Missoula Festival

River City Roots Festival Celebrates Missoula

River City Roots Festival, Missoula Montana

Missoula is as fun as it is beautiful during these warm summer months. It’s an interesting city with a unique identity.  Both a cultural mini-metropolis with a vibrant arts and culture scene, and a mecca for nature lovers, Missoula is hard to beat. Whether you want to explore under Montana’s expansive skies, or whether you’d rather stay in the city and experience Missoula’s local vibe, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in this vibrant city.  Guests staying with us in August may want to consider heading down to The River City Roots Festival.  No where else can you experience the favorites of Missoula at any one time.  The two days of festival serve up a great selection of craft beer, live music, art, water recreation, local foods, and family fun.  Book your summer getaway with us at our Montana Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

International Wildlife Film Festival 2016

International Wildlife Film Festival

The 39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival happens at Roxy Theater at 718 S. Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana starting on Saturday April 16 through Saturday 23, 2016.

The WildWalk Parade (which is free to the public) happens Sunday April 17 starting at noon.  Dance, crawl, swing, and slither through downtown Missoula as the wildlife parade roars down Higgins ending at Caras Park for WildFest!

The International Wildlife Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media. Their mission is fulfilled through outreach and education, and includes the following programs:

  • IWFF, our annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival

  • The Roxy’s community cinema program, a year round calendar of community-centric films and events

Throughout the year they serve a diverse, all-ages population – their constituency ranges from grade school children to elders. Their programming offers a rich variety of possibilities, from wildlife and environmental film and new and classic fiction and documentaries, to live music, poetry, performance and other cultural offerings.

The IWFF began in 1977 at the University of Montana. They have produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making them the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, they purchased the historic Roxy Theater to act as the anchor/home for the festival.

While IWFF presented their annual event each year, and some occasional programming, the true potential for the venue was not realized until the summer of 2013 when we launched their year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with universities, businesses and the local Missoula community.

IWFF is a non-profit that serves other non-profits by providing a venue and a gateway for the community. The Roxy is a unique venue with incredible resources including three cinema screens with HD projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events.

When you visit Missoula to attend the International Wildlife Film Festival, be sure to stay at the peaceful Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  Hosts Brady and Elaine offer wonderful hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Wake up to savor their gourmet breakfasts made fresh each morning.

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast in MisSOULa

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast loves being in MisSOULa, Montana!  

Home to:

    • #1 Grizzly Eagles
    • Tasty Big Dipper Ice Cream
    • Substantial Subaru dealership
    • Events & Concerts at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium
    • Beautiful Bitterroot River
    • Live Performances at WILMA
    • The Missoulian
    • KECI TV
    • Splash Mountain Waterpark
    • Destination Downtown Missoula
    • The Western Montana Fair
    • 8 KPAX
    • Gorgeous Blue Mountains!

Source: YouTube video “MisSOULa” produced by Michael Melugin

Local Missoula Activities

Arts and Culture

  • Artsy Art Galleries
  • Awesome Attractions
  • Entertaining Entertainment
  • Extraordinary Events
  • Moving Museums
  • Musical Music
  • Theatrical Theatre


  • Brewing Breweries
  • Cool Casinos
  • Delicious Distilleries
  • Extra Special Events
  • Fantastic Food and Drink
  • Night Out Nightlife
  • Savvy Shopping
  • Winning Wineries


  • A Carousel for Missoula
  • Delightful Day Trips
  • Garnet Ghost Town
  • Golden Gold and Gem Mining
  • Hot Hot Springs
  • Lovely Lewis and Clark Trail
  • Pleasing Parks
  • Wild Wildlife

Outdoor Recreation

  • Beautiful Biking Scenery
  • Breathtaking Birding
  • Cool Camping
  • Great Golfing
  • Heartwarming Horseback Riding
  • Heavenly Hiking
  • Watching Missoula Osprey play baseball

Water Activities

  • Fun Fishing
  • Kind Kayaking
  • Lovely Lakes
  • Rad Rafting
  • Rolling Rivers
  • Safe Stand-Up Paddle Boating
  • Tubular Tubing

Winter Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Icy Ice Fishing
  • Ice-tacular Ice Skating
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Snowy Sleigh Rides
  • Speedy Snowmobiling
  • Snazzy Snowshoeing

