Bozeman Events Calendar 2016: Art, Food, Theater, Music, Sports, Festivals, and More – Things To Do In Bozeman – What’s Happening in Bozeman, Montana This Month?
Extended 2016 Bozeman, MT Event Calendar
Montana Shakespeare in the Park Summer Events
Since 1973, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been playing Montana, Wyoming and southern Idaho parks during the summer months. The company has made significant progress in the growth of our educational outreach program, which mounted its first tour in 1993. Also, since 1992, Montana Shakespeare in the Schools (SIS), has been active as an educational outreach program during the winter months. SIS is a Montana State University (MSU) program.
Join us every for Bozeman Farmer’s Market Tuesday from 5-8pm, from June through the 2nd week in September. Vendors from around the area bring vegetables, arts, crafts, music, food and much more! Shop and gather in support of a fun-filled family environment! The Market is run by The Friends of Bogert Park. Proceeds go to rejuvenate Bogert Park! Promote, Preserve, and Play together at Bogert Farmers’ Market!
Bozeman Art Walks occur on the second Friday of the months June through September, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at art galleries and businesses displaying artwork located along Main Street, Bozeman and at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture. The galleries feature artists’ openings and receptions and often provide refreshments and hors doeuvres. A great place to meet Bozemanites, socialize, and view great Montana art.
Farmer’s Market, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bozeman, Mt June through September 406-388-6701
The Gallatin Valley Farmer’s Market is every Saturday from the 3rd week in June through the 2nd week in September and runs from 9-noon. Every thing sold at the market is homemade or homegrown. We have local growers, artists, crafters, frozen meats and prepared foods. We also accept the Bozeman Senior Center Produce Vouchers.
Bozeman MT Music on Main, Fridays, July 1 through late August
Bozeman, Montana Music on Main scheduled bands are TBD. Every Thursday evening in July and August from 6:30pm – 8:30PM enjoy live music in downtown Bozeman. Bring the kids from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM for planned activities like Kenyon Noble’s Junior Carpenter program and educational games with the Museum of the Rockies and Children’s Museum. Grab a bite to eat from food vendors that will be on site or step into a few of the downtown stores that stay open late!
Lewis and Clark Challenge Course Bozeman Montana May through September 406-994-2251
This interactive series of stations offers visitors a chance for a hands-on experience of the Lewis & Clark adventure. Climb a board a keel-boat, out run a grizzly bear, and see if you can lift a cradle-board like Sacajawea carried. These activities plus geography, botany, Native American culture, a much more.
The Ellen Theater Productions Throughout the Year, 406-570-6199, Montana Theater Works, Main Street
Ellen Theater Information and Showtimes. The Ellen Theatre opened for the first time on December 1, 1919, and has played many parts, including movie house, strip tease venue, vaudeville house, wedding place, high school playhouse, and now it has re-opened as Montana Theatre Works’ playhouse.
Bozeman Lunch on the Lawn (LOL) Wednesdays, July through August 406-597-9797
Scheduled Bands are TBD. Located at 111 South Grand Avenue, The Emerson Center for Arts and Culture’s summer Lunch on the Lawn series returns for its 7th year. This year’s LOL will be better than ever with a great lineup of local and regional musical acts to entertain during your lunch hour. Also enjoy a new noon-time Farmers Market; joining the traditional food vendors, will be local farmers, Emerson artists, shop owners, crafters and gardeners. Join us for live music and fun for 7 Wednesdays in July and August at Lunch on the Lawn, a FREE local event.
Short-Term Bozeman, Montana 2016 Events Calendar
The MSU Spring Rodeo, hosted by MSU, is held inside the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Cowboys and cowgirls from the Big Sky Region will be competing for the honor of going to the college finals in Casper, Wyoming. Seven schools will be on hand for the event.
April Circle of Friends Montana Shop Hop, Bozeman, MT 406-439-2930
Get ready for the most exciting quilt shop hop you’ve ever experienced; over 40 stores waiting to fulfill your quilting adventure! This spring marks another year for the Circle of Friends Montana Shop Hop, the largest quilting shop hop in the United States. Each year we strive to bring you the latest in quilts.
April Gallatin Valley Bike Swap, Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds, Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club (GVBC) sponsors the Gallatin Valley’s bike swap every year in April, which has been a huge success in the community over the past several years. Community members are welcome to sell bikes or bike-related items for a $1 commission fee per item, plus 15% of the item price, which goes to benefit the bike club. Bozeman’s annual Bike Swap is open to the public.
May American Indian Council of MSU Pow-Wow, Bozeman, MT 406-994-3751
Pow-wows are an important contemporary expression of American Indian heritage. A pow-wow is a Native American festival featuring traditional dancing, drumming and singing and traditional foods and arts and crafts. Various kinds of honor ceremonies and other spiritual ceremonies also form a part of this festival.
May Bozeman Watershed Festival, Bozeman, MT 406-582-0526
The Montana Outdoor Science School will be hosting the Annual Watershed Festival, The Year of the Trout, at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center. Offered free to the public, the Community Watershed Festival is made possible by business sponsors, volunteers, and other private donations.
