Planning an event in the City of Trees? Then take a look at these 20 amazing Boise event venues.
Boise, AKA the City of Trees, is the capital of Idaho and the state's most populous city with just over 200,000 residents. It's an incredibly fast-growing area due to its beautiful scenery and up and coming culinary and art scenes. It's also home to the largest Basque population outside of Spain. Given all this, we weren't surprised to learn that it has many amazing event venues.
In this article, we'll look at the 20 best Boise event spaces the city has to offer. You'll find a refreshing mix of traditional event venues, delicious restaurants, historic locations, and more. So without further ado, let's dive in and get started!
20 Boise Event Venues
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Capacity: 1,800 (Estimate)
Jack's Urban Meeting Place, better known as JUMP to locals, is the place where "having fun is serious business." The venue is a wonderfully eclectic combination of art and multimedia studios, meeting rooms, and entertainment options. Want to book a completely custom event? JUMP can accommodate with their 10+ spaces (including an outdoor amphitheater) for you to rent. Would you rather just attend an art, cooking, or fitness class with your friends or colleagues? JUMP has an abundance of those available at any given time. From important business meetings to team building events to birthday celebrations, JUMP is one of the most unique venues in Idaho and a fantastic choice for your next gathering.
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The Egyptian Theatre has been entertaining guests since 1927, making it the oldest theater in Boise. It was last renovated in 1999 and regularly hosts film screenings, operas, concerts, stand up comics, and other kinds of performances. It's ready to host your next event as well! Besides the stunning architecture, the Egyptian Theater will also wow your guests with its top-notch audio, lighting, and video technology. For any kind of event, from business conferences to Hollywood blockbuster premiers, the Egyptian Theater should definitely be at the top of your list for Boise event venues.
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When it comes to restaurants in Boise, ID, Fork is in a class of its own. The interior is modern, upscale-casual, and very comfortable. The atmosphere is family-friendly and inviting. But the food? The food is why patrons have been returning to Fork time and again for years. Every dish is made with local ingredients and hand-crafted by experienced chefs. If you host your next business meeting, rehearsal dinner, or birthday party at Fork, you'll also have access to private dining menus and quality AV equipment. There's a lot to love about this venue!
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Location: Eagle, ID
If you're looking for elegant Boise event spaces, look no further. Château des Fleurs features "feminine architecture reminiscent of old world Europe, pristine marble floors, handmade molded oak doors with austere glass paneling, tall ceilings and plenty of windows to allow in pure, natural light." It's the perfect venue for a wedding ceremony and reception, a fundraiser gala, or a corporate event and includes both indoor and outdoor spaces. Event planners will also get access to in-house catering options, A/V equipment, and competitive pricing. Add a dash of beauty and class to your next gathering and host it at Château des Fleurs.
5. CW Penthouse
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Book CW Penthouse for a more elevated event. This venue sits nine stories above the ground and offers stunning views of downtown Boise, Table Rock, and the surrounding foothills. It's also furnished with tables and chairs, features plenty of indoor space for dancing, and parking permits are provided for every guest. But the amenities don't stop there. You'll also get access to a professional event coordinator and a trained security guard will be present at your event. Whether you plan to host an investors luncheon, a private party, or a wedding reception, CW Penthouse is a great venue choice.
6. The Owyhee
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The Owyhee is known as a "cultural cornerstone in the heart of Boise." It's a collection of modern office spaces, retail shops, living apartments, and event facilities. Both corporate and private functions can be held in the Ballroom, located on the second floor of the building. Your guests will enjoy the soft, natural light and modern interior design. For more than 100 years, The Owyhee has been hosting Boise's special moments and occasions. Why not host your next special gathering as well?
Events held at the Discovery Center of Idaho are never lacking in entertainment options. You and your guests will get to experience more than 50 hands-on exhibits as you sip cocktails and make small talk. If you really want to get the party started, you can book additional services like the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar or have professional educators attend your event and interact with your guests, answering their questions about the exhibits (like the giant T-Rex shown above)! Catering is also available and event planners are provided with a list of preferred vendors. From employee appreciation events to children's birthday parties, Discovery Center of Idaho won't disappoint.
8. Zoo Boise
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It doesn't matter if you're planning a business event or your child's next birthday party, Zoo Boise is an amazing gathering place and will perfectly fit any event strategy. Book this venue after normal Zoo hours and treat your guests to great food provided by a professional catering company, animal presentations, carousel rides, and more. For over-the-top amazing events, you can also book a Conservation Cruise, which will take guests across the lagoon to the African Plains to see special animal exhibits. The Zoo also has A/V equipment available and a professional event coordinator on staff so that everything runs smoothly for your next soiree.
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Location: East End
Here's an idea? Host your next event in a jail. No really, we're serious! The Old Idaho Penitentiary is a historical landmark and features five distinct spaces to rent. There's the cell houses, which will take you "behind the scenes" of a prison; the J. Curtis Memorial Exhibit, which is a museum of sorts; the Main Yard and Grounds (pictured above); the Shirt Factory Building, which is newly renovated; and the Women's Ward, where women inmates were kept in days past. It's a wonderfully unique event venue that guests are sure to remember forever.
10. Boise Depot
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Location: Depot Bench
Boise Depot is another historic building in the great capital city of Boise, ID. The Spanish-style structure was originally built in 1925 by New York architects to "elaborate fanfare". It’s also home to the famous Platt Gardens, a scenic wonderland that features winding walkways, ponds, and plenty of greenery. Most events held at this venue will take place in the Great Hall, pictured above, where the soaring 77 foot ceiling is sure to impress (and the original 1925 Barkalow Brothers Newsstand can still be seen). For both business and private gatherings, we suggest taking a good long look at Boise Depot.
