Are you Treefort Ready?! From what to bring and what to do, to where to eat and how to get around, we got you covered.
This is your survival guide to the best five days ever — Treefort 2019, March 20th-24th. You’ll be trotting around every day for hours at a time, dancing, singing, eating, drinking, and chillin’ with the homies. It’s a lot of work to party this hard so we’re gonna help you out. Put on a Treefort playlist, plan out your schedule on the Treefort App, and let’s get Treefort Ready together!
Here are some tips and tricks to help you get Treefort Ready:
FIRST THINGS FIRST: GET A PASS + PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE
If you haven’t scooped up a Treefort Pass yet, there’s still time! Buy now online (until Tuesday, March 19th) or during the fest at the Box Office. Not able to party all five days? There’s lot of ways to experience this fest, so check out our individual and single-day ticket options.
From our largest venue to the smallest, Treefort Music Fest on occasion will have fans lined up outside the venue. By purchasing your 5-day wristband, you have priority entry, however if you like to bounce around, we recommend jumping to the front of the line by upgrading to the ultimate ZIPLINE Pass!
GET THE TREEFORT APP
The schedule on the Treefort App is going to be your best friend. It’ll be there to guide you through all the blissful chaos of Treefort. You can do it all on the app: you can buy your Treefort Pass, you can check out the lineup and like your favorite artists, and you can stay updated with all the latest Treefort news (like this article)!
The best way to plan out your Treefort schedule is on the Treefort App. Add events to your own personal schedule and share it with your friends!
SECOND CHANCE SHOWS
Second chance shows are official unofficial Treefort shows. While these shows are not “technically” part of Treefort (you won’t find them on the schedule), they are hosted by our friends, pals and partners and give you a chance to see an artist you may have missed due to conflicts in your schedule, napping, catching up with pals at Alefort or resting your weary legs at Filmfort! All second chance shows are free and open to the public.
TRAVELING TO BOISE?
With nearly 500 bands over the five days, you’re going to want a nice, comfy spot to recharge in between sets. Click here to book your room at one of our preferred shacking spots.
BRING YOUR FESTIVAL BEST
You’ll be doing a lot of walking & dancing so be prepared to run wild all five days of Treefort!
LAYERS OF CLOTHES
As the locals say “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!” In Treefort’s past, we’ve had everything from clear, sunny skies with 70 degree weather to snow, so you have to be prepared for anything. Nights might get a little chilly. If you’re in need of some Treefort swag, check out our merch store at the fest!
SUNGLASSES & HAT/BEANIE
Maybe the sun will be in your face, other times the wind, or maybe you just want to look cool.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE & STEEL PINT CUP
Gotta stay hydrated! Main Stage only serves alcoholic beverages in steel pint cups to eliminate waste. Buy a Treefort water bottle or steel pint cup or BYO (must be 16oz)!
FANNY PACK OR BAG
For your phone, wallet, merchandise purchases and other belongings. Don’t have a fanny pack? Treefort has your back (or rather, your hips). Check out our merch store at the fest and scoop up a fanny pack!
Five days of rocking out will take a toll on your earholes! Protect yourself from hearing loss with your own pair of reusable earplugs or find some onsite, provided by our pals at St. Lukes.
The faster you can get to that show, screening or panel discussion, the better, right? Plus it’s more fun to glide around the city from one amazing event to the next. You could join the skaters at Skatefort, Boise Bicycle Project sets up bike racks all over the festival so your whip has a home near every venue, and if you don’t have any of these alternative transportations, you can easily rent a bike from Boise GreenBike or a scooter!
For you yogis who will be attending a Yogafort class or two, please bring your own mat…and an open mind.
What if you see Toro Y Moi at the Black Moth Super Rainbow show but your phone’s dead so you can’t take a #cool #selfie? On-the-go charging will save your life when you’ve lost your friends or forgot when Ham on Rye starts. (FYI: it starts at 7pm on Thursday, March 21st at Hilton Garden Inn)
QUICKLY BOUNCE AROUND TOWN
Treefort takes over dozens of Downtown Boise venues during the fest, making it super easy to jump from venue to venue. We’re all about sustainability and environmental responsibility, so we encourage you to have a smaller carbon footprint during your Treefort festivities by walking, biking, boarding, scooting, or taking the special Treefort public bus route, Treeline! Plus, nearly all of these methods are super duper FREE and simple!
Our local bus system, Valley Regional Transit, will operate a festival route — Treeline — Wednesday, March 20 through Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 6:00pm to 12:00am with six beautifully decorated bus stops at Main Street Station, 5th and Main, Idaho and Capitol Blvd., Idaho and 11th, Main and 13th and Main and 11th. The route runs from 14th to 4th on Main Street and Idaho Street.
The Treeline Circulator is free for anyone (no festival wristband required!) PLUS anyone with a Treefort wristband can ride any regular Valley Regional Transit bus route for free during the duration of the festival. There’ll be bands performing on the bus as well, find the schedule here.
