Alive After 5
June 6-Aug. 29
The popular weekly concert series has grown to include 13 free, live performances throughout the summer. Music lovers enjoy concerts at downtown locations from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. For details, call 406-259-5454 or check the schedule online, aliveafter5.com.
Celebrate summer at this annual favorite. A pancake breakfast starts the day, and downtown streets are lined with more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, food and fun. Enjoy free, live entertainment and top it off with a sweet slice of the 60-foot strawberry shortcake. For information, call 406-259-5454 or go to strawberryfun.com.
Heart & Sole Run
People of all ages and abilities participate in 5K and 10K runs and a 2-mile health walk. Proceeds benefit the YMCA Healthy Community Campaign and Trails Development. For information, call 406-254-7426 or go to heartandsolerace.com.
Big Sky State Games
This Olympic-style sports festival hosts more than 10,000 Montana and Wyoming residents. Opening Ceremonies include torch lighting by an Olympic athlete. More than 30 competitions take place around town throughout the weekend. For information, call 406-254-7426 or go to bigskygames.org.
Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment
At 1 p.m. each day, on the banks of the Little Bighorn River, the Real Bird family hosts a reenactment of the battle from the American Indian point of view. Featuring local riders and reenactors from around the United States, the event began nearly 20 years ago as a way to impart more Native American history and culture, and takes place during Crow Native Days, which are June 19-22. For information, go to www.littlebighornreenactment.com.
The nation’s largest modern-day American Indian encampment features dancing, drumming, food, daily rodeos and racing, traditional bead work, buckskin and leather work, evening powwows, morning parades and at the close of the fair, the Dance-Through Camp. The first grand entry starts at 1 p.m. Aug. 16. An afternoon War Bonnet Dance is Aug. 17. For information, 406-638-3808.
Downtown Forsyth's biggest event offers the Rollin’ Dreams Car Show and Boot Leggin’ Bike Rally at the fairgrounds, a Main Street parade and bingo. Highlighting the afternoon is the rubber duck race for cash prizes, then a barbecue and street dance with a variety of live music. For information, call 406-347-5656 or go to forsythmt.com.
Buzzard Day and Music in Makoshika
Celebrate the return of the turkey vulture to Eastern Montana with Buzzard Day at Makoshika State Park. There'll be events for all age groups, including a pancake breakfast, Buzzard Burger lunch, nature walks, 5K and 10K runs and festival games. Each year, new events are added. Admission is free. For information, 406-377-6256 or email@example.com.
Cars in the Park
The Badlands Drifters Car Club hosts this two-day car show in Eyer Park. More than 40 trophies will be awarded and events include a scavenger hunt and dance on June 28. For details, go to badlandsdrifters.com.
Bell Street Bridge Day
In Eyer Park, a day full of live entertainment, local musicians and dancers, wagon rides, historical tours, food and drink, craft fair, motorcycle contest and children's activities funds the maintenance of the town's historic bridge over the Yellowstone River. For information, 406-377-5601 or glendivechamber.com.
Little Bighorn Days
Take in a performance of the Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment of the Battle of the Little Bighorn outside Hardin. Events in Hardin include a quilt show, parades and an 1876 Grand Ball. For information, call 406-665-1672 or go to custerslaststand.org.
The South Central Montana Antique Tractor and Machinery Association sponsors this weekend of steam and gas threshing with events for the whole family. Events include a stationary engine display, gas tractor and steam engine plowing, hay baling, binding, a saw-mill, wood planer and shingle mill, working blacksmith shop, tractor pull competition, parade, arts, crafts, live music and concessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture. For information, 406-967-6687.
Fourth of July Celebration
More than 15,000 people gather at Thomson Park for activities including a pancake breakfast, the Chief Joseph Run, kiddie parade, grand parade, food and craft fair, live entertainment all day, and one of Montana’s largest fireworks displays at night. For information, call 406-628-8105 or go to laurelmontana.org.
Western Art Roundup & Quick Draw
Coinciding with the world-famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, a group art show features works from Western and Tribal genres. On May 18, a quick draw and auction at Riverside Park starts at 10:30 a.m. Join the artists’ brunch on May 19 at Custer County Art & Heritage Center, where the show is on display through June 16. For information, 406-234-0635 or ccac.milescity.org
Commemorate William Clark's stop at Pompeys Pillar on July 25, 1806, with free admission and camping to the state park. There's historical talks, music and lots of food available. For information, 406-875-2400