Summer has officially arrived in the Treasure Valley and the events scene is heating up with the weather. It’s time to jump into the warm-weather fun, whether that’s metaphorical or you’re doing a cannonball into the swimming pool. The Boise June calendar is packed with activities, so you won’t have a chance to get bored between the plays, concerts, shows, and events. On this list, you’ll find activities for date night, afternoons with the family, sporting events, and more to enjoy.
Music on the Water | Esther Simplot Park
Enjoy a lineup of incredible musicians and singers with the backdrop of the stunning Esther Simplot Park. Sip a beverage and grab some food from on-site vendors to make it a day the whole family will enjoy. All of the proceeds from this fun event go to Make-a-Wish Idaho. Learn more.
Greek Food Festival | Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Baklava, gyros, Souvlaki, Spanakopita… is your mouth watering yet? The 37th annual Boise Greek Food Festival is on June 1-2 from 11:00 am-9:00 pm, serving up classic Greek food, desserts, beer, wine, and music. There will be live entertainment all day Friday and Saturday 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. As the Greeks would say, Kali Orexi (eat up)! Learn more.
Paramount’s Original Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular | The Egyptian Theater
Paramount’s Laser Spectacular has been touring for over 30 years and has become a cult classic, bringing Pink Floyd fans together for an incredible event. With special glasses and surround sound Pink Floyd, this show has become an enduring favorite of classic rock fans of all ages. Learn more.
Bubble Run | Expo Idaho
Get ready for a family-friendly fun run through a truly staggering amount of bubbles! Kids under four run free with a registered adult. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Throughout downtown Boise on the first Thursday of every month, you’ll get a chance to taste, see, and sip your way through local businesses. Downtown stores offer a variety of samples, demonstrations, and specials every First Thursday, and June’s event is sure to provide walkable weather and plenty to do. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Concerts: Barenaked Ladies | Idaho Botanical Garden
Now in its 11th year, the Outlaw Field Concert series at the Idaho Botanical Garden is a local favorite. With the gorgeous garden and foothills as your backdrop, you can enjoy a picnic and some beer or wine on a cool summer evening this month. This month, Barenaked Ladies will be joined by special guests Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall. Learn more.
Gingerfest V | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Celebrate the fiery redheads in your life with Old Idaho Penitentiary’s fifth annual Gingerfest. There will be themed activities, prizes for the best redhead, food, beverages, and more at this event. Learn more.
Movies Under the Stars | Parks Throughout Boise
June 8, 16, 23
The City of Boise is hosting outdoor movies throughout the summer at rotating parks. Movies start at dusk, and on the schedule for June is Despicable Me 3, Jumanji, and Wonder. The fun begins before the movie with the Recreation Department’s Mobile Recreation Van. Grab a blanket and some bug spray and enjoy the silver screen outdoors. Learn more.
World Village Fest | Capitol Park
Ready to taste the flavors of the world, all from the heart of downtown Boise? The anticipated annual World Village Fest is this month: a three-day festival of food featuring all kinds of cuisine like Mexican, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Basque, Native American, Middle Eastern, North and South American, Indian, Greek, and Portuguese. Traditional music and performance art from cultures around the globe will also be featured. Learn more.
Galactic Day | Zoo Boise
Ready for some fun that’s in your own backyard but themed after a galaxy far, far away? Zoo Boise is hosting Galactic Day on June 9th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm with Star Wars themed fun for the whole family. Animal enrichment activities, photo booths, face paints, entertainment, and a Star Wars exhibit walk will make this event out of this world. Learn more.
Savor Idaho | Idaho Botanical Garden
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Idaho’s premier food and wine event, Savor Idaho. As part of Idaho Wine Month, the Idaho Wine Commission and the Idaho Botanical Garden have teamed up to present the best that our state’s culinary scene has to offer. Sip and taste your way through local food while enjoying music by Douglas Cameron. Learn more.
Fred Meyer in Boise: Jersey Boys | The Morrison Center
With a Tony, a Grammy, and an Olivier Award under its belt, this Broadway show is known for delighting and entertaining audiences from start to finish. Follow the true story of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi: the “Jersey Boys” who made up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Four Seasons. Featuring their greatest hits, this show is a musical treat. Learn more.
