It’s October in Montana. The aspens are shining gold against the lodge pole pines on the ridges skirting Helena. Seasonal operations such as the Last Chance Tour Train and the Gates of the Mountains have stopped running. But, don’t be fooled, there’s still plenty of things happening in Helena.
This weekend join the fun at the Helena Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm at the corner of Neill and Fuller in Downtown Helena. Shop fresh produce and crafts from artisans in the Helena area.
The Montana Historical Society is offering FREE admission this Saturday. Check out their classic Charlie Russell exhibit or the new exhibit Gold, Glory and Rebellion – Montana and the Civil War. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and is located at 225 N. Roberts St near the Capitol Building off of Montana Avenue.
If you haven’t visited the Montana State Capitol Building, plan to stop by and explore this beautiful building. The Capitol is open Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. Free guided tours are available on Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, noon, 1:00 and 2:00. Self-guided tour books and kids’ capitol scavenger hunt books are available at the security desk on the lower level.
Celebrate autumn in Downtown Helena with the Kids Fall Fest, a free family-friendly event on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pioneer Park near the Lewis & Clark Library. Activities including face painting, arts & crafts, a pirate parade and a prize hunt.
Helena’s is the #1 town for Geocaching in the US. You can download geocaching apps for your smart phone or rent a GPS unit from The Base Camp in Downtown Helena for $5 a day. Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt that the entire family will enjoy. On Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Lewis & Clark Library (120 S. Last Chance Gulch) participate in a Treasure Hunt based on the book Tom Sawyer. The Treasure Hunt is free and open to the public. If you’d like more information on Geocaching in Helena visit www.helenamt.com/geotour.
Lasso the Moon Toy Store, 25 S. Last Chance Gulch is celebrating 19 years with activities, prizes and treats. Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
At the Great Northern Town Center, Exploration Works Science Center’s new exhibit Run! Jump! Fly! This action-packed family adventure exhibit merges your imagination with real physical activity as you step into scenes right out of action-adventure stories and jump into action. Exploration Works is located at 995 Carousel Way and is open Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 18.
Next door to Exploration Works, the Great Northern Carousel (989 Carousel Way) offers spins round the carousel for $1.50 per ride. You can also enjoy some of their delicious ice cream. The Carousel is open Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
Tizer Gardens, located south of Helena in Jefferson City, hosts Family Fun Days on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Roast marshmallows and participate in other family activities as you explore this Montana-style botanical garden. $2 off regular admission. For more information visit www.tizergardens.com.
Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts • Open Daylight Hours • 2915 Country Club Ave.
Explore the wonders of the Archie Bray. Pick up a self-guided walking map in the black mail box located on the right-hand side as you pull into the bray.
The Lewis & Clark Brewery located at 1517 Dodge Ave. will feature a performance of The Hard Arnold Palmers on Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm. Grab a delicious craft brew and enjoy the tunes.
Blackfoot River Brewery located at 66 S. Park Ave. will feature the music of Britt from 4 pm to 7 pm on Sunday.
If you’d like to print a PDF file of all these great happenings, select this link: soccerweekend.pdf.