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Monthly Newsletter Presented by the HDA in Hamilton, Montana


Patty Franklin Mosaics

Check out this gallery on Pinterest! Using the classical mosaic training from the masters of Italy, Patty Franklin adapted these ancient techniques to produce her own distinct style of contemporary mosaics.

Forbidden Fig Candles 

Flower Happy is now carrying Voluspa's newest fragrance Forbidden Fig in their shop. Fall under the spell with notes of ripened fig, velvety musk, midnight rose & fig leaf.
302 N 1st St

Local Pastured Eggs

Organically fed 100% pastured eggs available from Graze & Roam through the O'Hara Commons Online Storefront. Pastured eggs are good for the earth and nutritionally exceptional for you!
O'Hara Commons Local Foods Marketplace


Ace Hardware is a Co-op

Did you know that Ace Hardware is a cooperative business? A coop is an enterprise wholly owned by its members and in our case our local Hamilton store owner Mr. Evans, strengthening our community.
Evans Ace Hardware
714 N 1st St

See's Candies

Soroptimist of Hamilton is selling See's Candies all year this year. They receive all profits from any items you purchase. Delicious sweets including milk & dark chocolate, nuts, chews, peanut brittle, peppermints, molasses chips, and truffles. Gift cards available too!
Soroptimist Storefront

Free Media Arts Program

MAPS offers a statewide professional media arts program for students 8th to 12th grade with afterschool workshops Oct-May including photojournalism, podcast, design, music, film, and tech. What stories will you tell?
515 Madison St


Culture Crawl (Art Walk)

Saturday, Oct 9, 11-3pm
Join us on the second Saturday of every month for the Culture Crawl, a walking art tour featuring artists at Hamilton studios.

Halloween on Main St

Friday, Oct 29, 4:30pm
Bring the kids in costume to 4th & Main (by the Post Office), then parade down the center of Main Street, and then trick or treat at the downtown businesses! The event ends when the businesses run out of candy! 
Halloween on Main Street

A Nightmare on Main Street

October 1-30
Join the library for a spooky literary walk in collaboration with 13 Hamilton businesses. Look for a poster board with a spooky/Halloween related short story, riddle, song, or poem, followed by a challenge. Write the answer to the puzzle in your answer booklet (available at Bitterroot Library) then return your booklet to the Library and claim your prize!
306 State Street

Liquid Apple Night

Saturday, Oct 2, 5-9pm
Sample delicious cider created by cider makers from the Rocky Mountain northwest, locally catered food, and live music by Night Blooming Jasmine. This event will take place on the Museum grounds, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky. Burn barrels and propane heaters will be available for keeping warm and toasty! Purchase tickets at Ravalli County Museum and Chapter One Book Store.
205 Bedford St

The Great (2021) Scavenger Hunt

October 4-10
The second annual, Hamilton Players team-based scavenger hunt that encourages creativity and teamwork …and some FUNdraising! Teams will have one week to complete as many of the tasks on the list as possible in the most creative ways imaginable! Create your team (about 4 people), enroll in the event, wait for the email with tasks to arrive on Oct 4, then start hunting!
Hamilton Players

Full Moon Events

Wednesday, Oct 20
--Observe the Moon Night--
Join the Bitterroot Library for International Observe the Moon Night and participate in fun activities, learn from local experts, use the Library's brand new telescope, and more! 7pm-8:30pm
--Full Moon Labyrinth Walk--
Enjoy a 10-15 minutes walk through the modified medieval labyrinth pattern during October’s full sanguine moon at Open Ended in Hamilton, MT, 7pm-8pm.

42nd Annual Apple Day

Saturday, Oct 2, 9am-3pm
Hailed as the Biggest Bake Sale Under the Big Sky, the Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival is not one to be missed! This time honored and well loved festival was recently named one of Montana’s Best Fall Festivals, by National Geographic Traveler Online and as one of the Top Festivals in the United States, by Flight Network! Enjoy arts, crafts, food & produce from our local Hamilton Farmers Market as well as new vendors from outside the area. The highlight of the day is our signature Bake Sale. Hand-picked, locally grown Apples are lovingly crafted into made-from-scratch Apple pies.
205 Bedford St

Ruthie Foster - Live Performance

Saturday, Oct 16, 8pm
Hailing from the tightly knit musical community of Austin, Texas, award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster has found herself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, standing on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Sudan Tedeschi. Ruthie has been nominated for four Grammys, and has won multiple Blues Music and Austin Music Awards, plus the Grand Prix du Disque from Academie Charles-Cros in France.
Hamilton PAC hosted by
327 Fairgrounds Rd

