Tree Fort Music Festival
Boise has long been a regional hub for jazz, theater, and indie music, but our city seems to have “come of age” with the introduction of the Treefort Music Fest. Taking place in late March, Treefort is a five day festival held in many venues throughout downtown Boise. The original idea started with a small two day festival featuring 60 bands. By the time the inaugural festival was held in 2012, it had become an eight stage event with 137 bands and over 3,000 people attending. The next year, the initial batch of early bird wristbands sold out in 17 minutes. Tree Fort 2013 featured a much more diverse set of 260 acts from all over the country performing on 13 stages. The third annual festival, in 2014, booked 350 bands and rejected over 1,000 others due to the sheer volume of talent that was interested in participating.
The music genres have expanded to pop, heavy metal, hip hop, electronic, folk, and classic rock. The festival also branched out to Filmfort (a film festival), Hackfort (a tech festival), Storyfort, YogaFort, and comedy showcases. It was described as “an extensive community and cultural event where good attitudes all but fell from the sky.” It has grown year over year, attracting more and more recognizable talent, with higher and higher attendance numbers and recognition from the media.
The 2018 Treefort Music Fest was headlined by well known singer and songwriter, George Clinton & P-Funk, and hosted 462 acts. Newsweek reported on the wide range of activities occurring across 16 blocks of downtown Boise, with 24,000 people from around the world enjoying the festival. Treefort was hailed this year as “the greatest music festival in the country” and truly amplifies the musical soul of Boise!