From Boise

From Boise

From Boise is a weekly newsletter & podcast about life in Boise. Every Tuesday we share a story about a person, place, piece of Boise history, or current local happening. Every Thursday we curate a list of fun things to do over the weekend. Subscribe to our free newsletter at This podcast was produced in partnership with SB Studios in Boise, Idaho


September 21, 2023 20 mins

Festival weekend in Boise! Hear about five weekend festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, and fall markets.

Fri-Sun Sept 22-24: Flipside Fest in Garden City Listen to my Flipside Guide Sat Sept 23: Flywheel Fest at JUMP Sat Sept 23:Fiesta! Celebrating Idaho’s Hispanic Heritage at the Idaho State Museum Sat-Sun Sept 23-24:Idaho Renaissance Faire at Expo Idaho Sat-Sun Sept 23-24:Potato Days at Kleiner Park in Meridian Fri-Sat Sept 22-2...

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Is it our last hot weekend? Who knows! Here’s some fun things to do in the sun this weekend.

Read: Join the BFFs: Th Sept 14: Salsa Fest at North End Organic Nursery Fri-Sat Sept 15-16: Eagle Jazz Festival   Fri-Sun Sept 15-17: Hyde Park Street Fair at Camel’s Back Park Sat Sept 16: Boise Koi & Bonsai Show at Edward’s Greenhouse Read: Boise’s koi keepers  Sat Sept 16: Bug Day at Idaho Botani...

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September 13, 2023 26 mins

Flipside Fest is next weekend! Are you going? Here’s everything you need to know about the second annual Flipside Fest in Garden City on Sept 22-24, 2023.

Festival info: Read:

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It’s a festival weekend in Boise! Celebrate Boise Pride, check out Art in the Park, go see Biketoberfest and snag your Treefort 2024 tix at the Locals Only Sale. 

Fri Sept 8: Treefort Music Fest Local’s Only Pass Sale at Record Exchange Fri Sept 8: Treefort Music Fest Merch Sale at Shrine Social Club Treefort Music Fest tickets online Treefort Music Fest merch sale online (use code HOT25OFF)  TONIGHT:Zhoosh Pride Kickoff Social at ...

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September 6, 2023 13 mins

Did you know that Boise has an entire community of koi keepers? Today’s story explores the little-known world of water gardening and koi keeping in Boise.

Read & see photos: Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society: Sat Sept 16: 29th Annual Boise Koi Show Valley Regional Transit (VRT): Review the proposed changes + give feedback here

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Happy Labor Day weekend! If you are staying in the valley, you’ve got lots of fun options to fill your weekend.

More things to do: Join the BFFs: Wed-Sun Aug 30-Sept 3: Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic at Ann Morrison Park  Th-Mon Aug 31-Sept 4: Hermit Music Fest  Th-Mon Aug 31-Sept 4: Hermit Music Fest events at The Modern Th Aug 31- next Sun Sept 10: The Boise Bard Players are performing The Import...

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August 29, 2023 11 mins

Three Boise churches are home to some particularly interesting stained glass windows. From the outside, you can hardly tell. The windows look dark, dim, and gray-brown. Yet inside, there is a wonderful variety of color and stories revealed. 

Read & see photos: St Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral St. John’s Cathedral + docent-led tour info Cathedral of the Rockies

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Lots of fun shows and some of my favorite Boise events happening this weekend! 

Newsletter: Join the BFFs: Fri Aug 25: World Village Night at Treefort Music Hall Sat Aug 26: Boise Indian Food Festival at Julia Davis Park Th-Sat: Boise Open Concerts Th Aug 24: Y La Bamba + Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo at Treefort Music Hall Th Aug 24: Wildermiss + Strange Lily at Neurolux  Fri Aug 25: Shrek Rave at...

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August 23, 2023 17 mins

Have you heard of Folks? It’s a new shop & candle studio in Boise’s West End, right next door to Good times Bagels. Hear the story of love, loss, slowing down, and dreaming big in today’s episode.

