July is known as the hottest month in Boise, and while it’s true that the average daily temperature will likely top 90 degrees, there’s no reason to hide in your air-conditioned home. This month you can escape the heat with a drive to McCall or Bogus Basin, jump in Lucky Peak Lake or Quinn’s Pond, or apply some sunscreen and experience a festival or outdoor movie.
All across the valley, locals and visitors are celebrating Independence Day and the carefree vibes of summer together with fireworks, music, festivals, rodeos, and more. You can get a taste of urban sophistication or small-town America all in the same weekend. Whatever you put on your July calendar, you’ll find the local things-to-do scene is just as hot as the weather.
Music on the Mountain | Bogus Basin
June 30, July 7, July 21
Sponsored by 10 Barrel Brewing, Bogus Basin’s “Music on the Mountain” concert series is the ideal excuse to escape the heat of the valley and get out of town with some friends. Featuring five free concerts throughout June, July, and August, this series invites attendees to bring a few camping chairs or a blanket and enjoy live music with some of the best views in the northwest. You can make a day of it by hitting Bogus Basin’s extensive bike and hiking trails, riding the mountain coaster, or taking a chairlift ride up to the top of the mountain. Learn more.
McCall Independence Day: 10 Days of Fourth of July Fun
June 29-July 8
One of the best parts of living in Boise is the proximity to truly stunning mountain recreation just a short, scenic drive up the highway. McCall is one of the best-known spots in the northwest for getting out of town, and the McCall Chamber of Commerce has compiled all of the Independence Day events into one handy guide on their website. From live music to outdoor recreation, from cocktails to ice cream, and from movies under the stars to yoga, you’ll find something for every member of the family. Learn more.
City of Boise 4th of July Fireworks | Ann Morrison Park
The City of Boise’s 4th of July Fireworks display is in its 12th year at Ann Morrison Park. This central location allows viewers to see the fireworks from many places around town, but getting an early spot near or at Ann Morrison is always a great way to enjoy the festivities. Beer and food vendors will open at 4:00 pm and the fireworks display will begin at 10:15 pm. Learn more.
Meridian Independence Day | Storey Park
The City of Meridian will be hosting a family-friendly afternoon and evening of fun at Storey Park. Beginning at 3:00 pm, families can enjoy food vendors, activities, bounce houses, and more! The fireworks, sponsored by Meridian Speedway, will begin at dusk and can be viewed from Storey Park or the speedway. Learn more.
Alive After Five | The Grove Plaza
July 4, 11, 18, 25
June through August, downtown Boise’s popular free outdoor concerts bring a welcome mid-week break on Wednesday nights. This month, you can take in the live music and enjoy beer and food vendors before watching fireworks on Independence Day, too. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
First Thursday is your monthly chance to experience downtown Boise and all that local makers, restaurants, businesses, and galleries have to offer. Most events and specials run from 5:00-9:00 pm, but each merchant has a different list of entertainment and features discounts. Learn more.
Eagle Fun Days | Downtown Eagle
Ready for some nostalgic small-town summer fun? The Eagle Fun Days have it all, including a custom car show, parade, fun run, fireworks, cornhole tournament, food and beverage vendors, and more. This family-friendly weekend has something for everyone. Learn more.
Lavender Festival | The Lavender Merchant
From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of lavender in Kuna, a short drive from Boise. The Lavender Merchant’s annual Lavender Festival features lavender-themed food, drinks, and goods to explore. Their fields will be open for picking and you can sip lavender lemonade while listening to live music. Learn more.
Capital City Public Market and the Boise Farmers Market
July 7, 14, 21, 28
On Saturdays throughout the summer and into the fall, you can enjoy the bounty and festivities of Boise’s two urban markets. The Capital City Public Market on 8th and Idaho features produce, food, beverages, art, clothing, and more. The Boise Farmers Market on 10th and Grove is a food-centric market featuring local farmers and restaurants.
Wizard World ComicCon | Boise Centre West
The Wizard World ComicCon lineup keeps getting better with William Shatner, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Ron Perlman and more making appearances. Cosplay, gaming, panels, entertainment, and more will be featured all weekend for fan communities to enjoy. Learn more.
Friday the 13th Summer Scavenger Hunt | Old Idaho Penitentiary
This year’s Old Idaho Penitentiary Summer Scavenger Hunt falls serendipitously on Friday the 13th. Get your team together for this all-ages event and search through the history penitentiary site for clues, do some “prison labor,” learn about prison pets, and more! There will be food vendors on site. Learn more.
ASWB Twilight Criterium | Downtown Boise
The 32nd annual Twilight Criterium is slated for July 14. This popular event has drawn crowds of over 12,000 people to downtown Boise to watch the USA Cycling official race. Former Olympic medalists and professional and amateur cyclists compete in women’s and men’s events, while families can enjoy kid’s races and related entertainment and activities. Learn more.
Gar Hackney Y Not Triathlon | Treasure Valley YMCA
This year’s Y Not Tri will be held at Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond. The Treasure Valley YMCA’s popular traditional triathlon features several distance choices to match your preferences and a relay team option. Learn more.
Movies Under the Stars | Parks throughout Boise
July 14, 21, 28
The City of Boise is hosting outdoor movies throughout the summer at rotating parks, beginning at 7:00 pm each time with activities organized by the Parks and Recreation Department. Movies start at dusk, and the July lineup is full of nostalgic classics and new releases to introduce to your family.
- July 14: Beauty and the Beast at Peppermint Park
- July 21: Coco at Julia Davis Park
- July 28: Cars 3
Grab your blanket and snacks and head out to one of Boise’s beautiful parks to enjoy the silver screen outdoors. Learn more.
Snake River Stampede | Ford Idaho Center
The 103rd Snake River Stampede rodeo is scheduled for July 17-21. This popular rodeo and associated events have a long, proud history and are a classic American summer pastime. Whether you’re going for the mutton busting or the bull riding, you won’t want to miss this year’s stampede. Learn more.
Run Wild at Zoo Boise | Zoo Boise
With several tracks and distances for kids ages 2-11, Zoo Boise’s Run Wild fun run is an exciting event for local kids. Registration includes breakfast, an after party, and participant admission to the zoo for the day. Learn more.
San Inazio Basque Festival | The Basque Block
The Boise Basque Center invites everyone to come and experience Basque music, food, dance, and traditions during the San Inazio Festival. This year is the 25th annual festival celebrating Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. You’ll enjoy the unique cultural dances and music of the Basque culture and learn more about one of Boise’s earliest settler groups. Learn more.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival: Misery and Mamma Mia!
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s 41st season is well underway with its July schedule of Stephen King’s thriller Misery and the rollicking ABBA musical Mamma Mia! ISF’s amphitheater under the stars has thrilled attendees since 1977, garnering praise as one of the finest Shakespeare Festivals. Don’t wait: shows sell out fast. Learn more.
Tell us, what’s on your Boise calendar this July?