The kids are back in school, Labor Day’s in the rear view mirror, but since we live in the Treasure Valley, the family-friendly, mostly free entertainment continues. Block parties, major Art happening in the Park, a celebration of tomatoes with local farmers and food trucks, a mid-week Farmers Market, and some big business and social happenings going on in Meridian.

Want even more? You can visit the Appetite for Idaho page on Facebook, where stuff to see, eat, and do is posted every weekday.

Have a FUN week,


Idaho City Trails and Yurts Work Day
Sat., Sept. 6, 9 a.m.
Volunteers camp free at Beaver Creek Cabin campground on Friday, Sept. 5th, and Saturday, Sept. 6th, or just run up for the day on Saturday to help out at Beaver Creek Cabins’ staging area.
Call 208-514-2419 or email Leo Hennessy at for details. FREE

Meridian Community Block Party
Sat., Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Settlers Park, Meridian
Get one last big summer party in at this FREE family festival. Food vendors, inflatables, music, games, a mascot dance off, and lots more. Meet your friends and fam, and have fun!

Rediscovered Books' 8th Birthday Party
Sat., Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Rediscovered Books 180 N. Eighth St., Boise
Happy Birthday, Rediscovered Books! Thanks for keeping us so well-entertained. Door prizes, day-long special events, bag stuffers, and more. Reading into this, it’s going to be a good time. For a full list of activities, visit FREE

Metal Recycle Day
Sat., Sept. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Albertsons-Eagle 250 S. Eagle Road, Eagle
Got Metal? Fencing, old appliances, whatever could be called scrap. Take it all down to the Eagle store and get it off your hands, while you help out our youth. Proceeds from recycling will benefit Idaho youth programs via the John William Jackson Fund. FREE

Art in the Park
Runs Friday-Sunday Sept 5-7 Julia Davis Park, Boise
10-8 Fri/ Sat, 10-5 Sunday
It’s art, and it’s in the park! It’s also known as one of the biggest cultural events in the entire Northwest. More than 200 artists converge for this three day event, with their works on display, and for sale. Live entertainment, art for the kids, and great food combine into a weekend filled with culture and color.

Tomato Tailgate Truck Rally
Tue., Sept. 9, 4 p.m.
North End Organic Nursery 2350 W. Hill Road, Boise
If you haven’t heard of the whole tomato thing here locally, I must ask that you look up Tomato Independence Project (TIP) on Facebook. Their events are all about the vine-licious food, and highly entertaining. This one has local farmers and food trucks joining forces to create tomato-infused dishes of divine enjoyment. FREE.

LIZ Family Night and Trade Show
Wed., Sept. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Honalee Farm Event Center 7010 Moon Valley Road, Eagle
They call themselves Lizzers. They have networking groups, outings, and an online magazine, too. (That my friend Christy Stansell has something to do with). And, turns out, the LIZ people are pretty inclusive folk. This event’s a good one to take the whole family to, with music, vendors, giveaways, food for purchase, bouncy houses, and lots of talking and eating and laughing and stuff out on the patio. FREE 208-286-0533

Caldwell Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Continues through Sept. 10
Break up your work week with a stroll through the Farmers Market on a Wednesday night. See local crafts, live entertainment, inhale the aroma of baked goods and specialty foods, and take in the evening’s ambience along Indian Creek.
Featuring fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, live entertainment and local crafts in downtown Caldwell along Indian Creek. Every Wednesday night through Sept 10. FREE

Meridian Business Day
Fri., Sept. 12, 8 a.m.
Meridian City Hall 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian
The Meridianites (and others in the Treasure Valley) talk about it all year long. Thinking my friends Ron Kern, Brandon Wright, and Derrick Boles are probably going to be there, and they’re all cool, so you should go. It’s a networking, get to know you, business relationship building day, and it’s worthwhile. If you have a business, consider attending. More info at FREE 208-888-4433