MISSOULA, Mont. - Caras Park in Missoula was packed Wednesday as the Out to Lunch summer series retured. The event, put on by the Missoula Downtown Association, brings live music and local vendors to the park, creating a lively atmosphere.
The event takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. and runs from June through August. Now in its 29th year, Out to Lunch has become a staple event here in Missoula.
"I think that we're very lucky to have such a collective community in Missoula that we all come together to make things like this happen and make them free to the public," said Jenny Mueller, the Membership and Events Director for the Missoula Downtown Association.
Today's event featured 22 food vendors, including many local favorites like thai restaurant Sa Wad Dee and the Pita Pit. Live bands are also a part of each Wednesday event; this week the Bottomfeeders performed for the crowds.
"It's just always been kind of a cool event, live music and a lot of good food, so we thought we'd come take advantage of that," said Missoula resident Chris Herrick.
In addition to the free music, Mountain Line is providing free transportation to and from the event. You can hop on a trolley at the Lewis and Clark Transfer Center and the Dornblaser lots starting at 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday. The trolley will run until 1:45 p.m.