Shopping – Hub of Western Montana
Missoula offers many unique downtown shops to browse through. Southgate Mall has over 100 stores with its Hallways to History (featuring a collection of historic framed photographs that chronicle 100 years of Missoula history). Conveniently located within walking distance to the Missoula KOA campground are many trendy discount stores like Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Target, Famous Footwear, Costco, Pier 1 Imports, and many others. Missoula is Western Montana’s shopping destination area!
Plays and Theatre Performances
Many enjoy plays and theatre performances at the Missoula Children’s Theatre and University of Montana Theaters. The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra of the Rockies performances are a must attend.
Missoula Farmer’s Market is a great opportunity to shop for fresh local produce grown in Western Montana. Fresh and dried produce, nursery plants, flowers, eggs, bread, jams, jellies and syrups baked goods and coffee are provided by over 100 vendors in an outdoor setting. The Farmer’s Market runs from mid-May to mid-October every Saturday from 8:30am – 12:30pm and in July and August, Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Located in Circle Square (at the north end of Higgins Avenue – by the XXX’s).
Missoula’s Saturday Market
The Missoula Saturday Market is A food and craft show run by local artists it is located on Pine Street in beautiful downtown Missoula, just off Higgins Avenue. Some of the items offered at the Saturday Market are photography, painting, fine art, jewelry, clothing, glass, ceramics, unique craftworks and food. Market runs Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm Season Begins: First Saturday of May and Season Ends: Third Saturday in October.
Clark Fork River Market
The Clark Fork Market provides a lively and scenic setting for buying locally-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, organic dairy products, plants, flowers, fresh handcrafted pastas, baked goods, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, wool goods and other wares from area farmers, ranchers and chefs. Breakfast, lunch, espresso, coffee, tea and cold drinks are also available, along with plenty of seating for customers who want to relax and enjoy the festive market atmosphere. Live music adds to the festivities from 10am to 12ish. Clark Fork Market hours are Saturdays 8am -1pm and runs May to Mid-October under the Higgins Avenue bridge in downtown Missoula.
Out to Lunch at Caras Park
Enjoy Montana’s longest running festival every Wednesday in June, July and August from 11am – 2pm. Out to Lunch is a weekly performing arts festival at Caras Park on the Clark Fork River, featuring musicians and over 20 varied food vendors. Every week local organizations provide free kids activities for attendees of the festival. Entertainment, food in a beautiful out door setting, there’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon than that.
Downtown ToNight in Caras Park
Downtown ToNight Missoula’s favorite evening music and food festival, happens every Thursday night in June, July, and August from 5:30 – 8:30 pm in Caras Park. Downtown ToNight is an outdoor venue for live music, food vendors, and the Bud Light beverage garden for residents and visitors alike. This event also highlights a weekly family activity and, as always, is FREE to attend!
A Carousel for Missoula
Come see and ride the first fully hand-carved carousel to be built in America since the Great Depression. Thirty-eight wooden horses await riders. Two chariots are available for handicapped riders, and others preferring a smoother ride. The horses and chariots ride on a 1918 carousel frame, lovingly restored and maintained by a volunteer mechanical crew. They revolve around artist panels depicting many of the local artists who created A Carousel for Missoula. The outside row horses travel at 8 miles per hour, making this one of the fastest carousels in the country. A Carousel for Missoula is the home for the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States. It has over 400 pipes which duplicate the sounds of 23 instruments and 45 musicians.
Located at the Carousel – Three Headed Dragon! 25 foot slide, obstacle course pavilion, swings, tot land, musical instruments, special details by local artists built by volunteers in 2001. This play park is in Caras Park in downtown Missoula, it sits alongside the Clark Fork river and is a great place to play