Juniper Kitchen and Cocktails is a shining jewel in the up and coming Boise culinary scene. The menu is full of delectable dishes made with local and organic ingredients. And the atmosphere is warm and inviting with uncovered brick walls and high windows. For events, you have a few different options: you can rent the Chef's Table, a private dining experience where Juniper's professional chef will craft a meal just for you and your guests; the upstairs balcony area that seats 55 and overlooks the bar on the first level; or the entire restaurant. Whichever option you choose, your business or personal gathering will be a smashing success.
12. ExtraMile Arena
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Location: Boise State University
If you're planning a big event — say, a country music concert, a motocross racing event, or an international conference — the ExtraMile Arena is the venue for you. It's one of the biggest event venues in Idaho and regularly hosts large gatherings. But the ExtraMile arena is more than just a cavernous space. It's also equipped with state of the art A/V gear and the space is completely malleable to your event needs, which you'll be able to discuss in detail with the professional and experienced ExtraMile Arena staff. Planning a mini gathering? ExtraMile can accommodate your needs thanks to their multiple small rooms available for rent. Whatever your needs, ExtraMile Arena has you covered.
13. Boise Art Museum
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The Boise Art Museum, also known as BAM, is Boise's ideal location for "sophisticated dinners, cocktail receptions, employee appreciation events, recognition celebrations, and family gatherings." There are two different spaces for rent: the Sculpture Court, an indoor space with 26 foot ceilings, light-filled windows, and original artwork; and the Sculpture Garden, an outdoor spot with beautiful views of Julia Davis Rose Garden. Surround your guests with amazing art, historic architecture, and a classy atmosphere at the Boise Art Museum.
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Location: West Boise
Playhouse Events and Dinner Theater may be one of the most fun Boise event spaces out there! As an event planner, you have a lot of options. You can book your colleagues or friends for a murder mystery dinner, game show trivia night, or human bingo match. Or you can rent the entire facility for your next corporate function, private celebration, or intimate concert. Whichever route you choose, you and your guests are sure to have a blast.
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Bardenay is further proof that the Boise culinary scene is on the rise. It was the nation's first restaurant distillery and set the standard for eateries of this nature. To this day, it serves mouth-watering American food and creative, custom drinks. But what about events? The space is 3,500 square feet of rustic style and perfect for wedding receptions, cocktail parties, and business meetings. If you host at Bardenay, you'll also get access to an outdoor patio and sound system accommodations.
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The Knitting Factory venue in Boise is no stranger to entertaining events — the space hosts concerts multiple nights a week. It's ready to host your next event too. Both business and personal gatherings are welcome at the Knitting Factory. If you book this venue, you'll have access to an experienced events staff, an on-site chef and bartender, and a full production team. All in all, it's a great location for every kind of get-together.
Source: Plantation Country Club
Location: Northwest Boise
Host your next event within walking distance of the Boise River, where rolling green hills and beautiful foliage grow in abundance. Plantation Country Club offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for rent and is an idyllic setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions, baby showers, birthday or coming of age parties, and even business gatherings. Important perks and amenities include a full events staff, pool, dance floor, golf course, and technology options such as free WiFi. If you're hoping to plan a memorable event that doesn't cause you any extra stress, we suggest booking the Plantation Country Club.
18. Emerald Lanes
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Location: Central Rim
Some event venues just want to help you and your guests have a good time. Emerald Lanes is one of those venues. The space is chock-full of entertainment. There's a bowling alley, of course, which glows with neon lights on Friday and Saturday nights. But there's also an arcade with classic games like PacMan and Mario Kart, multiple pool tables, and a restaurant that serves delicious pizza pies, chicken strips, and more. If you're planning an event, business or personal, and you want your guests to have fun, Emerald Lanes is a great venue choice. And we're not the only ones who think that. Well-known organizations like the Idaho Humane Society and Micron Technologies have recently hosted events at Emerald Lanes.
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Location: Basque Block
Good steak in Boise isn't exactly hard to find. There are a few different restaurants in the area that serve tasty meat. But the Brickyard Steakhouse is in a league of its own because the experience of eating there is one of a kind. First off, the interior is elegantly designed with exposed brick walls and beautiful wood floors. The exceptional service is also noteworthy. And we could never mention the Brickyard without talking about the dueling pianos! Every Friday and Saturday night, the Brickyard hosts an interactive music night where talented piano players battle each other for musical supremacy. Everything at the Brickyard, from the welcoming ambiance to the delicious food to the entertainment options, is top-notch. So bring your colleagues, your family, or your friends and host an evening to remember.
20. Boise Centre
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Lastly, we have the Boise Centre, an award-winning event venue that boasts 86,000 square feet of space, 31 versatile meeting rooms, and close proximity to a myriad of amazing restaurants, hotels, shops, and entertainment options. What kind of event do you plan to host? A business meeting or other corporate function? Or perhaps you have a private gathering in mind? Whatever kind of soiree you dream about, the Boise Centre can make it happen with its abundance of space, state of the art A/V equipment, exception catering options, and an experienced event planning team. There's a lot to love about the Boise Centre!
Wrapping Up: The Right Boise Event Venue
Beautiful Boise is full of unique and amazing spaces, as we've just seen. The trick is choosing the right event venue for your needs. We encourage you to read back through this list and select the venue that has the perfect blend of ambiance and amenities. Then book it and use your event management software to help you host an event for the ages. Good luck!
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