We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, fall is an incredible time to visit Yellowstone Country. This is the season when people slow down and enjoy local events, the spirit of community and the last bit of warm weather adventures. If you’re in the area check out the happenings around the region. If you’re not already here, maybe you should consider a fall excursion…

Photo, Christine Bakke

Great Montana Sheep Drive

September 3, Reed Point, MT

One of Yellowstone Country’s most popular events, this annual western tradition of running the sheep never disappoints. Events start at 10:00am including a street fair, parade and street dance.

Labor Day Art Fair

September 4, Red Lodge, MT

This annual event draws over 90 artists and fine craftsman to purvey their art for one day. Come enjoy art, fine crafts, food and entertainment!

Big Bear Stampede

September 9, Gardiner, MT

Just outside of Yellowstone National Park, these 5K and 9K trail races take place at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Enjoy the mountain views including the majestic Electric Peak.

Bozeman Marathon

September, 10, Bozeman, MT

A Boston Marathon qualifier, this marathon meanders through the beautiful Gallatin Gateway valley which takes you past farms with the Bridger Range in background and finishing on Bozeman’s historic Main Street.

The Nitty Gritty Off Road Race

September 16, Red Lodge, MT

A nitty, gritty marathon with 14.7 miles of climbing (3,400-feet of elevation gain) all on dirt roads and single track trails. After the race, relax at Red Lodge Mountain’s base lodge courtyard and enjoy live music and food.

Belgrade Fall Festival

September 16, Belgrade, MT

Belgrade's Fall Festival began to celebrate the harvest, but now celebrates the community! Parade starts at 10am, BBQ starts at 11am with arts and crafts in the park.

Fee Free Day in Yellowstone National Park

September 30, Yellowstone National Park, MT

In observance of National Public Lands Day, park fees are waived! Come enjoy the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the earth’s northern temperate zone.

Bridger Raptor Festival

October 6-8, Bridger Bowl Ski Area and Bozeman

Centered around largest known Golden Eagle Migration in the US, the Bridger Raptor Festival is both educational and entertaining. Since 1991, a raptor migration count takes place at the Bridger Bowl Ski Area. This festival is intriguing for all ages, including raptor viewing, nature walks, and raptor presentations.

Raw Deal Run

October 7, McLeod, MT

These 3 mile and 6 mile runs take you through two private ranches giving you unprecedented access to some amazing land in Yellowstone Country! Don your Halloween costume early, there will be a costume contest, kids’ activities and chili feed.

Oktoberfest Ironman Open

October 7, Big Sky, MT

You’ll love the award winning, scenic, 18 hole, par 72 golf course at Big Sky Resort. The Arnold Palmer designed course is both challenging and beautiful. The 2 person scramble is followed by an authentic Oktoberfest dinner.