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The Best Ways to Spend Your September

Blake Hunter
Blake Hunter
Posted on August 21
A slew of Boise traditions will be competing for your time in September, so plan ahead now. (Getty)

A slew of Boise traditions will be competing for your time in September, so plan ahead now. (Getty)

Believe it or not, it’s almost September! It’s a busy month, with a major festival or two every weekend, so pencil these things in now.

What: A hot air balloon fever dream. Folks from all over the country (and maybe beyond, I wouldn’t be surprised) come to Boise for the classic, which has distinct events each day.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 30 - Sunday, Sept. 3.

Where: Ann Morrison Park.

🎟️: Free to get into, but with optional events you can pay for.

If you've wondered why Boise has Pride in September instead of June, we've got the answer on City Cast Boise. (@boisepride / Instagram)

If you've wondered why Boise has Pride in September instead of June, we've got the answer on City Cast Boise. (@boisepride / Instagram)

What: The official Pride celebration will return to downtown Boise to honor and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ communities. There’ll be music, comedy, drinks, food, drag, burlesque, and a lot of fun.

When: Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 10.

Where: The main stage will be at Cecil Andrus Park in front of the Capitol, but expect to see events all over downtown. The best place to stay up to date is Boise Pride’s Instagram.

🎟️: The main stage is free to enter, but other venues will charge (plus tips). Festival staff are looking for volunteers, too!

What: The Boise Art Museum’s biggest annual event, with hundreds of artists of all varieties.

When: Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday, Sept. 10.

Where: Julia Davis Park.

🎟️: Free!

What: The North End and Hyde Park hit their peak at this festival. Expect a lineup of musicians, food trucks, and a tent maze of art vendors big enough to get lost in.

When: Friday, Sept. 15 - Sunday, Sept. 17.

Where: Camel’s Back Park.

🎟️: This one’s also free to get into!

What: A three-day music festival with headliners The Regrettes, Magic Sword, The Shivas, with dozens of other traveling and local musicians.

When: Friday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 24.

Where: Garden City, baby! The main stage is outside the Visual Arts Collective, and there will be multiple stages at breweries, coffee shops, and more in the surrounding blocks.

🎟️: You can get a single day ticket for $49, or general admission for all three days for $89. That price goes up to $99 Sept. 1.

Harvest festivals will be coming on in late September and early October, so I’ll share those later. See you out there!

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