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast Relaxation

  • View wildlife with binoculars from your deck
  • Read guidebooks and books about our local history
  • Enjoy a refreshing drink while sitting in the garden
  • Listen to the Old Player Piano
  • Watch wild birds and hummingbirds
  • Take in views of the scenic mountains, valley, and waterfall
  • Game of billiards in the lodge’s recreation room
  • Play horseshoes or have a picnic in private area outside
  • Stay inside and watch a movie on the wide screen

Remember Paul McCartney will make his first ever appearance in Missoula, Montana when the “Out There” tour rolls into Washington-Grizzly Stadium on August 5, 2014.  We love MisSOULa and our guests do, too!  There is nothing like the Blue Mountain B&B experience!

Written by Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging

Awesome August Activities in Missoula

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What’s happening here in “The Garden City”  in August?  There are lots of events to look forward to from fun in the sun to sipping something cool in the shade!  While the days are still hot, they are getting shorter which means the nights are cooling off.  August is a wonderful time for short evening excursions or play time in the park.  It’s also one of the nicest times to enjoy the wild birds and a beverage on one of our many decks here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast.  The views overlooking the valley on the one side and the water fall on the other are beautiful.  There are water lilies blooming in the koi pond and day lilies above on the garden wall.  August in Missoula is a feast for the eyes as well as the pallet.  There are so many outdoor activities and fine dining experiences to enjoy.  You certainly won’t run out of options, so sip some of it in and enjoy!

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FAMILY FOCUS…  Missoula offers activities for young and old, but some of the best family fun ideas are listed by Destination Missoula so check out this link as well as the information listed below.


*Fairs and Festivals:

-Missoula’s Bone Ball is a fun, four legged fundraiser for the Humane Society of Western Montana.  This year’s event (on August 23, 2013), is a 50th anniversary celebration- thus the theme Birthday Party Animal!  It’s a fun event for a good cause and 100% of the proceeds go toward this local non-profit.  So dress in your best costume and enjoy the 11th year of this annual festival with your best friend (man, woman or beast).  The event is being catered by Johnny Carino’s and starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Caras Park Pavilion.

-Downtown ToNight happens in Caras Park every Thursday evening from 5:30-8:30 (June, July, August).  Enjoy live music, food vendors and a weekly family event that is provided by a local organization.  Kids might enjoy an obstacle course one week and learn a craft the next.  A couple of August highlights will include Mismo Gymnastics and the Great Grizzly Encounter!                                                  

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-The 57th annual Gun and Antique Show starts August 2nd and goes through August 4th.  The quality as well as the number of items for sale always amazes me when I go.  There will be 800 tables set up “floor to ceiling” in the U of M’s Adam’s Center.  If you long for a piece of the old west, then this show is something you won’t want to miss.  I’ve seen everything from beautifully hand carved knives to antique sewing machines- something for everyone who comes.

-The Ol’ Wild West Fest starts at 10:00 a.m. at Fort Missoula- August 3rd and 4th This two day celebration is a really fun way to step back in history to the 1800’s.  From a chuck wagon cook off, a quilt DSCF4068show and cowboy poetry to a cavalry encampment and gold panning, this festival spells FUN!  There will be plenty of food vendors and to top it all off a grand ball!  Admission is free for children 12 and younger.  Just $5.00 per day for adults (or the ball) or a weekend package that includes the ball for $13.00.  It’s great that this event has moved from Helena to Missoula this year!

-Out To Lunch at Caras Park offers over twenty food vendors and a different live band every Wednesday from 11:00-2:00 p.m.  This is the 28th season and it’s going stronger than ever.  Bring the kids because there are a variety of free activities just for them.

-Taste of The Big Sky is a first time event in Missoula and admission is free.  It will be held at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field.  Enjoy Montana grown foods, brews, wines and great music on Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Thanks, Badlander Catering, Destination Missoula and Missoula Osprey for hosting this first, annual event.

-The River City Roots Festival is a big hit in Missoula.  It’s free and offers art, entertainment, food and fun to all who attend.  In fact… in 2009, it was recognized as the tourism event of the year!  The festival is put on by the Missoula Downtown Association.  This year’s 2013 festival will take place August 23-25th.  You can read all about the fun in last year’s 2012 Blue Mountain B&B blog!

