The Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals & Events in Bozeman & Belgrade MT

Summer Festivals & Events in Bozeman & Belgrade MT

Summer is just around the corner! And with it comes a wealth of exciting festivals and events in the Bozeman and Belgrade areas of Montana. Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or outdoor enthusiast, there is something for everyone to enjoy. To help you plan your summer activities, we’ve put together a list of some of the best festivals and events happening in the area this year.

Sweet Pea Festival – August 4th-6th 2023

The Sweet Pea Festival is one of Bozeman’s most beloved summer traditions, celebrating the arts and culture of the community. This three-day festival is celebrating its 46th year and features live music, theater performances, art exhibits, food vendors, and more. It’s a great opportunity to experience the creativity and diversity of the Bozeman community, and a perfect way to spend a summer weekend with friends and family.

Bozeman Stampede – August 10th-12th 2023

If you’re a fan of rodeo, the Bozeman Stampede is the event for you. This three-day rodeo features some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country, competing in events like bull riding, barrel racing, and steer wrestling. There will also be live music, food vendors, and other entertainment throughout the weekend. Tickets go on sale June 1st for the 13th annual Bozeman Stampede Rodeo to take place at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

Music on Main – Thursdays starting July 6th through August 10th 2023

Music on Main is a summer concert series that takes place in downtown Bozeman every Thursday evening throughout the summer. The FREE concerts feature a variety of musical genres from rock to country to jazz. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the music, food vendors, and lively atmosphere!

Rockin’ the Rivers – August 10th-12th  2023

Just 30 miles west of Bozeman, situated at The Bridge Near Three Forks, get ready for a rockin’ concert series taking place in August. An amazingly talented collection of influential rock groups are booked to play against the stunning Montana landscape. You’ll want to stay for artists such as Tantric, Tim Montana, Orianthi, and Memphis May Fire.

27th Annual Madison Valley Arts Festival – July 29th 2023

An hour’s drive southwest of Bozeman you’ll find the 27th Annual Madison Valley Arts Festival taking place in late July. With 60 juried artist booths, delicious local food, live music, and fun children’s activities, you’ll want to bring the entire family to this one day event. There is also a raffle to help raise money for the Madison Valley Public Library, Madison County Fair Art Awards, Shakespeare in the Schools, and other community programs.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks – Various dates and locations

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a traveling theater company that performs in communities throughout Montana during the summer months. The company presents free outdoor performances of Shakespearean plays, as well as other classic and contemporary works. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience live theater in the great outdoors, and to enjoy some of the best acting talent in the region. 2023 brings performances of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers to life. Grab your ticket and take your seat and enjoy some truly spectacular shows.

Summer SLAM Festival – August 5th-6th

Taking place in the heart of Bozeman at Bogert Park, the Summer SLAM Festival is a treat for everyone. Get ready for live music and performances, an enticing food court, an artist’s market and demonstrations, and family friendly activities such as dancing, yoga classes, and improv comedy routines.

Summer Art Walks 2023

Every second Friday of the month from June through September from 6-8PM, citizens are invited to attend the Downtown Bozeman Art Walks. Various businesses in the downtown district participate by featuring local artists, hors d’ouevers, and complimentary refreshments. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a stroll through downtown as well as patronize local businesses and support local art. 

These are just a few of the many festivals and events happening in the Bozeman and Belgrade areas this summer. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a first-time visitor, there is always something new and exciting to discover in this beautiful part of Montana. So, mark your calendars, grab your friends and family, and get moving!