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Feb. 19, 2020

Treefort is Coming to Town Again! Here’s What You Should Know

It’s almost that time of year again: time to listen to some great music and partake in your favorite activities at Treefort! This year will be another record year for Treefort Music Fest with more top bands and “forts” than ever before. Everyone had a blast last year and we’re gearing up again to join our fellow Boiseians in all of the music, food, and festivities. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights of this year’s epic Treefort. 

What Killer Bands Are Performing?

This year’s lineup is even more jam packed than ever before. From 137 bands in 2011 to over 440 bands in 2020, the Treefort Music Fest is quickly rising to the levels of other popular festivals like Coachella or Bonnaroo. It makes a perfect amount of sense because we love music here in Boise, so why not make our town a must see stop along the yearly tour route? 

 

This year’s lineup is hotter than ever with sizzling top tier acts like Chromatics, Calexico, and Japanese breakfast, but with so many bands playing this year, it’s impossible to see them all. Worry not, we have a few recommendations for some diamonds in the rough that you should definitely check out this year.

 

Check out Prefuse 73:  AKA Guillermo Scott Herren, produced some of the most groundbreaking DJ fusion hits from the last two decades. His 2003 album One Word Extinguisher set fire to and helped define the early 2000’s club scene. His singles like The End Of Bitters - International were almost single-handedly responsible for popularizing the glitch-dance genre with a lasting impact on popular artists of today like Marshmello and DeadMau5. Bring your dancing shoes.

 

Check out Xiu Xiu: Pronounced “shoe shoe,” Xiu Xiu is actually not a Chinese band. It is in fact a single member band composed of a guy from California named Jamie Stewart. Anyway, Stewart is a runaway genius when it comes to ingenuity and experimental post 90’s rock and roll. His albums will challenge you as much as they will entertain you. Stewart has been known to be a stellar performer when seen live and often finds creative ways to push the envelope. 

 

Check out Black Bolt: Punk in its purest form is alive and well today with this local crew. Their energy is raw like bloody nerve endings and they have a talented lineup full of punk powered rage that radiates off them while on stage. They are influenced and inspired by such great sub-genres like American punk, effervescent indie rock, 90's skate classics, morose post-punk, unhinged hardcore, and nasty garage punk. Did we mention they are local as well? You won't want to miss their set which is Thursday the 26th of March at 10PM at RamaPong.

 

What About Something Cool That Isn’t A Band?

Well, we have just the thing! There are so many great things to enjoy and do, but we recommend you check out the events at Foodfort, specifically the Street Eats event happening at the Alefort tent on 1109 W Main St. This event will feature street level favorites from around the world! It starts at 5PM on March 26th. Don’t miss it!

 

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Jan. 28, 2020

Raise a Glass on Valentine’s Day in Meridian, Idaho

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! One of the best ways to celebrate the day of love is by sharing a great dinner and a glass (or two) of good, tasty, wine. Wine, for many years, has been synonymous with Valentine’s day, probably because in more ancient times it was one of the best ways for the love-lorn to gain enough liquid courage to profess their love. Or, maybe it also helped to soothe the soul if one found themselves alone around this time of year. Either way, the wine has been flowing on Valentine’s day for years and years and it’s time to check out some of the best places in and around Meridian where you can find the best wine that Idaho has to offer. 


Tavern At Eagle Island

Tavern has one of the most sophisticated and romantic atmospheres in the whole Treasure Valley. They offer some of the best seafood and steaks as well, but the real kicker is their extensive wine menu. They have over 100 types of wine on offer either by the glass or by the bottle. Their wine menu is expertly put together and full of some of the most top of the line and mouth watering selections, like Beringer’s Private Reserve, Pepper Bridge Merlot, Quilceda Creek Cabernet, and Opus One “Red Wine” which retails for $365 per bottle. Have a huge appetite and check with your accountant before making reservations, but no matter the out of pocket spend at Tavern, you’ll walk away feeling like a million bucks. 

 

Divine Wine, Cork & Fork

Voted the “Best Place For Wine” by the Meridian Press in 2017, Divine Wine, Cork & Fork is truly where elegant food and exquisite wine collide. They consistently get great reviews for both their food, their service, and their wine. Here are a few taken from around the web:

 

“The wife and I were given the recommendation from another restaurant owner. Naturally we had to try it. The chef and ambiance were excellent. The chef oversees all meals. The wine selection was excellent. They make one of the best Creme Brulee's that I have ever had. The service staff was prompt and attentive. Very nice place to eat.”

