Fall Montana Festivals

Find a Montana fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Montana including activities in Bozeman, Billings, Missoula and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.

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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!

Badlands Super Con - Glendive, MT - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016

Maverick Brewfest - Missoula, MT, MT - Sep 9, 2016

Original Festival - Butte, MT - Jan 1, 2017
music festival – on hold for 2018, plans to return in 2019

Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival - Ennis, MT - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2017
More than fly fishing with local musicians and great local cuisine.

Wild Fest - Great Falls, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
Another event at Giant Springs State Park for a weekend of live music, hiking, family fun, food, and presentations.

Red Lodge Oktoberfest - Red Lodge, MT - Sep 9, 2017
Annual Oktoberfest for 20+ years will take place at the Special Events Center behind Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company from 2 until 9 PM. German beers, German food, live music and Oktoberfest Olympics. Food options include bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels and strudel. Olympics includes keg toss, scavenger hunt and tug-of-war. Family friendly with kids games as well. For children, there is a bounce house, face painting, hair braiding and temporary tattoos. Red Lodge Ales will be selling its signature Oktoberfest lager. Best costume winners receive prizes from local retailers. Admission is free.

Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival - Bigfork, MT - Aug 28 to Sep 1, 2018
Workshops by day and exciting musicians by night.  This year’s headliners come from across several genres.

Rumble in the Bay - Bigfork, MT - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
Car show with poker run, show & shine, live music, and more. Raises funds for VFW Post 4042.

Ashland Labor Day Powwow - Ashland, MT - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2018
Drummers and dancers from different tribes come together at the arbor on 212 between Ashland and St Labre Mission – plus vendors for food, art and beadwork, and more

Germanfest - Missoula, MT - Sep 2, 2018
A free German festival in Caras Park. Traditional food, beer, music, folk dancing, chicken dance, keg tapping, commemorative steins and kids activities.

Labor Day Rodeo - White Sulpher Springs, MT - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2018
A two day rodeo, street dance, and parade

I Heart Niehart Festival - Neihart, MT - Sep 2, 2018
Community celebration and fundraiser for town improvements. Enjoy a community breakfast, duck races, softball game, potluck dinner and more!

MonDak Heritage Center Annual Quilt & Needlework Show - Sidney, MT - Sep 5 to Sep 29, 2018
Come check out dozens of quilts and needlework from local and regional quilters, crafters, and artists.

Montana Dragon Boat Festival - Lakeside, MT - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Join a team at Volunteer Park at Flathead County Park.  Lots of vendors, activities, and exciting Dragon Boats.

Libby Nordicfest Heritage Festival - Libby, MT - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
All are welcome at this festival of heritage, with food vendors, craftsman, parade, and more!

Boulder Music & Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Live local music, authors and artists’ creations, dancing. Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.

Chokecherry Festival - Lewistown, MT - Sep 8, 2018
29th 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, and can be used in making syrups, jams and jellies, wines, and other delicious foods. The day’s events start out with a pancake breakfast from the Kiwanis Club, contests, live entertainment, children’s activities, 5k and 10k, arts & crafts booths, food vendors and more!

Montana Dragon Boat Festival - Lakeside, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
A dragon boat race on Flathead Lake, leading up to the Rocky Mountain Championship. The Montana festival starts with the traditional dotting of the Dragon’s eye before racing begins, which awakens the dragon and unleashing its fire, which gives the boat and crew the strength of the dragon.

Chokecherry Festival - Lewistown, MT - Sep 8, 2018
A small fruit with a bitter taste is the feature of this festival, as are the syrups, jams and jellies, wine and more that it makes. This annual festival is held in the geographical center of the state, in a town declared by a past governor to be the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana (Stan Stephens, 1991). Kicking off with an outdoor pancake breakfast, the fun continues with a colinary contest, pit spitting contest, live entertainment, children’s activities, 5k/10k, arts & craft booths, food vendors and more!

Boulder Annual Music and Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Head to Veterans Park for food vendors, authors, arts and crafts, music, and more! This free family friendly event is an outdoor festival, so bring a chair and your dancing shoes!

Billings Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Billings, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 8, 2019
The Pub Station plays host to the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival is on tour throughout the country, and can also be found in nearby cities like Gardiner (see https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/events/ for all other tour locations and dates)

Belgrade Fall Festival - Belgrade, MT - Sep 8, 2018

Flathead Celtic Festival - Kalispell, MT - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Come on down to Herron Park for lots of music, athletics, wares, food, dancing and Celtic cultural heritage.  Enjoy bagpipes, childrens games, and learn about Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and more.

