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 community-wide festival. 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, and GermanFest.
No pets allowed under pavilion during events due to health code regulations. Dogs can enjoy the grassy areas of the park on a leash!
Caras Park Campaign
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 is nearing the end of its 15 year lifespan and a permanent sound system would be a dream come true for performers, entertainers, and event goers. The Pavilion and the Band Stand also need on-going annual maintenance and a Caras Park Endowment is being established to ensure future generations have the same experience.
Today, the Missoula Downtown Foundation is requesting your commitment to improving Missoula’s Town Square by making any level of contribution. Pledges, planned gifts and all donations can be made payable to the Missoula Downtown Foundation.
The ideal location for your special celebration, the Caras Park Pavilion offers:
- 9,000 Square Feet of Flexible Space
- Main Stage and Events Ring
- 115 Folding Chairs and 20-30 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 Spigot
- Adjacent Restroom Facilities
- Staff to set up Pavilion Equipment
Caras Park rental rates are:
- Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – $975
- Monday through Thursday – $700
Interested in renting Caras Park for your event? Start by reviewing our information document and rental timeline checklist:
Missoula is full of other great parks that may be better suited for your event. For a full list of reservable parks & picnic shelters and information on reservations, visit the City of Missoula Parks & Picnic Shelters website.
*Please note that this information has changed as of February 2016.
To reserve your date for the Caras Park Pavilion, complete Confirmation Form below and submit a $100 non-refundable confirmation fee that will be applied to your rental.
The rental balance, lease agreement, $350 security deposit, pavilion layout map, and applicable permits (see the Rental Information document below) are due 30 days before the day of your event. 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 (406-444-6900).
Every year the MDA Board awards several sponsorships to assist nonprofits 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.
Please fill out this form by February 12, 2016 for consideration: missouladowntown.com/carasparksponsorship
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 Park Pavilion and other projects. 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 Cascadia Business.
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