A wide array of bands will bring their sounds to Madison Village in Moonlight Basin, Big Sky. Early sales of admission tickets are heavily discounted, as are student tickets. The festival features two days of diverse foods and dance from national stages, while local talent will also be highlighted. Info at: moonlightmusicfest.com.
June 7-Sept. 13
From 6-8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month June through September, and a special “Winter” Art Walk in December, art galleries and businesses display artwork located along Main Street and at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture. The galleries feature artists’ openings and receptions, and often provide hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments. Music may play as you stroll along Main Street in Downtown Bozeman. Info at: downtownbozeman.org.
Bogert's Farmer's Market
June 4-Sept. 24
On Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. early June through late September, area vendors bring vegetables, arts, crafts, music, food and much more to this fun-filled family environment. The Market is run by The Friends of Bogert Park, and proceeds go to rejuvenate the park, found on S. Church Ave. in Bozeman. Info at: (406)-539-0216; bogertfarmersmarket.org .
Bozeman Stampede Rodeo
The Bozeman Stampede is a nonprofit rodeo serving as a fun community event that benefits Bozeman businesses and community – both culturally and economically – while supporting local agricultural groups. The rodeo is sanctioned under the PRCA and happens at 7 p.m. each night at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 N Black Ave. Info at: bozemanstampede.com.
BZN Film Celebration
BZN, the Bozeman Film Celebration’s annual festival again hosts its four-day event held at 10 a.m. daily June 6-9 in Downtown Bozeman and the MSU campus. Featuring more than 60 films from around the globe, this year’s festival will focus on films that educate, encourage and inspire audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet. Visitors can attend a slate of panels, happy hours, community-wide events and parties, and an awards ceremony. Info at: bozemanfilmcelebration.com.
Cruisin' On Main Annual Car Show
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., come see the biggest car show in the region. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Black and Main Streets. All classes of cars are welcome to enter. Info at: downtownbozeman.org.
Music On Main
June 27-Aug. 15
Every Thursday night for 8 weeks, from June 27 through August 15, enjoy live music, food and fun in Downtown Bozeman from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. bring the kids for kid’s activities. Then, enjoy live music from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Grab a bite to eat from numerous food vendors that will be on site or step into a few of the downtown stores that stay open late. Info at: downtownbozeman.org.
The Big Sky Country State Fair (Gallatin County)
From Noon through 11:30 p.m., experience a traditional western fair. The Big Sky Country (Gallatin County) celebrates our Montana lifestyle with music, livestock, special entertainment, children's activities, competitive exhibits, carnival, food, agriculture education, class exhibits, 4-H exhibits and animals, rodeo, mud bog and dog contests and more. Info at: 406statefair.com.
Sweet Pea Festival Weekend
Always beginning that Friday at 4 p.m. at Lindley Park, Sweet Pea has been a tradition for 42 years. Enjoy the entire weekend with a variety of music, dance and theatre performances, along with adult and children’s workshops and activities. A parade, organized runs, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and a craft beer and wine garden. Sweet Pea is a non-profit organization and gives the profit from the festival back to the community. Info at: sweetpeafestival.org.
Livingston Roundup Rodeo
Livingston’s rodeo draws 10,000 spectators yearly to see top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from across North America competing in multiple events. These are the best saddle-bronc riders, team ropers, barrel racers and bull riders. Fun starts 3 p.m. Monday with Rodeo Slack, while on Tuesday more fun happens downtown at the Livingston Chamber of Commerce Parade. Rodeo events at the Park County Fairgrounds happen all three days, with fireworks nightly. Info at: livingstonroundup.com.
Festival of the Arts
The Livingston Depot Center's Festival of the Arts will be held in the Depot Rotary Park, on West Park Street (next to the Depot Center) in downtown Livingston Tuesday through Thursday. Times may vary. This three-day juried show features works from all media of arts and crafts, created by approximately 100 skilled artists and craftspeople. Nonprofit groups also offer specialty foods, and the Depot continues to host the acclaimed pie booth. Info at: livingstondepot.org.
“Newsies” at Shane Lalani Center
June 28- July 21
A rag-tag group of New York City newsboys dream of a better life away from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, they rally for what is right. Info at: theshanecenter.org.
