School’s been out for about a month now and Boise has offered up so many things to do since summer began, most recently the annual Boise Music Festival! For the last number of years, BMF has been Boise’s way of kicking off the summer and it gets bigger and bigger every year. Carnival rides, food stops, vendor shops, and of course A LOT OF MUSIC!

The Boise Music Festival offers up 5 stages that feature a variety of acts. The four local stages each feature Hip Hop artists, Country/Americana music, Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter acts, and Rock/Alternative bands. A number of Boise’s local musical talent have performed at these stages over the years, namely Zero, Darian Reneé, Red Light Challenge, and more.


Besides the local stages, you can find a number of big name and up and coming acts on the BMF main stage. Talent such as Coolio, Shaggy, Nelly, Backstreet Boys, Karmin, and Andy Grammer, to name a few, have performed at BMF’s main stage each year. This year BMF brought in Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Sean Kingston, Austin Mahone, and Hey Violet to perform on the main stage along with Boise’s own Emily Stanton Band.

Along with so many musical acts to see, BMF also had a variety of food stops and merchandise vendors offering up a number of options. Food from the Mad Mac food truck to Kono Pizza (both were delicious!) and Italian ice cream to bacon on a stick and everything in between could be found at the food stop alley. The vendors each came with a lot of different merchandise as well; Proof Eyewear, fidget spinners, handmade jewelry and apparel as well as booths advertising services and upcoming events such as the Treasure Valley Comic Con in July. If you wanted to buy it, chances are you could find it at one of BMF’s many vendor booths!


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Of course, what kind of festival would it be without carnival rides? The last few years, BMF has brought in a number of carnival rides that you’d only see at the Western Idaho Fair near the end of August. Rides from the Tilt-a-Whirl to the Vortex were available to ride on, including the Kamikaze and the roller coaster. All rides were child and family friendly, giving people more options to enjoy themselves while at the festival.

The Boise Music Festival definitely is one of Boise’s biggest summer attractions and is one you absolutely do not want to miss out on. If you skipped out on it this year for whatever reason then you can catch almost all the same vendors, food stops, and carnival rides at the Western Idaho Fair in August. Don’t miss out on BMF again next year, it will only get better!

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