Summer’s Last Hurrah: 8 Ways to End the Season in Style

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The kids have headed back to school, the Western Idaho Fair has ended, and Alive After Five won’t be back until next year. Summer days are behind us, right? Not so fast! It’s still technically summer, and there are still a lot of fun outdoor events in the Treasure Valley in the weeks ahead. Here are seven ways we plan on making the most of the warm months that remain.

Markets, Festivals, and Fairs

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8thStreet) is open Saturdays through December 19thand the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10thand Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

vegetables for sale at an outdoor market

Saturday markets are the quintessential end-of-summer activity.

The Hyde Park Street Fair, which hosts vendors and artisans from all over the west, is an annual fundraising event held in Boise’s Camel’s Back Park. This year’s festivities (which take place September 18-20) promise live music, kids’ activities, and exotic foods, beer, and—our personal favorite—a wine garden.

Get Outta Town

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to get out of Boise proper for an off-the-beaten-path excursion, here are a few ideas.

mountain biker riding on trail near rocks

Bogus Basin Mountain Resort is a mecca for outdoor activities—even during the summer and fall months.

In answer to recent years of disappointing snowfall, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has offered an impressive line-up of outdoor events for mountain bikers, yogis, frolfers (Frisbee golfers), and music lovers. In the months to come, there will still be more live music on the grounds, but Bogus has also teamed up with Treefort Music Fest to feature a fall edition of Alefort. Check out an updated events listing here.

Outdoor Movies

Whether you’re looking to take the family to a movie under the stars or you’re jonesin’ for or a kid-free flick, experiencing the silver screen via an outdoor screen is more popular than ever.

If you (or the kids) have never been to a drive-in movie, Parma Motor-Vu (in business since 1953!) holds screenings of recently released films every weekend throughout the summer, and is open Friday and Saturday through the fall.

Typically geared toward night owls and grown-ups, Movie Mondays at Saint Lawrence Gridiron are a great way to experience Southern-inspired fare at late-night happy hour prices, all while watching popular films from their outdoor patio. SLG hopes to continue showing movies through October, but stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

Live and Local: Musical Venues Not to Miss

For a memorable afternoon of beautiful views and good tunes, the Ste. Chapelle Concert Series features musical performances, on-site catered lunch, and beer and wine at the venue’s scenic Vineyard Park. While it’s a bit of a jaunt out of town, the experience is worth the drive. Concerts run every Sunday through September 20th. Visit the Ste. Chapelle Winery’s website for updates.

One of Boise’s most ambient patios is the setting for live music from local legends all summer long. The Sandbar (located at the Riverside Hotel, right off the Boise Greenbelt) is open for the season until early October (the 4th, according to the website). Find more information about their schedule and the food and drink menu on the Riverside’s website. 

cup between knees looking over audience at an outdoor performance

Outdoor performances at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival are a summertime must-do.

Last but not least, if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, be sure to catch this season’s last performance of the world’s longest running musical: The Fantasticks. (The show runs through September 27th.)

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8th Street) is open Saturdays through December 19th and the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10th and Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

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