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.

Seasonal roving entertainment sponsored by:

The Alaska Center

1020 W Main St

Art in The Alaska Center
-CHI E. Shenam Westin: Featuring plein air paintings from Escalante, Utah. New beautiful oil paintings of aspens on metals. Hand-painted gifts & wine glasses and coloring books for adults! Don't miss only a few paintings left of the cliffs of the Boise River.
-ALLAN Ansell: Tragedy on Main St. A requiem for Hannafins. Complimentary portraits for families, couples, and individuals.
-JOSEPH Panchico: All new pen, ink, and colored pencil drawings and cards!

Art Source Gallery

1015 W Main St

Idaho Mountains by Chris Derbidge. First Thursday reception 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Music: Wayne White, Tastings by Indian Creeks Winery, snacks by ASG, runs through October 31st.

(208) 331-3374


Beside Bardenay

612 W Grove St

Join the Boise City Department of Arts & History at Beside Bardenay for a pop-up gallery featuring our 2019 traffic box artists' original artwork. You'll have a chance to meet this year's artists, while enjoying light appetizers and a no-host bar. This pop-up provides a unique opportunity to view the original work that wraps Boise's iconic traffic box collection. View a presentation of the work and obtain a map to see the wraps in person. This event is free and open to the public.

(208) 426-0538


Boise House of Flowers

122 N 5th St

Plants and Flowers on sale!
Woodland Empire will be pouring beer!
Local artist will be in shop selling their work!


Boise State University

1910 W University Dr

Boise State University celebrates the opening of the Center for the Visual Arts with a ceremony and ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. An open house and building tours will take place until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary parking is available in the Brady Parking Garage.



Connections Credit Union

249 N 9th St

We will have live music at our branch that evening and promoting our 1% cash back for refinancing an auto loan!

(208) 805-1850


Devour: A Sneak Peak into Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week

Visitors can sample bites and sips, and get a tastefully delicious preview of some of the temptations offered exclusively during the eighth annual Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week, October 25 through November 3. Where: JUMP Share Kitchen, the JUMP lobby, 9th & Front Streets. Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm


El Korah Shriners

1118 W Idaho St

Ever want to know a little bit of Idaho Shriner history?
Well on the 1st Thursday of the month we hold guided tours of El Korah and the history related to it. From our murals to the building to the great men that help shape not only the Shrine but Idaho in general.
Tours start at 5:00 pm afterwards enjoy dinner at Brother Brown's BBQ and drinks at the Oasis.

(208) 343-0571

Evermore Prints LLC

190 N 8th St

We are excited to be first stop for this amazing traveling exhibition by Ed Anderson. Americanism will feature sketches, journals and paintings cataloging Ed's travels around the country and world. Please join us for an evening of conversation and art.

(208) 991-3837


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

(208) 345-1825,opt.2


Foot Dynamics

1021 W Main St

Music is back at Foot Dynamics for First Thursday in October! Join us for our Irish Music Session in our alcove starting at 6:30. And as always, check out our Shoe Shed for an additional 10% off already discounted prices from 6-8pm!

(208) 386-3338


Gallery 601 on The Grove

245 S Capitol Blvd

Join us for our two night art extravaganza with Idaho artist John Horejs. Oct.2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 meet John for a guided hotel/gallery tour of his originals and reproductions that grace the 1st and 2nd floors of the Grove Hotel. Tour starts at 5:30, finishing up on the 4th floor terrace for a one on one meet/greet with John. Light appetizers and cash bar will on site for the evening. RSVP is required for this show. Oct. 3rd First Thursday stop by the Grove Hotel Lobby/Library and watch John create a new work of art right before your very eyes. Self guided tours are allowed, so grab a glass of wine and take a stroll.

(208) 336-5899


JUMP (Jack's Urban Meeting Place)

1000 Myrtle St

Join us in the JUMP Share Kitchen from 5-7pm for DEVOUR, a preview of Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week! Visitors can sample bites and sips, and get a tastefully delicious preview of some of the temptations offered exclusively during the eighth annual Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week, October 25 through November 3. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho is excited to display their traveling Red Door to help spread the word about their expansion plans for a brand new Ronald McDonald House in Boise that will open the doors for every family with a sick child.

(208) 639-6610

Portsche's Fine Jewelry

816 W Idaho St

Save the date for our Open Season First Thursday event! Featuring a one night only selection of loose colored gemstones and finished pieces from special guests: Prima Gems. Complimentary Peach Sangria tasting from Holesinsky Winery with glasses available for purchase. We hope you'll consider joining us on Thursday October 3, from 5-8 pm to kick off Open Season!

(208) 343-4443

R. Grey Gallery

415 S 8th St

R. Grey Gallery will be kicking off the Aaron Henry & Alishan Duo Show. The show will go through Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This will be a show for the books, two amazing Artists in one incredible atmosphere!
The shows hours:
Thursday 5:00 - 9:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

(208) 385-9337

Social Eyes Marketing

802 W Bannock St

Live Music and Wine Tasting at the Top of the Hoff - Join Social Eyes Marketing for one of the best views in Downtown Boise on First Thursday. Light Appetizers will be served.



The Sturiale Place

1501 W Jefferson St

Summer may be officially over, but Boise's evening weather is still perfect for sitting on a patio and sipping a delicious glass of vino. Come down and join us for an optional $5 wine tasting, complementary snacks and be the first to sample some of our new Italian beverages! We will be open and serving from 5-7!