by Mayor Tammy

I love summertime in Meridian! The other day I was able to shop for produce at the Youth Farmers Market, attend Dairy Days, cool off at the Kleiner Park splash pad with my grandkids and watch the sunset from my patio on a gorgeous summer evening. As I watched the sun go down, I thought of all of the amazing things we have to do, right here in our own backyard! So if you are looking for some summer fun – here are 10 ideas to consider:

10. Youth Farmers Market

This year marks the first annual Youth Farmers Market! This event is a long-awaited addition because it’s something the community has wanted for some time, but ours is unique because the majority of vendors are youth from across the valley. Bring the family downtown on Saturday mornings, support our local youth and shop the fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more! (Now – Sept. 24, Saturdays from 9am-12pm, Meridian City Hall Plaza)

9. CableONE Movie Night

Can you believe this is the 10th year of CableONE Movie Night? I can remember when it began and it has definitely grown to be a community favorite! Check out the schedule of movies at www.meridiancity.org/movienight and share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #MeridianMovieNight. (Now – Aug. 26, Fridays at dusk, Settlers Park)

8. Concerts on Broadway

This event grows in popularity each year. Who doesn’t want to listen to some great concerts under the summer night’s sky?! Join us for Concerts on Broadway here in the Meridian City Hall Plaza! The concerts are free and there will be food trucks at each event this year. (July 9, August 6, August 13, 6:30pm, Meridian City Hall Plaza)

7. Meridian Parks

There is plenty of fun to be had in our parks this summer. The splash pads at Kleiner and Settlers Parks are a great way to cool off and there’s fishing right here in town at both of those parks! Our parks play host to numerous events throughout the summer such as the Independence Day Festival at Storey Park, concerts, races, vendor shows and more. And don’t forget to check out Storey Bark Park – your dogs will love the amenities!

6. Kleiner Park LIVE

Speaking of our parks - Kleiner Park Live is a Thursday nightsummer outdoor concert series at the Kleiner Park band shell. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy some great evenings at the park. There will be food and beer vendors on site. The next concert is July 7, featuring Hang Eleven. For more information check out the list of shows and dates at www.meridiancity.org/kleinerparklive.

5. Roaring Springs/Wahooz

It’s probably one of the more sought after destinations in our community come summer. Beat the heat at Roaring Springs or check out Wahooz for some family fun!

4. Indoor Activities such as Big Al’s

Across town, you can stay cool by staying indoors. Big Al’s, like Wahooz, offer specials throughout the summer including Kids Bowl Free! Last year Big Al’s provided over 115,000 FREE games of bowling at their three locations in the Northwest including Meridian. Other options for indoor fun in town include Jump Time, Dart Wars, and Danik Gymnastics.

3. The Village at Meridian

Aside from the great shopping and dining, The Village is hosting events throughout the summer including Yoga at Fountain Square, Kids Storytime, Ladies Night Out and Art Walks, and the Rock the Village Concert Series that kicks off July 8 and is held every Friday night through August 26. We’re seeing some other local businesses host summer concert series this year including the Courtyard Marriott and the Homestead Bar and Grill.

2. Meridian Library

If your kids are getting stir crazy this summer, the Meridian Library has plenty of fun and engaging options for them! From the new unBound location in Downtown Meridian that hosts programs each week, to the Summer Reading event that includes incentives – there’s something for everyone!

1. Experience Downtown Meridian

And finally, I encourage you to experience Downtown Meridian this summer. Learn about our community’s history by following our Historical Walking Tour or check out the changes in downtown. We’ve welcomed several new businesses and just revealed new updates along Idaho Avenue including decks, planters and more!

Of course aside from my top ten there’s community favorites like golfing at Lakeview Golf Club, Food Trucks in the Park every Wednesday at Settlers, the Barn Sour Race (August 20), and the Community Block Party in September. Plus, our Parks and Recreation Department put together a Summer Activity Guide that is full of fun ideas and activities for people of all ages!

You can always check out more events online on our website – www.meridiancity.org. We look forward to seeing your pictures and videos on social media from your summer fun in our community with the hashtags #MeridianSummer and #MyMeridian.

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