Boise’s new fall music festival Flipside Fest provided the perfect blend of music, art and shopping

Taya Thornton | The Arbiter
This article was written collaboratively by Hanalei Potempa, culture editor, and Naomi Priddy, culture reporter.

In response to the public’s desire for a fall musical festival, Duck Club organized Flipside Fest, a three-day festival in Garden City, Idaho.

Treefort Music Festival, a longstanding tradition in Boise which takes place every spring, is a beloved event for music lovers in Idaho. In an effort to keep the fun going year round, Duck Club presented Flipside Fest.

Duck Club was created initially as a collaboration for Treefort Music Festival in 2012, but since that launch it has become a permanent source of music curation and promotion of the Boise music scene. 

Flipside Fest, a three-day neighborhood music and mural festival, took place from Sept. 23-25. 

Instead of hosting in downtown Boise, Duck Club stated on their website, “We’ll catch you on the Flipside,” and announced they’d be holding the festival in Garden City.

[Photo of Portland-based rock band The Macks performing at Flipside Fest.]
Taya Thornton | The Arbiter

Flipside Fest, taking place on the streets of Garden City, is a multi-venue festival including performances from over 50 local and traveling bands, art murals, pop-up shops and other food and drink vendors.

Music headliners included local Boise band Built To Spill, and traveling bands such as Monophonics and Automatic.

Along with murals scattered from 32nd to 37th Street, Flipside Fest wouldn’t have been complete without the many pop-up artists, booths and clothing tents. Fruit stands, food trucks and quartz jewelry lined the streets of the festival’s “Lil Market,” including fresh local honey and Hawaiian papaya. 

The Festival’s “Garage” section hosted breweries and live artists’ creations like dreamy clouded landscapes painted on old cabinets. 

Duck Club described the festival as being similar to Treefort but on a miniature scale. 

As a multi-venue festival, it can be difficult to navigate the location of certain venues and pop ups. However, because of the event’s scattered layout, the space created an environment better suited for families and people of all ages to gather. 

The energy of the venue was lively and down to earth with delicious foods to try like Yakisoba Noodles and crepes, along with amazing breweries and small food stands.

The music venues included the parking lot of Visual Arts Collective, Barbarian Brewing, Somewhere Bar, Push and Pour and Roots Zero Waste Market, among others.

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