July Bozeman Celebration Fireworks, Bozeman, MT 406-586-5421
Bozeman’s Fourth of July Celebration is one of Montana’s largest fireworks display beginning at dusk. Admission with button. Buttons can be purchased from local merchants in Bozeman, or at the gate.
July Bozeman Trail Gun Show, Bozeman, MT 406-586-6179 (Livingston’s Gun Show is early August)
Over 300 booths of firearms and related items, cowboy and Indian memorabilia, bits, spurs and saddles, six shooters and old rifles, western and wildlife art, furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry, knives, books, prints and photos. This show is smoke free and family orientated.
July Bozeman Wine Classic, Bozeman, MT 406-994-1998
The Wine Classic is an event that blends the sophistication of wine tasting with the approachable, casual, adventure of the West. The Museum of the Rockies will be hosting its annual Wine Classic from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Guests will enjoy exquisite food and wine on the museum grounds as they celebrate local cuisine.
July Gallatin County Fair, Bozeman, Montana, Bozeman, MT 406-582-3270
We would love to have you come and join us for a great time at this year’s Gallatin County Fair! Enjoy the carnival and the Open Class or 4-H exhibits which include arts and crafts, gardening, floral, foods, needlework, photography, poultry and other livestock. Have fun shopping at the indoor and outdoor markets.
July Headwaters Relay – A Run to the Source, Bozeman, MT 406-539-0368
The Headwaters Relay is a 3-day, 232 mile team relay race through the mountains and valleys of Southwest Montana. The route is 98% on dirt and two-track roads revisiting Lewis and Clark’s trek from Three Forks to Beaverhead Rock. The Relay ends at Hellroaring Creek, the ultimate source of the Mississippi River.
July Bite Of Bozeman, MT, Bozeman, MT 406-586-4003
The annual Bite Of Bozeman is the ultimate outdoor dining experience. Stroll along the entire length of Bozeman’s historic Main Street and celebrate the culinary arts of its local restaurants by sampling foods from a number of different vendors.
August Little Bear School House Museum Antique Show, Bozeman, MT 406-388-1873
This annual event includes three buildings with over 75 dealers setting up booths of merchandise ranging from furniture, glassware, linens, to collectibles. Our admission fee is $4.00 and covers all three days. This antique show is a fund raiser for the support of Little Bear School House Museum.
August: Sweet Pea Festival, The First Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Of August, Bozeman, MT 406-586-4003
Bozeman’s Sweet Pea is a festival of the arts featuring a costume ball, dining on Main Street and entertainment in Bozeman’s Lindley Park, which includes music, dance, theater and children’s activities. Family entertainment featuring the arts.
Survive Bozeman’s Bridger Ridge Run, a brutal 20 Mile Mountain Trail Run, possibly the most rugged, technical 20 mile trail race in existence, across Bozeman’s Bridger Mountains south from Fairy Lake to “The M.”
August A Day in the Country, Bozeman, MT 406-587-8216
Our Annual Day in the Country features mini-classes, country picnic lunch and evening lecture. Pre-registration required.
August Montana Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition, Bozeman, MT 406-763-4456
Part exhibition, part Wild West show, part competition. Authentic cowboys and cowgirls dressed in 1800’s period clothing compete on horseback in a timed shooting event with 45-caliber single-action pistols for real Old West entertainment. Concessions, seating and parking is available.
September Vintage Bobcat Gala and Auction, Bozeman, MT 406-994-3741 for more information
The Montana State University-Bobcat Club Vintage Bobcat Gala and Auction will hold a live auction of twenty hard-to-get items and a silent auction of 50-60 items. The evening event begins with a wine tasting and hor d’oeuvres and includes a bar, dinner, and other events.
September John Colter Run, Bozeman, MT 800-332-4574 for more information
The John Colter Cross Country Run is held at the Missouri Headwaters State Park in Three Forks, Montana, commemorating John Colter’s escape from the Blackfeet Indians. Please join this group run for a unique and enjoyable outdoor experience.
September Lewis and Clark Marathon, Bozeman, MT 406-587-1135 for more information
Following the Lewis & Clark Trail, the Lewis and Clark Marathon (26.2 miles) 1/2 Marathon, Marathon Relay (4 entrants each run 1/4 of the marathon), 5K run/walk, and Kids’ Runs are held to commemorate the Bicentennial of Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. Begins at 8:00 am at the Malmborg School on Jackson Creek Road, Bozeman. Exit I-90 at Jackson Creek Road.
October Bozeman’s HATCHfest
The mission of HATCH is to provide mentorship, education, inspiration, and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators. HATCHfest is a 501 (c)3 non-profit. The 4 day event takes place on the first weekend in October and during the week they showcase world premier films, music and art with featured panel discussions and workshops in film, music, design, writing and architecture.
October Bozeman’s Bridger Raptor Festival, Bozeman 406-582-0526
The Bridger Raptor Festival is an annual event held in and around Bozeman Montana. The festival, which is free to the public, centers around an annual count each Fall of the largest known golden eagle migration in the United States. The Bridger Raptor Festival takes place at the Bridger Bowl ski area.
