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  • Plenty of Food and Fun at the Western Idaho Fair

    Friday, Aug. 17

      The event that brings about corn dogs, funnel cakes and the choicest people watching in the valley kicks off Friday, Aug. 17, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 26. Idahoans can flock to Garden City beginning at noon every day in search of tasty gut-bombs and carnival rides.

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  • Hoist Steins and Have a Great Time at Oktoberfest in Old Boise

    Saturday, Sept. 29

      Attendees can, of course, expect to find an abundance of beer at the festival, with season-appropriate brews from far, far away, as well as Sierra Nevada and locals Payette Brewing Company and Crooked Fence Brewing Co.

      But the fun isn't all for the legal-to-drink set. From noon-5 p.m., attendees of all ages can explore the rides of yesteryear with a car show from This-N-That Classic Car Group and peruse crafts from local artisans.

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  • Capital City Public Market Returns to Downtown Boise

    Saturday, April 21

      Well, it's that time of year again. The time when people-watching in the City of Trees is at its best, buying local is at its easiest, and Saturday mornings are a lot less dull.

      The Capital City Public Market will kick off Saturday, April 21, and the 2012 season will feature 140-160 farmers, artisans and local businesses that will line Eighth Street from Bannock Street to the Grove, and Idaho Street between Capitol Boulevard and Ninth Street.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Brings Dralion to Taco Bell Arena

    Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14
      Eighteen trucks will haul the elaborate, handmade costumes and 26-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide metallic set for Cirque du Soleil's performance of Dralion. The East-meets-West, humans-and-nature themed show will have a seven-performance run at Taco Bell Arena Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14.

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  • Carnevale Returns to Idaho Botanical Garden

    Friday, Sept. 14

      The event is hosted by industrial recycled-art purveyor Refinerii and will employ a Venetian carnival-steam punk theme. Think feathers, masks and elaborately embellished attire mixed with goggles, top hats and industrial items. Attendees are encouraged to don costumes and prizes will be given out for best mask, top hat, overall costume and more.

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  • Celebrate Some Serious Spokes at Wagon Days

    Wednesday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 2

      This year's events include a look at the mining and moving of ore in the Wood River Valley with historian Ivan Swaner on Wednesday, Aug. 29, performances by the Blackjack Ketchum Shoot-Out Gang in front of Ketchum's historic Casino Club, a children's carnival at Giacobbi Square and pancake breakfasts.

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  • Celebrate Spring With LipsInc!'s Easter Bunnies at Balcony Club.

    Friday, April 6-Saturday, April 7
      If the thought of hunting for eggs hidden in grass, taking photos with people dressed like pink bunnies and putting on a floral-print dress makes you squirm, don't worry—there actually is a fun, non-traditional way to celebrate spring in Boise. LipsInc!, the city's first female impersonation troupe and deliverers of the intriguing drag-o-gram, will kick off its 2012 season with Easter Bunnies, a show loosely based on the theme of Easter/spring. The show will take place at the Balcony Club Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m.
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  • Get Wordy at the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

    Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 5

      So you want to be a writer, eh? Well, you're in luck. Some big names in the literature world are headed to Boise Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 5, and they're ready to teach you a thing or two. The Idaho Readers and Writers Rendezvous will bring literary authorities in a barrage of genres—screenwriting, poetry, songwriting, publishing, magazine writing, literary agents, you name it—together in a sort of writeapalooza.

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  • Improv Comedy Troupes Will Battle It Out Cage-Match Style

    Saturday, Sept. 8

      Local improv troupes will take to the stage at Fatty's on three consecutive Saturday nights, with the first Saturday, Sept. 8. And while the who-knows-what-they'll-say stuff of the improv will be in full force, expect more of a theoretical cage match than the violent physical duel in a literal cage seen in arenas and on TV.

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