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Bearcreek Saloon and Steakhouse, east of Red Lodge, Montana: Where pigs really do fly! Serving up award-winning steaks and more along with a full bar in a comfortable rustic dining room.

Livingston native Chef Sarah Faye creates a refreshing menu of local dishes served in a welcoming atmosphere in downtown Livingston at Faye’s Cafe.  Try the (not your average) Eggs Benedict and huckleberry bacon!

Pine Creek Lodge, located in Paradise Valley between Gardiner and Livingston, has long been known as a gathering place for local bands and great comfort food. Listen to the babbling creek from the outdoor patio and enjoy local beer or a concert under the stars.

The Newberry is a new event venue in downtown Great Falls with full bar and lounge. Featuring local and national acts.

Lewis & Clark Brewery: With a passion for good beer, the Lewis & Clark Brewery built the craft beer scene in Helena, Montana. Grab the local favorite An American Wheat Ale, sit on the patio, and listen to some of the best live music Helena has to offer.

Benny’s Bistro: A historic icon in the community. Experience a farm-to-table-style meal with live jazz in the evenings. Try a Montana-style ranch-to-plate steak with an incredible hand-squeezed lemonade.

Bearcreek Saloon and Steakhouse, east of Red Lodge, Montana: Where pigs really do fly! Serving up award-winning steaks and more along with a full bar in a comfortable rustic dining room. CREDIT Brand MT

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The Montana Folk Festival, held each year in early July, is one of the largest free outdoor music events in the northwestern United States. Over 200 musicians, dancers and craftspeople are showcased, all beneath Butte, Montana’s iconic headframes.

North American Indian Days is held on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning during the second week in July. This four-day event comprises one of the largest gatherings of U.S. and Canadian tribes, celebrating their heritage with dancing, music and ceremony.

The Crow Fair Celebration is held on the Crow Reservation during five days around the third weekend of August. It has one of the largest teepee encampments in the world.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is held in late July and benefits local rural communities, supports working family farms and ranches, and helps develop leadership roles for women. It is held in a cow pasture in rural Montana, and past years included headliners such as Taj Mahal, Keb Mo’, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris.

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale is held during the third weekend each May with lots of rodeo action including bucking horses, horse racing, bull riding and concerts.

The Crow Fair Celebration on the Crow Reservation is home to one of the largest teepee encampments in the world. Photo courtesy of Montana Tourism

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Western Montana’s Glacier Country has several annual signature events that enhance itineraries through the region.

Every February, Whitefish holds its annual Whitefish Winter Carnival and Skijoring World Invitational. Or, if you’re visiting in September, join the fun at the Great Northwest Oktoberfest.

North American Indian Days, held the second week in July over four days in Browning, is the signature celebration of the Blackfeet Nation and hosts Native Americans from every region of the U.S. and Canada. Featured events include a parade, powwow, stick games and horse relay races.

Missoula hosts an annual River City Roots Festival the last weekend in August, bringing together exceptional music, food, libations and more at this two-day free event in the heart of the city.

Delicious Flathead cherries are celebrated with their very own festival: The Flathead Cherry Festival takes place in Polson the last weekend in July on the southern shore of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western U.S.

For equestrian lovers, Kalispell plays host to The Event at Rebecca Farm over five days in late July, featuring a horse competition of dressage, cross country and show jumping along with food and a shopping fair. And it’s free!

North American Indian Days is the signature celebration of the Blackfeet Nation; featured events include a parade, powwow, stick games and horse relay races. Photo courtesy of Glacier Country Tourism

For more information on Western Montana’s Glacier Country, visit GlacierMT.com.

 

There’s no better way to explore the spirit of Billings than by forging a path to one of the destination’s spectacular annual events.

Treat your ears to soulful musical performances with events like Symphony in the Park, featuring the Billings Symphony Orchestra and a musical instrument “petting zoo” for the kids. Or get groovy at Magic City Blues, which has welcomed performances by ZZ Top, Steve Miller Band and many more.

The MINT Film Festival allows you to experience the Hollywood lifestyle, including walking the red carpet, watching groundbreaking films, attending after-parties and meeting actors and directors.

