Enjoy the Western Idaho Fair in Boise this Summer

August 6, 2019

by hotel43

Are you taking the whole family on a trip and need to plan things to do in Boise with kids? Look no further than the Western Idaho Fair! You will find there is no short supply of fun things to do in Boise when the Western Idaho Fair is in town.

Concerts, entertainment, competitions, concessions, and a carnival offer fun for all ages. The Fair runs this year from August 16th to 25th. There is so much to see and do, and you don’t want to miss out.

At the Grandstand

Here, you will find things to do in Boise at night, like concerts performed by rock stars and country singers. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the shows start at 7:30 p.m. There’s limited seating, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year’s concert line-up features:

  • Tuesday, August 20th – 3 Doors Down 

  • Wednesday, August 21st –  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  • Thursday, August 22nd –  Dustin Lynch

  • Friday, August 23rd –  REO Speedwagon

Visit the Carnival

carnival games

With a variety of hair-raising rides, the carnival offers loads of fun for everyone from thrill-seekers to the kids’ first visit. You can take a ride on the classic Ferris wheel or shake things up on the tilt-a-whirl. Whatever tickles your fancy, there’s no shortage of things to do in Boise at the carnival. 

Sideshow Entertainment

Are you ready for circus acts, magicians, comedians, hypnotists, comedic juggling, and stunts on wheels? The sideshow could easily be the main attraction and may keep you coming back to catch them all. 

Find these acts roaming around the Fair or performing on stage. This year’s entertainment line-up features:

  • Tyzen

  • Roberto the Magnificent

  • Alfred & Seymour

  • Adam the Great

  • The Run Up

  • Bobby Zoppi

  • Kellie Karl

  • Bad Moon Rising

  • Kachunga & the Alligator

  • The Nerveless Nocks

  • Animal Cracker Conspiracyyoung adults at a summer concert

If you’re looking for things to do in Boise with kids, there’s plenty to entertain them as well, like:

  • Kids Pedal Tractor

  • Washboard Willy

  • Bug Ology

  • Robocars

Meet the Animals

Don’t forget to meet the animals at the animal farm show, including pony rides and a giant pig! This is fun for the whole family. Have a chance to feed, pet, and interact with the animals. 

Fair Food

sign for funnel cakes and corn dogs

At least half the reason to go to the Fair is to enjoy the food. Try favorites like elephant ears, pogo dogs, churro stands, cotton candy, and chocolate-covered bacon, just to name a few and get your mouth watering. 

But if you’re looking for something a little outside the box this year, you can also enjoy ethnic food booths and BBQ stands with giant turkey legs. Yum! 


You will see the best of the best at the Western Idaho Fair. When you peruse the competitive exhibits, you will find things like a llama dressing contest and the best accessories made with hand-spun yarn. Plus, you’ll get to see the winners in each category, from flowers to food to farm animals; nothing is off-limits when it comes to these competitions.

sheep at western idaho fair

It’s impossible to be bored during your stay with the Fair providing so many fun things to do in Boise. Book your stay at Hotel 43 now for the Western Idaho Fair from August 16th to 25th.