First Friday Experience an authentic Missoula evening

Join us in Downtown Missoula for First Fridays!  Held on the first Friday of every month, businesses showcase an important part of the heart and soul of our community – art! Experience an authentic Missoula evening as you stroll along Downtown’s historic streets where art galleries and local businesses open their doors to feature stunning art exhibits, live music, and special events. You can also savor exclusive deals and specials at Downtown’s unique retailers and restaurants, making it a perfect night out for friends, families, and art enthusiasts alike. Don’t miss this opportunity to support local artists, enjoy fantastic food, shop at our retailers, and immerse yourself in the creative spirit that makes Downtown Missoula so special.

First Friday Special Happenings:

*for a full list of First Friday happenings, visit missoulaevents.org

June 2024
  • Bernice’s Bakery (190 S. 3rd St. W): Smithereens: Digital Collage Works by Lucas Young
  • Missoula Art Museum (335 N. Pattee): Celebrate the immersive retrospective of the late artist Terry Karson, Human/Nature, with live music by Russ Nasset and a no-host bar from 5-8pm. Come early for a 4 PM talk with MAM senior curator Brandon Reintjes, artist Sara Mast, and Chris Karson!
  • Montana Antique Mall (331 W. Railroad): Explore multiple floors of curated antiques and vintage good. Features wine and cheese from Missoula Wine Merchants. Open late.
  • One Eleven Boutique (111 N. Higgins): Join Mata Traders founder, Maureen Fetscher, for a fair trade trunk show featuring Mata Trader’s spring collection. Maureen will be answering questions and styling customers from 2pm-8pm. Posh Chocolat truffles and champagne will be served from 5pm-8pm.
  • Sinful Beverages (426 N. Higgins): **Abbey Ostheimer and Tom Pritchett: A Montana Art Duo** Abbey Ostheimer, 26, and Tom Pritchett, 31, are a vibrant artistic duo from Montana. Abbey finds inspiration in the uniqueness of people, expressing this through her diverse painting styles and printmaking. She’ll be showcasing block-printed clothing, paper prints, stickers, and paintings. Tom, a lifelong Missoula resident, brings his colorful style to various mediums, including murals, canvas paintings, sculptures, and woodworking. At the event, he’ll feature his paintings, stickers, and prints. Together, Abbey and Tom offer a unique blend of creativity that reflects their Montana roots. Join them to celebrate their colorful and diverse art. Music by Shane Coachaine from 5-9pm.
  • The Artists Shop (127 N. Higgins): Opening Reception for “Brushstrokes of the Big Sky”- Oils & Acrylics by Amanda Hardin; 5-8pm
  • The Montana Scene (170 E. Front): From 5pm-8pm, we will be hosting 20% off the entire store for First Friday!
Downtown Galleries

Are you a local business or artist looking to participate in First Fridays? Here are some ways you can be a part of the First Friday magic.

  • Businesses: Are you a business looking to host an artist in your location? Connect with Arts Missoula at [email protected]
  • Artists: Are you an artist looking to get your art in a business? Connect with Arts Missoula at [email protected]
  • Members of the Missoula Downtown Association: Participate in any way that works for your business (stay open later, host a special pop-up event, host live music, etc.). For more info on how to participate, email [email protected] or submit your First Friday information HERE.
  • Host a parklet! Also known as pop-up parks, parklets convert on-street parking spaces into temporary people places in support of a friendly environment for people biking and walking. It’s free for Missoula businesses to host a First Friday Parklet so sign up today!  CLICK HERE to get more info and sign up via Missoula in Motion.