Well, 2022 is halfway done! July is just a few days away, which means the Fourth is coming up quickly.
Backyard barbecues are a must to celebrate, but for those wanting to view some awesome pyrotechnics, you have some options. Head on down to Ann Morrison Park for the annual fireworks show at dusk. Arrive early to claim your spot — it can get crowded — and enjoy food and drink vendors in the meantime. Meridian, Caldwell, Star and Melba will also have fireworks and other festivities, such as parades, music and family activities. If you’d like to get out of town for the holiday, Hailey is throwing a three-day celebration.
So what about after America’s birthday?
Well, how about free tunes! Weekly concerts are in full swing right now. You’ve got Tuesdays on the Creek, Alive After Five on Wednesdays and Thursday Thunder to get you started. Areas outside the Treasure Valley are hoppin’ too. And for a fee, Idaho Botanical Garden has a Thursday concert series and Ste. Chapelle winery has Sunday music.
Or maybe some pro cycling. The Twilight Criterium is without a doubt a fan favorite. Seek out a spot on July 9 to watch the races, and don’t forget to kick off the event July 8 at JUMP for the Twilight Trifecta. Feed your face with complimentary french fries and sliders, and enjoy a free concert by Head for the Hills.
For those wanting a little dust-on-your-boots action, the Canyon County Fair (July 28-31) has got you. In addition to a carnival, vendors, exhibits and livestock, country artists Mark Chesnutt and Jordan Davis are scheduled to perform.
Note: Check with event websites or social media before attending. Events might be canceled or postponed after press deadline because of the pandemic, or might have new rules in place regarding masks and proof of vaccination.
Fourth of July
Hailey 4th of July Parade and Celebration: Saturday-Monday, July 2-4, Hailey. Antique market, Days of the Old West Rodeo, food, parade on Main Street (July 4), fireworks (July 4). haileyidaho.com.
Brundage 4th of July Music Festival: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 4, Brundage Mountain Resort Idaho Ski Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall. Featuring Matt Hopper, Corn Mash, and Lucky Tongue. Free. brundage.com/event/4th-of-july-music-festival.
Boise 4th of July Celebration: Food, beer and wine vendors at 6 p.m. an fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S. Americana Blvd. cityofboise.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/fourthofjuly.
Meridian Independence Day Celebration: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin Road. Food trucks, family games, music by Billy Blues Band (7 to 10:15 p.m.), fireworks (10:20 p.m.). meridiancity.org/independence-day.
Caldwell 4th of July: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 4, Memorial Park, 618 Irving St. 5k run (7 a.m.) and 1k run (7:15 a.m.), parade (9 a.m.), car show, vendors, food, music, watermelon contest, bike contest, children’s activities, fireworks (dusk, Brothers Park). cityofcaldwell.org.
▪ Fun on the 4th: Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, July 4, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave. Splash pads, dunk tank, foam pits, more. indiancreekplaza.com/fun-on-the-4th.
Melba “Olde Tyme” 4th of July Celebration: Monday, July 4, Melba. Fun run (7 a.m.), arts and crafts, parade (10:30 a.m.), car show, antique tractor pull, entertainment, fireworks, more. melba4thofjuly.com.
Star Hometown Celebration: Monday, July 4, Star. Firecracker fun run (7 a.m.), pie baking contest, parade (10 a.m.), luncheon, pie auction, kids’ zone, raffle, concert by Push to Play, fireworks. staridaho.org/hometown.
Tamarack 4th of July Fireworks: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, Tamarack Resort, 311 Village Drive. Viewable from anywhere on resort, but best viewed from the waterfront cabana and marina. tamarackidaho.com/event.
Lavender Festival: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3, The Lavender Merchant, 2871 Stroebel Road, Kuna. U-pick lavender $5 a bunch, artisans, handmade lavender products, lunch and desserts, make-and-take flower crown, more. Free. thelavendermerchant.net.
Eagle Fun Days: Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, Downtown Eagle and parks. Fun run, vendor market, food, music, car show, Wet & Wild Parade, cornhole tournament, Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed, fireworks. Free. cityofeagle.org/498/Eagle-Fun-Days.
Ketchum Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley. More than 100 Idaho artists, food, beer, free kids’ activity tent, more. Free. ketchumartsfestival.com.
Canyon County Fair: Noon to 11 p.m. July 28-31, Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 S. 22nd Ave., Caldwell. Concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free with fair admission. Concert pit and reserved seating is $25 (July 28) and $35 (July 29). 208-455-8500, canyoncountyfair.org.
