1. PLAY BALL
The Boise Hawks end their season this weekend with a three-day home stand Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the Hillsboro Hops. On Friday, the first 1,000 fans get a 30th anniversary can clock, and it’s $1 night for hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream bars and snow cones. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans receive a team poster, and it’s $1 night again for the aforementioned concessions. On Sunday, the game will be followed by a fireworks display. Games start at 7:15 p.m.
Who cares if it’s 99 degrees out? It’s football season, baby! Boise State hosts Troy in the team’s season opener at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. There are still plenty of tickets left, by the way, as sales have been a bit slow. (Hmm. Is it time to start selling beer at games? D’oh!) Find everything you need to know about tickets, shuttles, TV and more right here.
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3. INFLATE YOUR EGO
Notice those hot air balloons in the sky this morning? Yep, it’s just another annual tradition in awesome Boise. The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic has taken over Ann Morrison Park through Sunday, and admission is free. Don’t miss the Nite Glow Spectacular on Friday evening. It’s a huge favorite with kids. [Full schedule]
4. ROCK AT BOGUS
This Saturday is the final week of the free Music on the Mountain series at Bogus Basin. It’s pretty sweet-looking up there with the fresh landscaping outside Simplot Lodge and the new 12,000-square-foot patio. The Deerpoint Chair will run for scenic rides and mountain bike lifts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($30 all day, single rides $15). The Lodge will be open serving food and drinks. Bands include Sono Fuego (1 to 2:45 p.m.), Hot Pursuit (3 to 4:45 p.m.) and Voice of Reason (5 to 7 p.m.)
5. BE A HERMIT
If you love folk music, you’ve gotta check out the Hermit Music Festival, which takes place Friday through Monday at Indian Creek Winery near Kuna. There’s a ton of acts, plus camping, food, beverages, kids activities and lots more. One of the cool aspects of this festival are the workshops, which cover everything from playing fiddle and banjo to learning traditional flatfooting.
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