Calendar: What, Where, When 

A year of top recreation picks

Tour de Fat

Laurie Pearman

Tour de Fat

click to enlarge LAURIE PEARMAN

Tour de Fat

Saturday, Aug. 18

Ann Morrison Park, Boise

newbelgium.com

Each summer, the crew from New Belgium Brewing rolls into town like a traveling circus, but rather than elephants and acrobats, it brings with it an all-out celebration of two of Boise's favorite things: bicycles and beer. As part of its national tour, the event includes a costumed morning bike parade through downtown followed by a day in the park with music, booths, activities and, of course, a rockin' beer garden. Better yet, a share of proceeds go to support local bike organizations.



Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Wednesday, Aug. 29-Sunday, Sept. 2

Ann Morrison Park, Boise

spiritofboise.com

For more than two decades, the Spirit of Boise has been filling the Capital City's skies with colorful hot air balloons each morning of the event, creating a spectacular sight as they drift across the city--as well as a few fender-benders as drivers crane their necks. The balloons lift off each morning at 7:10 a.m. from the park and the public is invited to witness the impressive sight. Don't miss the Night Glow on Saturday, Sept. 1, when the balloons light up the evening in the park, accompanied by live music and food.



Bogus Basin Ski and Snowboard Swap

Thursday, Nov. 1-Sunday, Nov. 4

Expo Idaho, Garden City

bbsef.org

Want to see a group of snow riders drooling? Just watch the crowd before the doors open at the annual ski and snowboard equipment swap. The Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation hosts the annual fundraiser that has skiers and boarders waiting in barely contained expectation. Pick up new and used gear on the cheap or free yourself of the equipment that's doing nothing but taking up space. The BBSEF gets a chunk of the profits, making sure the next generation of racers is ready to conquer the slopes.



Race to Robie Creek

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fort Boise Park, Boise

robiecreek.com

It's known as the toughest half marathon in the Northwest for a reason--a whole lot of uphill and a whole lot of downhill with very little in between. But it's also a rite of passage for area runners who set their training schedules by one of the area's signature races. Of course, the actual run isn't the biggest competition--it's the race to score one of the coveted registration slots. The race fills within a matter of minutes, so those without quick Internet service need not apply.



Boise Bike Week

Monday, May 13-Saturday, May 18, 2013

Boise

boisebikeweek.org

Treasure Valley residents love them some bikes. Whether it's a high-end mountain bike, a carbon fiber road bike, a custom cruiser or the banana-seated wonder you received for your 12th birthday, all bikes are welcome in the City of Trees, and Boise Bike Week is the ultimate way to celebrate that fact. With a week of group rides, demonstrations and street parties--all highlighting the plethora of nonprofit bike organizations that call the area home--the celebration has offerings to appeal to all ages, as long as they're on two wheels.



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  • Snake River Stampede

Snake River Stampede

Tuesday, July 16-Saturday, July 20, 2013

Idaho Center, Nampa

snakeriverstampede.com

There are traditions, and then there is the Snake River Stampede. In its 98th year, the rodeo continues to bring all the hard-riding, high-bucking, can't-believe-you-just-saw-that action fans have come to expect. From the bull and bronc riding to the barrel racing, the Snake River Stampede is one of the top-ranked rodeos in the country. Rodeo action starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly with an extra matinee on Saturday. Don't miss the mutton busting, when kids try to stay aboard a sheep that really wants to shake them. It's worth the price of admission alone.



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Exergy Tour

Summer 2013

Boise and surrounding area

exergytour.com

The race may only be in its second year, but that hasn't stopped it from being a highlight on the calendar of many Idahoans. The multi-stage professional women's race made a huge mark on the state and the sport in 2012, drawing some of the top racers in the world to compete in the Treasure Valley and Central Idaho. Fans flocked to watch the action during all five days of the event, and judging by the response from all those involved, it will be even bigger in 2013.



click to enlarge LAURIE PEARMAN

Exergy Twilight Criterium

Summer 2013

Downtown Boise

boisetwilightcriterium.com

Boise's signature summer bike race has some of the top racers in the country going in a circle every year. With classes for masters, men, women and even a kids race, "the crit" draws crowds of fans eager to watch the tightly clustered packs of bikers fly around corners in the heart of downtown trying to pedal their way to the podium. Viewpoints from the sidewalks to anywhere elevated are in high demand, but fans can also check out the event market or try to get their photo taken with the pros.

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