5 things to do in Boise, ID this weekend: June 24-26, 2022

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Live in the Boise area? Need some action entertainment?

There are plenty. Here are some of the notable weekend events on the calendar from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.

have a cow

Meridian Dairy Days is already in full swing, but there’s still tons of action on Friday and Saturday, including live music in Storey Park and a full carnival in the parking lot of Meridian Speedway. The highly anticipated annual parade takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at dusk. Head toward dairydays.org for a full calendar of events.

Step into the sun

I’m not a musical theater guy. The idea of ​​being dragged to “Dear Evan Hansen” made me create my own heartbreaking drowning script: “Dear Evan Williams.” But in fact I appreciated the Tony Award-winning performance earlier this week at the Morrison Center. (Much more so than I did “Hamilton” six months ago, much to the chagrin of my fellow theatre-goers.) An alternately tearful and funny tale of crushing social anxiety and a big lie (no, not this a), “Dear Evan Hansen” finishes its Boise run at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at around $60 at ticket master. And in case you’re wondering about indoor COVID-19 protocols? You’ll likely be in the majority if you don’t wear a face mask at the show. This was the case on Tuesday.

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The Broadway On Tour presentation of “Dear Evan Hansen,” an award-winning musical, plays at the Morrison Center in Boise. Matthew Murphy

See a concert

Live Music Highlights:

country singer Russell Dickerson headlines this year Jackson’s Country Stomp. It’s 6 p.m. Friday at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Tickets are $40 at fordidahocenter.com. Special guests: Lauren Alaina, Elvie Shane and Jackson Dean.

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Until it was hiatus for two years, tens of thousands of fans had partied at the Boise Music Festival every summer since 2010. Darin Oswald Idaho Statesman File

Music snobs won’t set foot near the biggest one-day music festival in Idaho, but it’s going to be huge. The Boise Music Festival brings 12 hours of musical madness to Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., on Saturday. Performers include Lady A, Walker Hayes, Tate McRae and a bunch of throwback actors: Chris Kirkpatrick (NSYNC), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, LFO, Eve 6 and Tag Team. There will also be tons of local bands, a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, food courts, beer and wine gardens, an air-conditioned playground, and a kids’ zone. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets start at $40 plus fees. Carnival wristbands cost more. boisemusicfestival.com.

Country singer-songwriter riley green will headline Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road in Emmett on Saturday night. Tickets start at $32.50. Hit stoneysroadhouse.com for more information. Open doors

Repair your Chacos

Summer is here. Make sure your Chacos are in pristine condition! Have your Chaco sandals repaired for zero dollars by the ReChaco Mobile Repair Buswhich will be parked at Payette Brewing Co., 733 S. Pioneer St., from Friday to Next Sunday July 3 (closed Monday and Tuesday). Operating from noon to 6 p.m., this magic bus will offer “on-site repairs to keep sandals on (and out of landfills) longer,” according to a press release, as well as the sale of personalized Chaco Z sandals and Chillos. Repairs are free. You drop off your loved one chacos, normally wait about a few days and then collect them. (Depending on current activity, fixes can sometimes be made while you wait.) If your Chacos are teeee-rashed and must be sent to the factory, they will be returned to you free of charge. Want to design your own custom Chillos? It costs $55. Custom Z/1 sandals will retail for $110. During last year’s tour, the ReChaco bus brought more than 1,500 pairs back to life and made 1,200, the statement said.

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Chaco Footwear is on tour visiting Boise June 24-July 3. Chaco Shoes

Watch playoff football

The Idaho Cavaliers will host a playoff game against the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center. The two arena football teams have split games this season – with the Skyhawks recently hurting the Horsemen 60-39. That said? The Horsemen are 17-1 at home. Who will earn the right to head to American West Bowl III against the undefeated Tri-City Rush? Find out by picking up tickets ($12 to $35) at fordidahocenter.com.

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The annual history of Meridian Dairy Days dates back to 1929.

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 4:02 p.m.

Journalist and entertainment columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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