Annual Manual » Annual Manual: Recreation

Rec: The Calendar

Best bets for recreation events


  • Laurie Pearman

Tour de Fat

Saturday, Aug. 17

Ann Morrison Park, Boise

Boise loves its bikes and its beer, which is probably why the Boise stop of New Belgium Brewing's Tour de Fat is among the top fundraisers of the entire tour. Each year, the Tour de Fat rolls into Boise and brings with it a two-wheeled parade of fun. The traveling event celebrates bike culture while raising money for local bike organizations in each city. The event includes a costumed morning bike parade through downtown, kicking off a day in the park filled with live music, bike-oriented booths, activities and, yes, beer.

Bogus Basin Ski and Snowboard Swap

Thursday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 3

Expo Idaho, Garden City

While ski areas set their calendars by the sought-after Thanksgiving opening date, ski season in the Treasure Valley starts about a month earlier, thanks to the annual ski and snowboard equipment swap. All persuasions of riders wait in anticipation for the sale, to pick up both new and used gear for slashed prices or clear out their own garages to make room for the latest goods. The event is a fundraiser for the Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, which keeps the next generation of racers flying down the slopes.

  • Ray Mullins/Sawtooth Photo Pro

Race to Robie Creek

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fort Boise Park, Boise

What better way to spend a spring day than by running more than 13 miles up-, then downhill? The Race to Robie Creek has earned its title as the toughest half marathon in the Northwest, but it's also one of the most popular. Runners clamor to take part in the near-legendary run. In fact, spots are so in demand that registration fills within a matter of minutes. So if you plan on running, get some high-speed Internet and mark your calendar for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, when registration opens at noon.

Idaho Whitewater Association Used Equipment Sale

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Idaho River Sports, Boise

As sure as spring melt means the river season is near, so does the annual used equipment sale, where rafters and kayakers put their differences aside in the name of scoring sweet deals on used gear. From kayaks and rowing frames to life jackets and splash skirts, if you need it on the river, you'll probably find it at the sale. River rats line up early to get first dibs on the best gear. A portion of sales goes to promote river education--the rest goes to the sellers, who now have enough room for new gear.

Boise Bike Week

Monday, May 12-Saturday, May 17, 2014


Like tulips pushing their way into the sun, spring in Boise is marked by the return of bikes reclaiming the city. It's a fact celebrated with the annual Boise Bike Week, when bikers of all abilities and interests gather in two-wheeled, nonmotorized unison. The week of bike-oriented events is filled with group rides, parties, classes and demonstrations offering something for all varieties and ages of riders. Nothing says spring like the hum of spinning bike wheels.

  • James Max

Ironman 70.3 Boise

Saturday, June 7, 2014


There's tough and then there's Ironman tough. Each year, triathletes gather in Boise to test their mettle in the 70.3-mile race, which includes a bike race, a swim in Lucky Peak Reservoir and a foot race back to the downtown finish line. If you're not up for one of the toughest physical challenges around, spectators join in the celebration at the end. One thing is for sure: Once you witness these world-class athletes, you'll feel compelled to increase your own workout routine.

Snake River Stampede

Tuesday, July 15-Saturday, July 19, 2014

Idaho Center, Nampa

For something that's pushing 100 years old, the Snake River Stampede hasn't missed a step. As one of the top-ranked rodeos in the country hits its 99th year, the Stampede is bigger than ever with a full lineup of hard-riding cowboys and cowgirls taking part in some of the top rodeo action in the business--from bull and bronc riding to barrel racing. The action isn't only in the arena, though. Days are filled with buckaroo breakfasts, concerts, parades and all sorts of sideline fun. Just don't go dressed like a city slicker.

Twilight Criterium

July 2014

Downtown Boise

For more than a quarter-century, some of the top bike racers in the country have hit Boise for the Twilight Criterium. One sultry summer night each year, downtown Boise is packed with crowds angling to see the tightly packed racers fly around corners at what seem like impossible speeds. The day starts with a special kids' ride and market, where fans can meet the pros before men's, women's and masters' classes take to the course on their way to the finish line.