The Great American West Calendar is Full in 2023-2024
The Great American West states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming always have something fun going on. Whether it’s a classic Western rodeo, a Native American celebration or a winter wonderland experience, there is truly something for everyone in these five states. Read on to find out what you should be doing this year in the Great American West!
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is turning 100! This unique lava flow so resembles the moon’s surface that it was used as a training ground for NASA’s Apollo 14 mission. Boise plays host to several notable Basque events, including the San Inazio Festival and Jaialdi. Delectable raspberries are celebrated with a parade, fair, food and live music in Bear Lake Valley. And in the southwest part of the state, Caldwell transforms into a real-life winter wonderland each holiday season.
Montana’s annual events include the Montana Folk Festival, monthly community art walks, standout rodeo events and live music. In Billings, 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the Yellowstone Art Museum, which collects art from all historic periods and emphasizes artists working in Montana and the American Northwest.
In 2024, North Dakota will recognize the 105th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s death; this original “Rough Rider” left his mark on conservation efforts in not just North Dakota, but the country as a whole. And in Fargo, America’s Best Small-Town Race will turn 20 – oof da!
In 2024, you can hike up to stand face-to-face with Crazy Horse Memorial, attend “biker heaven” in Sturgis, and feel the ground rumble beneath your feet at the annual Buffalo Roundup. Or head to Rapid City to celebrate one of the nation’s largest powwows or the annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.
If “booking a stay at a dude ranch” is on your bucket list, look no further than Wyoming! The country’s first and oldest dude ranch, which still welcomes guests today, will celebrate its 120th anniversary. Or you can celebrate 100 years of history at the Parco/Sinclair Centennial Celebration in Carbon County; the 100th anniversary of the most celebrated bronze sculpture in Cody Yellowstone Country; the Hell on Wheels Rodeo and Chuck Wagon Dinner Series in Cheyenne; or Buffalo Heritage Days in Buffalo and Kaycee, Johnson County.
Celebrate mile-high winter magic with family-friendly performing arts classics and elaborate light displays, or embrace your inner cowboy at the national Western Stock Show & Rodeo.
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