Labor Day weekend looks promising! Hot Air Balloons, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, concerts, a horse and buggy parade, tomato heaven, and a score on some free cupcakes downtown.
If you’re hungry for more, check out the Appetite for Idaho Facebook page, and pick up a copy of the new Appetite for Idaho book:

Send $18 to:
Amy Larson/ Appetite for Idaho
119 S. Valley Drive, Suite A #218
Nampa, Id. 83686
or grab a copy from any of these participating locations...

*Cameron Lumsden of Alavita and Fork in Boise just donated a recipe for the next Appetite for Idaho book, “Crazy Good Idaho Love”. Thanks, Cameron!

Have a FUN week,


Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic
Aug. 27-31, 7 a.m.
Ann Morrison Park Americana Boulevard, Boise
Get into the Spirit of Boise and grab your camera for one heckuva photo opp as gloriously colored hot air balloons take to the skies over Ann Morrison Park. On Friday morning, weather permitting, 50 balloons will launch, and do it again that evening, too. A spectator’s dream day! FREE.

Rock the Village: Radical Revolution '80s Tribute Band
Fri., Aug. 29, 6 p.m.
Village at Meridian 3600 E. Fairview Ave. at North Eagle Road, Meridian
Enjoy the rock of Doug Petcash (“I Want to Be A Merman”/ “Ridin’ With Kuna Cowboys”) at what’s becoming a favorite Treasure Valley gathering place. FREE

Library Comic Con
Sat., Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boise Public Library 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
A big bless your comic book pages to all comic nerd friends…this one’s for you.
The first of Boise's Library Comic Cons last year took in hundreds of fans. Grab your costumes and ready your mind for all things anime. Cartoonist Paul Pope guest stars. FREE

Japan Day 2014
Sat., Aug. 30, 12-2 p.m.
Basque Center 601 W. Grove St., Boise
Explore rich Japanese history of the many who’ve shared their traditions over the years within our communities and schools at Japan Day, designed to share the culture and fun with everyone. Tastes, sights, and sounds of Japan at the Basque Center, calligraphy, origami, martial arts, music, sushi, and a flea market. FREE
208-331-5097 or 208-342-9983

Annual Flea Market and Craft Fair
Sat., Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Snake River RV Resort 4030 River Resort Drive, Homedale
Old stuff, new stuff, unique stuff at the Flea Market with the Snake River’s backdrop. A scenic drive out there is an added bonus. With music by Les and Nancy. FREE

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Sat., Aug. 30, 12-4 p.m.
Roseberry Townsite 2598 E. Roseberry Road, Roseberry (East of Donnelly)
We went to this one last year and loved it. Roseberry’s an incredible place in its own right, with over 20 buildings moved back to their original sites, after massive Roseberry restoration efforts. Grab yourself some ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade, or some famous Finn bread, and watch the broom making, log sawing, and admire the cabin building prowess of the Finns, who put dwellings together without chinking. (“If it fits, it’s Finnish!”).
Stroll through the classic car show, or take a buggy and tractor ride around the town site. Proceeds benefit the Long Valley Preservation Society. FREE admission.

Concerts on Broadway
Sat., Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Meridian City Hall 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian
Bring a folding chair, blanket, and a picnic for this fun concert presented by the Meridian Arts Commission and other community sponsors. FREE

Ketchum Wagon Days
Through Aug. 31
Focused this year on Idaho’s mining history, there’s a ton to see and do. Shootouts, antiques, the Big Hitch Parade with bunches of wagons and buggies. Visit for a complete schedule of events. Prices vary.

Preserving Tomatoes: Methods & Recipes
Wed., Sept. 3, 6 p.m.
North End Organic Nursery 2350 W. Hill Road, Boise North
Have you heard of the Tomato Independence Project? People are getting into their vined plants like never before. Here’s what to do with them once you’ve grown them all. FREE.

Lilly Jane’s Cupcakes
Thu., Sept. 4
Lilly Jane’s Cupcakes Boise 1020 W. Main St., Ste. 111, Boise
I know a guy who’s been off sugar for the past two years. And you know what? He’s a GROUCH. I think a body needs a little sugar. After all, you are what you eat. Sweeten up on Sept. 4th at Lilly Jane’s, by getting yourself one of their FREE cupcakes and checking out a brand new Lilly Jane location. Also featuring products from Olive and Vyne. FREE

Trader Joe's
First Thursday of every month, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Trader Joe's 300 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
Trader Joe’s aids in celebrating football season with Fiesta Dip and Tortilla Chip samples, accompanied by African Smoke Potato Chips and Blood Orange Sparkling soda samples. Pop in and munch down. 208-336-7282

Julia Davis Park Docent Tours
First Thursday of every month, 4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 4
Julia Davis Park 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
New to the area or just want to get to know Boise better? Spend an hour with a knowledgeable docent, meeting up at the Rose Garden Gazebo. Registration required at or by calling 208-338-9108. FREE