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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.

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 31

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to d... more

Parks and Recreation Hosts “Too Much Fun Tuesdays” in Area Parks

Parks and Recreation hosts “Too Much Fun Tuesdays” in area parks Jo... more

Griz Walk Back for 2015 Season

A new Griz football tradition that started at 2014’s Griz/Cat game li... more

#12 Montana Hosts #1 North Dakota State in Season Opener

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies host the four-time defending national champion North Dakota State Bison at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Sat., at 1:30 p.m. ... more

City Discontinues Curbside Pickpup of Storm Debris

With 90 percent of the storm debris cleared, citizens are asked to discontinue placing tree debris from private yards on the boulevards as curbside debris pickup has ended.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 24

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 24

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Donate a Hunting License to Disabled Veterans & Armed Forces Members

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Montana residents and nonresidents can show support for members of the military who have given the ultimate sacrifice by donating their hunting license.... more

Run-and-Gun Grizzlies Ready for New Era

By DILLON TABISH - What’s the potential of this year’s Montana Grizzlies football team? It's easy to trust an answer when it comes from a Rhodes Scholar candidate.... more

Early Season Hunters: Make Fire Safety A Top Priority

By JOLEEN TADEJ - All early season hunters need to make wildfire prevention a top priority.... more

Phase II of Silver Summit Playground Opens Saturday

The public is invited to the Phase II opening celebration of Silver Summit Playground on Sat., Aug. 22 at 11am. Phase I of the all-abilities playground opened last fall.... more

Pet Fest to Feature Animal Wonders Presentation with Live Exotic Animals!

The 10th Annual Pet Fest will celebrate International Homeless Animal’s Day at the Adams Center, Saturday, August 22 from 10:00am until 3:00pm.... more

Register Today for the River City Roots Run and SUP Cup

The 10th annual River City Roots Festival is next weekend. Register for the four-mile fun run and the stand-up paddle board contest. Both races will be held on Sat., Aug. 29th.... more

MCT Holds Auditions for Sweeney Todd–The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The Missoula Community Theatre is holding an open audition for Sweeney Todd—The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Sunday, August 30th, at the MCT.... more

Mom Help: Top 10 Toddler Hot Spots in Missoula

By KIM S. - Whether you're a new mom and dad, grandparent, or babysitter it’s imperative that you have a go-to list of a couple Toddler Hot Spots here in Missoula.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 17

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 17

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

City Preparing for Predicted Thunderstorms

City and County emergency services are prepared for possible thunderstorms and high winds which are forecast to hit western Montana Friday afternoon and evening. ... more

Berry Crème Fraiche Cake

By MICHELLE HICKS - This is a cool refreshing cake. It's not overly sweet, and the creme fraische adds a perfect little tang.... more

City of Missoula Storm Updates

Clean-up from Monday’s thunderstorms continues throughout the City.  The City of Missoula would like to remind citizens of the following items: Power has been restored at Splash Montana waterpark. The fa... more

10th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, Aug. 28

The MDA will open the 10th annual River City Roots Festival on Friday, Aug. 28 in preparation of Missoula hosting North Dakota State in the home opener for Grizzly Football.... more

City Assisting with Storm-Damaged Tree Removal

Monday night’s storm damaged trees and downed utility lines throughout the City. Here’s what you can do about damaged trees and tree debris:... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 10

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Griz Football Schedules Pac-12 and FCS Opponents

The Montana Grizzlies football team will get a crack at some new FCS programs, as well as some of the top teams in the nation, as future schedule details have been announced through 2021.... more

The Pimps of Joytime Perform at the Top Hat Aug 20

Top Hat Entertainment presents genre defying, Brooklyn-bred The Pimps of Joytime at the Top Hat on Thursday, August 20.... more

Learning How the Arts are Being Integrated and Connected in Missoula

By TOM BENSEN -The Washington, DC-based Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) visited Missoula to learn how the arts are being integrated and connected with the Missoula community.... more

Crittenden and Jones Voted Griz Football Captains

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies have voted, and seniors Derek Crittenden and Jamaal Jones are the 2015 team captains.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 3

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Griz Open Fall Drills on Tuesday

By ERIC TABER-The University of Montana football squad opens its fall drills Tuesday morning with the season’s first practice session in Washington-Grizzly Stadium set for 9 a.m.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 3

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

By ROB BREEDING- The 10th percentile in June means most rivers will be nearly bone dry in August.... more

