Where to Park (and other transportation hints)

--There is on-street parking available, but many people don't know about the two parking structures maintained by the Missoula Parking Commission.  All are affordable, and are free evenings and weekends.  Central Park is located at 128 West Main, and the Bank Street Structure is adjacent to the Higgins Street Bridge and may be approached via Pattee Street across from the Holiday Inn. 

--Plan ahead and Bike, Walk, Bus: Missoula In Motion has a ton of resources to help you enjoy a car-free evening. They have a bike map to help you find safe routes, and they offer incentives and goodies.

--Both the University of Montana and Missoula Free Cycles have bike loan programs, if you just want to borrow a bike for the evening. Perfect for out-of-town visitors, or anyone who wants to give bicycling a try without having to buy a bike.

--If you are a student, you can take the U-Dash, a late night bus service that runs every half hour from 7:00 pm to 2:25 AM! Students can ride Mountain Line for free, to get downtown before 5pm , when Gallery Night begins. The numbers 1, 8 , and 12 all pass by campus.

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Is there still First Friday if "..." ?

Sometimes First Friday falls on or around a holiday, and a lot of people start to ask if it is still going to happen. The answer to that is yes, because the first Friday of every month is still the first Friday, even if it is the 4th of July. First Friday Gallery Night is a totally decentralized event -- so, whether or not all galleries and artists are going to participate is another question, and it can't really be answered without asking each individual gallery. Some may decide to take that Friday off, while others may find it perfectly desirable to hold an art opening, even on New Year's Day.  We do our best to get word of every opening and arts event we can find, so you can find the information in one convenient location, but we don't make any rules or guidelines for First Friday itself.