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Treefort Music Festival 2020: GUM’s Must See Acts

Treefort Music Festival 2020 is an experience of discovery and community within downtown Boise, Idaho. The event will be held from March 25-29, tickets on sale now.

Another unique aspect to the festival, given its name, are the 12 forts catered to different mediums of arts and features respective showcases and performances. From beer, films, to Drag Queens and Kings, there’s something for everyone and here are our favorites.

Alefort (March 27-29)

This is the tasting aspect of the festival. From March 27-29 discover new ales, gain some business knowledge, and wet your palette with local cuts of Boise.

Hard Seltzer, Beer Blending, Wines of the World (Friday @ 2 p.m.)

All three of these events start at 2 p.m. on Friday which means you aren’t going anywhere for at least an hour.

Be a Girl: Navigating the Male-Dominated World of Restaurant Kitchens (Idaho State Museum, Friday March 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

Copper & Heat challenges unspoken rules and traditions of restaurant kitchens through the stories of people that work in them.

Alefort Buzz pass, courtesy of Treefort via Facebook

Fresh Picks (starting at 2 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday)

Fresh Picks will be comprised of pizza to pantry snacks and sautéed bites, made with 100 percent Idaho-grown ingredients. Alefort is all ages until 5 pm

Sunday Brunch: Comedy, Drag, and Brunch (Sunday @ 12:30 p.m.)

Self explanatory.

Artfort (first official year)

Luma Jasim, courtesy of Facebook

Luma Jasim is interdisciplinary Iraqi-born artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She expresses personal and political commentary through a variety of mixed-mediums.

Deity (IIT Bombay Mood Indigo festival, courtesy of Facebook)

Deity is a self-taught painter, muralist, and street artist, that has painted her way throughout Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, to Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Spain, Japan and India. Currently living in Ontario, California, Deity plans to keep collaborating with other international artists to help inspire the next generation of female street artists.

Filmfort MARCH 26-28, 2020

Filmfort is a 3-day festival celebrating the best of emerging independent cinema during Treefort Music Fest. Here are some films that stand out.

Beast Beast
Almost Blown Away
I am Human
October Diary
The Other Border

Comedy Fort

Irene Tu (Main Stage, Friday March 27 @ 8 p.m.)

Irene Tu is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer based in San Francisco and is truly memorable.

Alysia Brown (comedy fort)

Alysia Brown is a stand up comic originally from South Bend, Indiana. When she escaped from Indiana, she moved to Los Angeles to start comedy but realized New York was where it was at.


AJA courtesy of Facebook

Dragfort 2020 will happen every day of Treefort (March 25-29) and is open to anyone with a Treefort Pass. All events at The Balcony are 21+.

Maliha Gemini
XXXY (Drag King trio)


Hackfort is about celebrating all things tech. It’s not your typical conference and runs from March 27-28, 2020.

How to Make a Podcast (Boise Centre Friday March 27 @ 12 p.m.)

Music and the Brain: The Neuroscience of Musicians and their Fans (Boise Centre (Room 410 C), Friday, March 27th @ 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm)

Girls that Game Meet Up! (Spacebar Arcade, Sunday, March 29 @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Courtesy of Treefort via Facebook


Get Sh*t Done: Putting the Words Down (Owyhee (cafe space), Thursday, March 26 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Come hear four working writers explore how they navigate actually putting the word down on the page. Three genres. Moderated storytelling and poetry examination.

The Latino Card: Podcast (Owyhee (cafe space), Thursday, March 26 @ 7 -8 p.m.)

The Latino Card is designed to do one thing: elevate the voices of Idaho’s most overlooked population.

Ain’t She A Diva?: Beyoncé Studies 101 (Egyptian Theatre, Saturday, March 28 @ 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Oh my. The class to understand Queen B.

Music Talks

Careers in the Music Industry (Hilton Garden Inn, Thursday, March 26 @ 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

Turn your love of music into a career! Featuring panelists: Karl Hofstetter – Joyful Noise Abigail Fulkerson – Treefort Venue Manager / Production Manager at AEG Presents Northwest Leigh Bezezekoff – The Tractor Tavern, Sound & Vision Music Adrienne Labelle – Mint Records Skyler Locatelli – Freakout Records, KEXP Megan Stoll – Treefort Music Fest Moderated by Nikki Barron of WXM Collective.

Music Talks, courtesy of Treefort

KEXP Presents: Mastering the Hustle at Treefort 2020 // Workshops to Empower Artists Pursuing a Career in Music (Hilton Garden Inn, Saturday March 28 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Hosted by DJ Sharlese Metcalf of KEXP, these breakout sessions will offer an opportunity for attendees to connect with industry creatives and engage in small group discussions.

SIDE SIDE HUSTLE (Hilton Garden Inn, Friday March 27 @ 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)

A live podcast taping focused on opening up a dialogue about the realities that creative people face in today’s society. Panelists include Chong the Nomad and other Treefort artists. Moderated by Terra Lopez.

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