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 below for individual hours and details.
- The Alaska Center
1020 W Main St
Art in The Alaska Center
-CHI E. Shenam Westin: Featuring plein air paintings of the summer. 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.
-LEAP Photography studio is opening to the public on June 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. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and say hello.
-ALLAN Ansell: Tragedy on Main St. A requiem for Hannafins. Complimentary portraits for families, couples, and individuals.
- Art Source Gallery
1015 W Main St
Art Source Gallery presents Plein Air Painters of Idaho, a group of artists dedicated to on-location painting. to interpret, preserve and share the wonder of the moment. PAPI encourages and promotes plein air painting as a unique form of artistic expression. Both professional and amateur artists, members are encouraged to share ideas with each other and those who appreciate art. First Thursday opening reception is September 5th from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music by the fabulous Wayne White, Tastings by Indian Creeks Winery, snacks by ASG members. Exhibit runs through September 28th 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
- Capitol Contemporary Gallery September Exhibition
451 S Capitol Blvd
Capitol Contemporary Gallery is pleased to announce a new show of paintings and mixed media work for the month of September by Boise artists Richard A. Young and Sue Latta. The show will have an opening reception on First Thursday, September 5th, from 5-9 pm featuring wine by Coiled Wines. The show is free and open to the public and will run through the end of the month.
- 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. You’re invited to join in on a $7 taco bar after the tour. The Oasis will be open downstairs for our visitors.
- Evermore Prints LLC
190 N 8th St
We are back! Come visit us at our New Location at the corner of 8th and Idaho for the second annual Boise Weekly Cover Auction Preview. This is your opportunity to view and bid on the 52 covers that will be at the live auction on October 2, 2019! You can preview and bid early online, see the link below. We are excited to see everyone for a fun night of art and conversation.
- FireFusion Studio
1124 W Front St
Our First Thursday events are project-based (changing upon the season) classes at a discounted rate. Classes include techniques on metal-smithing and enameling to make things such as garden sticks, sugar bowls, coasters and jewelry dishes. Classes are two hours and start at 5PM. Call to schedule
- Gallery 601 on The Grove
245 S Capitol Blvd
Join us for 5 days/nights of fun, as we welcome back the 'Ever Evolving', 'Always Punny', "Master of On-Liners" Will Bullas. We kick off the five day/night event with his annual 'vintage originals' show/sale held in The Grove Hotel on the 4th floor Terrace, Sept. 4th (RSVP is required), following evening First Thursday, Sept. 5th stop the the Grove to watch Will create a new work of art in the hotel library/lobby. And last but certainly not least, if you haven't had a chance or enough of this humorous guy Will will be at his usual booth space at Art in the Park! Checkout our website for more details. Enjoy wonderful bites from Trillium and sip on Idaho beer.
- The Grove Hotel
245 S Capitol Blvd
Come visit us on First Thursday where we will have:
- Exclusive Tour of our New Terrace
- 50% off Apps from Trillium Boise
- Live Painting from Gallery 601, Will Buras
- Tastings from Proletariat Wine Company
- Chair massages from Grove Fitness Club & Spa
Take a tour of our remodeled Terrace that was completed in August 2019 and enjoy 50% off appetizers from Trillium while overlooking city views.
Gallery 601 will be featuring live painting by artist Will Buras located in our Library in the Lobby.
- Leap Photography
1020 W Main St
The Leap Photography studio is opening to the public on First Thursday from 5pm-8pm. Stop in, tour the studio and browse through Leap Photography's work. Examples of our portraiture work + our new still life product line will be on display. Greeting cards and magnets from this product line will be available for purchase. This is a great time to meet our photographer, Brenda Leap. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and say hello.
- The Mode Lounge
800 W Idaho St
Please check out the inspired documentary, commercial, portrait, and event photographs of Daniel Olson.
500 S 8th St
Join us at Trailhead as we celebrate Downtown Boise's First Thursday. We'll provide the ice cream, toppings, and all the goodies to make an amazing sundae. In an effort to reduce waste, we encourage everyone to bring their own bowls and spoons.
We'll also have Trailhead's new 3D printer on display, as well as have exhibits from local makers.