-The Western Montana Fair (August 6-11) draws a lot of people to Missoula.  From food vendors to the fairway to farm animals, it offers something for everyone.  I like the fact that it still has that local, country feel about it.  I have a lot of great childhood memories of exhibiting 4-H entries and playing in the band for the horse racing and rodeo events.  This year, Brady has been asked to do a cooking presentation in the Culinary Arts building.  So if you’d like to learn how to make delicious Danish Aebelskivers, come join in the fun (Friday, August 9th at 11:00 a.m.).  If you want a sneak preview of this Danish Viking delight, just click on this Aebelskiver link and enjoy.  We hope to see you at the fair where you will enjoy learning some new ways to dress-up this fun dish that is a cross between a pancake and a doughnut.


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-Guest lecturer, Kae Cheatham, will be at Beavertail State Park giving a presentation entitled Before the Horse (American Indian horse culture).  It is part of the Campfire Program/Summer Speaker Series which happens every Friday evening at beautiful Beavertail State Park.  This particular lecture is scheduled for August 9th at 8:00 p.m.  The drive will take approximately 30 minutes and you can call for further information (29895 Bonita Station Road Clinton, MT 59825  Phone: 406-240-0155).       If you are interested in similar programs provided by Montana State Parks, click on this link.

Missoula’s Historic Downtown Walking Tour is a perfect pairing with a night on the town, a visit to the Farmer’s Market or some great shopping.  There are many interesting stories to uncover about Missoula’s past from its early architecture to its secret underground!  You can also enjoy the Public Art Tour of Downtown Missoula in the same historic district!  Be sure not to miss the marble statue of John Mullan, St. Francis Xavier Church, as well as the beautiful Paxon murals in the Missoula County Court House.

-The Ninemile Remount Depot and The Smokejumper Visitor Center are fascinating places to visit if you’d like to learn some history or current technology used  in fighting forest fires.  August is a time when smoke can get in your eyes here in Missoula, it’s the price we pay for being surrounded by beautiful, mountainous terrain.  Missoula was not only the first smoke jumper training base in the nation, but currently is the largest as well!  When I was a kid, I remember watching  the parachute training practices which often took place very close to the Blue Mountain area.  If you have a particular interest in slurry bombers or other historic planes you will also find the Museum of Mountain Flying to be of interest.

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-Check our Blue Mountain B&B AREA LINKS page for other great history-related trips in Missoula and Western Montana.                                   

*Music, Theater and Culture:

-The Missoula City Band Concert (Bonner Park, 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 7th & 14th) and The Missoula Symphony in the Park (Caras Park, 7:00 p.m. August 11th ) offer audiences an opportunity to be surrounded by music in beautiful outdoor settings.  Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a casual repertoire that is music for both the eyes and the ears.  There is no admission fee to any of these events.

-Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is one of the most enjoyable evenings you will experience in Missoula (or elsewhere in Montana).  To make it truly delightful, bring some wine and cheese and a picnic blanket!  Be sure to come a bit early so you get good seating.  The schedule for Missoula is as follows: The Recruiting Officer on August 26th and Henry V on August 27th.  Outdoor seating is at the U of M Oval at 6:00.  In case of a downpour, the production will take place in the University Center Theater.  If you are unable to attend either of the Missoula evenings, you can enjoy The Recruiting Officer in Hamilton at The Daily Mansion on the 28th.  Henry V will be presented at the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge on the 31st of August.  Same times, just different places!

-Huey Lewis, Eden Atwood and Friends present Soulsville-  a benefit for the Interface Project at the MCT theater on Friday, August 2nd  at 6:00 p.m.  Atwood is a jazz singer, voice coach and local celebrity.  To learn more about tickets or the Interface Project, go to www.interfaceproject.org or call 406-480-6228.  You can also click on the following Missoulian Newspaper link to read a fascinating and educational article about this upcoming concert.

-Travelers’ Rest State Park will host its 3rd annual summer concert and BBQ (August 1st, 5:00-9:00 p.m.).  The proceeds support their K-12 educational programs which are based around both history and nature.  This year’s featured artists include Shane Clouse and Kevin Van Dort.  Travelers’ Rest is just down the road from Blue Mountain B&B so we enjoy attending events and hosting their winter time guest speakers.  It’s one of our favorite non-profits to support and thus last year’s concert event is written up in the following Blue Mountain B&B blog link.

