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Kites, pets, bands, beers! 10 Things To Do This Weekend in Boise

Kids with high-flying dreams will touch the the skies Saturday at the Treasure Valley Kite Festival in Meridian.
Kids with high-flying dreams will touch the the skies Saturday at the Treasure Valley Kite Festival in Meridian. doswald@idahostatesman.com

FLY A KITE AND LIGHT UP

Having some fun will be a breeze Saturday at Kleiner Park (behind The Village at Meridian). The third annual Treasure Valley Kite Festival will offer free kites while supplies last for children. There will be kite-flying competitions, ribbons for kids, food and entertainment. All ages are welcome. Or if you’d rather light up the night, check out the intriguing-looking Lantern Fest Saturday at Meridian Speedway.

 

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DRINK A COUPLE

Boise beer enthusiasts finally can check out Payette Brewing Co.’s new $4.5 million headquarters when it holds a soft opening at 733 S. Pioneer St. on Friday and Saturday. Expect a jubilant, eager crowd to fill the 200-seat taproom. Payette beers will flow from 20 taps. Prefer a smaller shindig? Check out Barbarian Brewing’s taproom expansion party — they can seat 49 instead of nine now! — from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday.

 

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QUADRUPLE YOUR FUN

Expo Idaho buildings will brim with family-friendly shows from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Get into all four events — Kids Fun Fest, Girls Day Out, Family Fun Pet Expo and Experience Idaho Expo — for one price: $5. Kids 6 and under get in free.

 

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CELEBRATE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

Rediscovered Books will pull out all the stops Saturday with a children’s scavenger hunt from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Wheel of Fortune-style discount/prize wheel, a coloring gallery with a prize raffle for kids and adults, plus temporary tattoos and more. Special merchandise created exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day will be offered. Leaf Tea House will do a tasting at 4 p.m. Woodland Empire Alecraft will pour beer tastes at 6 p.m.

 

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HIT THE BEACH

UPDATE: Beach Slang appeared to break up last night in Salt Lake City. Check with Neurolux in advance about tonight.

Miss old-school indie-rock? Think the Replacements were the greatest band ever? You need to check out Philadelphia-based Beach Slang. The group will headline Neurolux on Friday. Concert quote: “We’re Beach Slang. We’re here to punch you right in the heart.”

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BONUS WEEKDAY PICK: CURL UP

Whaaaa? Boise has a curling club? Yep. And the Boise Curling Club will teach two “Learn to Curl” classes Monday at Idaho Ice World. One is from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. The other is from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. They each include 45 minutes of off-ice class instruction and one hour of on-ice curling. All equipment is provided. Dare to curl, baby!

 

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