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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

World Village Fest returns to the park in front of the State Capitol this weekend.
World Village Fest returns to the park in front of the State Capitol this weekend. Statesman file

1. GO GLOBAL

Get Downtown and expand your horizons at World Village Fest, which brings music, dance and culture to Capitol Park from Friday through Sunday. The event is free, and organizers have stepped up the music this year with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet (8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday) and Nik West (8:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday). The Easy Star All-Stars also will perform at a Saturday night after-party at Neurolux. That show will cost you $15 at TicketWeb or $18 at the door.

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2. THINK INK

The annual 208 Tattoo Fest is Friday through Sunday at Expo Idaho — not to be confused with last month’s Treasure Valley Tattoo Convention. Same idea, though: Lots of ink and entertainment. Go get inked, get ideas — or grab some wild artwork to hang in your office cubicle to freak out your coworkers.

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gingerfest
Meghan Anderson

3. SEE RED

Another yearly tradition, Gingerfest, is Friday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. This family-friendly gathering celebrates redheads through games, contests and food and drink. Yes, Grandpa, you can buy a red beer there. (Not sure if they’ll let you take it into the prison buildings, but you can take a tour of those, either way.)

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4. SEE LIVE MUSIC

Concert highlights this weekend include the Ben Rice Band getting bluesy Friday at Playhouse Boise, Gordon Lightfoot headlining Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, and Saintseneca rocking for all ages Sunday at Pollo Rey.

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5. SNOOP — ER, TOUR GARDENS

What’s better than nosing in on your neighbors’ homes, right? Enjoy a self-guided, private tour of Boise Bench gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It’s $25 advance until 2 p.m. Friday. After that, it’s $35. Just remember: You can’t be mad when someone’s garden looks better than yours.

Christine Thomas, a musician and artist, keeps a garden on the Boise Bench. It's a life-filled celebration of color and creativity. She's one of the participants in the 2017 Idaho Botanical Garden's Private Garden Tour.

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