1. Rock on
Blood and other bodily fluids — fake, Grandma! — will shower worshipful fans at the Gwar concert Friday night at the Revolution Center. Fellow headbangers Hatebreed open the show. ... Or check out Oregon post-Americana rockers Larry and His Flask, who perform Friday at Neurolux. ... Want a cheaper ticket — as in no cover charge? Hannah’s bar in Downtown Boise will celebrate its 40th Hannahversary on Saturday with local acts GiggleBomb (4 p.m.), J.R. & The Stingrays (7 p.m.) and The Rocci Johnson Band (9:15 p.m. to close).
2. Experience Garden City
Ever felt like strolling around Garden City with a cup of wine in your hand? You’ll be able to do it legally Saturday on 34th Street during Experience Garden City, a community showcase in the waterfront neighborhood between Caffe Luciano’s and the Riverside Hotel. The celebration, which runs from noon to 10 p.m., features 10 local wineries and breweries, food trucks, artists, kids activities and more. The 34th Street Market along the Boise River is planning three live bands. Then at 8 p.m., they’ll crank up the Boise State football game on a blow-up screen. Ride your bike there, or walk the scenic Greenbelt.
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3. Scare up a good time
The fifth annual Idaho Horror Film Festival runs today through Sunday at various Boise venues. Watch bone-chilling movies, meet filmmakers or drop in for educational workshops. Get more details here. And don’t forget to drink a locally brewed Draculager beer, which is being served at the festival.
4. Have a laugh
You might know comedian Matt Braunger from “MADtv” or NBC’s “Up All Night.” But his career highlight, obviously, was starring in the Steel Panther video for “The Burden of Being Wonderful.” Whatever the case, Braunger headlines Sunday at The Olympic in Downtown Boise.
5. Run with the bulls
Oh, wait, those aren’t bulls. Those are my kids. Luckily for Boise, the Deeds boys won’t be stampeding the YMCA Harrison Classic Kids Run this year. (Still, it’s been a family favorite in the past; I highly recommend it.) You are still able to register for the annual North End fun run, which is Sunday afternoon and finishes on Bogus Basin Road.