To our loyal River City Roots Festival fans – we get it, this year has been well….one of many unique challenges. We are all itching to have live music pour through the streets of Downtown Missoula and come together as a community.

As you know, holding large scale events is tricky given the current pandemic. We are being extremely mindful and respectful of the current situation and are committed to adhering to all recommendations set forth by the State of Montana and the Missoula City/County Health Department. Because of that, Roots Fest will not look the same as it has in years past.

Our fantastic planning committee is working hard to develop a re-imagined Roots Fest that will follow guidelines put forth by the Health Department; our community’s health and safety is driving all decisions.

Rest assure, we have an uber creative committee who is committed to bringing joy, music, art, food, and community spirit to Downtown Missoula during a time when it is needed most. We are committed to finding a way to do all of the above in a way that is right-sized and respectful.

Stay safe Root Festers. Be kind. Be generous. Be patient. Be understanding. And spread love where ever you go.



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.


Thank You To Our 2019 Sponsors


Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies • T-Mobile, Opportunity Bank • Five on Black • Anchor Electric • Pepsi Cola of Missoula • Badlander Catering Co. • Grizzly Wine & Spirits • Shanti Guitars • George’s Distributing • Mountain Line • Spectrum/Match Marketing Group •DJ & A • Farran Realty Partners • First Security Bank • Runner’s Edge • Lithia Ford of Missoula • Good Food Store • DoubleTree Hotel • The Merc • RDO Equipment • Holiday Inn Downtown • Poteet Construction • Republic Services • A&E Architects • ATTIC • First Montana Bank • Morrison-Maierle • DCI Engineering