-The Wilma Theater always has something going on so it’s best to click on this link to find out more.IMG_2781  small



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*Outdoor Markets:

-The Missoula Farmers’ Market has been an on-going Missoula event for four decades at Circle Square and goes from May through October (Saturdays 8:30-noon).  To get there, go to the north end of Higgins Avenue (the location of the Northern Pacific Rail Road Depot and the sculptures of John Mullan and the red X’s).  An extension of the Farmer’s Market fun occurs just down the way on Pine Street at The People’s  Market which showcases arts and crafts.  Walk even further south and you will hit the Clark Fork River Market which is under the Higgins Street Bridge (8:00-1:00 p.m.)  Yes indeed, Missoula loves its open air markets!  When you’re all done make sure you continue with the fun with a visit and ride on the Carousel.  If you can’t hit one of the Saturday Markets, then you can enjoy a version of The Farmer’s Market each Tuesday (July-September 5:30-7:00 p.m).


-Missoula loves its Grizzly Football Team, evidence of which can be seen throughout the entire town.  Griz fans from far and near will flock to the stadium for our opening game against Appalachain State- one of the top teams in the FCS.  So even though August 31st  seems like the “last” day of summer, it’s the first day to usher in the 2013 Grizzly Football season!  This year, The Griz will play 12 games for the first time in five years.  It should be another exciting season of football with six home games to look forward to.  Go Griz!      Bitterroot valley pics 10-21-05 012

-Missoula Osprey Baseball in Ogren Park Allegiance Field is a real hit with everyone.  It sports beautiful views of the mountains at sunset and is situated alongside the Clark Fork River.  To say the least, catching an Osprey game is a super fun way to spend an evening in Missoula.  (Home games are Aug. 1-3, 4-6, 13-19, 31)  Click on the provided Osprey link for game times and ticket information.

If getting out in nature is more of your game, then Missoula offers some great river guide and horse back riding adventures.  Here is a list of some of our favorites, so check them out!  Blackfoot River Outfitters, Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures and Dunrovin Ranch.  If you want to try your hand at rock climbing or other outdoor sports, then The Trail Head is the place to get your gear and some good advise!



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-Dining Outdoors: Many Missoula restaurants offer lovely outdoor dining experiences with large patio gardens or views.  Some Missoula favorites include Caffe Dolce, The Depot, Finn and Porter, The Iron Horse, Jakers, The Keep, Rattlesnake Gardens and Scotty’s Table.  A few of our casual favorites offer simple street-side bisto tables or cool indoor retreats, including Biga Pizza, Ciao Mambo and Iza.  Many of these restaurants offer gluten-free menus which is nice.

-Indoor Elegance: If you are truly looking for a unique and outstanding culinary treat, we recommend both The Pearl and The Silk Road!  Both offer lovely indoor seating and a few tables on the street outside.  The ambiance at the Pearl is one of the nicest in Missoula and it’s a favorite among our many guests here at Blue Mountain B&B.  If you would like to go on a truly amazing tasting tour of the world, then join the Risho family for a gourmet topis experience that you will find no where else.  Among other fabulous dishes, their beef tenderloin togarashi is supurb!  They have a full gluten-free menu as well.

  One of our other real favorites is the Red Bird (indoor seating only).  Their gourmet dishes are a work of art and as beautiful as they are palette pleasing!  Every dish is a masterpiece, prepared with special talent and thought.  Unlike some gourmet experiences, Missoula’s top restaurants always leave you feeling truly satiated.  For a town of our size, we have some really outstanding dining choices.

-Sack Lunching It: If you’d like to eat on the go but not pack lunch yourself, Missoula offers a couple of really great options.  Why not enjoy a day on the river or in the woods with a nutritious and mouth watering “sack lunch?”  The Buttercup Market and Cafe is a wonderful, locally owned hide away in the University District.  They offer breakfast and lunch and have a wide selection of delicious gluten-free pastries.  All of their ingredients are grown or made either locally or regionally!  You can also stop by The Good Food Store and pick up something from their salad bar.  They also have great sandwiches as well as hot dishes available and you are welcome to eat in or take it with you.

*Wine, Brew and Tasting Events:

Enjoy wine tasting at La Grotta Bella every Thursday night from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  You can purchase tickets upstairs at The Old Post Pub for $10.00 and then take the almost hidden staircase down into the “catacombs of Italy.”  The stone walls and lovely architecture will indeed give you the feel of spending an evening somewhere in Europe!  (103 W. Spruce St., Missoula  721-7399)

-Don’t forget Taste of The Big Sky which is listed above, under festivals!  If you enjoy tasting locally made wine and beer this is an event for you.

