First Thursday - May 2, 2019 - Idaho Gives Month

Experience First Thursday!

Be Downtown Boise the First Thursday of each month to experience art, shopping, dining and entertainment in a special and unique way you’ll only find Downtown. Our local merchants plan exciting, engaging in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits and trunk shows. Stop into your favorite establishment or check out someplace new!

Events typically run from 5:00 – 9:00pm, but each merchant creatively plans their own event so check each listing for individual hours and details.

View Printable Page of First Thursday Events Here

Seasonal roving entertainment sponsored by:

The Alaska Center

1020 W Main St

Art in The Alaska Center

-THIS MONTH ONLY: Mike Shipman, Blue Planet Photography. Three galleries in the Alaska Center: Longwater, Alternatives, and Au Natural. Come check out his photography, art, and books.
-New Photographer in The Alaska Center! The Leap Photography studio is opening to the public on April First Thursday from 5pm-8pm. Stop in, tour the studio and browse through Leap Photography's work. Albums, prints and specialty items such as greeting cards and magnets will be on display and available for purchase. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and say hello.
-Chi E. Shenam Westin: New beautiful oil paintings of aspens on metals. Hand-painted gifts & wine glasses and coloring books for adults! I will be showing my final painting of the cliffs of the Boise River.
-Joseph Panchico: Hand-painted mandalas. Handmade cards and pen & ink drawings and prints of hearts, flowers, butterflies and more!
-Allan Ansell: Check out the photos of the bands from Treefort Music Fest! Complimentary portraits for families, couples, and individuals.

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Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St

CONTRAST: Gary Peer Wood Sculptures. Fascinating depictions of order versus chaos, space versus negative space, geometric versus organic. While his work appears abstract, it is actually representational: the steady decay of all systems over time. Indian Creek Wine, JB Duo music. Runs through May 31.

(208) 331-3374

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Artisan Optics

190 N 8th St

Mark your calendar for the one day only, May 2nd, Face a Face Eyewear pop-up showroom. The entire collection of eyewear and sunglasses for men and women will be in-store 1:00-7:00pm. So much to choose from! Shop vintage, to purely retro, to perfectly contemporary. We have what you're looking for! In-network with most insurances.

(208) 338-0500

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Balsam Brands

718 W Idaho St

Join us for a silent auction, Balsam Hill product raffle, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages! We'll be raising money for our volunteer partner, Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC). NVC fights hunger and poverty in the Philippines by providing nutrition for children in need, and livelihood opportunities for their parents! We look forward to seeing you there! 5 pm to 7pm.

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Ben & Jerry's

103 N 10th St

2$ scoops from 12pm to 8pm

(208) 342-1992

Boise State Bronco Shop - City Center

777 W Main St

Stock up on Bronco drink ware!
*Buy 1, get 1 half price, excludes Hydro Flask.
*Valid Thursday May 2, while supplies last @ the City Center Bronco Shop.
*Open extended hours 9am-9pm

(208) 426-4648

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Buffalo Wild Wings

777 W Main St

We will be launching our new draft beer lineup with 3.00 miller lite and Coors Light and the cheapest Jameson shots in Boise during happy hour

(208) 429-6355

Buy Idaho

412 S 6th St

Courtyard Concert Series during First Thursday's at Buy Idaho
Enjoy tunes from Dusty Leigh & The Claimjumpers, brews from Magic Valley Brewing, and tasty grub from Kanak Attack.
Our Courtyard Concert Series, brought to you by Idaho First Bank. Celebrate Idaho business!

(208) 343-2582

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The Chocolat Bar

805 W Bannock St

Bella Brewing is going to be pouring all new samples paired with our fabulous chocolates! Stop in to taste how good beer and chocolate can be.

(208) 338-7771

El Korah Shrine

1118 W Idaho St

The El Korah Shriners are in the process of restoring their magnificent Ballroom.
You are invited to visit our 104 year old building for a guided tour and to see our wonderful murals painted by the famous stage drop and sign painter Harry Hoffgarten of Boise, Idaho.
The Oasis will be open downstairs for our visitors.

(208) 343-0571

Evermore Prints LLC

780 W Main St

Be Submerged. Explore the imagery of water in its many forms. Imagine the perspective of a fish or observe a calm unbroken surface. Become engaged in the infinite and conjure what may lie beneath. No matter which angle you choose be sure to join us for Josh Udesen's solo exhibition Submerged - Light snacks and libations by Press & Pony.

(208) 991-3837

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

800 W Main St

Buy One Pie, Get the Second One for $10

(208) 287-4757

Flying M Coffee House

500 W Idaho St

Magnus Von Robotsson presents: “After These Messages” a mixed media celebration of Saturday morning cartoons and pop culture during the 1980’s.

(208) 345-4320

Foot Dynamics

1021 W Main St

Birkenstock Days at Foot Dynamics! See the new spring collection and receive a free gift with your Birkenstock purchase from 3pm – 8pm (while supplies last). Enter to win a pair of Birkenstock! 10% extra off already discounted prices in our Shoe Shed from 6pm – 8pm! Irish Music Session in our alcove starting at 6:30! Lots happening at Foot Dynamics!

(208) 386-3338

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Gallery 601 on The Grove

245 S Capitol Blvd

Join us for a 'Rock'n Good' time with local artist Brian Florence. Stop by The Grove Hotel Lobby/Library to see all of Brian's "Guitar Series' artwork and the unveiling of his "Rock'n Drink Coasters". Yep that's right just in time for summer, Mother's and Father's Day, why not let these guitar greats hold your frosted beverages while you sit back and relax. Brian will be on hand to personalize any artwork purchased this evening. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers from Trillium and drink specials from the Grove Hotel Bar.

