Best Local Festival

Treefort Music Festival

What could be more appropriate for the City of Trees than a treefort? Downtown's newest, biggest music festival has grown by leaps and bounds since its first year in 2012, adding new "forts" every year, ranging from Hackfort (plugged by President Barack Obama during his visit in January 2015) to Storyfort and Yogafort. What's more, it's an attraction for people not from Boise. In terms of size and draw, nothing else comes close.

2nd Place: Art in the Park—Few traditions are more firmly ensconced in Boise's culture than Art in the Park. Each year, like exotic birds on their way south, thousands of people from around the state gather in Julia Davis Park to peruse and shop with hundreds of artists and vendors, listen to music and see performing artists do their thing. For more than 60 years, it has been one of Boise's premier festivals.

3rd Place: Hyde Park Street Fair—Every year in the middle of September, Boiseans dust off their freak flags, hoist them up their car antennae and go buck wild. No, it's not for the first Boise State Broncos home game, but for the Hyde Park Street Fair, a Saturnalia of fried foods, vendors of all sorts, music and performance. If Jerry Garcia were a saint, his feast day would be three days long, and it would be the Hyde Park Street Fair.

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