Top 20 Montana USA Events and Festivals
This list of Top Events USA presents only the top 20 Montana events and festivals (from January to December) popular in the state of Montana USA.
Two of the main Montana US events are the Whitefish Winter Carnival in early February in Whitefish, and the Montana Fair in mid August in Billings, Montana.
See below for a complete list of the main Montana US events.
Whitefish Winter Carnival
In honor of Ullr, the snow God and his court, who work to keep the women of Whitefish safe and its ski slopes full of snow, this unique, fun and impressive festival in the village of Whitefish, Montana, ranked by National Geographic as one of the world’s Top 10 Winter Carnivals, and included here as one of the top 20 Montana USA events and festivals offers a wide menu of fun and entertainment with everything from Viking Divas to a magical parade of torches and a spectacular fireworks display.
For more information about the Winter Carnival in Whitefish visit:
Wild West Winterfest
A popular event for more than 10 years, and one of the main Montana US events, the 2-day Wild West Winterfest attracts over 10,000 visitors each year with a variety of displays and unusual and pertinent activities, from an old west encampment brought alive with historic reenactments and even black powder demonstrations, to old western food cooking demonstrations, horse sales, hockey tournaments, working horse and driver contests, dog keg pulling contests and a petting zoo.
For more information about the Wild West Winterfest in Bozeman visit:
Living History Program at Nevada City
Memorial Day – Labor Day: weekends
Nevada City & Virginia City, Montana
The Outdoor Living History Museum in Nevada City, Montana, houses one of the largest collections of Old West Artifacts outside the Smithsonian. The site consists of a hundred 1863 to early 1900 buildings, and close to 70 living history interpreters. Living history weekends are held Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend all summer long. Visitors can relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era in Montana and see what the Old West was really like in Nevada City, Montana.
For more information about the Living History Program at Nevada City visit: http://www.virginiacitymt.com/LivHistory.asp
Custer’s Last Stand Re-enactment & Little Bighorn Days
Hardin & Crow Agency, Montana
In a grand pageant of Montana history, more than 300 reenactors relive the events that led up to what has become known as Custer's Last Stand. The reenactment site is less than 20 miles from where the actual event occurred. Little Bighorn Days is the renowned 4-day festival of ethnic food, exhibits, music, dancing, parades, contests, performances and fun.
For more information about Custer’s Last Stand Re-enactment & Little Bighorn Days visit: http://www.custerslaststand.org
Lewis & Clark Festival
3rd weekend in June
Great Falls, Montana
This week of rediscovery is an opportunity to experience an incredible journey through the weathered pages of the daily journals kept by Lewis and Clark; all shared with visitors through presentation, ceremony and guided experience. Demonstrations, exhibits, and other events continue all week as the history of this 200-year-old adventure unfolds.
For more information about the Lewis & Clark Festival in Great Falls visit:
North American Indian Days
North American Indian Days, an annual celebration and the largest and most impressive of Blackfeet tribal events, has been celebrated for more than 61 years. It hosts Native Americans from every region of the United States and Canada. Featured events include traditional drumming and dancing contests, powwows, the crowning of Miss Blackfeet, a parade, a fun run and more.
For more information about North American Indian Days in Browning visit:
Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede
2nd weekend in July
Wolf Point, Montana
Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede is a 3-day event including a PRCA sanctioned rodeo that brings the best cowboys to town. There is a parade each day, along with a carnival, the Human Stampede Run/Walk, the world famous wild horse race, kids' stick-horse rodeo, street dances and cowboy church.
For more information about the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede visit:
Montana Folk Festival
2nd Weekend in July
Celebrating the unique music, culture and cuisine found throughout the United States, the Montana Folk Festival is held in Butte against the historic backdrop of this unique and culturally diverse town. Since 1934, the Festival has showcased the country’s finest traditional artists as the signature event of the National Council for the Traditional Arts. Recognised as one of the main Montana US events, this festival incorporates but is not limited to the traditional music, culture and cuisine of the American West. Also included is a folk and traditional arts marketplace and ethnic foods.
