Here’s how to stay safe on the Boise River during float season
1. Do a concert
The indie world's buzzing about 19-year-old singer-guitarist Snail Mail, whose new album, "Lush," just debuted at No. 46 on the Billboard Top 200. See what the fuss is about when she headlines Friday at The Funky Taco. ... Feeling mainstream? The annual Boise Music Festival invades Expo Idaho for outdoor fun Saturday with Robin Thicke, Granger Smith, Echosmith, Baby Bash, Parmalee and Mat Kearney. ... Also Saturday, check out the bluesy, jammy Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Morrison Center. ... On Sunday, Dirty Heads, Iration, The Movement and Pacific Dub will fill the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater with reggae-laced grooves.
2. Be sporty
The Boise Hawks' season has begun. The team is in the midst of a three-game home stand against Salem-Keizer that ends with a 7:15 p.m. clash Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Stay afterward for fireworks. ... Wrestling geeks are geekin' about the WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour, which body slams into Taco Bell Arena on Friday night.
3. Have Tater Salad
Comedian Ron White is a funny dude. Just as important, he's a genuine person. That glass of booze he carries around? Not a prop. "I drink too much Scotch, probably," he once told me. "But it's not an act." His straightforward approach is part of the reason audiences love him. "You watch me perform," White said. "I don't push at all. I just let 'em come to me, and just tell them the truth." White headlines Friday night at the Morrison Center.
4. Take one for the team
Oof. The circus. Sometimes you have to suck it up, Dad. Take the rugrats to the El Korah Shrine Circus, which rolls into the Ford Idaho Center Friday through Sunday. ... Or pound a quart of milk at the udderly family-friendly Meridian Dairy Days, which is rockin' now through Sunday with food, a carnival, a parade/fireworks (both on Friday) and more.
5. Float the river
The water ain't gonna be warm. And the air temperatures won't be in the 90s or 100s quite yet. But the Boise River opens to floaters starting Friday.
6. Eat sweets (and 'cue)
Two sweet-tooth restaurants opened in Downtown Boise this month — and they're both open late at night. They also deliver late at night. Donut Daze, 160 N. 8th St., which specializes in fried chicken and donuts, will deliver Downtown only. Chip Cookies, 501 W. Main St. — which makes monstrous, oven-warm treats — delivers in Boise and Meridian. ... Rather have a daytime meal? Grab a beer and a plate of barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Payette Brewing Co.'s BBQ Family Fun Day.