Missoula's Northside and Westside have a character all their own.
On Saturday, July 21, perhaps the highest concentration of character and arts will be at the Northside-Westside Block Party.
There will be live music, creative activities, food trucks and more from 3-9 p.m. on North First Street West.
This year, the shindig will also help celebrate the 10th birthday for the Zootown Arts Community Center.
The nonprofit arts center, which provides affordable art classes, studio spaces, music camps, gallery spaces and an all-ages music venue, won’t be a Northside space much longer.
Next year, the ZACC is planning to move to the Studebaker Building on West Main Street, which will more than double its square footage. The ZACC has launched a capital campaign to raise money to pay for the building.
For more information on contributing to the nonprofit, go to zootownarts.org.
According to news release, here’s the line-up of Saturday’s events:
Activities include a birthday cakewalk, pinata and balloons; art booths with bingo, face-painting, screen-printing, poetry, “catbot” activities from the Clay Studio of Missoula, mural painting and puppets.
The music comes courtesy of Rooster Sauce, Zepeda, Motorhome and Carpool.
Stick around for the new “ZACC Gong Show” live variety show.
The food will be served by Cruz Tacos, Sonny’s Cheesesteaks, Big Thai Country and Big Dipper Ice Cream. Beer and cider options are KettleHouse, Western Cider and Pabst and ZIP Beverage.