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Bask In All Things Basque at the San Inazio Festival

Friday, July 27-Sunday, July 29

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There's a reason Jaialdi only happens every five years in Boise. The epic Basque fest draws thousands from as far away as Spain for traditional dancing and sports competitions, before soaking the streets of downtown in sticky-sweet spilled kalimotxos and spicy chorizo drippings.

Luckily, the annual San Inazio Festival is kind of like Jaialdi lite. It boasts the same delicious pintxos and more than enough iced red wine and Coke to wash them down, along with ample performances by the Oinkari Basque Dancers.

This year, San Inazio will take place from Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, on the Basque Block, and various locations around Boise. The fest will launch with a Friends and Family night and pintxo potluck at the Basque Center before a performance by the Basque youth camp Udaleku on the Basque Block.

On Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m., the Basque Block will fire up for an afternoon of Basque music and dancing, featuring Boiseko Gazteak, Boise's youngest Basque dancers; Txantxangorriak, a Basque music ensemble; and a performance by the Oinkari Basque Dancers.

The revelers will then take it down a notch for mass at St. John's Cathedral at 775 N. Eighth St., with liturgical dances by Onati Dantza Taldea. Back on the Basque Block beginning at 9 p.m., Amuma Says No will make sure butts are shaking and wine is flowing well into the early morning.

Closing the weekend will be a relaxing afternoon filled with picnics and all-ages games beginning at 11 a.m. in Municipal Park. Amuma Says No will perform again from 8:15-11 p.m.

There will also be pala games going on throughout the weekend at the Fronton, located at 619 Grove St., which will also be televised inside the Basque Center for those who want a cold beverage to keep them company.

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