October is a gorgeous month in Boise as the City of Trees lights up with fall colors. As the leaves start to turn, it’s a great time to enjoy the crisp air and cool temperatures. The month begins with average temperatures in the mid 70s—ideal for a morning at the market or a stroll in the foothills—and ends by dipping into the mid-50s, just when you’re ready to bring out your wool sweaters and pour a hot beverage. October is the season of autumn festivals and events, and there’s more than enough to fill your calendar.
Scarecrow Stroll | Idaho Botanical Gardens
The Idaho Botanical Gardens’ Scarecrow Stroll is a popular autumn event in Boise, featuring whimsical and creative scarecrows throughout the garden in the month of October. 31 different scarecrows will represent local community organizations and individuals, so take a walk through the gardens and enjoy the fun. Vote for your favorite and visit the garden’s pumpkin patch while you’re there for a family-friendly fall excursion. Learn more.
Linder Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
The official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos this year is the perfect place to get lost and check off a fall bucket list item. Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and other attractions are all available at Linder Farms. Learn more.
The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival
The Farmstead is “Idaho’s original corn maze” and features a family-friendly mixture of silly and spooky. Whether you’re visiting for the hayrides and enormous slide or you’re headed into the Field of Screams, you’ll be tickled with the Farmstead’s attractions. Learn more.
Fall Boise Parade of Homes
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Sept 28-October 14
Gather all the home design inspiration you’ve been looking for during the Boise Parade of Homes Fall 2018 every weekend through October 14th. The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho has been showcasing new construction and gorgeous homes since 1956, sharing incredible houses and inspiration.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
First Thursday in Downtown Boise is a chance to see the city for yourself and enjoy special discounts, events, and demonstrations. Vendors throughout downtown feature local artists, products, and services with plenty of live music and promotions. Check your favorite restaurant or merchant to see what they have planned for First Thursday in October. Learn more.
Light the Night Walk | Capitol Park
The Light the Night Walk raises money for cancer treatments as teams, companies, and individuals around the valley pledge to help end Leukemia and Lymphoma. Activities and fireworks, as well as food vendors, will be onsite before and after the walk. Sign yourself and your family up for this festive evening and great cause. Learn more.
First Friday | Surel Mitchell Live Work Create District
Garden City’s Live-Work-Create District is growing rapidly just outside Downtown Boise, and their monthly First Friday event is the perfect time to check out local shops, stores, wineries, and restaurants. With a high concentration of artisans and local makers, Garden City’s Live-Work-Create has an eclectic vibe and dozens of gems waiting for you to discover. Learn more.
See Spot Walk | Julia Davis Park
Every year, thousands of dog owners and lovers, along with their furry friends, converge on Julia Davis Park in Downtown Boise for the Idaho Human Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. See Spot Walk is a light-hearted 5k Fun Run and 1-mile walk with vendors, contests, demonstrations, and more on site for everyone to enjoy. Come with or without your dog, and bring the whole family to celebrate and support the work of the Idaho Humane Society. Learn more.
Hoptober Freshtival | Broad Street in Downtown Boise
Every year since 2014, Boise Brewing has hosted a growing number of beer-lovers in Downtown Boise to celebrate the wonder of the hop. Taste an enormous variety of beers, play festival games, and meet the brewmasters behind your favorite beverages. Learn more.
Fall Harvest Festival | Idaho Botanical Gardens
The Idaho Botanical Garden’s yearly family-friendly autumn festival is slated for October 6th and 7th this year. Enjoy wine, beer, and food vendors while you vote on your favorite scarecrow during the Scarecrow Stroll, get the kids involved in exciting activities, and take in the live music. Learn more.
Boise State Broncos Football Home Games | Albertsons Stadium
October 6 & 19
The Boise State Broncos will play two home games on the blue this October. They face off against San Diego State on October 6th and Colorado State on the 19th. Pull out your orange and blue and cheer on BSU. Learn more.
Boise Farmers Markets | Downtown Boise
October 6, 13, 20, 27
Throughout this month on Saturdays, you’ll get a chance to enjoy Boise’s two fantastic downtown markets. This is the last month of the year that the Boise Farmers Market will be outdoors before they head indoors for the final two months of the year. This is the time of year to stock up on early Christmas gifts at the Capital City Public Market, supporting local makers and artists.
