10 Thursday – 13 sunday
Mostly Booze-Free in 2C
During the Snake River Dayz Festival, the Schoeppner Shows Carnival runs July 10-13. Snake River Dayz kicks off on Thursday, July 10, with the Kiwanis Steak Fry at Lakeview Park. Downtown Nampa comes alive during a street festival with sidewalk sales, a stick horse rodeo and a street dance on Friday, July 11. Also, bring out your best recipes, because the top prize for the Chili Cookoff is $500. The public can taste the results from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and for $5 per tasting, you can walk away with a keepsake mug. The third annual "Concert and Movie Under the Stars" is Saturday, July 12, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The grassy hills of the amphitheater at the Nampa Civic Center is where the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be shown on the big outdoor screen at sunset. This year's concert features music by Signature Sound. Both events are free for all ages, but here's the kicker: This event is alcohol-free and don't think they don't know the old rum in the Coke bottle trick. All the action wraps up with Idaho's top rodeo, the Snake River Stampede beginning nightly at 8 p.m. at the Idaho Center Tuesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 19.
For a full schedule, visit snakeriverdayz.org.
11 Friday – 13 Sunday
Hop on the Stylish Bus
The 14th annual Bus Pilots Association Family Reunion is a whole weekend of VW-related events beginning with a dinner at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11. Meet at the Sonic Drive-In on Orchard and Emerald, have some grub and then hop in your Volkswagen. The Bus Pilots Association club is open to all types of Volkswagens such as Type 3s, buses, Karmann Ghias and Things, but it tends to be a vintage club with a whole lot of Bugs.
"A lot of people have really fond memories of Bugs. They either drove one in high school or their parents used to pack them into one," said James Page, board member and Web master. "It is the wrong car to drive if you don't like attention."
Coined as a "scavenger hunt on steroids," the Navigational Road Rally on Saturday, July 12, starts at the Boise Train Depot at 10 a.m. Participants receive a route map and start at staggered times. The challenge for the navigator and driver is to make their way through downtown using clues like "take your fourth left" and "turn right at the first street sign." A combo of correct answers and the best time determines the winner. The event is a favorite among participants and onlookers because downtown fills with Volkswagens. After the rally, join the pilots on a cool and relaxing float down Indian Creek. Idaho's largest all-Volkswagen car show is on Sunday, July 13, beginning at 10 a.m., in Ann Morrison Park. Live entertainment by The Rhythm Dogs, the Boise Parks and Recreation rhythm team, and cover band The Fav. Enjoy food, raffle prizes, other swag, and vote for 19 different trophy categories.
For more details, visit buspilots.com.
Slip out to Emmett for a ferret show sponsored by the Emmett Ferret Shelter, a federal non-profit, no-kill shelter that makes a policy of turning no ferret away. Like with cat shows, ferrets are judged on their personality and health, but every ferret—no matter how round, flat or dull—will come away a winner. Be sure to catch the tube run in which ferrets slip and slide with agile grace. Cheer for your favorite furry ball during ferret bowling in which they roll them up and bowl them down. Private breeders, pet owners and shelters will be in attendance with angoras, pedigrees, kits and even a big, fat 5-pound ferret. There will be auctions, educational and adoption information, and raffle items ranging from artwork to ferret supplies and gift certificates.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE, Gem County Fairgrounds, 2199 S. Johns Ave., Emmett, 208-365-6828, emmettferret.org.
Recreate all over the State
The Idaho State Parks Centennial Celebration means fun for everyone. Take advantage of free day-use access at state parks across Idaho. Enjoy free birthday cake and fun events around every corner, scattered between lush trees and refreshing rivers.
Gettin' Randy at Rhodes
Gather under the connector for a line-of-skate skateboard contest presented by Prestige. The best local skaters compete in a four-person jam with three obstacles to hit. Skaters attempt to make the best line possible using their skill, style and competitive edge. Call Paul or Greg for more information at 208-424-6824.
Sign up at 6 p.m., contest at 7 p.m., $5 entry, Rhodes Skatepark, 15th and Grove St., prestigeskateboards.com.
The new exhibit at the Discovery Center, "Make It," features artists who build, create and construct things, and brings them in to discuss their crafts. This weekend, Boise Weekly's own Tyler Bush shows off "ClayTown," his miniature town built entirely out of modeling clay that's been 20 years in the making, and discusses the inspiration behind it. Residents of ClayTown are all under the thumb of their most prominent citizen (its creator). The exhibit will be on display in the group greeting area. The mayor of ClayTown talks at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and acts as a guide while the public plays with clay and creates their own sculptures to take home.
Regular admission, Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
12 Saturday – 13 Sunday
Pick and Choose
Relax at the Fourth Annual Lakeside Lavender You-Cut Festival where more than 1,300 lavender plants are in bloom along the shores of Lake Lowell. Purchase some live lavender plants to take home, peruse creations from local artisans and enjoy a special lavender-inspired boxed lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until it's gone.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE, Lakeside Lavender Farm, 1003 W. Locust Ln., Nampa, 208-466-0523, lakesidelavender.com.