Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell will share the Grand Ol’ Opry stage this August with Vince Gill and other Nashville legends. Then, as it turns out, he’ll come play in Missoula for the River City Roots Festival. The three-day event wins this category because it has everything: microbrews, face-painting, art, races and music—making it a family-friendly and college-friendly atmosphere with a musical lineup that almost always includes a strong headliner, like Crowell. Jeff Austin, Sol Driven and Lil’ Smokies sweeten the deal and the open-air, downtown location is the cherry on top. It’s exactly where people want to be in the depths of August, when winter still seems like a faraway dream.
Finalists, Best Festival
2. Garden City BrewFest
3. International Choral Festival