Kites fill the sky in Meridian at annual festival
1. Drink local beer
▪ Want to support and celebrate Idaho breweries? Grab a free shuttle bus ride to the Beer+Friends Fest, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Mother Earth Brew Co., 1428 Madison Ave., in Nampa. More than 20 Idaho breweries — plus Idaho cider makers and food trucks — will gather for an event that benefits the state’s brewers guild, Idaho Brewers United. The organization promotes and educates Idaho’s craft brewers.
Tickets are $25 at tickets.beerfests.com/event/beer-friends-fest (includes cup and 14 tasting tokens), or $30 at the door (includes cup and 10 tasting tokens). Additional tokens are $2. The shuttle bus takes off from the Riverside Hotel in Garden City and runs hourly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last bus will leave Mother Earth at 6:30 p.m. (Save a spot for me, OK?)
▪ Another festival back for another round is the Hyde Park Beer and Wine Spring Expo. It takes over the parking lot behind Parilla Grill and 13th Street Pub & Grill from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Fifteen bucks gets you through the gate with four tasting tokens in your hand. You can buy additional tokens on site.
Some of the participants include Ste Chapelle Winery, Split Rail Winery, Payette Brewing Co., Sockeye Brewing, Proletariat Wine Company, Sawtooth Winery, Lost Grove Brewing and Mother Earth Brewing Company. Find something you like? Breweries and wineries will take orders for packaged product at prices lower than you’d find normally.
2. See live music
▪ Tylor & the Train Robbers: Album release party. 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, The Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $15 general, $18 preferred, at eventbrite.com. $18 and $21 at the door.
▪ Kawika Alfiche & Hālau O Keikiali`i: World-renowned Hawaiian recording artist. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Sapphire Room, The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise. $18-$20 general, $22-$25 preferred. eventbrite.com.
▪ Dan Costello on guitar and Pamela Mortensen on didgeridoo at the Idaho Contemporary Instrumental Concert Series, where they will also share the stories behind their original compositions. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 W. Bank Drive, Boise. $15. eventbrite.com.
3. Go fly a kite
Boise has been breezy over the past few days. Let’s hope it keeps up. The annual Treasure Valley Kite Festival will blow through Julius M. Kleiner Park in Meridian from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Arrive early for a free kite — more than 500 will be distributed — or bring your own. You’ll also find vendors and food trucks on site, plus ticket giveaways for the Boise Music Festival.
4. Laugh your face off
It’s official: Comedian Jim Gaffigan is too big for the Morrison Center. (That was not a reference to any possible side effects of your book, “Food: A Love Story,” Jim. I mean you’re too popular .) After selling out that 2,000-seat venue twice, Gaffigan stepped up to big ol’ hefty Taco Bell Arena in 2016. That’s where he’ll headline again at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Tickets are almost gone, but you can still grab seats close to the stage for $67.75 at Ticketmaster.
5. Love a tree
Free trees! Arbor Day is Friday, April 26. More than 20,000 Blue Spruce evergreen seedlings will be given away throughout Idaho at places such as Home Depot, Whole Foods and the Boise Co-Op. Grab one. Plant it. Then go climb a tree and hug it.