June 1-Aug. 31
Cody Nite Rodeo: 8 p.m. daily. Gates open at 7 p.m. Stampede Park. Codystampederodeo.com.
Jake Clark Mule Days: Western event in Ralston, Wyo., promoting the saddle mule which includes mounted shooting, team sorting, rodeo events, a trail course, a parade and a barn dance. 307-754-4320. www.saddlemule.com.
Headwaters Country Jam: Headliners include Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, Darryl Worley, Mark Chesnutt, Hawthorne Roots and more. The Bridge at Three Forks. Headwaterscountryjam.com.
Recital by Nickolai Demidenko: 6:30 p.m. Tippet Rise Art Center. A weekly concert series and schedule of films is planned at this sanctuary for art and music on a 11,500-acre ranch outside Fishtail. Concerts are 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 2 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays. All concert tickets are $10 for adults, free for anyone younger than 18. See the full schedule at tippetrise.org
Ariel String Quartet Celebrates: Artist Stephen Talasnik’s Pioneer, 2 p.m. Tippet Rise Art Center. tippetrise.org
Collaborative Concert: Ariel String Quartet with Nikolai Demidenko, 6:30 p.m. Tippet Rise Art Center. tippetrise.org
Plains Indian Museum Powwow: Robbie Powwow Garden on the grounds of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. 307-578-4102. www.centerofthewest.org.
Red Lodge Songwriter Festival: Red Lodge event celebrating country songwriters, featuring songwriters from Nashville, Montana and Wyoming. redlodgesongwriterfest.com.
Battle of the Little Bighorn Re-enactment: 1 p.m. each day, on the banks of the Little Bighorn River, the Real Bird family hosts a re-enactment of “Custer’s Last Stand” from the American Indian point of view. Featuring local riders and re-enactors from around the United States, the Battle of the Little Bighorn Re-enactment began nearly 20 years ago as a way to impart more Native American history and culture, and takes place during Crow Native Days. Littlebighornreenactment.com.
Fishtail Family Fun Day: Events begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. The infamous “two-mile parade in a one block town” begins at 11 a.m. The day’s events include vendors, events in the park, barbecue lunch, raffle and a duck race. The band “Hillbillings” will perform.
Little Bighorn Days: The past comes alive every June in and around Hardin. Highlights of Little Bighorn Days include living history areas, arts and crafts fairs, a book fair, a 5K run/walk, a Lamborghini show. Parades, an 1876 Grand Ball and much more. Hardinmt.com.
Symphony in the Park: This free outdoor community concert is a great way to take in the Billings Symphony Orchestra at Pioneer Park. An instrument “petting zoo” at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. Community Band concert and the main concert at 7 p.m. 406-252-3610 or billingssymphony.org.
14th Annual Montana Barbecue Cookoff: Absarokee hosts some of the region’s best ribs, chicken and other smoked delights. Events take place in downtown Absarokee and will include beer, a food truck round-up, live music and a kid zone.
Cody/Yellowstone Extreme Bulls: 8 p.m. PRCA’s top 40 bullriders matched against the PRCA’s best bucking bulls to compete for well over $45,000 in cash. Stampede Park. Codystampederodeo.com
Home of Champions Rodeo and Parade: Noon parade daily on Red Lodge’s main street. Rodeo begins at 6 p.m. July 2-3 and 3 p.m. July 4. 406-446-2422 or redlodgerodeo.com.
Livingston Roundup Rodeo: A parade downtown at 3 p.m. on July 2 kicks off events. Rodeo nightly at 8 p.m. and fireworks nightly at Park County Fairgrounds. A kiddie rodeo is planned for 3 p.m. on July 4. livingstonroundup.com.
Stampede parade: 9:30 a.m., downtown Cody. Codystampederodeo.com.
Stampede parade: 9:30 a.m., downtown Cody. Codystampederodeo.com.
Cody Stampede rodeo: 5 p.m. Codystampederodeo.com
West Yellowstone: Events all day including live music by Slamabama from 7 to 10 p.m. in Town Park, a parade celebrating the National Park Service Centennial at 6 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m. Visityellowstonecountry.com.
Celebrate Freedom: Fourth of July celebration, 5-10 p.m. at Castle Rock Park in Billings. Free to the public with games and arcade booths, food and concessions, and a fireworks show at dark. www.harvestchurch.tv.
SummerFair: One of the largest juried arts and crafts festivals in the state at this fundraiser for the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings. The event is at Veterans Park and admission is $3 for adults, free for those 17 and younger. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 406-256-6804, ext. 236 or artmuseum.org.
Summerfest Along the Yellowstone: Sacajawea Park, Livingston. The music lineup features Western Skies, Bus Driver Tour and perennial favorite the Max. Admission is $5. Check livingstonmontana.org for more information.
Moods of the Madison: Ennis music festival featuring Bassnectar, Young The Giant, Wolfgang Gartner, The Wailers, Rising Appalachia, Sol, Robert Randolph And The Family Band, The Russ Liquid Test, Maxwell Hughes, Farch, One Leaf Clover, Lecture, Poppa Chachi, Hawthorne Roots, The Bent Bones, Echodrive, Dubuddha, Nintendeaux and Woodburn. Find out more at www.moodsofthemadison.com; facebook.com/MoodsOfTheMadison
Beartooth Rally: An annual rally and weekend full of rides, food, dancing and more. For more information call 406-446-2022 or visit bonedaddyscustomcycle.com.
