1. BE A HERMIT
If you enjoy old-timey music, country and square dancing, and the great Idaho outdoors, you’ll discover lots of likeminded friends Friday through Sunday at the annual Hermit Music Fest. More than two dozen acts will perform at Indian Creek Winery in Kuna (including Portland-based Matty Charles & Katy Rose, above). The festival also will feature workshops ranging from songwriting and partner dancing to children’s poetry and ukelele strumming.
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2. BATTLE WITH BEER
If you’re an IPA soldier, march to 10 Barrel Brewing Co. for the annual Beer Wars IPA Fest on Saturday. Blind tasting and voting are from 5 to 8 p.m. (results announced at 8). Jonathan Warren and the Billygoats will perform starting at 7 p.m. It’s free to get in — you just buy a tasting glass and tokens, then sample up to 30 IPAs from the West. (Glass is $5, tokens are $1.)
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3. ROCK THE MOUNTAIN
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will host the summer’s final (and free) Music on the Mountain event from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Chairlift rides ($10 single, $25 day pass) run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local bands Pause for the Cause, Voice of Reason and the Zac Quintana Band will play from noon to 7 p.m. Food and beverages (including brewskies) will be available at this family-friendly destination. Do it. It’s only 16 miles from the city.
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4. LOOK UP!
As you’ve probably noticed, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is in full swing at Ann Morrison Park. There’s hot-air balloon action on tap through Sunday, but the big throwdown will be the Nite Glow Spectacular on Friday night. My little boys sure had a good time at Kids’ Day earlier this week. (Can you spot my redheads in the video I shot below?) P.S. Leave your drones home.
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5. PARTY LATINO-STYLE
The Basque Block in Downtown Boise is shifting cultures from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday — to Latino Fest. The Consulate of Mexico in Boise has booked live bands North Point Latin Jazz, Special Reserve and Pura Vida Orchestra. Food will be served by restaurants Casa Blanca Cuban Grill, Andy’s Mexican Food, Lima Limon and more. It’s free, and all ages are welcome.
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