It’s August, and it’s stupid hot!
It’s time to kick back inside with some A/C comfort right?
Nope! Ironically, the majority of what’s going down this month requires you to embrace the heat.
For instance, there’s the Western Idaho Fair where adults can sweat their weight in water and children can ingest a monthly allowance of sugar in just one day.
No judgment — I’m totally there for the funnel cakes, elephant ears and other deep fried goodies.
The Starlight Cinema Series at the new Indian Creek Plaza has been added to the roundup of outdoor family movie nights.
The Idaho Shakespeare Festival opens its new production “Pride and Prejudice” and continues with “Mamma Mia!” for those who prefer their theater outdoors picnic-style.
Don’t forget about Firebird Raceway’s popular Pepsi Nightfire Nationals, and take advantage of all the weekly concert series because most of them wrap up this month.
Alive After Five: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 29, Grove Plaza, 826 W. Main St., Boise. Bands, food, beer garden and vendors. Free. downtownboise.org.
▪ Aug. 1: Young Dubliners, opening Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers
▪ Aug. 8: Talbott Brothers, opening Pan Handles
▪ Aug. 15: Jocelyn and Chris Ardnt, opening Luci Kolada
▪ Aug. 22: The Brevet, opening Nick Delffs
▪ Aug. 29: Ripe, opening Rippin Brass
Great Garden Escape Concert Series: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 27, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Picnic baskets welcome (no alcohol) or purchase from on-site vendors. Bring low back chairs or blankets. $10 general, $7 IBG members, $6 children 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger, at the gate. 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. August’s band lineup:
▪ Aug. 2: Encore Band
▪ Aug. 9: Blues Brothers Rock ‘N Soul Review
▪ Aug. 16: Tylor and The Train Robbers
▪ Aug. 30: Simple Ruckus
Thursday Thunder: 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 30, Boise Spectrum, 7609 W. Overland Road. Free. boisespectrumcenter.com.
▪ Aug. 2: Pilot Error
▪ Aug. 9: Big Wow
▪ Aug. 16: $oul Purpo$e
▪ Aug. 23: Emily Stanton Band
▪ Aug. 30: Pilot Error
Rock the Village Concert Series: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 17, The Village at Meridian, N. Eagle Road and E. Fairview Avenue. Local and regional bands, local artisans’ market. Free. thevillageatmeridian.com.
▪ Aug. 3: Charley Jenkins, opening Jensen Buck Band
▪ Aug. 10: Fleetwood Mask, opening Steve Eaton & Friends
▪ Aug. 17: Barracuda, opening Retreads
Blues on the Banks: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 3-4, Stewart’s Bar and Grill, 2805 Blaine St., Caldwell. Jake Leg Blues Band headlines Friday, opening Deborah Michels Gang. Scott Ellison Band headlines Saturday, opening Jake Leg Blues Band. $5 for Friday, $20 Saturday at the door. $15 for both nights at Stewart’s, Printcraft (2614 E. Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell) and banks2018.eventbrite.com.
Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5, Yellow Pine. Spike Coggins, Triple Crown, Guess When, Roby Kap, David Richardson Moody Jews of Boise, more. yellowpinefestival.org.
Sunset Concert Series: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, through August, Tamarack Resort’s Amphitheater, 311 Village Drive. Free.
▪ Aug. 4: Afrosonics
▪ Aug. 11: Audio Moonshine
▪ Aug. 18: Innocent Man
▪ Aug. 25: Emily Stanton Band
Concerts in the Park: Gates at 11 a.m. and music from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 9, Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell. Music, food, local vendors and plenty of wine. $12 general, $10 wine club member, in advance. $15 and $12 at the gate. 208-453-7843, ext. 3; stechapelle.com/events.
▪ Aug. 5: Blues Addicts w/Brass Tacks Horns
▪ Aug. 12: Big Wow
▪ Aug. 19: Smooth Avenue
Live After 5 in the Garden: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Japanese Garden, Four Rivers Cultural Center, 676 S.W. 5th Ave., Ontario, Ore. Free.
▪ Aug. 8: Simple Ruckus
▪ Aug. 22: Chaz Browne Group
Braun Brothers Reunion Festival: Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 9-11, Challis. Micky and the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Canada and the Departed, Robert Earl Keen, more. braunbrothersreunion.com.
