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The 2020 event calendar is set:

Spring Art Walk = May 8; Cancelled

Roll & Stroll = May 16; Cancelled

Alive at Five = June 3, 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5 & 12; Postponed until 2021

Kids Fall Fest = October 10

Little Tykes Trick or Treat = October 31

Fall Art Walk = November 13

Parade of Lights = November 27

Breakfast with Santa and Small Business Saturday = November 28

DHI events has a No Return, No Refund Policy



Downtown Helena Live Music

August 5, 2020 - August 26, 2020

Kids Fall Fest

Saturday, October 10th 2020

Celebrate autumn in Downtown Helena with the Kids’ Fall Fest, a family-friendly event located in Pioneer Park.

Downtown Helena Inc. members need to register but no payment is required as your membership includes the Kids’ Fall Fest.

Not a Downtown Helena Inc. member but want to participate in Kids’ Fall Fest? Non-Member cost of registration is $65.

Kid’s Fall Fest Poster 2020 (1)

Little Tykes Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 31st, 2020

Dress up in your best Halloween costume. The downtown businesses are excited to treat you.

Little Tykes Poster 2020 (1)

Fall Art Walk

Friday, November 13, 2020

From photography and paintings to ceramics and live performances, the Fall Art Walk showcases a diverse range of artwork created by Montana artists.

Downtown Helena Inc. members need to register but no payment is required as your membership includes the Fall Art Walk.

Not a Downtown Helena Inc. member but want to participate in Fall Art Walk? Non-Member cost of registration is $100.

The deadline to register is Friday, October 30.

Fall Art Walk Poster 2020 (1)

Parade of Lights

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Parade of Lights.

2020 parade theme is Candy Land

2019 parade theme was Hometown Helena Past Present and Future

You will receive a ‘thank you for registering’ if your registration goes through. If you do not receive this, please call our office at 447-1535.


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Start your day with Breakfast with Santa at Bert & Ernies, then enjoy Small Business Saturday in Helena’s Historic Downtown!

Breakfast with Santa takes place on November 28, 2020, at Bert & Ernies (361 N. Last Chance Gulch).  There are two sittings: one at 9:00 am and one at 10:00 a.m.  Enjoy a free Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Downtown Helena, Inc., Bert and Ernies, Fire Tower Coffee and Sysco Foods. Santa will be at Bert and Ernies for the kiddos! Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots.


Alive at Five Postponed Until 2021

June 2, 2021 - August 11, 2021 11:00 pm - 2:30 am

Press Release April 22, 2020

Downtown Helena, Inc. Postpones Alive-at-Five until 2021, Announces Plans for New Summer Events

Helena, MT – Downtown Helena, Inc. (DHI)’s 2020 Alive at Five summer music festival is postponed until 2021. DHI will be working with state and local officials and local vendors, artists, and musicians to develop events consistent with evolving health and safety guidelines.

The safety and health of the community is the number one priority for Downtown Helena. Per the re-opening guidelines recently delivered by Governor Bullock, planning events with capacity of 50 or more will take place later this summer. But in order to allow us to develop new events consistent with all federal, state, and local guidelines, the DHI and Business Improvement District boards made the joint decision yesterday to postpone the Alive-at-Five series until 2021.

Executive Director, Micky Zurcher stated, “many of our downtown businesses are open now and more will be opening in the weeks ahead.” Zurcher along with DHI events coordinator, Nick Hawksley, look forward to seeing you in Downtown.

Thank you to all the 2020 sponsors, vendors, musicians, and community for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in 2021 for the Alive at Five music festival.


Alive at Five is a free summer concert series that showcases local food and craft vendors, kids corner, and musicians for an evening of live music in either Women’s Park or Pioneer Park in downtown Helena.


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