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.
- The Alaska Center
1020 W Main St
Art in the Alaska Center:
- Allan Ansell: Open studio, complimentary portraits "The Faces of Boise"
- Radio Boise: Open house
- The Belmont Barbershop
- Chi E Shenam Westin: New original oil paintings on aluminum of the Boise River & just-published adult coloring book now available!
- Mr. Ting Shaokuang: For the first time in Boise, silkscreen of a Chinese master's art
- Judson Cottrell: Fractal art in 2D and 3D creations
- LaNeige Bridal and Tux
- Joseph Pacheco: Original pen & ink drawings and stippling
- Art Source Gallery
1015 W Main St
The Emotional Landscape of Florals : An Exhibit of Large Scale Flowers
by Laurel Lake McGuire
During her youth in the artistic climate of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, McGuire learned to use layered washes, fine detail and stunning colors. Today, her thought provoking titles effectively marry emotional content and technical expertise to enhance the viewers’ enjoyment.
First Thursday Reception 6-9 pm. Music by Emily Tipton, Wine by Indian Creeks, refreshments by Art Source.
- Artisan Optics
190 N 8th St
Check out our April 5th trunk show, 1 to 7pm. Two fabulous eyewear lines, Mykita and Barton Perreira. Stop by to see the full collections, find your frames, and place an order at the show. There really is something for everyone! Plus get 50% off when you purchase multiple pairs of lenses. No appointment necessary. In-network with most insurances.
- Basque Market
608 W Grove St
The Basque Market’s Annual April Fools 1st Thursday
Join us on Thursday April 5th for an everything BUT Basque and Spanish Pintxo Bar and our Surprise Paella- Past April Fool’s paellas have been everything from Thai-ella and Mexi-ella. Come find out what surprise Chef Jake has cooked up for us this year.
- Pintxos bar will begin at 5pm
- April Fool’s wine and sangria will be featured
- Paella at 6pm
Arrive early to get a seat- This evening fills fast, come find out what foolishness we have in store for you this year!
- Basque Museum & Cultural Center
611 W Grove St
We offer free admission 5:30-8:30pm, guided tours of the historic restored Basque boarding house and host live music. See you on the Basque Block!
- Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
103 N 10th St
$2 scoops for First Thursday!
- Blush by Jamie Rose
405 S 8th St
Join us at Blush by Jamie Rose from 5-7 PM for First Thursday! Enjoy sips, makeup touch ups, and skincare consultations. Receive a special Blush beauty gift bag with purchase!
- Boise Art Glass
1124 W Front St
On April's First Thursday, stop by Boise Art Glass and enjoy light snacks and a gallery full of beautiful artwork while you wait for your class to begin. Once you have been called back, choose your colors and create your very own hummingbird feeder with one on one help from your instructor! These unique glass creations will stay with us over night, but you will be able to pick them up the next day anytime after 3 pm.
Classes are $40 and last approximately 30 minutes.
Call (208) 345 1825 or create an appointment online at https://www.boiseartglass.com/book-a-class/
- Bonefish Grill
855 W Broad St
Bonefish Grill is Celebrating 10 Years in Boise!
Join us for our 10 year anniversary and receive a complimentary Bonefish Grill logo wine glass filled with bubbles or a piece of cheesecake on us!
*with the purchase*
414 W Main St
Dragonfly is having their annual SPRING SALE! Everything is 20 % off starting First Thursday through April 14th. They will be having a free wine tasting on First Thursday from 5 until 9 PM.
- FireFusion Studio
1124 W Front St
Learn the unique and beautiful enameling technique of glass millefiori and stunning transparent colors with dry enamel and a torch. We provide many colors, stencils, and copper shapes for you to choose from! Using stencils will help you get started on your one of a kind piece. But the transparent colors and millefiori will really make your piece come together. If you love color, linear work, and flowers then this is the option for you! No drawing required! Each person takes home 2 pieces, class is discounted at $40 a person.
- Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria
800 W Main St
Buy 1 pizza at full price, get the 2nd for $10!
