Western Idaho Fair- Western Idaho Fair, is held at the end of August in Garden City, Idaho. The fair goes one for about a week, and pricing is based on the special of the day or what you plan on doing for the day. Such as if you just want admission, or if you want to ride some carnival rides. At the fair they hold competitions for farm animals, crafts, vegetables, cooking, youth and small animals, there are also booths with great food and trinkets as well as those great carnival rides we talked about earlier. The Western Idaho Fair is held at the Expo Idaho and has air conditioning inside the convention center as well as restrooms. For your safety, there are also security guards and paramedics in case of an emergency or overheating (summers in Boise can be quite hot). No food or drinks, but you can bring in sealed water bottles. Parking is free and there are even shuttles to drive you to and from your car.
Bogus Basin- Most might think Bogus Basin is just for the winter, though Bogus has an expanded and maintained trail system just for hiking and mountain biking during the summer with dozens of miles of trails to explore. They have events such as the Bogus hill climb, craft beer festival, stargazing, mountain bike races and many others. Not to mention, every weekend on the Simplot patio from 3-6pm they have live music. They also have an operational lift that runs from July to September, for sightseeing, or an easy hike to the top. They also have Deer Point Express open from 11 am - 4 pm for biking, hiking, and sightseeing.
Boise Music Festival-Boise music festival is held at the end of June every year at the Idaho Fairgrounds. You can buy your tickets now on presale for $20, but that price won’t last long. As the festival gets closer the price will start to rise. At the Boise Music Festival, local bands and singers come together as well as well known artists and bands from across the US. In previous years they have had Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett, Life House and many other great artists. The music is always held on the grassy area of the Expo, surrounded by stands and vendors just like the fair selling food and merchandise. No food or drinks, but you can bring in sealed water bottles and, again, parking is free and there are shuttles to drive you to and from your car. So come one, come all to the Boise music festival. Come with your friends, come with your family; it is sure to be a great time. (This event is child-friendly).
Movies in the Park- In the Treasure Valley there are several organizations that host regular movie nights in local parks over the summer. The most prominent would be the movies shown by the City of Meridian in Settlers Park. The movies usually start at dusk, but there are also activities that start at 7 pm for everyone to enjoy. Some of these include games for kids such as capture the flag, dodgeball and other field games. Once the sun goes down though, it is show time and the movies are projected on a huge inflatable movie screen over 25’ tall. They suggest you bring a blanket to sit on as well as flashlights for when you are heading back to your car. Outside food and drink are ok. No alcohol or smoking is allowed.
Boise Zoo- The Boise Zoo is open from 9 am to 5 pm June through August and it is a fantastic way to spend a day this summer. They have featured creatures such as a giant anteater, giraffes, Amur tiger, snow leopard, sloth bear, Komodo dragon, lions, black mangabey, Magellanic penguins and red pandas. Not to mention, for a little extra, you can have an up-close and personal visit with a giraffe or sloth bear, go on a conservation cruise, ride the carousel and feed the animals at the zoo farm. (Paying for these extra experiences are great because you get to feed and pet animals as well as learn more about their diets and how they live in the wild which is more than you would learn if you just watched them through their cages. A great thing about going to the zoo in the summer though is that they offer a discounted admission price Thursdays.
Roaring Springs/ Wahooz/Pinz bowling- Roaring Springs Waterpark, Wahooz arcade and fun zone, and Pinz bowling are three of the most fun things you can do in the Treasure Valley. Wahooz arcade and fun zone is not just for skeeball and pinball machines, it also features a laser tag arena, bumper cars, ropers course, lazer maze and so much more. Make sure to check online for the hours the day you plan to go. Because their weekend hours differ from their weekday hours and they also play host to numerous events, the schedule is not always the same from week to week. Just off of Wahooz is Pinz bowling alley. Pinz has eight luxury lanes for bowling, and food you can order while your bowling making it fun for everyone. Then, of course, there is Roaring Springs which is one of the best waterparks in the state. Roaring Springs boasts a large array of different attractions including the wave pool, the avalanche, and many other individual and group rides. These three recreation destinations, Roaring Springs, Wahooz, and Pinz are located at 1385 Blue Marlin Lane, in Meridian Idaho.
Idaho Botanical Gardens- Idaho Botanical Gardens is beautiful all year round. From the lights in e winter to the blooming colors in the spring and the full blossom in the summer there is nothing quite like it. At the Botanic, l Gardens they also offer classes ranging from basket making to landscaping. Admissions to the garden depend on the day and the event so it is best you check ahead before making a trip out there. The Botanical Gardens are usually open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, but due to weather or special events the hours may differ. Hyde park street fair- The last hurrah of summer in Boise would have to be September's hyde park street fair. This event features food, vendors, outdoor music, and shows of all kinds from local businesses, artists, musicians, and vendors from all around Idaho. The fair lasts for three days, Friday to Sunday, in September with Saturday being the day with the most events and the longest hours. It is free to attend the street fair, you just need to find parking and make sure to bring sunscreen.
Slide the City- Slide the City is a 1,000 foot water slide on Protest Road in Boise, and yes, it is as great as it sounds. This 1000 foot inflatable water slide is a great way to beat the heat, so be sure to bring your tubes and your swimming suit and be ready for a good time. The slide is open to everyone over the age of 5 however, those who are pregnant or have a medical condition should consult with their doctor before taking a run down the slide. All minors need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian (to save time though you can save it online). Early ticket prices are $28, and “day of” tickets are $45. Proceeds from the slide go to non-profits like the Ronald McDonald house and many more great causes.
The Lantern Festival- The Lantern Festival is held at the meridian speed way from 4 pm to 10 pm in the month of May. The lantern festival is a evening filled with live music, dancing and, when it gets dark, released lanterns. (Much like the lantern festival in Tangled). There is a cost for entrance, and kids under 12 do not receive a lantern at the entrance due to safety precautions. You are welcome to bring bottled water, but no food. You also cannot bring your own lanterns due to safety concerns. This event can be postponed if it is raining or there are sustained winds, for safety. This is a wonderful way to start the summer, turn over a new leaf, and get some great summer pictures. No pets are allowed at this event.