 

“I was so lucky to get a chance to eat at this place! We had their filet mignon, and it was cooked to perfection! The wines were not bad either! Either sold by the glass, or bottle, it was a haven for good food and wine! I wish I could have hung out longer, because the staff and owners are really fun! Highly recommend!!!”

 

You don’t have to take our word for it! Try Divine Wine, Cork & Fork for yourself this Valentine’s Day season.

 

Bodovino At The Village 

How could we have a wine and food recommendation list without mentioning one of the all-time best places to spend time in Meridian? Bodovino at The Village of course! They have one of the most state of the art wine dispensaries in the West and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. Whether you’re there waiting for your movie time to start or just enjoying apps and drinks with friends, Bodovino is one of our favorite places to visit in The Village.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Jan. 24, 2020

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020 | MyKCM

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many Americans, one of those common goals is owning a home: a piece of land, a roof over our heads, and a place where our families can grow and flourish.

If you’re dreaming of buying a home this year, the best way to start the process is to connect with a Real Estate professional to understand what goes into buying a home. Once you have that covered, then you can answer the questions below to make the best decision for you and your family.

1. How Can I Better Understand the Process, and How Much Can I Afford?

The process of buying a home is not one to enter into lightly. You need to decide on key things like how long you plan on living in an area, school districts you prefer, what kind of commute works for you, and how much you can afford to spend.

Keep in mind, before you start the process to purchase a home, you’ll also need to apply for a mortgage. Lenders will evaluate several factors connected to your financial track record, one of which is your credit history. They’ll want to see how well you’ve been able to minimize past debts, so make sure you’ve been paying your student loans, credit cards, and car loans on time. Most agents have loan officers they trust that they can refer you to.

According to ConsumerReports.org,

Financial planners recommend limiting the amount you spend on housing to 25 percent of your monthly budget.”

2. How Much Do I Need for a Down Payment?

In addition to knowing how much you can afford on a monthly mortgage payment, understanding how much you’ll need for a down payment is another critical step. Thankfully, there are many different options and resources in the market to potentially reduce the amount you may think you need to put down up front.

If you’re concerned about saving for a down payment, start small and be consistent. A little bit each month goes a long way. Jumpstart your savings by automatically adding a portion of your monthly paycheck into a separate savings account or house fund. AmericaSaves.org says,

“Over time, these automatic deposits add up. For example, $50 a month accumulates to $600 a year and $3,000 after five years, plus interest that has compounded.”

Before you know it, you’ll have enough for a down payment if you’re disciplined and thoughtful about your process.

3. Saving Takes Time: Practice Living on a Budget

As tempting as it is to settle in each morning with a fancy cup of coffee from your favorite local shop, putting that daily spend toward your down payment will help accelerate your path to homeownership. It’s the little things that count, so start trying to live on a slightly tighter budget if you aren’t doing so already. A budget will allow you to save more for your down payment and help you pay down other debts to improve your credit score. A survey of Millennial spending shows,

“70 percent of would-be first-time homebuyers will cut spending on spa days, shopping and going to the movies in exchange for purchasing a home within the next year.”

While you don’t need to cut all of the fun out of your current lifestyle, making smarter choices and limiting your spending in areas where you can slim down will make a big difference.

Bottom Line

If homeownership is on your dream list this year, take a good look at what you can prioritize to help you get there. Let’s get together today to discuss the best steps you can take to start the process.

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Jan. 7, 2020

New Year, New You, New House: Tips For Buying Your Perfect Home.

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are finally over and springtime is just around the corner. With the changing of the seasons and the new year starting off, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your home-buying strategy. With the New Year in full swing, the time to get yourself out shopping and exploring the market is now. The opportunities are boundless, all you have to do is break free of your winter hibernation and seize the day!

 

While you’re out making the day yours in terms of buying your next investment property or your new dream home, we’ll give you some tips and advice from the experts on how to zero in on the perfect home for you and your family. 

 

 

Try Before You Buy

Now, of course you can’t live in a house before you buy it or even put an offer on it, but you can do some things that can help you make a better buying decision before you do move in. First, if you’ve already done a walk-through of the house, then you’ll want to come back either in early morning when school buses and parents are rushing through the neighborhood to get their kids to school or later in the evening after regular business hours. Is the house you’re looking at situated alongside a major traffic artery for grumpy and rushed parents as they zoom past your house to and from school to drop off or pick up their kids? If you check out a house during normal business hours, you’re likely not going to see this, until it’s too late. Living next to a busy street that is a major artery for school-bound traffic can be loud, dangerous (all those speeders!), and a hidden inconvenience that you will want to avoid.

