September is the beginning of the crisp, stunningly beautiful autumn season in the Treasure Valley. Get ready for cool mornings, evenings full of cricket chirps, and a list of events you won’t want to miss. Fall in Boise comes with some favorite annual events many locals attend every year, so add these happenings to your September calendar.
Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic | Ann Morrison Park
Aug 28-Sept 1
The annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is a beloved local event that fills the sky with whimsical, bright-colored hot air balloons. Every year, Ann Morrison park becomes a staging grounds for balloon enthusiasts to launch and give rides. Check out spiritofboise.com for a full schedule of events, including night launches, free rides for kids, and more. Learn more.
Hermit Music Festival | Indian Creek Winery
Aug 29-Sept 1
The 7th annual Hermit Music Festival is slated for Labor Day weekend this year at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna. The popular festival brings in a plethora of performers, food vendors, art vendors, and more. Many attendees choose to camp and enjoy the whole weekend of fun in a family-friendly environment. Learn more.
Meridian Art Week | Downtown Meridian
The third annual Meridian Art Week will take over downtown Meridian September 3rd through the 7th, filling the streets with vibrant colors and fun. Enjoy scavenger hunts, family-friendly activities, food vendors, and more! Learn more.
First Thursday | Downtown Boise
See downtown Boise in a new way every first Thursday of the month. First Thursday event feature specials, demonstrations, live music, events, activities, and more. Head downtown for what’s sure to be a lovely September evening on the 5th. Learn more.
Great Garden Escape | Idaho Botanical Garden
The season of outdoor concerts may be winding down, but it’s not over yet. Head to the beautiful Idaho Botanical Garden lawn for the final Great Garden Escape of the year with the band Boise Straight Ahead headlining. Pack a picnic and a blanket or low-back chairs and enjoy this free-with-admission night of music. Learn more.
Million Dollar Quartet | Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Idaho’s premier outdoor theater experience is finishing up its season with the rock-n-roll tribute Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony award-winning musical. A fateful and historic jam session with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley is the premise for this powerhouse of a show. Learn more.
Saturday Markets | Various Locations
Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
The weather in September is perfect for strolling through one of Boise’s popular Saturday Markets. The Capital City Public Market packs downtown Boise on Idaho and Main Streets every Saturday, while the Boise Farmer’s Market is in its new location this season on Shoreline Drive. Learn more.
Art in the Park | Julia Davis Park
Boise’s premier open-air art festival is slated for September 6-8 this year. Sponsored and organized by the Boise Art Museum, Art in the Park brings makers, artists, and art enthusiasts from around the Northwest and the nation. Stroll through the shady park, grab a lemonade or some food from a vendor, and bring home something beautiful. Learn more.
Boise State Football Home Games | Albertson Stadium
Sept 6, 14, & 20
Go orange, go big blue! It’s that time of year again and Boise residents herald the beginning of fall with the homecoming of the Boise State Broncos football team, reigning champs of the Mountain West division. Locals can enjoy three home cames on the blue this September while BSU faces off against Marshall, Portland State, and Air Force. Learn more.
Capitol Table | Downtown Boise
The annual Capitol Table event has earned its spot in Boise’s lineup of premier food and beverage experiences. Each year, this open-air dining experience features creations from local powerhouse restauranteurs and chefs including Alavita, Juniper, Capitol Cellars, Brickyard, KIN, and Trillium. Learn more.
Outlaw Field Concert Series | Idaho Botanical Garden
Sept 12, 18, & 26
The final month of outdoor concerts at the Idaho Botanical Garden has a winning lineup you won’t want to miss. Foreigner, Modest Mouse, and Rufus Du Sol are all headlining in September at IBG’s unbeatable venue. Learn more.
Zoobilee 2019 | Zoo Boise
Zoo Boise’s annual fundraising event, Zoobilee, is slated for September 13th this year. Grab your tickets and enjoy delicious local food, live music, raffles, prizes, games, activities, and more. Learn more.
Sleepless in Stripes | Old Idaho Penitentiary
Back by popular demand and at long last, the Old Idaho Penitentiary’s Sleepless in Stripes overnight event offers patrons an opportunity to spend the night, just like the former inmates of the Pen! Learn more.
Hyde Park Street Fair | North End
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.
FitOne | Downtown Boise
Sponsored by St. Luke’s, the FitOne annual 5k, 10k, and half marathon is a favorite event with local running enthusiasts. With a downtown Boise starting line and a long history, the FitOne race is an annual celebration of health, fitness, and an active lifestyle. Learn more.
Old Boise Oktoberfest | 6th & Main
Old Boise’s yearly Oktoberfest celebration is a must for welcoming fall and celebrating beer. With live music, activities all day, and of course, delicious beer, this event is an annual favorite. Learn more.