1. CELEBRATE SEPTEMBER OUTDOORS
Catch two of the final outdoor concerts of the season this weekend. “Float On” over to Memorial Stadium and rock out Saturday with Modest Mouse and opener Built To Spill. Or celebrate “September” with ’70s hitmakers Earth, Wind & Fire at the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field on Sunday.
2. ROCK INDOORS
What concert will it be Friday night? Sera Cahoone at The Olympic? Chase Rice at the Knitting Factory? (That one is sold out in advance, incidentally.) Tribal Seeds and Pepper at the Revolution Center? How about Saturday? Danielle Nicole at The Olympic? Aaron Lewis at the Knitting Factory? Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley at the Revolution Center? Vagabon at Neurolux? Still feeling energetic on Sunday? Joshua James plays The Olympic. KnowMads gig at Neurolux. And Josh Ritter performs in-store at the Record Exchange.
3. ROOT FOR THE BRONCOS
Virginia (2-1) rolls into Albertsons Stadium for a 6 p.m. football game Friday against Boise State (2-1). The skies should be mostly sunny with kickoff temperatures in the mid-50s. Tickets range from $39 to $79. Last time I checked, Vegas favored the Broncos by 13.
4. SIP ON SATURDAY
About 20 local restaurants and 20 breweries are expected to participate in the annual Boise Bacon & Beer Benefit outside Sockeye Brewing. ... You’ll find local breweries and musicians — plus wagging tails — at the dog-friendly B’Arc & Brew fest at Highlands Hollow. ... Mother Earth Brew Co. in Nampa will host its second “Suds, Grubs and Sounds” of the season from 2 to 5 p.m. with live music, food and special brews (including its freshly debarreled Four Seasons Autumn, a barrel-aged peanut butter stout on tap!) .... Powderhaus Brewing Co. will host an Oktoberhaus Celebration. ... And Bittercreek Alehouse will lead a trip to Gooding Farms for a day of beer, music, food and hop fields during the Merry Hopsters Bus Tour. Find more information about these events in my guide to “11 fall beer festivals you should do in Boise.”
5. DO A FILM FESTIVAL
The four-day Boise Film Festival is in full swing through Sunday. There’s way too much to list here, but the event takes place at multiple venues and certainly warrants exploration if you’re a celluloid buff. You’ll find a schedule and more details on Facebook.
BONUS: CHECK OUT THIS NEW BAR
Spinning Aretha Franklin on vinyl and serving some mean wagyu beef, Camel’s Crossing wine bar opens at 4 p.m. Friday. Hyde Park’s newest hangout has a bold 1970s motif. Very cool.
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