MINT Film Festival - Billings, MT - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Montana International (MINT) is a three day film festival, organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. Enjoy premieres (including Stanley Tucci and Emma Thompson in The Children Act), walk the red carpet, and visit panel discussions, after parties and more.

Butte toberfest - Butte, MT - Sep 15, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest for nearly 10 years featuring 15 Montana Breweries, food, stein races, and kids fall festival. This event has been taking place since 2009. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council. Their hope to build a teaching kitchen to help individuals with disabilities pursue health and wellness called the Nutrition Education Station. Location: Park and Dakota, Butte, MT

Miles City Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Miles City, MT - Sep 20, 2018
The Montana Theater plays host to the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival is on tour throughout the country, and can also be found in nearby cities like Gardiner (see https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/events/ for all other tour locations and dates)

Gardiner Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Gardiner, MT - Sep 20, 2018
Gardiner High School plays host to the Northern Plains Resource Council’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This festival is on tour throughout the country, and can also be found in nearby cities like Miles City (see https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/events/ for all other tour locations and dates)

Havre Festival Days - Havre, MT - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
Started in 1960 to help Havre finish the summer. Collectible buttons and beer mug, 48 hour softball tournament, quilt show, book sale, pancake breakfast, parade, burger feed and bingo, craft festival, run/walk, and more

Montana Book Festival - Missoula, MT - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
Activities include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a book fair.

Great Northwest Oktoberfest - Whitefish, MT - Sep 27 to Oct 6, 2018
Two weekends of German fun under the Oktoberfest Bigtop in downtown Whitefish. German beer from Warsteiner and local beer from Great Northern Brewing Co, German food, music and the chicken dance, along with contests for keg throwing, stein holding, brat eating, log sawing and more. Food options include brats, potato salad, sauerkraut, pretzels and sweet & sour red cabbage. They have had German sausage corndogs for kids in the past. Apple strudel and German chocolate cookie available for dessert. Admission is $4 per day. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a parent. Location: 510 Railway St Whitefish, Montana 59937

Montana Fall Brewers Festival - Missoula, MT - Sep 29, 2018
Sample Montana’s local brews! Friday evening from 3 to 8 PM.

CVMAC Oktoberfest - Anaconda, MT - Sep 29, 2018
Hosted by the Copper Village Museum and Art Center, this events features crafts, a farmers market, and a German style lunch

BBQ in the Badlands and Brewfest - Glendive, MT - Sep 29, 2018
Brews and BBQ competition

Montana Film Festival - MIssoula, MT - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
Watch screenings of new independent films plus the work of emerging artists.

Townsend Fall Fest - Townsend, MT - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Live music, car show, kids activities, hay sculpture contest, vendors, and more!

Townsend Fall Fest - Townsend, MT - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Saturday of the Townsend Fall Fest is Oktoberfest (though they reportedly have beer and brats along with live music on Friday evening as well). Military Parade starts downtown at 11 AM. Art & Craft Fair has approximately 80 craft vendors. Enjoy Rotary’s Famous Brats & Beer as well as live music and kids games. Approximately 15,000 people attended the Fall Fest in 2013. On Sunday as part of the fall fest, there is an antique and classic car show. More than 200 cars were displayed last year. Townsend is located in southwest Montana between Helena and Bozeman. Location: 200 South Pine Street, Townsend, MT 59644

Mondak Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Sidney, MT - Oct 5, 2018

Sidney Oktoberfest - Sidney, MT - Oct 5, 2018
Live music, seasonal beer, German sausage, and more! Held at MonDak Heritage Center, this event is $50 for non members, $40 for MDHC members, and is a 21+ only event.

McIntosh Apple Day - Hamilton, MT - Oct 6, 2018
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.

HarvestFest - Billings, MT - Oct 13, 2018
Arts & crafts, fresh produce (including fall favorites like mums and pumpkins), farmer’s market, food trucks, pumpkin pie baking contest, merchant gift basket raffle, children’s activities, live entertainment with fiddlers and dancers, vendors and more. Attended by more than 5,000.

September 2015:

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.

Haywire Made in Montana Festival – Sept 18-19, 2015

Flamenco Montana Festival – Sept 16-20, 2015

October 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

Find other fun things to do in Montana in October:

Oktoberfest in Montana
Montana Corn Mazes
Montana Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Montana
Montana Pumpkin Patches

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