Bannock County Bluegrass Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; 1:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, Bannock County Event Center, 820 E. Pine St., Pocatello. Ragged Union, Teton Shadow Band, Panhandle Polecats, Scratchdog Stringband, more. Also, music workshops, band scramble, jam sessions, open mike at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. $10 for Friday or Sunday, $20 Saturday; $40 weekend pass. bannockcountybluegrassfestival.com.
Boise Goathead Fest: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Cecil D. Andrus Park, 601 W. Jefferson St., Boise. Celebration of the bicycle community that replaces Tour de Fat with local breweries and music. Proceeds will be distributed to local bicycle-related nonprofits, including Boise Bicycle Project, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Dirt Dolls, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley and the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. Free; however, $5 suggested donation to join the pedal-powered parade on Aug. 4 (10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. launch, Idaho State Capitol steps). boisegoatheadfest.com.
Kuna Days: 4 p.m. to dusk Friday, Aug. 3, and 7 a.m. to dusk Saturday, Aug. 4, Kuna. Vendors and food in the city park and music both days; “Moana” family movie at dusk Friday; Saturday features a pancake breakfast, fun run, car show, parade (10 a.m.), free kids carnival, fireworks (10:30 p.m.), more. kunachamber.com.
▪ Down N Dirty Youth Mud Obstacle Course, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2nd Street next to the skate park
Cool Summer Nights: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 28, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. Challenge friends and family to life size chess, cornhole, ladder ball or even a table game. Swing, cha cha, waltz, or honky-tonk your way into the weekend on the Plaza stage (7 to 9 p.m.). Held in conjunction with CreekFeast Food Jam with food trucks, beer and wine available. Free. indiancreekplaza.com.
Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12, Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum. Outdoor juried fine arts and crafts with artist demonstrations, music, food vendors and a children’s activity area. Free. sunvalleycenter.org/arts-crafts-festival.
Nampa Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. More than 190 artisan booths, entertainment, food, free children’s activities. Free.
Western Idaho Fair: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 25; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $7 general, $5 seniors, $4 children 6-11, in advance. $9 general, $7 seniors, $6 children 6-11, free for ages 5 and younger, at the gate. idahofair.com. Grandstand concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are free with admission.
▪ Aug. 21: Bret Michaels
▪ Aug. 22: Styx
▪ Aug. 23: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
▪ Aug. 24: Randy Houser
Payette Lakes Fine Art and Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, Gold Glove Park, Fairway Drive, McCall. More than 60 artists and crafters from the Pacific Northwest, music, food vendors. payettelakesartfair.com.
Warbird Roundup: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 25-26, Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa. More than 25 rare World War II aircraft will be flying all weekend. Special guests include P-51 Mustang Voodoo that holds the world’s fastest speed record, and the return of the P-47 Thunderbolt Dottie Mae. $21 general, $18 seniors and military, $8 children, at tickets.warhawkairmuseum.org/p/events/289 through July 31. $25, $22 and $12 at the gate.
CableONE Movie Night: Dusk Fridays, through Aug. 31, Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian. Free. Go to meridiancity.org/movienight for weekly movie titles and trailers.
Starlight Cinema Series: 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 30, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. Bring a blanket/lawn chair for an outdoor cinema. Free. indiancreekplaza.com.
▪ Aug. 2: “Guardians of the Galaxy”
▪ Aug. 9: “The Lion King”
▪ Aug. 16: “Thor: Ragnarok”
▪ Aug. 23: “Brave”
▪ Aug. 30: “The Goonies”
Silver Screen on the Green: Family activities start at 8:30 p.m. and movies at dusk Fridays, through Aug. 17, Optimist Park, 16680 11th Ave. N., Nampa. Bring a blanket/lawn chair for movies on a large inflatable screen. Free. 208-468-5858.
▪ Aug. 3: “Sherlock Gnomes”
▪ Aug. 10: “Lion King”
▪ Aug. 17: “Cars 3”
NY Dog and Cat Film Festivals: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 (dog films), and Sunday, Aug. 5 (cat films), The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise. A portion of every ticket benefits Idaho Humane Society, Dogs Playing for Life, and Winn Feline Foundation. Arrive at noon for animal snuggling sessions. $10 per day or attend both days for $12. dogfilmfestival.com, catfilmfestival.com.
