Your May Scouted

May is a fairly enchanting month. The spring blooms have become hardy and shown us they have staying power for the season. We have (mostly) cleared ourselves of the threat of an impending surprise snowstorm. The sweet relief of Memorial Day’s three-day weekend looms, kicking off what feels to be unofficial summer. Mother’s Day brunches and university commencement ceremonies beget weekend celebrations with family and friends. So much to anticipate and enjoy packed into one month! Why don’t we add a few more to your calendar? Take in all of the outdoor markets, a show at the
Morrison Center, see some spectacular homes, or visit an informative convention at the Expo Center. Frankly, there’s just too many amazing things happening, but you can find all of the amazing to-do’s on our Events page. Swap out your snow boots for sandals- spring has sprung!  

Contributing Editor | Claire Meyer

First Thursday- Downtown Boise
Thursday, May 2nd| 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!

Carmen and Walking Mad
Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th | Various Times | Morrison Center | Boise 

Passion. Intrigue. Murder. Madness. What more could you want in an evening at the ballet? After a condensed version created in 2022, Ricardo Amarante returns to create the full Carmen to Rodion Shchedrin’s score for percussion and strings after the well known Bizet opera. With new scenic designs by Andrew Boyce (Peter and the Wolf), we are thrilled to see this intense narrative brought to life through the lens of Amarante’s seamless and sensual choreography.

Great Homes Tour
Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th | Various Times | Various Locations | Treasure Valley

Grab your family and join your friends for community block parties, food trucks, an open-air market and lots of giveaways, all while you discover the best of Treasure Valley living. Join us for the inaugural Great Homes Tour this spring! Great Homes Tour is a new, free community event showcasing new homes from four esteemed builders in three desirable Treasure Valley communities. Event attendees will experience the latest in home design and new construction while they get a first-hand look at nine exceptional homes. From innovative floor plans to upscale amenities, visitors will explore meticulously crafted homes, gaining insight into the quality and attention to detail that define each builder’s work.

Girls’ Day Out Expo
Saturday, May 4th | 10am-4pm | Expo Idaho | Garden City 

There are over 100 exhibits displaying beautiful handcrafted jewelry, sweet and savory treats, arts, home decor, apparel, beauty products and services from the best local businesses in the Treasure Valley!  You’ll love sharing and savoring the day with your best friends by your side.  Unwind and treat yourself at this FREE event that celebrates womanhood and empowers ladies to make informed decisions about local lifestyle choices.

Cinco de Mayo at Indian Creek Plaza
Sunday, May 5th | 5pm-10pm | Indian Creek Plaza | Caldwell, ID 

Spicy food, energetic dancing, a burro and bands – expect one of those fast paced events that will have your sombrero flying off in a frenzy. Grab your friends and join us for some fiesta fun on Cinco de Mayo down at the Indian Creek Plaza in downtown Caldwell. Food, entertainment and delicious beverages! There will also be a taco taste off competition so be sure to bring your taste buds.

Kentucky Wine Dinner
Sunday, May 5th | 7pm-9pm | Telaya Wine Co | Boise 

Join us for a down-home Kentucky-style Wine Dinner featuring Terroir with delicious Southern dishes! Put on your Kentucky Derby best and join us for an evening of Southern indulgences. The culinary team Nate, Rémi and Dah Bu of Terroir have planned a five-course paired dinner for you. Tickets include Telaya wine pairings to each course. Please let our team know during registration of any severe dietary restrictions. Wine Club members, remember to use the code for special pricing!

Thursday, May 9th- Sunday, May 12th | Various Showtimes | Morrison Center | Boise  

Everyone knows the beloved tale of Cinderella! This is the heartfelt tale of a girl who, despite her wicked stepsisters and stepmother, pulls herself out of the cinders and finds love with the help of a fairy godmother and glass slipper. Only this time, she tries to change the prince into a better man.

Mother’s Day Tea
Saturday, May 11th | 11am-4pm | Tolleth Home | Meridian, ID 

Join us at Hidden Gem Events on May 11th, 2024, for a Mother’s Day tea party like no other! Celebrate your mom or mother figure in a unique, memorable way by treating her to an unforgettable experience. Experience the charm of the Historic Tolleth Home as you indulge in delicious finger sandwiches, quiche, and desserts prepared by Whitney Fredin Catering. Sip on a seasonal tea blend brewed fresh from Winterwoods Tea Company, adding a delightful touch to your culinary journey.

