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River City Roots

photo by Cathrine L. Walters - RIVER CITY ROOTS FESTIVAL
  • River City Roots Festival
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters

For many newcomers arriving in Missoula for UM’s fall semester, the River City Roots Festival serves as an introduction to what this town is all about. The free event celebrates art, music and frolicking in the streets (just because we can). Plus, there are competitions like a four-mile run and stand-up paddleboard race, as well a weekend-long family-friendly festival. This year, Roots Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special lineup of musical favorites from past events. That means the Dead Winter Carpenters, Lil’ Smokies, Hot Buttered Rum and Reverend Slanky will serve as Missoula’s latest welcoming committee.

Finalists, Best Festival

2. Garden City BrewFest

3. TIE:

Celtic Festival and
Day of the Dead

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