▪ You’ll find local businesses partnering with area nonprofits for Idaho Gives, an annual one-day focus on local arts, social responsibility, health and well-being and environmental organizations. The Idaho Gives hub is at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 N. 9th St., Boise. From 5 to 7 p.m. you can learn about Ballet Idaho, Boise Contemporary Theater, Rock on Wheels, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Phil and Opera Idaho.
▪ Catch pop-up musical guest Rippin’ Brass, a group out of Boise State’s music department, that will perform on street corners, gathering areas and at the Esther Simplot academy.
▪ Learn to tell stories through art at the Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive. At Studio Art Exploration, you can create your own projects inspired by the current exhibit “Tall Tales: Narratives from the Permanent Collection.” This exhibit is the first by new curator of art Nicole Herden. The museum offers admission by donation on First Thursday.
▪ Go on a scavenger hunt with the Downtown Boise Association. Here’s how it works: Check DowntownBoise.org and get a list of participating Downtown businesses. Go to six of them and locate the First Thursday logo, read the fact about Downtown, and snap a photo. Then email all six to email@example.com to be entered into a drawing for a Downtown Boise gift card.
5 to 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted, Thursday, May 5, at venues throughout Downtown Boise. Free. Find more events at DowntownBoise.org.