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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise: Stay cool, get Misty, drink something funky

Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz will join Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday.
Texas singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz will join Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday. Flickr

1. Do a concert. Indoors!

Sure, outdoor summer concerts are fun. But not when it’s 100,000 freaking degrees! Here are indoor picks for live music:

Female folk trio I’m With Her will roll into the Egyptian Theatre for a 7 p.m. concert on Friday. The group has an all-star cast: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. $27.50-$37.50. ICTickets.

Singers/songwriters Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw will co-headline a 7:30 p.m. show Friday at the Knitting Factory. $45. TicketWeb.

Multitalented Father John Misty will wow fans at the Knitting Factory on Sunday. It’s an 8 p.m. show with Lucy Dacus opening. $29 advance, $33 day of show. TicketWeb.

2. Race to Eagle

Nothing matches scorching weather like the smell of burning rubber. The annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals takes over Firebird Raceway from Friday through Sunday. Gates open daily at 8 a.m., when it’s still cool. There’s plenty of afternoon action, but feel free to wait for the heat to break (hopefully!) during evening professional qualifying races. $7 to $35. Firebirdonline.com.

Larry Hale of Buhl started drag racing in 1951, and the 82-year-old is still going strong in 2017.

3. Touch a dinosaur

My favorite part of the Jurassic Tour website is the blaring headline: “THE ENTIRE EVENT IS INDOORS.” Someone obviously saw the Boise weather report. The animatronic dinosaur tour is fun for little kids, and best of all, “Keep in mind that the tickets are valid for all day access, that means you can go in and out as much as you want throughout the day.” (Like head to Roaring Springs?) It happens Saturday and Sunday at the Ford Idaho Center. $24 adult, $29 child (kids under 2 are free). Jurassictour.com.

4. Drink something funky

Bittercreek Alehouse is the real deal. (Just ask The New York Times.) Downtown’s beer haven kicks off its annual Funk Fest on Sunday. It’s the most concentrated group of taps in Boise for sour beer fans. The event runs eight days and features all sorts of tart and funky examples. The opening taplist will have 23 brews, and beers will rotate as supply ebbs and flows during the week. Smack your lips while sipping Cascade Brewing’s Vlad the Impaler. Dive into local Woodland Empire Ale Craft’s Hearts of Oak Creek. (About 25 percent of the taps will be local.) Or drink from a rare keg of Lindemans Jonge Lambik.

5. Play ball

The Boise Hawks and Spokane Indians are in for a warm one Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Memorial Stadium. During the weekend, Sunday might be the day to go. Game time is at 5:15 p.m. instead of 7:15 p.m., but the high on Sunday is only supposed to be 90. Order a cold beer. You’ll have fun. $12 to $35. BoiseHawks.com.

Two members of the 2015 Boise Hawks baseball team offer some tips for kids learning the game.

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