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The 2020 event calendar is set:

Fall Festival Downtown = October 20-24

Parade of Lights = November 27



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Helena Fall Festival (Canceled)

October 20, 2020 - October 23, 2020 11:00 pm - 3:00 am

UPDATE (10/19/2020): Fall Festival is Canceled.

Due to inclement weather this week, along with increased precautions around COVID-19, DHI has made the tough decision to cancel this week’s Fall Festival. We still recommend visiting downtown to support local businesses by shopping now, before the holiday season, so that we can ensure the well-being of our downtown as we enter this uncertain holiday season.

UPDATE (10/7/20): The Kids’s Pumpkin Patch at Pioneer Park that was originally scheduled for October 24th has been canceled due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19. We hope you understand.

Welcome to the Fall Festival! Instead of keeping all the fun to one night, we’re spreading it out over a whole week from Tuesday, October 20th to Friday, October 23rd. Participating businesses will be open later during these days, as late as even 8pm, to ensure the safety of both businesses and customers alike. We’re sure you have a few questions, though, so we figured we’d answer them below.

How late will businesses be open during these days?

Participating businesses are asked to be open until 8pm on the days that they will participate.

Will businesses be required to provide artists?

No, but they’re more than welcome to. The focus of Fall Festival will be to get more customers downtown during these evenings to support local businesses. Have displayed art or an artist is simply a bonus for these businesses.

Does my business have to participate every night?

No, and that’s the best part of this! You can take part in whichever nights you think would be best for you.

What are the regulations around COVID-19? And who will be enforcing them?

Retail businesses are required to have no more than 50 people in their store at any one moment. It will be up to the staff and business owners to enforce these regulations and ensure that no more than 50 people are in your store. This can also help you decide which nights during Fall Festival you’d want to stay open when considering employee time.

How will this be marketed?

Downtown Helena will be running radio ads and pushing this event through social media. We also ask that participating businesses help in marketing their participation.

When and where will the Kids’ Pumpkin Patch occur?

Sadly, the Kids’ Pumpkin Patch has been canceled due to concerns around COVID-19. We worked closely with the Lewis and Clark Board of Health to see if this could be a possibility, but in the end we felt strongly that we didn’t want to put attendees and their children at risk.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Mike Rooney, Downtown Helena, Inc.’s Operations Director, at [email protected] or 406-447-1535.

Parade of Lights

Due to regulations associated with COVID-19, the Parade of Lights is going to look a little different this year.

Instead of bringing the parade to the people, we’re going to have the people go to the parade. We’re working closely with the city and police department to convert Cruse Ave to a one-way street, with people entering from Park Ave and exiting from Broadway. The floats and displays will then be set up for people to look at as they drive by with the fire tower lit up in the background the whole time from 6-7:30 pm.

Better yet, we’ve partnered with Helena Toys for Tots and Helena Food Share to support those in need during the holiday season. To donate directly to Helena Food Share, please visit this link and be sure to share it with your family and friends.

As for Toys for Tots, not only will we have their bins set up at the entrance on Park Avenue for you to drop your donated toys in, but local businesses Montana Book Company, Lasso the Moon, and Montana Outdoor Sports will have stalls at the end of the parade for you to purchase toys in case you forgot to bring one.

All without getting out of your car!

When: Friday, November 27th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Where: Cruse Ave, from Park Avenue to Broadway

Who: Anyone feeling the holiday spirit who wants to check out some festive floats and donate to two great causes.

What: One-way parade where attendees will drive through the floats in their own cars to enable safe social distancing.

How: We ask attendees to start driving on the one-way Cruse Ave from Park Ave to Broadway. Floats and displays will be set up on both sides of the road, in addition to the Fire Tower lit up throughout the evening. And don’t forget to bring your Toys for Tots donation or donate to Helena Food Share HERE.

Why: Why not?!