 

Explore After Hours

You should also drive by the house after work hours between 6pm and 8pm. Check and see how the neighbors are acting or parking or if there are a lot of noisy visitors or party houses on the block. When you take a tour during business hours, you’ll often miss or not see the party houses or loud neighbors because they are either sleeping last night’s party off or are away at work. Take a walk or a drive through the neighborhood during the evening to see how the neighbors are acting. Also, you’ll want to be listening for loud dogs or other animals in the area surrounding the house you’re interested in. If there are loud or angry dogs around, you’ll maybe want to pick a new neighborhood for your next dream home. 

 

Talk To The Neighbors

This one is a little trickier, but it can be a good idea to chat with the would-be neighbors on either side of the house. Since you will be potentially spending a lot of time around them and interacting with them, you will want to vet them before you’re forced to live next to them. Ask them about neighborhood noise as well. They will be glad to tell you about everything that has been bothering them about the area, no problem!

 

Good luck out there in the new year and remember, it never hurts to do a little more exploring and investigating when it comes to your new home! Boise’s Best is here for all your real estate needs. Give us a call and let’s make a plan today!

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Dec. 26, 2019

The Great Idaho Potato Drop: A Brief History

As many Idahoans have had the great pleasure to travel around the U.S. and even around the world, when we tell people where we’re from, the conversation usually goes like this:

 

Idahoan: “Hi, I’m Joe from Idaho.”

Out of state person from big city: “Cool! I hear that Des Moines has a great county fair every year!”

Idahoan: “No, that’s Iowa, I’m from Idaho, out west.”

Out of state person from big city: “Oh, that’s right, you guys got the potatoes! Cool!”

Idahoan: “That’s right. We’re all potato farmers around here.”

 

While it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that the state most famously known for its potatoes would have featured them prominently in its New Year’s Eve celebrations, surprisingly enough, Idaho has only been dropping spuds at midnight (officially) since 2013. So, what is the Great Idaho Potato Drop? Today, we’re looking at a brief history and going to be getting you all the info you’ll need to attend the event this year!

When Did It Start?

It all started on New Year’s Eve of 2013. For a brief moment, Idaho was the media darling of the New Year as we were featured far and wide for dropping a record setting giant potato from the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Boise. Dylan Cline is the CEO and founder of the event.

 

Where Is It Happening This Year?

The 2019 Idaho Potato Drop is happening in front of the Capitol building downtown! The Cecil D. Andrus park will be filled with awesome activities and booths for you to enjoy. It all happens in that two to three block area between Jefferson and Idaho streets. 

 

What Types Of Events Are There This Year?

Oh boy, are there a lot of things to do this year! There will be everything from food trucks to music to frosty adult beverages all in one rocking place. There will be a family friendly tent that will be heated and will provide games and activities for kids and will feature local vendors that support charitable efforts. 

 

On the main stage, there will be music all day long starting at 3pm and going to 12:15am. There will be rockin’ bands for all tastes in music from the local Boise School of Rock musicians to Blue Lotus and finishing with the acclaimed Cowboy Junkies.

 

In the center stage, there will be pro-wrestlers who will be battling it out for the esteemed Potato Belt! Make sure to bring canned food to donate to the Idaho Food Bank as they will have a donation station set up there to help Idaho families battle hunger.

 

And finally, there will be a huge fireworks display at midnight to ring in the new year in style! The fireworks will be popping off behind the Capitol building at midnight.

 

Where Can I Learn More About This Awesome Event?

You can go to the official Idaho Potato Drop website here: https://idahopotatodrop.com/ to learn all the info you will need about the event. 

 

Have a great and fun New Year’s Eve this year!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Dec. 16, 2019

#BoiseKind

So, we all know Boise has been growing rather quickly, right? People are coming from all over the country with different opinions, different beliefs and different ideas. All of that mixed with the increased traffic and construction could potentially lead to a cantankerous and quarrelsome community. Not here. Not in Boise! 

After growing up in a small, rural town in Alabama (population of only 709!) where, yes you know everyone’s name, I was very intimidated to move to Boise without ever having visited the place. I remember I was so nervous my first day here five years ago, I was just hoping to keep up. Boise and the wonderful people of The Treasure Valley have melted away that anxiety I felt on day one.

Now 5 years a resident in this stunningly gorgeous state, I feel obligated to share with you all what I feel you all have shared with me, and that is kindness. Not just any kindness, however; I mean I want to share #BoiseKind.

