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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise: Dance in the street, meet a Goddess, see a Devil

1. Party Downtown

Among the many cool things about Boise, there is the Basque Block. Specifically, partying on the Basque Block. That’s why it pays to take advantage of the annual San Inazio Festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday at (and outside) the Basque Center. There will be tons of food, drink, music and, yes, street dancing. (Try to keep up with the Oinkari Basque Dancers!) Plus, it’s free to attend.

2. Enjoy a concert

Road trip? Temperatures should only be, like, 100 degrees during the day at the Mountain Home Country Music Festival. You’ll definitely stay cooler in scenic Stanley at the Sawtooth Valley Gathering.

Rather hang around Boise? Here are highlights — mostly air-conditioned, too:

Radical Revolution (‘80s tribute band): 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Rock the Village, The Village at Meridian, N. Eagle Road and E. Fairview Avenue. Free. Opening: Blaze & Kelly

Los Lonely Boys: 8 p.m. Friday, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $30, $35 and $45. egyptiantheatre.net.

Five Alarm Funk: 7 p.m. Saturday, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $12. eventbrite.com. $15 at the door. Opening: Juice.

Joe Jackson: 7 p.m. Sunday, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $39 and $55. Ticketmaster.

Timmy The Teeth: 7 p.m. Sunday, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. $10. eventbrite.com. $12 at the door. Opening: Zephaniah OHora, Gipsy Moonrise.

Paul Cauthen: 8 p.m. Sunday, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $10. TicketWeb. $12 at the door.

3. See a goddess

In the interest of not bursting into flames this weekend, you could do worse than finding shade at Julia Davis Park. That’s where the annual Goddess Fest will happen from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It’s a “community celebration of the sacredness, spirituality & diversity of both the feminine and the masculine.” Expect music, dancing, psychic readings, food, belly dancers, vendors, raffles and all the other fun stuff that happens at goddess gatherings. It’s free to attend.

4. Play ball

The beer’s always cold at Memorial Stadium. Watch the Boise Hawks take on the Tri-City Dust Devils at 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. (They also play Monday and Tuesday). Remember, there’s a fireworks display after Friday night’s game.

5. Flee to 2C

Jonesing for a Pronto Pup? Can’t wait for next month’s Western Idaho Fair? The Canyon County Fair is going on this weekend at the fairgrounds in Caldwell. Along with all the livestock, carnival rides and other fair fodder, free concerts (with paid fair admission) are happening. Craig Morgan headlines Friday, and Michael Ray takes the stage Saturday.

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