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Our local merchants plan exciting, engaging in-store events including food and beverage tastings, local art exhibits, retail trunk shows, live music, family activities, and entertainment in a special and unique way you'll only find in Downtown Boise. Stop into your favorite establishment or check out someplace new!

Events typically run from 5–9pm, but each merchant creatively plans their own event so check each listing below for individual hours and details. 

SUPERSIZED First Thursday's are back!
What does that mean? More free activation throughout your downtown area! We'll have roving artist performing & engaging with the public for free fun during select months! Keep an eye out for the signs for where they'll pop-up next!

Interested in being a performing artist for our SUPERSIZED First Thursdays?

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Join the BoldCircle at BoldHue!

405 S 8th St •

Art   Shop   Activity  

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Join the BoldCircle and be the first to know when we officially launch. As a member, you’ll receive exclusive behind the scenes content and see milestones in real time while you wait for its anticipated arrival! Join for free at

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"Impact of Exchange" Global Ties Exhibit

827 W Main St • (208) 336-8900

Art   Kid-Friendly  

Immerse yourself in the Impact of Exchange: Stories from U.S. Exchange Alumni, a remarkable traveling photography exhibit that intertwines public art with compelling narratives.

About the Exhibit:
"Impact of Exchange" is made possible through funding from the Office of Alumni Affairs and is executed by Global Ties U.S. in partnership with Photoville and local Community-Based Members nationwide. Featuring photographs and stories of U.S. citizen Exchange Alumni, this exhibit aims to ignite inspiration and foster future participation in exchange programs.

Engage with Global Ties Idaho:
Meet representatives from Global Ties Idaho during the event to discover opportunities for involvement in local programming. Gain insights into the impactful work they do and explore avenues for collaboration and engagement within the community.

Special Discussion with U.S. State Department:
Additionally, seize the opportunity to converse with a diplomat from the U.S. State Department who will be present to discuss employment opportunities within the department. Whether you're considering a career path or seeking insights into international affairs, this session offers valuable insights and connections.

Don't miss this enriching experience that celebrates the power of exchange and fosters cultural understanding. Mark your calendars for an evening of art, storytelling, and dialogue. The exhibit itself will run from April 22, 2024 through June 6, 2024. All are welcome. Free to attend.

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Art Source Gallery

1516 W Grove St • 208-331-3374


First Thursday at Art Source Gallery: “Wu Li: Patterns of Organic Energy” by photographer Mike Shipman

Wu Li is a Chinese term to describe how the interactions of matter and energy create visible and measurable patterns. The term seeks to encapsulate the idea that all matter and energy are connected in some way, and those connections manifest patterns. Those patterns are observable in the world either in repetition, such as animal migrations. Or, randomly like the movement of water droplets on a hot skillet.

“As a wildlife biologist, ecologist, and artist, the concept of Wu Li resonates deeply with me, Shipman says. “In this show, and much of my work, I interpret the gesture of Wu Li from my understanding of and experiences with my environment. But Wu Li is more than photographs and my artistic expression, it is also your understanding and experience viewing the photographs.”

Mike Shipman lives in Nampa, ID and is a photographer, visual artist, educator, author, bookbinder, former wildlife biologist, world traveler, and curious about everything. His photographs have appeared in national and international publications and are in private and corporate collections around the world and can be viewed at the Art Source Gallery, in Boise.

Join the artists at the First Thursday Opening Reception, Thursday May 2, 2024 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Enjoy live music, wine and snacks. The exhibition will be on display at the gallery, 1516 W Grove St. (Linen District) Boise, ID 83843. More information is available at the gallery website:

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View Free Public Art at Freak Alley Gallery

Alley: 8th & 9th and Bannock & Idaho St •

Art   Kid-Friendly   Activity  

Freak Alley Gallery is the Northwest's Largest Open-Air, Multi-artist Mural Gallery, located between 8th and 9th street and Bannock and Idaho in Downtown Boise.

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