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7 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise ... and Meridian, Eagle and Caldwell

Party down in 10,000 square feet of the Big Bounce America

The Big Bounce America bills itself as "the world's biggest bounce house."
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The Big Bounce America bills itself as "the world's biggest bounce house."

1. BOUNCE TO EAGLE

Remember when you were young enough to be allowed in a bounce house? Time to relive the glory, old man. How does “10,000 square feet of full-on inflatable fun” sound? The Big Bounce America will visit Eagle Island State Park today through Sunday. Families can roll through an inflatable castle, wind through an obstacle course, get huge air on basketball courts, fly down a giant slide and more. It’s a party. There’s also DJ music, lights and dancing. [Tickets]

2. DO THE FAIR

Today is opening day at the Western Idaho Fair, which means free entry from noon to 2 p.m. Go meet the animals at the Kid’s Corral, check out the Albertsons Farmers Market or scream your lungs out at the Butler Carnival. And don’t forget to gorge on Pronto Pups. Here’s a schedule of events.

Have you ever entered any contests at the fair? We stopped in to get a look at the produce and flowers in 2016.

3. SEE ELTON JOHN LIVE

OK, not really Elton John — Kenny Metcalf, aka Elton: The Early Years. He headlines today’s free Rock the Village concert at The Village at Meridian. Metcalf and his band deliver a tribute to the Elton of the 1970s, so you’ll hear classics such as “Levon,” “Rocket Man,” “Honky Cat” and “Benny and the Jets.” Local opener: Steve Eaton and the Grateful Dudes. Music runs outdoors from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the heart of The Village at Fountain Square.

4. BUG DAY

Buzz down to the Idaho Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for Bug Day. Catch and touch live bugs (or eat dead chocolate ones!), play bug bingo, take part in an Insect Olympics, meet experts and lots more. Co-presented by the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, this annual event is “an entomological extravaganza” — aka a huge hit with kids. Ladybug releases are at 11 a.m.., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The annual Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden in 2016.

5. MUSIC ON THE WATER

Saturday marks the last day of this year’s new Music on the Water series at Esther Simplot Park. There are ponds and trails, a beer garden, and all sorts of great local music that’s family-friendly. The festival runs from 2 to 9 p.m. and will feature (in this order) Dr. Fresh, The Delta, Marshall Poole, Lounge on Fire and Voice of Reason. A reviewer wrote that Lounge on Fire “set the place ablaze” on its latest album. (OK, it was me.)

6. CALDWELL NIGHT RODEO

This year’s Caldwell Night Rodeo is rocking right now, and it continues through Saturday. Now in its 83rd year, the event normally draws almost 50,000 fans over five nights to see professional cowboys and cowgirls show their stuff. Fun fact: The Caldwell Night Rodeo was the first rodeo in the Northwest to be held at night under lights.

Jessy Davis of Power, Mont. rides Coin Toss in the bareback bronc riding event at Caldwell Night Rodeo Friday Aug. 19, 2016 in Caldwell, Idaho.

7. CHECK OUT A NEW BREWERY

Fine, Barbarian Brewing isn’t exactly new. But its Downtown Boise Taproom is. The latest Boise craft-beer destination opens at 3 p.m. today with 24 taps specializing in sour and barrel-aged beers.

Barbarian Brewing head brewer James Long pulls a nail, takes a sip and explains his passion for aged, sour beer.

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