1. Say bye to summer. And Shakespeare
Noooo! As of last weekend, summer OFFICIALLY is over. Pack a picnic, grab a bottle of wine and refuse to let go by reveling in Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s closing weekend. Tickets are still available for “Beehive,” and the weather should be beautiful. A musical, “Beehive” is described as “an exuberant jukebox celebration of the women musicians who made the ’60s truly memorable.”
2. Grab a free cup of joe
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The weekend is here. (Almost). You’re free! And so is the coffee. National Coffee Day is Saturday. What does that mean? That java purveyors nationwide will pour free cups and offer special deals. Click here for some of the freebies in the Boise area.
3. Celebrate Oktoberfest
If you want to wear lederhosen or dirndl, head to Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen, 1340 S. Vista Ave., on Friday or Saturday. Admission is free to the restaurant’s second annual Oktoberfest, which runs from 3 to 10 p.m. each day. Treasure Valley Musik Meisters will perform Friday evening; the Boise Edelweiss Band will entertain Saturday. More from Das Alpenhaus’ Facebook page: “We’ll have Brezeln, Schweinehaxe, Bratwurst and all the fixings ... We’ll have non-alcoholic beverages for the kids, those who don’t drink beer and for our outstanding guests who are designated drivers! The beer ... we’re letting it flow this year ... 12 taps!!! We’ve got the ‘Mass’ for you to drink out of ... but if you want to bring your own ‘Mass’ or Stein, feel free!”
4. Party with Keith Urban
Keith! You made it back! After lightning and a storm nixed Urban’s performance in 2017 at the Mountain Home Country Music Festival, the country star has returned to Idaho. He’ll perform in the weather-proof confines of Taco Bell Arena. Urban will headline on Friday night with opener Kelsea Ballerini.
5. Be a beer-swilling punk
It’s a pay-one-price, sample-every-beer-in-sight opportunity at the band-focused Scallywag! festival — at least for the first few hours. Powered by punk and ska acts Bad Religion, Pennywise, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters and Mad Caddies, the raucous party will offer unlimited tastings of more than 100 kinds of craft beer until 4 p.m. outdoors at The Grove Plaza and inside CenturyLink Arena. After that, you’ll have to buy additional full-size beers. During the day, 100.3 FM The X will crank tunes outdoors, where local food vendors will sell sustenance. Or roll into CenturyLink Arena, where the bands will crank starting at 1:45 p.m.