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April Events in Missoula!

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APRIL in MISSOULA is the time when the hills really do start to come a live with “The Sound of Music!”  The colorful sights and sounds of birds and blooms, hikers, bikers and community fun are everywhere to be found.  There is literally something for everyone at this time of year, so come out of winter hibernation to enjoy the many festive events!

-MMAC (Museum of Art & Culture) is celebrating 120 years of exhibiting Montana’s art collection pieces.  Currently, a beautiful tapestry depicting every day life in Belgium, is among the art being exhibited.  This viewing opportunity runs through May 23 at U of M’s Paxon and Meloy Galleries PAR/TV center.


3-12-05 powwow 017-Missoula’s 47th annual Kyi-Yo PowWow takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 17 & 18.  The theme this year is “We Are Montana.”  You shouldn’t miss all of the colorful and extremely talented dancers and drum groups that come from far and wide to attend and help unify Native American traditions.  The first Grand Entry Event begins on Friday at 7:00 P.M.

African drumming

-A World Rhythms Concert with guest artist Edi Gbordzi, who grew up in Ghana, begins Friday, April 17th at 7:30.  The events, including workshops, will be held in the Dennison Theater at the University of Montana.  U of M’s West African Ensemble, along with other multi-cultural groups will perform!

-The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is full of life, particularly in the early spring.  Take the short drive to Stevensville on Saturday, April 18th for a beginning birders walk at 10:00.

5-03 034 small-Join the Montana Native Plant Society (Clark Fork Chapter) for an evening flower stroll in Pattee Canyon.  Fairy Slippers, Glacier Lilies and Violets are among some of the flowers you may see on this April 18th evening.  What a great way to celebrate Earth Day: click on the link for car pool information.

-Join Missoulians on Bicycles for several different weekend rides.  On Saturday, April 18th the group will meet in Lolo and on Sunday, April 19th in Missoula.  Be sure to click on the link for more information or call Chris Jauquet at 593-0032.

-The 38th International Wildlife Film Festival starts Saturday, April 18th with the Wildwalk Parade.  The week-long festival offers many viewings to choose from and culminates on April 25th.  For a listing of films and festival events, visit the link above.

fish photoJazzoula 2015 helps extend our Missoula Jazz Festivals into April!  It is preceded by the Buddy DeFranco Jazz festival which already occurred in March.  Missoula’s own local jazz artists will be featured from April 21-23rd- yep, we love to JAZZ things up in this town!

-Down the Hatch Fest, organized by The Orvis Company, takes place at Caras Park and the Wilma Theater for the third year!   This April 25th event promises to bring tons of food and fun to Missoula.  What better place than our own home town to put on a fishing and mini film festival?  Missoula and the surrounding areas have some of the best blue ribbon trout streams in the world and this event helps celebrate that fact.

Carlos Nakai Native Flute missoulianNative American Flutist, Carlos Nakai, (“Earth, Wind, Fire”) joins Darko Butorac and the Missoula Symphony as a guest performer.  This final concert of the season celebrates Earth Day and promises to be both unique and hauntingly beautiful.  Performances are April 25th at 7:30 P.M. and April 26th at 3:00 P.M.

I. View- Missoula Valley 1 smallApril has many Missoula highlights to offer visitors and locals a like.  Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is here to give you a relaxing stay during April or any other month of the year!  Photo Credit: Trout- learni.st & Basspro.com, Edi Gbordzi & Carlos Nakai- Missoulian Newspaper, Others- Blue Mountain B&B



Upcoming Concerts in Missoula

Missoula’s diverse and thriving musical community offers fans as well as artists something truly special.  With winter approaching, outdoor events now start to cozy up in quint coffee houses, while others are belted out in breweries and concert halls throughout the city.  A person can enjoy some of the great local standards or look forward to incoming concerts of all types.  From Missoula’s symphony series to hip-hop or country western, there are venues for everyone.  Below are a few fun-sounding events that may just “sound music to your ears.”  “Hear” is what’s on the horizon!

Big Gigantic: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. Big Gigantic is an instrumental livetronica, hip-hop and jazz musical group based out of Boulder, Colorado. They combine electronic beats with live saxophone and drums instrumentation.

Reel Big Fish: The Wilma (131 South Higgins St.) Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Calling all swing dancers! Reel Big Fish is an American ska punk band from Huntington Beach, California, best known for the 1997 hit “Sell Out.”

Sea Wolf and Hey Marseilles: Top Hat (134 W Front Street) Oct. 30, 9 p.m.

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Sea Wolf will be performing at The Top Hat in Missoula on Oct. 30

Sea Wolf is a band led by Alex Brown Church, an indie folk musician based in Los Angeles, California. Hey Marseilles is a musical group from Seattle, WA. Seattle Weekly has said that “the biggest reason Hey Marseilles stands out in Seattle’s saturated pop scene is its innate knack for crafting sincere songs that rise with anticipation and recede gracefully.”

Dropkick Murphys: The Wilma (131 South Higgins Street) Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m. The Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996.The band was initially made a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick’s Day week shows, held in and around Boston.