▪ July 28: Mark Chesnutt, opener Kameron Marlowe
▪ July 29: Jordan Davis
Silver Screen on the Green: 8:30 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 5, Optimist Park, 16680 11th Ave. N., Nampa. Movies in the park on a large inflatable screen. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Free. 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
▪ July 1: “Clifford The Big Red Dog”
▪ July 8: “Space Jam”
▪ July 15: “American Underdog”
▪ July 22: “Rumble”
▪ July 29: “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway”
Sparklight Movie Night: Movies start at dusk Fridays, through Aug. 19, Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian. Families are invited to come early to enjoy a variety of activities presented by rotating nightly sponsors before the movie begins each night. Blankets and low-backed chairs are encouraged for front row seating, but regular chairs are permitted on the sides and rear seating areas. Free. To view the movie schedule, go to meridiancity.org/movienight.
Open Air Sunday Summer Concert Series: Gates at 11 a.m. and music from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 18, Ste. Chapelle Winery, 19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell. Music, food trucks, local vendors and plenty of wine. $25 general, $20 Ste Chapelle and Sawtooth wine club members. 208-453-7843, ext. 3; stechapelle.com/events.
▪ July’s bands: Dave Nudo Band (July 3); Moody Jews (July 10); The Noteables Band (July 17); Come Together Band (July 24); Blues Addicts (July 31)
JUMP Jam & Jive Summer Concert Series: 6 to 8 p.m. every other Tuesday, through Sept. 13, JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Free. jumpboise.org/jump-jam-and-jive.
▪ July’s bands: Ashley Rose Band w/Idaho Songwriters (July 5); Lounge on Fire w/TRICA (July 19)
Tuesdays on the Creek: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 27, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. Music by local and touring artists, with locally produced beer and wine. Held in conjunction with Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market. Free. indiancreekplaza.com/tuesdays-on-the-creek.
▪ July’s bands: B-Side Players (July 5); Red Shahan (July 12); The Sweet Lillies (July 19); Boot Juice (July 26)
Tuesdays on the Terrace: Tuesdays, through Sept. 6, The Ludwig Terrace, 1117 E. Lake St., McCall. Music and on-site food truck. Free. ponderosacenter.org/events.
▪ July’s bands: Corn Mash (July 5); Ryan Curtis (July 12); Merchants of Groove (July 19); Open Range (July 26)
Alive After Five: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 10, Grove Plaza, N. 8th and W. Main streets, Boise. Bands, food, beer garden and vendors. Free. downtownboise.org/AA5.
▪ July’s bands: The Suffers, opening McKenna Esteb (July 6); Deep Sea Diver, opening Blood Lemon (July 20); Wavves, opening The French Tips (July 27)
Great Garden Escape Concert Series: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 25 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 18, 25), Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $18 general, $15 AARP members, $14 IBG members and children 4-12, in advance. All tickets $20 at the gate. Free for ages 3 and younger. idahobotanicalgarden.org.
▪ July’s bands: Hillfolk Noir (July 7); Smokey Brights (July 14); Scott Pemberton O Theory (July 21); Jackie Venson (July 28)
Thursday Thunder: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 1, Boise Spectrum Center, 7609 W. Overland Road, Boise. Free. boisespectrumcenter.com.
▪ July’s bands: no concert (July 7); Audio Moonshine (July 14); Casio Dreams (July 21); Pilot Error (July 28)
Hailey Alive Summer Music Series: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 11, Hop Porter Park, W. Bullion St., Hailey. Free. sawtoothbrewery.com/events/hailey-alive-2022.
▪ July’s bands: Cole and The Thornes (July 7); Low-Fi (July 14); Water Tower (July 21)
TGIF Summer Concert Series: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, July 8 through Sept 2 (no concert Aug. 19 due to bike race), Brundage Mountain, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall. Free. brundage.com/events-calendar.
▪ July’s bands: The Sean Hatton Band (July 8); Too Slim and the Taildraggers (July 15); Brundage Mountain String Summit (July 22); Remember Jones (July 29)
Summer Concert Series w/Brett Scallions & Josey Scott: idahoconcertseries.com.
▪ Friday, July 8: 7 p.m. at Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre, 2375 Olympus Drive, Pocatello. $30-$40.
▪ Saturday, July 9: 7 p.m. at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $40.
The Mighty Red Melons: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. Tribute to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. $28-$42 at eventbrite.com.
Neighborhood Concert Series: 6 to 9 p.m. every other Wednesday, Boise parks. Local family-friendly bands and musicians. Boise Bicycle Project will have a bike repair station on-site and Lost Grove Brewing will provide local brews. Free. morrisoncenter.com.
