Fall is an exciting time of year. With the weather getting cooler, you may be inspired to get out and try something new. There are so many fun activities and events to make this fall a memorable time. Here are a few things that might pique your interest.
The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is found at 1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, ID 83642. It opens September 21st and runs until November 3. It is open Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am – 11 pm, and on Sunday it is closed. The maze is cut into a unique pattern each year and is the main attraction. If you’re in for something more daring, then a Field of Screams just might be for you. It is open from dark until 11 pm every Friday and Saturday nights in October. Also, the Farmstead has a Pumpkin Patch which you can walk through, or you can take the hayride. There is plenty of food available, or you can bring your own food.
The Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games can be found in Garden City, September 14 and September 15. The Treasure Valley Scottish American Society hosts this festival which begins on the 14th with a gathering where you can share a song, dance or story, and enjoy drinks with friends. Saturday the 15th is the day you can share your athletic prowess by participating in authentic Scottish athletic games. There will be a Highland dance competition, and other entertainment. You will also find booths created to educate you on the clans. Bring your family to learn about, and experience Scottish culture.
Zombie Acres will be at Linder Farms 7165 S Linder Rd. in Meridian. Zombie Acres is a unique paintball adventure. Armed with a paintball gun, you’ll ride a bus through a field teeming with zombies. Besides zombies, at Linder Farms you will find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, concession stand, a petting zoo, giant slide, tire playground, pedal tractors, corn box, straw bale pyramid, straw bale maze, and more. No one will be bored. The opening Day will be Friday, September 21st. It will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm, and Fridays from 5 pm to 10 pm. Saturdays are from 10 am to 10 pm. Sundays it is closed.
Old Boise Oktoberfest
Old Boise Oktoberfest will be held September 22, from 2 pm until 10 pm. It’s held at Old Boise 6th & Main. Oktoberfest began in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of two German royals. They invited the people to eat and drink with them to honor the nuptials. It has now become a popular festival celebrated around the world. There will be plenty of beer, Bavarian cuisine, fun, games, entertainment, and music. And don’t forget about the authentic clothing.
See Spot Walk
See Spot Walk will be held October 6th from 9 am to 1 pm at the bandshell at Julia Davis Park. This event is the Idaho Humane Society’s 26th Annual Dog Walk and Festival. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will feature demonstrations, contests, food, and more. All proceeds go to support the Idaho Humane Society. There will also be a 1-mile long dog walk through the park and a 5k Fun Run.
Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo will be held Saturday, October 25 from 10 am to 5 pm at the Boise Zoo. Candy will be distributed by workers in costumes. There will be costume contests, face painting, fun, and games. And if you haven’t yet picked up a pumpkin to decorate, no worries there will be a pumpkin patch as well at the zoo. All proceeds go to benefit the zoo.
Frightened Felons Adult Night
Frightened Felons Adult Night is held at the Old Penitentiary Friday, October 31st from 7 pm – 11 pm. This is exclusively for ages 18 and up only. ID is required. The tour takes you through the haunted Cell House. You’ll have an opportunity to watch Zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. There will be a costume contest, pizza, tacos, beer, wine and more. Admission is $15. For $30 you will receive a private, one and a half hour tour through the cemetery, penitentiary, the haunted Cell House and mugshots. This tour will be guided by members of the International Paranormal Reporting Group. There will also be a family-friendly night. Frightened Felons Family Night will be held Saturday, November 1st from 7 pm to 11 pm.
Winter Garden aGlow
Winter Garden aGlow is an event at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. The gardens are decorated for the holidays with over 380,000 sparkling lights. Come and enjoy this spectacular display. This event goes from Monday, November 19th through Saturday, January 5th. Gates are open from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. and the last admissions will be at 8:45 p.m. They will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. They will be open no matter the weather and don’t be surprised if Santa comes for a visit.
Hymns of Thanksgiving
Hymns of Thanksgiving is a community choir accompanied by a 350 piece orchestra. Held at the CenturyLink Arena at 245 S Capitol Blvd, this choir will present inspiring music, and words of wisdom from our governor. This free event will be held Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees is an event to benefit St. Alphonsus Hospital. It will go from November 21st to 25th. There will be an elaborate display of decorated trees which will be for sale. Performers from around the valley will perform and share their talents. Santa will be available to listen to Christmas wishes, and for photos at the North Pole Village. Look for the K- 6 art contest, Train display, and the Lego display.
These events should keep you busy and happy for the last few months of the year. These crisp fall days are the perfect time to be a little adventurous and try some new activities. Take some time to have fun.