El Ten Eleven: The Palace Missoula (147 W. Broadway) Nov. 11, 10:00 p.m. El Ten Eleven is a Los Angeles post-rock duo known for combining guitar/bass doubleneck or fretless bass, with heavy looping, or vamping, and the utility of an effects pedal, over acoustic or electric drumming.

Rascal Flatts: Adams Center Jan. 25th, 2013.  Ticket sales to be announced.  This contemporary country rock/pop trio is one of country music’s hottest!  Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney write some of their own hits and were named top selling group in any genre of music for 2006.   One of their biggest hits: Grammy-winning “Bless the Broken Road” written by Jeff Hannah and Marcus Hummon.

We hope that while having a relaxing and luxurious stay at our Montana bed and breakfast, you might find something fun to do in Missoula. After all, nothing is better than a comfortable bed and a hot, filling breakfast after a night on the town.






Discover Missoula Culture

Missoula Arts and Culture.

Take in a show at the historic Wilma Theater.

It is often said that Missoula has more culture than any other city in Montana.

Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.” It is also defined as “acquaintance with and taste in fine arts and humanities.”

Missoula, therefore, is the place to go in Montana to hear live music, watch a show, and see art.

Many people spend a few days at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast in order to do just that. They come here from more rural areas to see a show and browse art galleries. They come to feel the pulse of the city and the energy of the university. It’s invigorating. It’s fun.

Art galleries abound in downtown Missoula. One of the best times to visit them is on the First Friday of each month, when they stay open late and host artist receptions and other special events.

The University of Montana in Missoula brings a host of fantastic performers to the stage year-round. Some, like the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, are much anticipated. Others, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, draw more intimate crowds. There there is The Adams Center, which has the largest indoor seating capacity in western Montana; it brings such names as Dierks Bentley and the Rolling Stones.

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula

Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula.

There is also a good deal of history in and around Missoula. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula reveals the rich history of Missoula County. The Holt Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about cowboys and their rodeos and Indians and their Pow Wows. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture  has a superb collection of Rocky Mountain west art, contemporary Native American art, and a respectable number of pieces from Southeast Asian and European masters.

Treat yourself to a few days of culture. Allow yourself to be pampered while staying in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. You’re worth it.

Spring with UM Music

In the coming weeks and months, some outstanding performances will take the stage at the University of Montana. Consider coming to town for an evening of music and dinner in one of Missoula’s outstanding restaurants. Stay in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast while you’re here.

The Faculty and Guest Artist Series is showcasing many excellent performers this spring at the UM Music Recital Hall. All performances take place at 7:30 p.m.

  • Margery McDuffie Whatley plays piano tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 13.
  • Steven Hesla and Friends work some magic on the piano, Tuesday, March 20.
  • Wesley Ferreira will wow the audience with his clarinet, Wednesday, March 21.
  • Soprano Anne Basinski and Tenor David Cody perform Thursday, April 12.
  • A Faculty Chamber Orchestra will take the stage Thursday, April 26.
  • Steven Hesla on piano, Margaret Nichols Baldridge on violin, and Fern Glass Boyd on cello will perform Sunday, May 6.

The UM Student Ensemble Series showcases outstanding student musicians throughout the spring. All performances start at 7:30 p.m.

  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Friday, March 16 at the University Theatre.
  • UM Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday, March 27 at the University Theatre.
  • Spring Percussion Ensemble and Islanders Steel Band Concert, Saturday, April 14 at the University Theatre.
  • Chamber Chorale Concert, Monday, April 16 at the UM Recital Hall.
  • University Choir, Wednesday, April 18 at the University Theatre.
  • UM Concert Band, Tuesday, April 24, at the University Theatre.
  • Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Tuesday, May 1, at the University Theatre.

These concerts are a wonderful opportunity to support the University of Montana School of Music and see fresh, young talent. Come listen if you know someone performing, and come listen if you don’t. Either way, it’s wonderful music.

To learn more about upcoming performances, please see the School of Music website.

To make a reservation at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast, please visit our reservation page.

Missoula’s Wilma Theatre


Missoula's Wilma Theatre.

Take a look at Missoula’s Wilma Theatre the next time you’re staying at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. The Wilma was built in 1921 by William Simons (and named after his wife Edna Wilma) to house his Wild West Show, and it’s a spectacular example of 1920’s architecture. Today it is stands magnificently in the heart of downtown Missoula, a beacon after dark with its hundreds of flashing lights.

Not many Wild West shows are performed at the Wilma Theatre these days, but it is still one of the places to go in Missoula for entertainment and special events. It is home to the largest indoor screen in Montana  – a great spot to see films. And many performers love to play the Wilma because of the theatre’s history and beauty.

Upcoming special events include performances by Sara Bareilles on July 15, Gillian Welch on July 17. and Steel Pulse on July 19, 2011. When there are no special events on the calendar, many guests of our Montana Bed and Breakfast enjoy films at the Wilma. Two films are showing this week: Woody Allen’s latest, Midnight in Paris, and Buck, a stirring portrait of a real horse-whisperer.

If nothing else, we hope you’ll stroll past the Wilma on a warm summer evening.

To see what’s happening at the Wilma Theatre, please visit its website.