For information on these, and other events, click on the links to the left. Note: Links to events will become live as dates approach!
Wedding Stroll, March
Annual event and retail promotion that highlights all that Helena and surrounding areas have to offer for weddings, rehearsal dinners, honeymoons, engagement parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and wedding receptions.
Spring Art Walk, May
Each event boasts over 65 artists featured at nearly 50 registered businesses from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, poetry, and more spanning from the Great Northern Town Center to the Lewis and Clark Library. Refreshments and light snacks served at many businesses.
Helenans of all ages are invited to commute (bike/walk/stroll) downtown and receive discounts from participating downtown businesses! Mission: To promote health and fitness in the community, encourage Downtown vibrancy, and establish a commuter-friendly atmosphere in our downtown district.
Alive @ 5, Takes place every Wednesday in June, July, & August
Alive @ Five, a free, weekly summer concert series, will be held every Wednesday evening June through August. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. at different Downtown locations featuring local food vendors, beer and wine garden and live music performed by bands from around Montana. Helena residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to attend this long-anticipated summertime event.
Fashions Night Helena, September
Downtown Helena’s retail and restaurant scene will be in the spotlight as businesses host individual special events to reveal their new fall fashion offerings. From Rome to Milan, Atlanta to Australia, Savannah, Georgia to Boulder, Colorado, this after-hours shopping extravaganza and downtown party celebrates international Fashion Week and launch of a new season. On this night, parade your fanciest or favorite ensemble, and stroll downtown for exclusive VIP treatment by all participating locations.
Kids’ Fall Fest, October
This free family-oriented event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Pioneer Park, located behind the Lewis & Clark Library. Helena’s favorite fall kids’ event will include activities, face painting, Henna tattoos, informational booths, entertainment and much more. Win prizes generously donated by local businesses, play games, make crafts and enjoy dance performances.
Little Tykes Trick or Treat, 10/31/16
Downtown offers your little tykes a safe and fun alternative to trick-or-treating, on Halloween while there is still daylight. Over 100 businesses throughout the Downtown Helena and the Great Northern Town Center will pass out candy for children (5th grade and younger) between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Halloween day.
Annual Fall Art Walk, November
The event boasts over 65 artists featured at nearly 50 registered businesses from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, poetry, and more spanning from the Great Northern Town Center to the Lewis and Clark Library. Refreshments and light snacks served at many businesses.
Holiday Stroll Weekend – Thanksgiving Weekend
Parade of Lights, Friday after Thanksgiving
A Holiday tradition to celebrate Helena’s historic landmark – the Firetower! The parade gathers friends and families to kick off the holiday season with the official lighting of the work’s only downtown Firetower as the Guardian of the Gulch.
Breakfast with Santa, December
Breakfast with Santa takes place from 9AM-11AM at Bert & Ernie’s, located at 361 N Last Chance Gulch. This meal is free of charge to the public and co-sponsored by Downtown Helena, Inc. and the Helena Business Improvement District. DHI encourages bringing in an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drop, which will be on-site at the event. The success of Toys for Tots relies largely on the support of the local community and the generosity of those who donate toys, bringing joy to less fortunate children during the holidays.
Small Business Saturday, Saturday after Thanksgiving
First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. More than 200 organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.