First Thursday: BBQ at 6th & Main Street 

Old Boise Backyard BBQ shuts down the streets

An evening of beer and barbecue with a few hundred of your closest friends.

An evening of beer and barbecue with a few hundred of your closest friends.

The bars and restaurants along Sixth and Main streets usually aren't the first thing people think of when they think of First Thursday activities.

"People go to art galleries and glass blowing demonstrations," said Cassidy Kay of Tom Grainey's Sporting Pub. "They don't think of bars, though. So we thought, 'Let's pump it up again.'"

That's why the owners of Old Boise, China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy's, Amsterdam Lounge, Silly Birch, Tom Grainey's, the Front Door, Reef and Whiskey Bar decided to do something a little different to attract attention.

This First Thursday, a block of Sixth Street will be closed to cars and open to an Old Boise Backyard Barbecue, complete with canned beer from Crooked Fence Brewing, a DJ, barbecue and burger food trucks, and games from 7-11 p.m.

"We wanted to do something more exciting than wine and cheese," Kay said.

If you miss this one, you can catch it next First Thursday (Aug. 6) as well.

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