Read & see photos: Shop Folk + Lore:  Follow Folks:

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Tattoo convention, bike festival, movies to see, birds are dinosaurs and more!

Fri-Sun Aug 18-20: Boise Tattoo Convention Sat Aug 19: Boise Goathead Fest Th Aug 17: Magpie Funeral at The Flicks Fri Aug 18: Super Mario Bros (2023) at Julia Davis Park  Sat Aug 19: Movies at The Egyptian Theatre - Karate Kid (1984) at 3:30pm and Men in Black at 6:30pm Sun Aug 20: Birds Are Dinosaurs Friday August 18 - Sun August 27: Western Idaho F...

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August 15, 2023 16 mins

A few weeks ago, the City of Boise opened its fifth skatepark and we have two more in the works. But skating in Boise wasn’t always like this. When skateboards first hit the streets and sidewalks of Boise in the early 1960s, people thought it was just a fad – even a nuisance. What changed? And even more so, what is the future of skateboarding in Boise? 

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It’s a festival weekend in the Treasure Valley! Boise Soul Food Festival, a new beer festival, Sunnyslope Wine Festival, art festival, plus some fishing holes for a hot summer weekend.

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August 8, 2023 16 mins

The Greenbelt and Boise’s parks are easily one of its best features. Today we explore some of Boise’s parks and the women whose namesake they bear.

Read & see photos: Julia Davis Park Ann Morrison Park Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park Bethine Church River Trail Cherie Buckner-Webb Park Boise’s Ribbon of Jewels  Ribbon of Jewels map Subscribe for free: Join the BFFs:

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August 3, 2023 16 mins

Newsletter: Join the BFFs: 

FIRST THURSDAY + FRIDAY Th Aug 3: First Thursday in downtown Boise  Fri Aug 4: First Friday in Garden City  First Friday map  Green box info

LIVE MUSIC ** Fri Aug 4: Sgt. Papers + Ghost Beach at Shrine Basement.  Sat Aug 5: Gary Tackett & Full Moon Rude at The Olympic  Sat Aug 5: Yellowcard at Revolution Center Sun Aug 6: George Thorogood & the Destroyer...

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Making friends as an adult is hard. It can be weird, ya know? Here’s some places where you can meet people and make new friends in Boise.

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**Book Clubs ** Rediscovered Books   Boise Books and Bites Boise Book Club Boise Banned Book Club   From Boise book club story

**Gaming ** Spacebar Phoenix Fire Games  All About Games Boise Area Boardgame Enthusiasts meetup Belchin...

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Did you know that the Boise River used to be a legit trash river? Like it was so bad that there was yellow foam floating on the surface and no fish living in it. What ended up turning things around? Listen and find out.

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This story was written by Amanda Patchin and Marissa Lovell. The podcast version is read by Marissa Lovell.

Watch the 1970 Boise River Gre...

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Bike race, Basque bar crawl, fun family things & storytelling events, all happening in Boise July 6-12, 2023.

Sat July 8: Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise
From Boise read: The Twilight Crit returns (published in 2021)

Sat July 8: Running of the Bars on the Basque Block
From Boise read:Exploring Boise’s Basque history

Sat July 8:Boise Rocks Paint & Splash at Ann Morrison Park
Sun July 9...

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Karuna Kava is Boise’s first and only kava bar. It opened in July 2022 and is quickly becoming a social space to hang out and enjoy kava, an alternative to alcohol.

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Karuna Kava:

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Dog parties, mountain bike festival, Midsommar celebration, cool live music & where to watch fireworks.

Breaking cute news:
Sat July 1: Boise Corgi Fest
Tue July 4: Idaho Golden Retriever Parade

Bike festival & races:
All weekend: Boise Mountain Bike Festival at Bogus Basin
Bonus: Bogus Basin Community Race Series

Sat July 1: Midsommar Celebration at Mad Swede Brewing Live music:

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