Fri, August 24th
Sat, August 25th
Aug 24 at 10 AM to Aug 25 at 10:30 PM
Downtown Missoula
Missoula Region

 

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ABOUT

Produced by the Missoula Downtown Association as Missoula’s signature celebration, the River City Roots Festival has quickly risen to the top of Western Montana’s must-see-list.

Recognized as the 2009 Montana Tourism Event of the Year, River City Roots Fest draws more than 15,000 individuals to the heart of Downtown Missoula for a variety of fun activities and exceptional music. This two-day FREE festival features first-class art and entertainment for both residents and visitors.

With quality live performances on a big stage on West Main Street, a fine art show, entertainment for children and families, and a 4-Mile run through the heart of Missoula, Roots Fest brings a weekend of family fun to the heart of the community.

More information can be found at rivercityrootsfestival.com and at www.facebook.com/RootsFest/

 

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2018 EVENTS SCHEDULE

LIVE MUSIC

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH

12:30–2:00pm: Missoula-Area Kid Bands
2:30–4:00pm: Good Old Fashioned
4:30–6:00pm: Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs
6:30–8:00pm: Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas
8:30–10:30pm: New Orleans Suspects

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH

12:30–2:00pm: The Salamanders
2:30–4:00pm: Rapidgrass
4:30–6:00pm: Jon Stickley Trio
6:30–8:00pm: Billy Strings
8:30–10:30pm: The Infamous Stringdusters

MAIN STAGE SPONSORS

Bob Wards, Big Sky Brewing Co, First Interstate Bank, Blackfoot

 

ART SHOW

Roots Fest is a showcase of high-end visual arts. More than 30 artists from the Pacific Northwest participate in the Fine Art Show featuring painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, textile arts and wood – all front and center on Main Street both days of the festival. This component of Roots Fest creates an all-around experience for those who appreciate fine art both visually and musically.

This year the Roots Fest Art Show is looking to feature not only traditional, “fine” art – such as paintings, pottery, and photography – but also feature more “alternative” means of art that is seen at the wildly popular Missoula MADE Fairs. While Missoula’s “Roots” have a base in fine art, we are seeing more and more that alternative forms of art are also just as important to Missoula’s spirit. As such, we hope to have a mix of “traditional” and “non-traditional” artists showcased at this year’s River City Roots Festival.

 

FAMILY FUN AT CARAS PARK

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH

Youth Performance Stage
12:00–1:00pm: Animal Wonders
1:15–1:45pm: Championship Training
2:00–2:45pm: On Center Performing Arts Company
3:00–3:45pm: Sophie Beaton
4:00–5:00pm: Tambourine Queen

Activity Booths | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Childbloom Guitar, On Center Performing Arts, Championship Training, Poverallo Center, Travelers Rest & Heritage Center, Learning and Meaning, Child Start Inc., Head Start, Zootown Arts Community Center, Hospice Care Foundation, Climate Smart Missoula, out.Land.ish Podcast, Animal Wonders, and more!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH

Youth Performance Stage
10:00–10:45am: Jr. & Sr. Bella Corda Guitar Quartets
11:00–12:00pm: Jack Gladstone
12:00–12:45pm: Living Rhythym Community Drumming
1:00–1:45pm: MASC Artisans
1:45–2:30pm: Evan Disney
2:30–3:00pm: Syren

Activity Booths | 10:00am–3:30pm
Childbloom Guitar, On Center Performing Arts, Championship Training, Poverello Center, Travelers Rest & Heritage Center, Learning and Meaning, Zootown Arts Community Center, Hospice Care Foundation, Climate Smart Missoula, out.Land.ish Podcast, and more!

 

4-MILE FUN RUN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

8:30am Start Time. Please visit Run Wild Missoula for registration and additional information. Also, be sure to check out Destination Missoula for lodging information and places to stay during your visit to Missoula.

About Missoula
Missoula is a city of 64,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. At 3,200 feet above sea level, the summer evenings are cool and the days sunny and warm. The Garden City marks the confluence of five valleys and is surrounded by the Rattlesnake Wilderness and the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests; the Clark Fork River flows through downtown and lively trout wait to test the next angle’s line in the nearby Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers.

The University of Montana lends the town its progressive vibe and its 14,000 students give Missoula a youthful pulse year-round. The city is home to more than 100 restaurants; here you can find something to satisfy every palate. Historic downtown provides a unique shopping experience and a wealth of watering holes to quench your thirst after crossing the finish line. Missoula is also a launching point to some of the country’s most breathtaking wild lands: Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and more.

FUN RUN SPONSORS

Runner’s Edge, First Security Bank, Farran Reality, Charter College, Pepsi