Movies Under the Stars: Free games for kids at 7 p.m. provided by Boise Parks and Recreation, movies at dusk, through August. Free. See movie titles at parks.cityofboise.org/activities,-classes-and-sports/movies-under-the-stars.
▪ Aug. 4: Fort Boise Park, 155 E Garrison Road, Boise
▪ Aug. 11: Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
Pepsi Nightfire Nationals: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. and sportsman racing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 9-12, with professional qualifying at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, professional eliminations kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday and continue Sunday, Firebird Raceway, five miles north of Idaho 44 on Idaho 16, northwest of Eagle. $7-$35. 208-938-8986, firebirdonline.com.
Boise Hawks baseball: 7:15 p.m., Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $8-$35 Tuesday-Sunday, $12-$35 Feed Your Face Monday. Tickets increase $1 day of game. 208-322-5000, boisehawks.com.
▪ Aug. 9-13: vs. Spokane Indians (5:15 p.m. Aug. 12, fireworks Aug. 10)
▪ Aug. 14-16: vs. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
▪ Aug. 29-31: vs. Hillsboro Hops (fireworks Aug. 31)
Caldwell Night Rodeo: 7 p.m. with junior rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 14-18, Caldwell Night Rodeo Arena, 2301 Blaine St. $15 general ($18 gate), $12 seniors, $8 children younger than 12, for Tuesday-Thursday; $25 for Friday-Saturday ($28 gate). caldwellnightrodeo.com. Tuesday and Wednesday (Family Nights) up to four children are free with each adult ticket.
▪ Buckaroo Breakfast, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 14-17, and 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St. $6 general, $4 seniors, free for children younger than 11.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Pride and Prejudice”: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (7:20 p.m. Greenshow mini-concert series Wednesdays-Saturdays) and 7 p.m. Sunday (no Greenshow), Aug. 3 (preview), Aug. 4 (opening night), Aug. 5 (family night), Aug. 7-9, 12, 16-17, 23-25, 28-29, Sept. 1-2, ISF Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $35-$50 Fridays-Saturdays, $27-$40 Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. Preview (Aug. 3): $30 reserved, $20 general. Family night (Aug. 5): $40 reserved, $27 general, $13 children 6-17. Any night, $20 students with valid ID. 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Mamma Mia!”: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (7:20 p.m. Greenshow mini-concert series Wednesdays-Saturdays) and 7 p.m. Sunday (no Greenshow), Aug. 10-11, 14-15, 18-19, 21-22, 26, 30-31, ISF Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $35-$55 Fridays-Saturdays, $29-$43 Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. Any night, $20 students with valid ID. 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Stage Coach Theatre’s “Doublewide, Texas”: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Aug. 24-25, 31-Sept. 1, 7-8; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6; 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, 4802 W. Emerald St., Boise. $15. 208-342-2000, stagecoachtheatre.com.
Music Theatre of Idaho’s “My Fair Lady”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $22 general, $20 seniors, $18 students. 208-468-2385, broadwaynampa.org.
Caldwell Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Sept. 26, Indian Creek Park at Blaine Street and Kimball Avenue next to Treasure Valley Community College. 208-571-3474, caldwellidfarmersmarket.com.
Emmett Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 31, Blaser Park, N. Washington Avenue and W. Park Street, Emmett. 208-550-4459, emmettfarmersmarket.com.
Moscow Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 27, Main Street and Friendship Square, Moscow. 208-883-7132, ci.moscow.id.us/197/Farmers-Market.
Boise Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 22, Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove streets, Boise. 208-345-9287, theboisefarmersmarket.com.
Capital City Public Market: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 15, 8th and Idaho streets, Boise. 208-345-3499, capitalcitypublicmarket.com.
Kuna Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 29, Bernie Fisher Park, 201 W. Main St. No market Aug. 4 during Kuna Days. 208-922-5929, kunafarmersmarket.com.
Meridian Main Street Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 1, Meridian City Hall Plaza and Broadway, between Main and Meridian. 208-495-4530, meridianmainstreetmarket.com.
Nampa Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 27, Lloyd Square Park, 13th and Front streets. 208-461-3814, nampafarmersmarket.com.
Eagle Saturday Market: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 13, Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. 208-489-8763, facebook.com/eaglesaturdaymarket.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, River Run Lodge, 500 Serenade Lane, Ketchum. Opening: Shovels and Ropes. $20-$135. sunvalleycenter.org.
