1. Do live music
▪ Craving concerts? Friday is the night. Country star Thomas Rhett will sing hits such as “Make Me Wanna” and “Get Me Some of That” at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa (7:30 p.m., $31.75 to $76.75, ICTickets). Brett Young and Midland open.
▪ Just in time for Halloween season, Danish-American psychobilly band Nekromantix will terrorize The Olympic in Downtown Boise on Friday (7 p.m., $18 advance at eventbrite.com, $20 at the door). Messer Chups, The Love Bunch and The Brainiax open.
2. Drop the puck
▪ The good news: The Idaho Steelheads’ home opening weekend is here. The bad news: If hockey season is here, winter is close, too. The Steelies drop the puck at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at CenturyLink Arena, where they’ll take on the Utah Grizzlies ($20-$43, idahosteelheads.com).
3. Drink a beer
▪ What? You still haven’t checked out Clairvoyant Brewing Co., 2800 W. Idaho St.? It’s time for a pint. The neighborhood brewery is celebrating its one-year anniversary. That means swag giveaways, food trucks and local craft beer. There’s live music all day Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Tony’s Tamales will sell grub from 3 to 11 p.m.
▪ Want to take your dog to a brewery? Head to Barktoberfest, a pooch-friendly party from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Powderhaus Brewing Co., 9719 W. Chinden Blvd., in Garden City. There will be live music and a Meshico food truck. Barktoberfest benefits the West Valley Humane Society.
▪ Does toilet-to-tap beer sound tasty? Head to The Grove Plaza between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday for a Pure Water Brew Boise Showcase. You’ll be able to drink local beer and cider made from recycled wastewater. Breweries pouring include Barbarian Brewing, LongDrop Cider Co., Lost Grove Brewing, Mad Swede Brewing — and Mother Earth Brewing Co. , which will be selling its mega-dry-hopped Wasted Ale. It’s not just pale ale made from water that got flushed or funneled through a shower drain at some point. It’s also delicious, brewery founder and president Daniel Love says: “It smells like a tangerine!” While you’re sipping, check out the Pure Water Wagon filtration truck, which will be on site.
4. Go to a BSU game
▪ After a tough road win last weekend at Nevada, the Boise State Broncos (4-2 overall, 2-1 Mountain West) are home in Albertsons Stadium. They’ll take on Colorado State (3-4, 2-1) in a 7 p.m. football game Friday ($19 to $65, broncosports.com). The Rams are coming off a win over New Mexico, but Boise State leads the series 7-0 — and is favored by an avalanche. Best of all, temperatures should be in the low 60s.
5. Buck up
▪ Bulls, not broncos, will send athletes flying at Professional Bull Riders, which is Saturday and Sunday at the Ford Idaho Center ($32-$378, ICTickets). Want to keep the party going, cowboy? Head down to the arena floor after Saturday’s competition and order a whiskey at the official PBR After Party.