip-roaring success with an exciting lineup of entertainment and exhibits. The Western Idaho Fair has it all: music, entertainment, competitions, events, livestock, carnival rides, art and garden exhibits, and more. Of course, the classic fair food will be par for the course: fried, on a stick, and/or smothered in butter. Don’t miss the epitome of an American summer at the fair. Learn more.
Basque Winefest | The Basque Block in Downtown Boise
The 21st annual Basque Winefest is slated for August 17th from 5:30-9:00 pm. A ticket gets you a chance to sample over 100 wines, access to an incredible wine sale, amazing pintxos (appetizers) and more! Cider is new on the list of offerings this year as well for this event you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
32 Cells III: Origins Art Exhibit | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Join the Old Idaho Penitentiary and local artists for a night of art and exploration. 32 Cells III: Origins will feature artwork by local makers themed around the origin stories of Old Idaho Penitentiary inmates and hung on cell doors. The art will all be available for purchase and food and beverage vendors will be onsite. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series | Idaho Botanical Garden
The Idaho Botanical Garden’s popular summer concert series continues on August 20th with the Steve Miller Band. Experience outdoor entertainment at its best at the beautiful Idaho Botanical Garden with the Boise foothills as your backdrop. Tickets are still available but going fast, so don’t miss your chance. Learn more.
Wine Safari | Zoo Boise
Get a one-of-a-kind experience for animal lovers (and wine lovers) at Zoo Boise on August 22nd from 5:30-7:00 pm. Join zoo directors and veterinarians for up-close encounters with the resident giraffes, penguins, and Asian animals with themed wine pairings served throughout the evening. Light appetizers will also be served. Learn more.
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic | Ann Morrison Park
August 29-September 2
The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is a beloved local event in its 27th year running. This free event features hundreds of hot air balloons and a chance for entertainment and enjoyment for the whole family. Every year, locals and tourists gather in Boise to witness hundreds of colorful balloons, have a chance at tethered rides, and enjoy food vendors and music.
On select days, kids can ride the balloons on a tether for free. Whether you attend the event or not, you’ll likely see the beautiful and whimsical result throughout Boise as the skyline is dotted with a rainbow of unique and colorful balloons. Learn more.
There’s something for everyone this August in Boise. What’s on your calendar this month?