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Monthly Newsletter Presented by the HDA in Hamilton, Montana


Skalkaho Bend Park

Check out the new sign at Skalkaho Bend Park! This park was created in partnership by the Bitter Root Land Trust, the City of Hamilton, the Ravalli County Open Lands Bond and hundreds of generous Bitterroot community members. Thank you to all who came together to make this park possible.
City of Hamilton

Hiking Books

Trail Books for local hikes in the Bitterroot Valley available at Chapter One Bookstore. Open all Sundays through December! Get into those beautiful mountains including the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness before the season ends.
Chapter One
252 W Main St

Mineshaft Lunches

Did you know that Mineshaft puts together crew lunches? They make lunch tasty, affordable and fun. Whether you're in the field or in the boardroom, call Mineshaft Pasty Co. to schedule your next staff lunch.
Mineshaft Pasty Co.
111 N 2nd St


Culture Crawl (Art Walk)

Saturday, Sep 11, 11-3pm
Join us on the second Saturday of every month for the Culture Crawl, a walking art tour featuring artists at Hamilton studios.

Ravalli County Fair

September 1-4
The Fair Parade starts on Wednesday at 10am on Main Street. Gates at the Fair open 8am-10pm. Exhibit Buildings open 10am-10pm. Don’t miss the livestock shows, pie auction and great music and rodeo every night. Admission: Adults $9/$25, students, military & 60+ seniors $7/$18, 5 years old & younger enter free. Carnival hosted by North Star Amusements.
Fairgrounds - 100 Old Corvallis Rd

Spring Studio Tour

Sep 10-12, 10:30am-6pm
Artists Along the Bitterroot is a professional visual artists organization representing a wide variety of mediums. They are opening their studios for the public for their annual Spring Studio Tour. Over a dozen studios from Lolo south to Hamilton will be open over three days. There will be demonstrations and activities at many of the studios.

Time for Three - Live Performance

Friday, Sep 24, 8pm
Bonded by an uncommon blend of instruments and vocals, Charles Yang (violin), Nick Kendall (violin), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass), have found a unique voice of expression. To experience Time For Three live is to hear the various eras, styles, and traditions of Western music fold in on themselves and emerge anew. Presented by Bitterroot Performing Arts Council.
HHS - 327 Fairgrounds Rd.

Fork to Farm Bike Tour

Sunday, Sep 12, 10am
The Fork to Farm tour, its 6th year, is a celebration of the diversity of agriculture and cycling in the Bitterroot Valley. The 33-mile mixed surface (mostly paved) ride will include stops at four Bitterroot farms.

Summer Gala & Auction

Saturday, Sep 4th
Laughter will be the best medicine as we gather together again on the grounds of the Daly Mansion in Hamilton! Entertainment by comedian Ryan Hamilton followed by a dance party with Montana’s own Sightliners band. VIP tickets available for cabana seating and fine dining. General admission tickets are $50. Food trucks & beer trucks will be on site. Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Summer Gala.
Daly Mansion - 251 Eastside Hwy

BitterRodders Car Show

Saturday, Sep 18, 8am-10pm
Antique car show at the Daly Mansion on the lawn, Under the trees hosted by the BitterRodders. $25 per car entry that includes entry for Mansion tour. 12 People's Choice Awards (The Daly Dozen). DJ Music, Food and other vendors. Proceeds Benefit Daly Mansion. Free to the Public!
Daly Mansion - 251 Eastside Hwy

Bacteria Bazaar

September 11-12
Celebrate all things fermented! Join us for a fabulous fest with renowned fermentologists coming from various places far and near to teach you how to ferment and brew including 13 different classes and hands-on workshops ranging from sourdough basics to tempeh. 
Rocky Mountain Grange