- Flying M Coffeehouse
500 W Idaho St
Native Boisean Rachel Schupbach presents: "Vestiges" A series of mixed media works in which she attempts to depict the fleeting, intangible qualities of the objects and scenes that get stuck in our minds. She uses paint and plaster on wood to create a fresco-style painting which she then frames by hand. She enjoys this style because it brings together visual art with elements of woodworking, using the natural materials that inspire her.
- Foot Dynamics
1021 W Main St
Join us for an Irish Music Session from 6:30 - 8:30 - the first of the year! And as always, an extra 10% off the Shoe Shed from 6 - 8:30!
- Form & Function
511 W Broad St
Free Beer from Payette + Free wine from The Boise Co-Op!
$5 entry fee for competition
Here's how it works:
Arrive between 6:30pm and 7pm to enter latte art competition.
All entrants will pour an 6oz espresso+milk drink, which will be photographed.
Judges will decide the top 16 entries to be seeded into a single elimination bracket, starting at 7:30pm.
REALLY good prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!
- Idaho Mountain Touring
1310 W Main St
Come visit with well-known outdoor author Steve Stuebner who will give a slide presentation about Boise Trail Guide: 95 Hiking and Running Routes Close to Home. Steve recently updated the book with 95 routes! Can you conquer all of them in one hiking/running season? Learn about Steve’s recommendations about the best places to hike and run in the Boise Foothills, Boise National Forest and Owyhee Canyonlands. IMT has fresh stocks of Steve’s new book, and he’ll be glad to autograph copies before and after the presentation. Snacks & refreshments will be provided.
Presentation starts at 6pm!
- JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place)
1000 Myrtle St
Join JUMP during downtown's First Thursday! In April, enjoy music from the popular Gene Harris Jazz Festival while taking in art from three International Baccalaureate high schools: Renaissance High School, Sage International, and North Star Charter. Check out JUMP's Facebook for more event information as we near the event.
A portion of the Jazz Festival will be free and open to the public (Level 5). You may purchase tickets to the closed portion of the event (Pioneer Level 6) and around town here: https://geneharris.boisestate.edu/schedule-and-tickets/
- Liquid Lounge
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!
- LongDrop Cider
603 S Capitol Blvd
A FREE event sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Choose any sample of LongDrop Cider to pair exquisitely with deserts provided from Boise’s own One Haute Cookie!
- The Mode Lounge
800 W Idaho St
Boise native and self-taught artist Morgan Cleverly hangs her psychedelic and vibrant acrylic paintings for the month of April. Also, free samples from our new spring/summer cocktail menu.
- Payette Brewing Company
733 S Pioneer Street
We're kicking off Idaho Craft Beer Month with Pints Up Idaho!
For April's First Thursday, come to Payette Brewing to enjoy a beer out of an Idaho Craft Beer Month glass that's yours to keep. We'll also have some stickers, coasters and other ICBM swag for you.
Learn more about all the happenings for April at this event!
- Portsche's Fine Jewelry
816 W Idaho St
It's our grand re-opening!
We are excited to celebrate the opening of our new location, and would love to have you come join us. From 5:00 to 9:00, appetizers will be served; along with ice cream catered by The Stil, and wine by Cinder winery. Come see our beautiful new store, have a few refreshments, and meet our talented and friendly staff.
See you there.
- Solid Grill & Bar
405 S 8th St
SOLID GRILL & BAR has LIVE MUSIC, FREE TASTING, FREE APPETIZERS & appetizer SPECIALS on FIRST THURSDAY! SOLID has all your bases covered on FIRST THURSDAY! See ya THURSDAY :)
- Superb Sushi
280 N 8th St
Come sample our newest edition of local beer from EDGE BREWING of Boise. They've made an awesome Japanese style lager that we are sampling with our in house smoked salmon appetizer tonight. We are located in the lower level of The Idaho Building below Wild Root Cafe. 280 N 8th st, suite 104. (208) 385-0123. Free Event 6 PM-8 PM.