-Other Area Wineries and Breweries:  Bayern Brewery, Big Sky Brewery, Draft Works BreweryFlathead Lake Brewing Company, The KettlehouseLolo Peak Winery,  Missoula Winery and Event Center and Ten Spoon Vineyard and Winery.  For a list of general Montana wineries, click on this Made In Montana link.

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Many locals as well as out of town guest enjoy a get-away at Blue Mountain Bed & Breakfast.  It’s a perfect way to take a little vacation… surrounded by the beauty of the forest and yet only minutes from downtown Missoula!




2012 Montana Brewers Festival in Missoula, MT

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Come to Caras Park on the Clark Fork River in Downtown Missoula, MT for the Montana Brewers Festival 2012.

Saturday, October 6 ~ 1-7 pm
The 4th Annual Montana Brewers Festival will soon be coming to Caras Park in downtown Missoula. If you love beer and all things Montana, this is going to be the perfect event for you. Over 20 true Montana breweries will offer more than 60 Montana-made beers. New beer releases will be from 1-4 pm–taste these new brews for the first time!

Man and woman cannot live on beer alone, so there will also be food vendors with many tasty options to pair with your beer. The atmosphere will be made all the more festive with live music. Listen to acoustic guitarist and vocalist John Floridis, plus rock on with The Growlers, dance to the reggae beat of Chele Bandulu and feel the funk with Kung Fu Kongress.

Visit MontanaBrewers.org for more information and to buy tickets online. Tickets are $12 which includes a collectible Fourth Annual Montana Brewers Festival tasting glass + 2 tokens. Get additional token for $1 apiece. Pay a little more and $20 gets you a VIP ticket (+$1.00 processing fee) with the glass, 4 tokens and a special noon entry that lets you in early for a tasting ahead of the crowd.

For the safety of all, the festival thoughtfully provides a Designated Driver Program. Get home safely everyone!

Book your room at our Missoula B&B in time for the Missoula Montana Brewers Festival. Our peaceful Blue Mountain lodging get-a-way is less than a 15-minute drive from Caras Park in Missoula.

August 25-26, 2012 River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT

This free festival is one of Missoula’s biggest cultural celebrations of the year. Missoula’s Downtown comes alive with live music all weekend, plus a juried art show and fun activities for kids and adults alike. There’s plenty of free parking and great food. The Food Court on Ryman between West Main and West Front will have 17 vendors serving foods both local and exotic. In addition, about 100 Downtown Missoula restaurants, cafes and pubs will be open and ready to serve their best.

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Downtown Missoula is the site of the Roots Festival 2012.

Below are the highlights of the River City Roots Festival 2012 in Missoula, Montana:

River City Roots Festival Art Show in Missoula
The Roots Fest juried art show features high-quality original paintings, photography, ceramics, sculputures, jewelry, fiber arts and wood crafts by Pacific Northwest artists. Set up along Downtown Missoula’s Main Street, the art show is a central component of this Missoula signature celebration.

2012 Roots Festival Music on the Main Stage
Ten musical groups over two days will play on the Main Stage set up on West Main Street. Dance to reggae-inspired music, listen to good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll, or just get funky. There will be a wide range of musical styles for every taste. Click here for a complete schedule and descriptions of all the bands.

Children’s Activities in Caras Park, Missoula
There’s fun for the kids in Caras Park along the Clark Fork River. For both days of the festival, the Children’s Fun Festival in Caras Park is open 12 to 6 pm. spectrUM Science Discovery Area will have exhibits plus other groups will provide kid-friendly activities such as a youth performance stage, face painting, children’s music & crafts and more.

Sunday, August 25, 2012 Missoula Roots Festival 4-Mile Run/Walk
The four-mile run/walk through Missoula will start at the bricks on Alder, continue through Greenough Park and end at Caras Park. The $1,500 prize will be split among the first five of the men’s and women’s divisions. Registration is from 7-9 am and the race starts at 9:30 am. It’ll be a scenic and challenging run, exciting for runners and spectators alike!

To learn more about this favorite Missoula event, including the full schedule and festival maps, please visit RiverCityRootsFestival.com.