 

#BoiseKind is a little idea that enraptured me very quickly. I brought it to my awesome executive, Leigh Wilson, to see if she could help expand the reach, so here we are asking for you all to help. It all originated one evening as rush hour approached...

 

I was heading West on Overland Road, making my way home after a typical workday as I rolled to a stop at the Cole and Overland light. As most of you reading this know, Cole and Overland happen to be exceptionally busy roads, especially at rush hour. So, I was rather confused upon noticing two vehicles in the far-right lane, each with a door wide open. I looked around to see the fender bender that had these drivers getting out in the middle of traffic. That is not what I found. I then listened for horns and shouting. That is not what I heard. I then looked for the gestures I was sure would accompany this seemingly pointless stop. Rather, I saw the sweetest little thing that I will never forget.

 

Apparently, a pedestrian had fallen on the sidewalk just before I pulled up to this red light. Lucky for me, I arrived just in time to see two incredibly kind individuals, selflessly hop out of their cars to help the fallen pedestrian. I watched in awe as these two strangers came together to assist another stranger to his feet. The kindness continued as I noticed another pedestrian, a fourth stranger in the mix, walk up to escort the gentleman through the crosswalk and to the other side of the road, ensuring his safety. Meanwhile, no one in their vehicles felt the need to honk or gesture or shout. I like to think the other drivers were in as much appreciation of this kindness as I was and still am.

 

It has been a few months now, but I still have not been able to get that day out of my head. And I could not be more grateful! I thank you Boise for giving me this experience and this story to share.

 

Now as for #BoiseKind, well, I am going to ask you all for a bit more. I would be so excited to read and hear about your #BoiseKind story. I know we have all seen at least one random act of kindness that inspired us. I say we give that act a little more umph. Preferably a lot more umph!! Share your #BoiseKind story and tag Boise's Best Real Estate Team so that we can see, experience and share your #BoiseKind story with as many people as we can. Let’s highlight the positive. We will always fall once in a while, but it is not so bad when you know someone will be there to help you up. I am so elated to be in a place where we lift one another up.

 

CHEERS!

 

Kelly Crowe

                           

                                            

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Dec. 4, 2019

The Homeowners Guide to Organization in 2020

If you’re a new homeowner this year or are just looking for new ways to take control of your organization, then we have put together a great guide for you. Organization is all about starting and maintaining good habits. For the New Year, get into the habit of making sure that you never have any out of control junk drawers or overflowing closets ever again! Here’s how to get started.

 

Start Your “Outbox” Organization

Every house has an “inbox” which is the door and everything that you bring in. Normally, we think of the “outbox” as our trash can, but if you’re anything like the average American, we quickly acquire items that are not technically trash but are still things that we want to get rid of. That’s how a lot of clutter happens: there is no outlet for these items. That’s why you should start a new “outbox” which we will call the “donate” pile. There are so many things that we either outgrow or end up getting replacements for or no longer use but don’t want to throw in the trash. Having a donate pile will help you cut down on needless accumulation of clutter in other areas in the house. 

 

We recommend keeping the pile either in your garage, basement, or in the closet of a rarely used guest room. Set a reminder in your calendar to make at least three trips to the local charity donation center near you and you will feel so much better clearing space in your home and doing a good thing for your community. 

 

Organize Your Drawers

Each drawer should have a clear purpose and within those drawers you should have each section organized with an even more granular purpose. Make the dreaded “junk drawer” a thing of the past with in-drawer organizers. You can even re-purpose an inexpensive silverware organizer so that your pens, paperclips, rubber bands, and batteries can all stay neatly stacked in their respective areas. Clean, label, organize, conquer! 

 

Upgrade Your Linen Closet

This hack has saved us many hours of needless searching and re-folding that we just have to share it with you. Next time you’re on Amazon.com or are at your local big box store, pick up a set or two of inexpensive towel racks. Take them home and affix them to the inside of your linen closet door and use them to hang your often-used bath towels on so that you can free up space in your linen closet for actual linens and bedding and so that you don’t always have to go rummaging around for that last towel when you’re late for a meeting. All your fresh towels will be ready to go!


Pots, Pans, Positively Frustrating

Pots and pans are typically the most used items for cooking yet most people have them just clustered in a cupboard or drawer. Take back your space and free up some room in your kitchen by hanging your pots and pans below your upper cupboards or even from your kitchen ceiling, especially over a kitchen island. This will help you have your most used items within reach and not stacked in a messy cupboard when you need them. 

