Happily Ever Hixon!

After five years of dating, Kelly Nelson and Brian Hixon celebrated the beginning of their forever as husband and wife at the Missoula Winery and Event Center. Together with their friends and families, the happy couple arranged their own flowers, visited favorite spots around town, and recuperated at brunch following their big day. Photography ETB Travel Photography

Symphonic Cirque

It was a magical evening at the first collaboration of the Missoula Symphony Association and MASC Artisans. Musicians performed works set to choreography featuring the movement arts of aerial, acrobatics, dance, flow, and fire. Let's hope this is the first of many collaborations! 
Photography Meredith Britt-Z&L Media

Our Pets Are the Best

The 12th annual Pet Fest transformed the Missoula Fairgrounds into an adventureland for our four-legged besties, and their humans were entertained by and educated about the wonderful world of pets. Proceeds from the event were distributed to organizations working to help our furry friends find forever homes. Photography Linda Baumann

Revving It Up for Camp-Mak-A-Dream

Car enthusiasts gathered for a good cause: Camp Mak-A-Dream. The fourth annual Benefit Car Show at Fort Missoula, sponsored in part by Montana Rail Link and Garden City Rods & Customs Car Club, brought out the best sets of wheels this side of the Divide to raise funds for the non-profit that provides cost-free Montana experiences to those affected by…

Another Trip Around the Sun

Grizzly Harley-Davidson celebrated their fifth year of business serving the Missoula community and beyond with a biker rodeo, mini-bike 
races, good grub and drinks by UpNSmokin BBQ and the Badlander, and music by the Blue Collar Band. Congratulations, Grizzly HD! 
Photography Denise Russell

A Wheel of a Good Time

Stevensville—the place where Montana began!—was home to the second annual Montana Bike Celebration and Bike & Brew where community members from Missoula to Hamilton biked, swam, ate, and enjoyed lots of biker discounts in support of safe and public use of the Bitterroot Trail. 
Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

What’s (S)UP?

A crazy good time in a crazy mountain town was had at the fifth annual Windermere SUP Cup, a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) competition on the Clark Fork River. Spectators got a show of elite and recreational paddleboarders as well as enjoyed a Montana luau. The event was hosted by Windermere Real Estate, and proceeds go to the Missoula Food Bank's…

Happy Birthday, America!

The 41st annual Fourth of July Celebration and Pancake Breakfast at Fort Missoula was packed with activities to commemorate America's birthday. Kids and adults learned about Montana and U.S. history, played games, took wagon rides, pet animals, explored model trains and ham radios, watched demos, and so much more, all to a soundtrack provided by the Craicers, McKay and Hospkins,…

NamasDay!

NamasDay of Yoga was the first of its kind in big sky country. What set this yoga festival apart was its dedication to our community: Only local instructors taught, bringing participants fresh and imaginative yoga. The day's schedule represented the diverse world of today's yoga and gave Missoula an experience as unique as itself. Photography Matthew Roberts

A Ball of Fun

Missoula's first Knockerball competition was a—dare we say it—"ball" of fun! The competition was held at Loyola Sacred Heart's Field as a fundraiser for a December event called KYSSMAS, where underprivileged children and their families can benefit with getting some things they need. Photography Tan Curtis

Dog’s Day Out at The Ranch Club

The dog days of summer don't get much better when you're four-legged, with your family, diving into a pond full of toys and flying through an agility course. Dogs and their owners indulged in a day all their own at The Ranch Club and all proceeds went to shelter pets. 
Photography Sitka Tran, Humane Society of Western Montana

‘Rumour’ Has It: We Appreciate Our Customers

Western Rockies Radio, home to The Ranch 107.1/97.9 and The Ride 94.3, and Missoula Valley Lifestyle celebrated the customers who help keep the music blasting and the pages turning at their annual Customer Appreciation Party at Rumour Restaurant. Advertisers and their guests dined, drank, and went home with prizes, thanks to the many companies who support these two local media…

Missoula Welcomes the Art Park

Our community gathered in celebration of the arts and Earth Day at the opening dedication of the Missoula Art Park. Functioning as an outdoor gallery, the Art Park's inaugural exhibition By the Bike features artworks made with or inspired by bicycles in honor of MAM's partnership with Adventure Cycling and the City of Missoula. Photography Slikati Photo + Video

A Platinum Affair

The Human Society of Western Montana celebrated the humanitarian heroes of our community over the last 20 years with the Platinum Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award. This year's banquet was a platinum affair, featuring cocktails, fine dining, auctions, and music by special guest Charla Bauman. Photography Jeffrey Neubauer Media

