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Treefort: Boise’s Home Grown Music Fest

A Message from Mayor Dave Bieter

Once in a blue moon, something like Treefort comes along.

Beginning just seven years ago, it’s now hard to imagine Boise without it.

From its beginnings as a homespun two-day musical event in 2012, Treefort has grown into a multi-media spectacular, with nine satellite cultural festivals (including Hackfort, Filmfort, Comedyfort, and my personal favorite, Alefort) spread across five days and numerous venues throughout the city.

Treefort has become a magnet for music journalists from around the world and, like Boise itself, regularly earns a spot on national “best of” lists. Last year’s event drew an estimated 18,000 attendees, and I have no doubt that Treefort 2018, which got under way this week, will be bigger than ever. But more important: better than ever.

Main Stage at Treefort


It’s the high quality of this festival that has impressed artists and audiences from the first notes. Treefort’s greatest asset is its authenticity, the fact that it wasn’t copied or imported from elsewhere but grew organically from the rich and diverse cultural soil we are so fortunate to have developed here in the City of Trees.



Maintaining excellence in times of tremendous growth is a challenge that Treefort and Boise both face. For the festival, it means ensuring that growing audiences continue to enjoy and feel the vitality of Boise’s unique music scene; for the city, it means guaranteeing that growing populations in all our neighborhoods continue to enjoy those things that make Boise such a special place to live, raise a family, have a career and own a business.

So three years ago, when it came time to name Boise’s cultural ambassador, it was an easy call. Treefort is a perfect expression of the creative energies that abound in our city.

This year, the City of Boise will be a major partner, showcasing some of the incredible work being done by different city departments. Our Library will be showcasing robotics and other technologies at Hackfort. Arts & History will offer seven public art installations and performances. Public Works will be telling the story of what happens to ten billion gallons of used water each year and the big plans for Boise’s water future

Most exciting, we’ll be talking with Treefort attendees about our work to expand and modernize our main library through a number of activities illustrating the benefits of locating the Library with the Department Arts and History under one roof. It’s a great opportunity for our citizens to help map out our collective cultural future.

Once in a blue moon, something like Treefort comes along. And it just so happens that the next blue moon—the only time in the next 14 months that we’ll see a second full moon in a single month—happens next week.


David H. Bieter

Mayor Bieter


Published: March 20, 2018