HoneyHoney: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, The Olympic, 1009 Main St., Boise. Opening: Dead Horses. $15. eventbrite.com.
ZZ Top: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $59.50. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1766.
Floater: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: 57 Heavy, Ghostbox. $16. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $18 day of show.
The Last Splash of Summer: 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, Roaring Springs Waterpark, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian. Hip-hop artist KB in concert, with exclusive after hours water park access. $20. 208-459-5879, ktsy.org/last-splash-of-summer/.
Mourn: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Chastity, Death Matches of a Grade School Nightmare. $12. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624 . $15 at the door.
Sunnyslope Wine Trail Festival: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. Wines from participating wineries of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, food vendors, music by Mojo Boogie, arts and crafts. $30-$35, includes a complimentary glass and a passport for 12 tastes of wine or cider. eventbrite.com.
Death Cab for Cutie: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, Memorial Stadium, 5600 Glenwood St., Boise. $40 and $50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624.
“The Little Mermaid” Improv Comedy: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 W. Bank Drive, Boise. $25. 208-991-0984, gemcenterforthearts.org.
Field Trip: Vale to John Day: Register at the WinCo parking lot on Meridian Road just north of I-84 at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, for an 8 a.m. departure. Mark Ferns will take folks to John Day, looking at volcanic features and sharing gold prospecting history of the area. This can be a two-night guided trip for those who wish to see more. Dress for the weather; bring food and water. Easy walking. No advanced registration required. Sponsored by Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. $15 general, $10 IMMG members. Steve 208-853-1678, idahomuseum.org.
Magic Valley Beer Festival: 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Twin Falls City Park, 400 Shoshone St. E. Beer tasting, silent auction, and music by Meridian Rode, Mains & Monitors and Front Porch Flavor. Bottled water and food available. Fundraiser for Blue Lakes Rotary Club of Twin Falls. $25 advance, $30 day of the event, $10 for designated drivers. .magicvalleybeerfestival.com.
Snooze at the Zoo: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. Guided evening and early morning treks through the zoo to investigate animals, as well as their habitats, behavior and care. Also, activities, games, art projects, and up-close animal encounters. Evening snack, continental breakfast, and indoor/outdoor sleeping area provided. $45 for FoZB passholders and Boise residents, $50 nonresidents. 208-608-7744.
Chris Stapleton: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Opening: Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb. $39.75, $49.57 and $79.75. ICTickets, 208-442-3232.
Beats Antique: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Plantrae. $22. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $24 day of show.
Good Vibrations: A Celebration of The Beach Boys: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $39.99. ICTickets, 208-442-3232.
Pegboard Nerds: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $20 general ($25 door), $35 VIP. Ticketfly, 877-435-9849.
Reckless Kelly: Swing dance lessons at 2:30 p.m., openers Kevin and Dustin Welch at 3 p.m. and Reckless Kelly at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, The Barn, 1.5 miles west on Smokey Boulder Road off Idaho 95, 10 miles north of New Meadows. Benefit for The Shepherd’s Home. $35, free for children younger than 14, at shepherds-home.org or Albertsons in McCall or Roadhouse Java in New Meadows.
Slightly Stoopid: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Memorial Stadium, 5600 Glenwood St., Boise. Opening: Stick Figure, Pepper. $36 general. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $40 day of show.
Josh Blue: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Playhouse Events and Dinner Theater, 8001 W. Fairview Ave., Boise. $20. playhouseboise.com.
Amos Lee: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Opening: Shovels & Rope. $39.50. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1766.
Deafhaven: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Drab Majesty, Uniform. $18. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $20 at the door.
United Way Flapjack Feed: 7:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Basque Block, Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Street, Boise. $7 suggested donation.
Opera Idaho Operatini: Western Escapade: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Governor’s Ranch, 1009 S. Star Road, Star. Resident Company singers will perform in a relaxed setting with food and a specially designed martini based on the theme. $22 and $30, does not include drinks. eventbrite.com.
Lights of Hope Idaho: 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise. Decorate a bag in honor of a loved one, take a photo as the sun sets and spread messages of hope, and be a part of the movement bringing together cancer survivors, patients and caregivers as a unified force making the voice of the cancer community heard in the halls of government. Free. Purchase a bag at https://goo.gl/HYWLc5.
I’m With Her — Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $27.50-$37.50. ICTickets, 208-442-3232.
Phillip Phillips/Gavin DeGraw: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $42.50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $45 day of show.