Romancing the West Documentary Concert

Thursday, Oct 28, 7:30-9:30pm
Romancing the West: How the West was Sung is a critically acclaimed “time-traveling” documentary concert that attendees will get to enjoy in the Living Room of the Daly Mansion! Performers include singer / songwriter Christina Martin, cowboy poet Butch Martin and Martin Gerschwitz of Iron Butterfly and the Animals. Tickets are only $20! Seating is limited to 60 attendees.
251 Eastside Hwy

Ropes Challenge Course

Saturday, Oct 16, 12-2pm
Join B.E.A.R. at the Ropes Challenge Course at Hieronymus Park. Enjoy a combination of Low and High Ropes elements that enable participants to grow at both the team and individual levels by exploring leadership and communication concepts, problem-solving, and coaching. For ages 8 & up.
Ropes Course
196 Hieronymus Park Drive

Did you know that businesses can sponsor a whole day of free fun for kids or book the course for employee team building?

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch now open! We anticipate this being a quick season due to high demand and lower than normal production and encourage everyone to come out early! Hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-7pm, Thur-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11am-pm. Hours apply until we run out of pumpkins. Free entry to bounce house, pumpkin train, and haystack.
250 Meadowlark Ln


Single-Day Events
Oct 1 - 4-H Enrollment Opens - MSU Extension
Oct 1 - Colors of Cancer Kick-off Event - Marcus Daly Hospital 11:30am-1:30pm
Oct 1 - Willies Distillery Tasting - Hamilton Wine & Liquor 5-7:30pm
Oct 2 - 42nd Annual Apple Day - Ravalli Museum 9am-3pm
Oct 2 - Colors of Cancer Fun Run - Canyons Athletic Club 9am-12pm
Oct 2 - Free Kids Activity: Johnny Appleseed Books - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Oct 2 - 7th Annual Liquid Apple Night - Ravalli Museum 5-9pm
Oct 4 - Ghost Rocket Take Home Kit for Kids - Bitterroot Library
Oct 5 - Glass Pocket Vase Workshop - ARTspace
Oct 5 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Oct 6 - Puzzle lunch club - Bitterroot Library 12-1pm
Oct 6 - Back to School Homeschool Open House - Bitterroot Library 5pm-7pm
Oct 6 - MAID Watch Party - Bitterroot Library OR Zoom 7-9pm
Oct 9 - S&D Trucking Cardboard Recycling Event - Fairgrounds North Parking Lot 10am-3pm
Oct 9 - Free Kids Activity: Squishy Circuits - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Oct 9 - Culture Crawl - Downtown Hamilton's Art Walk - Second Saturday 11-3pm
Oct 9 - Harvest Open House & Pie Sale - O'Hara Commons 1-4pm
Oct 10 - Roller Skating Night - Ravalli Fairgrounds 4-6pm
Oct 13 - Seed Saving Workshop - Homestead Organics Farm
Oct 14 - Hamilton Downtown Association (HDA) Member meeting - City Hall 8:30am
Oct 14 - Bingo at the Eagle's Lodge (every 2nd Thursday)
Oct 15 - Kids' Virtual Book Club - Zoom hosted by Bitterroot Library 4-5pm
Oct 16 - Building A Stronger Bitterroot Teens on the Farm (11+yr old) - Homestead Organics
Oct 16 - “Smoking for Health” Colors of Cancer Event - Ace Hardware
Oct 16 - Ski Swap (and Outdoor Gear Swap) - Bitterroot College 9:30am-1pm
Oct 16 - Harvest Festival Craft & Vendor Market - Ravalli Fairgrounds 10am-5pm
Oct 16 - Painting the Still Life in Oils Workshop - ARTspace 10am-4pm
Oct 16 - 2nd Annual Tammany Trot 5K Trail Run - Daly Mansion 10am-1pm
Oct 16 - Free Kids Activity: Leaf Pressing Books - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Oct 16 - B.E.A.R. Ropes Course - Hieronymus Park 12-2pm
Oct 16 - Ruthie Foster - Live Performance Presented by Bitterroot Performing Arts Council 8pm
Oct 18 - Hot Choco Bomb Take Home Kit for Kids - Bitterroot Library
Oct 19 - Montana Racial Equity Project Book Club - Chapter One Bookstore 6-7pm
Oct 19 - Hamilton City Council Meeting - Zoom/City Hall 7pm
Oct 20 - Observe the Moon Night at the Bitterroot Library 7pm
Oct 20 - Full Moon Labyrinth Walk - Open Ended 7pm
Oct 21 - Turner Vinson Plein Air Landscape Fundamentals ARTspace
Oct 21 - Trivia Night - Big Creek Coffee (every 3rd Thursday) 5:30-7:30pm
Oct 22 - Special Effects Makeup Workshop for Kids & Teens - Bitterroot Library 4-5pm
Oct 23 - Free Kids Activity: Slime - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Oct 23 - Forest "Bathing" Introduction - Forest "Bathing" Introduction 10:30am-12pm
Oct 26 - Crafternoon in October: Día de los Muertos Decorations - Bitterroot Library 14:30-15:30
Oct 26 - HMS Band Concert
Oct 27 - BearDogs for Kids - Bitterroot Library 4-5pm
Oct 28 - Bitterroot Library Book Club - Zoom - Hamnet by Maggi O’Farrell 12-1pm
Oct 28 - Romancing the West Documentary Concert - Daly Mansion 7:30pm
Oct 28 - HHS Choir Concert
Oct 29 - Halloween "Parade" on Main Street - Trick or Treating Downtown 4:30pm
Oct 29 - Roller Skating Night - Ravalli Fairgrounds 6-8pm
Oct 30 - Free Kids Activity: The Great Pumpkin - Ravalli Museum 10am-12pm
Oct 30 - Witches' Ride After Party - Open Ended on Daly Ave 8pm
Oct 31 - Haunted Happenings Craft & Vendor Market - Ravalli Fairgrounds
Oct 31 - Trunk or Treat - Free Community Event - Daly Mansion 2-4pm
Oct 31 - Community Harvest Party - Ravalli Fairgrounds 5-8pm

