For some reason, "recreation" has come to stand for "sweaty outdoor sports." And while hiking, biking and Frisbee throwing are dandy ways to blow off steam, some folks prefer to recreate with a cold one gripped firmly in one paw.
Luckily, Boise Rec Fest, which runs Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27, in Ann Morrison Park has the outdoor alkies covered. Pabst Blue Ribbon will have a beer garden featuring PBR, Sierra Nevada and Mike's Hard Lemonade. While you're getting canned, you can try out Pabst's "One-Handed Games," which include horseshoes, a bean bag toss and a life-sized Connect Four. And fret not, winos, you can get your kicks at the Idaho Wines Garden, which features vino from Holesinsky's Vineyard and Winery, Indian Creek Winery and Woodriver Cellars.
Oh, and lest we forget, here's what else is going on: a shitload of bands on the Boise Weekly Main Stage, including Bank, lo-fi, Sleepy Seeds and Finn Riggins; an Explore Idaho exhibit with more than 80 local nonprofits, retailers, manufacturers, guides and outfitters; the UnderAid/Boise Rock School Youth Stage featuring Baby, a carbon-neutral Japanese fire truck; the Wings Center Family Activity Area, which has a giant Twister board, Jumbo croquet, dodgeball, foursquare, kickball and double dutch; a kids Bike Rodeo by Safe Routes to Schools; REI workshop tents, where you can learn pilates, Hackey Sack, wilderness medicine or suspension training; Boise Parks and Rec's Mobile Recreation Unit; beginner and intermediate skateboard camp; horseshoe classes; a food court and so much freaking more.
For a full schedule of events and a festival map, visit boiserecfest.com or check out our slick Rec Fest insert in this week's edition of BW.
Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Ann Morison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., 208-639-0281, boiserecfest.com.