First Thursday - Oct 4, 2018

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:

*October First Thursday Feature* Plein Air Painters of Idaho presents their Annual Plein Air Show "Painting the Parks": Paintings of the state, federal, and local parks of Idaho! Good wine, snacks, and art, come join us!

- Ampersand Studios (new to the building!):
- Paperie & Pen:
- Allan Ansell: Open studio, complimentary portraits. Come see the "Faces of Boise" wall of portraits!
- Radio Boise: Open house
- LaNeige Bridal and Tux:

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American Clothing Gallery, Inc.

100 N 8th St

American Clothing Gallery is hosting a BSU Spirit Wear Trunk Show featuring Coach Harsin's wife, Kes Harsin with her latest BSU designs!
Kes will be in the gallery from 6-8pm.
Stop by and check her new creations and all that's new for Fall 2018.

(208) 433-0872

Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St

A visit to Ireland was the inspiration for Kay Coughran’s paintings of castles, pubs, boats and more.
Artist reception October 4th, 6 to 9 p.m. Music by Wayne White, wine by Indian Creeks, snacks by ASG. Exhibit runs through October 27th.

(208) 331-3374

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Artisan Optics

190 N 8th St

You won't want to miss our First Thursday Face a Face Trunk Show. From 1:00-7:00pm you can shop the entire Face a Face collection of eyewear and sunglasses - including all of the brand new releases! This is the perfect time to update your look or add to your eyewear collection. You are sure to see shapes and colors that will delight. Special orders may be placed during the show at no additional cost. Need a new prescription? Not a problem. Eye exams are available with our doctors. We are in-network with most insurances. Stop by and check out the selection. You're sure to find what you've been looking for.

(208) 338-0500

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Boise Art Museum

670 S Julia Davis Dr

BAM offers extended hours on First Thursday (10am-8pm). Admission by donation. From 4–7pm visit with local artists and watch demonstrations as part of a special Preview Night for BOSCO’s Open Studio Weekend. Then create your own work of art.

(208) 345-8330

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Bonefish Grill

855 W Broad St

From 4pm to close, $5 martinis and $6 Bang Bang Shrimp!
For dine in only.

(208) 433-1234

Donut Daze

160 N 8th St

After 5pm: Free donut samples of our upcoming fall flavors. You want a pumpkin donut. You need a pumpkin donut. Also, three chicken tenders and a small slaw or fry for only $3.99.


El Korah Shrine

1118 W Idaho St

The El Korah Shriners, located at 1118 W Idaho St, 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

Come join us for a sneak peek of the Boise Weekly Covers! We are excited to partner with the Boise Weekly to bring you this unique opportunity to preview the covers that will be up for sale in the upcoming Cover Auction. Come check out the 52 original pieces, engage in some lively conversation, have a snack and enjoy a beverage. First Thursday October 4th from 5PM to 9PM. Cash bar by Press & Pony. See you there!

(208) 991-3837

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria

800 W Main St

On First Thursday, buy one pizza, get the second for only $10! As always on Thursdays, you can also get 20% off bottles of wine!

(208) 287-4757

Foot Dynamics

1021 W Main St

Shop for fall footwear at Foot Dynamics! An extra 10% off items in the Shoe Shed, and an Irish Music Session playing in the Alcove!

(208) 386-3338

The Front Door

105 S 6th St

We are officially launching our fall cocktail menu, Thursday the 4th we will be doing drink specials on the new cocktails so come down and try a minty refreshing cocktail or maybe something else to warm you up as the weather starts to turn.

(208) 287-9201

Gallery 601

211 N 10th St

Stop by the gallery for a fun filled night of guitars, music and musicians. Local artist Brian Florence will be unveiling his latest editions to his already popular "Guitar Series" Special guest appearance by Idaho's own Pinto Bennett. Pre-order any Pinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys metal or framed prints and Pinto will sign them during the show. We will have a special limited giclee paper edition of Pinto's image with proceeds from each print sold going to benefit the VA Chaplin Volunteers.

(208) 336-5899

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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!

(208) 287-5379

Main + Marketplace

100 N 8th St

On First Thursday in October, Main + Marketplace will be celebrating its grand opening following a $2 million renovation. The Building building formerly known as Capitol Terrace refreshed the external façade of the building, installed large street-level and second story permanent canopies and erected new signage. Main + Marketplace also welcomed several new tenants to the building including Donut Daze, Bru and Jekyll and Hyde. To celebrate the newly spruced-up center of of the city, Main + Marketplace will be hosting a First Thursday event with beer samples, appetizers and even a raffle. Stop by and say hello!

Meriwether Cider House

224 9th St

Pose for a polaroid portrait and take your photo home for just $5! And while you're at it sample some cider for free!


The Mode Lounge

800 W Idaho St

‘Milk Muse’ is the ephemeral intersection of photography (Lila Rae and Erica Sparlin Dryden) and wax encaustic art (Heather Bauer). You have got to see this. Live music by our house band - the Pearl Snaps. Free samples of our upcoming fall menu.

(208) 342-6633


500 S Capitol Blvd

Happy Hour from 3-8pm on First Thursday in our bar! Selected wines, beer and bartender's whim cocktail $5.00, bar bites starting at $2.50. Other surprise specials from our bartenders!

(208) 472-1463

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Solid Grill & Bar

405 S 8th St


(208) 345-6620

Trader Joe's

300 S Capitol Blvd

We’ll be sampling a few of our 75 PUMPKIN products in our store this year!

(208) 336-7282

west elm

824 W Idaho St

Celebrate the Release of local Mystery House Comic Book Anthology 6X6 Titled "Home". Meet the creators and watch live actors perform the comic book stories to music and sound effects! We will have Live Music and beer will be for sale with ID, courtesy of Bittercreek Alehouse! 6-9pm

(208) 342-0163

Downtown Boise Association

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