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School Supplies Wanted

As the new school year approaches, we're collecting school supplies for SAFE families! Our school supply drop-off box is at the SAFE thrift store on 153 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton.
153 Old Corvallis Rd

City of Hamilton's Parklet

The parklet for outdoor seating is finally here! Owned by the City of Hamilton, the structure will move locations throughout the summer. Grab some food or drink at a nearby restaurant and have a seat at the parklet's inaugural location at the corner of 3rd & Main. Read more in this Ravalli Republic article.



Thursday Aug 5, 2-5pm
The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area and our Bitterroot STEAM Advisory Group have teamed up with libraries and community organizations throughout the Bitterroot to share exhibits and activities that explore problem solving all summer long. Stop by any of the sites for free, hands-on activities and exhibits. Registration recommended.
306 State St

Celtic Games

August 21-22
12th Annual Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering. Join us for the 2 days of highland games, dancing, live music, pipe & drums bands, vendors, food, hands-on & kids activities, clan gathering and much, much more. Paid parking at the Mansion, free parking and shuttle from Hamilton High School.
Daly Mansion
251 Eastside Hwy

Colors of Cancer Fine Art Show

Saturday, Aug 7, 6-9pm
Enjoy live music, wine tastings and food by Seppi’s at the Colors of Cancer Fine Art Show featuring the works of world renowned Western artist, Gary Lynn Roberts. Join us at Mildenberger Motors in Hamilton from 6-9pm. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds from art sales of Robert’s enhanced giclée prints will benefit the Cancer/Infusion Center.
Mildenberger Motors
1717 N 1st St.

National Farmer's Market Day Celebration

Wednesday, Aug 4, 4-6pm
Join the Bitterroot Public Library and O'Hara Commons for a celebration of National Farmer's Market Day! Enjoy market booths, live music, activities for kids, and more! No registration needed. Street closure for this event.
4th between State & Main

Music at Brewery

Sundays & Mondays
Live music on Sundays and Mondays at Bitter Root Brewing! The kitchen will be closed but there will be a Food Truck on site. The Taproom is open 7 Days a week 11:30am-8pm and the Kitchen is open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-8pm.
101 Marcus St

Culture Crawl (Art Walk)

Saturday, Aug 14, 11-3pm
Join us on the second Saturday of every month for the Culture Crawl, a walking art tour featuring artists at Hamilton studios.

Upcycle Event

August 1-14
Enter your unwanted junk into a precious treasure! Make a birdhouse, a shelf, a picture frame or whatever your creativity inspires you to bring to life. One piece of your project has to come from our Habitat ReStore and one from Evans Ace Hardware.
Habitat ReStore
131 Old Corvallis Rd

Bitterroot Community Band Performances

August 2021
Public performances this year will be at the Bitterroot Community Bandshell, at Hamilton's Claudia Driscoll Park. The bandshell was built by volunteers and is used for various musical presentations during the warmer Montana months. Read more in this KLYQ article.

  • Thur-5th BCB at Bandshell 7:30pm
  • Thur-12th Five Valley Accordions at Bandshell 7:30pm
  • Tue-17th BCB at Ravalli Museum 12pm

Fun in the Sun

Saturday, Aug 7
Hamilton's largest Car, Truck, & Bike show with over 18 different classes. All Cars & Trucks are welcome. 18+ classes. Fun for the entire family with a Kids Zone, Sock Hop, Craft & Vendor Market, & Swap Meet. Food and Beverages for everyone. Join us for Fun in the Sun!
100 Old Corvallis Rd

Robert's Run

Saturday, August 7
Robert's Run is a 5k and 1 mile chip timed run/walk. This course is flat, fast, and fun. Stay to enjoy the race festival with Fire Trucks, Smokey the Bear, kids games, a Dunk Tank with local dignitaries, food and drink and more. There is also Virtual 5k/1 mile run/walk and a "Play like Robert" of any active activity. This event is to honor the late Robert Leonardi and fundraise for the the Robert Leonardi Memorial Fund.
Hamilton High School
327 Fairgrounds Rd