Multi-Day Events
Oct 1-30 - A Nightmare on Main Street - Spooky Literary Walk
Oct 1-Nov 9 - Fridays - Estate/Legacy Planning Series
Oct 1-30 - Pumpkin Patch Open at Meadowlark Farms (until they run out of pumpkins)
Oct 1,8,15 - Costume & Vintage Sale - Hamilton Players 1-6pm
Oct 4 & 18 - Canasta at the Senior Center (1st and 3rd Mondays) 12:30pm
Oct 4-9 - HHS Homecoming Week
Oct 4-10 - The Great (2021) Scavenger Hunt - Hamilton Players
Oct 5 & 26 - Socrates Café - Bitterroot Library (every other Tuesday) 7-9pm
Oct 11 & 25 - Cribbage at the Senior Center (2nd and 4th Mondays) 12:30pm
Oct 13 & 27 - Teen Arts Group (T.A.G.) - Bitterroot Library 4-6pm
Oct 13-30 - Literary Pumpkin Contest - Bitterroot Library (no carved pumpkins accepted)
Oct 22-24 - Turner Vinson 3 Day Plein Air Workshop
Oct 25-30 - Día de los Muertos Light-Up Bottle Take Home Kit - Bitterroot Library

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 - Taco Tuesdays - Food Truck & Margarita Specials - Westslope Distillery 5-8pm
Tuesdays - Yoga for Kids! Bitterroot Library 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesdays - Baby and Toddler Storytime - Bitterroot Library 10:30-11am
Wednesdays - Wine Night at Blodgett Canyon Cellars - 50% off every glass 4-9pm
Thursdays - Artful Thinking - Bitterroot Library 4pm-5pm
Fridays - Story Time on the lawn - Bitterroot Library (3-5yr olds) 10:30-11:15am
Fridays - Fish Fridays at Bitter Root Brewery
Fridays - Pinochle at the Senior Center 1-2pm
Saturdays - Hamilton Farmer's Market - 3rd & Bedford St 9am-12:30pm
This list is a courtesy compiled by the HDA. Events are subject to change or cancellation. Please check the status by contacting the event-host or the venue. Email the Hamilton Downtown Association to include your event in the next issue of this newsletter.

Member Shout Out

  •  Edward Jones Financial
  •  Engel and Völkers Real Estate Company
  •  First Interstate Bank


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 gorgeous model standing outside the historic Daly Mansion posted by @creativecrewMT

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Hamilton Downtown Association
PO Box 424, Hamilton Montana 59840

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