Celebrate in Style
There are many ways to ring in the New Year in style in Boise.
Leave it to Boiseans to head outside in the middle of the winter for a chilly night of music, food and a giant potato. The Idaho Potato Drop is a favorite tradition and takes over downtown. This year, the headlining act is Jeff Crosby & The Refugees, along with other great musicians and family fun!
Head north for the holiday if you’re looking to get out of town, and maybe do a bit of skiing. Get festive with friends in downtown McCall or head to Brundage Mountain for food, a bonfire, hot cocoa or spiced cider and even some fireworks to ring in the new year. But don’t forget your parka!
Rock ’n’ Roll
For those city dwellers who want to ring in the New Year in a venue that’s within Ubering distance, the Knitting Factory Concert House is putting on their annual show, this year featuring Mickey and the Motorcars. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and they’ll offer a complimentary champagne toast with the purchase of a ticket.
For those seeking a quieter evening, but perhaps a good reason to dress fancy, make a reservation for The Owyhee Tavern or Chandler’s Steak House. Both offer special menus that will make you feel like a million bucks—but remember to book early. Head back to one of Boise’s (many) new hotels for champagne and to watch the ball drop.
Make a point of hitting some of Boise’s best downtown bars, grabbing some snacks and drinks along the way. Clubs like China Blue or Amsterdam typically provide plenty of fun—DJs, dancing, drink specials and VIP treatment—if you’re up for it. Be sure to check if tickets can be bought at the door, ahead of time or if entry is free.