First Night Missoula

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NEW YEAR’S EVE / DEC. 31, 2017

80 + Performances / Noon to Midnight


Applications are now open for First Night Missoula 2018. Follow the button below to submit your application.


First Night Missoula is a community wide celebration of the arts. Now in its 23rd year, the festival spans roughly 30 venues across Missoula happening from noon to midnight on New Year’s Eve. With over 80 performances and activities each year, the festival is packed with artists, musicians, dancers and plenty of family friendly fun.


Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply to be a part of First Night Missoula. Traditionally the nature of the festival has lent itself to more performative arts, however in recent years audiences have been very responsive to visual art activities and workshops. We encourage all artists to apply and work very hard to provide fair compensation for all of our artists.

Applications are available in the following categories (follow the button above):

  1. Music
  2. Theatre & Dance
  3. Workshops & Hands On
  4. Special Events

This year the festival will take place on Sunday, December 31, 2017 between noon and midnight. First Night provides venues, technical support, and general advertising. If you, your organization, or your band are interested in participating fill out the appropriate application at the link above.

Artists are chosen by an independent selection committee composed of artists, community members, and Arts Missoula staff. Each year we strive to make this festival the best possible experience for our audience and the best representation of Missoula’s vibrant art community that we can. Selections are based on available budget, quality of artist(s), diversity of programming, and a variety of scheduling and venue considerations. Applicants will be notified in mid to late August 2017.