Your January Scouted

There is something about the turn into a new year that takes some adjustment. We’ll remark how we just can’t believe it’s this year because it felt like it was only that year not long ago! This is technically true; but when we’re still writing the previous year’s number on our dates well into March, it may be time to catch up. Hey, new year may not always (immediately) mean new us. However, January dawns a time of beginnings and possibilities. We get to stand at the top of the mountain and get a look at the vast expanse of the year ahead. A vacation over there, or buying a new home off in the distance; dusting off that long forgotten elliptical perhaps? Maybe your 2024 landscape is dotted with getting to know your city, and what better way than to read up on what’s happening in your local Scout Guide? Discover some amazing local businesses or unique events, situated right in your own town. As we move into 2024, we welcome you to seize the day, or week (or month!) as you’re ready.  

Contributing Editor | Claire Meyer

First Thursday- Downtown Boise
Thursday, January 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!

3rd Annual Country Music Roundup
Friday, January 5th- Saturday, January 6th | 6pm-11pm | Visual Arts Collective | Garden City

The 3rd Annual Country Music Roundup brings you two nights of live country music at our favorite venue, the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City! Kick off your new year right with some local country music. We have 6 local bands that have been selected to bring you two nights of first-rate Idaho country music! Join us for an unforgettable evening packed with great music and entertainment that you simply cannot afford to miss!

Paint with Penguins
Saturday, January 6th | 5:30am-7:30am | Zoo Boise

Have you ever wondered how penguins paint? Wonder no more. Join us for a special evening at Zoo Boise for a paint and sip with our Magellanic penguins. You’ll paint the background, enjoy drinks and snacks and be treated to a special zookeeper talk and tour. Then you’ll watch as the penguins add their personal touch to your painting and you get to take your painting home!

Rediscovered Books Film & Book Club – Boys in the Boat
Saturday, January 6th | 12:30pm-3:30pm | Rediscovered Books | Downtown Boise

Join Rediscovered Books and NPR’s George Prentice for a Film & Book Club event – Boys in the Boat at The Flicks. Come and dive into the fascinating world of the incredible true story of the University of Washington’s rowing team. Experience the thrilling journey of an underdog team that rose to fame during the 1936 Olympics. Watch the film adaptation and then join us for a lively discussion about the book and movie. This event is perfect for bookworms and film enthusiasts alike.

Treasure Valley Flea Market
Saturday, January 6th- Sunday. January 7th  | 9am-5pm | Expo Idaho

Taking place at the Boise Expo Center, the Treasure Valley’s Indoor Flea Market features unique items and exhibits from a number of local sellers. Find gifts, clothing, antiques and memorabilia, sporting and outdoor equipment, and so very much more!

Adult Classes: Winter Comfort Food: Home for the Holidays!
Thursday, January 11th | 6pm-8:30pm | Season + Taste |  Downtown Boise 

Enjoying a winter staycation? Or in need of some fun with guests from out of town?! Have a blast cooking (and enjoying!) all of the best comfort foods, Season + Taste style! We’ll provide the ingredients and the know-how; you bring the creativity and your appetite!

208 Travel Show
Saturday, January 13th 2nd- Sunday, January 14th | 9am-5pm | Expo Idaho

Visit the leading travel destinations from across the globe. Gain travel insight, exclusive show discounts, and speak with travel advisors all in one location. Get inspired by the experts for trips to Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Mexico, Hawaii and more…from resorts & hotels to cruises, we’ll have what you need for that next bucket-list experience.

Field to Fork 
Thursday, January 18th | 9am-5pm | Jack’s Urban Meeting Place|  Downtown Boise 

This interactive trade fair brings together our independent food and beverage industry professionals from throughout Idaho. Farmers, ranchers/livestock producers, food producers, restaurants, bars and retailers can enjoy this opportunity to make new face to face connections while showcasing their products and services.

Readings and Conversations: Steve Inskeep with Nicholas Kristof
Thursday, January 25th  | 8pm-10pm | Morrison Center | Downtown Boise

Join The Cabin for an evening from two renowned authors, personalities and podcasters. Steve Inskeep is a co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the United States, and of NPR’s Up First, one of the nation’s most popular podcasts. Nicholas Kristof is a New York Times op-ed columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Eagle Theatre Company: Almost, Maine
Friday, January 26th- Friday, February 9th | Various Times | Eagle Performing Arts Center

Welcome to Almost, Maine. A place that’s not quite a town, and so far north, it’s almost in Canada. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights dance in the star-filled sky above, the residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. This delightful midwinter night’s dream is a series of nine vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured mysticism. Both heart-warming and heartbreaking.

Bluey’s Big Play
Tuesday, January 23rd- Wednesday, January 24th | Various Times | Morrison Center 

Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theatre show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life.