The forecast calls for rain all week and most adventure loving Missoulian’s are staying inside, but they certainly aren’t staying home. Find out what the locals to when it’s a little too wet to play outside on a rainy fall Missoula day.

1.Perusing the Arts

Missoula has more than twenty art galleries and museums with rotating exhibits. Check out the Montana Museum of Art & Culture on campus or one of the galleries filled with local art downtown.

2.Cozying up with a Coffee

Black Coffee Roasting Company was named the best coffee roaster in Montana by Mental Floss and Cosmopolitan (in the same day last week!). If the line at BCRC is too long for you, don’t fret. Try Clyde Coffee, Break Espresso or Zootown Brew or Liquid Planet for a taste of coffee from all over the world.

3.Catching a Show

Founded in 1937, the Roxy Theater is home to many independent, foreign and classic films. The Montana Film Festival is setting its home base at the Roxy Oct. 6-9 for hours of incredible screenings. The Missoula Children’s Theater and ten young actors and actresses from the China National Theatre for Children are sharing their rendition of The Princess and the Pea October 8 and 9.

A new show is playing nearly every weekend in Missoula. Check out our Events Calendar for an ever-updating list of local happenings.

4.Sprucing up at the Shops

Find your perfect cozy fall outfit (and stay dry!) at Southgate Mall. Locally owned and operated, this shopping center is full of autumn staples for any style. If you don’t mind stepping into the rain between shops, check out the Hip Strip on South Higgins for your next statement piece.

5.Eating Local Goodies

Don’t even get use started on the tasty things keeping us occupied on rainy days! Missing summer and back yard barbeques? Try a Burnt Ends Sandwich with Pit Baked Beans from Notorious P.I.G.. Looking for a safe way to test your pallet? Stop by Masala and try one of their many types of curry and desserts made with local ingredients. Rainy days remind you of grandma’s cookies? Stop by Bernice’s Bakery for a freshly baked local treat.


Written by Rio Harris