Entertaining, family friendly summer events are already kicking off or happening all across the Treasure Valley.
i48 Film Competition and Festival
competition: May 29-31
festival: June 6-7
Egyptian Theatre, idaho48.org
Teams of Idaho filmmakers have 48 hours to write a script, cast actors, and shoot and edit an original three- to six-minute film. This year, there will be a new award at the screening and awards ceremony: The Sun Valley Film Festival Favorite, chosen by SVFF programmers.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
May 29-Sept. 27 ISF Amphitheater, idahoshakespeare.org
ISF celebrates its 39th season with a diverse program of plays: the menacing Dial "M" for Murder, charming rom-com The Tempest, a musical version of The Secret Garden, the lamentable tale of King Lear and the longest running musical in history, The Fantasticks.
Greek Food Festival
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, boisegreekfestival.com
Dig into gyros, souvlaki, pastitsio, dolmades, spanikopita, pilafi, baklava, kataifi, karithopita, galatobouriko and more.
City of Murphy, owyheemuseum.org
Take a trip to the Old West with carriage rides, a carnival train for the kids, a saloon for the adults and demonstrations of wild horses and sheep dogs.
208 Tattoo Fest
Expo Idaho, 208tattoofest.com
You don't have to have a tattoo to find something relatable at this fest: seeing Tana the Tattooed Lady perform, checking out the work of more than 100 super-talented tattoo artists or people-watching the resplendently ink-adorned.
Idaho Botanical Garden, savoridaho.org
Celebrate the Gem State's wine industry with some of Idaho's finest vintners and chefs.
Meridian Dairy Days
City of Meridian, dairydays.org
Marking its 86th year, Dairy Days has cattle and dairy goat shows, a night parade, a carnival, fun runs, pancake feeds and a concert.
Emmett Cherry Festival
Emmett City Park, emmettidaho.com
The Emmett Cherry Festival celebrates the city's agricultural heritage with free, family friendly fun like concerts, a parade and more.
Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, ahavathbethisrael.org
Traditional deli food, to-die-for desserts, music and dancing make CABI's Deli Days the ultimate annual kosher event in the Treasure Valley.
Eagle Fun Days
Get to know the lovely city of Eagle, with Family Night Out, a children's carnival, the Wet and Wild Parade, Family Bike Night and more.
July 28-Aug. 2
Various locations in Boise, jaialdi.com
Since 1987, this quinquennial (every five years) event has drawn people from around the globe for a glorious celebration of Basque culture traditional food, drink, music, sports and dance.
Boise's Funniest Person
July 11-Aug. 1 (Saturdays)
Liquid Laughs, boisesfunniestperson.com
Amusing amateurs flaunt their funny, in hopes of winning a load of loot and bragging rights.
International Food and Culture Festival
Julia Davis Park, ifcfevents.org
The first IFC Fest will feature booths, workshops, music and authentic world cuisine: American, Basque, Bosnian, Ethiopian, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Thai and more.
Nampa Festival of the Arts
Lakeview Park, business.nampa.com
Plan plenty of time—you'll need it to make the most of the nearly 200 arts and craft booths, kids' activities, food and music.
- photo by Patrick Sweeney
Tour de Fat
Ann Morrison Park, newbelgium.com
A costumed morning bike parade through downtown kicks off a day in the park filled with live music, bike-oriented booths, activities and, of course, beer.
Library! Comic Con
Boise Public Library, boisepubliclibrary.org
For anyone who loves comic books, graphic novels and all things sci-fi and fantasy.
Find more events at boiseweekly.com.