WHAT TO DO: Fair, food and festivals

Posted at 4:14 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 06:14:11-04


Idaho Fun for Everyone!

2018 Western Idaho Fair

August 17th - 26th, 2018 | See Schedule Here

Western Idaho Fair’s history dates back to 1897 when it got started as the Intermountain Fair. Although the foundation is the same for the Fair today as what was started all those years ago, many events have changed over time. The Intermountain Fair sprung out of a need for the community to connect Boise and other larger cities that were 300 miles apart. More than 250,000 people attend Western Idaho Fair and another 750,000 come through the facilities for trade shows, auctions, sporting events, livestock activities and company gatherings. More info here!


WineFest 2018

August 17th, 2018 | 5:30PM - 9PM
Taste hundreds of imported and domestic wines from more than a dozen vendors during the 21st Annual WineFest on the Basque Block. This is the Basque Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year, and they have a lot planned: live music, discounted wine by the bottle, a great raffle, delicious tapas, and the Oinkari Basque Dancers. More info here!


International Arena Soccer Friendlies

August 17th & 18th, 2018 | See Times Here

The U.S. National Arena Soccer Team, playing in Boise for the second consecutive summer, welcomes Team Mexico, Team Colombia and Team Somalia for a series of friendlies. The tournament-style weekend begins with Team Mexico taking on Team Colombia at 5:30PM, followed by Team USA facing Team Somalia at 7:30PM. On Saturday, the losers of the Friday matches will square off for third place at 5PM, while the Friday winners play at 7PM for the tournament championship. More info here!


32 Cells: Origins

August 17th, 2018 | 6PM - 10PM
Swell Artist Collective and the Old Idaho Penitentiary have partnered up for the third year in a row to present 32 Cells! This art show will feature 32 works of art by local artists inspired by the origin stories of Old Idaho Penitentiary inmates and guards. Artwork will hang on prison cell doors for viewing. All pieces will be available for purchase. Event features: self-guided tours, live music, and beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. More info here!


Run to Restore 2018

August 18th, 2018 | 8AM - 12PM
Run to Restore is Wipe Every Tear's third annual 5K! All proceeds empower the 70+ women in the Philippines who have been freed from the sex trade and are being restored. Come and enjoy a family friendly event the morning of August 18th at Julia Davis Park, while running to restore hope, freedom, love, joy, and futures! More info here!


2018 Soul Food Festival

August 18th, 2018 | 11AM - 7PM

Yes! Let do this y’all! Get your family and friends and come on out to the 2018 Soul Food Festival! The day will be filled with: delicious food, live entertainment, music, laughter, and celebration! Oh, and did we say GREAT FOOD!? More info here!


Capital City Public Market

Every Saturday - August 18th, 2018 | 9:30AM - 1:30PM

Idaho Street (between 9th and Capitol) will be full of local small businesses, selling all kinds of wonderfully unique art, jewelry, woodwork, glasswork, leatherwork and more! Fresh produce, like lettuce, radishes, spinach, and more! Locally raised beef, elk, buffalo, jerky eggs and plenty of ready to eat deliciousness, like crepes, pies, cookies, fudge, croissants, kettle korn, spicy peanuts, roasted almonds, etc! Locally roasted coffee! Local wine, cider, root beer & soda! There’s something for everyone, great gifts for friends and family, and things for your pets too at the Capital City Public Market! More info here!


Meridian Main Street Market

Every Saturday - August 18th, 2018 | 9AM - 2PM
Come pick up fresh produce, meat, eggs, and baked goods! Enjoy shopping several local artisans and pick up handcrafted decor, jewelry, clothing, bath and body products, and more! Check out live music, beer, food, and kids activities! More info here!


L.A. Junk Antiques Flea Market

August 19th, 2018 | 9AM - 3PM
Lots of great local vendors! Join the fun for our fourth Flea Market of this year! Customer parking next door. Flea Markets every third Sunday of every month! More info here!


Family Friendly Events!

Silver Screen on the Green - Cars 3

August 10th, 2018 | 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Join Nampa Parks & Recreation for FREE Movies in the Park all summer long. Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family and friends and head to Optimist Park in Nampa. Come out for fun activities and movies begin a dusk! This week, enjoy Cars 3! More info here!


CableONE Movie Night in Meridian - Paddington 2

August 10th, 2018 | 9PM - 11:30PM

Grab your family, friends, and neighbors this summer and join Meridian Parks and Recreation for CableONE Movie Night in Meridian! Every Friday in August they inflate the giant outdoor movie screen in Settlers Park for a family friendly movie. Each week community partners will join in! Some bring bounce houses, others bring giveaways. More info here!


Bug Day

August 18th, 2018 | 10AM - 3PM
Learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment! Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family. More info here!


Boise Corgi Fest

August 18th, 2018 | 10AM - 2PM
Boise's first Corgi Festival, featuring parade, costume contest, corgi derby, food truck, and vendors! Help raise money for local animal charities with a raffle and silent auction. Have fun celebrating Wales' most adorable export! More info here!


Payette Lakes Fine Art and Craft Fair

August 18th & 19th, 2018 | Sat: 10AM - 6PM & Sun: 10AM - 4PM

The Payette Lakes Fine Art & Craft Fair has been bringing unique local and national artists to the City of McCall, Idaho for over 25 years. This outdoor, juried, Fine Arts event presents an opportunity to talk with and purchase Art directly from the Artist, experience live music, and enjoy a variety of food vendors under a shaded picnic area. We pride ourselves on the vendors, featuring over 75 artists from across the country who produce every piece for sale. The festival takes place in August in Fairway Park, next to the golf course on Davis Creek. More info here!


Great Dolphin Dunk

August 19th, 2018 | 12PM - 1PM
Watch 10,000 toy dolphins race around Roaring Springs' Endless River for great prizes in a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County. Prizes include Roaring Springs season pass for four, pizza for a year from Idaho Pizza Co., $500 cash from Bent Nail Inspections, and $500 cash from D.L. Evans Bank. You can adopt your own dolphin for only $3 each at Roaring Springs’ ticket booth or on online here. More info here!


Treasure Valley Night Owls!

Salsa Nights With DJ Giovanni

August 17th, 2018 | 8PM - 2AM

Enjoy beginner lessons in Merengue, Bachata and Salsa, followed by local live entertainment and social dancing to tunes by DJ Giovanni. All military and plus one get in free with military ID; you must be together when entering the venue, and the plus-one needs a valid ID, too. For ages 18 and older; full bar available with ID. More info here!


Story Story Studio: Finding Your Story in Art

August 18th, 2018 | 1PM - 4PM
Learn how to become a better storyteller, on the page, around the fire or on stage. Story Story Studio breaks down the elements of storytelling, so anyone can dig into powerful scenes from real experience, then boldly step into the spotlight, and tell it like it is. Get inspiration from local art to jump-start your story. You'll use the current exhibition to dig up extraordinary moments from your so-called "ordinary" life. The basics of live storytelling, story structure and stage presence will be covered in this creative workshop to develop the concepts and connection that make stories ring with truth, power, insight and humor. More info here!



August 18th, 2018 | 7PM - 11PM

The Sea The Sea with special guest Luke Messimer, live at the Olympic! This is a 21+ and up show! More info here!


The Ataris + Jetski

August 18th, 2018 | 7PM - 11:30PM

Check out this epic show, Saturday night at The Shredder in downtown Boise! This is an all ages show! More info here!