Carnival Classic

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Carnival Classic due to Covid 19 in Lewis and Clark County.  We are terribly sad that we can not celebrate the start of the school year with a Carnival, but know that we can best support our community’s highest priority—keeping our schools open and our children and educators safe—by avoiding inadvertent and unnecessary potential Covid exposure to staff and families district-wide.  Mark your calendars for Carnival Classic, scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2022 in Memorial Park.

The Carnival Classic is a city-wide celebration of public education and kick-off to the new school year held annually at Memorial Park in September. Student organizations, PTOs, sporting and academic groups and other school related groups participate with booths and games from which they retain 100% of their proceeds. Other youth related, nonprofit organizations in the Helena area participate with performances or informational booths. 

Thank you to our generous Carnival Classic sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
PayneWest Insurance
The Base Camp
Batey’s Delivery

We were unable to host Carnival Classic in 2020, but you may see 2019’s booths and entertainment here!


“This is such an important event for us, as we need the money for activities designed to continue to connect our 8th-grade WEB leaders with their 6th-grade buddies throughout the year. For us, we feel the exposure and just having a presence there at the carnival is beneficial. It was outstanding! Jim Darcy loves it and HEF for its organization!”

Brian Cummings
Jim Darcy Elementary

Contact HEF at [email protected] or (406)443-2545 for more information.