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:
*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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bonefish Grill
855 W Broad St
From 4pm to close, $5 martinis and $6 Bang Bang Shrimp!
For dine in only.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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!
- 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 :)
- Trader Joe's
300 S Capitol Blvd
We’ll be sampling a few of our 75 PUMPKIN products in our store this year!
- 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