1. Hear some hits
Dig tribute bands? It's tough to beat Rock the Village concerts at The Village at Meridian. The free outdoor series in Fountain Square kicks off Friday with Colorado-based Eagles tribute The Long Run. You'll hear hits such as "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise" and "Heartache Tonight." Singer-songwriter Bruce Michael Miller opens. (Rock the Village continues every Friday through Aug. 17. Opening acts perform at 5:30 p.m. Headliners go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) ... Rather hear Neil Diamond tunes? Go see another tribute act, America's Diamond, on Friday at the Nampa Civic Center. (Tickets are $39.99.)
2. Get into a fun daze
To call yourself a true Boisean, there are certain things you must experience at least once. Case in point: Eagle Fun Days. The annual city bash takes place Friday and Saturday with food, entertainment, music and smiles. The weather should be perfect for the gigantic water fight known as the Wet 'n' Wild Parade from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Check out the full Fun Days schedule here.
3. Hit a club concert
Rock duo Middle Class Rut headlines Friday at the Knitting Factory. ... Also Friday, Ja Rule and Ashanti will fill the Revolution Center with hip-hop fans. ... Social D will punk things up Saturday at the Knit. ... On Sunday, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn will tear it up at the Egyptian Theatre, and dance-rockers Electric Six will get the crowd singing along to "Gay Bar" at Neurolux.
4. Sip a cold one
It's summer. Time for crisp, refreshing beers. Payette Brewing Co., 733 S. Pioneer St., will have 20 different lagers on tap Saturday at Lager Than Life, an outdoor festival that includes four food trucks, live mural painting from Sector Seventeen, delicious ice cream from The STIL, even beer slushies at a tiki bar. All ages are welcome from 2 to 5 p.m — kids love ice cream, right? — but you must be 21 or older from 5 to 10 p.m. Glassware is $5; 8-ounce drink tokens are $2.50.
5. See more pyro
There's never enough fireworks. NEVER! On Friday night, the Boise Hawks host the Eugene Emeralds in Minor League Baseball action, and there's a fireworks display immediately following the game.