For more information about the Montana Folk Festival in Butte visit:
Festival of Nations
Red Lodge, Montana
The Festival of Nations, the oldest and most historic festival in Montana, is a 2-day event celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic in remembrance of those peoples’ vital roles in the mining industry of the area in the early 1900s. The Festival of Nations event includes parades, games, dancing, music, and food from each nation presented along with ethnic games and competitions.
For more information about the Festival of Nations in Red Lodge visit:
Sweet Pea Festival
The Sweet Pea Festival is a three-day festival of the arts held in Bozeman, Montana. The fun in Lindley Park starts Friday afternoon with food and music and continues all day Saturday and until 7pm on Sunday. Acts include everything from dynamic music, to engaging theatre to family entertainment to dance lessons. Other events include a Chalk on the Walk, the Bite of Bozeman, a juried art show, a parade, adult and children’s runs, a flower show, children’s activities and over 100 arts and crafts vendors.
For more information about the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman visit:
early / mid August
Swan Valley, Montana
An annual celebration of the elusive huckleberry that grows wild in the high mountainous areas of Montana, the Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival offers many different ways to enjoy huckleberries as well as featuring more than 100 arts and crafts vendors displaying and selling their wares, live stage entertainment, a parade, a 5K fun run, dancing under the stars, karaoke contests, dog agility demonstrations, a pageant, auction, children's activities, and even a horseshoe contest.
For more information about the Huckleberry Festival in Swan Valley, visit:
This ever popular 9-day fair, recognised here as one of the top 20 Montana USA Events and Festivals, features everything from family carnival attractions including rides for children and even thrill seekers, livestock and agriculture exhibits, the fun of “cute and cuddly” pets, heritage arts, needlework and horticulture including everything from cooking demonstrations to leather handcraft displays, youth art, fine art and photography displays and sales, not forgetting the fun of Hobby Hall and its unusual collections.
For more information about the Montana Fair in Billings visit:
Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous
A popular event for over 27 years, the 4-day Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous, established to “to preserve and celebrate the history, heritage and values of the American cowboy in the upper Rocky Mountain west”, is the second oldest cowboy poetry gathering in the USA. Focussing on the oral history of the American cowboy, highlights of the event include presentations of cowboy poetry and western music lyrics as well as the Western Art & Gear Show featuring artists of all types and their western wares.
For more information about the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown visit:
Crow Fair and Rodeo
Third weekend of August
Crow Agency, Montana
From every western state and Canada, Indians come to camp along the Little Bighorn River to form the Teepee Capital of the World. There are spectacular parades each morning featuring authentic costumes, an all-Indian rodeo with cowboys from throughout the nation, pari-mutuel wagering, wild horse races and Indian dancing.
For more information about the Crow Fair and Rodeo visit:
A popular event for over 28 years, Libby Nordicfest, organized by the Libby community, celebrates its Scandinavian Heritage every year on the second weekend in September. Libby Nordicfest is a gala affair featuring Scandinavian foods, a juried craft show, traditional folk costumes, free outdoor entertainment, a quilt show, concerts, music and arts. There are special events like the Grand Parade, Bunad Procession, International Fjord Horse Show, Kootenai Karacters Melodrama, Swedish Varpa (rock throw) and a youth Runnerfell.
For more information about the Libby Nordicfest visit:
'Running of the Sheep' Sheep Drive
Reed Point, Montana
The 'Running of the Sheep' Sheep Drive features hundreds of sturdy Montana-bred woolies charging down the six blocks of Main Street in an event some say is matched only by the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. The event also has a parade including the Shriner's Band, floats, antique cars, covered wagons, horse groups and more. To end the fun-filled day, don't miss the evening 'Street Dance' with live music.
For more information about the 'Running of the Sheep' Sheep Drive in Reed Point visit:
Yellowstone Ski Festival
Yellowstone National Park, Montana
Celebrating the beginning of the winter ski season, the Yellowstone Ski Festival attracts cross country skiers from all over the world to begin their ski season on the Rendezvous Ski Trails and to enjoy a variety of special events including Nordic skiing clinics, SuperTour races, Biathlon races, an indoor ski show and numerous different presentations, clinics and classes.
For more information about the Yellowstone Ski Festival visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.