1. STROLL THROUGH ART IN THE PARK
Not into art? Come on, look at it this way: You can get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop. And enjoy a glass of wine. More than 240 artists will hawk ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metalwork and more at Art in the Park, which runs all weekend at Julia Davis Park. And if you hated last year’s revamped booth layout, don’t sweat it. They’ve gone back to east-west paths again.
2. MOUNTAIN BIKE AND PARTY
With weather cooling down, there is no better time to ride. Bike Demo Day at Avimor will feature mountain bike demos, group trail rides, food, beer, wine and live music from Steve Fulton. You know you need the exercise. It’s from from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
3. JOIN THE (HIPPER) CIRCUS
Ah, kids today. They aren’t even satisfied with a proper circus. So Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey have created the ”Barnum Bash," an updated, coooooler version all weekend at the Idaho Center. There’s even a freakin' DJ clown! (Not named Skrillex.)
4. ENJOY FINE FOOD
Pry open that wallet, dude. Break out your moldy money. Take your lady to Saturday evening’s Eagle Food and Wine Festival at BanBury Golf Club. Unfortunately, once she samples delicacies from chefs across the Valley, she’ll probably want to go for full meals at the restaurants someday, too — Bella Aquila, Murphy’s, Lucky Fins Seafood Grill, etc. Ah well. You can always get a second job, right, big boy?
5. SATISFY EVIL URGES
Ticket sales have been slower than (I) expected for My Morning Jacket’s first concert in Boise. (Not counting a bar gig years ago, long before the band was a critical/indie-rock/hipster darling.) That’s not to say the Kentucky rockers won’t sell out the 999-capacity Knitting Factory Sunday. MMJ is a force on stage and worth every penny of the $38 price. Tickets were still available when I checked this morning. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7.
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