The entertainment scene in Boise is unmatched, it continues to grow as a buzzing spot for music, shows, art, and culture. With annual traditions, Boise landmarks and an evolving city there’s always something to do.
The Music Scene
As Boise continues to grow as a rising city, bigger and bigger artists stop through on their way to the coast. Musicians pitstop year after year to put on amazing shows for the people of Boise. There are a variety of places, from small scale to large scale, to check out the hopping music scene.
On the small scale, we have Neurolux, Pengilly’s, The Reef, and The Olympic, all of which host both local and national artists in a more low-key setting. With cool vibes and intimate venues, these are special to the Boise scene.
If you’re looking to catch a show that will rock the house, large concerts are saved for Boise’s bigger music venues including the Knitting Factory, Idaho Botanical Garden, Tacobell Arena, Revolution Concert House, and Ford Idaho Center.
Concert or not, music is frequently streaming the streets of Boise. During summer Boise hosts Alive After Five and the Hyde Park Street Fair, known for housing local bands. There are a variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars that also host smaller-scale local bands.
If you’re looking for an event that will really leave you impressed, Treefort Music Fest is the answer. Treefort is Boise’s diverse festival celebrating music, food, beer, comedy, stories, tech, film, and yoga throughout the streets of downtown. Hosting major artists and influential people from all over, Treefort is recognized as Boise’s Cultural Ambassador. Check out more:
The Art Community
One of Boise’s most unique qualities is the community's love for art.
Freak Alley Gallery, Boise’s outdoor art gallery is in the heart of downtown Boise. A place for local artists to join together creating a masterpiece lining the walls of an alley. Freak Alley is recognizably one of Boise’s most identifiable landmarks.
Art studios line the streets of Boise, as home to some of Boise’s most up-and-coming artists and more well-known names. For 80 years now, the Boise Art Museum has been credited the central hub for art, experiences, and learning in Boise. Check out more about BAM:
Boise Art Museum
Boise also is home to a variety of artsy events including Art in the Park and the Hyde Park Street Fair, giving local artists a chance to share their work with the community. From small scale to large scale Boise is your hub for all things art.
Home to a wide-range of theater from stage to screen.
Desire to see playwriting and stagecraft in action? We’ve got the Boise Contemporary Theatre, Morrison Center, and a number of community theater productions that will provide the greatest in contemporary theater.
One of Boise’s most prized and honored possessions is the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, held outdoors between the river and foothills. Sharing a variety of plays between May and September each year, the Shakespeare Festival is an annual experience many consider to be the highlight of their summer.
Looking to see movies on film? Downtown is the Edwards Cinema complex for blockbuster films, while The Flicks shares independent, foreign and art films. Or step aside and enjoy the historic, grand Egyptian Theatre to experience the classics. Learn about its history: