If you've been itching for a reason to get the kids out of the house, take a drive to Nampa or stuff your face with kettle corn while perusing artisan booths, you're in luck.
Celebrating its 25th year, the Nampa Festival of the Arts has more than validated itself as an entertaining and kid-friendly event that showcases local artists outside of Boise. More than 15,000 people attend the event each year, which offers a taste not only of visual and craft arts but of local performing art as well.
Held in Lakeview Park, the festival boasts more than 190 arts and craft vendors, concessions and activities for the kids, like an art booth and bounce houses.
There's also a stellar entertainment lineup. Saturday features the Pat Harris School of Dance, The Get Back Band, Zumba, Workin' on Fire, Xpressions Dance Academy, Larkspur, Idaho Rhythm Cloggers, Decade Blues Band and Tropical Cowboys.
On Sunday, performers include Kris and Robert Bush, The Mystics and Finn Riggins.
Attendees are also encouraged to stop by the inaugural Juried Art Show in the Rose Garden and vote for the people's choice award.