5 things to do this weekend in Boise, ID: April 22-24, 2022

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1. Drink beer

BYOB? Try BYOC. Shade City Brewfest asks drinkers to bring their own cup on Friday (5-9pm) and Saturday (1-6pm). This event for the first time takes place at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road. With a 70s theme and an Earth Day slant, the beer festival will feature “dozens of breweries, local sustainability-focused vendors, food trucks and live music, including performances from Tylor and the Train Robbers, Eilen Jewell and more”. Tickets are $10 per day, on entry, and $2 per ticket for 4-ounce pours of most styles. Forgot to bring a cup? They’ll give you a clean, “lightly used” one.

Always thirsty? Clairvoyant Brewing2800 W. Idaho St., celebrates its fifth anniversary all day Saturday with live music and food trucks.

2. Say goodbye

After nearly three decades at 610 E. Boise Ave., the East Side Tavern will say goodbye with a last cheer. Local bands Play Like Randy and Free Love Fight Club will perform in a double-header show that runs from 8-11:30 p.m. (no admission charge). After this bittersweet goodbye, the neighborhood bar plans to close its doors, but to be reborn elsewhere. “We will be open again, very, very soon!” the bar promised on Facebook this week. “Stay tuned, Eastsiders. …WE’RE NOT FINISHED!!”

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Many local musicians have cut their teeth performing at the Eastside Tavern over the years. East Side Tavern Facebook

3. Score vinyl

Saturday is Record Store Day, which translates to an entire rock weekend at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. The independent music store will drop 275 exclusive releases starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The first 25 customers in line will receive vouchers for a free gift bag with purchase, and a $50 gift card will be randomly placed in one of the bags. Free drip coffee will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Outside the store, musicians from Boise will have fun on the sidewalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another highlight? Curtis Stigers will play an after-hours set at 8 p.m. Sunday. It’s a celebration of the record release of his latest album, “This Life.”

4. Keep Rolling

Green Acres Food Truck Park is back for another season at the intersection of 14th Street and Shoreline Drive. This weekend’s grand opening will feature an assortment of food – 15 different food options. “Tap in to enjoy a variety of food trucks, coffee, canned beer/wine/cocktails, and live music,” Green Acres says online. “Bring your dog, family and friends and enjoy a day at the greenbelt playing cornhole and other garden games. Be sure to check out our special events and bonus breakfast trucks on Saturdays. The party runs from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Get the truck and group schedule at facebook.com/greenacresboise.

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Bring your dog. Green Acres Food Truck Park welcomes all Woodlanders with a variety of foods and beverages. Green Acres Food Truck Park

5. See a concert

Moonlight Bandits: 6 p.m. Saturday, Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road, Emmett. $17.50. stoneysroadhouse.com.

Ealdor Bealu album release: 8 p.m. Saturday, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $10, TicketWeb, $12 at the door. Special guests: Dirt Russell, Barrenlands.

Curtis Tigers: 8 p.m. Sunday, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise. Admission wristbands are available for purchase of “This Life” on vinyl and CD. One wristband per LP or CD purchased.

Destructive: 8 p.m. Sunday, The Olympic, 1009 W. Main St., Boise. $20. eventbrite.com. $25 at the door. Special guest: Rosali.

This story was originally published April 21, 2022 2:08 p.m.

Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts materialized 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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