Single-Day Events
Aug 3 - Butterfly House and Insectarium - Bitterroot Library (waitlist)
Aug 3 - Sculpting Concrete with Barbara List - ARTSpace (waitlist)
Aug 3 - Montana A Cappella Society first practice (all welcome) - Faith Lutheran Church 7-9pm
Aug 3 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Aug 4 - STREET CLOSURE: 4th St between State & Main 3-7pm
Aug 4 - National Farmer's Market Day Celebration - Bitterroot Library & O'Hara Commons 4-6pm
Aug 5 - Nature Journaling Class - Bitterroot Library West Lawn 11am-12:30pm
Aug 5 - spectrUM Summer of Science at the Library 2-5pm
Aug 6 - Artist Reception with Jake Gaedtke - Art Focus 5-7pm
Aug 7 - Fun in the Sun Car Show & Craft Vendor Market
Aug 7 - Robert’s Run 5K & 1 Mile 8-11:30am
Aug 7 - Free Kids Activity: Bubble Wands - Ravalli Museum 10am-12:30pm
Aug 7 - Roundup Rescripted - VIP Fundraiser - Daly Mansion 4-6pm
Aug 7 - Colors of Cancer Fine Art Show - Mildenberger Motors 6-9pm
Aug 7 - Dave Stamey in Concert - Daly Mansion 6-9pm
Aug 9 - Exploding Rainbow Rocks Take Home Kit for Kids - Bitterroot Library
Aug 9 - RML presents Vaccines: More than a Shot in the Dark (ages 8-18) Bitterroot Library
Aug 12 - Bingo at the Eagle's Lodge (every 2nd Thursday) 
Aug 12 - Hamilton Downtown Association (HDA) Member meeting - City Hall 8:30am
Aug 12 - BCB Presents: 5 Valley Accordions - Bandshell at Claudia Driscoll Park 7:30pm
Aug 12 - Water Forum Pint Night - Higherground Brewing 4-7pm
Aug 13 - Annual Poetry Contest Deadline
Aug 13 - Fitz-Barn 2021 - "Barn-Fitz" Southbound - Red Barn Bicycles
Aug 13 - End of The Summer Celebration - Bitterroot Library 4-7pm
Aug 13 - Run for the River 5K - River Park 7pm
Aug 14 - Bitterroot River Clean-Up - Kiwanis Park
Aug 14 - S&D Trucking Cardboard Recycling Event 10am-3pm
Aug 14 - Free Kids Activity: Quilt Designs - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Aug 14 - Culture Crawl - Downtown Hamilton's Art Walk - Second Saturday 11-3pm
Aug 17 - Food Safety Class by RC Environmental Health - Fairgrounds 9am-1pm
Aug 17 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Aug 18 - Baroque Music Montana Concert in the park - Bitterroot Library 6-8pm
Aug 19 - Trivia Night - Big Creek Coffee (every 3rd Thursday) 5:30-7:30pm
Aug 19 - Small-Scale Solar in Rural Montana - Bedford Building (City Hall) 5:30-6:30pm
Aug 20 - High Five to Stay Alive, Survival for Kids - Bitterroot Library 12-2pm
Aug 21 - Free Kids Activity: Paper Houses - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Aug 21 - Ducks Unlimited Banquet - Fairgrounds First Interstate Building
Aug 22 - Garden Painting Workshop by James Corwin
Aug 22 - America's SUPER Pageant Crowning - 10th Anniversary - Red's Boutique 7-10pm
Aug 23 - Hamilton First Day of School for Grades 4-12
Aug 23 - Puffy Paint Take Home Kit for Kids - Bitterroot Library 9:30am-7pm
Aug 24 - Cold Wax and Oil Workshop - ARTSpace 10am-3pm
Aug 25 - Hamilton First Day of School for Grades K-3
Aug 25 - Adults Creating Artsy Feet Painted Shoes - ARTSpace 9am-12pm
Aug 26 - Bitterroot Book Club - Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn - Zoom 12pm
Aug 28 - Free Kids Activity: Animal Tracks - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Aug 30 - DIY Clay Pot Wind Chime Take Home Kit - Bitterroot Library
Aug 31 - Ned Ledoux Concert - Fairgounds - gates open at 4pm
Aug 31 - August Crafternoon (take-home kit assembly session) - Bitterroot Library 2:30pm
Aug 31 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Reminder - the County Fair starts on Sep 1st!

Multi-Day Events
Aug 1-10 - Yoga for Kids - Bitterroot Library 11:30am
Aug 1-Sep 24 - Literary Beer Brewing Competition - Bitterroot Library
Aug 2 & 16 - Canasta at the Senior Center (1st and 3rd Mondays) 12:30pm
Aug 4 & 18 - Rockin' RC Rodeo Barrel Race Summer Series - Fairgrounds
Aug 3-5 - B.E.A.R. Summer Camp - Hot Springs & White Water Rafting
Aug 6-8 - Bitterroot Rough Riders Saddle Show - Fairgrounds
Aug 9 & 23 - Cribbage at the Senior Center (2nd and 4th Mondays) 12:30pm
Aug 10 & 24 - Socrates Café - Bitterroot Library (every other Tuesday) 7-9pm
Aug 13-15 - Bitterroot Memorial Open Tennis Tournament - Westview Courts
Aug 20-22 - Plein Air Under the Big Sky Paint Out - Art Focus
Aug 20-21 - 4-H FFA Horse Show - Fairgrounds 8am-2pm
Aug 21-22 - Bitterroot Celtic Games and Gathering - Daly Mansion
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
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

  • Every purchase of car, SUV or light truck tires at Jerry Wessels Les Schwab Tire Center comes with a tire warranty including free services that give you more for your money.
  • Ravalli County Federal Credit Union's dedication to its members hasn't changed since 1957. Check out the hashtag #ilovemycreditunion on social media.
  • Robbins On Main not only features the largest kitchen store in Western Montana, but also features Vera Bradley, along with bath, gifts, home décor, collectables and an award winning Hallmark store.


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 a custom Hamilton sticker by @creatively.leanne

Hamilton Downtown Association
PO Box 424, Hamilton Montana 59840

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