Heritage Homes Tour | Boise's Warm Springs Avenue
Get an intimate look inside historic homes along Warm Springs Avenue this October with a guided tour. The 16th Annual Heritage Homes Tour continues to tell the story of early Boise and the story of the families who helped to build the city. Learn more.
Owl City: Cinematic Tour with Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes | The Egyptian Theater
With his distinctively whimsical pop music style, vocalist and musician Adam Young brings to life his latest Owl City album on the stage at The Egyptian Theater this month. Special guest Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes join Adam Young on the stage. Learn more.
Adult Night: Surviving Murder and Mayhem | Discovery Center of Idaho
Discovery Center’s popular Adult Night is back on Friday, October 12th from 7-10pm, and this month the topic is a bloody one. Learn about body decomposition, the science of murder, crime scene investigation, and more with local experts while sipping on wine or beer from Lost Grove Brewing. Big Jud’s Food Truck will serve food while the band Mighty Fang provides the entertainment. Tickets to these events tend to sell out, so grab yours ahead of time at the Discovery Center’s website. Learn more.
Spooktacular Evenings | Zoo Boise
October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21
Two weekends in October are your chance to visit Zoo Boise at night and experience their signature “merry not scary” Halloween celebration. Halloween displays, animal encounters, costumes, and activities will all be available during these evenings. The events run Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9pm and Sundays from 5:30-8pm. Learn more.
Idaho Rennaissance Faire
Hear ye, hear ye! All olde time enthusiasts, knights, fair ladies, and brave souls are invited to take part in the Idaho Rennaissance Faire, October 13th and 14th, at 301 West 2nd Street in Kuna. Sword fights, live performances, music, food, and a healthy dose of fun are on the docket for the weekend. Learn more.
Disney’s The Lion King | Morrison Center
October 14-Nov 4
See and hear the spectacular, beloved story of friendship and love with the premiere performance of The Lion King at the Morrison Center. With stunning visuals, award-winning choreography, and incredible music, this will be a must-see show this fall. Learn more.
Harrison Classic Kids Run | Harrison Boulevard
In this well-loved annual event, everyone’s a winner, no matter their age or physical abilities. All kids ages 13 and under are invited to participate in a 1-mile run down Boise’s historic Harrison Boulevard. Everyone receives a medal and one IDEAL scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded by lottery to a participant, generously given by Perspective Wealth Partners. Learn more.
City of Trees Marathon
The popular City of Trees Marathon and Half Marathon will take place this year on October 7th with a winding course starting on Parkcenter Boulevard. As a USATF certified course, this marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifier (so get out there if you have big goals for 2018!) and there’s still time to register. Learn more.
Rod Stewart | Ford Idaho Center
The British rock star and singer/songwriter Rod Stewart will be in the Treasure Valley at the Ford Idaho Center on October 24th. Stewart has sold over 100 million records worldwide and brings his internationally-loved signature style of performance and flair to Boise this month. Learn more.
Frightened Felons X | Old Idaho Penitentiary
The Old Idaho Penitentiary’s popular yearly October event is back, inviting you to view Boise’s only haunted cell and get a little spooky with a historical twist. Tour the old prison site at night and enjoy beer, hot cocoa, wine, food trucks, and numerous activities. Learn more.
Boise Fall Home Show | Expo Idaho
Stroll through 200 gorgeous displays to get all the inspiration, information, know-how, and expert help you need to bring your dream home to life this year. Remodeling, landscaping, upgrades, design ideas, tips and more will all be featured. Learn more.
Dine Out Downtown | Downtown Boise
October 26-November 4
Boise restaurant week's, Dine Out Downtown gives locals a chance to taste, sip and be delighted by creations from our own fantastic downtown Boise chefs. From lunch to three-course dinners, no passes, tickets or coupons are required. We do recommend that you make reservations. Learn more.
YMCA Halloween Run | Ann Morrison Park
Dress up and run for your life at the YMCA Halloween Run. Choose from either the “monster mile” 1-mile race or the 5k and follow the beautiful Boise River Greenbelt in a loop around Ann Morrison Park. Wear your costume and bring your glowsticks for this evening run and have some Halloween fun. Learn more.
There’s no shortage of events and activities to put on your calendar this October in Boise. What will you be doing this month?