1. SEE LIVE MUSIC
Party with Radio Boise on Friday at the annual Practice New Year’s Eve Party at Cinder Wines. Local bands Regular Sounds and Phantahex (doing ELO covers!) will perform, plus you’ll be entertained by Boise Rockeoke, Radio Boise DJs, a silent auction, an electric car raffle and more. Also on Friday night, country singer Aaron Watson will headline at the Knitting Factory. ... Going out on Saturday? Seattle-based Midnight Rambler: The Rolling Stones Concert Experience will visit the Sapphire Room. ... And Nathaniel Rateliff will rock the Knit — but it’s sold out.
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2. HAVE A CHRISTMAS BALL
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Time to get brassy. Have a blast at Tuba Christmas from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday in front of the Idaho State Capitol in Downtown Boise. It’s free. .... Or check out “Elf: The Musical” on Saturday at the Morrison Center. ... During the day on Saturday, Zoo Boise will put on its annual Claus ‘N Paws with photo opportunities, holiday crafts, face painting and critters getting fed holiday treats.
3. BE SPORTY
Football? Basketball? Hockey? Boise has it all. Will the Broncos beat Fresno State for the second straight week? Find out during the Mountain West Championship at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. ... The Idaho Steelheads will slap some puck against the Tulsa Oilers at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena. ... And Boise State’s hoops team welcomes Portland for a 2 p.m. afternoon game Sunday at Taco Bell Arena.
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4. PARTY IN GARDEN CITY
Curious about Garden City’s brewery scene? Check it out Sunday at the annual Repeal Day Celebration with the Garden City Bootleggers. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free shuttles will zip customers between Cinder Wines, Split Rail Winery, Bella Brewing, Barbarian Brewing, Meriwether Cider, County Line Brewing and Powderhaus Brewing. You’ll find drink specials, food trucks, live music and more.
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5. FLY HIGH
Idaho’s diverse, scenic terrain never gets old. That’s part of why we live here, right? So set your DVR to record the new film “Idaho From Above” (9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Idaho Public Television). Shot from a helicopter using 5K video techology, it promises to be a breathtaking tour through the state’s sky-scraping mountains, jagged canyons and gorgeous rivers. DVD and Blu-ray copies are available, too.
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