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 VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION:
-Chi E. Shenam Westin: New oil paintings from across the West. Hand-painted gifts for your Valentine, painted wine glasses, and coloring books for adults! Come see my two new portraits of Thich Nhat Hanh.
-Joseph Panchico: Special handmade Valentine's Day cards and pen & ink drawings and prints of hearts, flowers, butterflies and more!
- Allan Ansell: Special Valentine complimentary portraits of lovers. Come see the "Faces of Boise" wall of portraits as well!
- Art Source Gallery
1015 W Main St
Nurtured by caring local high school art teachers, and coordinated by Jerry Hendershot, teacher at Timberline High and ASG member, students experience the process from original idea to delivery of high quality finished pieces. FIRST THURSDAY Opening reception: February 7, 5:30 to 9:00 PM Prizes awarded at 6:30 by Juror Julie Clemmons, Runs through February 28. Music by JB Duo, Wine by Indian Creeks, snacks ASG.
- Boise Art Glass
1124 W Front St
Looking for a fun date night activity? Heat things up with a 1 Hour Torch Working class! This class will allow you to create your very own heart shaped pendant, which you will be able to take home at the end of the night. And for just $40, who wouldn't want to join in for the hands on experience of working with molten glass? Classes start every hour on the hour, from 4:00pm -9:00pm so reserve your spot online at www.boiseartglass.com or by calling (208) 345 1825!
- Boise Centre
850 W Front St
Join Boise Centre from 6pm-8pm for the debut of You Are Here, a sculptural work of art by Amy Westover, commissioned to celebrate the completion of the convention center expansion. This unique, bright and multicolored work of art spans 29 feet and features geometric shaped, kiln-formed and water jet cut glass. The intention of the artist is to inspire viewers to look beyond the walls of the convention center to Boise’s vibrant downtown and extraordinary landscape surrounding the city.
Please Enter Through Boise Centre East and proceed to Level 2
- Boise Fry Company
204 N Capitol Blvd
Come out for some First Thursday eats and get your mittens on Boise Fry Co.'s test kitchen debut of VEGAN CHILI FRIES, and take your pick from Figgy Bakes Cake Bar!
-Caramelized hazelnut banana foster layer cake
-Brown butter chocolate chip cake with vanilla bean and salted dutch chocolate buttercream.
-A Vegan Apple Crisp Frangipane Tart Cake!
Boise Fry’s always tasty full menu will be available, along with beer and wine, and 20% of all sales will be going toward the Idaho Humane Society!
We’re hitting that winter stretch and February always needs a little jazzing up, so for this upcoming First Thursday join us for an extra delicious evening of fun, one-night-only special tastes!
- Boise Public Library - Main
715 S Capitol Blvd
First Thursday Family Night at the Library! Downtown.
Come meet Corbin Maxey the Reptile Man, and Idaho-Native, and 10 of his coolest reptiles. Collin will be at the library to talk about and show some of his own reptiles, including a 13-foot albino python, a snapping turtle, a green iguana, and an 85-pound tortoise.
Corbin is most recognized for his appearances on "The Today Show," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
- The Chocolat Bar
805 W Bannock St
Join us for First Thursday for new wine and chocolate paired tastings with Potter Wines!
- Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria
800 W Main St
Buy One Pie, Get the Second Pie for $10
- Flying M Coffeehouse
500 W Idaho St
This year will be the 26th Annual Valentine for AIDS art benefit show hosted by Flying M Coffeehouse! Over 250 local artists will create and donate pieces of art that will be displayed and available for bidding beginning Thursday, February 7th, until 4pm on Sunday, February 17th at Flying M in Downtown Boise.
- Goldy's Corner
625 W Main St
We will have snacks and half price alcoholic beverages (beer, wince, bellinis, mimosas) and a local musical husband/wife duo called far Better Close By playing some nice local music. Art and retail for sale.
- High Note Cafe
225 N 5th St
Enjoy LIVE MUSIC every First Thursday with talented Boise songstress Megan Nelson! 6-9pm specials: $1.50 Tacos and $2.50 Tecates AND: $2 Mimosas ALL DAY!
- Hilton Garden Inn Boise Downtown
348 S 13th St
The brand new Hilton Garden Inn Boise Downtown is excited to host our first, First Thursday event!
