Montana March 17, 2016
These 12 Unique Festivals In Montana Are Something Everyone Should Experience Once
It’s always festival time in Montana! We love to celebrate our seasons, our heritage and our wonderful culture and rich history. Here are 12 unique festivals to put on your calendar this year.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Sweet Pea, Bozeman
The Sweet Pea Festival is a three day event held the first weekend of August. With a children’s parade, Shakespeare in the Park, the Chalk Walk and many other forms of entertainment and food, there’s something for everyone at Sweet Pea.
2. Testy Festy, Clinton
There are several Testicle Festivals in Montana, but the Testy Festy in Clinton in August is the largest and most popular. It’s also 21 and over only… but with the Undie 500 being one of the main attractions, that’s probably a good thing.
3. Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival
Cherry pie, cherry cooking contests, local vendors… this July festival is fun for the whole family.
4. Bucking Horse Sale, Miles City
This is an old school, wild West Montana rode at its finest, and it’s a state tradition. Everyone should go at least once.
5. Evel Knievel Days, Butte
Evel Knievel’s hometown celebrates him every July with a free three day festival that celebrates his legacy with motorcycles, BMX, mountain bikes, skateboards and other activities.
6. Huckleberry Festival, Trout Creek
Huckleberries grow wild in some Montana regions, and for over 30 years, the Trout Creek Huckleberry Festival has celebrated the delicious fruit every August.
7. Winter Carnival, Red Lodge
This is an awesome one day event in March with events, prizes, fireworks and a torch light parade.
8. Whitefish Winter Carnival, Whitefish
Ranked by National Geographic as one of the world’s Top 10 Winter Carnivals, this festival celebrates Ullr, the snow god, and his court with food, entertainment and an amazing fireworks display.
9. Custer’s Last Stand Re-enactment & Little Bighorn Days, Hardin
Every June, Hardin hosts Little Bighorn Days and the Battle of Little Bighorn is re-enacted.
10. Lewis & Clark Festival, Great Falls
Held in June at Gibson Park in Great Falls, this three day festival is an opportunity to relive history through the pages of the daily journals Lewis and Clark kept, which are shared with visitors through presentations, ceremony, exhibits and events.
11. Montana Folk Festival, Butte
This free music festival is held every July, celebrating the unique culture of folk music.
12. Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous, Lewistown
A four day Montana cowboy poetry gathering in August is as fun as it sounds. Between the music, poems and the Western Art & Gear Show, it’s worth making the trip to Lewistown to experience.
What would you add to this list?