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Heading home from Treefort? Lyft joined an Idaho agency to offer discounted rides

Don’t want the usual plastic Alefort cup for $3? There will be 2,000 fancier metal carabiner versions for $6.
Don’t want the usual plastic Alefort cup for $3? There will be 2,000 fancier metal carabiner versions for $6. Alefort

Idaho Transportation Department officials want you to have fun at Treefort — and get home safe.

They’re partnering with ridesharing business Lyft this year to offer discounts to those who stop off at ITD’s booth at 12th and main streets, which is not far from Alefort.

The discount code, printed on cards they’re handing out, is for $5 off rides. And you can wait for your ride at the ITD booth, if you want.

It’s an extra incentive for people who might be impaired by intoxicants to not get behind the wheel, said Bill Kotowski, communication specialist for the Office of Highway Safety.

“I’d say we’ve given out a couple hundred cards,” Kotowski said.

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Want a discount on your Lyft ride home from Treefort? Stop by this booth. Bill Kotowski/Idaho Transportation Department

Road closures for Treefort

If you’ve got other plans this week or weekend, or you just want to steer clear of Treefort, here are the streets to avoid, according to Boise Police. These streets will be closed from 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Monday.

  • Grove Street, between 11th and 13th streets
  • Grove Street, between 13th and 14th streets
  • 12th Street, between Main and Front

Where to pick up wristbands

To pick up Treefort wristbands, you must have a paper or digital ticket. Should you lose that, you can get your wristband by showing a photo ID.

Wristband pickup will be at a new location this year: Treefort Headquarters, 1507 W. Main St.

You can pick them up there from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 3-10 p.m. Wednesday. After that, they will be available at the Main Stage from 3-10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Main Stage is located at 1201 W. Grove Street, between 13th and 12th streets.

If you need to pick yours up after-hours, go to The Modern Hotel, 1313 W. Grove St., from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Photo by Katy Moeller

Boise’s biggest annual event?

The five-day Treefort Music Festival — which offers a whole lot more than just live music — is going to take over a good chunk of Downtown on Wednesday. Revelers will come from all over the region and beyond. And there’s more to do and see than ever before.

More than 440 bands are scheduled to perform at 20 venues. There are nine themed “forts,” in case music isn’t your bag: Alefort, Yogafort, Storyfort, Hackfort, Skatefort, Comedyfort, Filmfort, Kidfort and Foodfort.

The festival drew 23,601 people last year, with visitors from outside Idaho accounting for 30 percent of participants, festival spokeswoman Marissa Lovell told the Statesman. That’s more than 7,000 visitors from out-of-state.

The economic impact of last year’s festival was about $10.9 million, according to Carrie Westergard, executive director of the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau.

But is it Boise’s biggest event? Not yet, but it’s right up there.

“I would say that Treefort is definitely within the top five annual events that occur in Boise, as far as event draw and economic impact,” Westergard said.

She noted that hotel occupancies in March are up 10 percent since 2014, despite all the new available rooms. “We are running at 75 to 80 percent average occupancy for the month,” Westergard said.

She listed these as some of the city’s other largest annual events:

  • Boise Albertsons Open. Has been held in September, but will be moving to August this year. 17,000 overnight attendees; 48,000 day attendees. $39 million economic impact annually.

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Held in December. 1,800 overnight attendees; 17,000 day attendees. $8 million economic impact annually.

  • Twilight Criterium. Held in July. 400 overnight attendees; 20,000 day attendees. $1.5 million economic impact annually.

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