It's still hot, it's still smoky and besides the fact that school is back in session, it's hard to find any sign that it's not still the middle of summer. But those looking for that seasonal signpost need look no further than Julia Davis Park, where a three-day cavalcade of art, food, music, strollers and dogs (despite the fact that they are not allowed) mark an annual milepost in Boise.
Art in the Park returns for its 59th year Friday, Sept. 6-Sunday, Sept. 8. The annual fundraiser for Boise Art Museum draws thousands to the park each day of the festival. This year, 260 artists from around the country will set up their booths--including 68 artists new to the event--selling art and crafts of all descriptions, from fine paintings and woodcuts to handcrafted furniture to pottery, photography, jewelry and more.
There will be plenty of food vendors on-site and live music at the Bandshell and the BAM Sculpture Garden, which will host Jazz in the Garden each evening from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., when visitors can kick back with an adult beverage and relax.
For Boise State University football fans who couldn't score tickets to the opening home game on Saturday, Sept. 7, the game will be shown on a big-screen TV in the Sculpture Garden beginning at 1 p.m. The game also means downtown parking will be at a premium that day as well--especially with Art in the Park coinciding with the kickoff of a new tailgating ordinance, which allows open alcohol containers in a designated eastern section of Julia Davis during game days.
There is no parking in the park, but there are free shuttles all three days, running every 20 minutes and dropping people off at BAM from stops at Eighth and Front streets, 11th Street between Front and Myrtle streets, Third and Front streets, 11th and Idaho streets, 16th and Idaho streets, Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive and the Boise Towne Square bus shelter near Dillards. On Friday and Sunday, a shuttle will also run from the Boise State Morrison Center lot and Brady Garage.
For those who score some art finds, fill out the top of your receipt and drop it in one of the barrels around the park for a chance to win a bevy of prizes, including passes to Bogus Basin Mountain Resort and gift certificates from area businesses.