It’s heating up outside, and that means more fun, more festivals, more friends and family time. On the calendar for this week: Russian food and culture, a school carnival, Parade America in Nampa, the state’s largest garage sale, volunteering on a farm, BSU Commencement, sailing on Lake Lowell, and life story writing.

Have fun this week, and don’t forget to check out the Appetite for Idaho Facebook page, where there’s always something new in Idaho to explore.

Russian Food Festival
Fri., May 16, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sat., May 17, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church 872 N. 29th St., Boise
If you like real Russian food, this is your deal. They’ll have shish-kebabs, Russian crepes, stuffed peppers, and more. I went to the Russian-English online translator to look up the phrase ‘delicious food’, but it came out with a lot of x’s and backwards n’s, so I’m not even going to attempt that. (“восхитительная пища”) FREE admission.

Koelsch School Carnival

Fri., May 16, 5:30 p.m.
Koelsch Elementary School 2015 N. Curtis Road, Boise
Some of the BEST carnivals are school carnivals, with food, fun, and family-themed games and prizes. FREE admission.

Copper River Salmon Season Opener
Fri., May 16, 12 p.m.
Reel Foods Fish Market 611 Capital Blvd., Boise
Free samples of Wild Copper River salmon, anyone? It’s a party to celebrate the salmon season. FREE.


May 17th at 11am in Nampa on 12th Avenue South, it’s the 48th Annual Parade America, one of Idaho’s largest patriotic celebrations, established back in 1966 to honor Armed Forces Day. This parade attracts thousands, so bring your blankets, folding chairs, something cold to sip and your sunscreen. You’ll want to get there by at least 10:30 to claim your spot. There will be lots of marching bands, horses and riders, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, classic cars and creative floats. The theme for this year’s parade is “Faces of Hope in America.”

Idaho's Largest Garage Sale
Sat., May 17, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds) 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City
That could make you some cold, hard cashola if you sell it like you mean it at Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale. A buyer’s and seller’s mecca. $3

Open Volunteer Days at CCG Farm
Sat., May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., May 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Create Common Good Farm 4750 S. Surprise Way, Boise
Play farmhand/volunteer at the CCG Farm in Boise. Bring a friend or two, and as long as you’re working, you’re welcome. FREE

BSU Commencement

Sat., May 17, 10 a.m.
Taco Bell Arena 1910 University Drive, Boise State campus, Boise
Who do you know that’s graduating this year from BSU? Show up to cheer for them at this open-seating event, but get there early, since no seats are reserved. FREE

Sailing Orientation Day

Sat., May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
What is it like to sail? Find out at Lake Lowell on the south side of Caldwell on Saturday, where an experienced sailor will show you the ropes. Must be 18 or older.
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Touchmark Summer Writing Series
Tue., May 20, 10:30 a.m.
Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, Meridian
Touchmark’s FREE Summer Writing Series with Diana James, local author, discussing writing life stories and the writing process. Danish and beverages served.