Events

Live Music

Family Fun

Stay tuned for the 2023 lineup announcement – coming in late April 2023!
Friday, August 26th, 2022 lineup

12:30pm – Kids’ Rock Bands

2:30pm – Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters

4:30pm – Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs

6:30pm  – Amy Helm

8:30pm – Amanda Shaw

Saturday, August 27th, 2022 lineup

12:30pm – Cowboy Andy & the Salamanders

2:30pm – Off in the Woods

4:30pm – Drew Landry & the North Country Ramblers

6:30pm – The Hillbenders

8:30pm – Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

River City Roots Festival: Past Performances

Family Roots Fest: Saturday, August 27th, 2022 lineup (10am-2pm in Caras Park)

 

Family Roots Fest Stage Schedule:

Matthew Nord, Tangled Tones…..10:00-10:30am

Double Bubble Dance Party…..10:30-10:00am

Living Rhythm Drum Circle…..11:00am – 12:00pm

Double Bubble Dance Party…..12:00-1:00pm

Childbloom Guitars…..1:00-2:00pm

 

Activity Providers
  • ANIMAL WONDERS
  • BATHING BEAUTIES BEADS
  • BEACH TRANSPORTATION
  • CASA OF MISSOULA
  • CHILDBLOOM GUITAR
  • CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY OF THE ROCKIES
  • CHILD ID PROGRAM
  • CLEARWATER SYSTEMS
  • DRIVE SAFE MISSOULA
  • FAMILIES FIRST LEARNING LAB
  • FOREST SERVICE
  • FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH
  • GLACIER ICE RINK
  • HEAD START
  • HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF FORT MISSOULA
  • IMPACT MARTIAL ARTS
  • INSECTARIUM
  • MISMO GYMNASTICS
  • MISSOULA BROADCASTING
  • MISSOULA PUBLIC HEALTH – LET’S MOVE MISSOULA
  • MISSOULA PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
  • MISSOULA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • MISSOULA TAEKWONDO
  • MOUNTAIN LINE
  • MULLAN TRAIL SCOUTING
  • PARKS AND RECREATION
  • PINSPIRATION
  • SAFE KIDS MISSOULA

Art Show

4-Mile Roots Run

Earth without Art would be eh…and so would Roots Fest! Discover art made by local and regional artists from pottery to leathergoods, paintings to jewelry. Support local artists and bring home something unique. Open Friday 12pm -7pm and Saturday 10am – 7pm.

Interested in participating in the 2023 Art Show? Applications will open in early February 2023.

2022 Artists

  • ABIGAIL DOYLE….Stained Glass – Bozeman, MT
  • ADORN TO RISE….Jewelry – Missoula, MT
  • ANOMAL PRESS….Printmaking – Missoula, MT
  • BACK ROAD STUDIO….Sterling Silver Jewelry – Belgrade, MT
  • BAILEY DURNELL….Jewelry – Missoula, MT
  • BEAUTIFULLY ROOTED….Greenery & Plant Accessories – Belgrade, MT
  • CHRISTY GREENE….Paintings on Silk, Prints, Christy Lynn Greene Clothing Collection – Clinton, MT
  • CLAIRE EMERY….Woodblock Prints – Missoula, MT
  • CLAY STUDIO OF MISSOULA….Ceramics – Missoula, MT
  • DOBEZ DESIGNZ….Jewelry, Cards, Paintings, Urns – Kalispell, MT
  • ERIC REESE….Photography – Whitefish, MT
  • ERYNN MCNEILL….Painting (Originals, Prints, Stickers, Pins, Wearables, and more) – Florence, MT
  • FEY FABRICATIONS….Cloth Dolls – Helena, MT
  • GAIL BECKNER….Upcycled Apparel, Jewelry – Missoula, MT
  • GREGG VISINTAINER – VIS ART INK….Drawings
  • HUNTER LEACH….Leather – Missoula, MT
  • IVERSON JEWELRY DESIGN….Jeweler, Lapidary Artist – Missoula, MT
  • JENNA FOREST….Wood Pyrography – Florence, MT
  • KELSEY WICKWIRE….Artist of a Variety of Mediums – Southern California
  • LAUGHING BLACKBIRD….Leather – Missoula, MT
  • LORI HOWELL….Fabric Art
  • MEGAN JOHNSON….Photography
  • MOLLY HUFF….Henna Tattoos – Denver, CO
  • MONTANA APPAREL….Montana Apparel – Missoula, MT
  • MONTANA BISMUTH CREATIONS….Bismuth Metal Art – Missoula, MT
  • MY DISCO DAYDREAM….Handmade Clothing: Retro + Everyday – Missoula, MT
  • NICOLE ANTHONY….Watercolor Paint – Billings, MT
  • REDCROW FINE ARTS….Acrylic & Watercolor Paint, Prints, Jewelry
  • SAMMY T CERAMICS….Ceramics
  • SILVER LININGS….Jewelry made from Vintage/Antique Flatware – Lolo, MT
  • SLICKERY BLENDS….Artisan Soaper – Missoula, MT
  • SUN AND MOONSTONE CO….Jewelry – Missoula, MT
  • TAKE COURAGE JEWELRY DESIGNS, & JUST WEAR IT….Jewelry – Lolo, MT
  • THREAD PARADE….Textiles (Wearable and Non-Wearable) – Missoula, MT
  • TOM LIND….Wheel Thrown, Hand-made, Hand-glazed (Brush) Porcelain Goblets – Missoula, MT
  • WHIMSICAL WEARABLES….Polymer Clay Jewelry and Wearables – Missoula, MT
  • WILDERLAND….Wearable Fiber – Butte, MT

