Post-Christmas blues got you down? There are enough events on the Boise calendar this month to get your spirits back up, no matter what kind of activity floats your boat.
January in Idaho is the coldest month of the year, but it’s also the month of classic events and entertainment like the McCall Winter Carnival, basketball games, film festivals, and many other reasons to get out of the house and experience Boise.
January is a popular month in Idaho to take in the beauty of winter, get outside (despite the temperatures), and savor a slower pace before the busy days of spring and summer. Here are the must-do events you should have on your calendar this month in Boise.
New Year’s Resolution Run | Treasure Valley YMCA
The YMCA’s annual New Year’s Resolution 5k will help you start 2019 off on the right foot. The course begins at the Ram Restaurant near the greenbelt. Kick your New Year’s Resolution off right away and set the tone for a healthy, active 2019! Learn more.
16th Annual Great Polar Bear Plunge | Make-a-Wish Idaho
Feeling generous and a little crazy? Join hundreds of participants in this year’s annual Great Polar Bear Plunge for an icy dip in the Lucky Peak Reservoir. It’s all for a good cause, of course: proceeds benefit Idaho’s Make-a-Wish foundation that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Learn more.
Boise State Basketball Home Games | Taco Bell Arena
January 2, 12, 15, 19, 23, 26, 30
Both the women’s and men’s Boise State Broncos basketball teams slide into the New Year with the number one spot in the Mountain West conference. Catch a home game at Taco Bell Arena this month and cheer on the orange and blue. View the men’s schedule here and the women’s schedule here.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Downtown Boise is the place to be every first Thursday of the month. Downtown merchants offer a range of discounts, specials, events, and programs on the first Thursday of every month, giving you a chance to experience local businesses in a unique way. Catch the after-Christmas sales and support local businesses at the same time. Learn more.
Idaho Steelheads Home Games | CenturyLink Arena
January 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19
Hockey season is still in full swing, so grab a few friends and head down to CenturyLink Arena to root for the Idaho Steelheads at one of their six home games this month. Steelheads games are invigorating and thrilling—and don’t forget the beer and food that go along with a hockey game. Learn more.
Brian Regan | The Morrison Center
Over his 30+ year career as a comedian, Brian Regan has earned a spot on international stages and kept his audiences in stitches. The quality of his comedic material will make for a night of hilarity and fun at the Morrison Center this month. Grab your tickets before they’re gone and treat yourself to a night of laughter and entertainment. Learn more.
Paint with the Penguins | Zoo Boise
Zoo lovers 21 and older are invited to enjoy an evening with the penguins at Zoo Boise. Wine and appetizers are served while you paint a guided scene for the penguins to add their own unique flair to, and you’ll also experience a special program and behind-the-scenes tours by the zookeepers. This fundraiser is a popular event and has limited seats available. Learn more.
Filmed By Bike | Egyptian Theater
For cyclists and biking enthusiasts, the Filmed By Bike independent film tour is a must-see. Visit the historic Egyptian Theater in downtown Boise and watch the best biking films of the year. This Portland-based film festival is always popular during its stop in Boise, especially as the city continues to solidify its reputation as a bike-friendly haven. Learn more.
Broadway in Boise: The King and I | The Morrison Center
The classic tale of romance, intrigue, and unconventional love takes center stage with the next production in the 2018-2019 season of Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise. The King and I features a beloved score and exciting characters. Set in 1860s Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, an unlikely couple at the center of one of Roger and Hammerstein’s most well-known works. Learn more.
McCall Winter Carnival
January 25-February 3
The annual McCall Winter Carnival is a celebration of all things winter and the perfect escape from home if you need it. Take a scenic drive to McCall, a haven of outdoor adventure all year long, and view the famous ice sculpture competition. Find a cozy cabin or hotel to stay in and join over 60,000 people who visit McCall for the festival every year. Learn more.
Skiing, Tubing, and the Gladerunner Mountain Coaster | Bogus Basin
For many winter sports enthusiasts, January and February are exciting months. Whether you’re a ski bum or looking for something a little tamer, you can head up to Bogus Basin this month and ski, sled, tube, snowboard, or ride the Gladerunner Mountain Coaster. A short drive up the mountain makes for a perfect day of family fun, and bonus: Bogus Basin tends to stay above the clouds and sunny, even when the valley below is dealing with inversion. Learn more.
Tubing and Skiing at Eagle Island
With snow machines, a beautiful location, and a “magic carpet” to get you up the slope, Eagle Island State Park has it all. Just a short drive from Boise, Eagle Island’s skiing, tubing, and snowboarding hill are operational throughout the winter until late February, making it an ideal activity for families and groups. Learn more.
Ice Skating | The Village at Meridian
Through January 27
Get some hot cocoa at the Village and then brave the cold for a classic winter activity: ice skating. The rink at the Village at Meridian offers a family-friendly group activity, and best of all, you can get dinner or watch a movie afterward. Learn more.
Open House Tours | Boise Depot
Sundays and Mondays
In 1925, the Boise Depot was one of the most recognizable icons in our area, and it remains so today. The Depot is an ideal spot to get a glimpse into the valley’s past as well as a bird’s eye view of Boise’s present. Free open houses and guided tours are available Sundays and Mondays throughout the month of January. Learn more.
Pop Up Park | Edwards Greenhouse
Every year, Edwards Greenhouse on the North End of Boise shares a wonderful gift with the community: their free (and very popular) Pop Up Park. While it’s cold and gloomy outside, it’s warm and springy inside the greenhouse, and Edwards provides the sod and growing things to get you through till spring. This year’s dates haven’t been announced yet, but the event is generally held during the last week of January. Learn more.
Whether you’re a winter sports-lover or more of an “indoorsy” type, there’s plenty to entertain you this January in Boise. What’s on your calendar?