There’s definitely a buzz in the air this spring. A cautious energy that you can feel building as the days get warmer. People are excited for summer. Excited to get out and about, see friends and family, and after a year of being glued to a screen, excited to be unplugged. Suddenly, doing things feels really important.

In Yellowstone Country, annual events and celebrations are some of the highlights of the summer. Milestones, of sorts, and something we didn’t know how much we would miss until they weren’t there anymore. Across the region, event planners are ramping up to bring back many of the summer favorites. Most towns have a Farmer’s Market, many have rodeos and the Fourth of July is an all-out celebration! We’ve captured a sampling below but watch the local community or chamber websites for schedules, more and more are being added daily.

West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone sits adjacent to the busiest entrance to Yellowstone National Park, where you can play in the Park by day and enjoy the amenities of town in the evening. Their summer event lineup is looking strong!

 

Yellowstone Half Marathon

June 11-12, 2021

Forest Service West Edge

 

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo

June 18-August 21, 2021

Rodeo Grounds, 175 Oldroyd Road

 

Music in the Park

July 4, August 6, and September 4, 2021

Town Park

 

4th of July BBQ, Parade, Pie on the Porch and Fireworks

July 4, 2021

Town Park

 

Mountain Bike Biathlon

July 10, 2021

Rendezvous Ski Trails Biathlon Range

 

50th Annual Rod Run Car Show

August 6-7, 2021

Town center to Pioneer Park

 

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition

August 6-8, 2021

Diamond P Ranch

 

Big Sky

Big Sky is known for being a stellar winter resort town, but what the locals know, is that summer is an equally incredible time. With miles of hiking, fishing and family adventure on the mountain, you can explore by day, and enjoy the community by night.

 

Music in the Mountains

Every Thursday, July 3-September 9, 2021, 7:15

Center Stage at Town Center Park

 

Big Sky Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, July – August 2021, 5-8:00 p.m.

Town Center Plaza

 


Photo by Bob Allen


Bozeman

Bozeman lies at the center of Yellowstone Country. Situated between the North and West entrances to Yellowstone, many people make it their basecamp and adventure from there. And, with 30 nonstop flights to 20 cities across the U.S., getting here is easier than ever!

 

Downtown Bozeman Art Walks

Second Friday and Saturday of the month, July-September.

Main Street

 

Sweet Pea Festival

August 6-8, 2021

Lindley Park

 

Livingston

Known for being an eclectic community full of art, food, western life and outdoor adventure, Livingston is a small town packing a big punch. The Yellowstone River flows through adjacent Paradise Valley, providing miles of angling, floating and playing on the water.

 

Livingston Roundup Rodeo

July 2-4, 2021

Livingston Fairgrounds

 

Livingston Depot, Festival of the Arts

July 16-17, 2021

Depot Rotary Park

 

Gardiner

Located at the north entrance to Yellowstone, Gardiner is perfect for those who take their wildlife watching seriously. The Lamar Valley, between Gardiner and Cooke City is known for the bear, elk and wolf packs that call the area home. The best wildlife watching is early morning or late evening, so making this your home base makes it easy to get out there.

 

Hell’s a Roarin’ Horse Drive

May 29, 2021

Main Street

 

Gardiner Rodeo and Parade

June 18-19, 2021

Jim Duffy Arena

 



Stillwater County

A collection of small towns full of big personalities characterizes Stillwater County. Their events are reflective of the tight-knit, fun-loving communities who welcome visitors with open arms.

 

Montana BBQ Cook-Off

June 12, 2021

Absarokee, Montana

 

Musician’s Rendezvous

August 13-15, 2021

Itch-Kep-Pe Park · Columbus, MT

 

Great Montana Sheep Drive

September 5, 2021

Reed Point, Montana

 

Big Timber

Big Timber is bordered on the north and east by prairie, and on the south and west by mountains, and charms with numerous outdoor activities and guided services, including ranch vacations, hiking, river floats, hunting, fishing, golf and the historical Big Timber Rodeo.

 

Sweet Grass Fest

June 26-27, 2021

McLeod Street, Big Timber

 

Big Timber Summer Rodeo Series

Wednesdays from June 30-September 28, 2021

Big Timber Fairgrounds



Red Lodge

Tucked up at the base of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Red Lodge is a quaint mountain town full of good food, great shopping, and some colorful characters. The Beartooth Highway is not to be missed; 68 miles of absolute jaw-dropping scenery is a perspective you won’t want to miss.

 

Opening of the Beartooth Highway

May 27, 2021 (Tentative, Weather Permitting)

Beartooth Highway

 

Red Lodge Songwriter Festival

June 24-26

Downtown Red Lodge

 

Home of Champions Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls

July 1-4, 2021

Red Lodge Fairgrounds

 

Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2021

Downtown Red Lodge

 

Beartooth Run

July 10, 2021

Beartooth Pass

 

Beartooth Motorcycle Rally

July 15-18, 2021

Downtown Red Lodge

 

Red Lodge Car Show and Cruisin’ Drag Races

July 24-26, 2021

Downtown Red Lodge

 

The Nitty Gritty Off-Road Race

August 21, 2021

Red Lodge Mountain Resort

 

Labor Day Arts Fair

September 6, 2021

Lion’s Club Park and Depot Gallery

 

Oktoberfest

September 11, 2021

Red Lodge Ales