1. Running of the Sheep, Reed Point, 9/6
OK, so this event has already passed… and it’s technically not quite fall. But something so wonderfully weird had to make the list. Every year the community gathers together to watch hundreds of sheep thunder through the streets of Reed Point. As if it couldn’t get any better, there are also hay bale races.
2. Montana Book Festival, Missoula, 9/21 - 9/25
Did you know Montana has more bookstores per capita than any other state? We love to read here, and Missoula’s annual Book Festival is a chance for readers to come together and attend readings, author signings and panels.
3. Fiber Fest, Billings, 9/24
Fiber Fest is a one-day free event held at the Billings Convention Center where people talk about and sell fiber related products. Yes, really.
4. the Great Northwest Oktoberfest, Whitefish, 9/29 - 10/1
Oktoberfest will be celebrated in many parts of the country (and world) so at first glance this festival may not seem unique. But we’re betting those other Oktoberfests don’t crown a Hop Queen or have Waitress Races, where local servers compete for a $250 prize by racing with beer steins.
5. Townsend Fall Fest, Townsend, 9/30 - 10/2
Every fall, the small town of Townsend becomes a booming party. There’s always a stellar music lineup, a car show, and numerous other events. It’s also very kid-friendly.
6. McInTosh Apple Day, Hamilton, 10/1
For almost 40 years, the Hamilton community has come together for the biggest bake sale in Big Sky Country. The annual fundraiser sells hundreds of baked and frozen pies, and it’s as delicious as it sounds.
7. Harvestfest, Billings, 10/8
Billings’ Harvestfest, which is a celebration of all that is autumn, is always held on the second day of October. It’s the perfect way to welcome fall.
8. Annual Ennis Hunters’ Feed, Ennis, 10/24
Every year on the Friday before rifle season opens, the Ennis Hunters Feed welcomes hunters, families and friends to enjoy wild game dishes sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Prizes are awarded for Best Chili, Best Non-Chili, Most Unusual and the coveted Judge’s Choice.
9. Bannack Ghost Walk, 10/29 - 10/30
The weekend before Halloween is a special time at Bannack State Park. The annual Ghost Walk takes visitors through reenacted historical events, and it’s both entertaining and spooky.