Now in its fourth year, the Boise Music Festival brings the Treasure Valley's largest sonic get-together to Expo Idaho Saturday, July 27. This year's lineup features local as well as national artists--including '90s chart-topper and self-reinventor extraordinaire Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice.
The Commercial Tire Main Stage hosts headlining artists Dakota Bradley, Mr. Ice, Hinder, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jason Derulo and Candlebox. On an additional six stages scattered throughout the venue, more than 50 local bands are slated to perform music spanning a wide range of genres.
Outside food and drink is prohibited but vendors will be on-site to quench thirst and curb appetites. Free parking is available in the Expo Idaho parking lot, while shuttles to and from the festival will run every 30 minutes from the Boise Towne Square mall.
The festival goes from 10 a.m.-10 p.m and tickets are $20, available at BMF ticket stops or online at ictickets.com. Want to score some freebies? Check out on-air giveaways from local PEAK Broadcasting stations 107.9 LITE FM, MIX 106, 103.3 KISS FM, WOW Country 104.3, 580 KIDO or 630 The Fan. boisemusicfestival.com.
In the mood for some country music and corndogs? The Canyon County Fair runs Thursday, July 25-Sunday, July 28, and welcomes live performances from The Oak Ridge Boys, .38 Special, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts and The Afters. You can also see the Gem State Junior Rodeo, an appearance by the Snake River Rangers Cowboy Mounted Shooters, the Oinkari Basque Dancers of Boise and the Hogs-n-Mud Wrestling contest.
Concert admission is included in the general admission price, which runs $5 for fair-goers 13 and older, $3 for kids 6-12 and adults 65 and older. Kids 5 and younger get in free. canyoncountyfair.org.
There is more family fun to be had at the 2013 Braun Brothers Reunion Festival, happening in Challis Thursday, Aug. 8-Saturday, Aug. 10. The 10th annual festival cranks up the country with performances by Dale Watson, Suzy Bogguss, Micky and the Motorcars, Reckless Kelly and, naturally, the Braun Family musicians.
Three-day admission comes out to $105, while two-day passes go for $72. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $15 and will only be available at the gate. Tickets will be available at the gate all three days of the festival. braunbrothersreunion.com.