The fine art in Missoula reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding region. And now is the time to plan a getaway to Missoula to admire the landscape. Catch the end of the magical, snowy season or the beginning of our beautiful, brilliant Spring. After a day of skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, explore Missoula’s charming downtown. Spend an afternoon strolling through the Missoula Art Museum and the many fine art galleries. Then top off the perfect evening at an excellent restaurant.
The Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the mountains, with amazing views of the Bitterroot River. However our lovely secluded retreat is only a short drive to lively Missoula. Reserve your relaxing escape with us and enjoy the stunning outdoors, in addition to our inspiring arts community.
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
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has become the largest cinema event in Montana and the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and receives over 1400 film entries from every corner of the globe.
BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. BSDFF hosts over 100 visiting artists, and screens an average of 140 nonfiction films annually at the historic Wilma Theater, The Top Hat, The Roxy Theater, and Crystal Theatre in downtown Missoula.
In addition to documentary screenings, public events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. Special retrospective programs have included the films of Academy Award® winning director Barbara Kopple, The Maysles Brothers, Frederick Wiseman, Joe Berlinger, Doug Pray, Kartemquin Films, and Les Blank.
Special guests have included Indy Rock legends Yo La Tengo, Comedian Tig Notaro, Academy Award® winning director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Les Blank (Burden of Dreams), Greg Barker (Sergio), Joe Berlinger (Crude), Ron Mann (Grass), Brendan Canty & Christoph Green (the Burn To Shine series) Chuck Workman (The Life & Times of Andy Warhol) Hart & Dana Heinz Perry (Sex: The Revolution).
Recent Award winners at the festival have included Siblings are Forever (Frode Fimland), A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel), This Way Of Life (Thomas Burstyn), Steam of Life (Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen), Blood Brother (Steve Hoover), Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski), Last Train Home (Lixin Fan), Sweetgrass (Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor), Gasland (Josh Fox), Rough Aunties (Kim Longinotto), Ashes of American Flags (Brendan Canty & Christoph Green), In A Dream (Jeremiah Zagar), and Bronx Princess (Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed).
Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast of Missoula, Montana welcomes you to stay at their mountain retreat. Film lovers across the globe will be visiting Missoula, Montana to see the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Choose a beautiful and restful setting with mountain vistas and Bitterroot River views.
In and around Missoula, there is a growing trend of portable eateries like food trucks and carts. These food unique food vendors are popping up around town at farmers markets, and local events such as Out to Lunch and Downtown ToNight. There is even a Food Truck Tuesday on the corner of Scott Street and Toole Avenue.
While some of the vendors are in a traditional Food truck set up, whereas others have transformed bikes, bbq pits, and carts into their own visions of mobile food. The one-of-a-kind food trucks serve amazing food that is as diverse as the many cultural communities found within Missoula, Montana.
The Big Dipper Restaurant (located at 631 S Higgins Ave in Missoula) also has an ice cream food truck they named “Cone Boy.” They provide locally-made ice cream with a variety of tasty flavors like: vanilla, chocolate, huckleberry, coconut, white mint orea, mocha chip, strawberry, caradmom, El Salvador coffee, bubblegum, green tea, maple walnut, black licorice, Mexican chocolate, vanilla-Reese’s, vanilla bean, and espresso Heath. The truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Tuesday Food Pod on Scott and Toole Street.
The Clove Cart Pizza Peddlers provide regular and specialty pizzas made from scratch and baked in an onsite, wood-fired oven. Their simply incredible menu reflects the abundance of produce Montana has to offer. Their oven cooks between 600-700 degrees and is big enough to cook two pizzas a time. Their food truck visits Downtown ToNight, Out To Lunch, and Clark Fork Market.
The Masala Food Cart offers savory Eastern Indian dishes. Fresh local produce and meat from local ranchers are turned into authentic Indian curries, chutneys, and pickles. Food truck stops include Dowtown ToNight and Out To Lunch.
The Kind Swine BBQ food truck makes authentic Kansas City style BBQ. They can be found at Draught Works Brewery in Missoula.
The El Cazador Taco Truck serves authentic, made-to-order Mexican food. Not only do they cater events, but they can be found in Downtown Missoula, Out To Lunch, and Downtown ToNight. They also have a restaurant location at 101 S Higgins Ave in Missoula.
Mishky’s Food Truck serves fresh, handmade pizzas and tacos. They can be found at Draught Works Brewery, Lennox Craftsmen Shop, and Downtown Missoula.
