The Festival of the Winter Moon was started by the Anaconda Local Development Corporation which recently merged with the Chamber of Commerce to form Discover Anaconda. The ALDC wanted to give back to the community and help out the local businesses in town. January is a hard time for restaurants and businesses so they developed the festival to help give them some business and also provide a way for the community to get outside and have some fun in the middle of winter. Accelerate Anaconda is the host They coordinate on the larger scale and get event permits where needed and promote the festival on all the social media sites along with Discover Anaconda.
This year's festival is set to be fun for the whole family with events all over town. Below you will find a list of events with times and places it will be held. There will be maps available to help you find the event you want to go to available at Pintler's Portal Hostel and various businesses around town a week before the festival. Most of the events are free with a few exceptions like the corn hole competition that has a fee to compete. This year they also have an ice carving contest that will be located at certain businesses around town. A sculptor has to be sponsored by a business for a location. For $70.00 a business can sponsor a sculptor which is the cost of the block of ice and to be able to set up at the business. Jon Wick, owner of 5518 Designs will be one of the sculptors and will be set up outside his store at Pintler's Portal Hostel. The deadline to sign up is January 16th so you still have time to enter!
New this year is the Winter Market inside Pintler's Portal Hostel at 218 W Park Avenue. This market will have 18 local and regional artisans to shop from with a variety of art and handmade crafts such as leather goods, candles, pottery, jewelry, up cycled antiques, photography, handmade soaps, and many more. There will also be non-profits Wear It For Berrett and the Kiwanis Club with items for sale to help support their cause. Come out and try your hand at frozen turkey bowling, buy a handmade Montana made gift at the market and catch the outdoor movie before heading on over to the afterparty at the Montana Hotel with live music by Hardwood Heart at this years Festival of the Winter Moon.
Here is a list of activities around town and times:
Winter Market at Pintler's Portal Hostel
Free of charge
Ice Sculpting Contest (Through Out Town)
Sculpting starts at 9am
Judging starts at 4pm
Ice Skating with Princess Elsa at The Common
$7.00 to skate
All Proceeds go to the Open Theatre Project
Frozen Turkey Bowling at Smelter City Brewing
Free of charge
Starts at 3pm
Frozen T-shirt Contest at Smelter City Brewing
First one to get a frozen shirt wins a wonderful prize!
Starts at 4pm
Outdoor Movie at The Common
Come watch Frozen the Movie while you skate
Hot Cocoa and Apple Cider provided
Hosted by SW MT Prevention
Starts at 5pm
Curling Demo at The Common
Free of charge
Brought to you by Missoula Curling Club
Cornhole Tournament at the Elks
More Information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/444703530616172
AfterParty at Montana Hotel
$10 in advance or $15 at the door
Live Music by Hardwood Heart
Beer and wine will be avaialble
7pm to 10pm