New: Download our portable guide to Saturday's Eighth & Main party

doland@idahostatesman.comFebruary 14, 2014 

  • BOISE BLIZZARD - EIGHTH & MAIN GRAND OPENING

    1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Downtown Boise at the intersection of 8th and Main streets. Free.

It took a long time, but the Hole is now filled with the tallest building in the state. It's time to par-tay!

Gardner Co., which built the building, and Zions Bank, its signature tenant, will collaborate on a free public celebration Saturday that will make the Eighth & Main Grand Opening on Feb. 15 something the city will remember, says Gardner Co. chief operating officer Tommy Ahlquist.

"It's taken a lot to get here," Ahlquist says. "It was a hole for a long time. This is a chance to take a pause, express appreciation for the people who made it happen and celebrate Boise."

Thinking about joining the party? Read more details about it below. Then, print or save our guide to parking, events and other details, and take it with you Saturday.

FAMILY FUN

"Boise Blizzard" will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday with family activities under a heated 80-foot tent in the U.S. Bank parking lot, on the west side of the building.

Kids and adults can create crafts such as tin-can robots, snowflake bunting, glitter bugs, rain sticks and other musical instruments made from found materials. You can get your face painted with special designs for the event or get your picture taken by a photographer in the photo area, both free. There also will be a limited edition T-shirt available.

FOOD & DRINK

You'll find the beer tent, featuring Payette Brewing Co. beers and select Idaho wines, on the U.S. Bank Plaza (the elevated area in front of the bank), and a fleet of food trucks in the parking lot including Archie's Place, Idaho Barbecue Co., Cacicias Cucinas and Boise Fry Co.

BuckSnort Root Beer and joe2u Mobile Espresso will serve up no-host warm beverages, and you can stop at one of three s'mores stations for free treats.

BLIZZARD OF MUSIC

• The stage at 8th and Main streets gets started at 2:15 p.m. with blue-eyed soul singer and Internet sensation Allen Stone. Stone, whose hometown is Chewelah, Wash., will kick off an international tour with this free Boise performance.

• Indie-pop rockers Ra Ra Riot from Syracuse, N.Y., play at 3:45 p.m.

• The Zions Bank and Eighth & Main ribbon-cutting will happen at 6 p.m. (and expect a few surprises, Ahlquist says).

• Grammy-nominated alt-rockers Goo Goo Dolls are scheduled to hit the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a 90-minute concert.

STREET CLOSURES AND PARKING

• 8th Street will be closed from Idaho to Main streets. Main Street will be closed from 9th Street to Capitol Boulevard.

• All Downtown parking garages will charge a $5 all-day event rate. The Capitol Terrace garage at 8th and Main and Eastman garage at 9th and Main will be accessible from Idaho Street.

Dana Oland

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