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Boise’s Basques will celebrate culture, community with San Inazio

You don’t have to be Basque to enjoy the fun at the annual San Inazio Festival on the Basque Block in Downtown Boise from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31.
You don’t have to be Basque to enjoy the fun at the annual San Inazio Festival on the Basque Block in Downtown Boise from Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31. Idaho Statesman file

It’s not Jaialdi, the uber-shindig Boise’s Basque community puts on every five years, but the San Inazio Basque Festival is still a very fun party. Hundreds of Boise Basques — and Basque wannabes — will fill the Basque Block along Grove Street, to celebrate St. Ignatius of Loyola, the patron saint of the Basques. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 29, with the Friends and Family Night party and potluck at 5:30 p.m. at the Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St. The big day is Saturday, July 30. Music, sport, dance, food and community will fill the block from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Then kick up your heels with Boise Basque-rockers Amuma Says No at the Street Dance at 9 p.m. Check out the pala games on Friday and Saturday at the Fronton Building, 619 W. Grove St., and you have another chance to party with Amuma Says No at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

Dana Oland

Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31, Boise’s Basque Block, West Grove Street, between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Street. Free. Find a full schedules at IdahoStatesman.com.

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