On Friday, 2-10 p.m., the 17th Annual Summerfest Along the Yellowstone happens at Sacajawea Park for all ages, with a show from Western Skies 4-5:30 p.m.; The Bus Driver Tour has rockin' tunes 6-7:30 p.m.; and, The Max features dance tunes 8-10 p.m. Local Montana foods and beverages will be served throughout the night. The Livingston City Pool has free admission all day during Summerfest. Tickets are $5 minimum donation. Info at: livingstonmt.org.
Park County Fair
This county-wide and 4-H fair has a carnival, games, rides, stock auction, commercial exhibitions, family entertainment, farmers market and pig wrestling contest. There are 20 water and electrical hookups for RVs and campers at the Park County Fairground, 46 View Vista Dr., Livingston. Info at: parkcounty.org.
Red Lodge Music Festival
The oldest and most successful music festival in Montana attracts more than 200 students annually to the Red Lodge Civic Center. With faculty from universities, colleges and symphony orchestras from across the nation, this is a full-blown, nine-day music festival with five evening faculty concerts, two evening student recitals, and afternoon band and orchestra performances. Student concerts are free. New this year is a community fun run. Info at: rlmf.org.
Red Lodge Songwriter Festival
Celebrate summer listening to some of the country’s best songwriters at various locations throughout Downtown Red Lodge. Shows will start late in the afternoon and play into the late night. A portion of the proceeds support Friends of the Beartooths, dedicated to the improvement and promotion of the Beartooth Highway and its neighboring communities. Info at: redlodgesongwriterfest.com.
Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo and Parade
Home of Champions Rodeo features some of professional rodeo's top cowboys and cowgirls. Take in the ropin' and ridin', singin' and swingin' with a downtown parade each day at noon and a rodeo at 6 p.m. July 2-3 and at 3 p.m. July 4. Fireworks happen July 4 at dark. Info at: redlodgerodeo.com.
Art in the Beartooths
The 46th Annual Art in the Beartooths is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Carbon County Depot Gallery. This annual fundraiser begins with 30 artists painting live on the deck of the Depot Gallery and in Lions Park. As the artists paint, viewing is free and open to everyone. Gates for the ticketed part of the event open at 4 p.m. in Lions Park. A no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres will be available while viewing the art created that day. Info at: carboncountydepotgallery.org.
Beartooth Motorcycle Rally
Plan on the 25th Annual Beartooth Motorcycle Rally being better than ever! As always this weekend promises lots of rides, food and fun each day, and in the evening you can dance under the stars. Info at: beartoothrally.com.
Cruisen Red Lodge Car and Bike Show
Red Lodge's premiere summer car show will have you in awe at your favorite classic cars and motorcycles. A 4-8 p.m. Friday BBQ is at Pride Park, with a parade down Main Street at 7 p.m. The Saturday car show is all day at Pride Park. The nostalgic drag races are Sunday on the airport runway. Visit cruisenredlodge.com
Labor Day Arts Fair
Enjoy art and fine crafts from as many as 90 artists for one annual Labor Day Arts Fair, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, in Lions Park, Red Lodge. Stroll the park and stop in the artists' booths to shop for original creations. Food vendors surround the gazebo, and local groups entertain all day at the gazebo, rain or shine. Free Admission. Info at: redlodge.com.
Great Montana Sheep Drive
Hundreds of sheep take to Reed Point's main street at 10 a.m. during this Labor Day weekend staple. Enjoy the street fair, parade, street dance and live auction. Info at: stillwatercountychamber.com
Rockin' the Rivers Music Festival
Montana’s biggest country music festival has three days of music featuring more than a dozen bands. Some top-name performers are: Warrant, Cheap Trick, Pinky & the Floyd, Dokken and Whiskey River. This summer go-to event has camping available, and the crowds enjoy ice-cold beer, ongoing horseshoes and dancing – all happening at The Bridge near Three Forks. Info at: rockintherivers.com.
Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous
The 14th Annual Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous and 1800s Living History Encampment show how mountain men lived, worked and traded in the Old West. Held at the Old Airport in West Yellowstone, the event is free to the public and open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, one mile from the park’s West Entrance. Spend a day or a week at this encampment to see traders’ row, a real encampment, entertainment and seminars about “life as it was.” See the excitement of the era during Tomahawk and knife demonstrations for adults and children, black-powder shoots and mountain-man storytelling. Traders must have primitive gear and canvas-style tents. The primitive camp has no water or electricity. Info at: twoturtlestradingpost.com.