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Produced by the Missoula Downtown Association as the 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.

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12:30-2pm: Kid Rock Bands – Tangled Tones & ZACC’s Rock Band Camp

2:30-4pm: Moneypenny 

4:30-6pm: Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters

6:30-8pm: The Black Lillies

8:30-10:30pm: Honey Island Swamp Band


12:30-2pm: The Whizpops

2:30-4pm: Cascade Crescendo

4:30-6pm: Guy Clark Tribute – Shawn Camp & Verlon Thompson ” Tribute to an Old Friend”

6:30-8pm: Acoustic Syndicate – 25th Anniversary

8:30-10:30pm: Leftover Salmon – 30th Anniversary


Bob Wards, First Interstate Bank, Blackfoot, Dick Anderson Construction

River City Roots Festival: Past Performers






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.


Gail Beckner (Missoula, MT) – upcycled apparel/accessories/jewelry

Take Courage Designs & Just Wear It  (Missoula, MT) – jewelry

Ivette Kjelsrud (Huson, MT) – mixed media

Holliday Glass (Missoula, MT) – upcycled glass

Montana Bismuth Creations (Missoula, MT) – wood & metal art, jewelry, etc.

Lee Walker (Red Lodge, MT) – paintings

Stephen C. McIntyre (Greenwood, MS) – sculpture, painting, clothing

Megan Haney (Missoula, MT) – unique process jewelry

Carrie Kouba & Michele Pomeroy (Missoula, MT) – upcycled wall art, dishes, sun catchers, jewelry

Jessie Smith (Missoula, MT) – illustration and watercolors

Jamie & Mike Dobiesz (Missoula, MT) – scratch made jewelry

Gregory Richardson (Missoula, MT) – rock, wood, & acrylic landscapes

Elaine Fraticelli (Missoula, MT) – paintings and drawings

Dye that Binds Designs (Missoula, MT) – textile art

Made by Wam (Missoula, MT) – handmade journals; glow-in-dark jewelry

Eric Reese (Whitefish, MT) – photography

Ray & Christine Goroski (Lolo, MT) – upcycled & repurposed creations

Lunar Mountain (Missoula, MT) – jewelry

Damien Settelen (Missoula, MT) – jewelry

The Clay Studio (Missoula, MT) – ceramics

Pete’s Prints (Missoula, MT) – photography, mixed media, visual arts

Brookie Bands (Lolo, MT) – textiles

Lisa Ernst (Jefferson, MT) – porcelain/ceramics

Jmacs Pottery (Helena, MT) – pottery

White Pelican Designs (Missoula, MT) – jewelry

Rowan Nyman (Manhattan, MT) – nature photography

Christy Greene (Stevensville, MT) – painted silks, originals, prints

Jenna Forest (Missoula, MT) – wood burning




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.

2018 Map

2018 4-Mile Fun Run Results



2019 Family Fun Festival Caras Park Stage Lineup Coming Soon!

Performer Application

Children’s Activity Submission