Art and Culture Festivals in Boise and Beyond 

Some of summer 2015's hottest food, art, music, film and culture events

Pull up a seat for suspense, romance, comedy, music and tragedy, all in one place.

Pull up a seat for suspense, romance, comedy, music and tragedy, all in one place.

Entertaining, family friendly summer events are already kicking off or happening all across the Treasure Valley.

i48 Film Competition and Festival
competition: May 29-31
festival: June 6-7
Egyptian Theatre, idaho48.org

Teams of Idaho filmmakers have 48 hours to write a script, cast actors, and shoot and edit an original three- to six-minute film. This year, there will be a new award at the screening and awards ceremony: The Sun Valley Film Festival Favorite, chosen by SVFF programmers.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival
May 29-Sept. 27
ISF Amphitheater, idahoshakespeare.org

ISF celebrates its 39th season with a diverse program of plays: the menacing Dial "M" for Murder, charming rom-com The Tempest, a musical version of The Secret Garden, the lamentable tale of King Lear and the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks.

Greek Food Festival
May 29-30
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, boisegreekfestival.com

Dig into gyros, souvlaki, pastitsio, dolmades, spanikopita, pilafi, baklava, kataifi, karithopita, galatobouriko and more.

Outpost Days
June 6-7
City of Murphy, owyheemuseum.org

Take a trip to the Old West with carriage rides, a carnival train for the kids, a saloon for the adults and demonstrations of wild horses and sheep dogs.

208 Tattoo Fest
June 12-14
Expo Idaho, 208tattoofest.com

You don't have to have a tattoo to find something relatable at this fest: seeing Tana the Tattooed Lady perform, checking out the work of more than 100 super-talented tattoo artists or people-watching the resplendently ink-adorned.

Savor Idaho
June 14
Idaho Botanical Garden, savoridaho.org

Celebrate the Gem State's wine industry with some of Idaho's finest vintners and chefs.

Meridian Dairy Days
June 15-20
City of Meridian, dairydays.org

Marking its 86th year, Dairy Days has cattle and dairy goat shows, a night parade, a carnival, fun runs, pancake feeds and a concert.

Emmett Cherry Festival
June 17-20
Emmett City Park, emmettidaho.com

The Emmett Cherry Festival celebrates the city's agricultural heritage with free, family friendly fun like concerts, a parade and more.

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Deli Days
June 18-19
Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, ahavathbethisrael.org

Traditional deli food, to-die-for desserts, music and dancing make CABI's Deli Days the ultimate annual kosher event in the Treasure Valley.

Eagle Fun Days
July 10-11
Eagle, eaglechamber.com

Get to know the lovely city of Eagle, with Family Night Out, a children's carnival, the Wet and Wild Parade, Family Bike Night and more.

Jaialdi
July 28-Aug. 2
Various locations in Boise, jaialdi.com

Since 1987, this quinquennial (every five years) event has drawn people from around the globe for a glorious celebration of Basque culture traditional food, drink, music, sports and dance.

Boise's Funniest Person
July 11-Aug. 1 (Saturdays)
Liquid Laughs, boisesfunniestperson.com

Amusing amateurs flaunt their funny, in hopes of winning a load of loot and bragging rights.

International Food and Culture Festival
Aug. 1
Julia Davis Park, ifcfevents.org

The first IFC Fest will feature booths, workshops, music and authentic world cuisine: American, Basque, Bosnian, Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and more.

Nampa Festival of the Arts
Aug. 8-9
Lakeview Park, business.nampa.com

Plan plenty of time—you'll need it to make the most of the nearly 200 arts and craft booths, kids' activities, food and music.

PHOTO BY PATRICK SWEENEY
  • photo by Patrick Sweeney

Tour de Fat
Aug. 15
Ann Morrison Park, newbelgium.com

A costumed morning bike parade through downtown kicks off a day in the park filled with live music, bike-oriented booths, activities and, of course, beer.

Library! Comic Con
Aug. 29
Boise Public Library, boisepubliclibrary.org

For anyone who loves comic books, graphic novels and all things sci-fi and fantasy.

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