Cruisen Red Lodge: Registration and a barbecue at Bone Daddy’s, and a parade down Main Street kick off the annual weekend celebrating cars and all-things cruisin’. Saturday’s events include a classic car show along Broadway Avenue and a drive-in movie at the fairgrounds. Drag races at the airport take place on Sunday. 406-664-3264; cruisenredlodge.com.
Red Ants Pants Festival: Five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and her band the Big Noise will headline this year’s festival outside White Sulphur Springs. The Mavericks, Dar Williams, The Mission Mountain Wood Band and Hayes Carll also will perform. http://redantspantsmusicfestival.com/
Shakespeare in the Parks: 6 p.m. “Comedy of Errors,” West Yellowstone School football field. Free.
Clark Days: William Clark’s stop at Pompeys Pillar on July 25, 1806, is marked at Pompeys Pillar National Monument for Clark Days. Historical talks, nature walks, Native American cultural presentations, music, and food are part of the annual commemoration, where Saturday camping is allowed for just one night of the year. 406-969-5380 or pompeyspillar.org/clark-days.
Sweet Pea Festival: Events begin with Chalk on the Walk, an all-day event where people are encouraged to chalk up the sidewalks. The fun continues on Aug. 3 with Bites of Bozeman, an evening event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The festival starts back up at 4 p.m., Aug. 5, in Lindley Park. The weekend continues with a children’s run and parade to the park. A beer and wine garden featuring Montana microbrews, dining, music, performances by local theater and dance troupes, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors round out one of Montana’s favorite festivals. 406-586-4003 or sweetpeafestival.org.
46th Annual Yellowstone Rod Run: Classic car parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with cars on display from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in West Yellowstone’s Pioneer Park.
Magic City Blues: Montana’s largest urban music festival takes place on Montana Avenue on Friday and Saturday. Headliners include Ziggy Marley, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Elle King and more. Magiccityblues.com
Smoking Waters Mountain Man Rendezvous: Step into the experience of 1800s life. The encampment, complete with Trader’s Row, fires the imagination of what life in that era was like. Entertainment, demonstrations and seminars on a variety of “life-as-it-was” skills give a deeper appreciation of challenges and dangers that were faced and overcome. Tomahawk and knife demonstrations, black-powder shoots, mountain-man storytelling and musicians are all a part of the annual event. Admission is free. The encampment is visible to all travelers arriving on U.S. 20 from the southwest. On the Gallatin National Forest Service land immediately west of West Yellowstone and adjacent to Iris Street. Twoturtlestradingpost.com.
Buffalo Bill Invitational Shootout: Cody Shooting Complex. Event combines firearms history and present-day shooting sports. Individual and teams competitions, limited to 100 participants. The public is invited to observe shooting at the Cody Shooting Complex. 307-578-4025.
Heart of the West Contemporary Art Show and Auction: More than 60 juried artists and galleries exhibit their work at The Best Western GranTree Inn, Bozeman. 406-781-0550 or heartofthewestart.com.
Rockin’ the Rivers: Vince Neil, Buckcherry, Loverboy, Firehouse, Steelheart, Royal Bliss, Heart by Heart, Hell’s Belles and more. Aug. 11 kick-off pre-party starts the weekend. The Bridge at Three Forks. Rockintherivers.com.
MontanaFair: Multi-platinum pop star, Jason Derulo, performs at Rimrock Auto Arena on Aug. 12; Comedian Gabriel Iglesias, better known as the “Fluffy Guy,” on Aug. 13 and 3 Doors Down and Theory of a Deadman on Aug. 14. Supercross and PRCA Pro Rodeo complete the night shows. ValuPasses to the fair include all grounds and night show entertainment and are available at metrapark.com.
Annual Hebgen Lake Yacht Club Poker Run: Kirkwood Resort and Marina, Hebgen Lake, 646-7200
Park County Days: The weeklong event will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. With themed activities like Ranch Heritage and Farm Day, Museum and Cultural Heritage Day, Art Walk to Yellowstone Day, Food Fun and Suds in the Park and more. Parkcountydays.com
Crow Fair: The nation’s largest modern-day American Indian encampment celebrates its 98th year at Crow Agency featuring dancing, drumming, food, daily rodeos and racing, evening powwows and morning parades. Visit teepeecapital.com or check the Crow Fair Facebook page.
Emmylou Harris and John Prine in concert: Part of National Park Service Centennial celebration, 7 p.m. Arch Park, Gardiner. Tickets are free, but limited. Tickets will be released on June 15 and July 15 at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/19359.
National Park Service Centennial Celebration: 3 p.m. along the banks of the Yellowstone River in Livingston. Event in at Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner will be broadcast live on theater-sized screen.
Great Montana Sheep Drive: Hundreds of sheep take to the main street of Reed Point during this Labor Day weekend staple. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include a street fair, parade and street dance. 406-326-2315
Labor Day Arts Fair: This annual art event features more than 80 artists’ booths displaying and selling bead work, pottery, paintings, sculptures, photography and more. Free, live entertainment throughout the day includes fiddlers, belly dancers, folk musicians, food booths, a concession stand and much more. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Admission is free. Redlodge.com.