Summer may be winding down, but the events and fun certainly aren’t. Boise’s last hurrah or two before everyone heads back to school happen in August, while temperatures are firmly in the “summer” category. There’s plenty of time to catch an outdoor concert or movie, head up to the Lucky Peak Lake recreation area and sit on the beach, or dine outside at one of the many food festivals happening this month. Add these events to your calendar this month and enjoy all the City of Trees has to offer!
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Great theater in the great outdoors—that’s what the Idaho Shakespeare Festival promises and delivers, time and time again. The Shakespeare Fest is a beloved local entertainment option, and during the month of August, you have an opportunity to see Julius Caesar or The Music Man almost any night of the week. Pack a picnic and a bottle of wine, grab a blanket or some lawn chairs, and head out to East Boise for an evening of world-class entertainment. Learn more.
Les Miserables | Morrison Center
July 30-August 4
The classic, moving tale is retold with the now-familiar, sweeping score. The Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise season continues with Les Miserables, an unforgettable experience. Grab your tickets! Learn more.
Great Garden Escape | Idaho Botanical Garden
August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
On select Thursdays throughout the summer, you can catch a concert at the Idaho Botanical Garden just for the price of garden admission. Local and regional singer/songwriters and bands entertain guests and make the perfect end-of-week evening for dancing and picnicking. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month, you can experience downtown in a new way. Downtown Boise merchants offer discounts, specials, tastings, demonstrations, and more throughout the evening. The weather is sure to be perfect for August’s First Thursday event, so get downtown and enjoy! Learn more.
Boise Goathead Fest | Downtown Boise
A “pedal-powered, wonderfully weird, bona fide Boise” annual festival hits downtown every year: the Boise Goathead Fest. Celebrating cyclists of all ages, sizes, backgrounds, and types, the Goathead Fest is a chance for the robust Boise cycling community to have some fun and give back at the same time. Check out the schedule of events and get involved. Learn more.
Kuna Days | Kuna, Idaho
Fireworks, live music, a parade, a fun run, and lots of delicious food and drink—that’s what the annual Kuna Days event has to offer. The first full weekend in August, every year, the residents of Kuna and the surrounding towns get together to celebrate and have some old fashioned fun. This year’s theme is Through the Decades. Learn more.
Movies Under the Stars | Parks Throughout Boise
August 3 and 10
The Parks and Recreation Department and Boise Schools Education Foundation are sponsoring outdoor movies in the park in Boise this summer, and this month is your last chance to catch the silver screen outside. On August 3rd, Solo: A Star Wars Story at Simplot Sports Complex, and on August 10th, see Incredibles 2 at Julia Davis Park. Bring a blanket, some bug spray, and some snacks and savor the last month of summer freedom before school schedules start. Learn more.
Saturday Markets | Various Locations
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The Boise Farmers Market and the Capital City Public Market are still in full swing as the season of harvest and produce continues. The Boise Farmers Market, a food-centric market, is at its new location on Shoreline Drive with expanded vendors and options. The Capital City Public Market, spanning the downtown core every Saturday, is dishing up delicious food, music, handmade items, and more all month. Learn more.
Nampa Festival of the Arts | Lakeview Park, Nampa
The 33rd Annual Nampa Festival of the Arts is slated for August 10th this year at beautiful Lakeview Park. This free, one-day event celebrates art, culture, music and dance, and features over 190 artisan booths. Concessions and activities will also be included, so the whole family can get in on the fun. Learn more.
India FoodFest | Julia Davis Park
Experience delicious regional and traditional cuisines at this year’s India FoodFest, hosted by AID. The event supports a good cause, uplifting underprivileged communities, and the food is sure to be incredible. Learn more.
Caldwell Night Rodeo | Caldwell Rodeo Grounds
Catch the classically Western extreme sport of rodeo in Caldwell at the famous Caldwell Night Rodeo. On August 13th-17th, watch as professional and amateur cowgirls and cowboys compete against each other and the clock. There’s nothing that says Idaho summer like a night at the rodeo. Learn more.
Alive After Five | The Grove Plaza
August 14, 21, and 28
This is the final month of Boise’s favorite free concert series, Alive After Five. Don’t miss out on your last chance to experience this local gem of an event series, with food and beverage vendors onsite during the free concert. The event starts at 5:00 pm and goes until 8:00 pm. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series | Idaho Botanical Garden
August 16, 17, and 30
Every summer, Boiseans flock to the beautiful lawn at the Idaho Botanical Garden for live music surrounded by the foothills. This month’s lineup includes the Piano Guys, Iration with Pepper, and Josh Groban. Learn more.
Basque Winefest | The Basque Block
The 22nd Annual Basque Winefest is this month on August 16th. Choose from over 100 domestic and foreign wines at this annual fundraising put on by the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Learn more.
Western Idaho Fair | Western Idaho Fair Grounds
August is the month of county and state fairs across the Treasure Valley, and none is more popular than the Western Idaho Fair. For the classic fair food, some up-close encounters with farm animals, concerts, entertainment, and more, you can’t beat the fair. You’ll be sure to find fun and everything deep-fried and on a stick at the fair. Learn more.
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic | Ann Morrison Park
August 28-September 1
Since 1991, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic has delighted locals and visitors alike with the whimsical beauty of hot air balloons. Filling the sky with multiple launches through the event, these balloons have become part of the Boise city experience. Catch an early launch, see balloons close up, and enjoy food vendors and activities. Learn more.