This event is based on good old-fashioned fall family fun. Activities include hay rides, cider pressing, music by the Salamanders, educational activities, food, and more. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the costume parade and dance party. A suggested donation of $1 goes to the Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.
Join Missoula's creepiest and scariest bar crawl around. "A Nightmare of Main Street" is a Halloween-themed bar crawl and promises an evening full of ghouls, goblins, and ghosts. Learn more and register at Facebook.com/CollegeCityCrawls.
Join our community of runners/walkers for Run Wild Missoula's 22nd annual Pumpkin Run. Event includes two races: a 400-meter dash for kids ages 12 and younger and a 5K open to everyone. 5K awards for overall winner (the 222nd-place runner), fastest female and male, and age divisions. Register at RunWildMissoula.org.
Mark your calendar for the last Farmer's Market of the season! It's your last chance to stock up on your favorite canned jams and fresh seasonal goods before winter moves in.
This is the 12th year of Rolling Thunder, a cyclocross race. It lasts all day. The morning is kid- and youth-focused with races for striders to 17-year-olds. Later, beginners and adult categories. The evening brings the men and women elite groups. Coffee, beer, food, and a kids skill park will be available all day. Visit RollingThunderCyclocross.com for more.
Written when Beethoven was completely deaf, Symphony No. 9—also known as Ode to Joy and "the Choral"—embodies the strength and triumph of the human spirit. Join the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale as they deliver Beethoven's enduring message of perseverance. Get tickets at MissoulaSymphony.org.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter A.J. Croce will perform his own songs as well as those of his father, the legendary Jim Croce, as he explores "Two Generations of American Music." Get tickets at GrizTix.com.
Intimidated by working with knits? Don't be! In this two-week course, you will learn to make a classic drape-front cardigan using the Grainline Studio Lark Tee as the base. Course fee is $60, and you get a 15 percent discount on all supplies purchased for a class. Register at TheConfidentStitch.com.
From tribal stories and ancient histories to more recent historical individuals like Sitting Bull, Plenty Coups, Sacagawea, Eloise Cobell, and the Fort Shaw Girls' Basketball Team of 1904, these stories add to the vibrancy and deep meaning of Big Sky Country. Hal Stearns is an instructor for UM's Lifelong Learning Institute and Humanities Montana. This event is free and open to the public.
Head over to the Fairgrounds for your Christmas tree and support the Missoula Lions Club in their largest fundraiser of the year. This annual sale has been a staple in our community since 1944. Happy tree shopping! Sale ends Wednesday, December 6. Visit MissoulaLionsClub.org for more.
Compete in a fun and exciting game of Naturalist Trivia hosted by the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium. This program is entertaining and educational for all abilities and backgrounds. Our host is bringing a collection of photos and plenty of information to share. Bring a team or join one. BYOB and snacks. Cost is $5. Visit MontanaNaturalist.org.
View natural materials with field and high-powered microscopes. See the scales on butterfly wings and the details in dragonfly eyes. Lichen will look like a forest and rocks will reveal their mineral crystals. Added bonus: Bring items from home that you have always wanted to see up close! Free with admission. Visit MontanaNaturalist.org for more.
The String Orchestra of the Rockies explores the magic and power of the Baroque lute, at one time the most popular instrument in the Western world. Experience the lute’s compelling beauty in the hands of masterful guest artist John Lenti. Tickets are available at GrizTix.com, GrizTix outlets, 888-MONTANA, or the Adams Center Box Office. For more information, visit SORMT.org.
This rowdy play spins the tale of how the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up came to embrace his legacy as Peter Pan and how an irrepressible young woman named Molly helped him along the way. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled by this charming story's inventive staging and pun-packed language. Tickets available at GrizTix.com.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years. Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Tickets available at GrizTix.com.
Build up an appetite before Thanksgiving dinner with Run Wild Missoula's annual Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run. Courses travel along the Riverfront Trail and Kim Williams Trail with short distances on a few city streets. Register and learn more at RunWildMissoula.org.
This annual fair supports local artisans and is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and special education at Sentinel. There will be arts and crafts as well as vintage, upcycled, and handmade goods. Happy shopping! If you're interested in becoming a vendor, contact Ashley and Andrea at SentinelCraftFair@Gmail.com.