Need Something To Do Sunday?


Music, fancy cars, hand-crafted beer ... Summer is the time for festivals of all sorts. And with all the excitement they offer, they always seem like a good idea at first. Then you get there and end up elbow-to-elbow with a bunch of sweaty, sunburned jerks, while you stand in line all day and don't have any fun at all.

But that's 'cause you went on Saturday like a sucker.

Sundays are the day to go to hit up a festival because you'll have to deal with approximately 60 percent of Saturday's crowds.

So today, why not jump in on the tail end of one of the many festivals happening in Boise this weekend?

For anybody looking to get high without the hassle of an arrest, there's the Lakeside Lavender Festival. There will be all the you-pick lavender, lavender products and twirling-around-in-a-field-to-a- jam band you can shake a daisy chain at. That runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and is as free as the spirits of those who will attend.

For anyone interested in parading around a crowd shirtless shouting "woo hoo" for no discernible reason, there's the Idaho Brewers Festival, where you'll be able to sample all kinds of beer from Idaho breweries. The fest runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and costs $5 at the gate or $20 for entry, a tasting cup and 16 samples. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

For those who covet Jay Leno's car collection, there's the Ninth Annual Motorfest out at Expo Idaho. You can drool over funny cars and classics from from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Admission is $7.

And finally, for the total whackos who want to consume electricity in a way that doesn't poison air, water or soil, thereby allowing the human race to survive instead of perishing miserably in our own filth, there's the Living Energy Festival at the Shangri-La Tea Room, which will feature live music and all sorts of info on clean and renewable energy, as well as ways to be more energy efficient. That runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and costs $5.

So get out there and festivate, people. Only the uniformed went yesterday. Now they're all at home nursing their sunburns and leaving you the chance to have a Sunday funday all to yourself.