▪ July’s parks: Peppermint Park (July 13); Fairview Park (July 27)
Summer Music Festival at Roseberry: Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16, Roseberry. thesummermusicfestival.com.
Sun Valley Music Festival: Sunday, July 24, through Aug. 18, Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley. More than 14 admission-free concerts alongside a gala fundraising concert and multiple outreach and education events. This season highlights three of the country’s greatest living composers — Gabriela Lena Frank, Jessie Montgomery, and Kevin Puts – and features performances from renowned guest artists: pianists Daniil Trifonov and Orion Weiss, violinist Leila Josefowicz, tenor Nicholas Phan, guest conductor Andy Einhorn, and string trio Time For Three. For concert schedule, go to svmusicfestival.org.
Sawtooth Valley Gathering: Thursday-Sunday, July 28-31, Sawtooth Valley Pioneer Park, Stanley. Fruition, Built to Spill, Watchhouse, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Steve Poltz, Lindsay Lou, others, as well a food, arts and craft vendors, workshops, on-site and off-site camping. $93-$375. sawtoothvalleygathering.com.
Boise Hawks baseball: Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $9-$15. 208-322-5000, boisehawks.com.
▪ vs. Missoula Paddleheads 7 p.m. Saturday-Monday, July 2-4. Fireworks all three days.
▪ vs. Idaho Falls Chukars: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, July 12-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Fireworks on July 15.
Twilight Criterium: Races begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, Downtown Boise. Kicks off with Junior Novice category, followed by the kids ride at 12:15 p.m. Races then continue throughout the day, with the Pro Women and Pro Men races closing out the night after the 6:45 p.m. opening ceremony. Also, enjoy food trucks, vendor and cycling organization booths, and front row seating at the Twilight Criterium EXPO at Cecil D. Andrus Park, 601 W. Jefferson St., Boise. boisetwilightcriterium.com.
▪ Twilight Trifecta Kickoff Celebration, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise, in conjunction with Free Fry-Day. Free French fries and sliders (courtesy of Simplot) from 4 to 7 p.m. Concert by Head for the Hills with openers The Pan Handles from 5 to 8 p.m. JUMP will be showcasing the 3-D Basque Museum photo exhibit in the lobby from 4 to 8 p.m. (extended lobby hours to 8:30 p.m.). All proceeds support The Idaho Foodbank and the Boise Twilight Criterium. Free.
Snake River Stampede: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, July 19-23 (pre-rodeo at 6:45 p.m. and mutton busting at 7 p.m.), noon matinee July 23 (pre-rodeo at 11:15 a.m. and mutton busting at 11:30 a.m.), Ford Idaho Center, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $11.50-$38.75 general, $8.50-$35.76 seniors and children 3-12. fordidahocenter.com.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’”: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (6:30 p.m. mini-concert series) and 7 p.m. Sunday (no mini-concert), July 1-3 and 5-9, ISF Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $40-$61 Fridays-Saturdays, $34-$49 Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. Any night, $25 students with valid ID. 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s “Romeo and Juliet”: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (6:30 p.m. mini-concert series) and 7 p.m. Sunday (no mini-concert), July 15 (preview), 16 (opening night), 17 (family night), 19-24 and 26-30, ISF Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $40-$56 Fridays-Saturdays, $32-$46 Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays. Preview (July 15): $26-$36. Family night (July 17): $14-$46. Any night, $25 students with valid ID. 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Royal Larkspur Players’ “Tea at Five”: 8 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday, July 23-27, The Argyros Theater, 120 Main St. S., Ketchum. Revealing portrait of Katharine Hepburn taken directly from her memoirs. $35. theargyros.org.
Boise Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29, 1500 Shoreline Drive, Boise. theboisefarmersmarket.com.
▪ Drive-thru option: Shop the online store from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 11 p.m. Wednesday, then pick up the order on Saturday during a chosen pickup time window (between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.) at 1500 Shoreline Drive. theboisefarmersmarket.com/bfmdrivethru.
▪ Mobile market: Monday through Thursday, through Sept. 29. Bringing the sae fresh local produce found at the BFM to Boise neighborhood locations. Full schedule of stops available at theboisefarmersmarket.com/mobile-market.
Nampa Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29, Lloyd Square Park, 13th and Front streets. 208-412-3814, nampafarmersmarket.com.
Capital City Public Market: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17, The Grove Plaza at 8th and Main streets, Boise. capitalcitypublicmarket.com.
