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Summer Treasure: BW's annual guide to all things summer


It's the journey, not the destination that counts, and when that journey involves making the most of summer in Boise, it's worth the effort. To help you navigate a proper Boise summer, all you have to do is follow Boise Weekly's map to summer to find your own seasonal treasure. Need more help? Measure your progress with the help of BW's summer to-do lists.

Western Idaho Fair

Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 26

Nothing says summer like a fair, especially that wonderful combination of greasy fair food and spinning carnival rides.

Explore the Capital City Public Market

The weekly Saturday farmers market is the place to stock up on fresh fruit, veggies, flowers and myriad other locally produced goods. It also happens to be the best place to catch up with your neighbors and do some quality people watching.

Bet on the ponies at Les Bois Park

Get dressed up, have a few cocktails and feel like a big spender as the ponies race the first full season at the park in years.

Go to a Boise Hawks Game

Watch Boise's own boys of summer take the field while you sip a beer along the first base line.

Check out Boise's new River Recreation Park

Years in the making, the whitewater park is sure to be a major draw for anyone who loves a good Eskimo roll.

Watch the hot air balloons at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

Wednesday, Aug. 29 to Sunday, Sept. 2

There's nothing quite like the sight of hot air balloons over the city of Boise.

Disc golf at Julia Davis Park

Real golf is just too hard sometimes. Play for free and understand a whole new type of frustration.

Join the Tour de Fat bike parade

Saturday, Aug. 18

Join the two-wheeled community as it takes over town with bikes, music and lots of beer.

Climb the hill at Camel's Back Park

Why? Because it's fun to act like a kid once in awhile. Maybe get crazy and hit the playground.

Hyde Park Street Fair

Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16

A celebration of all things North End with three days of music, entertainment, craft booths and food.

Go check out Siberia at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary old-idaho-penitentiary

Nothing reminds you of how good you have it like visiting solitary confinement at an old prison. Besides, it's at least nice and cool in the hole.

Take in a concert at Idaho Botanical Garden

With the Outlaw Field concert series bringing in national big name acts and the weekly Botanical Garden Concert Series keeping things low key and local, the garden is one of the best spots to chill all summer.

Hike Tablerock at sunrise

The view from the top is worth the work, and a cool summer morning is the best time to do it.

Float the Boise River

If there's one quintessential thing Boiseans must do every summer it's plop themselves on something that floats and head down the river. Join the hydro-highway all summer and take advantage of the shuttle service.

Attend a play at Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Theater under the stars with a picnic and wine--do you really need more reasons?

Art in the Park

Friday, Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 9

The entire city (with children and dogs in tow) turns out for this fundraiser for Boise Art Museum with more than 200 artisans from around the country as well as music, food and a kids area.

Fourth of July Fireworks at Ann Morrison Park

Feel your patriotism swell as you watch things explode over the city with thousands of your neighbors.

Ride your bike along the Greenbelt all the way to Lucky Peak

Spend a day pedaling along the paved path but schedule frequent stops at the many riverside restaurants and bars because we wouldn't want you to lose your strength, would we?