Come join us for live music, limited time food specials and tasty libations.
Back by popular demand our neighbors at Payette Brewery will be here re-launching their Inspectah Czech Pilsner for the season!
Our kitchen is offering a special menu to pair with your brew for this night only. It includes:
Sourdough toast bites with Tomato, Pesto and Burrata
Firecracker Latke Poppers and
Our bar will be offering a special signature cocktail featuring Idaho's own Trails End Straight Bourbon Whiskey, along with our regular happy hour.
Come alone or bring friends! Our dining room features intimate seating as well as large, spacious high tops for large groups.
Parking entrance is on 11th street next to Panera Bread
- KEYSTONE station
222 N 9th St
It's our bi-annual Tag Sale! Come score deals on clothes as low as $15!
- Kingsmen Grooming Co.
404 S 8th St
Boise based Artist Carisse Ahern will have her first time exhibition at Kingsmen Grooming Co. Come enjoy some wine and a great audience of like-minded art lovers
- 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!
404 S 8th street
Natural Beauty Pop Up
To celebrate local Saalt's (natural period care) one-year birthday, we are throwing a PARTY/ pop-up with all our favorite local Boise natural beauty friends at the amazing Naturally Salon downtown. Meaning all the best natural things at the same beautiful space:
*Saaltco-sustainable period products
*Naturally-natural hair and beauty products
*Catalyst Herbal-seed cycling kit, period analysis
worksheet and herbal/medicinal tea making
*Sprouting Vitality-period power snacks
*Hello Beauty Full-clothing boutique
*Longdrop Cider-cider pouring
*Mission Donut- donut wall YAS!
*Hand made jewelry
And while yes, the products will truly be superb, good for the body, the soul, and the environment, we promise the company will be even better. Come try some cider, a mingle with a like-minded group of people trying to do good in this world & community! Invite all your friends especially the ones with periods. They deserve to be spoiled.
*Very important- The cake cutting will be at 7:00. We promise, you've never seen a cake like this one, and probably never will again. You don't want to miss this! Cake made by Cake creations by Sandy.
- Office Evolution
999 W Main St #100
Please join us for our Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon cutting! RSVP via the ticket link - free admission https://www.eventbrite.com/e/office-evolution-grand-opening-celebration-tickets-54382218680
Featured Artists: Gregg Russell Landscape Oil Paintings, Patti O'Hara drawings, David R. Day photography
Catered by: Firenza Pizza
Event hours: 3:00-7:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting by: Boise Metro Chamber 5:00-5:30 pm
BOISE, ID. – Boise entrepreneurs David and Anabel Lopez are pleased to announce the official grand opening of the first Office Evolution franchise in Idaho at 999 W. Main St. #100 in downtown Boise, Idaho providing executive suites, flexible office spaces and virtual offices to independent professionals and entrepreneurs working in the Boise area.
- Ramen Sho
150 N 8th St
Come by for Japanese Ramen!
- The Record Exchange
1105 W Idaho St
Minor Paradox will perform at The Record Exchange in celebration of the band's new album "Paint the World" at 6pm First Thursday, Feb. 7. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. "Paint the World" will be available for purchase at the in-store!
- Seda Studio
514 S. 14th Street
Come visit the studio on 14th Street. I will be finishing up the Mesa Verde National Park Series and starting new paintings that are traveling to Southern California. Special treats and discounts for Valentines Day.
- SHIFT boutique
807 W Bannock St
It's our bi-annual Tag Sale! Come score deals on clothes as low as $5!
- 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 :)
500 S 8th St
Coding Dojo is launching in Trailhead North and we would like to thank the Boise community and our partners for being with a Grand Opening!
Come eat some food and have a few drinks at our campus located within Trailhead North's Learning Center (404 S. 8th Street Suite #204 Boise, ID).
5:30pm - 6:00pm | Networking & Cocktails
6:00pm - 6:15pm | Opening
6:15pm - 6:30pm | Inception of Registered Apprenticeship Program
6:30pm - 6:45pm | Impact on local Tech Market
6:45pm - 7:00pm | Keynote Speaker
7:00pm - 7:10pm | Closing & Ribbon Cutting
7:10pm - 8:00pm | Networking, Cocktails, Light Food