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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

Tour de Fat parade rolls through Ann Morrison in 2015

Thousands of costumed cyclists made up the 14th annual Tour de Fat parade, beginning and ending in Ann Morrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. The Tour de Fat is a fundraiser for three Boise cycling advocacy groups: SWIMBA, Treasure Valley Cycli
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Thousands of costumed cyclists made up the 14th annual Tour de Fat parade, beginning and ending in Ann Morrison Park on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. The Tour de Fat is a fundraiser for three Boise cycling advocacy groups: SWIMBA, Treasure Valley Cycli

1. BIKE AND BE GOOFY

Got a screw loose? That’s better than a loose spoke — at least at Tour de Fat, the annual festival that mixes old-fashioned lunacy with bikes, New Belgium beer and live music. The family-friendly party is Saturday at Ann Morrison Park. It starts with a bike parade at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. registration), then a fashion showdown (noon), music from Ssssnake! (12:30 p.m.), the Slow Ride competition (1:20 p.m.), music from MarchFourth! (1:40 p.m.), The Bike is Right! game show to win a bike (2:40 p.m.), a car-for-bike swap (3:30 p.m.), then music from Los Amigos Invisibles (3:40 p.m.). It’s free to attend this benefit for local bicycle advocacy groups, but donations are appreciated. Beers will set you back $5.

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Boise Hawks pitcher Christian Talley went undrafted last year, but in his first season in Boise, he's thriving, posting a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings in seven appearances thus far. July 13, 2016.

2. PLAY BALL

The Boise Hawks are in the midst of an eight-game home stand. They take on Tri-City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Friday is $1 night (select concession items are a buck), Saturday is Military Appreciation Night plus post-game fireworks, Sunday is Kids Club Sunday. [Tickets] • • • 

The inaugural Huckleberry Jam last year at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho, featured music acts such as Ben Harper and Brett Dennen. This year's event is Aug. 11-13.

3. HEAD TO TAMARACK ...

Tamarack Resort in Donnelly is only a couple of hours from Boise. Hop in your vehicle and check out the second annual Huckleberry Jam on Friday and Saturday. The easygoing festival has everything you want in an outdoor mountain bash: On-site camping, craft beer and a consistently strong lineup: On Aug. 12, Jeff Crosby & The Refugees (3:30 p.m.), Monophonics (5 p.m.), Brandi Carlile (7 p.m.) and Beats Antique (9 p.m.), and on Aug. 13, Shook Twins (1:15 p.m.), Moon Hooch (3 p.m.), Lake Street Dive (4:45 p.m.), Robert Randolph and the Family Band (6:45 p.m.) and Michael Franti and Spearhead (8:45 p.m.).

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4. ... OR CHALLIS

Ever been to the Braun Brothers Reunion Festival? It’s one of those Idaho things you’ve got to do at least once — especially if you’re a country-rock fan. The lineup Thursday through Saturday features acts ranging from the ever-present Braun bands (Reckless Kelly, Micky and The Motorcars) to Alejandro Escovedo and Hayes Carll.

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A relative newcomer to Hyde Park, North End Pizza is a great place for beer, pizza and hanging out.

5. GRAB A NORTH END SLICE

Maybe you’ve been at Boise Hemp Fest all day Saturday and have the munchies. Maybe you’re just hungry. Either way, with two pizza joints now in Boise’s Hyde Park, it’s a great time to savor the offerings at Sun Ray Cafe and newbie North End Pizza, which we compared and graded in a double-restaurant review.

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