1. WELCOME OCTOBER WITH A BREW
Fall brings a barrel of beer festivals. You’ll find two major events in Downtown Boise on Saturday. There’s Old Boise Oktoberfest from 3 to 10 p.m. and Hoptober Freshtival from noon to 8 p.m. (If you have kids — and enjoy wolfing down brats — choose the former. If you love the taste of fresh-hop beers, you gotta go with the adults-only latter.) Other highlights include Funky Fresh: A Fresh Hop Festival on Friday at PreFunk Beer Bar and Oktoberfest at Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen on Friday and Saturday. There’s also an Oktoberfest bash on Friday at the Nampa Civic Center.
2. WRESTLE UP SOMETHING TO DO
Has it really been six years since WWE Live! visited the Treasure Valley? I know absolutely nothing about professional wrestling, aside from the fact that people who are into it are really into it. Things are gonna get crazy Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena.
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3. GO SEE SOME MUSIC
It’s another solid weekend for live music. (Starting early with Thursday night’s Megadeth concert.) Catch DJ-producer Justin Martin on Friday at the Reef. Get your rap fix with GoldLink on Saturday at Neurolux. Sing along to “The Middle” with rockers Jimmy Eat World on Saturday at the Knitting Factory. Or revisit the 1990s with The Toadies and their hit “Possum Kingdom” on Sunday at the Knit.
4. DONATE A BIKE
Got a bicycle taking up space? Primary Health Medical Group wants it. They’re hoping Saturday will be the biggest bike drive ever for Boise Bicycle Project. Drop off your unneeded bike from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at any of the 15 Primary Health Urgent Care locations in Boise, Garden City, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa and Caldwell. Is your bike a pile of junk? No prob. They’ll take it. Any size. Any condition. Boise Bicycle Project will either fix ’em up or part ’em out — for distribution to folks in need this holiday season.
5. ENJOY THE SCOTCH
“The athletes are gearing up. The pipers are ready to battle. The dancers are all laced up. The vendors are ready to welcome you. The Clans are set to show off their proud traditions.” So says the Scottish American Society of the Treasure Valley on Facebook. That’s because the 20th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games will rock Expo Idaho from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s $10. Expect a serious party.
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