Montana is known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, but it also has a vibrant cultural scene with a variety of events happening throughout the year. Whether you're interested in music, food, art, or outdoor activities, there's something for everyone in Montana. Here are some upcoming events happening throughout the state:
Red Ants Pants Music Festival - July
This annual festival in White Sulphur Springs is a celebration of women in music and the working rancher's way of life. The lineup includes country, folk, and bluegrass musicians, as well as workshops on everything from fly fishing to saddle making. Check out These 15 Montana Music Festivals
Big Sky Country State Fair - July
The Montana State Fair in Great Falls may get more attention, but the Big Sky Country State Fair in Bozeman is a fun event in its own right. Highlights include carnival rides, fair food, and live music.
Montana Folk Festival - July
This free festival in Butte is a celebration of traditional music and culture from around the world. The lineup includes musicians, dancers, and storytellers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Huckleberry Festival - August
This festival in Trout Creek celebrates Montana's beloved huckleberry with a parade, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and, of course, plenty of huckleberry treats.
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks - June-August
Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a traveling theater company that performs Shakespearean plays for free in communities throughout Montana and surrounding states. Check their website for a schedule of upcoming performances.
Bitterroot Celtic Games & Gathering - August
This festival in Hamilton celebrates Celtic heritage with traditional music, dance, and athletic competitions, including the caber toss and the hammer throw.
Montana Dragon Boat Festival - September
This annual event in Kalispell features dragon boat races on Flathead Lake, as well as live music, food vendors, and a beer garden.
Great Northwest Oktoberfest - September - October
This two-weekend event in Whitefish features beer, bratwurst, live music, and traditional Oktoberfest games like the keg toss and the stein-holding contest.
Art Walks - Various dates and locations
Many Montana towns, including Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula, host monthly art walks where local galleries and businesses showcase art and offer refreshments.
Farmer's Markets - Various dates and locations
Montana has a thriving agricultural scene, and you can sample the state's bounty at farmer's markets throughout the summer and fall. Some of the largest markets are in Bozeman, Missoula, and Helena.
These are just a few examples of the many events happening throughout Montana in the coming months. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, be sure to check out the local event calendars to see what's happening near you.