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musicinboiseThe Culture of Boise, Idaho

The culture in Boise has always been one favoring community activities, especially in the downtown area. Throughout the summer, it feels like there is always something going on (because to some degree, there is).

Alive After Five runs every Wednesday from June through September, featuring a concert series of local artists held in the Grove Plaza. Also present at this event are vendor booths and food/drink stands. The Grove Plaza also conveniently features a chlorinated fountain (a very popular attraction for the kids), so you can always cool off if you need to. The best part: it’s completely free to get in.

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There is also Art in the Park, held in September in Julia Davis Park. Art in the Park features live music, food and drink, and, of course, lots of art. Included is quite a variety of artistic mediums, from painting, drawing, and photography, to such things as blown glass and custom plates.

The Canyon County Fair, held in late July or early August, and the Western Idaho Fair, held mid- to late-August, both feature typical fair attractions – rides and food and such – as well live performances from major rock and country stars. (I’ve seen Blake Shelton and Eric Church at the Canyon County Fair; you can either watch for free from grandstands way back away from the stage, or spend a modest sum and get up-close seats, which give the performance a much more personal feel).

Once fall hits and football season starts, that’s all Boise is about until the season is over. It’s our major ‘claim to fame’, if you will; the BSU Broncos have earned the city some national recognition, which is something that was in thin supply until they defeated Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. This thrust them into the national spotlight, and ever since then, local support for the Broncos has skyrocketed.

There are a number of other local community events throughout the year, but listed are most of the major ones I can think of. I’ve always had a great time trying out some of the local culture (I’ve lived in the area since I was 2, but have only recently begun to attend some of these events, and I can personally recommend all of the ones I listed above, especially the Canyon County Fair concerts and Broncos football games.

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