It's hard to go wrong combining food, nonprofits, music and community building. Community Progressive II, a nonpartisan effort presented by United Vision for Idaho, will do just that.
"What's really cool about this is it's such a grassroots festival," said Adrienne Evans, executive director of United Vision for Idaho. "Everyone who's participating has volunteered time."
The second-annual event will bring together small businesses, nonprofits, musicians, artisans, growers and producers so everyone can explore new ways of contributing to the community.
Last year's event was held in venues in downtown and Garden City, but this year, everything will be concentrated in Julia Davis Park.
Things kick off at 10 a.m. with a discussion on the community stage about what people think progress looks like in Idaho. Workshops will be offered throughout the day, encouraging discussion of topics ranging from fracking and environmental policy to activism to job creation, taxes and local economics.
The event's organizers hope to raise awareness about issues that affect the community and Idaho as a whole, especially buying locally to keep Idaho sustainable, according to Evans.
Event-goers are encouraged to participate in workshops and the outdoor marketplace, featuring local products from small Idaho businesses. "Foodlandia" will offer local fare from such establishments as Archies Place and Salt Tears Coffeehouse and Noshery. Nonprofit row will highlight some of Idaho's hardest-working organizations, like the Idaho Peace Coalition, Add the Words and Transform Idaho.
A beer garden presented by Jo's Traveling Bar will feature Idaho products and 21 local bands will rock the Gene Harris Bandshell and beer garden stage every hour throughout the day.