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Our local merchants plan exciting, engaging in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits, retail trunk shows, live music, family activities, and entertainment in a special and unique way you'll only find in Downtown Boise. Stop into your favorite establishment or check out someplace new!

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

SUPERSIZED First Thursday's are back!
What does that mean? More free activation throughout your downtown area! We'll have roving artist performing & engaging with the public for free fun during select months! Keep an eye out for the signs for where they'll pop-up next!
 


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"Impact of Exchange" Global Ties Exhibit

827 W Main St • (208) 336-8900

Art   Kid-Friendly  

Immerse yourself in the Impact of Exchange: Stories from U.S. Exchange Alumni, a remarkable traveling photography exhibit that intertwines public art with compelling narratives.

About the Exhibit:
"Impact of Exchange" is made possible through funding from the Office of Alumni Affairs and is executed by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with Photoville and local Community-Based Members nationwide. Featuring photographs and stories of U.S. citizen Exchange Alumni, this exhibit aims to ignite inspiration and foster future participation in exchange programs.

Engage with Global Ties Idaho:
Meet representatives from Global Ties Idaho during the event to discover opportunities for involvement in local programming. Gain insights into the impactful work they do and explore avenues for collaboration and engagement within the community.

Special Discussion with U.S. State Department:
Additionally, seize the opportunity to converse with a diplomat from the U.S. State Department who will be present to discuss employment opportunities within the department. Whether you're considering a career path or seeking insights into international affairs, this session offers valuable insights and connections.

Don't miss this enriching experience that celebrates the power of exchange and fosters cultural understanding. Mark your calendars for an evening of art, storytelling, and dialogue. The exhibit itself will run from April 22, 2024 through June 6, 2024. All are welcome. Free to attend.

For more information, contact globaltiesidahoboard@gmail.com.

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Boise Brewing

521 W Broad St • (208) 342-7655

Music   Food & Beverage  

Each first Thursday at Boise Brewing offers live music from rotating local artists on the patio, 6-9pm. Come inside check out the restaurant while admiring fresh art provided by Boise Weekly!

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The Flicks

646 Fulton St • (208) 342-4288

Music  

Bill Coffey and Dave Manion on the Patio June 6, 5:30-7:30
Grab your drinks and food from our Rick’s Café at The Flicks counter and head out to the patio to enjoy music by Bill and Dave. No cover charge, it is a gift to our Flicks fans.

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SHIFT boutique

807 W Bannock St • 208-331-7806

Shop   Food & Beverage  

Join us for a fun First Thursday with Dude DeWalt pouring tastings of their amazing wines and get an additional 30% off all sale merchandise (all weekend long)

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Tom Graineys

109 S 6th St • (208) 345-2505

Music  

DJ Mike Moses spins all vinyl every 1st Thursday of the month at Tom Grainey’s from 9-close. Funk and soul, new and old, hip-hop samples and remixes, and more!

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The Warehouse Food Hall

370 S 8th St • 986-999-4081

Music   Food & Beverage  

Thursdays just got a major upgrade at The Warehouse Food Hall with the return of live performances! Whether you're into tunes, flavors, or just good times, our live music Thursdays cater to all. Dive into a world of diverse food options, sip on crafted drinks, and let the music elevate your evening.

Weekly on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for all ages

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Boise Chamber Gift Shop and Visit Boise Information Center

1101 W Front St • (208) 472-5215

Shop   Kid-Friendly  

Happy First Thursday! Receive 15% off your entire purchase from 9a-4p. Not sure what's in our gift shop? We have merchandise from our Boise Metro Chamber Members and Gift Shop Members. We have a great, cute and welcoming souvenir gift shop!
I hope to see your friendly smiles!

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Art Source Gallery

1516 W Grove St • 208-331-3374

Art  

Art Source Gallery, 1516 West Grove Street, invites the public to the "Art and Mind" exhibit, celebrating the art of Jaki Katz, First Thursday, June 6, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm. This opening reception will feature food, wine, and live music and provide an opportunity to meet with the artist.

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The Counter by City of Good

1118 W Idaho St •

Shop   Food & Beverage   Kid-Friendly  

Shop for fresh, local produce while you're out and about for First Thursday! The Mobile Market, a partnership between the Boise Farmers Market and City of Good, provides access to locally grown produce with regularly scheduled weekday routes throughout Boise. Our organizations are working together to ensure equitable access to local food for ALL Boise residents. We accept SNAP/EBT, credit card, debit card, Market/Sprout tokens, and cash. DOUBLE UP your SNAP produce purchases with a daily match up to $20!

