At Eighth & Main party today, bands energize a large crowd

February 15, 2014 

  • SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY’S EVENTS

    1 p.m. Games, face-painting, crafts, T-shirt making, etc. If you want a T-shirt, be sure to show up at the family activities tent west of the food trucks and U.S. Bank building. Organizers will give them away to the first 500 people. Hint: Bring a smartphone if you have one. If not, arm yourself with trivia knowledge.

    2:15 pm. Allen Stone performs on the Main Street stage.

    3:45 p.m. Ra Ra Riot performs on the Main Street stage.

    6 p.m. Ribbon-cutting for Eighth & Main building on the Main Street stage.

    6:30 p.m. Festivities conclude with a performance by the Goo Goo Dolls.

What's the big deal?

The Gardner Co., a Salt Lake City-based developer, built Eighth & Main, the tallest building in Idaho. Saturday is the building's grand opening.

What's on the agenda?

Three musical acts - the Goo Goo Dolls, Ra Ra Riot and Allen Stone - and family activities such as face-painting, T-shirt making and crafts. A beer garden and several food trucks will be on hand as well.

Where's the party, and when does it start?

At 2 p.m., all around the corner of 8th and Main streets in Downtown Boise.

Is it going to rain?

The National Weather Service says there's a 60 percent chance. Temperatures should reach 52 degrees.

Do you have more information?

Of course. Click here to download a printable map and full event schedule. It has information about street closures and where to park.

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.

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