First Friday: May Preview

First Friday: May Preview

On the first Friday of every month, Missoula’s downtown buzzes far beyond the typical hustle and bustle of every day. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., galleries, studios and shops keep their doors open a little later for a night of art, music and community engagement. Our downtown streets and alleyways welcome makers and patrons alike for an evening of celebrating and admiring local craft—and did we mention it is free and open to the public? Participants and activities vary month to month, so each First Friday is a unique experience. As the weather continues to warm up, we’ll take any excuse to linger a little later, and First Friday fits the bill. Join us for an incredible showcase of our thriving arts scene!



Take a leisurely stroll through the heart of Missoula on First Friday and we guarantee you can’t walk more than a block before stumbling upon a gallery, musical performance, poetry reading, you name it! Grab a friend or head out solo—Zootown’s art scene is as social as it is buzzing! Mingle with local and regional artists, makers and performers and get in touch with Missoula’s strong creative vibe.  

While the businesses participating in the art walk typically offer libations and canapés, don't hesitate to venture further and discover the full spectrum of flavors that this vibrant city has to offer. A plethora of downtown restaurants and watering holes run specials for attendees, so stop in for a bite and stay for a drink—or two!



Beyond the typical offerings, First Friday often features special events and activities. Check out our events calendar for workshops, pop up markets and more!



First Friday May 2024 Highlights:

The Clay Studio of Missoula: Montana Clay Tour Preview Exhibition

Missoula Art Museum: Curatorial Talk: We Stand With You

Frame of Mind’s 6th Annual Juried Art Show

The Artists’ Shop: “Colors of Montana”: Julie Wulf

Harvest Wholeness Center: First Friday Art

4 Ravens Gallery: Artful Gardens Unearthed

Radius Gallery: The Artful Table

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services: First Friday Lets Go Plein Air Group Show

The Wren: AM Pop Up Gallery

The Confluence Center: Women: A Force of Nature—Art Auction Fundraiser

Lewisia Home: First Friday

Xplorer Maps: Journey Through Art: Missoula Gives Art Show

Learning With Meaning: Student Art Show, Missoula Gives and Open House

Headwaters Foundation: Missoula & Bitterroot Gives—Wrap-Up Party

Paxson Elementary School: Paxson Panther Art Prowl

The Old Post: Way Down North

Cranky Sam Public House: Thrown Out Bones

Top Hat Lounge: Hard Hugs

If you're giving dry a try this month, Missoula has plenty of spots for mocktails. Check out some of our favorites

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