Saturday, August 26th, 2023 – 8:30am | Start E. Main, Finish Caras Park

Check in late spring 2023 to register.

Our region’s largest arts and music festival showcases the gem of Western Montana – Downtown Missoula. This event, a unique public/private partnership, celebrates Missoula Downtown’s success and provides an opportunity to highlight some of Missoula’s most recently-developed attractions.

Roots Run is brought to you by Run Wild Missoula, in partnership with the Missoula Downtown Association.

Food Court

Support Our Roots Sidewalk Sale

Travel the world through your tastebuds. Immerse yourself in the local tastes and smells of some of Western Montana’s best food vendors! Open Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 10:00pm

Interested in vending at Roots Fest 2023? Applications will open in January 2023.

2022 Vendors

  • Banh Mi
  • Big Dipper
  • El Cazador
  • Empanada Joint
  • Isla’s Lemonade
  • Kamoon Arabian Cuisine
  • Lil’ Orbits Donuts
  • M-80 Chicken
  • Mountain Berry Bowls
  • Nourishing Cultures Kombucha
  • River City Eats
  • Sa Wad Dee
  • Sonora Shack
  • Taco Guy

SUPPORT OUR ROOTS SIDEWALK SALE – AUGUST 25-27TH, 2023

There’s nothing better than seeing our community coming out to “Support Our Roots” by supporting locally owned shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants! Downtown shopping and dining has something for everyone.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES IN 2022!

Unseen Missoula Music Tour

This is the place that I miss the most but
This town is full of ghosts….

Chart the course of the local rock scene in Missoula, from the 1960s to today!  This tour will show the broader arc of local rock in Missoula through a walking tour of Missoula’s current and past music venues, famous musical acts, and all things musical in Missoula. The tour will meet at Caras Park and you will receive more details after purchasing tickets.

Silkworm sings it bestInto the garden city I’m on the rise…

This tour is an exciting new part of Roots Fest in Downtown Missoula! Ticket purchases come with a Roots Fest plastic cup, a free drink token and a wristband. Please note: this is a 21+ tour.

Times and Dates of tour TBA

Questions?

Thank You To Our 2022 Sponsors

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TITLE SPONSORS: FIRST INTERSTATE BANK AND BOB WARD'S SPORTS & OUTDOORS

Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies • Opportunity Bank • Runner’s Edge • DJ&A • HDR • First Security Bank • Mountain Line • WGM Group • Dorsey & Whitney • Good Food Store • DoubleTree by Hilton • AC Hotel/Residence Inn by Marriot • The Galleries at 120 N. Higgins (Allez!, Art Vault, Radius Gallery, and Relic) • Stockman Bank • Your Home Improvement Co. • Boone Karlberg • Zip Beverage • Badlander • Grizzly Liquor • ATTIC • First Montana Bank • Chase Jones, INK Realty • Shanti Guitars • Mind Palmer, Berkshire Hathaway Montana Properties • Poteet Construction • DCI • A&E Design • PayneWest Insurance • Climate Smart Missoula • Missoula Parking Commission • City of Missoula • Red’s Towing