Missoula Downtown News

Volunteer at River City Roots Festival!

The Missoula Downtown Association will open the 12th Annual River City Roots Festival on Friday, August 25.  This year’s festival will feature the award-winning John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band as the headliner Friday night, while New Orleans native Anders Osborne will close out the festival Saturday, August 26.

Roots Fest is admission free and full of family-friendly fun thanks to support from more than 30 Missoula-area businesses that sponsor the event. The festival celebrates all Missoula has to offer, including exceptional arts and culture, healthy living, sustainability, and local food and beverages.

The River City Roots Festival is looking for volunteers! We are looking for beer pourers, set-up and break-down, information booths, Green Team, and much more! As a volunteer you will receive a free River City Roots t-shirt, wristband, cup, and access to the volunteer hospitality food station.  Please let us know if you have any questions by calling 406-543-4238 or emailing info@missouladowntown.com.

Thanks and we'll see you August 25 & 26 in Downtown Missoula!

Click here to volunteer!

Baskin-Robbins and A Carousel For Missoula Team up at the Fair!

Continuing a tradition started in 2012, A Carousel for Missoula will be one of the select food vendors at the Western Montana Fair.  From August 8-13 volunteers from the Carousel will join with staff from Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream to sell Baskin-Robbins ice cream scoops, milkshakes, Sundaes, Root Beer Floats, Iced Lattes, Homemade Waffle Cones, Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, and more.  The location of the new Baskin-Robbins trailer will be on the East end of the food concession midway, next to the Commercial Building entrance.  With all-day free admission at this year’s Fair, there are countless opportunities to support the Carousel and get a cool, sweet treat at the same time.

A Carousel for Missoula and Missoula's locally-owned Baskin-Robbins have been partners since before the Carousel's inception in 1995, through birthday parties, donations, and sponsorships.  As always, Baskin-Robbins will donate a percentage of their sales at the Western Montana Fair to A Carousel for Missoula, in addition to their 17% contribution to the Western Montana Fair.

A Carousel for Missoula invites all carousel supporters and ice cream lovers to stop by the Carousel's ice cream trailer at this year's fair; Support a Carousel for Missoula by buying some of the world's greatest ice cream!

Stevie Adams: A Decade of Service on the Downtown Clean Team

Since 2006, the Downtown Clean Team has served the community by picking up garbage, tearing down old posters, sweeping the sidewalks, weeding the tree wells, and shoveling the snow from the corner ramps throughout Downtown Missoula. One of the primary programs of the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), the Downtown Clean Team is comprised of individuals from Opportunity Resources, each contributing 30 hours a week of service in the public right-of-way spaces in Downtown Missoula.

Stevie Adams is one of five members of the Downtown Clean Team, and this week marks his 10th Anniversary of service.  Stevie and his fellow Clean Team crew members work hard every day to make Downtown Missoula the cleanest city center in the Pacific Northwest. Adams is well-known and appreciated by the staff, board members, business owners and property owners throughout Downtown. His joyful smile lights up the room.

For more information on the Downtown Clean Team, contact Linda McCarthy at 543-4238 and click here to read the entire press release.

Downtown on Tap

Tuesday, August 29 – The Roxy Theater (718 S Higgins W) 5-7pm

By the time The Roxy celebrates 80 years, on September 24th, 2017, there won't be any question that the Roxy is a "showstopper.” In 2017, they will complete Re-Deco, a facade restoration bringing back the iconic, Art Deco aesthetic of the 1930’s to Higgins Ave. It is an expression of their values- reflecting the significance of the places that define our community.

Join The Roxy Theater for Downtown on Tap and get a behind the scenes tour. They're saving you a seat!

