As winter winds down and we look forward to the variety of warm season activities in Montana, our communities start preparing for Montana’s many fun, unique events and outdoor adventures.

We celebrate our western traditions with rodeos throughout the summer. Some of the more popular rodeos include Montana’s Biggest Weekend Rodeo in Dillon held on September 4-5, 2020. The Livingston Roundup Rodeo is held July 2, 3 and 4 and is a prime example of a traditional Montana rodeo and is one of Montana’s largest PRCA rodeos. The Central Montana Fair and Rodeo in Lewistown is held July 22-23, 2020, and features traditional rodeo action as well as a concert and demolition derby.

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, Miles City

One of the biggest summer celebrations in the state is Montana Fair held in Billings August 7-15, 2020. This family-friendly event features carnival rides and games, rodeo events, nightly concerts, livestock and crafts displays, and food vendors. It will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2021.

Attending a traditional powwow on one of Montana’s seven reservations will give you a sense of the culture and traditions celebrated by the tribes. Hear the drums beating as colorfully dressed dancers show their skillful moves in the Grass Dance or Fancy Dance. The Crow Fair Celebration is the largest Native American event in Montana, and one of the biggest powwows in the country. Held August 14-17, 2020, this celebration includes parades, a four-day powwow, rodeo and horse races.

Sweet Pea Arts Festival

Sweet Pea Arts Festival in Bozeman celebrates the arts with concerts, dance and theatre performances, arts and crafts, juried art show, art workshops and local food, in downtown Bozeman. This year’s festival is held August 7-9, 2020.

Bozeman. Credit: Montana Office of Tourism

Big Sky Draft Horse Expo

Big Sky Draft Horse Expo held in Deer Lodge on June 26-28, 2020 is all about the big horses and mules who pull wagons through intricate patterns in the arena. It is Montana’s only draft horse and mule show and honors the tradition of draft animals.

Montana Folk Festival

The Montana Folk Festival in Butte is held July 10-12, 2020 and offers an incredible variety of musical performers on multiple stages underneath Butte’s iconic mining headframes, all overlooking the majesty of the surrounding valleys and mountains along the Continental Divide. And it’s free!

Montana Folk Festival. Credit: Montana Office of Tourism

The Magic City Blues Festival

The Magic City Blues Festival in Billings is held July 31 and August 1, 2020 and is an urban festival in a rural state. With artists like Buddy Guy, Steve Miller and ZZ Top performing at past festivals, this is must-see musical event.

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