Emmett Cherry Festival | Emmett
Just a short drive down the highway from Boise is the charming agricultural town of Emmett, Idaho. This month, Emmett will be celebrating is 84th Cherry Festival with the theme “A Sweet Time.” With free entertainment, nightly concerts, a parade, art shows, quilt shows, and more, the Emmett Cherry Festival is small-town Americana at its finest. Learn more.
Road to the X Games | Rhodes Skate Park
Once again, Rhodes Skate Park in downtown Boise will take center stage as locals compete for a chance to go to X Games Minneapolis. The top six men’s BMX and Skateboard competitors will receive invitations to Minneapolis, while the top four women’s Skateboard athletes will also be on their way to the X Games. Learn more.
Snooze at the Zoo | Zoo Boise
Once per month throughout the summer, Zoo Boise offers Snooze at the Zoo all-night experiences for families, schools, and Scout Troops. These fun overnight programs are designed for children 7 years old and up, and include educational and exciting programming. Learn more.
Boise Hawks Home Games | Memorial Stadium
June 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28
The Boise Hawks will be playing the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and the Hillsboro Hops this month at Memorial Stadium in Boise. Nothing says American summer like baseball, so head out and root for the home team in June. Learn more.
Buddy Guy | The Morrison Center
Buddy Guy influenced legends like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the 81-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still going strong. This is your chance to see the legend that is Buddy Guy and hear the music that influenced generations. Learn more.
Boise Music Festival | Expo Idaho
This year’s lineup for the Boise Music Festival has something for everyone with headliners like Robin Thicke and Mat Kearney. This event is family-friendly with a special area and stage for families and kids. The stage is packed from 10:00 am-10:00 pm with bands from around the U.S. and the local area. Learn more.
The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent | The Morrison Center
He’s been called the future of magic, and his show is sure to wow the whole family. Adam Trent’s show brings his signature brand of illusion and comedy with a high-tech flair to Boise on Tuesday, June 26. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Concerts: Michael Franti & Spearhead | Idaho Botanical Garden
The second June outdoor concert in the Idaho Botanical Garden’s series features Michael Franti and his band Spearhead with special guests Victoria Canal and Dustin Thomas. Bring a blanket, pack some snacks, and experience incredible music in one of Idaho’s best outdoor venues. Remember, you can purchase food and beverages at the concert as well as bring your own picnic. Learn more.
Blue October and Kitten | Knitting Factory
The wildly popular Texas-based band Blue October has charted nine hits on the Top 40 Hot AC and Alternative singles and is coming to Boise again this summer. With special guests Kitten, Blue October will be playing hits from their 2016 album “Home.” Learn more.
Alive After Five | Grove Plaza
Wednesdays June 6, 13, 20, 27
Boise’s beloved downtown concert series, Alive After Five, is entering its 32nd year and will be coming back this month through August every Wednesday. 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. The June music lineup includes LED, Ivory Deville, Ghost of Paul Revere, and Greyhounds. Learn more.
Lavender Festival | Happy Valley Lavender
Happy Valley Lavender in Nampa is hosting their first annual Lavender Festival this month. Pick your own lavender, make a lavender wand, and enjoy food and craft vendors. There will be lavender plants for sale and live music, too! Learn more.
Capital City Public Market | 8th & Idaho
Saturdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
What’s more relaxing than strolling through a market full of local produce, food, and art on a Saturday morning? Plan your weekend brunch around the Capital City Public Market, which runs through the heart of downtown Boise every Saturday from April through December, 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Learn more.
Boise Farmers Market | 10th & Grove
Saturdays June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Just down the street from the Capital City Public Market is the Boise Farmers Market: a similar but unique outdoor market. BFM focuses on a food-centric approach and has 95% produce and food vendors with a heavy emphasis on hyper-local offerings. Fill your grocery bag while sipping some locally-produced coffee. Learn more.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
June All Month
Three plays will be running at Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s famous amphitheater under the stars this month. The award-winning ISF troupe will be bringing three performances to the stage in June: Macbeth, Misery, and Mamma Mia! A night at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is one you won’t forget, so whether you’d like classic Shakespeare, suspense, or a rollicking musical, this is the month to buy tickets. Learn more.
Idaho Wine Month
June All Month
June is Idaho Wine Month! Throughout the Treasure Valley and the state, all month long wineries, tasting rooms, 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.
There’s no time like summer in Boise. Get out and enjoy the City of Trees this month.