1. Drink beer
BYOB? Try BYOC. Shade City Brewfest is asking drinkers to bring their own cup Friday (5 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (1 to 6 p.m.). This first-time event is at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Old Penitentiary Road. With a ‘70s theme and an Earth Day slant, the beer festival will feature “dozens of breweries, local sustainability focused vendors, food trucks and live music including performances by Tylor and the Train Robbers, Eilen Jewell and more.” Tickets are $10 each day, at the entrance, and $2 per ticket for 4-ounce pours of most styles. Forget to bring a cup? They’ll give you a clean, “gently used” one.
▪ Still thirsty? Clairvoyant Brewing, 2800 W. Idaho St., is celebrating its fifth anniversary all day Saturday with live music and food trucks.
2. Say goodbye
After nearly three decades at 610 E. Boise Ave., the Eastside Tavern will bid farewell with a last hurrah. Local bands Play Like Randy and Free Love Fight Club will perform during a double-bill show that goes from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (no cover charge). After that bittersweet goodbye, the neighborhood bar plans to close — but get reborn elsewhere. “We will be open again, very, very soon!” the bar promised on Facebook this week. “Stay tuned, Eastsiders. … WE’RE NOT DONE!!”
3. Score some vinyl
Saturday is Record Store Day, which translates into an entire rocking weekend at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. The independent music store will unleash 275 exclusive releases starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. The first 25 customers in line will get vouchers for a free gift bag with purchase, and a $50 gift card will be randomly placed in one of the bags. Free drip coffee will be available from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Outside the store, Boise musicians will busk on the sidewalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Another highlight? Curtis Stigers will perform an after-hours set inside at 8 p.m. Sunday. It’s a record-release celebration for his latest album, “This Life.”
4. Keep on truckin’
Green Acres Food Truck Park is back for another season at the intersection of 14th Street and Shoreline Drive. This weekend’s grand opening will feature a smorgasbord of grub — 15 different food options. “Head over to enjoy a variety of food trucks, coffee, beer/wine/canned cocktails and live music,” Green Acres says online. “Bring your dog, family and friends and enjoy a day at the Greenbelt playing cornhole and other yard games. Make sure to check out our special events and bonus breakfast trucks on Saturday.” The celebration runs from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Get the truck and band schedule at facebook.com/greenacresboise.
5. See a concert
▪ Moonshine Bandits: 6 p.m. Saturday, Stoney’s Road House, 1050 Cascade Road, Emmett. $17.50. stoneysroadhouse.com.
▪ Ealdor Bealu album release: 8 p.m. Saturday, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. $10, TicketWeb, $12 at the door. Special guests: Dirt Russell, Barrenlands.
▪ Curtis Stigers: 8 p.m. Sunday, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise. Admission wristbands are available with purchase of “This Life” on vinyl and CD. One wristband per LP or CD purchased.
▪ Destroyer: 8 p.m. Sunday, The Olympic, 1009 W. Main St., Boise. $20. eventbrite.com. $25 at the door. Special guest: Rosali.
This story was originally published April 21, 2022 2:08 PM.