Dive into cowboy culture at MontanaFair, which includes just about everything you could imagine: live music, beer, wine, arts and crafts, horticulture, agriculture and, of course, the PRCA Pro Rodeo.

Every year, Billings rumbles to life with Burn the Point, where more than 500 cars from the 1950s and 1960s cruise the streets of Billings followed by live music and dancing. Then, the rumbling takes to two wheels as Billings welcomes motorcyclists taking part in the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Billings is home to soulful music, Hollywood-style film festivals, cowboy culture and more. Photo courtesy of Visit Billings

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  1. Montana’s wide-open spaces mean visitors can enjoy expansive, star-filled skies year-round. Some of the best stargazing spots include designated Dark Sky Parks Medicine Rocks State Park and Glacier National Park.
  2. In summer 2022, Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies will be the second museum in the world to host “Apsaalooke Women and Warriors,” an exhibit showcasing the prominence of women, daring feats in battle, unparalleled horsemanship and innovative beadwork.
  3. Bannack Days (July 16-17, 2022): See re-enactments of mining days and demonstrations of pioneer skills, try gold panning, explore Hangman’s Gulch or even see a gunfight, all at Bannack State Park.
  4. Montana Dinner Yurt: Discover an out-of-the-ordinary winter dining experience with amazing mountain views and star-filled skies in Big Sky. A snowcat takes you to a heated yurt in a backcountry setting at 7,500 feet elevation. Enjoy a delicious dinner, live acoustic music and sledding on Lone Mountain.
  5. The elk rut in Gardiner during the fall mating season is a spectacle to be remembered. Bull elk bugle to ward off competing bulls as they gather females into harems. Other prime elk habitat includes the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula, the Seeley Lake area and the Slippery Ann Wildlife Viewing area near Lewistown.

Learn all about the status of Native American women, daring feats in battle, unparalleled horsemanship and innovative beadwork at the “Apsaalooke Women and Warriors” exhibit at Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies.
Photo courtesy of The Field Museum

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  1. ROAM Beyond is the best of camping/glamping without having to bring all of the gear. Stay in a boutique and customized, eco-friendly RV-style cabin near Glacier National Park.
  2. Llama trekking allows you to make a new friend who doubles as a hiking buddy that carries all of your gear. Learn from your guide how these cute but hard-working animals have been domesticated along the hike to a lunch spot or on an overnight trek.
  3. With River City Brews Rafting Tours, select a Montana craft beer, get in a raft on a river in Missoula and let someone else do the paddling as you enjoy the majestic views while making new friends.
  4. Quinn’s Hot Springs just completed a renovation of its soaking pools of healing mineral waters. At Quinn’s, visitors can reserve a time to soak in the pools, have a superb dinner at Harwood House Restaurant or stay in the lodge or river-view cabins.
  5. Garden of One Thousand Buddhas is an international center for peace, public park, botanical garden and Buddhist center located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the Jocko Valley of Montana. Interesting, right?

You’ll make a friend – and let that friend carry all of your hiking gear – on a guided llama trek in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. Photo courtesy of Jade Broadus

For more information on Western Montana’s Glacier Country, visit GlacierMT.com.

Spend an overnight behind bars at the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge, or play it safer with a daytime guided tour of haunted hot spots to get a glimpse as far back as 1871. Ghost tours offered May through October.

Drive along the eerie shore of Quake Lake, formed by a 1959 earthquake that caused a devastating mountain landslide and blocked the Madison River to form this lake. The Visitor Center tells the story through video and photographs, and the mountainside scar still can be seen today. Located along a scenic drive just a half-hour from West Yellowstone.

Located in downtown Butte, Pekin Noodle Parlor is the oldest continuously operating Chinese restaurant in the United States. Founded in 1911, its roots come from the large Chinese population in Butte’s early mining days.

Nicknamed “Big John,” this two-story outhouse is located in Nevada City behind the historic Nevada City Hotel, where you can overnight in historic (and haunted) hotel rooms or in authentic log cabins adjacent to this ghost town.

At the Sip ‘n Dip Lounge in Great Falls, you can sip your drink and watch mermaids (and mermen) swim behind the tiki bar. It offers a surprising taste of the tropics in an unexpected location!

