1. HIT THE FAIR
This marks the final weekend of the Western Idaho Fair, which ends Sunday. If you’re hoping to see one of the grandstand concerts — which are free with paid admission to the fair — you’ve need to hustle. The music series closes with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Thursday, Aug. 24) and Trace Adkins (Friday, Aug. 25).
2. FLY LIKE THE EAGLES
Speaking of free concerts — and last chances — you don’t have to pay a dime to see Eagles tribute band The Long Run. The Florida group headlines The Village at Meridian on Friday on the final evening of the Rock the Village concert series. Local opener: New Transit. Music runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
3. SPICE THINGS UP
What’s better than chips and salsa? Chips and salsa and beer! You’ll it from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fifth annual Salsa Festival at North End Organic Nursery, 3777 W. Chinden Blvd. in Garden City. As always, NEON has partnered with the Tomato Independence Project for the free event. You can taste lots of locally made salsas and vote for your favorite while listening to live music and enjoying a beverage. There also will be food trucks and a bounce house.
4. WATCH THE FIGHT
Yeah, we’re all being taken to the cleaners. But rather than spend $100 to watch the big fight Saturday between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor at home on pay-per-view, why not use this handy roundup of local establishments showing it? Cover charges range from free at Dave and Busters to $42.40 at Edwards 21 Cinemas. Either way, if you’re going to blow a bunch of bucks seeing this fight, it might as well include food and beers. The main event starts at 7 p.m.
5. GO WITH THE FLOW
Summer must be getting close to ending. This is the last weekend to take advantage of Family Slide Nights at Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian. From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, you get unlimited access to water attractions for $16.99. Save $5 by entering “tastthefeeling” when you purchase online. Or just bring one empty Coke or Sprite can.
6. BE A SUNDAY PUNK
Influential pop-punk band the Descendents will headline a concert Sunday night at the Revolution Center in Garden City. If you’re a punk fan, how do you not go to this? (You can even buy 2-for-1 tickets until 10 p.m. tonight.) “Everything about how I sing and play guitar came from this band ...,” Blink-182 singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge said in 2011. “Blink is absolutely a product of The Descendents.” Opening the show: Nude Oil and The Jerkwadz.
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