September in Boise is one of the most inviting months.
As the summer heat begins to calm, Boise comes back to life with renewed early fall energy. September welcomes moderate temperatures in the mid-70s and a chance to get outside and enjoy the beauty of trees as they just begin to turn. You won’t need your heavy sweaters and boots yet, but you’ll get to experience the crisp autumn air and squeeze in a few last-minute summer activities before the weather takes a turn.
September brings with it some of Boise residents’ favorite yearly activities, including Art in the Park and the Hyde Park Street Fair. Fill your calendar with these concerts, events, performances, and activities!
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
August 29-September 2
There’s something magical about a hot air balloon—the way it defies gravity and adds a touch of colorful whimsy to the sky while in flight. Now imagine this times 50, and you’ve got the “Great Launch” of the Boise Balloon Classic. This beloved local event features free admission and several balloon launches, with the final launch early on the morning of September 2nd, where you can witness 50 balloon launching within 30 seconds of each other. Visit spiritofboise.com for a full schedule and to learn more.
Hermit Music Festival | Indian Creek Winery
August 30-September 3
The 6th annual Hermit Music Festival is scheduled for August 30th through September 3rd this year, so grab head out to Indian Creek Winery in Kuna for a lineup of music, food, and fun. Known as Idaho’s premier folk music festival, Hermit is a family-friendly event that draws hundreds of music-lovers, many of whom camp in the surrounding fields for better access to performances. Food, beer, and wine vendors will be onsite throughout the festival, as well as a fantastic lineup of musicians. Learn more.
Preservation Idaho’s WalkAbout Boise Tour | Downtown Boise
Every Saturday, Preservation Idaho offers a 1.5-hour walking tour of downtown Boise’s history and architecture. This tour begins and ends at the Basque Museum on West Grove Street and gives an exciting glimpse into Idaho’s past by exploring some of the oldest sites in the city. Purchase tickets and reserve your spot on Preservation Idaho’s website. Learn more.
BONUS Music on the Mountain | Bogus Basin
Bogus Basin’s popular free music event, Music on the Mountain, was supposed to wrap up for the summer in August. But good news, music and mountains lovers: they’ve announced a bonus event on Saturday, September 1st! Featuring the music of Adalpe Bootstompers and Jeff Crosby, this free event is family-friendly and a great way to escape the heat of the valley. Learn more.
Meridian Art Week | Downtown Meridian
Meridian Art Week is "dedicated to celebrating the integral role that art plays in our lives." This year's events include a short film festival, chalk art competition, and group art project called Meridian Paints. Meridian Mayor Tammy De Weerd is even participating in the popular peer-to-peer art exchange, dubbed Art Drop. Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
Every first Thursday of the month in downtown Boise, you get a chance to experience the local restaurants and shops in a whole new way. Walk around downtown Boise throughout the evening of Thursday, September 6th to enjoy discounts, free samples, special activities, live music, and more. Times and specials vary by vendor, so check to see if your favorite location is running a First Thursday discount or event. Learn more.
Great Garden Escape | Idaho Botanical Gardens
September 6, 13, 27
Grab your own picnic basket, lawn chair, and friends to enjoy the last month of the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Great Garden Escape. Most Thursday nights through the end of September, you can catch free live music and a cool late-summer evening at the garden. September’s lineup includes Karl Blau, Boise Straight Ahead, and Ryley Walker. Learn more.
Art in the Park | Julia Davis Park
The anticipated yearly celebration of art hosted by the Boise Art Museum is back again. Every year on the weekend after Labor Day, artists and makers from Boise and around the world gather at Julia Davis Park to share their creations with the community. Live music and food and beverage vendors complete the event, making it an early fall tradition for many Boise residents. Learn more.
Idaho Wine Run | Indian Creek Winery
If you’re a wine lover looking for an excuse to spend time with your friends and get a little exercise at the same time? The Idaho Wine Run is perfect for you. Head out to the beautiful hills of Kuna and join the Idaho Wine Run. Choose from 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances, and get a commemorative wine glass and medal.
Boise State Broncos Football vs. UConn | Albertson’s Stadium
Football season returns in September, and Bronco Nation is ready for it! The Boise State Broncos—reigning Mountain West conference champs—face off against the University of Connecticut Huskies on September 8th at Albertson’s Stadium. The Broncos still hold the national record for winning at home with only seven games lost since 2000, so be part of the energy on the Blue this year. Learn more.
Capitol Table | Downtown Boise
Featuring four of Boise's best restaurants, Capitol Table brings the community together for an exclusive dining experience. The table is set in beautiful downtown Boise beneath the Idaho Statehouse, stretching the length of Capitol Blvd from Bannock to Jefferson Street. 150 lucky diners will enjoy a spectacular meal with an ideal wine pairing from their choice of restaurants. Proceeds benefit local charity: Create Common Good. Learn more.