Meridian Main Street Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 15, Meridian City Hall Plaza, 33 E. Broadway Ave. 208-918-3480, meridianmainstreetmarket.com.
Eagle Saturday Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 1 (no market July 9), Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. 208-489-8763, facebook.com/eaglesaturdaymarket.
Farm to Fork Farmers’ Market: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Sept. 27, Indian Creek Plaza, 120 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell. indiancreekplaza.com/farm-to-fork-farmers-market.
Emmett Farmers Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 29, Blaser Park, N. Washington Avenue and W. Park Street, Emmett. 208-550-4459, emmettfarmersmarket.com.
Girl Named Tom: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20-$35 general, $65-$75 reserved balcony. Ticketmaster.
Slightly Stoopid: 6 p.m. Friday, July 8, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $35-$45 general ($49.50 door), $65 premium. fordidahocenter.com. Special guests: Pepper, Common Kings, Fortunate Youth.
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience: 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $20 general ($22 door), $50-$60 reserved balcony. Ticketmaster.
The Synth Society: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park Bandshell, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. One year anniversary show of an eclectic group of musicians who work and perform together to promote synthesizer based music of all genres in the Boise area, as well as the Pacific Northwest. Free.
Opera in the Park: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd. Boise. Features world-class soloists soprano Madison Leonard, mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert, tenor Carlos E. Santelli, and baritone Brian Major; the Opera Idaho Opera Chorus and a live orchestra, under the baton of conductor Andy Anderson. Free. operaidaho.org.
Cody Jinks: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $75-$250. Ticketmaster. Opening: Ward Davis, Erin Viancourt.
Nitro Circus: Good, Bad & Rad: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Memorial Stadium, 5600 N Glenwood St., Garden City. Big-air action sports entertainment with stunts, tricks and feats. $35-$85. Ticketmaster.
Low Hum and JÜN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Kin, 999 W. Main St., Boise. $13 advance, $15 at the door. kinboise.com/calendar.
The Lumineers: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, ExtraMile Arena, 1401 Bronco Lane, Boise. $47.75-$145.50. Ticketmaster. Special guests: Gregory Alan Isakov, Daniel Rodriguez.
Thunderpussy, Joshy Soul and Smokey Brights: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Argyros Performing Arts Center, 120 Main St. S., Ketchum. $40 advance, $50 at the door, $150 VIP. theargyros.org. Special guest: Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show.
Khruangbin: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $49.50. Ticketmaster. Opening: Men I Trust.
Sara Evans: 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road, Emmett. $32.50 and $42.50. stoneysroadhouse.com.
Goo Goo Dolls: 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $29.50-$249.50. fordidahocenter.com. Opening: Blue October.
Doobie: 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, Revolution Center, 4983 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. $20 general ($25 door), $45 VIP. Ticketmaster. Special guest: Casket.
Josh A: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $25 general ($30 door), $60-$70 reserved balcony. Ticketmaster. Special guest: Justin Stone.
Paul Cauthen: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $25 general ($30 door), $62.50-$75 reserved balcony. Ticketmaster.
Tom Segura: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, Idaho Central Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $39.50-$99.50. idahocentralarena.com.
Tracy Lawrence: 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road, Emmett. $42.50-$72.50. stoneysroadhouse.com. Opening: Randall King.
Charli XCX: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $34.50 general ($35 door), $85-$95 reserved balcony. Ticketmaster.
Caamp: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, Outlaw Field, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $45. Ticketmaster. Opening: Future Birds.
Kenny Chesney: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $49-$149. fordidahocenter.com. Opening: Carly Pearce.
Gazebo Concert Series: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Heritage Park, 185 E. State St., Eagle. Music by SoulPatch. Free. 208-489-8763.
Dispatch/O.A.R.: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. $25 first 300 tickets sold, $49.50 general, ($55 door). fordidahocenter.com. Opening: Robert Randolph Band.
The Revivalists: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, War Memorial Field, 801 Ontario St., Sandpoint. $54.95. festivalatsandpoint.com.
Ian Munsick: 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road, Emmett. $32.50-$52.50. stoneysroadhouse.com.
Chris Janson: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, War Memorial Field, 801 Ontario St., Sandpoint. $69.95. festivalatsandpoint.com. Opening: LoCash.
Mt. Joy: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, War Memorial Field, 801 Ontario St., Sandpoint. $49.95. festivalatsandpoint.com. Opening: The Moss.
Emo Nite: 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 9th Street Parallel at Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. $16. TicketWeb. $18 at the door.
Pink Martini: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, War Memorial Field, 801 Ontario St., Sandpoint. $44.95. festivalatsandpoint.com.