OK, bad news first: Yet another summer has flown by in a blur, and you didn't get a chance to do half of the things you wanted to. Now the good news: The end of summer marks the return of one of Boise's favorite annual community events--Art in the Park.
The three-day art fair and fundraiser for the Boise Art Museum will fill Julia Davis Park with 250 artists (65 of which are new this year) from around the country, alongside food vendors and live music. The event kicks off Friday, Sept. 7, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 9.
As usual, the kiddies can stay busy at the Children's Art Tent. Local musicians will perform at the Julia Davis Band shell throughout the day Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday afternoon.
If you need to unwind after a hard afternoon of art fairing and fighting off the strollers and dogs (which event organizers are asking owners to leave at home since, let's face it, dogs really don't give a damn about art), you can check out live jazz in the BAM outdoor Sculpture Garden from 6:15-9 p.m. on Saturday. Better yet, you can buy food and adult beverages on site.
While there is no public parking in the park during the event, free shuttles will run every 20 minutes from Boise State parking lots and parking garages in BODO, with stops throughout downtown and even out to Boise Towne Square. For a full shuttle map, visit boiseartmuseum.org.
Parking in the BODO garages will cost $5 for the day and those who come on bikes can take advantage of bike parking off the Greenbelt.
Now, start working on your stamina and patience--Art in the Park takes a bit of both.