Mother’s Day Market
Saturday, May 11th | 11am-3pm | Indian Creek Plaza | Caldwell, ID 

Indian Creek Plaza transforms into a bountiful outdoor market. Come down to the square to sip mimosas, listen to live music, and shop around with family and friends. With over 50 different vendors you will be sure to find the perfect gift for the Mom in your life! From flowers to jewelry; clothing to local wares, this market has something for all. Bring all the girls to celebrate sisterhood and friendship.

Kanak Attack Grand Opening
Saturday, May 11th | 12pm-5pm | Laekharbor Complex | Boise 

Come join us May 10th and 11th at 3250 N Lakeharbor Ln for a day filled with delicious food, fun activities, and great company. This in-person event is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some mouthwatering Kanak cuisine and celebrate the grand opening of our new catering kitchen and event center with us. We’ll have a pig roast to sample, raffles to giveaway, yard games to play, activities for kids, & so much more! If you’re hungry, our food truck will be open to take orders all day.

Tuesdays on the Creek / Caldwell Farm to Fork Farmers Market
Every summer Tuesday, beginning May 14th | 5pm-9pm | Indian Creek Plaza | Caldwell, ID

Spend your “Tuesdays on the Creek” in downtown Caldwell! This 20-week event series includes live music from local and touring artists. Catch some amazing local talent playing folk, rock, funk and so much more- put on your dancing shoes! This event is held in conjunction with the Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market, held each Tuesday at the Indian Creek Plaza. Enjoy the music, grab a bite to eat and something to drink, then get ready to dance the night away. Happy hour hits from 5-7 for deals on local food and drinks. Get there early to grab your spot!

The Boise Flea
Sunday, May 12th | 10am-4pm | Boise State East Stadium Lot | Boise

Join us at our new location- more space means more cool stuff! We’ll now be at the Boise State East Stadium Lot, 1188 W. University Drive. Over 150 vendors showcasing their wares, treasures and the unexpected. Parking is available in the Stadium Lot at $5.00 per car; carpool with your friends! It’s always FREE admission to The Boise Flea!

Annual Car Show
Saturday, May 18th | 10am-2pm | All Saints Episcopal Church | Boise

Our 2nd annual show is coming up soon at All Saints Episcopal Church in Boise! Spring will be arriving with some cool retro cars, trucks and other autos that will delight any aficionado. We’ll have our Touch-a-Truck event at noon with our local first responders. Enjoy some delicious treats and local wares from several food trucks and vendors. Can’t wait to see y’all!

Feastival 2024
Saturday, May 18th | 3pm-8pm | Expo Idaho | Boise

The Southern Idaho Food Truck Association (SIFTA) is a family of food trucks brought together to provide some of the best food in Southern Idaho! SIFTA members set the standard for food trucks in the communities we serve. We believe in quality food, friendly service, and a great food truck experience for all!

Readings and Conversations: Elizabeth Gilbert
Monday, May 20th | 7:30pm-9:30pm | Morrison Center | Downtown Boise

Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Committed, and Big Magic, as well as the award-winning short story collection, Pilgrims. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award-nominated journalist, she works as writer-at-large for GQ. Her journalism has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and The New York Times, and her stories have appeared in Esquire, Story, and the Paris Review.

Sesame Street Live, Say Hello!
Wednesday, May 29th | 7pm-9pm | Ford Idaho Center | Nampa, ID 

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street are coming to your neighborhood to say hello! In Sesame Street Live! Say Hello, you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends while enjoying fun surprises along the way. So put on your dancing shoes and make your way to where the air is sweet for this all-new celebration on Sesame Street! You will not want to miss this amazing event right here in Nampa!

42nd Annual Boise Greek Festival
Friday, May 31-Saturday, June 1 | 11am-9pm | Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church | Boise

Join us for the 42nd Annual Boise Greek Food Festival! This is a family fun event, celebrating all things Greek heritage and culture. There will be authentic Greek food, homemade Greek pastries, live Greek music, Greek dancing, and more! If you have never attended, this is a Boise tradition four decades in the making. See you this spring!