Film Fest Fun for the Kid in All of Us

The seventh annual Montana International Children's Film Festival screened an amazing collection of films from 17 countries for kids and the kid in all of us. Photography Christy Ann Brown/Project Dendrite

Hooked for Spring

Community members went to Grizzly Hackle this winter for free beer, food, and fly-tying equipment to get geared up for springtime fishing. Want to join in on the fun? Mark your calendars to check out Grizzly Hackle this fall. Photography Charene Herrera and Radd Icenoggle

Dance Fever

Our local celebrities donned their dancing shoes and shimmied their way across the MCT Center for the Performing Arts stage as they vied for the title of Season 2 winner of Dancing with the Missoula Stars, a fundraiser for the Downtown Dance Collective. But there could be only one winner: Shannon Flanagan of Flanagan Motors and his pro, Joy French.…

Painting with a Purpose

It was a successful evening of painting and spreading some cheer all in the name of raising funds and increasing awareness for CASA of Missoula, a non-profit dedicated to providing independent, trained volunteers to advocate in the best interests of children in the judicial system who are at substantial risk of or have experienced abuse or neglect. Photography Painting with…

Color for a Cause

Missoula Brewing Company donated fifty cents for every pint sold to the Humane Society of Western Montana. Attendees enjoyed free coloring, great food options, and tasty beers while helping our neighborhood pets. Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

Winter Break

The cold didn't stop the fun. In fact, it invited it! Community members frolicked in the snow and participated in winter games at The Ranch Club's annual Winter Fest, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Meals on Wheels. 
Photography Charene Herrera and Cindi Willy

Run and Play in the Pool for the Health of It

The Women's Club Health and Fitness Center hosted the Run for the Health of It and Worldwide Aquathon Day and raised more than $5,000 toward cancer screening for western Montanans. Women's Club staff and members and our community enjoyed a morning of fun, fitness, and giving back. Photography Shelby Humphreys

Holiday MADE Fair

More than 190 local and regional artists set up their shops within the Adams Center two weeks prior to Christmas. It drew an elbow-to-elbow crowd and inspired community members to shop local for their unique gifts. Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

Montana MADE Wedding Fair

You name it—caterers, rentals, photographers, venues—the Montana MADE Wedding Fair had it. Brides-to-be and their friends, families, and fiancés enjoyed horse-drawn carriage rides, cake samples, and much more amid planning their upcoming big day. Photography Chelsea Lyn Drake

Hog the Chili

Grizzly Harley-Davidson got to cooking and feasting at its HOG chapter's ninth annual chili cook-off, where their unique chilis were tasted, enjoyed, and judged by a hungry crowd. Photography Denise Russell

B(r)awl of the Wild

Our beloved Grizzlies lost to the Montana State Bobcats, but fun and high spirits were still to be found in Washington-Grizzly Stadium during the 116th Brawl of the Wild—despite efforts on the part of the Bobcats that made us (want to) bawl. Photography Mike Tucker

Faces of Prevention

Go Blue Missoula is all about continued community participation in strengthening families and child abuse prevention awareness. Ambassadors paint our city blue and remind us of the jovial ways we can support each other. Photography The Parenting Place

Homecoming: A Grizzly Affair

Alumni from near and far returned to the UM campus to take part in the 2016 homecoming activities, including the parade, tailgate, and football game, where the Griz cruised to a 42-20 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. 
Photography Kim Cowan and Mike Tucker

Literary Talent Beneath the Big Sky

This year's Montana Book Festival offered readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a bookfair. Thanks to several organizations, the festival was able to feature standout events for five days and six nights at a variety of exciting venues. Photography Chris La Tray

An Evening at the Symphony

Missoula Symphony patrons toasted the successful opening of the 2016-17 season and mingled with orchestra members, Darko Butorac, and guest violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi at a premiere party held at the Gilkey Building with food provided by UM Catering and wine by George's. PHOTOGRAPHY DANIELLE M. ANTONETTI

Downtown on Tap

Downtowners filled the PartyPark on Alder and toasted the end of a great summer at the PartnersCreative-hosted Downtown on Tap, a monthly event of the Missoula Downtown Association. Partygoers feasted on goodies from Worden's Market and sipped on drinks from the Montana Distillery and Silver Dollar Bar. PHOTOGRAPHY PAMELA DUNN-PARRISH AND ATHENA LONSDALE

Bikers Against Bullies

Bikers Against Bullies USA revved its engine in Missoula as a support awareness program for the anti-bullying campaigns that already exist in our school systems. Created by bikers but certainly not limited to them, this event encouraged our children to be empowered and to live without fear. PHOTOGRAPHY "CANADIAN" BOB GILCHRIST