Tia’s Hot Tamales offers home-cooked authentic Mexican dishes to-go. See them at Downtown ToNight and W. Front Street in Missoula, Montana.
The Beastro Wagon (Burns Street Bistro Catering) offers slow-cooked meats and creative, classic sides that combine quality local ingredients with flavors from around the world. Find them at Draught Works Brewery and Burns Street in Missoula, Montana.
The Wild Weenie Food Truck makes street dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and veggie dogs served with a variety of fresh fixings. Food truck found at Front and Higgins, Main and Higgins, and 111 W. Broadway Street in Missoula, Montana.
Guests of Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, in Missoula, Montana, will enjoy fresh gourmet breakfasts each morning. Experience beautiful blue skies and peaceful mountain views all around. When you are out and about, try some delicious food from these Missoula food trucks.
The Missoula Insectarium first opened its doors to the public on June 25, 2015. It is located in downtown Missoula at 218 E. Front Street on the second floor. It costs $4 for guests (ages 4 and older) to take a tour. They are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. You can contact them at 406-317-1211.
Reporter Lindsay Brawner, from ABC Fox Montana Local News, interviewed The Missoula Insectarium Founder and Director Jen Marangelo (see the video below). The Director said they would like for people to gain a better appreciation for the vital role that insects play. Their goal is to educate the public about the fascinating lives of these important creatures through exhibits and educational programs in a family friendly environment.
Wonder how they get their insects? Many insects come from ordering them online or by trading with other insectariums. Other insectariums in the United States include:
The Audobon Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Bayer Crop Science Insectarium found inside the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina
The Insectarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Insect Zoo found at the SanFrancisco Zoo in California
The Monsanto Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri
The Missoula Insectarium is here for the community, both adults and kids, as well as here as a tourist destination. Insectarian Educational Director Carolyn Wiley runs the classroom aspect. She often witnesses the transformation of students who are initially reluctant to touch the insects who leave as fans. The Missoula Insectarium will provide programs and field trips for school groups, homeschoolers, and other organized groups.
Butterfly houses and insect zoos have proven to be enormously popular with the public wherever they appear and are used to generate increased visitation and revenue for many zoos, museums and other non-profit organizations. Director Jen Marangelo’s next dream is to create a greenhouse filled with butterflies that is large enough for people to walk through and see them. They will receive captive-bred butterflies (actually the chrysalides) from breeders around the world (primarily Central and South America).
In June of 2010 the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium completed a custom-designed business feasibility study to determine if their vision for an insect education facility in Missoula, MT could be viable. Guided by the positive results of the feasibility analysis, their vision for this facility includes:
A 2,000 square foot tropical butterfly house
A viewing area to watch the final stage of metamorphosis and see adult butterflies emerge from their chrysalides
An insect zoo and hands-on exhibits that teach children and adults about invertebrate biology, ecology and conservation
A classroom for school groups, community programs and special events
An outdoor pollinator garden and insect-themed playground
As a unique resource for our local community, schools, and visitors to Montana, the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the fascinating lives of insects and butterflies. By taking advantage of the ever-increasing popularity of these exhibits and by providing a state-of-the-art facility, The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be an educational and recreational resource for the local community as well as visitors to the Missoula area. ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB
Missoula Farmers Markets boast much more than absolutely delicious and fresh local food. Not only that, there are four local markets to choose from!
The Clark Fork Market is located under the Higgins Bridge, in the Riverside Parking Lot, just east of Caras Park in Downtown Missoula. Their hours are Saturdays, 8am until 1pm from the first Saturday in May through the fourth Saturday in October — rain or shine! There is ample FREE parking adjacent to the market at the parking structure on the corner of Front St. and Pattee St. and on the upper and lower levels of the Bank Street Parking Structure (the Millennium Building).
The Missoula Farmers Market is known as “the original farmers market” since patrons have been supporting local farmers and vendors since 1972. The were a finalist in the 2015 Best of Missoula Contest for three categories: “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners,” “Best Place For People Watching,” and “Best Fresh Produce.”
Market opens with fresh local produce, flowers, baked goods and coffee provided by over 100 local vendors. Located in Circle Square at the north end of Higgins Avenue in Downtown Missoula. They are open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays from mid-May to mid-October as well as 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesdays from July through early September.
