River City Roots Festival is an annual celebration of all things Missoula. It is time to gather as a community and take to the streets of downtown (which are closed off for the festivities!) and to dance, laugh, and play with friends and family. There are lots of reasons to be excited about Roots Fest, but here are our top seven!
- Live Music: River City Roots Festival is, at its core, a music festival. Downtown Missoula plays host to stages and performers from all over the United States come to play under our big blue skies. The events calendar is impressive, so be sure to make it to as many shows as you can.
- Great Food and Drink: Missoula is home to a ton of fantastic food trucks, and many of these food trucks make their way to downtown Missoula for the festival. Additionally, there is a beverage garden selling beers and ciders, too!
- Family Fun: This is a great, all-ages event with activities and performances geared specifically towards children. Bring the whole family down for music, games, and more.
- Art: Over 25 regional artists will have artwork on display as a part of River City Roots Festival. This is a great time to browse and admire the art coming out of our area!
- Sunday Sidewalk Sale: On Sunday after the Roots Festival ends, many downtown businesses host a sidewalk sale. This is a great time to shop local and take home treasures from Montana!
- Downtown: One of our favorite parts about the festival is that it is housed in downtown Missoula. Parking is free all weekend (there is even a bike valet!) so you can pop into the festival without much hassle. The Comfort Inn is a short walk or bike ride from downtown Missoula, making it a desirable location to stay during this great festival.
- Summertime Send-off: River City Roots Festival is always the last weekend in August, symbolizing the end of summer. Students are back for the University of Montana’s fall semester, kids are on their way back to school. So Roots marks the last chance for us to gather as a community and celebrate sweet summertime in Montana!