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.
LIVE MUSIC / FAMILY FUN!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD
12:30-2pm: Kid Rock Bands – Tangled Tones & ZACC’s Rock Band Camp
4:30-6pm: Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters
6:30-8pm: The Black Lillies
8:30-10:30pm: Honey Island Swamp Band
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH
12:30-2pm: The Whizpops
2:30-4pm: Cascade Crescendo
6:30-8pm: Acoustic Syndicate – 25th Anniversary
8:30-10:30pm: Leftover Salmon – 30th Anniversary
MAIN STAGE SPONSORS
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
4-MILE FUN RUN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH
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 4-Mile Fun Run Results
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH
2019 Family Fun Festival Caras Park Stage Lineup Coming Soon!
Children’s Activity Submission
FAMILY FUN FEST SPONSORS
Children’s Dentistry of the Rockies
Opportunity Bank of Montana
Flare Pops (Family Fun Fest)
Gonzo Farms (Family Fun Fest)
THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR TITLE SPONSORS: WINDFALL & DESTINATION MISSOULA
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