MDA Membership Luncheon

MUD & Home ReSource (1527 Wyoming St)

Tuesday, August 8, 11:30 am – 1 pm

$13.00

Join the MUD Project and Home Resource for site tours of their side-by-side operations on the sustainability strip of Missoula. The MUD Project is a demonstration site for DIY sustainability projects and the MUD Tool Library, housing over 2,000 tools in re-purposed shipping containers. Home Resource is a building materials re-use center with an in-house shop, a deconstruction service, and a new youth program space for their Zero Waste Ambassadors Program (ZWAP!). Join MUD Project Director Ellie Costello and Home Resource Executive Director Katie Deuel for a tour and discussion of the evolution of Missoula's sustainability efforts.

Please RSVP at MissoulaDowntown.com/RSVP

Missoula’s Signature Celebration, River City Roots Festival, Begins Friday, August 25

The Missoula Downtown Association will open the 12th Annual River City Roots Festival on Friday, August 25.  This year’s festival will feature the award-winningJohn Jorgenson Bluegrass Band as the headliner Friday night, while New Orleans native Anders Osborne will close out the festival Saturday, August 26.

Roots Fest is admission free and full of family-friendly fun thanks to support from more than 30 Missoula-area businesses that sponsor the event. The festival celebrates all Missoula has to offer, including exceptional arts and culture, healthy living, sustainability, and local food and beverages. Major sponsors include the Missoulian/Missoula.com, the Trail 103.3, Gecko Designs, Big Sky Brewing, Bob Wards Sports and Outdoors, Destination Missoula, and First Interstate Bank.

Click here for the full schedule of events for the 2017 River City Roots Festival including noteworthy events shouldering the festival. For more information, visit rivercityrootsfestival.com or contact the Missoula Downtown Association via phone (406-546-6251) or email (info@missouladowntown.com).

MDA Annual BBQ Set For July 18

Bring your stars, stripes, and appetites….it's time for a good ol' fashioned Americana BBQ!

The annual Missoula Downtown Association BBQ is slated to take place on Tuesday, July 18th in Caras Park from 5:30-8:30pm.  MDA members are invited to join in the fun with food, free drinks, and activities for the kids.  A DJ will provide music while folks buy raffle tickets to try to win some of the dozens of fantastic prizes donated by MDA members.

RSVP today at missouladowntown.com/bbq

April Sommers New Membership & Events Director For Downtown Missoula Partnership

With a significant amount of non-profit and event planning experience, April Sommers is the new Membership & Events Director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership.

She will be responsible for the Out to Lunch Summer Series, portions of River City Roots Festival, the Festival of Trees and all membership events. She is also responsible for membership recruitment, retention, outreach and benefits for members of the Missoula Downtown Association.

For more information about April Sommers and to read the entire press release click here.

DOWNTOWN MISSOULA’S WEEKLY FREE SUMMER CONCERTS CONTINUES WITH LAUNCH OF OUT TO LUNCH JUNE 7

Downtown employees have another option for lunch during the summer. The 32nd annual Out to Lunch Summer Series in Caras Park kicks off its 13-week schedule on Wednesday, June 7.  Out to Lunch was started in 1986 and is the longest-standing outdoor food and music event in Montana. Each Wednesday during lunchtime from 11 am to 2 pm, Missoula families, friends, and visitors enjoy Missoula’s best food trucks from local vendors, live music, and activities for kids. You Knew Me When takes the stage on June 7 and Childbloom Guitar will provide the kids’ activity.

Out to Lunch’s sister event, Downtown ToNight, which kicked off last week on Thursday, June 1, was launched in 2001 and is held every Thursday evening in Caras Park from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

For more information and to read the entire press release click here.

Downtown on Tap

 

 

Tuesday, June 27 Families First Children’s Museum (225 W. Front St.) 5-7pm

June’s Downtown on Tap is at Families First Children’s Museum! Meet new Executive Director Nick Roberts  and tour the facility while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Learn about plans for the museum and parenting programs and get a glimpse of the organization’s future in the new Missoula Public Library. One lucky visitor will receive a free museum membership! It’s perfect for families with little ones or can be used as a gift.