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First Thursday
Presented by Columbia Bank
December 1, 2022, 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, live music, family activities 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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The Alaska Center

1020 W Main St •

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The Alexa Rose Foundation is excited to present its Art Exhibit showcasing over 50 of their grantees from 2015 to 2022. Since 2015, ARF has funded over 600 grants to individual Treasure Valley artists totaling $1.157 million. Please come enjoy our mixed media experience including painting, sculpture, music, film, and literature, on the 2nd floor of the Alaska building with over 3000 sq ft of exhibition and film-viewing space. As a community, let’s take this opportunity to support our local artists this gift-giving season by purchasing work for sale by ARF grant artists.

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Allan Ansell Photography in The Alaska Center

1020 W Main St •

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Our Holiday offer continues: 10% off on all gift certificates. Give your family a gift they’ll enjoy for years to come… a family portrait! We still have openings for October and November. Available times and dates are filling fast!

We are continuing our quarterly drawings for a 11x14 family portrait through 2023. The next drawing will be December 1, 2022.

To register for the portrait simply send an email to allan@ansellphotography.com. Include your name in the text and use “Portrait Drawing” in the subject line. You will be entered to win. Or, if you want to have fun, stop by the studio and take advantage of our traditional First Thursday complimentary mini-sessions and studio demonstrations and register there.

The winner for last month’s portrait drawing was the Dusty Black Family. Two adults, one child, and two fur babies. Beautiful Portrait for their holiday cheer!

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Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St • (208) 331-3374

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Planning your holiday gift giving? Start at Art Source Gallery, your local stop for unique fine arts and gifts for everyone. First Thursday December 1, enjoy snacks, wine by Indian Creek Winery, and music by JB Duo from 6-9 pm. In addition to our outstanding fine art offerings, the Market features smaller gifts from our artists. Invited guest artists bring even more variety in gifts for that special someone. Choose from ornaments, pottery, jewelry, chess sets, small paintings, photography, wall hangings, glassworks and much more.

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Boise Art Museum

670 S Julia Davis Dr • (208) 345-8330

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Boise Art Museum is open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on First Thursday. Admission is "pay what you can." Come experience BAM’s current exhibitions, including “Willem Volkersz: The View From Here.” Stop by the BAM STORE to shop creative gifts during the annual BAM Members’ Appreciation SALE. Members receive 20% off regularly priced items now through Sunday, December 4. Become a BAM member today!

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Boise State University

1910 W University Dr • 208-426-1000

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The Stein Luminary is pleased to announce Space for All in partnership with School of the Arts, Boise State Astro Physics, and Gaming Interactive Mobile Media.  We will be featuring images from the Webb Telescope, star viewing in our pop up planetarium, and augmented reality experiences.

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C.W. Moore Plaza Penthouse

250 S 5th St • (208) 331-3516

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Photographs by local fine-art photographers Alan Bailey, Mark Hardy, and Paul Swirczynski are being displayed in the first-floor lobby gallery of the C.W. Moore building at 250 S 5th Street, Boise, ID. Monochrome and color images of Death Valley, Idaho mountains, Idaho's Black Magic Canyon, and extracts from nature are included. Most displayed photographs are available for purchase. Don't forget to visit Zee's Cafe in the top-floor penthouse for a tasty meal!

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C.W. Moore Plaza Penthouse

250 S 5th St • (208) 331-3516

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Local fine-art photographers Alan Bailey, Mark Hardy, and Paul Swirczynski are displaying images of landscapes and extracts from nature in the first-floor lobby of the C.W. Moore building. Selected images are available for purchase.

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Art In The Alaska Center by Chi E Shenam Westin New Painting on Aluminum & Copper

1020 Main St • 208-440-2107

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New body of works: Skies of Idaho. I will have a sky-wall of paintings. High mountain Aspens on metal and plein air paintings of the Treasure Valley.

I'll be doing live painting during the event.

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City Santa at D.L. Evans Bank

890 W Main St • (208) 331-1399

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City Santa arrives in Downtown Boise and ho-ho-ho’s his way into D.L. Evans Bank starting the evening of December’s First Thursday. Santa is free to visit, bring your wish list and camera or phone to grab a magical photo with the jolliest of elves. This event supports the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Donations are welcome and appreciated.


Here’s what to know:

Visits are on a first come, first served basis. DBA and D.L. Evans staff reserve the right to end the line at our discretion in order to make sure that everyone queued up gets to visit with Santa in the time allotted.
The line will form outside. Dress warm!
You can take your own photo – bring a camera or phone!
This event supports the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

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Winter Windows

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This year’s Winter Windows are a fun, free way to get in the holiday spirit and view the creativity of our local businesses and local artists. The community can stroll through town, taking in the holiday displays of participating businesses, and vote on favorites using the QR codes found on posters in windows. Voting ends Sunday, December 18th, winning displays receive bragging rights and social media glory!

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Giving Tree on The Grove Plaza

827 W Main St • (208) 336-8900

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Gift tags in support of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance adorn the garland that surrounds the tree and will be available for the public to choose from beginning Monday, November 28th through Friday, December 16th. Items can be dropped off at WCA at 720 W Washington St, Monday through Friday, 12pm to 4pm. The Giving Tree partnership between WCA and DBA is a long-standing tradition in Downtown Boise, over 4,000 tags were distributed in 2021 supporting families in our community with wish list items identified by WCA.

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JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place)

1000 Myrtle St • (208) 639-6610

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Local storyteller Ben Kemper presents JUMP's first story hour, a collection of folktales of peace, kindness, and growth from around the world. Come to JUMP's Inspire Room on the 4th floor at 7:00. Good for all ages.

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R. Grey Gallery

415 S 8th St • (208) 385-9337

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Holiday Show at R. Grey Gallery is starting December 1st; the show will feature Artist and Owner Robert Grey Kaylor's new jewelry designs. This event will showcase 30 unique pieces created and designed by Robert, including his new line of bangle and cuff bracelets.

Stay tuned for our Holiday Raffle, and check our Instagram and Facebook for Details.


Happy Holidays!

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Re-POP Gifts

210 N 10th St • 208-991-6112

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Forget about Santa, KRAMPUS will be at Re-POP for photo-ops December 1st from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
He'll have plenty of room in his satchel for naughty kids! But be warned, he can be a bit spooky to some of the littles so parental discretion is advised.
Gift cards will be on special, purchase a $25 gift card and get an extra $5!
Visit our mystery white elephant station, shop our stocking stuffer selection, or pick out something special with free gift wrap!

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Rediscovered Books - Boise

180 N 8th St • (208) 376-4229

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Author Book signing for "Boise: City of Trees" by David and Don Day. David and Don will be in store from 5 - 6:30 signing their new book. It is the perfect gift for yourself or someone special who loves Boise!

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Extended Happy Hour Specials at 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 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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Zee's Rooftop

250 S 5th St • (208) 381-0034

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Please join us at Zee's Rooftop for First Thursday to kick off your Holiday shopping! Local vendors, wreath making station supporting Corks 4 A Cure. Lunch specials during the day, and complimentary apps after 5.
11am-8pm
No reservations needed.

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