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Things to do in Missoula

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, Missoula has a unique way of blending small-town charm with big-city sophistication, all in a setting that’s second to none.

In Missoula, recreation is an art form – with unique opportunities to combine rafting, skiing, hiking, and biking, with gallery nights, poetry readings, concerts, and plays.

Although the city’s setting provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts, Missoula is rich with recreational alternatives.

Robust with cultural events, family-friendly activities, and a multitude of special events, Missoula is beloved by those who live here – and those who wish they did!

So much to do, so little time… That’s the only downside to Missoula’s vibrant variety of social, cultural, and outdoor activities. Get the scoop on what’s going on around town by this website.

Popular pages include:

Explore It – Explore a variety of attractions within a day’s drive of Missoula

Missoula Dining – A listing of Missoula eateries/restaurants

Missoula Nighlife – A listing of Missoula bars

Missoula Attractions – Checkout Missoula Attractions

Missoula Shopping – A listing of Missoula Shops

Missoula Museums / Galleries – Learn about Missoula’s Museums/Galleries

Missoula Outdoor Recreation – Learn about hiking, biking, fishing and other Missoula area recreation opportunities

Missoula Theater– Live Theatre anyone?  Missoula has lots to choose from

Missoula LIVE Music – Missoula’s Music scene is not to be missed

Be sure to Check out Make it Missoula’s Calendar of Events for all the goings-on around town.

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Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Project Slated for October 27

By BECKY GOODRICH - Parks and Recreation is hosting a volunteer workday... more

Cauliflower Tots

By KATIE WORKMAN - My family can eat a baking sheet of that before dinner even hits the table.... more

The Art of Making Good Decisions And the Science Behind It

There is a lot of science behind the decisions we make, but in the end, good decision-making is an art.... more

How to be There for a Friend Confronting Their Alcoholism

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Archery Hunter Breaks Arm in Grizzly Bear Attack Near Gardiner

By JOLEEN TADEJ - An archery hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear Saturday near Gardiner, sustaining wounds to his arm and face.... more

Hauck Named to Rice Award Watch List

By NIC HALLISEY - Halfway through his freshman season, Robby Hauck has become the second-leading tackler in the Big Sky after six games.... more

Five Ways to Make Your Trip to Montana Stress-Free

Stress is a mood killer, but through budgeting, planning and research, you can limit any anxiety-induced panic.... more

Monetized Sports: Cheering For Your Favorite Team And Earn Money Doing It

You can take your sports obsession to the next level and start to make money from it pretty easily.... more

Tips for Tennis Parents

Being a tennis parent requires finding the right balance between being a parent and a coach, a cheerleader and a neutral entity in the audience.... more

Why Indoor Quality Matters

Most of us think that our houses are clean, so, we assume that there is no need to worry about fresh air. Think again.... more

Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

By KATIE WORKMAN - Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can also make this stew in a slow cooker. ... more

Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

By KATIE WORKMAN - You’ll probably dream about them until you eat them again.... more

Grizzlies Focused On September, Not March, As They Hit Court

Nic Hallisey - Montana hit the court for its first official practice of 2018-19 on Friday afternoon, and with four starters and more than 80 percent of its statistical leaders returning.... more

4 Reasons Why Writing Services Come In Handy

By utilizing a writing service you can lessen your workload and even learn new ways to go about writing your essays, helping you become a better writer.... more

Griz Look To Swat Hornets At The Start of Big Sky Play

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies return home this week seeking the program's 200th win inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

8 Inspiring Films to Boost Your Studies

By NICOLAS WALKER - These are eight films which encourage you always to learn more.... more

Auditions for Elf The Musical at Missoula Community Theatre

By MICHELLE NYE - The Missoula Community Theatre will hold an open audition for Elf the Musical on Sunday, September 30 from 12:30-4:30 PM. ... more

Ten Best Places in Missoula For A Romantic Date

Here are the top ten places in Missoula for a great romantic date.... more

#14 Griz Look to Keep MomentUM Hosting Drake

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies are buoyed by momentUM as they head into week two of their challenging 2018 schedule against Drake.... more

#24 Griz host #13 Panthers in Challenging Opener

By ERIC TABER - On Saturday, Hauck will run back onto that field with Griz to begin act-two of his head coaching career at UM as the Griz take on Northern Iowa at 7pm.... more

Stay Safe on the Water This Labor Day Weekend

By JOLENE TADEJ - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wants to remind boaters to be safe on the water this weekend. ... more

Shop Until You Drop In Missoula

By CINDY CUMMINGS - Missoula has plenty to offer any shopper. Don’t be surprised if you have one too many bags to carry after you are done.... more