 

Good luck with your organization efforts and have a Happy New Year!

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Nov. 22, 2019

Classic Idaho Family Thanksgiving Recipes

The diet of the average American family is always changing. From fat is bad and carbs are good to carbs are bad to fat is good and everything in between, the way we eat changes with the tides about as fast as our fashion and hairstyles do. So, what were some popular (and maybe obscure) favorite family dishes that adorned the tables of American families in Idaho? Let’s explore a few wild, nostalgic, whacky, and dare we say, delicious food items from our great state.


Jimmy Carter’s Special Cheese Wheel Dip

As a kid growing up in the 1980’s in Idaho, we loved cheese! There are very few things more 80’s than Jimmy Carter and homemade dips! Carter was the president at the very top of the 80’s spanning from 79 to 81, so many American’s first president of the 80’s was a peanut farmer from Georgia. A family tradition of the Carters was to bring this humble cheese wheel dish to their Thanksgiving dinners. And now you can too! Here’s the recipe which can also be found here on this website:

 

Jimmy Carter's Plains Special Cheese Ring

 

  • 1 lb. grated sharp cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small finely grated onion
  • Black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne

 

Mix all the ingredients, then mold with your hands into the desired shape (Mrs. Carter molds it into a ring). Place in the refrigerator until chilled.

 

Hot Dr. Pepper Mixed Drinks

This is a Thanksgiving special that comes straight from childhood in the 70’s and 80’s. If you were a kid and you wanted a special drink for the holidays (or are a fan of mocktails) you definitely loved creating fun mixed drinks that everyone could enjoy. One of the most memorable concoctions is this Thanksgiving go to, a hot Dr. Pepper mocktail. Here’s how to make one of your own:

 

  • 1 Two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper (make sure you use regular and not diet)
  • 2 Fresh lemons, sliced 
  • Mugs for serving

 

Instructions: 

Pour the bottle of soda into a 2 quart saucepan until it is a little over two thirds full. Heat on medium to medium low for about 10 minutes, until the liquid reaches 180 degrees F. While the soda is heating, slice your lemons and squeeze one or two slices to taste into the heating liquid.

 

Once the soda is hot, then simply ladle into mugs and garnish with lemon slices as desired. 

 

And there you have it! Grandma’s hot Dr. Pepper Thanksgiving recipe! It is not for the faint of heart!

 

The Infamous Green Bean Casserole

In our house, it just wasn’t Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without a giant dish of green bean casserole. No one truly knows how this tradition came about or even if it was originally meant to be consumed by humans, but that never stopped our family from serving it every year. Here is the recipe we always used:

 

  • 3 to 4 cans of french cut green beans
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups fried onion crisps 
  • 10 pieces of bacon, chopped (optional)

 

Add 1 and a half cans of cream of mushroom soup to a glass casserole dish and preheat the oven to 350F. Stir up to spread evenly. Add in the soy sauce, black pepper and 1.5 cups fried onion crisps. Stir to combine evenly. 

Rinse the green beans briefly and let drip dry. Stir in to casserole dish. Cover with tin foil.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and top with remaining onion crisps. (Optional: while it is baking the first time, fry up the bacon, chop it, and add it to the top at this time).

Bake uncovered for five to ten minutes until the onions are golden brown.

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

Conclusion

 

These are some of the more memorable Thanksgiving holiday dishes of yore. We hope you enjoyed them! Please share and tell us about your family Thanksgiving food recipes and memories. Have a happy Thanksgiving everybody!

 

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Nov. 8, 2019

Top Of Market Tips For Selling Your Idaho Home In The Winter

So you’re trying to sell your home and it’s not bright and sunny out? The winter time can be a tough time to sell your home, as many real estate professionals will tell you, but it is not impossible. We don’t always have a choice as to when we have to sell a home and move. Perhaps it’s for work or for family or maybe they opened up a new IKEA across state lines and you want to be closer. Whatever the reason, we can help you with some tips for selling your home in the fall and winter months. 


Heat It Up!

Needless to say, people hate being cold, especially when they are shopping for a house. They want to go into a new home and have it be warm and inviting. You will spend a little extra on your utility bills but it is very worth it to have your home be warm and inviting for new buyers.

 

Safety First

Once you start getting snow and frost that doesn’t go away on its own due to melting in the daytime, it’s time to start seriously salting, shoveling, and otherwise plowing snow out of your walkways, both in front and back. Make sure you also clear an area in your grass in the back yard and around the house so that people can take a look around there without having to put on snowshoes. Also, make sure that you get rid of any and all icy patches and that you clean your gutters very well to prevent ice dam build ups which can lead to dangerous situations with falling ice.

