Welcome back students! Or for those of you who are new to this lovely campus, welcome to UM! It seems like there is always so much going on during the start of the semester that it’s hard to narrow down the options! Here are five activities in Missoula during the first week of classes NOT to be missed.
1. Go Day
This is a shout-out to the new students at UM! The Residence Life Office puts on a spirited battle between students living on campus, giving them the chance to represent their new home! Go Day is full of friendly competitions and a great way to meet other new students too.
Insider Tip: There are usually snacks and drinks – always a plus.
2. Welcome Feast
Did someone say free hot dogs? Every starving college student loves free food! Welcome Feast is an excellent kickoff to the semester with music from the Grizzly Marching Band, a performance from the Spirit Squad and as promised, a free lunch. Centered at the Oval, Welcome Feast also features tabling booths from all kinds of organizations on campus. There is something for every interest, from the American Fisheries Association, to Greek Life, to the Composers Club: Welcome Feast has it all.
3. Outdoor Program Hiking Trip
The Outdoor Program – located on the northeast side of the Campus Fitness Center and Recreation Hall – offers various guided short trips to explore more of beautiful Montana! Sign up for a hike and explore Bass Creek to Kootenai Creek on a 22-mile excursion through the Bitterroots. The trip costs $95, which includes trip leaders, group gear, a permit and transportation during Labor Day Weekend.
Insider Tip: Sign up early either at the Outdoor Program’s office or online because the spots fill up fast! http://www.umt.edu/crec/Outdoor/TripClassDetails/default.php
4. River City Roots Festival
Technically, this occurs the weekend before classes begin, but this event is definitely NOT to be missed. The Missoula Downtown Association puts on a free festival August 28-29 shutting down Main Street. River City Roots Festival is a great opportunity to explore downtown Missoula while enjoying live music with other Missoulians. The festival features an art show, four-mile run, local food and beverage vendors, and of course, excellent music.
5. The First Griz Game of the Season
A benefit of being a UM student is that all Griz games are free! The Grizzlies face North Dakota State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring your clever sports signs and you could make it on TV for the first college-televised game of the year on ESPN.
Insider Tip: Buddy passes are available every Monday morning during the week of a Griz game, but be sure to stand in line early because they sell quickly!