The Caras Park Pavilion, located in the heart of Downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River, is available for public and private events. The Pavilion can accommodate events ranging from a dinner party for 150 to a large concert for 3,500. It's a perfect location for festivals and fundraisers, weddings and reunions.
Caras Park has been the site of many exciting events such as Out to Lunch, Downtown ToNight, Garden City River Rod, the International Wildlife Film Festival WildFest, Parks & Recreation Kids Fest, Celtic Fest, First Night Missoula, Garden City BrewFest, Hemp Fest, GermanFest, and concerts by Jewel, Chris Isaak, Los Lobos, Santana, Ziggy Marley and B.B. King.
Free Blackfoot Communications Public Wi-Fi is available in the park in the spring, summer and fall.
The Missoula Downtown Association manages, maintains and leases Caras Park for both public and private events. Caras Park has been home to more than 1,000 events over the course of 12 years. These events have drawn nearly one million individuals to the city’s premiere park on the Clark Fork River. Each year it serves as a strong economic driver for Downtown and brings the community together in ways no other Missoula destination can.
The future of Caras Park is bright, but this special place needs continued improvement and investment. The white canopy has a finite lifespan, the structure needs a fresh coat of paint and the brick surface needs attention. A new performance canopy, stage and electrical system is necessary to accommodate continued use of the facilities, and improved landscaping and irrigation are also needed. All told, the needed improvements to be implemented in the next three years will cost approximately half a million dollars.
Today, the Missoula Downtown Association is requesting your commitment to improving Missoula’s Town Square by making a significant capital contribution. The MDA has pledged $25,000 for the next three years – a total of $75,000 – to kick off the campaign. All park users – event planners, attendees, performers, vendors and more – are asked to contribute whatever amount is comfortable. Pledges are payable to the Missoula Downtown Foundation, created this year to help generate long-term funding and tax incentives for implementation of the Downtown Master Plan.
Every year the MDA Board awards several sponsorships to assist non-profits in renting the pavilion for community events. Individual awards are granted to nonprofit organizations whose event demonstrates a clear benefit to the Missoula community, brings a significant number of people to the Downtown area, and provides a positive image for Caras Park, Downtown and Missoula.
Applications for the 2014 season are NOW BEING ACCEPTED. Please review the policy and submit sponsorship request forms by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan.31, 2014. Requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 543-9831, or mailed to the MDA office:
218 E. Main St., Suite C
Missoula, MT 59802
Applications will be reviewed by the Missoula Downtown Association Board of Directors with the intent to announce the 2013 sponsorship awards in February.
The ideal location for your special celebration, the Caras Park Pavilion offers:
- 9,000 Square Feet of Flexible Space
- Main Stage and Events Ring
- 137 Folding Chairs and 38 8-foot Tables
- Adaptable Side Curtains for Atmosphere and Privacy
- Ample Parking Evenings & Weekends
- Portable Staging (256 square feet)
- Electricity (110v & 220v)
- Garbage Dumpsters, Cans and Liners
- Cold Running Water (4 taps)
- Adjacent Restroom Facilities
- Staff to set Pavilion Equipment
To hold your date for the Caras Park Pavilion, you must fill out the Confirmation Form below and submit a $100 non-refundable confirmation fee that will be applied to your rental. The balance of your rental, Lease Agreement and $250 security deposit are due 30 days before the day of your event. You can also find in the forms below a layout map that will assist you in the planning and layout of your event. An MDA staff member will contact you within 30 days of your event to finalize setup details.
If serving alcohol, complete the Alcohol Permit Waiver form and submit payment in the amount of $10.00. In the event alcohol will be sold at the event, ensure the caterer has an endorsement for the specified event or obtain an alcohol permit from the Department of Revenue Liquor Division.
How to Contribute
With support from a variety of Missoula-area organizations, the creation of the Missoula Downtown Foundation in 2010 allows us to provide tax incentives for contributors to the Caras Capital Campaign and to pursue grant support for this project. The Foundation’s Federal Tax ID Number is 27-1872344. Contributions to the campaign should be directed to:
Missoula Downtown Foundation
218 E. Main St., Suite C
Missoula, MT 59802
The Missoula Downtown Foundation, created to support implementation of the Downtown Master Plan, is served by a six-person Board of Directors, chaired by Colleen Rudio of Rudio Performance Management Group. Later this year, the Foundation will launch a Friends of Downtown campaign to encourage folks to support Downtown in a more long-term, general way.
80 businesses and individuals have contributed to the Caras Capital Campaign.
We want to thank some of our largest contributors.
- Dan Kemmis – Board Member of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, which contributed $75,000 of tax increment from the Front Street Urban Renewal District.
- Bob Minto – President & CEO of ALPS Corporation and member of the ALPS Foundation, which pledged $30,000 to the three-year campaign.
- Mike Hickey – President of First Interstate Bank in Missoula and member of the FIB Foundation, which pledged a total of $20,000.
Other major contributors who have given $1,000 or more include:
- Phil Hamilton & Janet Whaley
- The Caras Family (Jim, Bill and Kathy)
- OZ Architects
- Scotty’s Table
- Opportunity Resources
- Tom & Anne Boone
- Roemer’s Tire Factory
- Washington Business Services
- Montana Rail Link
- Modern Machinery
- Western Montana Clinic
- Missoula Mobile ATM
- Downtown Business Improvement District
- City of Missoula Parks & Recreation
- Zip Beverage
- Boyle, Devany & Meyer
- UBS Financial Services
- Larry & Laura Brehm