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Maybe you’ve heard of it: a little festival that transforms Boise into a full-on celebration of the arts for five days? Sounds fun. But it’s more than fun. It’s music and art and community and culture and collaboration. It’s Treefort Music Fest.

This is Treefort Music Fest’s 9th year, and after a year off the festival is ready to bring some live music back to Boise in a big way. This year’s lineup has some big names like Japanese Breakfast, Calexico, Andy Shauf, and Built To Spill, but some would argue its main draws are the hundreds of artists you’ve not heard of sprinkled throughout bars, coffee shops, and traditional venues across Boise.

If the music scene isn’t your thing, don’t worry—there are other “Forts” guaranteed to offer something you’ll be interested in. Check out Artfort, Yogafort, Hackfort, Storyfort, Kidfort, Foodfort, Alefort, Filmfort, Foodfort, Comedyfort, Skatefort and Dragfort.

Tips for the best 2021 Treefort experience:

First things first: check in on all the health and safety requirements. You’ll have to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the festival to be admitted this year. Once you have that covered, download the Bindle app to carry your proof with you throughout the weekend.

Treefort is limiting ticket sales this year as part of their health and safety precautions, so they’re hard to come by. But you can still sign up to volunteer for the weekend. Three volunteer shifts (2 if you’re under 21) will get you a 5-day pass!

The lineup of awesome things at Treefort is too long to list, so explore the Treefort app to see it all (seriously, it’s really good). It lets you “favorite” artists or events you’re interested in and puts them on your own personal calendar within the app so you won’t miss a thing. There’s even a feature that recognizes gaps in your schedule and suggests things going on at the time.

Then, grab your comfy shoes, layers (hot days and cool nights are definitely a thing these days), and reusable water bottles and get ready for an experience to remember!

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