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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise (like start outdoor concert season!)

Been to a concert at Memorial Stadium yet? Here’s what it looked like last year at the Leon Bridges show.
Been to a concert at Memorial Stadium yet? Here’s what it looked like last year at the Leon Bridges show. Courtesy Knitting Factory


The thermometer has inched upward, and Memorial Stadium should kick off its Summerfield Concerts series on Saturday with weather that is the definition of pleasant. Seattle electronic music duo Odesza — nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for its song “Say My Name” (featuring Zyra, RAC mix) — will headline an evening that also includes Slow Magic and Fakear. UPDATE: THE ODESZA CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. Other live music this weekend: Hillfolk Noir on Friday at Visual Arts Collective, Sam Outlaw on Friday at Neurolux, Thick Business on Saturday at Pollo Rey, Oceans Are Zeroes on Saturday at Neurolux and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on Sunday at the Knitting Factory.

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The first Treasure Valley Tattoo Convention will take over CenturyLink Arena from Friday through Sunday. More than 110 tattoo artists are expected, along with a classic motorcycle display and live skateboard demos by teams from Element, Prestige Skateshop and the Boise Skateboard Association.

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The annual Russian Food Festival takes over St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St. in Boise, this weekend. Entry is free, and chow is sold a la carte for $3 to $10. The hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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With warmer temperatures arriving, Roaring Springs Waterpark is ready to make its seasonal splash. Or, better yet, for you to make a splash, with “waves in the Wave Pool, kids floating in the Endless River, and families splashing down the Raft Ride!” The largest water park in the Northwest will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. It’s scheduled to open daily starting Memorial Day weekend.


This Saturday marks the end of Boise Bike Week. With sunshine returning to Boise, consider Bike to Work Day on Friday. Boise Bicycle Project will celebrate at the Boise Co-op’s breakfast station from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (free coffee and pastry if you ride there), and at Bittercreek Alehouse’s happy hour/after party from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (get a free beer by parking your bike at the pop-up bike station). Check out this list of other events.

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