Hallmark Downtown Events

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor.

The festival hosts over 200 visiting artists, presents an average of 150 non-fiction films, and offers a variety of exciting events at the historic theater The Wilma, The Roxy Theater, the MCT Center for the Performing Arts, and the Hellgate Elks Lodge in Downtown Missoula.

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Celtic Fest

Celtic Festival Missoula is an annual celebration of great Celtic culture, focusing on music, dance and food. Our mission is to perpetuate Celtic culture and to introduce the culture to future generations in Montana. The festival presents the culture both in its historical form, and as it has evolved into new and modern forms, such as Celtic Rock. This great tradition is alive and we celebrate it with abandon through Celtic Festival Missoula.

The connection of Western Montana to the Celtic lands and its people has a rich history. It is only proper that those of us who have benefited from this rich historic culture now dedicate a great celebration to the Celtic peoples annually to enliven our spirits, enrich the soul and satisfy the longing within.

The festival features a wide diversity of performers and styles. The food vendors and their menus are selected with great care. If you attend, the day promises to be exciting and one you will thoroughly enjoy.

The Celtic Festival Missoula operates on a non-profit basis, with the proceeds after expenses going to charity and takes place in beautiful Caras Park in Missoula the last weekend in July, alongside the Clark Fork River. Admission is Free.

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Festival of the Dead

The Missoula Festival of the Dead is “an all-inclusive, annual multicultural event that honors life and death through community involvement in the arts.”

The Missoula Festival of the Dead was founded by artists Bev Glueckert and Mike DeMeng in 1993. They were interested in integrating art into the community and were inspired by the traditions of the Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos. Their vision to create a multicultural event that would allow Missoulians to explore and express issues of life and death has resulted in a festival that is uniquely Missoula.

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First Friday Gallery Night

First Friday Missoula takes place from 5-8 pm on the First Friday of every month. Participants vary each month, but usually include art openings in galleries, museums, retail stores, and coffee shops. The main objective of these art openings is to show and sell art, and give the public a chance to meet the artist. The evening is also an extremely social event, often including wine and food, musical performances, poetry readings, dance, gallery lectures, and more. In the summer, street performers and street vendors commonly appear as well.

First Friday Missoula is not centrally coordinated by a single group. Each gallery or venue is in charge of their own event. To help centralize information, ARTS Missoula keeps its ear to the ground and provides gallery and artist listings.

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First Night Missoula

Annual New Year’s Eve event put on by Arts Missoula. This family friendly, city-wide celebration has dozens of arts and music focused events that start mid-day on December 31 and go until midnight.

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Food & Art Markets

Missoula farmers markets have local food, crafts, plants, art and more. Each farmers market has a different variety of offerings and they are all within walking distance of each other.

  • Missoula Farmers Market
    8:30am-12:30pm, Saturdays, mid-May to mid-October.
    5:30-7pm Tuesdays, July – early September.
    Circle Square, at the north end of Higgins Street, Downtown
    Nearly 100 local vendors are on hand to sell their produce, plants, flowers, breads and coffee.
  • Clark Fork Market
    8am-1pm, Saturdays, mid-May to mid-October. Under the Higgins Street Bridge, east of Caras Park.
    This outdoor farmers’ market boasts locally-produced meat, dairy products, fruits, veggies, flowers, baked goods, live music, coffee and vendors who dish up breakfast and lunch.
  • Missoula People’s Market
    9am-1pm Saturdays, mid-May to early-October, West Pine Street, Downtown.
    Dozens of craftspeople showcase their photography, jewelry, clothing, soap, glass art, and various other hand-made items.

International Wildlife Film Festival

IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April in scenic Missoula, Montana. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts. Housed at The Roxy Theater, Missoula’s historic independent arthouse theater.

Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana, it is the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater as the home for the festival. In 2013, The Roxy launched its year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with the university, businesses, and the community, serving a diverse, all-ages population with broad programming, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings, including our monthly IWFF Presents series.

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Missoula Marathon

The Missoula Marathon is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated members of Run Wild Missoula who want to share the area’s beauty and Missoula’s unique feel with runners from all over. Run Wild Missoula is a non-profit, 501(c)3 running club with the mission to support and promote running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With a membership of more than 1,500 runners and walkers, we host 15 annual races each year, multiple training classes, group runs and a variety of social and educational events.

The Missoula Marathon is one of Missoula’s premier events and has enjoyed incredible community support.

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Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets Missoula celebrates Missoula as a bikeable and walkable community. By temporarily closing one of our greatest public spaces, the streets, Sunday Streets Missoula encourages all ages and all abilities to be active, support local businesses, and rethink how our community can be more livable.

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Symphony In The Park

A can’t miss Missoula summertime tradition, the orchestra presents our FREE family-friendly evening of pops and light classical. Prepare a picnic, pack a blanket and meet us at Caras Park for an unforgettable night! Held the second Saturday in August.

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University of Montana Homecoming

The University of Montana’s Homecoming is a festive week for alumni, friends, students and community members. Countless alumni return to campus to take part in the traditional Homecoming festivities, including the Hello Walk, Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony, Yell Night Pep Rally, All-Alumni Social and Dance, Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Tailgate and the Homecoming football game!

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YMCA Riverbank Run

Join the Missoula Family YMCA as they wind through historic downtown Missoula and the beautiful University of Montana campus. With four race options to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Held at the end of April each year.

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