Missoula’s 15TH Annual River City Roots Fest | 827-282021 – Grateful Web


The 15th annual River City Roots Festival brought to you by First Interstate Bank and 26 other Missoula businesses will take to the streets Friday and Saturday, August 27-28, 2021 in Downtown Missoula in celebration of the city we love.As Missoulas Signature event, Roots Fest offers an admission-free, accessible, and family-friendly music and art festivalthat showcases all the things we love about where we live. Produced by the Missoula Downtown Association, thefestival opens Friday, Aug. 27 at 11 am and runs through Saturday, Aug. 28 until 11 pm on West Main Street, Ryman andCaras Park.

We are so incredibly happy to bring Roots Fest back to life after a long and difficult year for many in our community,said Ellen Buchanan, Chair of the Roots Fest Committee and member of the Missoula Downtown Association Board ofDirectors. This festival personifies who we are as a community: an artistic and musical city that cares about each otherand supports locally-owned businesses. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we get to welcome our community back tothe streets of Downtown Missoula. We look forward to reconnecting with our neighbors and welcoming UM students tothe heart of the city.

The Art Show will open the festival at 11 am both days and features 25 local and regional artists selling hand-madegoods, including jewelry, furniture, musical instruments, cards, dolls, leather, wood, paintings, soap, clothing and more.One of the highlights of the Art Show is the opportunity to work with Missoulas own Clay Studio. Regional artiststravelling for Roots Fest this year include a printmaker from Durango, Colo., a henna tattoo artist from Aurora, Colo.,and a photographer from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Music on Main sponsored by Big Sky Brewing, Blackfoot Communications, Dick Anderson Construction and Bob WardsSports & Outdoors - commences at 12:30 pm both days. This years lineup features a wide variety of local and nationalroots music with five bands playing each day. Local highlights include The Lil Smokies, Saturday nights headliner, as wellas The Timber Rattlers. Super Chikan is Friday nights headliner. Hot Buttered Rum, Sol Driven Train and Rapidgrass arereturning bands with a first performance by Sally & George. It has become a tradition to open Main Stage on both dayswith music by and for Missoulas youth. This year is no exception with music from kids rock bands in Missoula openingon Friday and Cowboy Andy & the Salamanders kicking off Saturday.

The Roots Run will commence Saturday, Aug. 28 at 8:30 am at Kiwanis Park. Produced by Run Wild Missoula andsponsored by Runners Edge, DJ&A Engineers, and Dorsey & Whitney, the Roots Run is a unique four-mile distance andhas a new route this year around the river corridor and the University of Montana. Run Registration is Open!

The Family Fun Fest sponsored by Childrens Dentistry of the Rockies and Opportunity Bank has a condensedschedule this year from 10am-2pm on Saturday only. Missoula Parks & Recreation staff have assembled an awesomeexperience for all ages with more than 30 local kid-friendly organizations offering activities and performances

As a showcase of Green Initiatives, Roots Fest has several sustainability practices that are standard - thanks to HDREngineering, Mountain Line and WGM Group. A carbon-neutral stage, compostable materials required for all vendors,reusable drink cups, recycling and composting are all part of the festival. Zero-fare bus service and bike valet parkinghelp reduce the impact of driving and parking and the Green Team provides immense support for the festival.

New in 2021 is the Unseen Missoula Music Tour. This Town is Full of Ghosts guided walking tour will highlight severaldestinations in Downtown Missoula that have played a significant role in Missoulas musical history. Guided by UMHistory Professor Leif Fredrickson, the tours will be offered both days at 1:30 pm and will be limited to 12 people pertour. Registration for the Music Tour is Open!

Almost 150 Volunteers are needed to help set up, staff and clean up the festival. All volunteers receive a free Roots Festt-shirt, wristband, cup and complimentary snacks. Roots Fest Volunteer Sign-up is Open!

Food & Beverages will be offered throughout the festival. Badlander Catering will have a variety of adult beverages, andall who choose to imbibe will need a Roots Fest wristband and cup.Nearly a dozen food trucks will be open on RymanStreet from 11am-10pm both days. New vendors this year include Empanada Joint, Dreamys, Taco Guy, Bahn and more.

About a dozen Downtown Missoula businesses will be participating in the Support Our Roots Sidewalk Sale Friday andSaturday, including 25% off Paint-Your-Own Pottery at the ZACC, 50% off float tubes at Ace Hardware Eastgate, and end-of-season sales throughout Downtown.

Roots Fest is admission free and accessible for all. As the signature celebration of the city we love, all attendees areencouraged to be kind to one another and thoughtful of the needs of others. This means be aware that we have COVIDin our community, stay home if you have any symptoms, practice social distancing and masking, and use the hand-sanitizing stations throughout the festival. Be kind to the volunteers and servers, dont bring your pets, and enjoy all thewonderful things this festival offers our community. While folks are encouraged to bike, walk and bus to the festival,parking will be free throughout Downtown on Friday, Aug. 27, thanks to the generosity of the Missoula ParkingCommission.

The full River City Roots Fest schedulefollows. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityrootsfestival.com or contact theDowntown Missoula Partnership office via phone (406-543-4238), email(info@missouladowntown.com) or in person(218 E. Main St).

Music on Main:

FRIDAY, AUG. 27Kids Rock Bands .......................................12:30-2 pmSally & George..............................................2:30-4 pmHot Buttered Rum.........................................4:30-6 pmSol Driven Train............................................6:30-8 pmSuper Chikan ...............................................8:30-10:30 pm

11 am-7 pm................ART SHOW............................ Main Street11 am-10 pm..............FOOD COURT OPEN ............Ryman Street2-10 pm......................STREET BARS OPEN........... Main Street

SATURDAY, AUG. 28Cowboy Andy & the Salamanders ..........12:30-2 pmThe Timber Rattlers ..................................2:30-4 pmGrowling Old Men......................................4:30-6 pmRapidgrass.................................................6:30-8 pmThe Lil Smokies..........................................8:30-10:30 pm

8 am-1 pm .................Saturday Markets.......................................... Downtown Missoula8:30 am ......................FOUR-MILE RUN......................................... Kiwanis Park10 am-2 pm................FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL................................ Caras Park11 am-7 pm................ART SHOW.................................................... Main Street12-10 pm....................FOOD COURT & STREET BARS OPEN.......Ryman Street

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