MCT’s Performing Arts Camp 2015: Booking it on Broadway–A Novel Review

Tickets are $15 and go on sale to the public on Sat., August 1st! Booking it on Broadway—A Novel Review plays Aug. 13-15.... more

Nicoise Salad

This versatile Nicoise Salad is perfect for entertaining guests and can be used as an appetizer, a first course salad or an entrée.... more

Mom Help: 16 Things to Prepare for Your Hospital Stay

By KIM S. - As a mom who had 3 C-sections the lists was pretty simple as for what to bring and not bring for our stay at the hospital. Here's my list of 16 MUST haves.... more

Missoula Job Service Hosts Mini Job Fairs

Missoula Job Service will host three mini job fairs in the office next week. Local employers are looking for food-service employees, caregivers, cashiers, and warehouse workers.... more

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

Missoula - a river does indeed run through it. In 1992, the Oscar-winning feature film A River Runs Through It brought notoriety to a town in the Pacific Northwest and the world was introduced to Missoula, Mon... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 27

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

This Baby Will Make Three

By CHERY SAYBOL- When Ellen Marceau has her third baby in November, it will be with the confidence of a mother who has already had two very different birthing experiences. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 27

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Tips for Fishing Through the Hoot Owl Restrictions

By TONY REINHARDT-Many assume that because there are fishing restrictions then the fishing must not be very good, not true. Changing your strategy a little can pay off in these conditions.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 20

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Are you Testing Your Drinking Water?

Arsenic is fairly common in Montana’s groundwater--especially in mountainous areas where well water is affected. Are you testing your drinking water?... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 20

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

BIKEapalooza Kicks Off Sunday Streets Missoula

Celebrate Sunday Streets Missoula on Sunday, July 19, between noon and 4 p.m. on a car-free Higgins Avenue from the red XXXXs on north HIggins Ave.... more

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival is July 25

By THERESA COX - Calling all magical beings to attend the Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival on Sat., July 25, from 10am to noon, in the grassy field to the west of Dragon Hollow.... more

Quick Coffee Cake

By CHEF TRACY DARUE - Even though it’s been hot outside, I still enjoy baking first thing in the morning when it’s cool. This is a wonderful treat for breakfast or to take along in to a picnic.... more

Kidsfest 2015 Slated for July 28 at Caras Park

Celebrate Kidsfest 2015--a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission and most activities are free. ... more

Junkpole Fence: Freaky Cheap Chicken/Deer Fence

By PAUL WHEATON - We needed a permanent fence that would keep flighty chickens (layers) in and keep the deer and the wild turkeys out. This fence went up mighty fast and cheap.... more

Walk With A Doc This Thursday at McCormick Park

Take a step toward better health this Thursday with Missoula Parks and Recreation and Community Medical Center with "Walk With A Doc".... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 13

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

MCT Announces Free Kids’ Celebration Friday, July 24th

On Friday, July 24th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Missoula Children’s Theatre is throwing a party for kids of ALL ages! ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 13

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Busiest June on Record in Glacier Park

By DILLON TABISH - Over 414,000 people visited the national park last month, keeping 2015 on record-breaking pace.... more

DQ Ice Cream Tokens Donated to Missoula Police Department

Officers will be on the lookout for children on bikes who are wearing their helmet and will provide them with a token good for an ice cream cone or a Dilly Bar.... more

UM and Root Sports Announce Fall Start Times

By JOEL CARLSON - ROOT Sports announced the kickoff times this week for its 2015 Big Sky Conference package of football games including 5 with Montana. See the schedule.... more

Hal’s Walk Dedication Set for July 10

Staff members and friends of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and the late Hal Fraser will dedicate a new riverfront walk honoring him. The Hal's walk Celebration is on Fri. July 10 at 10am. ... more

Peach Pie and Pecan Crumble

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - For the short time while peaches are in season, this recipe might just become your favorite fruit dessert, especially with this ultimate crumble-top.... more

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Summer Workshop August 7-9

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman summer workshop is set for Aug. 7-9 at Lubrecht Forest, east of Missoula.... more

Preventing Conflicts with Bears

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Already this year, bears have traveled the river corridors – Sun, Marias, Dearborn and Teton – east from the Rocky Mountain Front looking for natural foods.... more

Public Invited to Grant Creek Trail Grand Opening This Thursday

FREE icecream for the first 100 people at the grand opening of the Grant Creek Trail--Missoula's newest bicycle-pedestrian trail. The Celebration will be at 5:30 pm , Thursday July 9.... more

Trout in Hot Water

By TRISTAN SCOTT - Historic stream temperature highs, low flows threaten Northwest Montana's cold-water fish.... more

Installation of Ybarra’s Public Art Sculpture Underway at Silver Park

Construction of the new public art piece for Silver Park, George Ybarra’s sculpture “Perseverance and Passage,” has begun.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 6

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Head Out to the Ball Game for the Helmet Giveaway!

