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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

Singer and actress Morgan James was born in Boise and lived in Pocatello until she was 12.
Singer and actress Morgan James was born in Boise and lived in Pocatello until she was 12. YouTube


If you’ve never heard of Boise-born vocal powerhouse Morgan James, umm — you probably oughta take a listen. Yeah, she’s basically a girl from Idaho. And, yep, she might blow the freaking walls out of The Olympic on Saturday night. Read an Idaho Statesman story about Morgan James.

And then there’s the revived Ranch Club. Weeks into its return, the Garden City bar is already bringing one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” That would be Dalton Domino on Friday night — for a $5 cover.

Other highlights: Frankie Ballard on Friday at the Knit, Headphone Activist on Friday at The Shredder, and the always-shreddin’ Scott Pemberton Band on Friday at Tom Grainey’s. On Saturday, there’s Grammy winner Suzy Bogguss at Cinder Wines and Five Alarm Funk groovin’ at the Reef. On Father’s Day, check out Hurray for the Riff Raff at The Olympic or Tool at the jam-packed Ford Idaho Center.

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The Emmett Cherry Festival is in full swing. The free event takes over Emmett with concerts, parades, contests and lots of cherry feasting. The party ends Sunday.

Also happening this week: Deli Days: Idaho’s Jewish Festival, will crank tunes and serve hot pastrami and quarter-pound kosher hot dogs on Thursday and Friday at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, 11 N. Latah St. (Beer and wine are on the menu, too.)

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It’s Father’s Day weekend, which means mufflers and chrome. The Touchmark Father’s Day Classic Car Show in Meridian on Saturday is a show-and-shine event with a barbecue-and-ribs lunch. The 15th annual Downtown Boise Father’s Day Car Show will rev up 8th and Idaho streets Sunday with “live music, classic cars, hot rods and electric cars.” There’s also the annual Motorfest on Saturday and Sunday at Expo Idaho.

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Music, food trucks, beer and vendors will fill Capitol Park next to the State Capitol all weekend. The Boise Pride Festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include the Capitol lighting with the Boise Men’s and Women’s Choruses from 10 to 10:20 p.m. Friday and the Pride Parade at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. There’s also the Pride Street Party on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 8th and Idaho streets. Something tells me that might get a little wild.

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Outdoor movies kicked off earlier this month in Meridian. Boise and Nampa kick off their own movie-in-the-park series this weekend. All three free-movie destinations offer pre-film activities for kids. Movies start at dusk. Grab a lowback chair and check out “Trolls” on Friday at Optimist Park in Nampa, “Sing” on Saturday at Julia Davis Park in Boise, and “The Secret Life of Pets” on Friday at Settlers Park in Meridian.

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