***Note that the Mobile Market will be parked in the lot behind Shrine Social Club, from 5-6pm***

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City Hall Plaza

150 N Capitol Blvd • (208) 384-4422

Music   Food & Beverage   Kid-Friendly   Activity  

Join us in kicking off celebrations for World Refugee Day! Come to First Thursday on June 6th, 5-7 PM at Boise City Hall Plaza. Enjoy a live performance by UNITY, connect with local refugee resettlement organizations, and learn about the work local organizations are doing. Celebrate the amazing contributions of Boise's refugees with music, culture, and community.

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The Avery

1010 W Main St • (208) 990-1010

Food & Beverage  

Join us for Happy Hour on First Thursday! Located on the alley side of The Avery Hotel, Tiner's Alley offers old world charm with fare and cocktails to match. Offering $5 and $10 menus including a Classic Negroni, Scotch Eggs, and Fish N Chips- all from our Michelin rated chef, Cal Elliott.

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Discovery Center of Idaho

131 W Myrtle St • (208) 343-9895

Kid-Friendly   Activity  

The Discovery Center of Idaho will be offering exclusive after-hours access to our newest exhibition, Mummies of the World: The Exhibition, between 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

Featuring one of the largest collections of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, Mummies of the World presents a one-of-a-kind collection of naturally and intentionally preserved human and animal mummies. This compelling exhibition, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt, some dating back thousands of years.

Book your tickets up to 7 days in advance at https://www.dcidaho.org. Regular admission prices apply.

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View Free Public Art at Freak Alley Gallery

Alley: 8th & 9th and Bannock & Idaho St •

Art   Kid-Friendly   Activity  

Freak Alley Gallery is the Northwest's Largest Open-Air, Multi-artist Mural Gallery, located between 8th and 9th street and Bannock and Idaho in Downtown Boise.

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Re-POP Gifts

210 N 10th St • 208-991-6112

Shop  

Get ready to party with us at Re-POP Gifts! Join us for our monthly Birthday Celebrations, where we will be throwing a birthday party on the first Thursday of each month. If it's your birth month, you and your friend will receive a special treat - 15% off your entire purchase*. And that's not all! As an extra bonus, if it's your birth month, you will also receive a birthday treat bag filled with surprises. So mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate your special day with us at Re-POP Gifts LLC!
*cannot be combined with other offers, some exclusions apply

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Bronco Shop @ City Center

777 W Main St • (208) 426-4648

Shop  

🌟 Celebrate the First Thursday in June with us in beautiful Downtown Boise! 🎉 Stop by The Bronco Shop on June 6th, and join the fun until 7 PM.

We have a special treat for you: with every purchase over $75, receive a FREE Bronco hat! 🧢✨ Show off your Bronco pride in style this summer.

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and stunning summer scenery of Downtown Boise while you shop and explore. It's the perfect evening to soak in the beauty of our city and find some fantastic new Bronco gear.

Join us this Thursday for an unforgettable night of community and summer vibes. See you there! 🛍️🎈

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Trillium Restaurant

245 S Capitol Blvd • 208-333-8002

Food & Beverage  

All day Happy Hour! Half off appetizers and $5 draft beer, $5 well cocktails, $5 select wines from 11am-11pm every first Thursday in Trillium Restaurant or Trillium Bar.

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Join the BoldCircle at BoldHue!

405 S 8th St •

Art   Shop   Activity  

FIRST and only
AT-HOME SHADE
MATCHING DEVICE

BoldHue revolutionizes the beauty industry with an approach to beauty that is completely customizable, for every unique individual. Our patented technology is one of a kind, just like you.

Follow our story, learn more, and view our viral videos on Instagram (instagram.com/boldhue) and TikTok (tiktok.com/@boldhue)

Join the BoldCircle and be the first to know when we officially launch. As a member, you’ll receive exclusive behind the scenes content and see milestones in real time while you wait for its anticipated arrival! Join for free at BoldHue.com

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Ink Spa

404 S 8th St • (208)315-6664

Art   Shop   Activity  

Walk-in First Thursdays - grab a friend and come get a tattoo, piercing or both during our Walk-In First Thursday event. Micros starting at $100, piercings $75 for nostril, ears or navel only. We also have a uniquely curated gift shop for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life. Come check it out!

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Fred Astaire Dance Studios Boise

1511 W Main Street • 208-514-0440

Music   Food & Beverage   Activity  

Practice your moves and meet our dance community! Come for a few minutes just to check the place out, or stay and practice to music from a variety of dance styles.

