Your April Scouted

April is the month when the Northwest really starts to come alive. The heavy coats of winter hibernation are starting to shake off and Boise gets curious again: about the hiking trails, the food carts, the farmers markets. And of course, the return of that glowing orb that warms our skin and grows our gardens. The Treasure Valley has its fair share of, well, fairs this month! Crafts -produced by the amateur and professional, young and old alike; outdoor expos; groovy beer celebrations; ComiCon and much more. As the trees and bulbs remember each spring to return to life in full bloom, so too shall we. Saddle up and spring onward!        

Contributing Editor | Claire Meyer

First Thursday- Downtown Boise
Thursday, April 4th | 5pm-9pm | Various locations- Downtown Boise 

Visit Downtown Boise the First Thursday of each month to experience art, shopping, dining, live music, family activities and entertainment in a special and unique way you’ll only find Downtown. Our local merchants plan exciting, engaging in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits, and trunk shows. Stop into your favorite establishment or check out someplace new!

Gem State Comicon
Saturday, April 6th- Sunday, April 7th | Various Times | Expo Idaho | Boise 

Greetings, fandom friends! The longest-running comic con and pop culture convention in Idaho. Gem State Comic Con is an Idaho tradition and Idaho’s official comic con. Gem State Comic Con is the largest pop culture event in Idaho that brings all fandoms together. From comic books, movies, celebrity guests, video games, cosplay, toys, games, anime, live entertainment, and much more..

Boise Farmers Market (Opening Weekend)
Saturday, April 6th | 9am-1pm | 1500 Shoreline Drive | Boise 

At the Boise Farmers Market you will find fresh local seasonal vegetables and fruit, many types of locally raised protein, breads and pastries, honey, jams and sauces, fresh-roasted coffee, and a delicious selection of ready-to-eat foods. We always have the best of what is local and in season! Farmers markets have a long history of being more than merely a place to exchange goods. The Boise Farmers Market is committed to playing an important role in fostering new ideas in the regional food system. The Farmers Market is a place where the public can learn about the relationship of local food and farms to our health, our economy, and our culture.

Earth Day Family Night Out
Thursday, April 11th | 6pm-8pm | Zoo Boise | Boise 

Every day is Earth Day at Zoo Boise, but join us to celebrate Mother Earth in April! We are excited to open the zoo for families to explore after hours. The zoo is totally different in the twilight: some animals go right to bed while others are just getting ready to ‘party’. We will have stations with animal artifacts, Earth Day activities, opportunities to meet our animal ambassadors, and a guided zoo tour.

Eagle Theatre Company: Blithe Spirit
Friday, April 12th | Various showtimes | Eagle Performing Arts Center | 1125 E State St., Eagle

This much-revived classic has been a smash comedy hit in London and on Broadway. It offers wit, conflict and humor as finicky novelist Charles finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Well aware of Charles’ shortcomings, Elvira is called up by a “happy medium,” the eccentric Madame Arcati (played on Broadway by the late Angela Lansbury). As personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth dies unexpectedly. She “passes over” and joins Elvira to haunt the unfortunate Charles forever.

Tween + Teen Skincare School
Saturday, April 13th | 10:30-12:30 | SkinOwl | 3122 S Bown Way, Boise

Are you ready to have a simple effective skincare plan, prevent scarring and breakouts, and set the skincare foundation for a young adult in your life? Give them lifelong healthy skin habits? Educate them on the science of skin? After helping hundreds of young women and men with their skin, we know how important it is to give children a trusted, one-to-one space to explore. Ticket holders will learn the proper steps of a complete skincare routine, as well as what ingredients and chemicals to look for – and to avoid! Class is taught by skincare formulator and SkinOwl Founder, Annie Tevelin.

