Clockwise from top left: The Big LeBoise, Savor Idaho, Art in the Park and Deli Days.
Based on Treasure Valley events calendars, the residents of Ada and Canyon counties like to get out and about during the summer months. A lot. Not only are there loads of music festivals (see Page 16), there is plenty to feed both your artistic soul and your hungry stomach. Below is a by-no-means-complete list of arts and food fests going down around the valley through early September.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Kick off the 2016 season of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival with a preview of And Then There Were None, Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. (see Pages 10 and 36). Opening night is Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. followed by family night Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. idahoshakespeare.org.
Movie Night in Meridian
Catch a baker's dozen of family films outside at Settlers Park in Meridian. All screenings are set for Fridays at dusk. The first film in the free series is Inside Out, playing June 3. Continues through Aug. 26. meridian city.org/movienight.
Greek Food Festival
Greek out Friday, June 3-Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Boise. Admission is a $1 donation, while kids under 12 get in free. boisegreekfestival.com.
The Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission host Savor Idaho, the Gem State's premier wine and food event set, for Sunday, June 12, 2-5 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden. savoridaho.org.
i48 Film Festival
The premise of i48 is deceptively simple: produce a finished short film in 24 hours. It's not so easy. See the results of this fast-paced labor at three screenings of all festival entrants at The Flicks, Saturday, June 11, and view the winners at an awards ceremony at The Egyptian Theatre set for Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. idaho48.org.
30th Annual Deli Days
Celebrate three decades of noshing at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel for the annual Deli Days, going down Thursday, June 16-Friday, June 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. both days. Admission is free, with food sales benefiting the congregation. Catch live music from Afrosonics, Fleet Street Klezmer Band and more. cabi-boise.org.
'Movies Under the Stars' in Boise
Catch films al fresco (for free!) at a rotating slate of Boise parks, starting Saturday, June 18 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Julia Davis Park. Events kick off at 7 p.m., with free kids games. Films start on select Saturdays at dusk. Hotel Translyvania 2 is up next with a June 25 screening at Veterans Memorial Park. No pets allowed. parks.cityofboise.org.
Boise's Funniest Person 2016
It's time to crown yet another budding comic as Boise's Funniest Person. Twenty would-be funny folks will be selected after a round of auditions to take part in a standup faceoff that will end with one skilled jokester having the last laugh—and $1,000 in their pocket. Auditions run Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 6 p.m.; Monday, June 20 from 7 to 10 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. The big show goes down with a trio of performances Saturdays, July 9-30 at Liquid Laughs. boisesfunniestperson.com.
Super Summer Craft Market
Flying M Coffeegarage will host a range of artisans and craftspeople Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing handmade, innovative and original products. flyingmcoffee.com.
Meridian Dairy Days
For 87 years, Meridian has celebrated one of the state's biggest cash cows: the dairy industry. This year, Meridian Dairy Days—packed with family friendly events, including a carnival—runs Monday, June 20 through Saturday, June 25. Catch the big parade and fireworks at the Meridian Speedway on Friday, June 24 at 6:45 p.m. Times, prices and locations vary. dairydays.org.The Big LeBoise
It's Boise Weekly's birthday party, and we really want you to join us. To celebrate a quarter century of covering news, culture, food, arts and entertainment, we're throwing a block party Saturday, June 25 at the corner of Sixth and Broad streets. Free to attend, there will be food, drinks (adult and otherwise), loads of vendors and a host of local DJs. boiseweekly.com.
2nd Annual International Food and Culture Festival
Think global, eat local at Julia Davis Park with this free-to-attend festivus of international food, culture and entertainment, with children's activities and more. Events run 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. ifcf.events.
Boise Tour de Fat
Live music, bikes, food and costumes at Ann Morrison Park plus a downtown Boise bike parade on Saturday, Aug. 13 can mean only one thing: New Belgium Brewery is bringing its Tour de Fat to the City of Trees. Block out your day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to take in all the action. newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/Boise.
Nampa Festival of the Arts
This free two-day community event Saturday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 14 at Lakeview Park in Nampa features more than 190 artisan booths, a juried art show, entertainment, food and kids art booth. It all happens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. nampaparksandrecreation.org.
Art in the Park
Now in its 62nd year, this free, open-air festival presented by the Boise Art Museum at Julia Davis Park offers arts and crafts, entertainment, food and hands-on activities for kids. Runs daily from Friday, Sept. 9-Sunday, Sept. 11. boiseartmuseum.org/art-in-the-park.