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Your River City Roots Festival guide!

The countdown is on to our favorite weekend of the summer – River City Roots Festival!

Now in it’s 13th year, Roots Fest is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer vacation and kick off the fall season ahead with great music, beer and fun in the streets. And the best part is that with the exception of food, drink and some other miscellaneous charges you can enjoy the best of the festival

events for free!

This year’s two-day smash kicks off at 11 am Friday with the official opening of the juried art show on Main Street and runs through Saturday night’s closing performance by the Grammy Award-winning Infamous Stringdusters. In between is lots of other great acts, food vendors and even a family-friendly foot race! And if you want to extend the weekend, be sure to check out the downtown-wide “Hangover” sidewalk sale all afternoon through 3 pm Sunday!


Check out some of the weekend highlights:

Live music performances will run 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Main Street. Click HERE for a full performance schedule.

-The Family Fun Festival will run 12-5 pm Friday at Caras Park and then pick up again 10 am to 3 pm Saturday. Click HERE for a schedule and list of activity booths.

-The art show will be open for browsing (and sales) 11 am to 7 pm both days on Ryman Street. Click HERE for a list of participating artists.

-A four-mile fun run is set to kick off at 8:30 am on Main Street. Click HERE to register for that at Run Wild Missoula.

Food vendors will open at 11 am Friday and noon Saturday on Ryman Street.

Street bars will start serving drinks at 2 pm both days.

SUNDAY: The Roots Fest “Hangover” sidewalk sale will run throughout downtown from 10 am to 3 pm.

For artist bios and more detailed Roots Fest info, check out the full event website HERE.

-Zeke Campfield

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