First Thursday - May 2, 2019 - Idaho Gives Month

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

-THIS MONTH ONLY: Mike Shipman, Blue Planet Photography. Three galleries in the Alaska Center: Longwater, Alternatives, and Au Natural. Come check out his photography, art, and books.
-New Photographer in The Alaska Center! The Leap Photography studio is opening to the public on April First Thursday from 5pm-8pm. Stop in, tour the studio and browse through Leap Photography's work. Albums, prints and specialty items such as greeting cards and magnets will be on display and available for purchase. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and say hello.
-Chi E. Shenam Westin: New beautiful oil paintings of aspens on metals. Hand-painted gifts & wine glasses and coloring books for adults! I will be showing my final painting of the cliffs of the Boise River.
-Joseph Panchico: Hand-painted mandalas. Handmade cards and pen & ink drawings and prints of hearts, flowers, butterflies and more!
-Allan Ansell: Check out the photos of the bands from Treefort Music Fest! Complimentary portraits for families, couples, and individuals.

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Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St

CONTRAST: Gary Peer Wood Sculptures. Fascinating depictions of order versus chaos, space versus negative space, geometric versus organic. While his work appears abstract, it is actually representational: the steady decay of all systems over time. Indian Creek Wine, JB Duo music. Runs through May 31.

(208) 331-3374

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El Korah Shrine

1118 W Idaho St

The El Korah Shriners 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

Be Submerged. Explore the imagery of water in its many forms. Imagine the perspective of a fish or observe a calm unbroken surface. Become engaged in the infinite and conjure what may lie beneath. No matter which angle you choose be sure to join us for Josh Udesen's solo exhibition Submerged - Light snacks and libations by Press & Pony.

(208) 991-3837

Gallery 601 on The Grove

245 S Capitol Blvd

Join us for a 'Rock'n Good' time with local artist Brian Florence. Stop by The Grove Hotel Lobby/Library to see all of Brian's "Guitar Series' artwork and the unveiling of his "Rock'n Drink Coasters". Yep that's right just in time for summer, Mother's and Father's Day, why not let these guitar greats hold your frosted beverages while you sit back and relax. Brian will be on hand to personalize any artwork purchased this evening. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers from Trillium and drink specials from the Grove Hotel Bar.

(208) 336-5899

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Liquid Laughs

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) 941-2459

Lucky Fins

801 W Main St

Live music, local landscape art prints for sale by Arthur Balluff Photo and half off all beer on tap!


Office Evolution

999 W Main St #100

Tour our co-working space, take in the art and mingle. Office Evolution is pleased to exhibit local artists and support professionals working in downtown Boise. Artists currently on display included Idaho's own Venture Coy, Chase Bidner and David R. Day. Stop by for First Thursday or Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Proudly serving complimentary Happy Day Brands locally roasted coffee.

(208) 501-0002

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Downtown Boise Association

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