(208) 336-5899

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The Grove Hotel

245 S Capitol Blvd

Join The Grove Hotel for First Thursday in our lobby! All from 5-9pm. We'll see you there.
- 50% off appetizers in Trillium
- Tastings from Rogue Ales & Spirits
- Art by Gallery 601 featuring Brian Florence
- Complimentary chair massages by The Grove Fitness Club & Spa

(208) 333-8000

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Guru Donuts

928 W Main St

We will stay open late and host our first 'First Thursday' event! We will be releasing our first potato donut out of Guru Donuts this evening.

(208) 571-7792

The Gyro Shack

777 W Main St

Buy one Get one Free Original Gyros!
-Mentioned this to your cashier
-Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon
-Limit 1 per person
-Valid only at this location between 5:00-9:00 PM on First Thursday

(208) 918-0004

Liquid Laughs

405 S 8th St

LIQUID LAUGHS has BUY 1 GET 1 FREE comedy tickets for FIRST THURSDAY. There are specials on LOCAL BREWS during the SHOW. The FOOD is FANTASTIC! It comes from SOLID GRILL & BAR. LIQUID does food SPECIALS for FIRST THURSDAY shows! NATIONAL TOURING comedian! Great COMEDY 5 NIGHTS a WEEK!

(208) 941-2459

Lucky Fins

801 W Main St

Live music, local landscape art prints for sale by Arthur Balluff Photo and half off all beer on tap!


The Mixing Bowl

216 N 9th St

Cinco de Mayo starts tonight! We have some great choices for all of your party and entertainment needs. And don't forget Mom - her day is upon us so it is a great time to get your shopping done for her.

(208) 345-6025

Office Evolution

999 W Main St #100

Tour our co-working space, take in the art and mingle. Office Evolution is pleased to exhibit local artists and support professionals working in downtown Boise. Artists currently on display included Idaho's own Venture Coy, Chase Bidner and David R. Day. Stop by for First Thursday or Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Proudly serving complimentary Happy Day Brands locally roasted coffee.

(208) 501-0002

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Olivin Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

218 N 9th St

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo we have Jalapeno schrubs, Baklouti Green Chili popcorn and some other fun ways to use our oils and vinegar!

(208) 344-0306

Paddles Up Poke

237 N 9th St

Paddles Up will be celebrating our two year birthday on May 2, 2019. This is also our monthly Free Beer First Thursday night! We will be having live music by Red Light Challenge, Beer Samples by Powderhaus, local artist Idahventure Art, and more! We will also be giving all of our customers FREE BEER and Birthday cake with their purchase! Make sure to put this special event on the calendar!

(208) 412-5581

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R. Grey Gallery

415 S 8th St

R. Grey welcomes the Metal Arts students of the BSU Art Department. A collection of their work will be offered in a month long silent auction. Join us to welcome these talented, aspiring artists. Appetizers will be served from 5pm – 9pm. This will be the 16th year we have hosted the students work, it is always amazing to see what the new creative minds of the aspiring artists create.

(208) 385-9337

Rediscovered Bookshop

180 N 8th St

This is the story of the signs, the skunk, the crop dusting, then tragedy and the triumph of a man who was the essence of Idaho. Author Rick Just is a native Idahoan who grew up on a ranch along the Blackfoot River. He is the author of two adult novels, four YA novels, and has written or edited several books on Idaho history. He does a daily Idaho history blog on this site and on Facebook called Speaking of Idaho. His latest book, A Kid's Guide to Boise, was recently released by Rediscovered Publishing. 7:00pm-8:30pm.

(208) 376-4229

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500 S Capitol Blvd

Just steps away from the Boise Green Belt and the Boise Art Museum. Join us for an extended Happy Hour in the Richard’s bar from 3-8pm.

(208) 472-1463

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Robert Comstock

765 W Idaho St

Join us for a nose-to-beak experience with some of Boise's highest flyers! The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey will be here along with some of their feathered friends. Also, Mad Swede Brewery will be pouring "flights" of beer to allow you to sample all of the delicious beers they have on tap. You won't want to miss this party - it's for the birds! While you're here, take a moment to make your Idaho Gives donation to your favorite nonprofit.

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Solid Grill & Bar

405 S 8th St


(208) 345-6620

Title Nine Boise

170 N 8th St

Busy boobs need better bras. 2019 Fit Fest. Stop by. Get fit. Make your boobs happy. 9% off all bra purchases

(208) 342-1493

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500 S 8th St

Attention Downtown Boise Business Owners! Idaho Virtual Reality Council and Trailhead introduce Virtual Tour Co, a Google City Partner and Streetview Trusted Photographer. We're putting Downtown Boise on the map in virtual reality! Come experience VR and learn how bringing Google Streetview inside with a VR tour of your business supports a thriving downtown economy, attracting more local customers and tourists to the area. There will be local art and tastings offered by fabulous Boise Farmer's Market vendors to enjoy. We’ll also be raffling virtual reality prizes to promote your downtown business. Open house style event, so drop by any time between 6 and 8 that evening and let us introduce ourselves!


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Downtown Boise Association

101 S Capitol Blvd, Ste 203
Boise ID 83702  •  208-385-7300