Tickets Still Available for Home Opener

By ERIC TABER - What could be better than watching football under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on a late summer evening in Missoula?... more

This Labor Day: Drinking and Driving Will Cost You

This Labor Day, increased patrols are being deployed across the state of Montana to crack down on impaired driving. ... more

7th Annual Doggie Dash Slated for September 8 at Fort Missoula

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks & Recreation invites you and your four-legged friends to the 7th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Fort Missoula Regional Park West.... more

Missoula Community Theatre Announces Auditions for Sister Act

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition on Sunday, August 26 for Sister Act. The audition will take place from 12:30-6:00 PM.... more

4 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Business

By EMILY JOHN - If you haven’t yet started your business’s social media page, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t delay any longer.... more

Top 6 Essential Accessories For Your Road Trip

What to do before departure and while travelling to enjoy the stress-free journey.... more

Andorcles and the Lion with MCT

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) will present a fast-paced, funny version of Aesop’s classic story Adocles and the Lion, Sept 13-14.... more

How to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water at School

Children need the adults to keep urging them to take more water during the day. ... more

The Dangers of Using Your Personal Credit Card for Business

3 Reasons to Stop Using Personal Credit Cards for Business Purchases.... more

Over 140 Players Break in New Fort Missoula Regional Park Pickleball Courts

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 140 pickleball players, ranging in age from 17 to 84, will compete in Missoula this weekend at the fifth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament.... more

Thirty Artists Selected For River City Roots Festival Art Show

Thirty artists have been selected for the Juried Art Show on Main Street Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, during the 13th Annual River City Roots Festival in Downtown Missoula.... more

Audition for Sister Act

by MICHELLE NIGH - Get your “Sunday Morning Fever” burning and groove your spirit on over to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts! ... more

Keeping Vigilant on Protecting Montana’s Waterways

With summer half over, more than 50,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.... more

Kidsfest 2018 Slated for July 24 at Caras Park

Join us for Kidsfest 2018, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Buying a Vibration Plate

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Best Day Trips From Missoula for Nature Lovers!

Experience western Montana's  Big Sky country for a truly wild adventure, without forgetting the comfort of urban life. ... more

Improve Productivity with Excavator Attachments

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More Missoula Residents Are Signing On For Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery

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How To Safely Treat Sun Spots And Melasma

By MARK ALVARADO - Whether you're a beach bum or you're somebody who prefers sunny days over any other weather, you may well be aware of the dangers of extreme sun exposure.... more

Many Glacier Campground Adds Restrictions After Grizzly Bear Sighting

A northwest Montana campground has temporarily banned tents and soft-sided campers after a grizzly bear made its way into the area.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase 2 Grand Opening Slated for July 26

By BECKY GOODRICH - The public is invited to the Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase II Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. ... more

4th of July Out to Lunch Offers Independence Day Celebration for All!

Join us in celebrating Independence Day in the heart of Missoula with a special Out to Lunch in Caras Park on Wednesday, July 4 from 11am-2pm!... more

Registration Open for the Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala

By ERIC TABER - The Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala will be held at the Ranch Club June 28-29 with proceeds benefitting the Montana Football program. ... more

Israeli Couscous, Swiss Chard, Peppers

By KATIE WORKMAN - This is very nice served warm, but it’s also a great room temperature salad, perfect for a picnic or a potluck barbecue party.... more

Montana Homestead Declaration – Why it’s Important for Homeowners

By ALLISA WINBERG - The state of Montana has a wonderful Homestead Exemption Act that is designed to protect the investment you have made in your home. Here are the details.... more

3 Cool Poker Rooms You Should Check Out in Missoula

If you visit Missoula or you go there for a poker tournament, you definitely have to find a poker room where you could practice.... more

Marbled Mirror Glaze for Cake

By DEBORAH MISIK - Although mirror glaze has been around for a long time, social media has heightened its allure by marbling it with modern color... more

Out to Lunch & Downtown ToNight Launch June 6 & 7

For the 33rd consecutive year, the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) has developed a vibrant and robust Out to Lunch Summer Series to commence on Wednesday, June 6.... more

Grilled Halibut

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Salmon Panzanella

By KATIE WORKMAN -This is the kind of one-bowl lunch or dinner that is pure summertime happiness.... more

MCT’s 7th Annual Adapted Performance

On Tuesday, May 8, MCT will present an adapted performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.... more

Homemade Breakfast Sausage Patties

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Try my recipe for Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties for an easy take on a traditional breakfast sausage. ... more

Spring Green Salad

By MANDA HUDAK - This dish combines springtime green vegetables with nutritious, fluffy quinoa and a bright herb vinaigrette. ... more

