Brrr, is that a chill we feel on the air? As November hits in the Treasure Valley, the temperatures take a dive with average highs in the 40s. It’s the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite cozy sweater, drink your hot beverage of choice, and enjoy the wonder of the season. November kicks off the holiday season in Boise with plenty to do, especially around Thanksgiving. If you have family in town, be sure to show them why you love living in Boise by bringing them to a few of these events.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month, you can experience downtown Boise businesses in an exciting way. Merchants downtown from restaurants to shops offer discounts, live music, demonstrations, events, and more every first Thursday. Check the Downtown Business Association website for more information. Learn more.
Broadway in Boise: Disney’s The Lion King | The Morrison Center
November 1, 2, 3, 4
There are still six chances left in November for you to see the dazzling performance of Broadway in Boise’s The Lion King. With incredible costumes, familiar songs, and stunning choreography, this show is one for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more.
Winter Boise Farmers Market | Downtown Boise
November 3, 10, 17, and 24
Summer may be long gone, but Boise’s downtown markets are still going strong! The Capital City Public Market transforms into the much-anticipated Holiday Market during November and December and moves to a new location at The Grove Plaza. The Boise Farmers Market—a food-centric market—moves indoors on 8th and Fulton during November and December. Visit both of them on Saturdays this month to stock up on fresh local produce and all of your holiday gift needs.
Boise State Football Home Games | Albertsons Stadium
November 3, 9, and 24
Boise State plays three home games in November, giving you a chance to cheer on the Broncos football team and even bring your out-of-town family to a game on the famous blue turf. On November 3rd, Boise State faces off against BYU. Their November 9th game is against Fresno State, and on November 24th, the face Utah State. Learn more.
Celeste Barber | The Knitting Factory
She got her start by parodying celebrities on Instagram with hilariously staged photos. Today, Celeste Barber is selling out auditoriums and concert halls around the world with her signature style of comedy and her down-to-earth attitude. She has become friends with the celebrities she started out parodying, and today, her comedy show is a must-see. Learn more.
Sippin’ in the City | 8th & Main Building
Experience Idaho wines paired with incredible local food at the Idaho Wine Commission’s annual Sippin’ in the City event. This unique evening invites you to sip the wines grown right in your backyard while listening to live music. See the lights from above downtown Boise and experience the tastes of the Treasure Valley with Sippin’ in the City. Learn more.
Rake Up Boise | Boise
It’s the season of giving back—and also the season of yard clean-up. If you or someone you know struggles with the physical task of cleaning up their yard, Boise volunteers and businesses want to help out. Thousands of volunteers every year give their time, muscle, and energy to their neighbors with Rake Up Boise, and you can get in on the charitable fun. Learn more.
Treasure Valley Flea Market | Expo Idaho
Stock up on hard-to-find treasures and classic goodies at the Treasure Valley Flea Market. You’ll find something for the antiques-lover on your Christmas list at Expo Idaho November 10th and 11th. Learn more.
Boise Holiday Parade | Downtown Boise
Every year the community comes together to herald the beginning of the holiday season with a downtown parade full of lights, fun, and spirit. This year’s Boise Holiday Parade theme is “Christmas in Our Town” with grand marshal Mayor Dave Bieter. Bring the kids, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and celebrate the season in beautiful downtown Boise. Learn more.
Wintry Market | JUMP Boise
Go handmade for the holidays this year with the 70+ makers and artists at the Wintry Market. This well-attended event has ballooned over the years from its humble beginnings to an enormous yearly attraction. Boise locals buy from other locals at Wintry Market and put something truly unique under the tree for friends and family. Learn more.
Festival of Trees | Boise Centre on the Grove
Sparkling trees, visits with Santa, LEGO displays, activities, trains, live music, a North Pole village and more—this is what defines the hugely popular Festival of Trees. This year’s event is the 35th running and benefits the Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Infusion Room. The Festival of Trees is a perfect event to bring your Thanksgiving guests to or stroll with the family to ring in the holiday season. Learn more.
Turkey Day 5k | Downtown Boise
Stoke your Thanksgiving appetite and start the day in a healthy way with the downtown Boise Turkey Trot 5k. The event is a light-hearted run fit for the whole family. Bring non-perishable foods to benefit the Boise Rescue Mission and give back before stuffing yourself with friends and family later. Learn more.
Winter Garden aGlow | Idaho Botanical Gardens
November 22-January 1
Every year the plants and wildlife at the Idaho Botanical Gardens go dormant, and every year the garden comes back to life just as winter falls with the annual favorite Winter Garden aGlow event. Thousands upon thousands of lights and twinkling attractions fill the garden while vendors sling hot drinks and food. Warm up by a crackling fire or visit with special guest Santa, who’ll be coming in straight from the North Pole. Learn more.
Idaho Food Bank Empty Bowls | Boise Centre on the Grove
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Boise community comes together to support the work of the Idaho Food Bank. The 2018 Empty Bowls event is sure to draw a crowd as locals choose beautifully decorated bowls created by amateur and professional artists and enjoy generously-donated soup. Purchase a bowl, eat soup crafted by local chefs, and support the excellent work of the Idaho Food Bank. Learn more.
Thanksgiving Weekend: Winery Tours and Open Houses
Looking for something to do with your long weekend around Thanksgiving? Most wineries in Idaho’s growing wine country offer tours, specials, events, and open houses around Thanksgiving weekend. You can view a full list of Thanksgiving winery events around the valley on the Idaho Wine Commission website. Learn more.
Downtown Boise Tree Lighting | Boise Centre on the Grove
Every year, downtown Boise has an enormous, beautiful Christmas tree in the center of downtown on the Grove. Join the festivities and watch the tree come to life on November 23rd with the rest of the Boise community. Learn more.
Elf at The Egyptian Theatre
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy is back to kick off the holidays at the Egyptian! Waddle your Thanksgiving-stuffed self downtown to see Buddy the Elf save Christmas. Ugly sweater contest, and candy canes for the kiddos. Learn More.
Black Friday: A Celebration of Dark Beer | Payette Brewing Co
Skip the crowds and fights over discount big-screen TVs and instead join Payette Brewing on Black Friday for a celebration of delicious dark beers. Payette Brewing, a local standard and Idaho-grown company, will be releasing their 2018 Twelve Gauge Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and you’ll get to enjoy an impressive tap list of over 40 imperial stouts and porters. The event will feature live music and food trucks, and we can’t think of a better way to spend the day after Thanksgiving. Learn more.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley| Boise Little Theater
November 30, Dec 1-15
Experience the magic of Christmas as imagined in Jane Austin’s world of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Set two years after the conclusion of the internationally famous novel, Miss Bennet stars the unlikely younger sister, Mary, as the heroine. As the family gathers at Pemberley for Christmas, Mary finds a new chance for independence, fun, and maybe even love. Learn more.
This year, we’re thankful for Boise, for great holiday events, and you.