Savor eating foods at the peak of their flavor, ripeness and nutrition
Enjoy buying plants that are raised by the people who sell them
Feel good about supporting our local economy and Montana’s local producers
The Missoula Saturday Market is known as “the people’s market.” Dozens of craftspeople showcase their photography, jewelry, clothing, soap, glass art,and various other hand-made items.
They are open from 9 am to 1 pm from the second Saturday in May through the last Saturday of September. They are located on East Pine Street in Downtown Missoula.
The Orchard Homes Farmers Market is a small farmers’ market who provides vegetables, fruits, baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, jewelry, jams & jellies, and a variety of other crafts.
Almost all of the vendors are from the Orchard Home area which means the produce was all grown within 1 mile of the market! Now, that’s fresh! They love their customers and love getting to known them personally throughout the season….making the “know your farmer” motto real life for all our customers!
They are located in the parking lot of the Orchard Homes Country Life Club (at 2537 S. 3rd Street West) which is just about 100 yards southwest of Wheat Montana Deli. They are open from 4:30 pm to 7 pm every Thursday from mid-June until October.
Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015 kicked off on July 3, 2015 with the movie Breakfast Club. This 1985 movie (rated R) celebrated the 30th anniversary of this classic John Hughes film. The Breakfast Club chronicles one day in the life of five high school students – all different stereotypes. They meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Each year the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) strives to bring you an eclectic mix of new, classic, children’s, independent, and perfect date night films. This started with a trial weekend in the summer of 2002. Missoula Outdoor Cinema was enormously well-attended from the start. Its season has grown to fill every weekend of July and August.
There are nine more movies showing in Missoula Outdoor Cinema 2015:
Spending the summer of 1963 in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman, a privileged daddy’s girl, falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
To Kill a Mocking bird (1962) (unrated) Saturday, July 18 2 hours 9 minutes
Sunset – 9:24 pm
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Relive this powerful classic just in time to read the highly anticipated sequel to the novel.
Hard Day’s Night (1999) (G) Saturday, July 25 1 hour 45 minutes
Sunset – 9:17 pm
A 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (PG) Saturday, August 1 1 hour 38 minutes
Sunset- 9:08 pm
Long ago on the Island of Berk, a young Viking, Hiccup, wanted to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid them. However, his father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon begin a friendship that opens up both their worlds.
Dead Man (1995) (R) Saturday, August 8 2 hours 1 minute
Sunset – 8:58 pm
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Iron Man (2008) (PG-13) Saturday, August 15 2 hours 6 minutes
Sunset – 8:47 pm
An early favorite in the Marvel Comics movie series, the first Iron Man explains this super hero’s surprising origins. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, industrialist Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil, but it leads him to conflict within his own company.
A League of Their Own (1992) (PG) Saturday, August 22 2 hours 8 minutes
Sunset – 8:34 pm
A fictionalized version of the real life All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, A League of Their Own centers on two sisters who join the league while most of the men of baseball-playing age are fighting in World War II. Their coach, one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), is now a broken-down alcoholic who sobers up as the team begins to show promise. The question is whether these competitive sisters can come together to take their team to the World Series.
The Chronicles of Narnia (2005) (PG) Saturday, August 29 1 hour 57 minutes
Sunset – 8:22 pm
When the Pevensie family is evacuated out to the country during WWI, they are unaware of the adventure they will encounter. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest daughter, Lucy discovers a wardrobe which transports her to the land of Narnia. Covered in snow, Narnia is full of weird and wonderful creatures, but is watched over by the evil White Witch, Jadis. When all four Pevensie children end up through the wardrobe, they discover that it was meant to be, as two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam must join with the mighty lion, Aslan to defeat the evil White Witch.
And We Were Young (2015) (R) Saturday, September 5 1 hour 55 minutes
Sunset – 8:08 pm
The interwoven stories of And We Were Young together give the whole arc of U.S. intervention in Europe, from enlistment and passage to France aboard pestilent troop-ships, through baptism by fire and lead and, for those who lived to tell about it, to the Armistice and beyond. Selected carefully from first-person accounts passed down in letters, journals, memoir and interviews, the dusty words of the men and women who were there come alive in silhouetted scenes of surprising beauty as well as shocking brutality. Mindful of this fine line, Smetanka’s feature debut demonstrates what fighting men have always noticed: that war, in all its abject ugliness, can have its senseless beauty, too.
The Montana Antique Mall located in downtown Missoula is the largest antique mall in Montana. They feature four floors and over 15,000 square feet of interesting and sometimes odd old stuff in what was once the Montana Hotel.
