San Inazio Festival in Boise

The Oinkari Dancers will be celebrating their 50th anniversary during this year’s San Inazio festival July 30 – Aug. 1. In addition, the Boise Fronton will be in heavy use all weekend, as men’s Paleta Goma, women’s Baleen and women’s Paleta Goma games are played there all day Friday and Saturday for the Boise Pilota Invitational that is part of the weekend festivities. See players schedule.

Oinkari dancers past and present will be gathering at the Falcon Crest Golf Club on Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. See Euzkaldunak info.

Friday night will be the traditional Friends and Family Night at the Basque Center, which starts at 6 p.m. Guests are asked to bring pintxos to share. Pala games are going to be broadcast in the main hall.

By Jon C. Hodgson.
Dancing at San Inazio Festival is a favorite.

Saturday will be full of activities, starting on the Basque Block at 11 a.m. (See Euzkaldunak page for full details.) The Boiseko Gasteak dancers will perform and local Basque musicians will play. John Vergara will be lifting weights and Oinkari dancers will perform at 3:30 p.m. Later come txinga-carrying and soka tira (tug-of-war) competitions. Final men’s paleta competitions will take place at the fronton from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The San Inazio traditional mass will take place at St. John’s Cathedral at 7 p.m.

Boise Dancing
By Jon C. Hodgson
Everyone enjoys dancing on the Basque Block.

Txantxangorriak Basque musicians and Amuma Says No will entertain during the evening street dance starting at 9 p.m. on the Basque Block.

The first annual 5K run, titled “Running of the Basques,” is being held to raise money for Boise’ko. It starts at 10 a.m. at Municipal Park.

The annual members’ picnic will take place also at the park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games for children and adults.
Another street dance with Amuma Says No on the Basque Block starting at 7 p.m. ends the weekend festivities.