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Boise is Feeling Fest-ive

Get your ‘Top Gun’ Thrills at Gowen Thunder 2023

If you have the need for speed and want to feel the rush as airplanes tear up the sky overhead, then don’t miss the Gowen Thunder Air Show August 26-27. This free, family friendly event will be Idaho’s largest-ever military airshow and open house. Come for two days of non-stop live choreographed aerial performances by some of the best civilian and military aviators from around the world.

Visitors will enjoy a mix of military warbirds and civilian aircraft performing above Gowen Field. Featured performers include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, and the U.S. Air Force Lightning II F-35 Demonstration Team. The Idaho Army National Guard and Air National Guard will also showcase their military capabilities during a Combined Arms Demonstration. 

Parking will be available at multiple lots around Gowen Field, then visitors will be shuttled to the air show. Buses begin running at 8:45 a.m. A security screening will be conducted at all parking lots prior to entry to the show and guests are encouraged to carpool whenever possible. Click for a printable map with parking and direction information. 

Welcome Fall at a Local Festival

As September leads us from summer to fall, Boise offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the season with a variety of festivals. Take your pick from:

  • Art in the Park (September 8-10) – This free open-air festival spotlights more than 200 artists, along with food, live music, entertainment and hands-on activities for children.
  • Boise Pride Festival (September 8-10) – Boise Pride brings together members of the community to celebrate unity, diversity and the unique spirit and culture of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Hyde Park Street Fair (September 15-17) – Boise’s most unique arts and music festival welcomes a variety of participants and vendors to Camel’s Back Park in the historic North End neighborhood.
  • Idaho Shakespeare Festival (September 1-30) – Enjoy the last month of performances in the beautiful open air theater overlooking the Boise Foothills. 
  • Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival (Begins Sept. 16) – Get lost in this year’s themed corn maze or choose from the many quintessential fall activities and goodies.   
  • Old Boise Oktoberfest (September 23)Head to 6th and Main to enjoy this event for all ages packed with live music, delicious food and authentic German Biers.

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