1. Feed your soul
Now that The Park Formerly Known as Capitol is called Cecil D. Andrus Park, the grassy area in front of the State Capitol is a full-time party. This Saturday, it's the second annual Feed Your Soul Fest. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the park will be packed with music, cultural performances, food trucks, local beers and family activities like inflatables, games and face painting. Performers include Red Light Challenge, Lady Tramp, The Phets, The Sawtooth Serenaders, The Love Bunch, Know Reaction and more. Admission is free, and it all benefits Create Common Good.
2. Go Rogan
Mixed martial arts fans are pumped about UFC's coming debut July 14 in Boise. But before fists fly at CenturyLink Arena, one of Ultimate Fighting Championship's best-known names will let jokes fly there. UFC color commentator and interviewer Joe Rogan will headline a comedy show Saturday. Tickets are still available.
3. Party in the street
To celebrate its second anniversary, North End Pizza will take over Eastman Street between 13th and 14th in Hyde Park for an old-fashioned street party on Friday. From 4 to 10 p.m, they plan to set up a barbecue, a beer garden, a music stage and have some fun. Admission is free. It's a benefit for Camp Rainbow Gold.
4. Get bluesy
In the mood for a touring band? Too bad. Everybody in Boise has gone camping this weekend, so promoters are too chicken to put on shows in Boise. One exception: Minnesota country-blues musician Charlie Parr will perform Friday at Neurolux. Boise band Hillfolk Noir (which I saw briefly at the Sandbar last weekend) opens the show.
5. Pop a cold one
Beer geeks have multiple options. Grab your dog and check out the new Hops & Bottles bottle shop in Downtown Boise. Put on your rainbow shirt and taste Barbarian Brewing's new Unicorn Farts glitter IPA at events Saturday and Sunday. Or check out Bear Island's Brewing's new hangout from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Firehouse to Brewhouse Preview Party.