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First Night in Missoula

There are over 90 artists lined up to perform for First Night in Missoula – a town-wide celebration of the New Year that runs from noon on Dec. 31st until Midnight. Along with music, enjoy theater, dance, comedy and even more. If you are visiting Missoula for New Year’s, this is a great way to experience the best that the city has to offer! Here is just a small sample of the entertainment taking place:

Fine Art at First Night Missoula

Dana Gallery ( 246 North Higgins Ave.) is having an artist’s demonstration by Clay Pape from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Missoula Art Museum (335 North Pattee St.) hosts Soundings in the Commons by Terry Karsons and Musicians from noon to 4 p.m.

Murphy ~ Jubb Fine Art (210 North Higgins Ave.) is holding a watercolor demonstration by Kendahl Jan Jubb from 4 to 6 p.m.

Live music at First Night

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Featured Artist: Yemanja’s Kitchen 5:15 – 6 p.m. at the Dennison Theater. Yemanja’s Kitchen is a Brazilian jazz band. “Yemanja” is the Brazilian goddess of the sea, while in Brazilian music, “the kitchen” refers to the rhythm section (drums, piano and bass), which is always cookin’!

Dance Performances at First Night


MCT Center for the Performing Arts (200 North Adams St.) Kelli Marie Neumayer and special guests will be presenting the “Ancient Art” of belly dance, Hawaiian Hula dance and a variety of exciting entertainment! 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Poetry at Missoula’s First Night

In front of the Florence Building (111 N Higgins Ave.) Sonnets on the Sidewalk with Donald Gisselbeck. 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Stop by and read one of Shakespeare’s sonnets aloud to your family, friends and passers-by, or just stop and listen. This is some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written. Over the course of three hours all 154 sonnets will be read.

Purchase Tickets to Missoula’s First Night

Get your button, which will grant you entrance to all the First Night events, online until Dec. 30 at the First Night website. Buttons are $12 in advance or $15 on Dec. 31st. Pick up orders at the Missoula Cultural Council office at 327 E. Broadway.

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