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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.

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a c... more

Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

By ERIC TABER- The road woes that have plagued the Montana football tea... more

Sweet Potato Spoonbread

By KATIE WORKMAN - Spoonbread is a perfect holiday side; a pudding-esq... 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

Griz Tabbed as Big Sky Runner-Up

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish second in the 2016 Big Sky Conference preseason polls by both the media and the league coaches.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 18

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 18

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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 11

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

Marathon Training Tips – Post Marathon Recovery

By DAN LYNE-Completing a 26 mile race is an extreme test of endurance that takes a lot out of your body. Your best strategy for full recovery starts in the first 30 minutes after the race. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | July 4

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

How to Bear Proof Your Home, Cabin

By BRUCE AUCHLY-It’s summer; time for many folks to head to the mountains for vacation. That’s fine, just remember Montana’s mountains are home to black and grizzly bears.... more

No Fireworks on FWP Property Including Fishing Access Sites

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July 4th weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home.... more

America’s Most Acclaimed Baroque Musicians to Perform in Montana

They come from all corners of North America, bringing gut-string instruments, virtuoso talent, encyclopedic knowledge of a bygone era and acclaim as the modern masters of their art.... more

Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

By GRACE STOPHER - Nestled in an unsuspecting corner at Wyoming and Johnson streets, you may notice a little door in a string of warehouses with a blue sandwich board nearby, ushering you inside to VonCommon St... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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

Breunig to Play Pro Basketball in His Native Germany

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly basketball standout, Martin Breunig has signed a two-year contract to play professional basketball in his native Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 20

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

Sweet Cream Ice Cream

By MICHAELLA IRLBECK - This recipe for Sweet Cream Ice Cream will blow you away with its simplicity. You’ll need just five ingredients and an ice cream maker.... more

MCT BURSTING with activity June 20-26

The MCT Center for the Performing Arts is bursting at the seams the week of June 20-25! ... more

Bill Bowers speechLess: A Fundraiser for the Next Step Prep Scholarship Fund

Hellgate High School graduate Bill Bowers returns to Missoula for a one-of-a kind performance - Tues., June 28, at 7:30pm at MCT.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 13

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

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | June 6

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 6

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

Alaskan Halibut with Morels

By HOWARD KARP - This dish sums up the spirit of summer. Its white flakey Alaskan halibut with Oregon morel mushrooms, wild leeks, fresh ramps and green peas.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Opens This Weekend, Opens Daily June 11

By BECKY GOODRICH - Splash Montana opens on Sat., June 4. The facility will be open Sat. and Sun., June 4 and 5 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., and will begin daily operation on Sat., June 11.... more

Taking a Shakespearean Look at Honoring Volunteers

By WILL SCHULTZ - Last month I got to see a different side of the non-profit world as I attended the MAS’ “Celebration of National Volunteer Week!” event.... more

Marathon Training Tips – Weeks 11-16 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-In my last post, I discussed the need to improve your strength to ensure you build injury resistant muscles, tendons and ligaments. ... more

The Poverello Center is Volunteer Missoula’s Organization of the Month

By WILL SCHULTZ - I recently had the pleasure of working with the Poverello Center and found the experience to be rich and very rewarding.... more

Early Bird Registration Ends May 31 for Garden City River Rod Run

The Garden City River Rod Run is slated for Fri. and Sat., June 24 – 25 and will feature over 200 classic and hot rod cars. Beginning June 1, registration increases to $40.... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 30

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

Parklets and Pianos! Friday June 3

Friday, June 3rd, is First Friday, and the best way to start your summer off right. several local businesses have partnered to bring you Parklets and Pianos.... more

They’re Sure Cute, But Please Leave Baby Animals Alone

By Joleen Tadej - Each spring, FWP receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. ... more

Carousel Birthday Party/Expansion Grand Opening Scheduled for May 28

Be a kid again, and bring the kids, when A Carousel for Missoula celebrates its 21st birthday and the Grand Opening of its new expansion this Saturday, May 28.... more

2016 Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight Commence
June 1 and 2

The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) will launch theOut to Lunch Summer Series on Wed. June 1 and the Downtown ToNight Summer Series on Thursday, June 2, 2016.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 23

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

Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second-Straight Season

By ERIC TABER - For the second-straight season the Montana has packed in more fans than any other program in FCS football, and in 2015 dew more fans than 44 FBS programs as well.... more

Holmes, Feller Named Grizzly Cup Winners

Tyrone Holmes, of the Montana football team, and McCalle Feller, of the Lady Griz basketball team, were named the annual winners of the Department of Athletics’ Grizzly Cup.... more

Sea Scallops with Brown Butter Potato Cream

By JONATHON HARTIG - Restaurants like Restaurant Martin inspire me to look at and appreciate food for its beauty and simplicity.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 16

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

Bourbon-Fried Pound Cake

By ALISON LADMAN - When we first encountered deep-fried, bourbon-soaked Twinkies, we were a little smitten. Until, that is, we realized we could do so much better.... more

5th Annual Doggie Dash Expo and Fun Run May 15

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 5th annual Doggie Dash pet expo and fun run on Sun., May 15, at Silver Park. ... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | May 9

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 May 9

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

Flora and Fauna Interpreted at MAM

A field note is a means for recording an observation in order to remember and better understand the particular phenomenon later.... more

