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Spring Into Boise, Idaho

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Boise spring days experience bouts of clear, blue skies and quickly evaporating rain. Ideal temperatures and perpetual breezes make for perfect days get outdoors.

As you plan on making this year in Boise one filled with all the outdoor bounty the area has to offer, you'll love how long our days are, streaming in some fifteen hours of daylight in early summer, maximizing the time you can spend outside each and every day.

On the topic of springtime in Boise, just what are the best things to do to make it memorable? The weather recently got warmer and you're likely thinking about all the things out there to fill all those daylight hours. Just like winter, the Treasure Valley is packed with activities that are community oriented for you and your closest friends. After all, Boise isn't just known for being the City of Trees, it's also known for its close knit community and friendly environment.

Concerts

Concerts are a big part of both spring and summer in Boise, Idaho, and the city is already packed with some great ones. Celebrities and entertainers come to Boise frequently, performing in venues like the Morrison Center, Taco Bell Arena, or the Revolution Concert House. Talented musicians visit the stage throughout Boise all year round, from rock bands to country/western to contemporary. There's something for everyone, and spring is the ideal time to begin the fun.

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Outdoor Spring Events

This category can cover the vast bounty that is the great Boise outdoors, or the many organized events that cater to both the young and old. One of the area's shining events is produced by the Idaho Horse Council, the Horse Expo that runs April 19, 20, and 21st at the Idaho Horse Park in nearby Nampa, Idaho. Annually, over 10,000 people show up for this event. It's no surprise, as Idaho is one of the largest and best equine centers in the nation.

This month you can also catch the Professional Bull Riders on April 26th and 27th at the Idaho Center for the Dewalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational.

And if that's not enough action for you, the Meridian Speedway opens up for some hot racing beginning April 13th. You can be there to catch Napa Latemodels, Project Filter Pro-4's, Coors Super Stocks, CWI Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks and more as they battle it out on the ¼ mile bullring. Plus, the kids will love the Westby's bike race.

Downtown Boise

This April, the Idaho Historical Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary of the creation of Idaho territory with a major, all new exhibit called Essential Idaho: 150 things that make the Gem State Unique. It's one the largest exhibits ever presented at the museum which features rare artifacts, hands-on learning stations, and educational stories about Idaho. It will run through the last day of 2013 at Julia Davis Park.

ballet_shoes_sm_300Don't miss out on Ballet Idaho this year. Swan Lake will be held at the Morrison Center April 12th and the 13th, and is considered one of the greatest classical ballets of all time. Each year, Ballet Idaho offers a full season of 14 performances of 4 main stage ballets. It's the only professional ballet company in Idaho, Montana or Wyoming.

Boise Farmers Market debuted early April and features regenerative, healthy food in a vibrant marketplace that features locally grown products. You can meet the people who grow the food and celebrate Boise's agricultural achievements. The Boise Farmers Market is held in downtown Boise and will be open every Saturday. Also, the Capital City Public Market hosts the Market each Saturday in downtown Boise where you can enjoy visiting local vendors who specialize in locally grown food and handcrafted products. Beginning April 20th, you can support area farmers and strengthen the local economy.

There are event venues dotting downtown Boise, such as Grove Plaza, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Boise Center where community events are held throughout the spring and summer and into the winter. There's always something on the horizon or in the works in downtown Boise, creating a busy and vibrant environment full of stimulating activities. Not to mention the beautiful and healthy streets, unique shopping and astounding variety of dining experiences to choose from.

Nature

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Boise features a desert oasis of outdoor activities, due largely in part by the pristine Boise River and the surrounding foothills. Every traditional outdoor activity is found in Boise, from hiking, camping, swimming, boating, and fishing. You can plan your own outdoor activities at your leisure, or participate in one of the many spring events, shows, or area attractions.

The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center is a great place to visit this spring. This nature reserve is open every day but Monday and offers a one of a kind fish and wildlife experience along the Boise River Greenbelt that the kids will love as much as the adults. The stream walk and visitor center is an excellent learning experience and you'll enjoy the underwater viewing windows, offering a fish eye view of the world.

Visit the Idaho Botanical Gardens and walk down the paved pathways to see a variety of beautiful private gardens. There's all kinds of things going on at the Gardens other than gorgeous blooms and plant life. There are continuing education classes, the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series, plant sales, a summer botany camp, and Saturday camps. Early May is when things really begin to liven up, so now is the perfect time to start planning relaxing summer evenings with great food and music at the Garden.

So, whether you want to see a great opera or a mesmerizing ballet performance, Boise, Idaho is full of these opportunities and more. Spring is the time to start planning which shows and events you want to attend, with many of the year's most anticipated arts and events occurring this month. Make 2013 the year that you really see what Boise, Idaho has to offer.

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