Easton Gets His Wish

Five-year-old Easton Klemundt got the Monster Truck treatment. He was picked up in a tricked-out Dodge that took him to the Hub for a party of "monster" proportions. His celebration was kicking off the fulfillment of a wish: to attend a Monster Jam show in Florida. Make-A-Wish Montana helped to make that happen. Photography Allie Simon

Rad Rods for Camp Mak-A-Dream

Fort Missoula welcomed rad rods from around Western Montana for the third annual Benefit Car Show. Sponsored in part by Montana Rail Link and Garden City Rods & Customs, the car show benefits Camp Mak-A-Dream. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Light Up the Night

Living Art of Montana celebrated its 12th annual Light Show fundraiser, which featured a silent auction, reception, dinner, and dazzling entertainment at the Hilton Garden Inn. This year's theme was Phoenix Rising and guests were encouraged to wear their interpretation. Photography Rachel Murray

Hog Heaven

Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from far and wide gathered to celebrate Grizzly Harley-Davidson's fourth anniversary over barbecue by UpNSmokin BBQ House, music by Sammy Eubanks, a burn-out contest, and a professional performance thrill show by 1 Wheel Revolution. Photography Jeff Logan

Faith in Action

Our many faith communities gathered at the Faith in Action Summit to celebrate the work of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative and Family Promise of Missoula (now under MIC) to address the problem of family homelessness. Coming together means having the resources and means to address the short-term and systemic challenges our community faces. Photography Mary Louise Zapp-Knapp

Welcome, SOMT Competitors!

The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games celebrated the best athletes from around the state before they headed to the fields to compete to be the best in their chosen sport. Photography Chris Spiker/SOMT

Youth Day at the Teller Wildlife Refuge

Local youth meandered the grounds of the Teller Wildlife Refuge at the Youth Conservation & Education Expo, where they learned about responsible land stewardship and how to live the core values of our state's rich outdoor heritage and developed a deeper connection to the land, water and wildlife. Photography Mike Tucker

19th Annual Ken Shughart Humanitarian Award Dinner

It was an evening to bark and meow about. The Humane Society of Western Montana celebrated the life and work of Judy Paul of the Montana Companion Animal Network at its annual award dinner. Photography Briana Kirby and Ali Solomon

A Cinematic Cultural Exchange

The sixth Montana International Children’s Film Festival brought together Montana families and international professors and students from the University of Montana to share their culture heritages, and attendees—children and adults alike—got the opportunity to view the world through a different lens. Visit MTICFF.com to learn more. Photography MTICFF

A Benefit for Bullock

Supporters and friends of Governor Steve Bullock, including Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, gathered for a special reception in support of the governor before the two famed Texas musicians hit the stage at the Wilma. Photography by Staff

We Go Red!

Our community painted the town red—literally—for the American Heart Association of Missoula's annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, where keynote speaker Joey Traywick, RN, entertained and put the spotlight on raising awareness on heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, honoring survivors, and inspiring lifestyle changes. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

A Night at the Cabaret

The nightlife and the symphony joined forces for an evening with the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider and their wildly eclectic repertoire at the Top Hat Lounge as part of the Missoula Symphony's Cabaret Series.
 Photography Danielle M. Antonetti

Painting with a Purpose

Friends, neighbors and community members enjoyed an evening of music and painting at an event hosted by Painting with a Twist for the Center for Music by People with Disabilities. Music was provided by CMPD and the event raised $600 for the center. 
Photography Painting with a Twist-Missoula

Radius Gallery Holiday Show

Radius Gallery opened its second annual holiday show with wine, sweet treats and more than 200 petite paintings, pastels, photographs and mixed media works from 76 artists, most of whom call Montana home. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

24th Annual Cowboy Ball

Guests at the Grizzly Rodeo's event, which raises funds for the UM Rodeo Team, dined on prime rib, bid on silent and live auction items, and danced to the two-steppin' sounds of the Shane Clouse Band. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

Athleta Grand Opening

The women's athletic clothing line celebrated its new Southgate Mall store with sips and treats by UM Catering. Shoppers can get their fit on with performance gear for yoga, swimming, running, fitness and more. Photos J. Willis Photography

We Will Never Forget

Our community gathered at Rose Park to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, and those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish

The Sweet Sounds of Summer

More than 5,000 people enjoyed the 11th annual Symphony in the Park at Caras Park. The summertime staple paid homage to the scores of some of Hollywood's greatest films, including Ben Hur and Casablanca. Photography Nick Baker/Fotoblender

Camp Mak-A-Dream Gets a Gift

Western Montana car clubs donated $41,500 at a 20th anniversary celebration where the public was invited to try all that the Camp has to offer: horseback riding, a climbing wall and ropes course, soccer field, basketball court, and a building dedicated to art making. Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish