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Boise State Helps Bring Treefort 2018 to Town

Treefort Main Stage

Boise State is a premier sponsor of Treefort Music Fest, a five-day festival of discovery March 21-25 in downtown Boise. In its seventh year, Treefort will offer nearly 450 bands, several thought-provoking panel discussions and hands-on learning activities alongside films, comedy, locally sourced food and much more.

The campus community is tied to Treefort by more than just sponsorship and concertgoers; over the years, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and Boise State alumni have performed on its stages, taken on leadership and planning roles, and otherwise helped grow the festival from a three-day music-centric event to a five-day celebration of local culture. 

“As one of our largest sponsors, Boise State is helping to support macro efforts, Storyfort, Filmfort and of course Hackfort, which they essentially helped found,” said Eric Gilbert, one of the festival’s founders.

Here are just a few ways Boise State University is participating in this year’s festival:

  • Storyfort will feature professor Steven Feldstein and student Elena Gallina on the “Country to Country: The Whole Refugee Story” panel, 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Owyhee.
  • You can catch professor Dora Ramirez on the “DACAmented Stories: DREAMers in Idaho” panel at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Owyhee.
  • Storyfort and Boise State Public Radio are excited to bring NPR’s Lauren Oberthe host of WAMU’s “The Big Listen.” Come hear what Ober has to say about the ever-changing world of podcasts at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 22, in The Owyhee.
  • The 2018 Hackfort Expo Hall will feature the Boise State College of Innovation and Design GIMM program along with vendors displaying virtual reality, augmented reality, board games and more. The Hackfort Expo Hall opens at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the JUMP Room.
  • At Filmfort, local filmmaker and Boise State alumnus Zach Voss will screen his short adventure documentary, “VOLCANOES! Hugo and the Killer Hive,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at The Flicks.
  • Check out Boise State’s UPDATE for more Boise State events at Treefort! 

Photo from Treefort Music Festival 2017.
Photo from Treefort Music Festival 2017.
Photo from Treefort Music Festival 2017.

In 2015, Treefort was named the 2015 City of Boise’s Cultural Ambassador for its ability to harness and broadcast the city’s cultural beacons to a northwest, national and international audience. For these reasons and many more, Boise State is proud to be a Treefort Architect this year – the highest level of festival sponsorship.