Our Missoula B&B is only a few minutes’ drive away. Join the festive crowd in Downtown Missoula and then escape to the peace and relaxation of our Bitterroot Valley scenery and luxurious rooms.

Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2012

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The Buddy DeFranco Quintet

April means jazz in Missoula, thanks to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival. In 2012, the festival takes place April 27 and 28. As of this writing, we still have some space available at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival.

Buddy DeFranco plays jazz and bebop clarinet like nobody else. He has worked with such greats as Count Basie and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has performed with Art Tatum, and Gene Krupa. He is still going strong at 89.

The Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival at the University of Montana is a noncompetitive, educational event for high school and college jazz bands. The public is invited to attend as well, and those who do are rewarded with some fine music.

In addition to high school and college jazz bands, each year the festival features some of the biggest names in jazz. This year, performers include Bob Sheppard, Ignacio Berroa, David Morgenroth, Clipper Anderson, and the UM Jazz Band. Buddy DeFranco himself will take the stage on Saturday night.

Each year we welcome jazz fans to our Missoula Bed and Breakfast during the festival, as well as families of some of the younger performers. It’s always an exciting weekend, and we’re looking forward to it.

Additional festival information is available at UMT.


Documentaries Under a Big Sky

Nearly 100 documentaries were submitted to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. They came from all over the world. They were made by well known film makers and unknowns. They were feature length films and shorts.

The best were selected for viewing at the upcoming Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

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Missoula prepares to welcome film makers and viewers to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Some will make us laugh and some will make us cry. Some will fill us with wonder, and others will make us angry. We will be compelled to act. We will be amused. We will be upset.

We will feel alive.

The best films conjure these types of responses, whether they are truth or fiction.

Come to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 17-26, 2012. Stay at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast while you’re here.

Learn more about the festival at Big Sky Film Fest.

2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival

The 2012 Big Sky Film Documentary Festival starts in less than two weeks. Opening night takes place February 17, and the festival concludes on February 26. That means there will be ten days of outstanding documentary film screenings in Missoula.

This is the largest cinematic event in Montana; that’s quite a feat for a festival only 9 years old. It features some 125 non-fiction films and more than 50 artists. Screenings at the historic Wilma Theatre are augmented with workshops, panel discussions, and pitch sessions. And of course, it wouldn’t be a film festival without artist receptions and parties.

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The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place at the Wilma Theatre, in Missoula.

Each year, it’s films that draw thousands of people to Wilma Theatre. Highlights this include:

Up in Smoke. Can a maverick scientist revolutionize agriculture?

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. See them do what they do best.

Finding Fidel. The story of Erik Durschmied, a camerman who first met with Fidel Castro when he was a rebel leader in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

Tanglewood. How a non-verbal connection with horses can be healing.

Man on a Mission. The son of an astronaut realizes his dream and goes to space.

Ecstasy of Order. What is required to enter the highest levels of Tetris?

The documentaries explore the natural world, musicians, teenagers, and city symphonies. Both shorts and full features, they’re from all over the world and reflect a variety of sensibilities.

This may be your one chance to see many of the films screened in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Don’t miss this opportunity. Reserve your room in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast soon.

For more information about the festival, please see Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.



First Night Missoula, 2012

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Be sure to bring your dancing shoes to Missoula's First Night celebrations.

Missoula knows how to throw a party, and the biggest party of the year is the one that takes place to ring in the new year. Don’t miss it. If you live some distance from town, we hope you’ll give us a call and make your New Year’s Eve reservation at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

We say it’s the biggest party of the year, but really, it’s more than that. Events begin as early as 10 a.m. and continue until 2012 has made itself at home. They are hosted all over the city, from senior centers to museums to the Southgate Mall and beyond. There are numerous events for all ages, and many that are fun for the whole family: toddlers, teenagers, and grandparents.

Live music will be performed at venues such as the UC Lounge, the UM recital Hall, and the Missoula Senior Center. There will be ice skating from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Glacier Ice Rink, and Ice Carving in front of the Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be Taekwando and Fencing at the Southgate Mall, Poetry readings at the UC 3rd Floor Conference Room, and fun events at the Children’s Museum all day long.

First Night is a fantastic way to bid farewell to 2011 and welcome 2012. It’s meant to be fun, and it always is.

Ask about spending New Year’s Eve at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Call 877.251.4457.

Additional event information may be found at First Night Missoula.