First Thursday
November 4, 2021, 5pm - 9pm


Treat yourself to a fun night with your favorite downtown retailers, services, watering holes and restaurants by browsing the listings below and making a plan to enjoy the places that make Downtown Boise the special place that it is.

Experience First Thursday!

Visit 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 below for individual hours and details.


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Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St • (208) 331-3374

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Join Zella Bardsley in an “Octopus’s Garden” at Art Source Gallery!

Metal/rock artist Zella Bardsley invites viewers to join her in an underwater adventure First Thursday, November 4 from 6-9 pm. Zella has loved water and “feeling the fish on my feet” since she was a little girl swimming in Payette Lake. She fell in love with the ocean at the Gulf Coast, and loves the Beatles song “Octopus’s Garden” too. This new series of work is her tribute to the oceans and a plea to protect the seas.

Opening reception for “Octopus’s Garden” on First Thursday, November 4, 6-9 pm, with music from JB Duo and wine by Indian Creek Winery.

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Cactus Bar

517 W Main St • (208) 342-9732


Bingo. Free to anyone to play. You have a chance to win an assortment of fun prizes.

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Capitol Contemporary Gallery

451 S Capitol Blvd • 208-384-9159

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Capitol Contemporary Gallery announces a new show of paintings by Cassandra Schiffler and photographs by Brooke Burton, featuring wine by Vizcaya Winery. The artists will be in attendance on First Thursday on November 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The show is free, open to the public, and runs through November 29th.

Cassandra Schiffler
“These paintings investigate the visual interplay that happens at the edges between one thing and another. I’m interested in exploring these quiet and ambiguous spaces that occur at the borders between things: the horizon line between sky and Earth, the edges of architectural and built spaces, a painted line defining space, the boundaries between selves and others. These in between spaces sometimes appear clear and definite, sometimes gradual and blended, and sometimes they are visibly fraught with struggle. For me, this is a metaphor for the spaces of connection and disconnection between people, exploring our struggle to negotiate with others and to mediate how we come together or don’t come together.”

Brooke Burton
“I use objects to tell stories through still life photography. The stories in Gape reflect inner and outer emotional states since March 2020.”

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Coiled Wine Bar

813 West Bannock • 208-830-8466

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First Thursday Downtown with New Artist, Missy Corey
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Missy Cory
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Thursday, October 7th

Encaustic and Mixed Media Painting

Missy Cory is an encaustic and mixed media artist in Boise, Idaho. Her current interests surround our human experience of the natural world. Specific moments and locations can be transformative. How we perceive and integrate our surroundings is neurological, individual and spiritual. We imprint them, and they in turn, shape us.

She combines encaustic (molten beeswax, damar resin and pigment), with macro and microscopic photography, printmaking, and drawing. Several printmaking processes are integrated, such as monoprints, serigraphy (screenprint), suminagashi ink marbling, and etchings. They are further combined with ink, watercolor, graphite, oil paint, thread, gold leaf, and neopastel.

The imagery used integrates site specific observation - most recently from geologically significant locations in Sweden, Iceland, Norway, and Idaho. She captures her experience of time and place by gathering on-site drawings, photographs, and biological samples to place under her microscope. These natural patterns are integrated with biological structures and functions, DNA mapping, cosmos, and topography.
Encaustic is an ancient medium enjoying a modern revival. Encaustic comes from the Greek word “to burn in,” and it is a mix of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. It is applied while molten and multiple layers are fused with a torch or tacking iron, creating images with depth and luminosity. Encaustic was utilized by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century BC. The best known, remaining early encaustics are the Fayum portraits - funeral portraits painted in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. by Greek painters in Egypt. A resurgence in encaustic began with the discovery of the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a return of the art began in the 1950’s.

Payments: Venmo @Missy-Cory

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Double Tap Pub

409 S 8th St • (208) 364-7800

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$3 Thursday! All wells and drafts are $3 all day!

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Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week

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Friday, October 29th - Sunday, November 7th, 2021

Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week means special menus and an opportunity to try a new dish, try a new restaurant, or find a fresh twist at a familiar favorite. It’s a fun, exciting dining experience with menus for every price and every palate!

Step 1: Browse the menus below to decide which restaurants suit your fancy.
Step 2: Tell all your friends & family to join you!
Step 3: Call each restaurant directly to check if they take reservations or offer take out. No tickets are needed, but snag a reservation if they do and mention that you're coming in for "Restaurant Week."
Step 4: Make sure you order off the special "Restaurant Week" menu, as participating restaurants will also offer their regular menu.
Step 5: Please tip your server!
Step 6: Share your experience via social media!

Share a photo of your meal from a participating DODT restaurant on social media and be sure to tag @DowntownBoise in the photo AND use #DineDowntownBoise in the photo description.

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Richard's Restaurant & Bar

500 S Capitol Blvd • (208) 472-1463

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Extended Happy Hour in the Bar from 4-9pm. That means discounted beverages & bar bites – $2 off all wines by the glass, beers and cocktails on our list, plus $2 off select apps!

We're connected to the Inn at 500, where you can drop your car for free valet (or park in our covered parking garage for free) and then enter through the lobby to view art by local Idaho artists and unique glass fixtures by Boise Art Glass.

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Tupelo Honey

150 N 8th St • 208-803-6721


Join us for all day Happy Hour this First Thursday!
$4 Southern Snacks
$7 Cocktails
$6 House Wine
$3 Coors & Miller Lite Products
$5 Sierra Nevada Products

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