Shade City Brewfest
Friday, April 29th- Saturday, April 20th | 5pm-9pm (Fri) 1pm- 6pm (Sat) | Idaho Botanical Garden

We are excited to invite you back to Shade City Brewfest at the Idaho Botanical Garden! This groovy ’70s-inspired, sustainability-driven, beer-filled jamboree was dreamed up by a group of people with two priorities in mind: drinking delicious beer and creating a space to share local, sustainable business practices and ideas.

Rugged Idaho Expo
Saturday, April 20th | 10am-5pm | Indian Creek Plaza | Caldwell

Whether it’s hiking, camping, grilling, fishing, or hunting you’ll find everything you need for your next adventure. Guests can expect food, cold drinks, and live music! We will have different breweries tasting their best products. There will also be fun activities for the kids and the kids at heart! Enjoy all of this right in the center of downtown Caldwell at the Indian Creek Plaza.

Presenting Buddy DeVore and Rob Matson (Faded Cowboys)
Saturday, April 20th | 6:30pm-9pm | Salvage Sisters & Son | Boise 

The crazy good Buddy DeVore and Rob Matson will be playing their Western Honky Tonk music for y’all. This duo is absolutely amazing. Join us for an evening of fantastic music. The evening includes cocktails, beer, wine or mocktails coupled with tapas to enjoy. You will also have exclusive access to shopping in our space while receiving a 10% discount on your purchases. Our tickets sell fast! We have two private tables available in the provisions room for two at each table. Tickets are non refundable.

Readings and Conversations: Gabrielle Zevin
Wednesday, April 24th | 7:30pm-9:30pm | Egyptian Theater | Boise

Join Boise’s The Cabin for their literary lecture series, featuring wonderful authors, speakers and guests from different walks of life. Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and Young Jane Young, and her most recent smash, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. Her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages.

Vintage Road Trippin’ Spring Show
Thursday, April 25th – Sunday, April 27th | 10am-5pm | Various Locations

We are gearing up for our next Road Trippin’ Event this Spring! Join us April 25-27 for another fun weekend of shop-hopping the best Vintage Businesses in the Valley with vendor markets, food trucks, giveaways and SO MUCH MORE! We will have the official “road map” released soon with all the participating businesses that you are going to love. Save the date and call your bestie – this is going to be an amazing weekend!

BFW Runway to Red Carpet Fundraiser Gala
Friday, April 26th | 7pm-10:30pm | 2603 W Eastover Terrace, Boise

Runway to Red Carpet: Boise Fashion Week’s Gala Fundraiser is a glamorous event that transcends the boundaries of fashion and community engagement. It’s an evening dedicated to celebrating style with substance, where attendees are invited to experience the magic of fashion while supporting local fashion community in Boise. At the gala, guests can anticipate an immersive experience that blends the allure of high fashion with the warmth of philanthropy. The event serves as a platform to unite fashion enthusiasts, designers, influencers, and community advocates under one roof.

Young Entrepreneurs Expo
Saturday, April 27th | 10am-2pm | Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

The Young Entrepreneurs Expo highlights the talents of our budding business owners! Come learn about and support the up-and-coming generation by visiting their booth at Indian Creek Plaza. Youth vendors must be 5-17 years old to participate. Anything is welcome, but handmade products are preferred. Keep in mind that creativity sells, so common baked foods may not be as successful at the market. Be creative! All children must do the interacting, marketing and selling of products. Parents may be present to ensure proper counting of change, etc., but parents may not “run” the booth. This is a chance for kids to learn about business firsthand!

Eagle Spring Arts and Craft Fair
Saturday, April 27th | 10am-4pm | Bridges at Lakemoor | 235 E Colchester Dr Eagle

Join the City of Eagle for the 2nd annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair on April 27, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm. While at the Eagle Spring Arts and Craft Fair, you will have access to local artists display their amazing creations for everyone to see, various hands-on crafts, including pottery, decorating cards to be given to children in need, and fun crafts from the Eagle Public Library. Multiple live musical performances and food vendors to enjoy while you shop. What better way to support your local community and shop local than visiting the 80+ vendors at the Eagle Spring Arts & Crafts Fair?