Spring Moussaka

By MANDA HUDAK - Moussaka, the traditional Greek casserole, layers ground lamb seasoned with oregano, cumin, cinnamon, garlic and mint and crispy eggplant with a rich spiced cream sauce.... more

Saturday Markets Open May 7

By MADELEINE HOYT Downtown Missoula streets will be bustling with activity, as the Saturday Morning Market Season opens this Saturday, May 7, 2016. All three public markets will open on the same day for the ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 2

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

Mount Jumbo North Zone Opens May 1

By BECKY GOODRICH - All areas on Mount Jumbo. north of Saddle Road will re-open to the public on Sunday, May 1.... more

Kids, Families Invited to FREE Unplug and Play! Kick-Off Celebration on May 1

Families are invited to the 5th annual Let’s Move! Missoula: Unplug and Play! kick-off celebration on Sunday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McCormick Park. ... more

24th Annual Garden City BrewFest

The 24th annual Garden City BrewFest will take place Saturday, May 7, 2016 in Caras Park from noon to 8 pm. The Garden City BrewFest again serves as the grand finale of the 5th annual Missoula Craft Beer Week. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 25

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

Crispy Pork Shank

By JONATHON HARTIG-We are lucky to have such great local pork products here in the Flathead Valley. Incorporating fresh pork in your menu is as simple as visiting one of our local butchers.... more

Maroon Pulls Out Victory Over White in Spring Game

By ERIC TABER - Senior quarterback Brady Gustafson piled up 300 yards passing, completing 15 of 32 passes to lead the Maroon team to a 27-26 win over the White team in the spring game.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 18

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

More Training Tips – Weeks 5-10 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-With Missoula and many other Northwest marathons coming up in June and early July it’s not too late to register and even start training (provided you have a running base.)... more

Offense Gets Rolling in Second Griz Scrimage

By ERIC TABER-The UM corps of running backs blew up for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Griz football squad’s second scrimmage of the 2016 spring season on Saturday. ... more

24th Annual Run for the Trees Slated for April 16

Celebrate National Arbor Month with a fun walk or run along the Riverfront trail system. The 24th annual Run for The Trees is Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Silver Park.... more

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical

Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical is flying with the Missoula Community Theatre April 28-May 15!... more

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 11

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 April 11

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

Greek Avgolemono With Rice

By Katie Workman - Avgolemono is the chicken soup of Greece, and as we know, pretty much every country has its own version of a comforting chicken soup. In Greek, avgolemono means “egg lemon”.... more

Missoula Spring Fishing Report

By TONY REINHARDT- The new Montana fishing season started in March and it was a great month to be on the water. The Skwala stonefly hatch begins in March. ... more

5th Annual Doggie Dash Fun Run Slated for May 15

Missoula Parks & Rec and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 5th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Sun. May 15, at Silver Park. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 4

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

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | April 4

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

Brain Injury Awareness Month Concludes with Bowl for Brain Strong Fundraiser

Brain Injury Alliance of Montana will celebrate increased awareness of brain injury with our 3rd annual Bowl for Brain Strong Fundraiser on Sat, April 2, 2016, from 11-3 p.m.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 28

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

This Week’s Arts & Culture Scene | March 28

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

MAM Features Art Installation That Will Evolve Daily

Billings native Abbie Miller to create site-specific installation March 28-31.... more

MCT: Robinson Crusoe Spring Day Camp April 4-10

Spring break plans for your kiddos? The Missoula Children’s Theatre has limited spots available in its spring day camp production of The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, April 4-10.... more

Celebrate Easter in Missoula!

Here are a few Easter events this weekend for a little family fun from our friends over at MissoulaEvents.net!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 21

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

Western Montana Shrine Circus – Saturday April 9th

Come One, Come All.  The Western Montana Shrine Circus is coming to Missoula!  The Circus begins on April 10th with shows at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Shows on April 11th at 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets ... more

A Decade Later, Griz Look to Corral Wolf Pack in Postseason

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies take on the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first round of the CBI Tournament tonight. Tip off is at 8 p.m. MST. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 14

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

Griz Return to Reno to Play in CBI

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies will return to Reno this week to face the University of Nevada after accepting an invitation to play in the 2016 College Basketball Invitational.... more

Griz Comeback Attempt Falls Short in Championship

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies battled back from a 14-point first half deficit, but missed a chance to knock off Weber State in the BSC championship Sat. night in Reno.... more

Griz Advance With Season-Best Shooting Performance

By ERIC TABER- The Montana men’s basketball team will play in the Big Sky Conference championship game for the second-straight year after an 81-72 victory in the tournament semifinal.... more

Griz Swat Hornets, Advance to Semifinal

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies smothered Sacramento State with defense en route to a 70-53 win in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal.... more

Comeback Falls Short, Lady Griz Lose 65-62

By JOEL CARLSON - Trailing by 16 early in the fourth quarter, a potential epic comeback by Montana came up one play short, and the Lady Griz ended their season with a 65-62 loss to North Dakota Wed. ... more

Griz Face Hornets to Open Big Sky Tournament

By ERIC TABER- The No. 2 seed Grizzlies will get a shot at redemption in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinal, as UM faces No. 10 seed Sacramento State for the third time this season.... more