Food Vendors. Live Music. Caras Park – all the makings of an epic summer. Downtown Missoula comes to life with the 35th season of Out to Lunch on Wednesday, June 2 and the 20th season of Downtown ToNight on Thursday, June 3. After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Missoula Downtown Association is ready to welcome the community back to the Heart of Missoula with these signature summer events.
OUT TO LUNCH:
The brainchild of Pat Simmons, MDA’s first employee, the Out to Lunch Summer Series started in 1986 and is held each Wednesday in June, July and August from 11am-2pm. This event is the longest-standing in Montana and features live music and authentic, local food and beverage offerings from 13 food trucks and vendors.
Being mindful of the pandemic, the 2021 season for Out to Lunch will host solo performers or duos for the first month. Local favorite Travis Yost takes the stage and kicks off the season on June 2, followed by Strummingbird Vegabond (June 9), Britt Arnesen (June 16), Wolf and the Moons (June 23), and Good Old Fashioned (June 30). Lineups for July and August will be announced as they are confirmed at missouladowntown.com/out-to-lunch. Due to COVID-19, children’s activities will not be held this year during Out to Lunch.
Created in 2001 to meet a rising demand for events in Downtown Missoula, the Downtown ToNight Summer Series takes place Thursdays in June, July and August from 5:30-8:30 pm. In addition to live music and 12 food trucks, Downtown ToNight also offers adult beverages for those ages 21 and older.
Similar to Out to Lunch, Downtown ToNight is hosting solo performers or duos for June. A newcomer to the Caras Park stage, Riley Jacobsen, kicks-off the season on June 3. Local legends Elijah Jalil (June 10), Josh Farmer (June 17), and Tom Catmull (June 24) round out the June schedule. Lineups for July and August will be announced as they are confirmed at missouladowntown.com/downtown-tonight. Due to COVID-19, children’s activities will not be held this year during Downtown ToNight.