Whether you ride your own bike or use a bike from Boise GreenBike, biking is a super fun and easy way to get around the fest. Boise Bicycle Project puts huge bike lock stations at most venues around town to support bikers during Treefort.
Boise GreenBike, in partnership with Key Bank, is providing free rides for everyone for the entire run of Treefort Music Fest. In addition, Boise GreenBike will set up an enormous Super Hub encompassing all Treefort venues, meaning that there will be no out of hub fees as long as the bikes are locked to something. Free Boise GreenBike rides will start at midnight March 19th and end at midnight March 24th.
BOARD, SCOOT, WALK, BLADE
There are so many efficient and affordable ways to get from place to place during Treefort. Walking is of course the easiest way to get around, but it’s fun to switch it up! Go to Skatefort with your board. Boise now has electric scooters via Bird and Lime. Let’s bring rollerblades back, baby!
Let’s be real — cars can be a hassle during Treefort. If you have to drive, bring your friends along or hop into your friend’s car. Save time, money, and the environment!
All the music, movies, and yoga classes have you workin’ up an appetite. We got grub on the go from food trucks at Main Stage, food pairings for your beer at Alefort, and luxurious Foodfort dinners at the Basque Center.
Mad Mac – Nothing scratches that itch like a big bowl of mac n’ cheese.
Boise Fry Co. – When you’re tired and delirious, you don’t want to make choices. You just want a damn burger.
Calle 75 Tacos – You’ll know what we’re tacoing about once you have a delicious bite from Calle 75.
Genki Takoyaki – In Japan it’s common for businessmen to party all night then go straight to work. Takoyaki makes this possible.
Gyro Shack – Traditional Greek gyros forged in the bowels of Mount Olympus by Hephaestus himself.
Neckar Coffee – This coffee is the only thing that will be keeping you alive by the end of Treefort.
Tony’s Tamales – Tamales are the original Hot Pocket AND the first energy bar, so pretty much the perfect festival food.
The Funky Taco – A Boise-based team of mutant ninja teenage crime-fighters would only eat The Funky Taco.
B-Town Bistro – B-Town’s diverse menu is like 5 food trucks forming a giant robot superhero food truck.
Rice Works – Treefort is the only acceptable place to eat a rice bowl by stuffing your face into it, though they also provide chopsticks.
Pie Hole – If one attends Treefort and does not eat Pie Hole pizza, did one actually attend Treefort at all?
Secret Aardvark – Because 55+ bands from Portland wasn’t enough, we had to bring their secret sauce, too.
Kanak Attack – What? Your specialty is island-style giant roast pigs? Just take our money.
Soulcraft BBQ – Run by sleepless cyborgs, Soulcraft’s smoker will be running 24/7 so you get the sweet, sweet meat sweats.
Poutine Your Mouth – Ah, the tried-and-true Canadian salad, hold the greens, extra potatoes and gravy.
FOODFORT AT ALEFORT
Though Foodfort will primarily take place at the Basque Center this year, you can still find Foodfort Tastes at Alefort (21+), featuring new grub daily to enjoy with Alefort beers. Friday is an exploration of the Boise taco phenomenon, featuring freshly prepared tortillas filled with taco offerings from a diverse group of local restaurants. Saturday features a Basque experience with traditional food, dancing and a stream of cider. Sunday features brunch foods paired with crisp coffee beers at the Alefort Bar.
Foodfort Tastes is back to dish up the best of festival fare. This year’s chef-farmer-food community dinner, A Night at Kachka, features Chef Bonnie Morales, co-owner and head chef of Kachka in Portland and James Beard finalist. The following evening, local chefs from Zee’s Rooftop Cafe, The Wylder, Madre, Lime & a Coconut, Petite 4, Camel’s Crossing, and Wild Root to present Street Eats, a market-style shindig inspired by the night markets of Asia and South America. On Saturday, March 23rd, treat yourself to a classic steak lunch prepared by James Beard Award Winning Chef Hugh Acheson.
KEEP TREEFORT CLEAN
RECYCLE & COMPOST
Treefort has always had recycling bins around the festival and inside venues. Since 2014, we have had full-fledged trash, recycling and compost stations made of recycled pellets. The stations are run by our Green Team, a special fleet of volunteers that keeps Treefort tidy. After the festival, the compost goes to Whole Foods Market. Although there are many ways and opportunities to recycle during Treefort, ultimately it is up to you where you put your recyclable and compostable items. Be sure to find a recycling bin when you have the following items:
Aluminum/Steel/Tin – cans of Proud Source Water*, soda, etc. *Did you know Treefort vendors don’t sell plastic water bottles?
Plastic – Numbers 1-7 only; this means no plastic bags or utensils.
Paper – All paper except for paper that has been in contact with food and drink such as paper plates and napkins.
These items are compostable:
Fruits & veggies
Coffee grounds & tea bags
Any sort of Earth stuff such as leaves
Everything else…is TRASH: It does not belong on the ground or anywhere besides the trash can! So please take the time to throw it away properly so we can keep the festival and the city clean.