Join the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana for our 8th annual Helmet Giveaway Event at the Missoula Osprey baseball game on Saturday, July 11, starting at 6:00 p.m.... more

City Plans Fireworks Law Enforcement, Asks for Citizen Cooperation

By TRAVISH WELSH - City leaders ask for cooperation from citizens to help keep Missoula safe in a period of extremely dry and hot weather during the Independence Day holiday.... more

Gazpacho of the Americas

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - Summer has come to Montana with scorching temperatures that are making chilled soups from the bounty of summer gardens even more enticing.... more

Football Season Tickets On Sale Starting Monday

Fans wishing to purchase season tickets for the 2015 Montana football schedule, which includes home games againstNorth Dakota State and EWU, can do so beginning Monday, July 6.... more

Dry Rot in the Bitterroot

By ROB BREEDING- The 10th percentile in June means most rivers will be nearly bone dry in August.... more

This Fourth of July, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, Missoula law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger. ... more

The Children’s Museum is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month!

By JENNIFER PEPPROCK- Volunteer Missoula chose The Children’s Museum Missoula as our organization of the month! The Children's Museum has been "Making it Matter" in Missoula since 1994.... more

City Imposes Stage 1 Fire Reststrictions Bans All Fireworks

Fire Danger moved to EXTREME on Monday and Stage 1 fire restrictions have been imposed prohibiting use of fire or open flame, including campfires, smoking and the use of fireworks.... more

The Missoula Community Theatre 2015-16 Season on Sale July 1st

The Missoula Community Theatre season goes on sale to the public Wednesday, July 1st. Whether your place is in the audience or on stage, this season has something for everyone! ... more

Leave Young Wildlife Where You Find Them

By TOM PALMER - Remember this advice if you see newborn wild animals: "If you care, leave them there." Do not move or attempt to feed newborn wildlife.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 29

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 29

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Street Trees Suffer in Summer Weather

By BECKY GOODRICH - The heat is hard on all of us, but did you know it can KILL trees? Remember that street trees need your help to survive summer’s soaring temperatures.... more

Psychedelic Trout

By ROB BREEDING- Being late for fishing may be an unpardonable sin for Norman Maclean, but I know one far worse: not going fishing at all.... more

Keep Cool, Stay Safe This Weekend With Parks and Recreation

Missoula Parks and Recreation offers lots of options to safely beat the heat this weekend including Splash, Currents, 4 splash decks and 2 neighborhood spray pools.... more

Summer Forecast has FWP Keeping Close Watch on Streams

By JOLEEN TADEJ - With high temperatures and depleted snowpack runoff, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is gearing up now to protect fish from stress of low flows and elevated water temperatures.... more

Bruschetta of Cherry Tomatoes

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - What you end up with is a refreshing and delicious dish that will make you say 'ahhhhhhh'... more

It’s Summertime in Montana

By TOM BENSEN-Gauging from the thermometer, summer is here. If you love concerts and summertime events, here are some MUST things to do in Missoula and Montana.... more

Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Playground Improvements

Missoula Parks and Rec invites citizens to learn more about and comment on "Operation Playground Build- proposed improvements at 10 city playgrounds.... more

Stop and Appreciate the Songbirds

By BRUCE AUCHLY - There is something about songbirds this time of year that can catch the ear, eye and heart of even the most preoccupied person.... more

“And we Were Young:” Animated World War One doc illuminates soul, spirit of conflict

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO-“And We Were Young,” the animated documentary of Montana artist and filmmaker Andy Smetanka, illuminates the experiences of American doughboys in WWI.... more

Brisk Sales for Nonresident Big Game Combo Hunting Licenses

By TOM PALMER - Montana's surplus nonresident elk and deer combination hunting licenses for this fall are selling at a brisk pace.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 22

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 22

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Celebrating Fathers: A Tradition Started at the YMCA

Did you know that the first Father's Day celebration was on June 19, 1910 and started at the Spokane, Washington YMCA?... more

15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run

The 15th Annual Garden City River Rod Run, slated for Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, will feature over 200 classic and hot rod cars.... more

Broadway Star Eden Espinosa Presents a Benefit Performance for MCT’s Next Step Prep