 

Candle Power

Since it gets dark so early in the winter, you will want to make the lighting in your house very cozy. Start the fireplace for a bit before you show your house and also invest in some flame-free candle solutions like wax warmers and other light producing fixtures that can help bring some light and atmosphere to the otherwise dreary weather. 

 

Have An Extra Umbrella Ready

If you take care of your potential sellers, then they may just take care of you. Winter storms and rain can hit without notice in Idaho, so it helps to be prepared. If you have an extra umbrella or two to lend to a potential buyer as they are leaving during a sudden storm it could win you huge brownie points down the road!

 

Don’t Forget Sounds And Music

If you have a Bluetooth speaker or an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, try putting on some relaxing holiday music to play softly in the background. This can help set the mood and is an easy and inexpensive way to help make a potential buyer feel more at ease. 

 

Avoid Decorations In General

If you want to make a buyer feel more inclined to buy, then it helps if the home they are looking at doesn’t have touches and artifacts of a family already living there. They want to imprint their own holiday and personal memories on to a home they are buying. So, make any holiday decorations very minimalist, and try to not decorate the outside either. You never know what holidays your buyers will be celebrating and the wrong holiday may be off putting to them. 

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home this winter, give Boise’s Best a call! We are experts in the Treasure Valley market and can help you with all of your real estate needs from buying, selling, investing, and beyond. Happy holidays!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Oct. 28, 2019

Upcoming Winter Holiday Festivals and Bazaars

Winter is such a magical time in Boise. We are blessed with four very distinct seasons here in Idaho and while shoveling snow and daring icy roads certainly isn’t fun, being able to enjoy a true white Christmas really is. When the weather starts to turn cold and the snow starts to fall, there’s so much to look forward to, especially the slew of winter and fall events and festivals in and around Boise! Let’s look at some that are just around the corner this year. 

 

 

2019 Boise Kids Discovery Expo- November 9th | 9AM to 3PM

What’s more fun than combining learning with playing? Nothing, really, except maybe candy! Bring the whole family to the 2019 Boise Kids Discovery Expo at Expo Idaho this year. You can try out lots of hands on learning stations and there will be fun vendors there for face painting, food, and treats! More information here.

 

Location:

Expo Idaho

5610 Glenwood Road

Boise, ID 83714

 

Winter Wonderland Festival- November 22nd | 5PM to 10PM

Take the family to downtown Caldwell for this fun and free festival of lights. Watch as the display containing over 1 million lights gets turned on to light up the night. There will be ice skating, food trucks and craft vendors and of course, a visit by Santa himself! Fun for the whole family. Learn more here

 

Location:

Park here and take the free shuttle: 

O'Connor Field House / Caldwell Events Center, 

2207 Blaine St, 

Caldwell, ID 83605

 

Buy Idaho Holiday Market- Thursday December 5th | 1PM to 10PM

Buy Idaho is a treasured Idaho organization that puts Idaho businesses front and center for other Idahoans. This spectacular bazaar will feature Idaho vendors from all around the state showcasing their fantastic wares. This the perfect night to get some Christmas shopping done and to help support local business owners. Learn more here.

 

Location:

The Linen Building

1402 W. Grove St.

Boise, ID 83702

 

Wintry Market, Handmade for the Holidays- November 23rd through the 24th | 10AM to 5PM

We love our small and local businesses here in Idaho, which means that we have not one but two fantastic festivals celebrating our fellow Idahoans in their trades. Come on by the JUMP building this November for a free upscale arts and crafts festival that will be sure to surprise and delight the whole family. This will be a fantastic place to get more Christmas shopping done while learning more about Idaho businesses. Check out more information here. 

 

Location:

JUMP Boise

1000 Myrtle St.

Boise, ID 83702

 

Festival of Trees Boise- November 27th through December 1st

The Festival of Trees is a great way to have fun with the whole family while also supporting a good cause. All proceeds go to support the St. Luke’s Women’s Mobile Outreach Center. Stop on by the festival this year to enjoy a wide variety of fun events! There will be moving train displays and interactive LEGO displays for the kids, an interactive virtual reality display, visits with Santa, carnival games, and a fantastic festival fashion show! Learn more about each day of the event here. 

 

Location:

Boise Centre

850 W Front Street

Boise, ID 83702

 

 

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