Idaho Flea Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Highlights vendors throughout the Treasure Valley with free kid-friendly activities. Free. theidahofleamarket.com.
Topps National Baseball Card Day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, Jerry’s Rookie Shop, 3021 W. State St., Boise. Receive a free National Baseball Card Day pack with a purchase of $10 of Topps products. 208-338-3828.
Princess Tea Party: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 12, Simply Cats Adoption Center, 2833 S. Victory View Way, Boise. Finger foods, desserts, teas, photos and games with the Disney Princesses, and exclusive access to play with the shelter cats. $20 per adult with one child, $5 each additional child. 208-343-7177, simplycats.org/about/upcoming-events.
Father John Misty: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Lucy Dacus. $29. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $33 day of show.
Opal Theatre Company’s 10x10 Festival: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, White Dog Brewing, 705 W. Fulton St., Boise. 10 playwrights, 10 young directors, and countless young actors will have the opportunity to showcase themselves in a unique festival designed to promote the eclectic nature of the Boise community and Opal Theatre Company. Free. opaltheatre.org.
Punch Brothers: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Opening: Madison Cunningham. $32.50-$58.50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $22.50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $25 day of show.
Smokepurpp: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $30 general ($35 door), $60 VIP. Ticketfly, 877-435-9849.
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $40, $67 and $75. egyptiantheatre.net.
Yelawolf: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $26. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $28 day of show.
Bobaflex: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Free tickets by listening to KQXR 100.3 The X.
Winefest: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Basque Block, Grove Street between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Street, Boise. More than 100 wines to taste, discounted wine by the bottle, tapas, music, raffle and the Oinkari Basque Dancers. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 208-343-2671, basquemuseum.eus/shop/winefest-2018/.
Bug Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. $8 general, $4 children 5-12 and IBG members, free for ages 4 and younger. 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Steve Miller Band: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Opening: Peter Frampton. $75. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1766.
Slayer: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Special guests: Lamb of God, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death. $49.50. ICTickets, 208-442-3232. $55 day of show.
Baldygrass Fest: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, River Run Lodge, 500 Serenade Lane, Ketchum. Featuring The Infamous Stringdusters, Kuinka, AHI. $16.20-$133.60. sunvalleycenter.org.
Boise Community Band “Swinging through the Summer”: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, next to the Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Free. boisecommunityband.com.
Stone Temple Pilots/The Cult/Bush: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre, 2375 Olympus Drive, Pocatello. $29.50-$99.50. smithstix.com.
Rebelution: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Opening: Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, DJ Mackle. $35. Ticketmaster.
The Cadillac Three: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Austin Jenckes. $17.50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $20 day of show.
Oregon State Alumni Golf Scramble: Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Purple Sage Golf Course, 15192 Purple Sage Road, Caldwell. $65 individual or $220 foursome. Register at osualum.com/boisegolf or 888-678-2837.
Pooch Party Stroll and Splash: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue N., Nampa. One-mile walk, followed by pool time for dogs, contests, raffles, canine cake walk, pet-friendly vendors. Proceeds go towards the continued development of Nampa’s Amity Dog Park, as well as start to fund a second dog park in Nampa. $25 early registration, $30 after Aug. 21, $10 each additional dog. 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org/PoochParty.aspx.
Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society Koi Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Vendor trade show, bonsai display, food vendors, and Kawa Taiko Japanese drummers. Free. 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Sockeye Stagger: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Reid Miller Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle. Four-person relay where each person runs one mile, chugs a beer (or root beer) and says “one fish, two fish, run fish, brew fish” in succession. Winners predict their accurate total finish time to win free beer for a year from Sockeye Brewing. $80 registration. $20 off on Aug. 2 in honor of the race director’s birthday. Email TeamRunBoiseTRB@gmail.com for the code then go to bluecirclesports.com/EventDetail_Sub.aspx?eid=4379 on Aug. 2 to sign up.
Amanda Shires: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Opening: Lilly Hiatt. $25. Ticketmaster, 208-426-1766.
Dorothy: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $17.50. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $20 day of show.
Nahko and Medicine for the People: 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $23. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624. $28 day of show.
Creative Good Benefit Auction: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise. Dinner, speakers, music, silent auction, networking. Benefits CATCH. $20. creativegood.info.
E-40: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $29. TicketWeb, 866-468-7624.