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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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Best Day Trips From Missoula for Nature Lovers!

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More Missoula Residents Are Signing On For Tummy Tuck Plastic Surgery

If you’re at your ideal weight or close to it, but your stomach just doesn’t look as sleek and toned as you want it to, this cosmetic procedure will be a good fit.... more

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

Check out MCT's new fall line-up of fun, educational opportunities for kids in our area.... more

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

This summer, the Missoula City Band, under the direction of Gary Gillett, will play great band music each Wednesday from June 14-Aug 16 at 8 pm at the Bonner Park Band Shell. ... more

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

Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

By ERIC TABER- The road woes that have plagued the Montana football team all season continued on Saturday. The Griz fell to Northern Colorado in Greeley 28-25.... more

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

By KATIE WORKMAN - Spoonbread is a perfect holiday side; a pudding-esque interpretation of grits; a softer version of cornbread; perfection alongside a roast of any kind.... more

Record-Setting Griz Roll Past Idaho State

By ERIC TABER- Backup quarterback, Chad Chalich re-wrote Montana's record books on Saturday, passing for seven touchdowns and rushing for another in a 62-44 win over Idaho State.... more

Caponata

By MANDA HUDAK - Dish comes from the southern Italian island of Sicily and capitalizes on their natural sources of eggplant and peppers.... more

Lumberjacks Run Past Grizzlies 45-34

By ERIC TABER- Northern Arizona scored on its first play of the game, a 74-yard pass play, and the Lumberjacks never looked back in posting a 45-34 victory over Montana Saturday in Flagstaff.... more

Chicken with Spinach in Creamy Sauce

By KATIE WORKMAN - You can fuss all you want with fancier dishes, exotic ingredients and new techniques, but when in doubt, choose comfort food.... more

Griz Train Rolls 68-7 Over Scramento State

By ERIC TABER-In 100-plus years of Griz football, Montana has never posted back-to-back games of 60 points or more. It did just that against the Hornets, winning 68-7 in front of 25,351 fans on Saturday.... more

Griz Beat Thunderbirds 43-20 on Homecoming

By ERIC TABER-The No. 11. Montana Grizzlies offense racked up 600 yards of offense and the defense threw a clutch third quarter shutout to win a 43-20 in a homecoming victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.... more

Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup

By KATIE WORKMAN - I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup. The Mexican version in particular speaks to me.... more

Fall Into Fun With Parks and Recreation

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for these exciting recreation and aquatics programs. Call 721-PARK to register or stop by Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park. ... more

Carrot and Quinoa Mini-Muffins

By MELISSA D'ARABIAN-These carrot and quinoa mini-muffins can be kept in the freezer in resealable plastic bags for last minutes snacks.... more

Defense Leads Way in Upset at No. 3 Northern Iowa

By ERIC TABER-Montana failed to score in the second half, but it didn't matter. A dominating defensive performance led No. 14 Montana to a 20-14 upset win on the road against No. 3 Northern Iowa. ... more

Griz Score 35 Second-Half Points to Beat Saint Francis

By ERIC TABER-It was a tale of two halves for the Montana offense on Saturday, as they scored 35 of their 41 points in the second half, overcoming a 10-6 Saint Francis halftime lead to win 41-31.... more

Hunters Must Expect to See Bears

By GREG LEMON - With hunting season upon us, it is important to remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters are sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears.... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Griz Running Backs Set to Play Key Role in 2016

By ERIC TABER - Upon first glance of the Montana Grizzlies' pass-happy offense under head coach Bob Stitt, it might be easy for fans to forget about the running backs.... more

Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Smith and Sun Rivers

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted fishing restrictions on two central Montana rivers in the wake of recent cooler weather.... more

Griz Football: Fall Camp Enters Home Stretch

By ERIC TABER - Fresh off a day's rest, the Montana Grizzlies returned to the field inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Monday morning for the 14th practice of fall camp.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 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 Aug 22

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

Baker Returning to Lady Griz

By JOEL CARLSON - Katie Baker is returning to Montana as the program's director of basketball administration, a new position on first-year coach Shannon Schweyen's staff.... more

Petrino Joins Lady Griz Staff

By JOEL CARLSON - New Lady Griz coach Shannon Schweyen may have gone outside the program's lineage to find her new assistant, but she still brought in someone with strong ties to the state of Montana.... more

Experience and Versatility Key to Success of a Strong D-line

By ERIC TABER - The 2016 Grizzlies will once again boast one of the nation's best D-lineman in second-year starter, and second-year heir to the #37 throne, Caleb Kidder. ... more

11th Annual Roots Fest Opens Friday, August 26

The 11th Annual River City Roots Festival opens on Friday, August 26 featuring Missoula’s own Lil’ Smokies as the headliner Friday night and multi-Grammy Award winning Rodney Crowell Sat. night. ... more

Griz Show All-Around Strength in First Scrimmage

By ERIC TABER - Montana opens the 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 against Saint Francis, under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 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 Aug 15

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

Summer Squash ‘Pasta’ Dish

By SARA MOULTON - Taking advantage of squash's bounty: Here I slice the squash into long ribbons and employ it as “pasta.”... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 8

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

Kidder Named Preseason All-American

By ERIC TABER -Caleb Kidder, the Big Sky Conference preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was recently named to the STATS FCS preseason All-America second team.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | Aug 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 Aug 1

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

Get Your Football Tickets Early at First-Ever Ticket Pickup Party

By ERIC TABER: Season Ticket Holders: Jump on the fall season at the first-ever Griz football ticket pickup party, from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 10 at the Adams Center ticket office.... more

Delivering Peach of Mind: What does Meals on Wheels Offer?

By WILL SCHULTZ - Meals on Wheels is a part of Missoula Aging Services that helps to deliver food to seniors and to those who are disabled so that they can live an independent life. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 25

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 July 25

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

Huckleberries Bounce Back

By MOLLY PRIDDY - This summer’s berry crop expected to be earlier and better than last year, but researchers still stumped about optimal growing conditions.... more

Carne y Frijole Cazuela (Beef and Bean Casserole)

By Bob Zimorino - This dish took me about 45 minutes start to finish and is one of my favorites.... more

Summer Sauces

By MANDA HUDAK - These two sauces are inspired by that tradition. Each is easy to prepare and designed to showcase the sweet and tangy flavors of summer. Both can be served hot or cold with a host of options.... more