Each year the Missoula Downtown Association plans more than 30 public events for our community with the goal of having as many admission free events in Downtown Missoula as possible. We are proud to provide these long-standing traditions to Missoula and we are excited to continue to build new ones.
Inaugurated by the MDA in 1985, Out to Lunch is the longest-running performing arts festival in the state of Montana. It attracts thousands of people to Caras Park every Wednesday from 11 am to 2 pm in June, July and August. Out to Lunch features some of Missoula’s best food and performing artists from throughout the region.
Downtown ToNight is Missoula’s outdoor, after-work happy hour and features live music, exceptional food vendors and a beer garden. Downtown ToNight is held every Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 pm from June-August.
Missoula's official start to the festival season, Brewfest has long been a favorite of locals and visitors alike. With more than 75 beers on tap, a wine bar, live music and delicious local food vendors, Brewfest kicks off annually at high-noon the first Saturday of May each year.
The Garden City River Rod Run is Missoula's premiere classic car show held annually the last weekend in June in beautiful Caras Park. Hundreds of classic cars join the festivites including the Friday night Cruisin' Parade on Higgins Avenue and two day Show and Shine.
This year the River Rod Run will be put on by the Five Valley Ford Club with leadership provided by Jerry Brenner, Marty Bourassa, Tom Stockdale and Jeff Stevens, the Five Valley Ford Club will continue the tradition of the Garden City River Rod Run, hosting the annual event June 23-24, 2017 in Caras Park.
Sponsors and vendors are encouraged to continue supporting the car show by contacting the Five Valley Ford Club. The club can be found online at www.fivevalleyfordclub.com. Bourassa can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (406-728-0324). Club President Jerry Brenner can be reached via phone (406-626-4401).
Missoula's signature celebration of the city we live in, Roots Fest attracts more than 10,000 individuals to the heart of the community for a variety of fun activities and was named the 2009 Montana Tourism Event of the Year. This "must-see" event features quality live performances on a big stage on West Main Street, a juried art show, entertainment for children and families and a 4 mile run. This admission free festival takes place annually the last weekend in August.
Every year the MDA kicks off the holiday season with a day of free family activites that brings holiday shoppers Downtown for the Santa’s Arrival, holiday carolers and performers, hot cocoa and cookies, all culminating with the annual Parade of Lights and annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Circle Square.
After planning and producing the Missoula Festival of Trees since 1999, Mountain Home Montana and Festival Chairman Laura Snyder have gifted the holiday event to the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA), which will look to build, expand and sustain the event into a festive holiday experience for all in the heart of Downtown Missoula.
Shake of the winter blues and enjoy some brews! This annual event is growing in popularity and boasts over 30 Montana-only taps. Stay warm by fire barrels while you listen to live music, taste brews, and enjoy food from food vendors. This event occurs in mid-to-late February.
Most Missoula galleries celebrate their new exhibits on the First Friday of the month. Many stay open until 8pm or later and serve a suprising array of refreshments. You won't want to miss the chance to experience Missoula's arts community.