Best Local Festival

Treefort Music Fest

Some people look forward to the Treefort Music Fest every March the way some folks look forward to Christmas. The five-day festival of music, food, film, technology, literature, comedy, beer and so much more has certainly been a gift to the City of Trees. It's entertaining and educational, it inspires a lot of local creativity, and it brings in thousands of visitors, which helps boost the local economy. The whole vibe of Treefort is so good, even Scrooge himself couldn't resist. treefortmusicfest.com

2nd Place: Art In the Park—Family friendly cultural events don't often become institutions, but they also aren't the annual Boise Art Museum event, Art in the Park. For more than 60 years, Julia Davis Park has filled with arts, crafts and food vendors, having grown to 200-plus artists selling nearly every kind of art imaginable. Art in the Park is a tradition for many, who spend the day browsing, buying and watching musicians and artists perform in the Gene Harris Bandshell. boiseartmuseum.org

3rd Place: Hyde Park Street Fair—It's important to have one last hurrah before the summer ends. The Hyde Park Street Fair has filled that need nicely for more than three decades. Tens of thousands of people head to Camel's Back Park each year for tasty food, great music and eye-opening cultural performances. Three days doesn't seem nearly enough time to enjoy every aspect of Hyde Park Street Fair—but it's so much fun to try. northendboise.org

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