It’s the month of love in Boise, and there are plenty of events on the calendar all over our busy city. The weather may still be chilly, but with the plethora of things to do around town, you won’t be bored. Whether you’re looking for Valentine’s Day date night ideas, a weekend activity for the whole family, or a fascinating discussion to broaden your mind, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Broadway in Boise: The Book of Mormon | Morrison Center
Jan 30-Feb 4
See why critics have hailed The Book of Mormon as “the best musical of this century.” Outrageously funny, irreverent, and genius, this production has traveled the globe to delight international audiences. Catch the award-winning musical comedy before it leaves town. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month in downtown Boise is a treat. Roving entertainment and special deals on food, beverages, and shopping make downtown the place to be on First Thursdays. Check individual merchant listings for specific information and get it on the fun. Learn more.
Vintage Movie Night: Groundhog Day | The Sapphire Room
The Sapphire Room is one of Boise’s best-kept secrets. This month’s vintage movie at the Sapphire Room is perfectly apropos: the Bill Murray classic, Groundhog Day. Enjoy bottomless snacks and a full bar with a full dinner menu available. Be sure to check out the other events the Sapphire Room is hosting in February, as well. Learn more.
Engineering and Science Festival | Boise State University
This year’s Engineering and Sciences Festival is an exciting free event for all ages. Last year’s event was an enormous success and participants did everything from creating their own Bristle Bots to learning about space exploration. This event doesn’t require advance registration, but some activities require signing up ahead of time. Check out Boise State’s website to learn more.
Zoo Boise Wild at Heart Free Admission Day | Zoo Boise
Get the whole family together to enjoy a free admission day at Zoo Boise! This Valentine’s themed event features special animal enrichment programs, photo-ops, face-painting, and more. You’ll even get to make a Valentine’s card for your favorite animal. Wild at Heart lasts from 10:00 am-5:00 pm on February 3rd. Learn more.
Ballet Idaho: Fleetwood Mac Collection | Morrison Center
One of the wonderful things about Boise is the burgeoning performing arts and entertainment community. Ballet Idaho is a local gem, and their February program, the Fleetwood Mac Collection, is sure to delight and enthrall audiences. Learn more.
Cupid’s Undie Run | Downtown Boise
If running through a mile-long party (yes, that’s right) in your undies (you heard us) in February (yep) sounds like your idea of fun, Cupid’s Undie Run is for you! This fun run is all for a good cause: the proceeds benefit Neurofibromatosis research. Learn more.
Woo at the Zoo for Adults | Zoo Boise
From 4:00 pm-7:00 pm on Saturday, February 10, adults can get wild at the zoo for a unique Valentine’s Day date. Find out the funny, romantic, subtle, and outrageous ways animals woo each other with a guided stroll through the zoo and close-up animal encounters. Participants also enjoy a delicious pasta dinner, dessert, and drinks. There’s even an event for children at the same time, so there’s no need to call the babysitter! Learn more.
Idaho Steelheads Home Games | CenturyLink Arena
Feb 14, 16, 17
February is the perfect time to catch a hockey game. The Idaho Steelheads have three home games in February, with one even falling on Valentine’s Day for the sports-loving couple (or for anyone looking to dodge the V-Day crowds and opt for something different). Learn more.
Boise State Basketball Home Games | Taco Bell Arena
As we all gear up for March Madness, this month is a great time to catch a Boise State basketball home game. Both the men’s (schedule) and women’s (schedule) teams have several home games this month. Grab your tickets and a few friends and head down to the arena.
Boise Classic Movies: Pretty Woman | The Egyptian Theater
This event should be high on your list of potential Valentine’s Day date nights. The Egyptian Theater’s Boise Classic Movies series continues on February 14th with a showing of Pretty Woman, the 1990 classic starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This 21+ showing features a cash-only bar. You can even arrive dressed as your favorite character if you want—there’s always a friendly contest hosted by The Egyptian Theater for Boise Classic Movies. Learn more.
Romancing the Pen | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Is there anywhere better to learn the true meaning of “ball and chain” on Valentine’s Day than the Old Idaho Penitentiary? This tantalizing event is a much more unique way to celebrate the day of love than with a box of chocolates. Play games, take self-guided tours, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, chat with experts, and more. Learn more.
Drawing Parallels Discussion Series | Boise Art Museum
The Drawing Parallels discussion series asks artists and makers across disciplines to make connections between seemingly disparate methods and art forms for a lively look into the science of choosing art materials. February’s theme is “Mud Matters” with a ceramicist and geologist discussing clay. Learn more.
Opera Idaho: Madama Butterfly | Morrison Center
A compelling and tragic story in three acts, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular operas of all time. Set in turn of the century Japan, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a beautiful and naive geisha who falls in love with an American Navy lieutenant. Learn more.
Treasure Valley Flea Market | Expo Idaho
Who knows what you’ll find at the massive Treasure Valley Flea Market at Expo Idaho. February 17th and 18th, stroll through an enormous selection of treasures and bring home something unique. Learn more.
Filmed by Bike: The World’s Best Bike Movies | The Egyptian Theater
Join Boise GreenBike and the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance for a showing of the World’s Best Bike Movies—20 films in all. This touring film festival hails from Portland, OR. Learn more.
Jim Brickman | The Egyptian Theater
Jim Brickman’s distinctive piano style has made him a legend in contemporary American music. Garnering praise and multiple Grammy nominations, Brickman has become a driving force behind modern music by popularizing instrumental music. Hear Jim Brickman’s latest songs on Friday, February 23. Learn more.
Front Street Fights Lightweight Title Bout: Ash vs. Wick | CenturyLink Arena
Presented by BodyBuilding.com, this month’s Front Street Fight is one you won’t want to miss. The FSF Lightweight Title is on the line as Hamilton “The Honey Hamster” Ash clashes with Josh “The White Mamba” Wick at the CenturyLink Arena on Friday, February 23rd. Learn more.
Boise Philharmonic Classics Series 6 | Morrison Center
The Boise Philharmonic presents their Classics Series 6 this month with pieces by Tchaikovsky, Profokiev, and Leonard Bernstein. Get lost in the music on Saturday, February 24. Learn more.
Kids Fair | Expo Idaho
From face-painting to a petting zoo, there’s something for every tot at this year’s Kids Fair. Don’t miss this fun-filled day to play games, learn, and grow together as a family. Learn more.
Mat Kearny in Concert | Knitting Factory
Mat Kearny’s third album, Young Love, topped the Billboard digital chart at #1 when it debuted, and he’s bringing that musical magic to Boise in February with the CRAZYTALK tour. Learn more.
Idaho Gem and Mineral Show | Expo Idaho
Find out why Idaho is called the “gem state” at this fascinating and fun event. Learn about cabochon cutting, lampwork beads, silversmithing, and minerals, gems, and fossils. You can even purchase jewels, gems, and minerals. Learn more.
There’s no reason to be bored even in the chilly months in a city like Boise. Get out and enjoy all that the City of Trees has to offer this month.