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5 Things to Do This Weekend in Boise

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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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] • • • 

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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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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