Albertsons Boise Open | Hillcrest Country Club
Hosted by the Hillcrest Country Club since 1990, the Albertsons Boise Open features 150 PGA and Web.com Tour players as they compete for $1,000,000 in prize money. 100% of tournament ticket sales go directly to charities. Learn more.
Dudes & Disco | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Come celebrate the 70s—both the 1970s and the 1870s—with the Old Idaho Penitentiary! Dudes & Disco commemorates the decades the bookended the opening and closing of the Idaho Penitentiary with disco, photo ops, prizes, contests, trivia, food and drinks, and more. Learn more.
Zoobilee 2018 | Zoo Boise
Zoo Boise’s annual fundraising event, Zoobilee, is slated for September 15th beginning at 5:30 pm. Experience an unforgettable night with behind-the-scenes zoo encounters, extraordinary cuisine, live music, and live and silent auctions. Come dressed in your favorite safari attire for this 21+ event and support conservation at Zoo Boise. Learn more.
West Side Story | Morrison Center
In celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, Opera Idaho presents West Side Story at the Morrison Center, the classic story of the teenage gangs the Jets and the Sharks. From “I Feel Pretty” to “Somewhere,” the entire well-loved score will be showcased September 15th and 16th. Learn more.
Hyde Park Street Fair | Hyde Park
The energy and fun of the Hyde Park Street Fair is known and loved by locals, so check out the three-day fundraising event this year. Live music, shopping, events, food and beverage vendors, and activities for the whole family will be on the lineup throughout the street fair in the North End’s iconic Hyde Park neighborhood. There’s always more than you can see in one day, so plan to take it all in over the duration of the event. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Concert Series: The Avett Brothers | Idaho Botanical Garden
Catch the final event of the beloved Outlaw Field Concert Series on Thursday, September 20th with the Avett Brothers headlining. This outdoor concert series at the Idaho Botanical Gardens has the gorgeous foothills as its backdrop and invites you to take in the beauty of a summer night in Boise.
Fall Flights | The World Center for Birds of Prey
September 21-November 4
The World Center for Birds of Prey gives you the chance to see stunning raptors in flight—a truly remarkable experience—every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 21st to November 4th. Most of these live free flight programs sell out, so be prepared to speak for your spot.
St. Luke’s FitOne Healthy Living Expo and Race | Boise Centre
One of Boise’s most well-known fall races is the St. Luke’s FitOne, featuring 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. This well-organized event starts downtown and has a winding course around Boise. Check out the FitOne Healthy Living Expo leading up to race day at the Boise Centre for activities, vendors, prizes, and more. Learn more.
Old Boise Oktoberfest | Old Boise Downtown
The Old Boise Oktoberfest returns this year on Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00-10:00 pm. Old Boise on 6th and Main is reviving the traditional Oktoberfest festivities with authentic German bier, games, family-friendly events and activities, and a Kids Fun Zone. Learn more.
Keith Urban | Taco Bell Arena
Keith Urban’s worldwide GRAFFITI U tour is coming to Boise with special guest Kelsea Graffiti on Friday, September 28th. Don’t miss the country music superstar on stage with his award-winning music and winning stage presence.
Boise Fall Parade of Homes | Throughout Ada County
September 28-October 14, Weekends
Whether you are looking for a new home or simply to find fresh ideas, the Boise Fall Parade of Homes 2018 is an excellent source of inspiration. The 29th annual Fall Parade features the latest and greatest in new construction from some of Idaho’s finest home builders. Many of the homes are for sale, while others are pre-sold but all the homes offer innovative architecture, elegant design and inspiring décor.
Beehive: The 60s Musical | Idaho Shakespeare Festival
A rollicking 60s musical, Beehive, closes out the 2018 season of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in September. With shows happening almost every night throughout September, there’s no excuse to miss this premiere troupe of performers who’ve garnered national attention and have contributed much to the Boise arts and cultural scene. Learn more.
Boise Farmers Market and Capital City Public Market | Downtown Boise
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
As autumn starts making an appearance, the Boise Farmers Market and Capital City Public Market become even more appealing. You won’t have to brave the heat through most of September to enjoy Boise’s two downtown markets, and you’ll get to purchase local fall must-haves like decorate pumpkins, pumpkin-spice flavored everything, fall candles, and even your cool-weather fashion accessories.
Float the Boise River | Barber Park
Haven’t gotten a chance to float the Boise river yet this summer? September is likely your last chance before the weather turns a bit too chilly to hit the weather on your stand-up paddleboard or raft. Floating the Boise River is a quintessential activity for locals and visitors alike, so don’t miss out. Learn more.
We hope you’re ready to welcome fall in the City of Trees this month with a plethora of events and activities to choose from!