School’s out, the weather is warming up, and summer has officially arrived in the Treasure Valley. With it comes a whole host of events to pack your calendar, including outdoor concerts, family-friendly fun, entertainment, food festivals, and more! Boise comes alive during the summer with ample opportunities to relax, hit the water, dine on a patio, or hike the foothills. Add these events to your calendar to kickstart your summer with a bang.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
June All Month
June is a busy month for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, one of Boise’s most unique and popular outdoor entertainment options. This June, the renowned troupe will be featuring The Taming of the Shrew, Witness for the Prosecution, and The Music Man in the famous amphitheater under the stars. Get your tickets before they’re gone! Learn more.
Idaho Wine Month
June All Month
June is Idaho Wine Month! All month long, throughout the Treasure Valley and greater Boise, tasting rooms, wineries, restaurants, and vineyards will be hosting events and offering specials. Check the Idaho Wine Commission’s website for a full list of Idaho Wine Month events. Learn more.
Music on the Water | Esther Simplot Park
May 31 & June 1
Set beside the calm flowing waters of Esther Simplot Park, this year’s Music on the Water event is sure to be an exciting experience. This free and open-to-the-public event features food, family fun, and music. All proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish Idaho. Learn more.
Greek Food Festival | Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
May 31-June 1
The 38th annual Boise Greek Food Festival is May 31st and June 1st, serving up classic Greek food, desserts, beer, wine, and music. There will be live entertainment as well as scheduled church tours. You’ll even get a chance to learn something new with free Greek dancing lessons in between stuffing your face with baklava, gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita, and more. Learn more.
Saturday Markets | Various Locations
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
The Capital City Public Market and Boise Farmers Market are both going strong in June, giving you a chance to shop local and get outside every Saturday morning. The Capital City Public Market features local makers, restaurants, artists, musicians, and other vendors, and packs the heart of downtown Boise on 8th and Idaho streets. The Boise Farmers Market, a food-centric market, has recently moved to a new location on Shoreline Drive and provides a space for local agri-business to thrive. Learn more about farmers markets in Boise.
Alive After Five | Downtown Boise
June 5, 12, 19, 26
From 5:00-8:00 pm at the Grove Plaza in the heart of downtown, free live music and food and beverage vendors combine for one of the most popular summer events. Boise’s well-loved downtown concert series, Alive After Five, is entering its 33rd year and will be coming back this month through August every Wednesday. The June music lineup includes the Band of Heathens, Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles, Jonathan Warren & the Billy Goats, and Hamish Anderson. Learn more.
Broadway in Boise: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour | Morrison Center
The classic 90s breakout hit Rent is on the Boise stage this month with the 20th-anniversary tour. The rock musical that changed the landscape of American theater and its inspiring message of hope and friendship is a welcome addition to the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise 2018-2019 season. Grab your tickets!
Sleepless in Stripes | Old Idaho State Penitentiary
Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to be an inmate at the Old Idaho Penitentiary? Wonder no more with the “Sleepless in Stripes” event, back by popular demand. This simulated prison experience runs all night and includes check-in, mugshots, chow time, and even a souvenir inmate shirt! Learn more.
Zoo Daze | Zoo Boise
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Zoo Boise at their Zoo Daze event. For the first time ever, you can participate in a special butterfly feeding activity with butterfly feeding sticks, as well as other themed animal enrichment events. The whole family will enjoy this whimsical summer celebration. Learn more.
Savor Idaho | Idaho Botanical Gardens
This year marks the 11th annual Savor Idaho event celebrating Idaho’s rich and growing tradition of winemaking. Savor Idaho is an event hosted by the Idaho Wine Commission. Tickets include wine tasting and carefully paired food selections, all against the stunning backdrop of the verdant Idaho Botanical Gardens. Learn more.
Emmett Cherry Festival | Emmett, ID
Just a short drive down the highway from Boise is the charming agricultural town of Emmett, Idaho. This month, Emmett will be celebrating is 85th Cherry Festival with the theme “Picking Kindness. What’s Your Superpower?” With free entertainment, nightly concerts, a parade, art shows, quilt shows, and more, the Emmett Cherry Festival is a family-friendly hometown tradition. Learn more.
Movies Under the Stars | Various Boise Parks
June 15, 22, 29
The Boise Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting outdoor movies in the park all summer starting this month, a free and family-friendly way to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. This month’s lineup includes Mary Poppins Returns, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Christopher Robin. Learn more.
Boise Hawks Home Games | Memorial Stadium
June 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Time to root for the home team at Memorial Stadium! The Boise Hawks will be playing Salem-Keiser, Everett, and Eugene this month, so grab your tickets and enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Learn more.
Dairy Days | Meridian
A carnival, fun run, parades, petting zoos, fireworks, a pool bash, and much more are all part of what will make this year’s Meridian Dairy Days celebration epic. This year marks the 90th anniversary of Dairy Days, a weekend of fun when Treasure Valley locals come together and have some old fashioned fun. A Dairy Princess will be even crowned to preside over the festivities. Learn more.
Boise Music Festival | Expo Idaho
This year’s lineup for the Boise Music Festival has something for everyone! Pitbull is headlining this year’s event, and Jake Miller, Tennille Townes, Color Me Badd, and local artists fill out the star-studded lineup of talent. The stage is packed from 10:00 am-10:00 pm with bands from around the U.S. and the local area. Learn more.
World Village Fest | Cecil D. Andrus Park
Experience the beauty and diversity of the culture of the world at Cecil D. Andrus Park (formerly Capitol Park) in the heart of downtown Boise at the World Village Fest this month. Activities and booths will feature participants representing Boise’s Mexican, Basque, Native Americans, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Bosnian, African, Lao, North and South America, Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek communities. This intersection of art, music, culture, film, food, and more will be an event you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
Road to the X Games | Rhodes Skate Park
Rhodes Skate Park in downtown Boise will take center stage as BMX and skateboard athletes compete for an invitation to the X Games Minneapolis. The top six men’s BMX and Skateboard competitors will get the chance to compete in Minneapolis, while the top four women’s Skateboard athletes will also be on their way to the X Games. This event is free and open to the public, although bleacher tickets have already sold out. Learn more.
YMCA Boise Front Trail Run | Bogus Basin
Trail runners rejoice! There’s an event just for you this June, the Boise Front Trail Run hosted by the YMCA. Lace up your shoes, grab a friend, and enjoy courses between 5-12 miles around Bogus Basin. The course begins at the Nordic Lodge at Bogus Basin.
There’s no time like summer in Boise. Get out and enjoy the City of Trees this month.
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