One of the biggest events of the year is the annual July Missoula Street Jam, which is a non-profit three-on-three basketball tournament. It attracts players from near and far, and the proceeds go to help designated programs in the city.

Late January is when the String Orchestra of the Rockies holds their competition finals. These take place in the University of Montana Recital Hall. Contact the group for more information at 406-728-8203

As winter begins to wind down it is the time for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, which takes place on the last weekend of February. It includes screens of more than 100 films, and today is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the American West.

Mother’s Day Weekend is the time for the annual Bike for Shelter, which includes a children’s bike rodeo, along with two-mile, 10-mile, 20-mile and 50-mile bike rides. All participants get a free t-shirt and lunch, and there are prizes and festivities all weekend.

What would Western Montana be without a rodeo? Head over to Missoula in August for the annual Western Montana Fair and Rodeo , which includes a livestock sale, demolition derby, antique engine display, a parade, country music concert and of course a full rodeo of fun.

 

Also at the 2008 Western Montana Fair and Rodeo:

The Missoula Police Protective Association is proud to present the “Carson & Barnes Circus”.  The highly acclaimed “Carson & Barnes Circus” will be featured at the Western Montana Fair, Thursday (Kid’s Day) August 7th, 2008.  Shows will be at 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 5:30pm.  The “Carson & Barnes Circus” features a herd of performing pachyderms, performers from around the globe, rings of horses and ponies, and at no extra charge, a traveling zoo featuring many exotic animals you rarely get a chance to see.

The proceeds, from advance ticket sales only, go to the Missoula Police Protective Association (MPPA).  MPPA contributes yearly to Missoula area youth programs, education and sports activities.

Tickets are $15.00 each for ages 12 and up.  Children, age 11 and under are FREE.  All seats are general admission.  Tickets can be purchased prior to the event online on the MPPA website; www.missoulapolice.org and click on the “Circus” link at the bottom of the page.