First Thursday presents an opportunity to connect with Boise culture

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By: Hannah Schliep 

Each First Thursday of the month, Boise comes alive to celebrate the local community with free food, wine tasting and discounts on merchandise, catered by Boise’s own local businesses. Taking place in the heart of Boise, friends and family can come out and join the festivities from 5 to 9 p.m.

With a vast selection of entertainment spread throughout downtown, one can find live music, rock wall climbing and even corn hole tournaments. As a Boise State student, attending First Thursday can be a golden opportunity to connect with the downtown lifestyle.

Estefani, owner of Go Out Local, explained her company’s role in First Thursday as a mechanism to spread the word about local businesses.

“First Thursday is a great way to meet new people and get a feel for Boise while giving exposure to Boise businesses,” Estefani said.

Boise artists and businesses come together. Photo by Axel Quartarone.

According to Boise State student and First Thursday attendee Hannah Elizabeth, First Thursday can be a great way to connect with the city.

“I’m from California and I feel like it’s a great way to get involved with the city outside of campus events,” Elizabeth said.

Drawn to good food at low prices, Elizabeth was impressed with the Weekend BBQ Store.

“I was pleasantly surprised because the wine was tasty plus super cheap,” Elizabeth said.

Owner of Weekend BBQ Store Anne Leibow is a local business participant in First Thursday and provides samples of her hand-chosen–yet affordable–wines.

Leibow’s business has been open since 2015 and sells barbeque grills, rubs and accessories to pair with specialty wines.

“I love that I get to meet new people all of the time,” Leibow said. “Seeing my customers leave with a smile makes me know I did the best I could do to give them a fun experience.”

Weekend BBQ Store caters well to college students that enjoy grilling and tailgating with affordable barbeque supplies that pair well with any hand-picked wine for students over the age of 21.

If students are looking for a new scene to get connected with the Boise downtown family, they should mark their calendars for Boise’s next First Thursday. This is a fun and free event that students won’t want to miss. For more information on locations, events and times, head to downtownboise.org.

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