On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the sound of Broadway will come to the MCT Center for the Performing Arts as MCT’s Next Step Prep presents Eden Espinosa – Live in Concert.... more

Emergency Notifications: Smart911 is Your Answer

By NICK HOLLOWAY - The Missoula Office of Emergency Management reminds us: May is National Wildfire Awareness month. Is your family’s ready should a wildfire threaten your property?... more

Own Your Own “Paint” Carousel Pony or “Scafti” the Dragon

By THERESA COX- Three very special carvings will go home with lucky winners following A Carousel for Missoula’s gala this Thursday, June 18, at the Ranch Club barn.... more

Chilled Yellow Corn Soup

By CHEF HOWARD KARP - Here’s a refreshing and tasty chilled soup that presents well with striking colorful garnishments.... more

Walk With a Doc This Thursday

Walk with a Doc this Thursday--it's a free program to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Brought to you by Missoula Parks & Rec and Community Medical Center. Learn more.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 15

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 15

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Manners Matter – How to Share Western Montana Rivers

By JOLEEN TADEJ - It's still easy to have a great summer experience on Montana's rivers. The key is river etiquette, a mix of common sense, courtesy, and respect.... more

Motorists Hauling Watercraft Must Stop at AIS Inspection Stations

FWP officials remind private and commercial boaters that state law requires all motorists hauling watercraft to stop at inspection stations.... more

Tips for dealing with a Rattlesnake Bite: Quick Tips to Save a Life

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - If you follow these points, you can help save a life. However, the best life saver in the backcountry is situational awareness.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 8

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Open Daily Beginning June 12

Missoula’s outdoor waterpark, Splash Montana, will begin its 10th season of daily operation on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 8

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Airstream: Where Classic Meets Contemporary

By CLAY SPRINGMEYER - Ready for a new take on a timeless tradition? Check out the Bretz RV Airstream Trailer Show this Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM at Caras Park. ... more

Play It Missoula! Downtown Pianos Delivered Friday, June 5

Three Play It Missoula! pianos will be delivered to Downtown locations this Friday, June 5, 2015 for First Friday festivities. You gotta check em out!... more

Top 9 First Friday Shows You Don’t Want to Miss

By MATT ANGLEN - First Friday Art Walk happens every single month in Missoula, come rain, or sleet, or pounding blizzard. Here is our top 9 list of Must See Events:... more

Parks and Trails Bond Playgrounds Open House Slated for June 10

By BECKY GOODRICH-Plan to attend Missoula Parks & Recreations's Open House to learn more about 11 new or improved City playgrounds which are part of the 2014 Parks and Trails Bond project.... more

Of River Bondage

By ROB BREEDING- There are many variations of the old saying, “You can judge the true character of a society by the way it treats its …” My rendition: ..."by the way it treats its rivers".... more

Keeping Safe On The Water This Summer

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Summer days on the water with family and friends are ahead. Here’s a primer on how to keep those days safe and fun for the entire crew.... more

Salmonfly Mania in Missoula

By TONY REINHARDT -The time has finally arrived! Many anglers wait all year to chase the Salmonfly hatch, and you won’t find a much better place to do it than in Missoula. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 1

Here's a look at what's happening this week in Missoula from music to dance, theatre to museum exhibits and more--brought to you by our friends at the Missoula Cultural Council.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 1

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Ladybugs To The Rescue

BY BOB WIRE- An estimated 10 quintillion insects are creeping around on the planet right now. That’s roughly the number of emails Hillary Clinton deleted from her personal account.... more

Fresh Alaskan Halibut

By CHEF HOWARD KARP- Of all of my Mediterranean fish recipes, this one is my favorite. The combination of fresh Alaskan halibut and savory sauce produces phenomenal flavors. ... more

Western Montana’s River Lovers Brace for Early Runoff

Rivers throughout western Montana could get lower than normal this summer, as an unusually low snowpack has melted away two or three weeks earlier than usual.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 25

Check out the various bands and live music all over Missoula sprinkled with a sporting event, film or a fundraiser. ... more

Summer Season Begins in Glacier National Park

Memorial Day Weekend marks beginning of primary visitation season at national park.... more

Splash Montana Opens for Lap Swims this Weekend

Due to cool temperatures in this weekend’s weather forecast, Splash Montana waterpark will be open for lap swim only on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.... more

Mowing the Grass to Make Some Lettuce

BY BOB WIRE- My son, Rusty is trying to get a part-time job for the summer. Rather than donating plasma or sperm, I suggested he try his hand at lawn mowing.... more