There's No Reason to be Bored in Boise 

Few things irk this Idaho native more than the all-too-common misconception that there isn't anything to do around Boise--except maybe the "no, U-da-ho" jokes and people who confuse Idaho with Iowa. Sure, Boise isn't a metropolis with a population in the millions, 10 restaurants on every block and a must-stop for every touring band like San Francisco or New York City. But this high desert capital city that's paradoxically called the City of Trees offers an array of entertainment options.

Every week, Boise Weekly puts together pages of events for every interest, from theater productions to children's puppet shows at local libraries. The 8 Days Out section provides a glimpse of the goings-on around town, but it's a fairly small sampling. boasts pages of things to do every day. If you haven't checked it out yet, visit the site, click on the "Calendar" tab on the home page and search by day, category, neighborhood, event name or occurrence. You'll also find the Need Something To Do Today blog at Cobweb, which features an extra look at a different event every day.

We spend our time scouring community posting boards in coffee shops, venue and ticketing websites in an attempt to bring our beloved readers info on every concert, art exhibit, charity event and more. We also receive event submissions through our website and via emails to And we get so many that, if emailed event submissions were actual letters, BW's mailbox would look something like the entrance to Boise Towne Square on Black Friday--so full, it's just waiting for catastrophe to ensue.

One event that we hope you didn't miss out on was our recent Cover Auction. BW staff, friends, artists and art enthusiasts packed the Idaho State Historical Museum Oct. 17, as we sold off all the artwork that graced our cover in the last year.

Thank you, Boise, for choosing our event over all the other things you could have been doing that evening. And thanks for bringing your wallets. We set a record this year, with $22,060 net proceeds. That giant wad of cash will be put back into the arts community, with $4,400 going to Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the rest feeding our Auction Grant program. Grant applications are now being accepted, and a panel of judges will meet in February to decide which artists and arts organizations will receive the funds. Get the deets at and read more in Arts News.

Now read up, find something fun to do, and get moving. There's no reason for being a couch potato in Idaho.

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