Chicken Piri Piri

By KATIE WORKMAN - Why spatchcock a chicken? It cooks more quickly and evenly, and also allows for some nice overall browning.... more

Mount Jumbo South Zone Opens Friday, March 30

By BECKY GOODRICH - Mount Jumbo’s South Zone will reopen to public use on Friday, March 30, bringing the area’s annual winter wildlife closure to a close.... more

Grizzly Bears Reported Out on Rocky Mountain Front

Just in time for the beginning of spring, grizzly bears have been reported out on the Rocky Mountain Front.... more

Citrus-Marinated Salmon

By KATIE WORKMAN - The bright flavors of lemon and orange are a nice complement to the fish in this recipe.... more

A Night in Missoula: Where to Go and What to Do

Any day-tripping visitor to Missoula is spoiled with things to do, places to eat and drink, and ways to let your hair down.... more

Grizzlies Thump Bocats & Clinch Share of Big Sky Title

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana got back to its winning ways in dominant fashion on Saturday night, knocking off rival Montana State, 90-63.... more

Shake Off The Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

The Missoula Downtown Association will host the eighth annual Winter BrewFest on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 3-9 pm at Caras Park.... more

Mini Pizzas

By KATIE WORKMAN - If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.... more

Krslovic Carries Montana to 10th Consecutive Win

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana stretched its win streak to double digits on Thursday, knocking off Northern Colorado, 88-79.... more

Halfway Through Big Sky Play, Montana is Taking ‘One-Game-At-a-Time’ Approach

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana reached the midway point of the conference season last weekend, defeating Northern Arizona to improve to 9-0.... more

Impossible Pie

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - This pie is healthier than most breakfast cereals and can be served for breakfast or for dessert.... more

Garlic Herb Bread

By DEBORAH MISIK - This versatile bread can be braided, made into rolls, used as great pizza crust, or filled with pepperoni, sauce and cheese for a meal.... more

Apricot Almond Coffee Cake

By SARA MOULTON - If you’re expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe.... more

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

By SARA MOULTON - If, like me, you’re a fan of dark chocolate peppermint bark at Christmastime, you’re going to love these cookies.... more

Winter Greens

By CHEF MANDA HUDAK - The key to memorable salad is homemade dressing. Sadly in this country we have embraced the convenience, unhealthful and overly sweetened versions of pre-made dressings.... more

Be Safe, Be Seen: Bike Light Campaign Underway

Missoula is renewing its efforts to keep people safe when riding bikes at night.... more

Canelé

By CHEF DEBORAH MISIK - The caramelized crust paired with the soft custard center makes this a one-of-a-kind pastry.... more

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This dish is filling enough to step in for less healthy options at your holiday table, but broad enough in its appeal to be eaten year-round.... more

Wildland Firefighters, Vets Gifted with Griz Football Game

By ERIC TABER - UM Athletics and sponsors honor more than 800 wildland firefighters, emergency responders, veterans and their family members at this Saturday's game.... more

Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - This is filling comfort food that I feel good about serving my family.... more

Griz Enter Bye Week With Hot Hand on Offense

By ERIC TABER - After seven straight weeks of action, the Montana football team will take some well-earned rest this Saturday during the bye week.... more

Mongolian Beef

By KATIE WORKMAN - This dish reminds me of something you might get at an old-school Chinese restaurant. I'm earmarking it for my kids for Halloween--before the sugar-palooza.... more

Huckleberry Bread Pudding

By HOWARD KARP - In my favorite version of bread pudding, the bread is suspended in a rich custard and scattered with one deep purple huckleberries from our local forests.... more

Fort Missoula Regional Park Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 21

By BECKY GOODRICH - Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned family fun! ... more

Apple Crumble

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN - Apple crumble is an ideal way to capture the flavors and toasty aroma of rich pies and tarts a little more healthily.... more

Pork Schnitzel with Cucumber Salad

By KATIE WORKMAN - The tangy, quickly pickled cucumbers and onions make a great counterpoint to the lightly fried pork cutlets.... more

Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Upland bird hunting began Sept. 1 and hunters along the Rocky Mountain Front, especially in riparian areas, need to be aware they are in bear country.... more

12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival Set for November 3rd

By ERIC TABER - The 12th Annual Montana Wine & Beer Festival scheduled for Friday, Nov, 3rd, at the Adams Center.... more

Light up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - GLOW FEST, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park. ... more

Spicy Sauteed Fish with Mango Salsa

By SARA MOULTON - In this recipe, the fiery Creole spice mix is countered by the natural sugars built into the pineapple mango salsa.... more

Light Up the Night at Fort Missoula Glow Fest

By BECKY GOODRICH - Check out Glow Fest, an evening celebration of all things luminous on Friday, September 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fort Missoula Regional Park.... more

Deviled Burgers

By KATIE WORKMAN - A burger with a bit more zing, more interest, more panache.... more

Missoula Parks and Rec Glow Fest: Call for Art

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks and Recreation is looking for visual artists to showcase their work for Glow Fest at the Fort.... more

MCT’s Fall Season of Fun for Kids!

