Downtown Boise Summer Events!

Downtown Boise’s Signature Summer Events are back, and they are better than ever! The pulse and vibrancy have returned to the region's central hub, the heart. Downtown Boise Association (DBA) responds with the renewed summer lineup. Starting with an exciting partnership with the folks behind Treefort. Furthermore, answering the requests for an elevated music experience at Alive After 5. Likewise, The Father’s Day Car Show is back, answering the call for family-friendly, free entertainment. Moreover, Supersized First Thursday, a celebrated addition in 2021, will return this month.

On behalf of the members and merchants of Downtown Boise, Jennifer Hensley shared that they are incredibly excited to announce the summer lineup. Listening to the community in 2021 – through countless conversations and an in-depth survey process where over 2,700 the shared passion and positive outlook for the downtown.

Getting ready to bring Downtown Boise’s new vision to life where Downtown Boise is a place to explore. Find a new adventure, spark creativity, make connections, and be a part of Boise’s vibrant culture where all are welcome.

Supersized First Thursday

May, June, August, September, and October 2022

First Thursday is an opportunity for the community to visit Downtown Boise. Businesses will be open to experiencing art, shopping, dining, and entertainment in a unique way. Thanks to support from Columbia Bank, the First Thursday event will be “Supersized.” They will include additional roving performances, music, and activation throughout downtown. In addition, DBA will partner with performing artists and nonprofit organizations to create an enhanced experience for community members visiting downtown between 5 pm – 9 pm on the first Thursday of all month starting May until October.

In the kickoff event of DBA’s “Supersized” First Thursday series of 2022, downtown businesses will play host to local nonprofits engaging the public as part of their Idaho Gives campaigns. It includes a pop-up with eating challenges, games, information sharing, and local radio station Mix 106 broadcasting live from The Grove Plaza for a portion of the evening.

Festivities start at The Grove Plaza at 5 pm and continue throughout the evening. Details for this and upcoming months can be found on the Supersized First Thursday event page at In addition, anyone interested in performing at a future Supersized First Thursday can discover the artist calls here.

Kendall Shelton, VP & NeighborHub Manager, Columbia Bank

“Thanks to DBA, First Thursday has become something we celebrate every month. It is a day focused on bringing recognition to local downtown businesses and building community. We are so proud to be a part of everything that happens and love being able to support amazing events like this that perpetuate the amazing sense of community that Boise is known for.”

Photo: Onlookers in Freak Alley Gallery watch roving outdoor performances by Ballet Idaho and Boise Phil for Downtown Boise Association’s Supersized First Thursday. Photo credit Peter Lovera.

Father’s Day Car Show

Sunday, June 19, 2022, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Award ceremony between 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm (multiple categories)

The 19th Annual Downtown Boise Father’s Day Car Show is like no other. Celebrating transportation, both past, and future, alongside downtown’s vibrant food and shopping scene, in the heart of Idaho’s beautiful Capital City!

The Father’s Day Car Show celebrates and educates, excites, and intrigues. So treat your Dad to brunch, shop for a Father’s Day gift, and browse an exciting display of classic and electric cars. Moreover, Car Show admittance is accessible to the public.

What’s different about the Downtown Boise Father’s Day Car Show?

Downtown Boise is always bustling with people, which means a growing number of transportation options are most visible downtown. The show features dozens of beautiful classic cars dating back decades, plus a surprising variety of today’s most modern electric vehicles.

Each car has a story, whether it’s the latest in sustainable technology or the stories of families who have cherished their classic automobile for generations.

See these beautiful cars, share their stories, and celebrate the father figure in your life!

Wayne Rysavy, Ph.D., Communications Manager, City Go & Valley Regional Transit

“City Go’s mission is to support sustainable transportation, from busing to biking, vanpooling, carpooling, etc. Being part of the Father’s Day Car Show is particularly exciting because of our partnership with DBA, which continually supports our work. We’re supporting an event where we see shifts toward more sustainable means of transportation.”

For more information, visit

THANK YOU to the following supporters and partners. They help make the Downtown Boise Father’s Day Car Show possible: Bronco Motors, Bittercreek Alehouse, PARKBOI, City of Boise, Radio Boise, and Treasure Valley Clean Cities.

Photo: Family views parked vehicles on display at Downtown Boise Association’s Father’s Day Car Show

Alive After 5

Alive After 5, presented by United Site Services, returns on June 15 to the beautiful Grove Plaza in the heart of Downtown Boise. 2022 marks the 35th anniversary of Downtown Boise producing the free summer concert series, a celebration of summer and great music that brings a lineup of fun and fresh talent on select Wednesdays during June, July, and August.

From the widely successful group that brings you Treefort, Downtown Boise Foundation is thrilled to announce a partnership with local music booking agency Duck Club to bring new and exciting bands to perform at Alive After five this year. The lineup of musicians will be announced through Downtown Boise’s social media channels in the coming weeks, with a final lineup list to be released before the first concert.

Eric Gilbert, Co-founder & Festival Director, Duck Club & Treefort

"Growing up in Boise, Alive After five was one of my first introductions to live music and downtown culture. Duck Club is excited to be partnering with the DBA to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Alive After 5. Also, to start a new era for the series. For the whole new generation of music lovers of all ages and the Downtown Boise community."

2022 Schedule

June 15th & 22nd

July 6th, 20th & 27th

August 3rd & 10th

THANK YOU to the following supporters and partners. They help make the Downtown Boise’s Alive After 5 concert series possible: United Site Services, Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Hayden Beverage Company, Boise Centre, Bittercreek Ale House, SpringHill Suites Boise Parkcenter, Duck Club, Record Exchange, and 94.9 The River.

Tips for Charity

This Program is a much-loved tradition that goes hand-in-hand with Alive After 5. Catch Idaho and Boise Bicycle Project, two local nonprofit organizations. This year’s beneficiaries of all tips collected at the bar during the Alive After five concerts. Tips can be donated at the point of sale on The Grove Plaza when purchasing merchandise or beverages.

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Photo: Musicians on stage perform outdoors in front of the large crowd on The Grove Plaza at Downtown Boise Foundation’s Alive After 5 Free Summer Concert Series.


Downtown Boise Foundation

Downtown Boise Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the vision of building community and celebrating culture in Downtown Boise. The organization facilitates multiple free programs and events annually that benefit the Treasure Valley community. For more information, visit

Downtown Boise Association

Downtown Boise Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 Corporation. It is authorized by the City of Boise to manage the downtown Boise Business Improvement District. The downtown Boise Business Improvement District exists to keep the regional economy healthy by ensuring that the area remains a driver of the economy. Moreover, a thriving place to do business. For more information, visit Follow Downtown Boise on Facebook and Instagram for timely updates, community-run programs, and events.