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7 Things to Do This Weekend: Pick a Lane, bike to work, get a tattoo, sip a Mai Tai ...

The "Highway Queen" is riding back into Boise. Critically acclaimed country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane headlines Friday at The Olympic.
The "Highway Queen" is riding back into Boise. Critically acclaimed country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane headlines Friday at The Olympic.

1. Eat like a Russian

Bummer! Deli Days isn't happening this year. Chin up. The Russian Food Festival will roll out piroshki, beef stroganoff, shish kebab, chebureki, borscht and other homemade cuisine from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The outdoor event is held under a tent in the St. Seraphim Russian Orthodox Church parking lot, 872 N. 29th St. Main dishes will cost $11. Other items typically run in the $3 to $5 range.

2. Wear a grass skirt

Capitol Bar, 6100 W. State St., recently stepped up its food game by partnering with Distal Provisions. Their first major event: The indoor/outdoor State Street Friki Tiki Luau & Pig Roast. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, you'll find handcrafted tiki cocktails on the menu and island tunes on the loudspeakers. For $20, you can gorge on "a luau-style presentation of a whole roasted pig, as well as South Pacific dishes such as Huli-Huli Chicken, Pineapple Coconut Salad, Spam Fried Rice, Island Macaroni Salad and Hawaiian Rolls." Dining starts at noon; the whole hog presentation happens at 2 p.m. Island wear is "strongly" encouraged.

3. See some music

Plan to go out Friday night:

Country singer Nikki Lane will break hearts at The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. It's $15 advance, $17 at the door. Opening: Carl Anderson. Show time: 7 p.m.

Musician-producer Tycho is the main act at the Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St. Tickets are $25. Opener Emmit Fenn gets things rolling at 8 p.m.

Influential underground rock band Chrome headlines at Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. Grab a ticket online or pay $15 at the door. Casual Worship and Evils open. It's a 9 p.m. gig.

4. Make a splash

You need to be a kid to think it's swimming weather. But Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian opens Saturday. Parents with young children should head straight for Bearfoot Bay. The new $1.8 million recreation area takes the kiddie-pool concept to the next level with twisting slides, cabanas and shade umbrellas.

5. Have a drink in Hyde Park

I've always enjoyed parties in the parking lot behind 13th Street Pub & Grill and Parrilla Grill in Boise's North End. That's the site of Saturday's Spring Beer and Wine Expo. It happens from 2 to 9 p.m. and features beer vendors such as Sierra Nevada, Elysian, Payette and Widmer plus wineries including Split Rail and Colter's Creek. You pay $25 at the door, which gets you four tasting tokens. Grab more tokens for $3 each or four for $10.

6. Ride your bike to work

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, which means you can pedal to a bunch of local businesses for free coffee and/or breakfast bites from 7 to 9 a.m. (The Boise Co-op will be a popular stop.) This weekend also marks the final events during Boise Bike Week.

7. Get inked

Or just people-watch and take photos. The family-friendly Treasure Valley Tattoo Convention will bring together artists and vendors for three days at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. It runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 per day, $30 for a three-day pass.

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