The Labor Day Lowdown

The first week of school is a whirlwind of activity and excitement as thousands of students pour into the city to tackle another year of classes. With all the chaos, the week can quickly become a time of high stress. Luckily, the end of the week marks the arrival of Labor Day and a much-needed three-day weekend. While students may have some school work to do, the short break is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with Missoula and all the city has to offer. Since you’ve definitely had way too many things on your mind this week to properly plan your weekend, here is a short list of locations, events and activities sure to make your Labor Day holiday excellent!


The Roxy Theater 


A non-profit theater with a dedicated staff composed entirely of volunteers, The Roxy is independent, art-house cinema at its finest.  The theater features first run motion pictures, as well as film festivals, retrospectives, genre and theme nights.  For instance, starting September 3rd, the theater will be showing the complete Harry Potter film anthology on Thursday and Sunday nights in September and October.   


The Masquer Theatre

The UM School of Theatre & Dance will be presenting “Growing Up in Wonderland: Alice’s Coming of Age Story” September 4-5 at 7:30 PM. Come out to support UM students and enjoy a slightly different take on the well-known story! Don’t be late! 


Montana Museum of Art & Culture 

Across seven different locations, this network of museums houses more than 11,000 pieces of art.  An easy place to start would be the Paxson and Meloy gallery spaces located in the PARTV Center on the UM campus.  You can also set out on the Campus Artwalk, which showcases nearly 50 pieces of art installed in different locations across campus.


Missoula Art Museum  

Located at 335 N Pattee Street in downtown, this museum offers free admission, classes in technique and art appreciation and a great variety of contemporary and local art.  September 4th is also First Friday in downtown Missoula, and the Missoula Art Museum is a great place to start your downtown jaunt.


Public Stargazing

Go on a galactic journey to explore planets and distant galaxies at these family-friendly events. Attendees are asked to reserve a free ticket for each person in their group via Eventbrite at  Events start at 9:15 pm.

The observatory is atop Blue Mountain and is operated by UM. Astronomers will be on hand at all events to discuss what’s being viewed through the telescopes. Observing begins about an hour after sunset, and organizers recommend bringing warm clothes for cool evenings and a flashlight for the walk from the observatory to the parking lot. Smoking and alcohol are not allowed.

Be aware that viewing nights will be canceled if it is overcast or there are thunderstorms. Before heading to the observatory, call 406-243-4299 for weather and cancellation updates.



This weekend, there are two chances to catch the Lady Griz play at the South Campus Soccer Field! On Friday, September 4 the Griz face Washington State at 5:00 PM. On Sunday, September 6 the Griz go up against Iowa State at 10:30 AM. Come out and support your Griz! Tickets available at GrizTix



Catch the Griz at Washington-Grizzly Stadium for the second game of the 2015 season! Last weekend, the Griz rallied to defeat NDSU and set the stage for an impressive season. The Griz are up against Cal Poly at 7:00 PM at the Washington-Grizzly Stadium. It’s sure to be a thrilling game. Tickets available at GrizTix!

Remember, these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. There is more than enough in Missoula to keep you busy all school year long. Keep checking the Brntly blog for ways to get the most out of your UM experience! And don’t forget … you’re on vacation!