May is a stunningly beautiful month in Boise. The average monthly temperatures in May reach the mid-70s in the Treasure Valley, and it’s officially time to start thinking about summer. Trees, shrubs, and flowers show off in May while Boise’s foothill hikes begin to look more tempting. You may have graduation parties and family celebrations on your calendar every weekend this month, but there’s even more to pack your agenda full of activities, events, and fun. We have your round-up of what to do in Boise this month right here.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month, downtown Boise comes alive with music, events, and special deals and discounts. It’s a great time to hit local downtown shops and restaurants to explore, shop, sip, and play. Learn more.
Nick Swardson | The Egyptian Theater
Ready to laugh? Comedian Nick Swardson has worked closely with Adam Sandler and Happy Madison Productions in the past, as well as starred in Grandma’s Boy and The Benchwarmers. Swardson also wrote the comedy Malibu’s Most Wanted. Come out to the historic Egyptian Theater for a night of hilarity. Learn more.
Click Clack Moo | Morrison Center
What happens when cows use the computer and chickens go on strike? Laugh along while Farmer Brown and his daughter Jenny learn to compromise and get along. This hilarious musical is recommended for ages 5+ and is sure to delight your kids and give everyone a laugh. Learn more.
Boise Philharmonic Classic Series 8 | Morrison Center
The Boise Philharmonic Classic Series continues this month with pianist Andrew Tyson. Experience the beauty of pieces by Chopin, Smetana, and Dvorak during this evening of classical music. Come early for Musically Speaking. Learn more.
Boise Women’s Half Marathon and 5k | Julia Davis Park
Formerly known as the Boise Women’s Classic, this is the only local race that features a $1,000 prize for the top female finishers in the half marathon. Beginning and ending at beautiful Julia Davis Park, this race winds its way along the ribbon of jewels—Boise’s stunning river parks system. Learn more.
TEDxBoise | JUMP
This year’s TEDxBoise will feature local speakers and thinkers discussing everything from creativity to women in leadership. Don’t miss this event to hear the latest from local thought leaders. Learn more.
Chris Botti | Morrison Center
Sun May 6
Chris Botti has earned his place of prominence in modern music, performing and recording with greats from Lady Gaga to Frank Sinatra. His signature emotion and performing flare is captivating and has earned him a Grammy. Presented by the Knitting Factory, this performance is one you won’t want to miss. Learn more.
Hannibal Buress | The Knitting Factory
Fan favorite comedian Hannibal Buress has become wildly popular, starring in Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell and writing for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. This comedy superstar will be at the Knitting Factory on May 10th. Learn more.
Boise Classic Movies: Pulp Fiction and Princess Bride | The Egyptian Theater
May 10, 17, 23
This month’s Boise Classic Movies series selections are a couple of crowd-pleasers: Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and the cult classic, The Princess Bride. Whether you’re hoping for some anti-hero action with Pulp Fiction or a “bwessed awangement” with Princess Bride, you’ll get a night of nostalgic movie fun at the Egyptian Theater this month. You can choose between a 21+ only showing of Pulp Fiction on May 10th, an all-ages showing of The Princess Bride on May 17th, of a 21+ only showing of The Princess Bride on May 23rd.
Broadway in Boise: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder | Morrison Center
Uproariously funny, this month’s Broadway in Boise musical is the tale of a gentleman entangled in a love affair, an engagement, and a pesky inheritance issue that demands murder. This Tony-award winning musical has had audiences across the country in stitches, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Catch one of the three performances at the Morrison Center. Learn more.
Boise Music Week
This year, Boise Music Week celebrates its 100th season with a plethora of musical productions across the city. BMW is the longest-running event of its kind in the United States, and begins with International Dance Night and ends with the production of the musical “The Music Man.” In between those two showstoppers, you can catch Music in the Park, All That’s Jazz!, School Night, and more. Learn more.
Ryan Hamilton | The Egyptian Theater
Idaho native Ryan Hamilton is a long way from home these days, making appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and Comedy Central. His clean brand of comedy has earned him accolades and even his own Netflix original show, “Happy Face.” You can get in on the laughs this month at the Egyptian. Learn more.
Mother’s Day Brunch | Zoo Boise
Calling all dads looking for a family-approved event to celebrate mom this year: Zoo Boise is hosting their annual Mother’s Day event on May 13. Spaces are limited, so don’t delay. Reservations include a buffet breakfast, an animal presentation, a special gift for each mother, and admission to the zoo for the rest of the day. Learn more.
40th Famous Idaho Potato Marathon
This May marks the 40th year running of the Famous Idaho Potato Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k. This course is beautiful, flat, and fast, and can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Dig into an Idaho potato bar with all the fixings after your race. Learn more.
6th Annual Idaho Archeology Fair | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Have some fun in the sun at the historic Old Idaho Penitentiary for the sixth annual Idaho Archeology Fair. This free event is open to all ages of archeology enthusiasts and is sponsored by the Idaho Archaeological Society. Learn more.
20th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | Albertson’s Headquarters
In its 20th year, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is slated for May 21st with a full schedule of events throughout the day. Choose between a 5k and a 1-mile walk/run and fundraise with your friends and family for a breast cancer cure. Learn more.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Opening Show: Misery
May 25, 26, 27
This summer’s Idaho Shakespeare Festival season opens in late May with the preview and opening night showings of Misery. Experience the gorgeous ISF amphitheater under the stars for another incredible performance. Learn more.
Salsa Nights | The Knitting Factory
Looking for something fun, sexy, and unusual to do for date night? Why not join one of Salsa Idaho’s legendary salsa nights on May 26th? These events are high-energy, full of Latin romance and music, and a great excuse to get on the dance floor with friends or your boo. Learn more.
Ray LaMontagne: Summerfield Concert | Memorial Stadium
On Memorial Day, hear Ray LaMontagne’s signature vocal and musical talent with special guest Neko Case. This outdoor concert will be held at Memorial Stadium and is part of the Summerfield Concert series. Learn more.
Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour | Morrison Center
Experience the globally-acclaimed musical wonder that is Celtic Woman: a musical showcase of truly remarkable Irish musicians. This beloved performing ensemble has been captivating audiences for over 14 years, bridging language and cultural barriers to bring a unique and awe-inspiring production to the stage. Learn more.
Boise Farmers Market | 10th & Grove
Every Saturday on the corner of 10th and Grove from 9AM-1PM, you can enjoy the fresh produce and local food showcased at the Boise Farmers Market. Running simultaneously with the Capital City Public Market, the Boise Farmers Market features mostly fresh produce and plant vendors. Learn more.
Capital City Public Market | 8th & Idaho
The Capital City Public Market is a local favorite every weekend throughout the summer and into December, featuring local food, artisans, makers, and farmers. It’s Boise’s original farmer’s market and a well-loved staple. Learn more.
With this list of events on the calendar for May, there’s no chance you’ll be bored. Get out and enjoy everything Boise has to offer this month.