Hakuna matata! Grab your golden ticket because it’s going to be a fall of musical theatre adventures with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT).... more

Great Griz Encounter Set For Aug. 24

By ERIC TABER - The 22nd "Great Griz Encounter"meet-and-greet with the 2017 UM football players and coaches will take place in Caras Park on Thursday, August 24.... more

Griz Open Camp August 6

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies' football season officially gets underway on Sunday, August 6, when the 2017 squad reports for fall camp.... more

Grizzlies Athletics Providing Several Ways to Engage with Youth

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana athletics department is connecting with the youth in Missoula, announcing on Wednesday several initiatives to engage with young fans.... more

Kidsfest 2017 Slated for July 25 at Caras Park

By BECKY GOODRICH - Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2017, a free summer celebration at Caras Park.... more

MCT: Register for Fall Children’s Programming

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Montana Football: Griz Greats Return for Football Fundraiser

By ERIC TABER-A who's who of former Grizzly football greats are confirmed for the annual Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala, set to kick off this Thursday, June 29.... more

Coffee-Rubbed Flat Iron Steak

By LOUIS BERTINO- This dish is not overly complicated or fussy, making it the perfect dish to try at home.... more

Missoula City Band Kicks Off Summer Schedule June 14

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Downtown Missoula’s Out to Lunch Launches June 7

The 32nd annual Out to Lunch Summer Series in Caras Park kicks off its 13-week schedule on Wednesday, June 7. ... more

Salmon with Miso and Lime Juice

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN- Grilled salmon is an incredibly versatile blank canvas that you can use in everything from light salads to heady curries to spicy tacos.... more

Mountain Biking in Grizzly Country, Be Prepared

By GREG LEMON - Imagine you’re riding hard down a mountain trail. As the trail you’re on weaves around a thicket of alder and huckleberries there’s a sow grizzly and two small cubs.... more

Reuben Pizza

By SARA MOULTON- This is not your typical pizza. Essentially it’s a Reuben sandwich that swaps out rye bread for pizza dough.... more

Enjoy Memorial Day on the Water, But be Safe, Know the Rules and Clean Drain Dry

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species. ... more

Fresh Pesto and Grilled Chicken Sandwich

By JESSICA BUSH- If you’re looking for a summer comfort food that leaves no guilt, this recipe for a fresh pesto and gilled chicken sandwich is perfect.... more

Gouda Crème Brulée Cheese Tuiles

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - Crème brulée is typically associated with dessert and a sweet burnt sugar top. Until recently, I had never made a savory crème brulée, and I was very skeptical.... more

Baked Muffin Frittatas

By ELIZABETH KARMEL - These 'egg muffins' are perfect for entertaining and any leftovers turn a grab-and-go breakfast into a treat.... more

Wild Salmon Confit with Ramp Pesto

By LOUIS BERTINO - The salmon is poached instead of seared, giving it a very delicate and sophisticated appearance and texture.... more

Montana Football: Griz Cap Spring Drills in Butte on Saturday

By ERIC TABER - After more than a month of practice, the Montana Grizzlies will finish the spring football season at 1 p.m. on Saturday at historic Naranche Stadium in Butte, America.... more

Chocolate Lava Cake

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK- Ever needed a quick chocolate fix? An extremely easy and tasty dessert that is sure to blow the socks off of your dinner guests.... more

Tuscan Kale with Olives and Beans

By MELISSA D’ARABIAN - News flash: Kale is still in. It’s still one of the nutritional highlights in my crisper drawer, and winter is its peak season.... more

Arbequina Olive Oil Cake with Strawberry Compote

By DEBORAH MISIK - Recipe from a book written by FVCC Executive Chef Howard Karp’s son-in-law, Dominic Orsini, the winery chef at Silver Oak Cellars in Napa... more

Top Casinos to Visit in Missoula

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Ginger Cake with Lemon Swiss Buttercream Frosting

By DEBORAH MISIK - The lightness and creaminess of the buttercream against the rich moist dense cake will excite your palate.... more

Apple Rose Tart

By MANDA HUDAK - Serve with vanilla ice cream or caramel sauce.... more

Pork Brassica

By MANDA HUDAK - Winter reminds me of the brassica family of veggies including cabbages, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and kohlrabi.... more

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a close on Saturday in Missoula, as the Montana State Bobcats (4-7, 2-6) pulled off an improbable 24-17 win.... more