Single-Day Events
Sep 1 - Fair Parade on Main Street 10am
Sep 3 - Man-Up Crusade - Fundraiser for S.A.F.E.
Sep 4 - Regenerative Resilience & Prepping Your Garden/Field for Winter 10am
Sep 4 - Free Children's Activity: Pop Hearts - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Sep 4 - Dunk the Mayor for Pets - Fundraiser for humane association - Fairgrounds 3-5pm
Sep 4 - MDMH Summer Gala & Auction - Daly Mansion 7:30pm
Sep 8 - Herbal Allies for Long Wildfire Seasons - Bitterroot Library 5:30pm
Sep 9 - Hamilton Downtown Association (HDA) Member meeting - City Hall 8:30am
Sep 9 - Bingo at the Eagle's Lodge (every 2nd Thursday) 
Sep 11 - Cardboard Recycling Event - Fairgrounds North Parking Lot 10am-3pm
Sep 11 - Bitterroot Mushers Show and Tell - Bitterroot Library 10-11:30am
Sep 11 - Free Children's Activity: Starry Starry Night - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Sep 11 - Culture Crawl - Downtown Hamilton's Art Walk - Second Saturday 11-3pm
Sep 12 - Fork to Farm Bike Tour
Sep 12 - Garden Painting Workshop by James Corwin
Sep 14 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Sep 16 - Trivia Night - Big Creek Coffee (every 3rd Thursday) 5:30-7:30pm
Sep 18 - Bitterrodders Daly Mansion Car Show - Daly Mansion 8am-10pm
Sep 18 - Free Children's Activity: Leaf Rubbings - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Sep 19 - Harvest Moon Gathering - 165 Blue Heron Drive 12-4pm
Sep 21 - Montana Racial Equity Project Book Club - Chapter One Bookstore 6-7pm
Sep 23 - Artsy Smartsy - Bitterroot Library 4-5pm
Sep 24 - Time for Three - Live Performance Presented by BPAC 8pm
Sep 25 - Costume/Vintage Sale with Faerie Market & Autumn Bazaar - Hamilton Playhouse 10am-3pm
Sep 25 - Free Children's Activity: Fall Colors - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Sep 28 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Sep 29 - Author Signing: Jon Turk - River Street Dance Studio 6pm

Multi-Day Events
Aug 1-Sep 24 - Literary Beer Brewing Competition - Bitterroot Library
Sep 1-4 - Ravalli County Fair - Fairgrounds
Sep 1-4 - Montana State Cornhole Challenge - Fairgrounds
Sep 3-4 - Moto Roundup - Fairgrounds
Sep 6 & 20 - Canasta at the Senior Center (1st and 3rd Mondays) 12:30pm
Sep 6-10 - Basic Dog Obedience Class - Fairgrounds 777-3527
Sep 7 & 21 - Socrates Café - Bitterroot Library (every other Tuesday) 7-9pm
Sep 10-12 - Artists Along the Bitterroot - Various Locations
Sep 11-13 - Bacteria Bazaar - Rocky Mountain Grange
Sep 13 & 27 - Cribbage at the Senior Center (2nd and 4th Mondays) 12:30pm
Sep 25-26 - My Kids Closet Consignment Sale - Ravalli Fairgrounds

Weekly Events
Sundays - Live Music at Bitterroot Brewing 4pm-8pm
Mondays - Live Music at Bitterroot Brewing 4pm-8pm
Tuesdays - Coloring Club for Adults - Bitterroot Library 10am
Tuesdays - Yoga for Kids! Bitterroot Library Lawn 11:30am
Tuesdays - Tuesday at Twelve Summer Music Series - Ravalli Museum Lawn 12pm
Tuesdays - Taco Tuesdays - Food Truck & Margarita Specials - Westslope Distillery 5-8pm
Wednesdays - Baby and Toddler Storytime - Bitterroot Library 10:30-11am
Wednesdays - Summer Afternoon Group Activities for Kids (S.A.G.A) - Library 3-5pm
Wednesdays - O'Hara Commons Wednesday Farmers Market 4-6pm
Wednesdays - Wine Night at Blodgett Canyon Cellars - 50% off every glass 4-9pm
Fridays - Story Time on the lawn - Bitterroot Library (3-5yr olds) 10:30-11:15am
Fridays - Pinochle at the Senior Center 1-2pm
Saturdays - Hamilton Farmer's Market - 3rd & Bedford St 9am-12:30pm
Join the Hamilton Downtown Association to feature your event in this newsletter and on our calendar.

Member Shout Out

  • Bitterroot Drug has served for over a hundred years as a gathering place for neighbors and is Montana’s longest continuously operated pharmacy. Montana natives Pete and Jeni Seifert are only the fifth set of owners in Bitterroot Drug’s history and have run the business for more than a decade now.
  • Since 1986 Cheryl Patzer has owned and managed the Coffee Cup Café, a restaurant that's been around since the 1930s. Cooked from scratch meals with a hometown feel.
  • A resident in the Bitterroot Valley for more than a decade, Rachel Kramer Insurance Agency has the highest levels of customer service and the knowledge and experience to help you better understand the many coverage options available.


Each month, we feature our favorite Downtown Hamilton photos shared on Instagram and Twitter. Post your pictures and tag #HamiltonMontana or #HamiltonMT to be featured!

We love this photo of this Merino Wool yarn dyed to capture the colors of Blodgett Canyon posted by @beautifulsimplicityfibreco

Hamilton Downtown Association
PO Box 424, Hamilton Montana 59840

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