The Montana Hotel was built in 1890 and is claimed to be the oldest building in downtown Missoula. Located across from the original train depot, it serviced travelers coming east and west on the Northern Pacific railway. It also housed working men who gathered in the hotel dining room for supper at the end of their day and then could retire to the saloon for evening libations.
Today its home to sixty antique dealers and a variety of furniture, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, glassware, pottery and a little bit of everything else. There is even a library with books reflecting regional and historical interest.
Plan on an afternoon with the past and maybe taking some of it home. The Montana Antique Mall is located at 331 West Railroad Street in Missoula, Montana. Plenty of parking is available. The antique mall is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 406-721-5366.
Want more retail therapy? The downtown area also has delightful specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries offering clothing, jewelry, and other gifts for loved ones. Southgate Mall is the largest mall in Western Montana and with more than one hundred specialty and name brand stores, there is something for everyone. North Reserve Street also offers some popular box stores like Best Buy, Home Depot, and Old Navy.
There are so many wonderful things to see and do while you stay in Missoula, Montana:
According to Thrasher Magazine, Missoula has “one of the top five skate parks in the country.” However, MoBASH skatepark did not begin on an engineer’s desk or even in a City Hall meeting room. It started with three close friends who built wooden ramps underneath a local Missoula bridge.
Since Missoula had no areas designated for recreational skateboarding, Chris Bacon, Andy Kemmis, and Ross Peterson decided to build their own skate park. Eventually, these three friends were kicked out of their makeshift skate park, but fortunately, their story caught the eye of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department Director Donna Gaukler.
In 2000, Gaukler met with the three friends to discuss options available to create a recreational skating area. By 2003, the Missoula City Council approved plans for a skatepark. With plans finally approved, there still was plenty of work left to do. Bacon, Kemmis, and Peterson began fundraising.
Over the next three years, their project received a lot of support. The support came not only from within the Missoula community, but across the country. The future skatepark received donations from famous people like Jeff Ament, the bassist for Pearl Jam, and the legendary world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk. A number of local establishments and private donors contributed funds.
When a local Missoula family donated the final $100,000 needed to complete the skatepark and purchased the naming rights–MoBASH is an acronym using letters from the names of the family members. The skate park was finished by September of 2006, when Tony Hawk’s production company put on a free event to commemorate MoBASH’s completion. Over ten thousand people attended the event, making it the largest grand opening of any facility in Missoula history at that time.
Since MoBASH has been complete, the three friends have started the Montana Skatepark Association which aims to help other Montana communities create new skateparks and recreational opportunities. This fifteen thousand square foot park is situated just across the Orange Street Bridge from downtown Missoula.
Built by Grindline, the MoBASH Skatepark has a separate street complete with granite ledges and a huge bank wall separating it from the bowls. The tranny section is massive with everything from mellow to cradle to gnarly. For the purist, there is the kidney bowl complete with death box and love seat.
This park is a must skate for all Montanans and visitors alike. Skateboarders must wear helmets, but pads are optional. MoBASH Skatepark is open daily in McCormick Park in downtown Missoula at 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT 59801. For more information, phone 721-PARK.
The lovely Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfastof Missoula is fortunate to be located in an active community that encourages running. The Missoula Marathon, happening July 10-12 in 2015, is brought to us by Run Wild Missoula. Run Wild Missoula promotes and supports running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. With over 1,700 members, they offer races, group runs, track workouts, seminars and more.
Rated in 2010 as USA’s Best Marathon, experienced runners come back year after year to run the Missoula Marathon. United States Olympian Jeff Galloway said that this is one of the top four or five courses he has ever run. That should not discourage those with less experience, because this was also rated as one of the Top 10 Marathons for Beginners. Now people from all fifty states plus at least ten different countries participate every year.
The people of Montana involved in organizing the race are passionate, friendly, and supportive. They also are organized and give regular updates via email and social media for race participants to see. Runners feel welcomed and prepared. Missoula is a great place to stay active and live healthy. Residents have the benefits that come from most bigger towns, but they still experience a local community feeling.
Starting at 6 am, with the sun coming up, runners begin with breathtaking views of the valley and the gorgeous surrounding mountains. As they run in a beautiful ranch setting and up on the hillsides, go past the University of Montana area, and on to Downtown Missoula. As runners make that last turn onto Higgins, they experience a rush from the crowds of people lining the streets cheering them on.
The short five minute video below shows people exactly what to expect. One runner said, “You try to find a course that is a little bit of everything and I think that is what Missoula is.”