There’s no better place to start the discussion than with Boise, the capital of the state. It’s the most populous city in Idaho, too, with a little over 200,000 residents. Boise is also one of the two central cities of the Boise-Nampa metro area, so living there puts you at the center of everything Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and the other cities in the area have to offer.

Boise was named the 12th city on the Advocate’s “Queerest Cities in America” ranking, so you know it offers a lot to the LGBT community. You’ll find everything from the International Gay Rodeo Association to a huge pride celebration in Boise. The first gay bar in Idaho opened in the city in 1976, and since then, the LGBT community has only grown. In 2012, Boise passed anti-discrimination policies, making it one of the first cities in Idaho to do so.

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The Best Events in Boise

Boise Pridefest

Boise Pridefest is the city’s largest annual pride celebration, and for more than 30 years, it has been a can’t-miss event. The festival strives to promote unity and celebrate the diversity and unity of all people of all orientations in Boise. The festival, with its parades, parties, and other events, draws huge crowds each year – often around 80,000 attendees.

Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest is one event music and festival lovers alike won’t want to miss. This five-day event featuring hundreds of bands on multiple stages, as well as plenty of great craft beers, good food, and lots of fun. It’s truly one of the best events in Boise!

Where to Live in Boise

There are a wide variety of wonderful neighborhoods in Boise, depending upon your needs and preferences, but the neighborhood that is generally most popular with the LGBTQ community is North End.  North End is a neighborhood known for its older homes, which are beautiful and full of character. The area is also very walkable, with plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, as well as a few of the more popular gay bars in the city. There are also a number of bike paths and green spaces nearby for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. The center of the North End community is a large park called Hyde Park, known for its many trendy restaurants, galleries, and shops.  The median home value in North End is currently around $502,000.

Arts and Entertainment

Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum is located in Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise. It contains an impressive and growing collection of contemporary art and ceramics, as well as an extensive collection of local art, and rotating traveling exhibitions throughout the year as well. It is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon learning and feeling engaged and inspired.   

Boise Contemporary Theatre

The Boise Contemporary Theatre is a professional theater company located in the BODO district of downtown Boise. It is the only company in Boise committed to performing exclusively contemporary work, with the mission of inspiring and growing the community and the world by creating thought-provoking stories of the human experience. A wide variety of shows are performed each year, and there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Parks and Recreation

Boise River Greenbelt

The Boise River Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beautiful parks. 25 miles of pathway follows the Boise River through the heart of the city, providing beautiful views throughout. It’s a great place to bike, walk, and enjoy all that makes Boise beautiful.

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is a ski area located in the Boise National Forest and operated by the Bogus Basin Recreation Association. Visitors can enjoy skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and more. Bogus Basin offers lessons, special events, group activities, and more.

Boise Nightlife

The Balcony Club

The Balcony Club is one of Boise’s liveliest dance spots. With strong drinks, big crowds, and friendly patrons, it’s a great place to dance the night away with friends. Super chill spot and the staff was very friendly. Getting drinks is fast and easy. One of the bartenders even signed when I couldn’t hear him. Great experience, music, drinks and vibes. Will definitely be going back


Neurolux is a trendy late-night spot offering a full bar, as well as nightly live indie bands in a laid-back atmosphere. For those who love great drinks and lively music, this is a perfect place to stop.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Boise, chances are, you’ll find plenty about this city to enjoy. The first step is finding a house that’s a perfect fit for you in a neighborhood you’ll love. To do that, you’ll need the help of a realtor who knows the city and who can help you to best achieve your real estate goals. Contact a Boise gay realtor today for a free, no-obligation consultation!
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