October Family Promise of Gallatin Valley’s 4th Annual Cardboard Box City
This Bozeman Event is designed to raise awareness of our local homeless families and to raise funds for Family Promise of Gallatin Valley. Set-up for Cardboard Box City is 5 – 7 p.m. at Bozeman’s Bogert Park. Free pizza for all registered participants. Parade of Boxes open to public, 7 – 8 p.m. Prizes for most creative design, most money raised (individual and group), oldest and youngest participants, etc. Live rock and soul music, 8 – 10 p.m. Bring musical instruments and jam with the pros! Also, personal stories from 2 formerly homeless guests of Family Promise. Come and learn more about homelessness and how everyone can make a difference. Light breakfast served Saturday, 6 – 8 a.m. Event concludes 8 a.m., Saturday. Everyone invited!
Each year, around the 3rd weekend in October, the Parent-Family Association of MSU sponsors a weekend event for the parents and families of MSU students. Over 800 people attend this popular event, which gives parents and families a chance to explore MSU and the greater Bozeman community. The 2008 activities include the Rendezvous dinner on campus, a rafting trip, a Museum of the Rockies tour, a Bobcat football game, and a scavenger hunt in downtown Bozeman.
August through October Bozeman’s Bridger Mountains Raptor Migration 800-726-4295
Hawk Watch International began full-season, fall migration raptor counts at this site in southwestern Montana’s Bridger mountain Range in 1991. At this time in 1992, Hawk Watch began standardized, single-site counts. Come see presentations on raptor research, ecology, and conservation at local venues, as well as live-bird programs, ID seminars, raffles, and field trips from the Bridger Bowl Lodge to the migration site.
October through November Bozeman’s Halloween Week around the city of Bozeman, MT:
- 2:00-5:00pm – Museum of the Rockies Family Halloween Party family-friendly party, guaranteed to put everyone in that creepy, crawly Halloween spirit.
Halloween on October 30th
- 3:00-6:00pm – Trick or Treating in Downtown Bozeman, Downtown Bozeman More Information (586-4008)
- 3:00-6:00pm Leaf and Bean Children’s Halloween Party at Bozeman’s Downtown Leaf & Bean (587-1580)
- 5:00-7:00pm – Halloween Open House, Bozeman’s Emerson Cultural Center (587-9797)
- 4:00-7:00pm – Halloween Spook House, Bozeman’s Gallatin Pioneer Museum (522-8122)
Late October through early November, Little Bear School House Museum Antique Show, Bozeman, Montana 406-388-1873
This annual event includes three buildings with over 78 dealers setting up booths of merchandise ranging from furniture, glassware, linens and collectibles. Our admission fee is $4.00 which will cover all three days. This antique show is a fund raiser for Little Bear School House Museum.
First Weekend November Bridger Ski Foundation Annual Bozeman Ski Swap, Bozeman, Montana, Gallatin County Fairgrounds 406-587-2445
- Bring your Consignments on Friday, November 4 between 10am and 7pm. There is a cost for each item consigned.
- Opens to Club Members Only for first hour, Saturday, Nov 5, 9am-10am.
- Opens to General Public, Saturday, Nov 5, 10am-5pm – Open to Everyone. Admission $2.00 for non-BSF members.
- Open to General Public, Sunday, Nov 6, 10am-2pm – Open for and Free Admission for everyone.
Huffing For Stuffing, Bozeman, Montana, 5K and 10K Running Races
This 5k and 10K running race, held every Thanksgiving in Bozeman, MT, gives its proceeds to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, a division of Bozeman’s Human Resource Development Council (HRDC).
December Bozeman Ice Festival – Bozeman, Montana and Hyalite Canyon
The Bozeman Ice Festival is a regional/national Montana ice climbing event, promoting the sport to people of all ages and abilities. Learn the necessary ice climbing skills and safe climbing techniques to enjoy this amazing winter sport! Hone those mixed-rock and ice climbing abilities! This Bozeman ice climbing festival will introduce new and old climbers to cutting edge clothing, equipment, and Montana ice climbing! Occurs both in and around Bozeman and in the Hyalite Mountains, 30-minutes south of Bozeman, Montana.
Bozeman Christmas Stroll, December, First Saturday, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Downtown Bozeman’s greatest holiday tradition is its Christmas Stroll, always on the first Saturday of December. Strolling from the Emerson Cultural Center, at 4:30pm, Santa Claus works his way down Main Street with thousands in tow, singing Christmas carols and lighting the downtown holiday lights as Bozeman’s annual Christmas Stroll gets people into Bozeman’s Christmas spirit. Have your photo snapped with Santa Claus. Enjoy entertainment, holiday treats, and horse drawn wagon rides. Call: 406.586.4008
Winter Art Walk, December 2016, 6:00PM – 8:00pm
The Downtown Bozeman Association and participating art galleries and businesses have extended the Art Walk season into winter! Many galleries feature artists’ openings with receptions , offering hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Enjoy musical buskers, playing tunes as you stroll Bozeman’s main drag.