Get out your dancing shoes, folks! Boise’s Treefort Music Festival is back this September with 350+ artists in the lineup, including headliners like Calexico, Japanese Breakfast, Joshy Soul and The Marías.
Good music is the trunk of Treefort. Artists from all over the world, even as far as Western Europe, the Middle East and Australia, have made Boise’s soundtrack since the festival’s beginning days, nearly 10 years ago.
From September 22-26, TMF will be taking over Downtown Boise. But when the music isn’t coursing through your veins, take some time to explore the Gem State’s capital.
Continue indulging in the arts with a trip to the Northwest’s largest open-air, multi-artist mural gallery, Freak Alley. What began as a single painting on Moon Cafe’s back door by Colby Akers, blossomed into walls covered in the community’s art. The best part? No matter how many times you visit, it’ll always be different. Each summer, a painting event is held and artists transform the Alley. Whether you want to experience more of Idaho’s art scene or just want a cool backdrop for some pictures, Freak Alley is the place to go.
Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise Greenbelt is a 25-mile pathway that follows the Boise River throughout the heart of the Treasure Valley. Lined with trees and surrounded by scenic views, wildlife habitats and riverside parks, the Boise Greenbelt is the perfect way to embrace nature without having to go too far. Rent a bike and ride along the pathways, or relax with a picnic in a park.
From the Boise Art Museum to the Old Idaho Penitentiary and the Idaho State Capitol Building, you can easily experience Boise’s art, culture, and history scene. The Boise Art Museum (BAM) displays contemporary art as well as the largest public collection of art from famous Idaho artist, James Castle. BAM also features an outdoor sculpture garden.
In 1872, the Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors to some of the West’s most dangerous criminals. Today, visitors can tour the Old Pen’s 30 historic buildings and special exhibits. And, rumor has it, the place is haunted.
The Idaho State Capitol is one of Idaho’s most beautiful buildings. Take a self-guided tour through the Capitol, including the rotunda filled with educational panels about Idaho.
After dancing from sunset to sunrise and exploring Boise, experience Treefort’s other forts. Each fort offers a different experience: from arts and comedy to drag, film and yoga, there’s something for everyone. While you might not get to each fort during the festival, be sure to stop by Alefort and Foodfort to cure those cravings.
Featuring a variety of local craft beverages, Alefort highlights Boise’s unique craft culture while Foodfort invites festival revelers to take a bite out of Boise.