Fall Montana Festivals
Enjoy the food and fun at one of these fall festivals in Montana. Don’t underestimate the power of a select number of festivals. You only need one good party to create a lifetime of memories. Find weekend things to do in September and October. And after you have indulged in Oktoberfest in Montana, you’ll be ready for anything!
We hope you enjoyed last year’s list. We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Last Major Update:
Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival – Ennis, MT – Sept 2-3, 2016
More than fly fishing with local musicians and great local cuisine.
Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival – Bigfork – Aug 28 – Sept 4, 2016
Workshops by day and exciting musicians by night. This years headliners include Jim Messina, Lee Ritenour, Dweezil Zappa and many many more.
Belgrade Fall Festival – Sept 9, 2016
Wild Fest – Great Falls, MT – Sept 9-10, 2016
Another event at Giant Springs State Park for a weekend of live music, hiking, family fun, food, and presentations.
Boulder Music & Art Festival – Boulder, MT – September 11-12, 2016
Live local music, artists’ creations. Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.
Chokecherry Festival – Lewiston, MT – September 10, 2016
26th anniversary event. Held in the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana and attended by more than 4,000. A chokecherry is a small, maroon-colored fruit that grows wild in Montana.
Montana Dragon Boat Festival – Kalispell, MT – September 10-11, 2016
Join a team at Volunteer Park at Flathead County Park. Lots of vendors, activities, and exciting Dragon Boats.
Flathead Celtic Festival – Kalispell – Sept 17, 2016
Lots of music, athletics, wares, food, dancing and Celtic cultural heritage. Enjoy bagpipes, childrens games, and learn about Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and more.
Montana Book Festival – Missoula, MT – Sept 21-25, 2016
Activities include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a book fair.
Townsend Fall Fest – Townsend, MT – Sept 30 – October 2, 2016
Friday evening is music, beer and brats. Oktoberfest, arts & crafts, food vendors. Saturday parade; Sunday car show.
Future Events – 2017
If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Germanfest – Missoula, MT – September 13, 2015
A free German festival in Caras Park. Traditional food, beer, music, folk dancing, chicken dance, keg tapping, commemorative steins and kids activities.
Havre Festival Days – Sept 18-20, 2015
Haywire Made in Montana Festival – Sept 18-19, 2015
Flamenco Montana Festival – Sept 16-20, 2015
McIntosh Apple Day – Hamilton, MT – October 3, 2015
Bake sale, arts & crafts, food and produce from the Hamilton Farmers Market. It is followed by Apple Night, a hard cider fest with local food, cider and music.
Tamarack Festival & Brewfest – Seeley Lake, MT – October 10-11, 2015
Montana Fall Brewers Festival – Missoula – October 16, 2015
Friday evening from 2 to 8 PM.
HarvestFest – Billings – October 10, 2015
NILE Lou Taubert Cattle Drive and Parade, pumpkin pie baking contest, Merchant Gift Basket Raffle, live entertainment, vendors and more. Attended by more than 5,000.
Last Year’s Events
Ashland Labor Day Pow Wow – Ashland, MT – August 29 – September 1, 2014
Saco Fun Days – Saco, MT – August 29-31, 2014
Big Sky Mountainfest – Big Sky, MT – August 29-31, 2014
Belgrade Fall Festival – Belgrade, MT – September 19-20, 2014
Reed Point Running of the Sheep – Reed Point, MT – August 31, 2014
Taste of Whitefish – Whitefish, MT – September 4, 2014
Treasure State Flywheelers Heritage Festival –
They have the dates for the weekend event listed as a Thursday and Friday. VisitMt.com is reporting the dates as 9/20 & 9/21, which seems more likely. Located in Great Falls, Montana.
Sugarbeet Festival – Chinook, MT – September 26-28, 2014
Havre Festival Days – Harve, MT – September 19-21, 2014
Tizer Gardens Scarecrow Festival – Jefferson City – September 28, 2014 (anticipated date)
Western Montana Wine & Beer Festival – Missoula, MT – Sept 12, 2014
Dillon Festival of Trees – Dillon, MT – Nov 21-22, 2014
Chinook Parade of Lights, Christmas Stroll & Festival of Trees – Chinook, MT – Nov 28-29, 2014
Find other fun things to do in Montana in October: