Best community event

June 14, 2013 

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ART IN THE PARK

Sept. 6-8, 2013

Julia Davis Park, Boise

boiseartmuseum.org

OK, admit it. Aunt Sylvia's here from out of town in September, so what do you always, always, always do? Spend a Saturday morning buying hot mini donuts and fresh corn on 8th Street? Check. Stroll along the Greenbelt? Check. Quick drive past Bronco Stadium and the Simplot flag with a stop at the Depot? Check, check and check.

And, the piece de resistance? Art in the Park.

By now the Art in the Park creation story is Boise legend: A group of early-day artists and art lovers began meeting to talk about art and, in 1937, created what is now Boise Art Museum (BAM to the cool kids). Art in the Park was birthed in the mid-1950s as an alternative for artists who didn't make the Idaho Artist Exhibit: They hung their work on lines strung on trees. The outsiders had the last laugh: Art in the Park became the premier museum's premier event.

That back story hints at why it's the Valley's favorite community event: It really is for everybody - the collector snob, the uber-organized holiday shopper, the tattooed hipster and the family with the double stroller and the golden Lab looking for kettlecorn and strawberry lemonade.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Western Idaho Fair, Aug. 16-25, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 287-5650, idahofair.com

• Alive After Five, 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 4, The Grove plaza, Boise, 385-7300, downtownboise.org

• Capital City Public Market, Saturdays through Dec. 21, 8th Street and side streets, Boise, 345-3499, capitalcitypublicmarket.comÆ Treefort Music Fest, March 20-23, 2014, multiple Boise locations, treefortmusicfest.com

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