Every month, Boiseans flock downtown for First Thursday, a combination extended happy hour, sidewalk sale, and gallery stroll. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Boise Association, and it’s a great way to explore the city.
As you might guess, it takes place the first Thursday of every month from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Every month is different, but some things are pretty standard. For example, a lot of bars and clubs have drink specials that night, and some have special musical guests on stage.
Downtown retail shops stay open late and will often feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, or artists.
Spas sometimes offer product or service specials for First Thursday.
Restaurants frequently feature specials on food and drinks, plus often have special music.
The heart of First Thursday is the gallery stroll, in which Boise art galleries feature particular artists along with a party like atmosphere of drinks and music.
Some highlights of this month’s First Thursday include:
- Craft beer at the Record Exchange along with a live band.
- Twig’s Cellar will be pouring complimentary wine for Looney Underground Art and holding a raffle for a bottle of bubbly and two Reidel stems.
- Rediscovered Books will have author Jeffrey Simon on hand.
- Massage Matters will offer complementary chair massages.
- The Rose Room hosts a Women’s History Month talk: Changing Women’s Lives: 100 Years of (Y)WCA in Boise.
- At the Basque Museum and Cultural Center you can hear traditional Basque music while tasting lamb sliders across the street at the Basque Market.
- Dr. Shelton Woods, Associate Dean, Boise State University presents the
history and influence of trade between Japan, China and the West in
conjunction with the exhibition Eastern Traditions, Western Expressions at the Boise Art Museum.
In all, 57 businesses or groups will be downtown this Thursday to entertain, enlighten, and ply libations. Go out and see what you find.