Live Music

Family Fun

Friday, August 26th

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

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 Performers

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



Activity Providers: Interested in providing an activity for the 2022 Family Roots Fest? Email [email protected]

Art Show

4-Mile Roots Run

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.

Saturday, August 27th – 8:30am | Start E. Main, Finish Caras Park

Registration now open! Enter HERE

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!

Interested in participating in the Support Our Roots Sidewalk Sale? Email [email protected]

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


Thank You To Our 2021 Sponsors


Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies • Opportunity Bank • Mountain Line • HDR Enginerring • WGM Group • DJ&A • Dorsey Whitney • Anchor Electric • Badlander Catering Co. • Grizzly Wine & Spirits • Good Food Store • DoubleTree Hotel • The Merc • RDO Equipment• Poteet Construction • Republic Services • A&E Architects • First Montana Bank • DCI Engineering