Best Activist

Jesse Ramos

As a City Council members Ramos brings a different perspective and is not afraid to voice is opposition in an official capacity.

Finalists, Best Activist

2. Ellie Hill

3. Erin Clark

Best Annual Festival

River City Roots Fest

The music festival that gets Missoulians moving, grooving and stomping their feet won out for top annual festival. This year, bands including Moneypenny, Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters, The Black Lilies, The Whizpops, Cascade Crescendo and Leftover Salmon take over the streets of downtown Missoula with music for all ages. Plus more than 30 artists from the Pacific Northwest participate in the Fine Art Show. 

Finalists, Best Annual Festival

2. Missoula Marathon

3. Montana Football Games

Best Employer

Burton’s Classic Hair Co. 

The full service salon that swept the competition in categories such as haircut, waxing, hairstylist and cosmetics was also voted the top employer, showing that happy people make for happy hair. 

3410 S. Reserve


Finalists, Best Employer

2. Costco. 3220 N. Reserve St. 543-6445.

3. Providence St. Patrick Hospital. 500 W. Broadway. 543-7271.

Best Local Attraction

A Carousel for Missoula 

Young locals love riding one of the more than 30 or two chariots; checking out the gargoyles, listening to the largest band organ and of course, capturing the golden ring. This has been a favorite for kids in Missoula since 1995.

101 Carousel Dr.


Finalists, Best Local Attraction

2. Clark Fork River

3. Caras Park

Best Nonprofit

Watson Children's Shelter 

Watson Children's Shelter is dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment for children ages newborn to age 14 who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment or family crisis. More than 100 children are served each year in Missoula.

4978 Buckhouse Lane


Finalists, Best Nonprofit

2. YMCA. 3000 S. Russell St. 721-9622. 

3. Make-A-Wish Montana. 

Best Day Trip


Sift through your own bag of gravel for sapphires at the Sapphire Gallery, watch candy being made or shop the 3,000 square foot Sweet Palace, have a beer at the Philipsburg Brewing Company and check out the local shops. In the summer go fly fishing, camping, hiking and boating and in the winter, ski and snowboard at Discovery Ski Area. At least than an hour and a half away from Missoula, it's perfect for a jaunt to the town 'built on Hope.' 

Finalists, Best Day Trip

2. The Bitterroot

3. Flathead Lake

Best Place for Kids Fun

A Carousel for Missoula 

Winning again, this time for kids' fun, the Carousel firmly takes its place as a childhood favorite. 

101 Carousel Dr


Finalists, Best Place for Kids Fun

2. Splash Montana. 3001 Bancroft. 542-9293.

3. Dragon Hollow. Caras Park. 549-8382. 

Best Place for People Watching

Farmers Market

While strolling through the goods for sale or sitting enjoying a coffee and pastry (or sitting at a stoplight downtown), there are plenty of people to watch at the Saturday morning and Tuesday evening Farmers Markets. Two farmers markets and the Missoula People's Market offer people watching galore throughout the week.

Finalists, Best Place for People Watching

2. Caras Park

3. Southgate Mall. 2901 Brooks St. 

Best Place to Walk Dogs

Blue Mountain

This 4,900-acre recreation area includes 41 miles of system trails and is a popular spot for locals and visitors because of its proximity to the city of Missoula and the views of the valley. 

Finalists, Best Place to Walk Dogs

2. Pattee Canyon

3. Waterworks

Best Place to Worship

Zootown Church

Pastor Scott Klaudt says of Zootown Church, “We are a people who have experienced freedom in the love of Jesus and are committed to letting the world experience this love for themselves. We are a place where the brokenhearted can find hope, the rebels can find peace, anyone can find purpose, and all are treated with dignity as image bearers of God." Services are held in Missoula and Victor and can be live streamed. 

3623 Brooks St.


Finalists, Best Place to Worship

2. Missoula Alliance Church 100 E. Foss Ct. 251-3983.

3. Bob Marshall Wilderness