1. PARTY ON THE NORTH END
Bands? Food? Street performers? Beer? Even old hippies getting shaken down in the dark for puffing the funny stuff behind a tree? (D’oh! I actually witnessed this one year.) There are endless reasons to roll through the North End’s annual Hyde Park Street Fair, which runs tonight through Sunday. It’s fun. It’s classic Boise. And it’s family-friendly. (Yes, even after dark.) Get all the details here.
2. CHANNEL YOUR INNER FAIRY
The second annual Carnivale is a “celebration of creativity” tonight. You could flitter about wearing Tinkerbell wings and nobody would bat an eye. The Idaho Botanical Garden says there will be “local art, performances by the Red Light Variety Show, full bar, fire dancers, costume contest, fashion show, fortune tellers, games and more.” (I love how they just toss “full bar” out there right between Red Light Variety Show and fire dancers.) Get more details here.
3. HEAD TO CHICAGO
Forget “Colour My World.” Think “25 or 6 to 4.” When Chicago started out decades ago, the horn-powered band rocked surprisingly hard. It’s had a few (billion) member changes, but that’s what happens when your act is a small army. Get tickets to Sunday night’s gig at the Morrison Center here.
4. CHECK OUT SOME BRIT-ROCK
If Chicago ain’t your speed, cruise to Neurolux on Sunday night for Band of Skulls, an edgy group that’s made noise at SXSW and toured with the Dead Weather and perpetually underrated Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Tickets are $15 in advance.
5. DINE OUTDOORS
Fall is a week away. Now is the time to enjoy balmy weekend temperatures and (relatively) smoke-free skies on a local restaurant patio. The new Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill has a sweet riverside location with live music and lots of potential, writes Statesman reviewer Alex Kiesig.
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