First Night Missoula has been a Celebration of Arts and Cultures for 29 years.
This year, a few things have changed but, you will still recognize it as this traditional favorite.
Arts Missoula is proud to put a new spin on an old classic. What's changed?
**We changed the name to Missoula on Main. Why? All the events (well, almost all) happen on Main Street in Downtown Missoula. We recognize that Main Street is a vibrant corridor in Missoula's Downtown with a world renown children's theatre, a globally award winning library, Missoula's favorite arts community center, our fantastic symphony, an inclusive place of worship, a beloved philanathropic foundation, great hotels and many favorite eateries! Its the best stage to present Missoula's artists and celebrate the passage of time.
**Buttons! In the past, they have been an all access pass to the events. With the help of our generous sponsors, we are offering many events for FREE! Some events are ticketed which provides a more rich experience for patrons and artists alike.
Commemorative Buttons will be for sale, if you want a complete collection!
**Adult beverages. A signature part of this event has been that it is Alcohol free. It is still very important to Arts Missoula that we provide plenty of options for a N/A experience should you choose it. Free and N/A events at the Library, MCT and the Indigenous Made MIssoula Market at the Merc. Other events, where there this is a bar, you may choose to partake or not, up to you!
With the new format in location, park you car once and cruise the event by foot. Be smart about your consumption and be a DD for a friend or call an UBER. Keep this event safe and fun for all.
**A street party! Who needs New York City Times Square? We don't! Bundle up and join us on Main Street between Washington and Pattee at 10pm for some music, food vendors and beverages provided by the VFW and Conflux.
Get ready for the Egg Drop, sponsored by The Wren at midnight!
**And finally, our artists!! Some tried and true favorites; Ed Norton Big Band at midnight, Celtic Dragon Pipe Band, Drum Bothers and many, many others. New for this year, a dance showcase that features Missoula finest dancers in all genres and ages. The Missoula Symphony makes its debut on this event with a very special candlelight symphonic experience. We have Indigenous Made MIssoula at the Merc with a First Peoples market, showcasing traditional and authentic wares. And a Midnight Masquerade Ball!
Look around the site, buy some tickets, make some plans with the family and friends. Or cruise into the New Year solo. Which ever way you choose to ring in another year, know that you are in a community full of resources and love.
**If the holidays are a tough time for you, there are resources including but not limited to Montana211
and the Suicide and Crisis Hotline 988.
SEVEN SHOWCASES BEGINNING AT 1 PM. MUSIC AND DANCE PRESENTED AT THE ZACC, UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, AND MCT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Buy your tickets in November and get a 15% discount
The Missoula Public Library, spectrUM Discovery Area, Missoula's Community Media Resource (MCAT), Families First Learning Lab, UM Living Lab, and Arts Missoula have partnered to bring you experiences for the whole family on every level of our beautiful, and now award winning, library.
We've teamed up The Roxy, Union Club and The Wren to bring you Kung Fu movies, music, ice carving and dance classes.
Our celebration of Arts and Cultures features 7 Showcases spread out from 1pm to 8pm. See dance and music beautifully produced in three amazing venues on Main Street. Each showcase runs about 1 hour, except Spotlight and the Dance Showcase. You can see as many as 5 showcases if you'd like! Buy tickets early and get a discount. In November get 15% off every ticket!
AND Midnight Masquerade-Under the Stars. Wear some fancy duds and a mask, this time over your eyes (and mouth if you choose)
We are shuttin' down the street baby! Food and beverage vendors and music, a bonfire and fire barrels, and the Wren Egg Drop. Yup. Egg drop. We have partnered with our good friends at the Wren Hotel to bring the first ever Egg Drop in...well...anywhere!
Party is on Main Street right in front of the Wren from 10PM-12 midnight
(One block of Main Street will be closed beginning at 7pm in preparation for the street party starting at 10pm. One block of Main Street from Pattee to Washington)
Check out the venues for Missoula on Main. We are excited to celebrate all the wonderful spaces on Main.
Meet our amazing and talented artists and organizations. Missoula on Main brings together 100's of Missoula performers, makers and presenters. Get to know them here!
Teen Singing Competition
A long time Missoula on Main (formerly First Night) tradition. 8 finalists will compete for cash prizes, free voice lessons, radio play and a recording opportunity
Our mission is Connecting Arts and Cultures through Education, Advocacy, and Community. This event supports our programs and activities throughout the year. We are proud to present this event that so beautifully elevate our artists, our venues, our sponsors, and our community. And we are so proud to live in a comun
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!