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Events in Montana

Special Events Highlight The Best Of Montana

There’s always something fun going on in Montana – come join in the festivities!

Cowboy culture lives on at the state’s rodeos. There is a vibrant pro rodeo circuit, plus almost every town in the state has an amateur or semi-pro event at least once a summer. Major events include the Livingston Roundup, the Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo in West Yellowstone, the Bozeman Stampede Rodeo, and the Red Lodge Rodeo, which is held in the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains.

Ever heard of skijoring? Descended from Scandinavian traditions, skijoring is a race where a horse pulls a skier through a course with gates, jumps, and rings – it’s action packed and exciting! You can see skijoring events in Kalispell, Red Lodge, and Whitefish – but the most famous is in tiny Wisdom.

High-altitude Butte has been called the “most Irish place in the U.S.” and its St. Patrick’s Day party is legendary. Almost a quarter of the city’s residents are of Irish descent, and this free event lets them share the fun. Enjoy a parade followed by a bevy of music, local events, and revelry. If you miss St. Patrick’s Day, try the An Ri Ra festival held in Butte each August.

Bakken Brew Fest

Hosted annually at the Richland County Fair Event Center in Sidney, the Bakken Brew Fest see’s over 50 brewers and countless brew lovers come together for this springtime event. And although this is a very much a Montanan event, visitors usually have the chance to sample microbrews from California, North Dakota, and Idaho.

Apart from the excellent suds, the event also features plenty of food vendors and tasty appetizers on hand. Music lovers will surely enjoy the night’s entertainment as well – featuring great Montana bands performing live.

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Tradition of the Old West are alive and well in Eastern Montana. Located along Interstate 94, is the small town of Miles City. The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has been an annual tradition since 1950. This action-packed four-day sale debuts some of the best bucking stock in North America.

Before the sale was established, bucking stock were showcased at the Miles City Roundup, as early as 1914. Rodeo contractors drive into Miles City to attend the sale and buy their stock for their annual rodeos. Spectators have fun watching the bareback riding, bronc riding and bull riding. Fun continues at the sale, during the live concerts, the street dance, the Bucking Horse Sale Exposition and the parade. Rodeo fans stay until the end of the event, to watch the Match Bronc Ride on Sunday night, featuring some of the world's best saddle bronc riders.

Wild West Winterfest

Plan a winter visit to Montana. Wild West Winterfest is two days of winter-time family fun in Bozeman. The festivities are held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds and include a variety of winter events. Kids love the petting zoo and children's activities, while adults enjoy participating in the chili cook-off and hockey tournament.

Visit the fairgrounds to see the quilt show, children's art show, the photography show and the battle of the breeds. The fun continues in Montana with the dog keg pull, doxie derby, packers' scramble and ski joring. For those looking to buy a horse, the all breed horse show is an event not to miss.