See mermaids (and mermen) while you sip your drink at the Sip ’n Dip Lounge in Great Falls, Montana. Photo courtesy of Sip ‘n Dip Lounge

For more information on Montana, visit VisitMT.com.

Montana has some quirks locals have become accustomed to, like casinos attached to gas stations on city corners or highway signs that say “next rest stop 97 miles” (um, I need to rest now!), but one thing we take particular pride in here in Western Montana’s Glacier Country is our micro-breweries (Montana is second in the U.S. for craft breweries per capita and was named the best state for beer lovers) and their quirky-named brews.

Missoula is Montana’s mecca when it comes to craft breweries, including Montana’s largest brewery, Big Sky Brewing, with brews like Moose Drool, Space Goat and Trout Slayer. KettleHouse Brewing features Cold Smoke, Double Haul, Eddy Out and Fresh Bongwater. Clothing Optional Hazy Pale Ale and Space Hippy can be found at Draught Works. In Lakeside on the shores of Flathead Lake, find Bear Bottom Blonde and Sip N’ Go Naked at Tamarack Brewing. Kalispell Brewing features Two Ski Brewski, and Whitefish is home to Basket Case and Cranky Sheriff 21 at Bonsai Brewing. Rounding out our quirky named beers is Cut Bank Brewery with Penguin Piss and Rail Spike. When visiting Western Montana, put at least one of these breweries on your itinerary for sure.

You’ll delight in the quirky-named brews at Montana’s many micro-breweries, with monikers like Moose Drool, Fresh Bongwater and Clothing Optional Pale Ale. Photo courtesy of Western Montana’s Glacier Country

For more information on Western Montana’s Glacier Country, visit GlacierMT.com.

The wildlife show in Yellowstone is second to none, and no matter when you visit, you’ll get a front-row seat.

In June, animals of all stripes raise babies, from marmots to bighorn sheep to predators like grizzlies and badgers. In July, wolf pups venture to a “rendezvous site” where they spend most of summer with wolf babysitters. Grizzlies meander up to high mountain peaks searching for moths.

The thunderous bellows of bull bison boom as the bison rut ramps up every August, and great herds gather in Lamar and Hayden Valleys. A few weeks later, pronghorn mate. The high-pitched bugle of bull elk echoes across the land by the second week of September. Overhead, migratory hawks and eagles begin their winter travels south and west. Bears return to lower elevations.

As snow accumulates in October, male grizzlies follow wolf packs to steal a few more meals, while females search for a den location. Birds and mammals that stay the winter build up deep, warm coats. Deer and bighorn sheep are at the peak of their rut around Thanksgiving. Snowshoe hare, white-tailed jackrabbits and weasels trade their brown summer fur for coats of white.

Read more about year-round wildlife watching here.

In June, animals of all stripes raise babies, from bison to bighorn sheep to predators like grizzlies and badgers. Photo courtesy Yellowstone National Park Lodges

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Red Ants Pants Music Festival is held over three days in late July in a cow pasture in White Sulphur Springs. It has grown to become one of Montana’s larger music festivals.

Little Bighorn Days takes place over four days in late June in Hardin and includes the Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment. It celebrates sights and sounds of the past and includes living history, an art exhibit, ethnic foods and even a rodeo.

The Lewis & Clark Festival in Great Falls highlights events of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, including reenactors in historic dress, teepees in a Native encampment, Native American dancers and drummers, and live music. Held in early July.

Livingston Roundup Rodeo is one of the largest rodeos in Montana and is held in a charming small town near the Yellowstone River. Held July 2-4 every year, this family-friendly event offers all the traditional competitive events like bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

Dillon’s historic Bannack Days, held the third weekend of July, celebrates pioneer days and this ghost town’s 18th-century gold mining history.

Music and nature lovers are drawn to scenic Seeley Lake’s Bob Marshall Music Festival each year in early August.

Dillon’s historic Bannack Days, held the third weekend of July, celebrates pioneer days and this ghost town’s 18th-century gold mining history. Photo courtesy Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

For more information on Montana, visit VisitMT.com.