No partner required — or bring your friends. We love to see couples who want to dance together, too. Everyone is welcome, no experience required!

Dance Demos & Free Newcomer Group Variety Class from 7:15pm—8pm
General Social Dancing 8pm—8:45pm

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Rediscovered Books - Boise

180 N 8th St • (208) 376-4229

Art   Shop  

Rediscovered Books welcomes local author and poet Rebecca Evans for a book signing on First Thursday for her new book, Safe Handling. Rebecca Evans will be in store June 6th at 5 PM to talk about her book and sign copies.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Graeber & Company Salon and Spa

350 N 9th St • (208) 343-4915

Shop  

Stop by for all the fun things happening this month! Raffles, surveys with a give away, gift with purchase and so much more!!

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The Funky Taco

801 W Bannock St • (208) 488-4593

Music   Food & Beverage  

Jazz Night at The Funky Taco

Once a month, on the First Thursday, The Funky Taco will have a jazz night featuring the Dean Jennings Jazz Quintet for the first set. We will then feature local jazz artists for the second set and close the night with a jam session featuring established, up-and-coming, and future jazz musicians.​

Check the Event Calendars (https://www.deanvjennings.com/eventscalender) or the Funky Taco's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/thefunkytaco/) for upcoming Jazz Nights at The Funky Taco.

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Stio

124 South 6th Street • 2082079786

Art   Shop   Food & Beverage  

Thursday, June 6th : 5pm-7pm
Join us for First Thursday in Downtown Boise for discounts, giveaways, snacks, beverages and more!!!
Come learn more about Idaho Rivers United, become a member and enter to win a giveaway.
Check out local photographer Francis Fujii featuring her "Japan in Winter" wildlife image collection which she will be revealing to the public for the first time.
And sample some tasty snacks from Nosh Foods for your next adventure!

124 S 6th Street, Boise, ID (corner of 6th and Grove)

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Voodoo Cellar Boise

200 N Capitol Blvd • 2089180881

Food & Beverage  

$5 Craft Beer Flights Every First Thursday!

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Radio Boise

1020 W Main St • 208-258-2072

Music  

Radio Boise is having an "Open Station" in the basement of the Alaska Center on Main St. between 10th and 11th St where we will give guided tours, have live DJs Wendy Fox and Jason D on the air, share snacks and generally chat about the station and community radio from 5pm-8pm. It is hosted by Nichole Marie of The Rapture and Geek Goddess from the Rebel Alliance. This month we are joined by the Idaho Office for Refugees, whose mission it is to offer refuge and safety to people forced to leave their homes due to persecution of religious beliefs, political opinions, or ethnic heritage.

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Art in The Alaska Center: New Art Series "Mountains & Aspens of Idaho" by Chi E Shenam Westin

1020 Main St • 208-440-2107

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An exploration of Zen Buddhists, Sutras, and Practices.

New paintings on copper & aluminum including Extreme Plein Air: The Trees of Winter.
Also showing The trees of Zion, paintings from McCall, Thorn Creek Butte, Tetons in Driggs, and Payette Lake.

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Allan Ansell Photography in The Alaska Center

1020 W Main St •

Art   Kid-Friendly   Activity  

Special: Business head shots special: $85/per head; $75 for groups of 4 or more taken at same time and same location (up to 8 total). Through July 1, 2024.

After a brief hiatus, Allan R. Ansell Photography is continuing our traditional First Thursday studio demonstrations bi-monthly raffle for a complimentary in studio 11 x 14 family portrait. The portrait will include a Complimentary consultation session, photo session and the opportunity to select the image you want printed. Drop in to enter. January’s lucky winner was Mike Krum and family. We’ll also give you do a fun and quickie portrait suitable for posting on social media if you come down.
If you can’t join us Thursday evening simply email your name to allan@ansellphotography.com with the subject line “First Thursday Raffle” and your first name in the body of the text. The winner will be notified by email after the raffle closes.
Check out my web page. I will only be accepting a limited number of bookings during May. Meanwhile – ENTER THE RAFFEL AND WIN THE PRIZE and Keep safe!!

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Vandal Store

821 W Idaho St • (208) 433-1889

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Fire up the grills! Whether for dad or your grad or whatever you are celebrating this summer, it is best to do it Vandal style. Get a FREE bottle of Vandal sauce, while supplies last, with any purchase of any of our new Vandal BBQ tools.

We will be open 10am-8pm.

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