Find a Montana fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 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.
Original Festival - Butte, MT - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2020
music festival – on hold for 2019, plans to return in 2020 (https://mtstandard.com/news/local/original-festival-to-resume-in-after-hiatus/article_c5da732a-a9bb-54c2-a063-1a240706b07a.html?fbclid=IwAR0me-LVnThoQuBYrkHchTc0udYWpwWSYCghO_WXqNt6ET5eR3ybtBRIN54#tracking-source=home-top-story-1)
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Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival - Bigfork, MT - Aug 28 to Sep 1, 2018
Taking a breather for 2019. Look for a return in 2020 at the Nest on Swan River in Bigfork. Workshops by day and exciting musicians by night. This year’s headliners come from across several genres.
Butte toberfest - Butte, MT - Sep 15, 2018
Canceled for 2019, expected to return in 2020. Normally: 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
Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival - Ennis, MT - Aug 30 to Aug 31, 2019
More than fly fishing with local musicians and great local cuisine.
Ashland Labor Day Powwow - Ashland, MT - Aug 30 to Sep 1, 2019
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
Rumble in the Bay - Bigfork, MT - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
Car show with poker run, show & shine, live music, and more. Raises funds for VFW Post 4042.
Germanfest - Missoula, MT - Sep 1, 2019
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 1 to Sep 2, 2019
A two day rodeo, street dance, and parade
I Heart Niehart Festival - Neihart, MT - Sep 2, 2019
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 4 to Oct 12, 2019
Come check out dozens of quilts and needlework from local and regional quilters, crafters, and artists.
Maverick Brewfest - Missoula, MT, MT - Sep 6, 2019
Hosted by the Missoula Athletics Council at Caras Park.
Red Lodge Oktoberfest - Red Lodge, MT - Sep 7, 2019
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.
Boulder Music & Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 7, 2019
Live local music, authors and artists’ creations, dancing. Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.
Boulder Music and Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 7, 2019
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!
Chokecherry Festival - Lewistown, MT - Sep 7, 2019
Held in the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana and attended by more than 4,000. A chokecherry is a small, maroon-colored fruit with a bitter taste 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, pit spitting contests, live entertainment, culinary contests, children’s activities, 5k and 10k, arts & crafts booths, food vendors and more! 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).
Montana Dragon Boat Festival - Lakeside, MT - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2019
A dragon boat race on Bigfork Bay of 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. Lots of vendors, activities, and exciting Dragon Boats.
Montana Book Festival - Missoula, MT - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2019
Activities include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a book fair.
Flathead Celtic Festival - Kalispell, MT - Sep 13 to Sep 14, 2019
Come on down to Centennial 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.
Libby Nordicfest Heritage Festival - Libby, MT - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2019
All are welcome at this festival of heritage, with food vendors, craftsman, parade, and more!
Montana Fall Rendezvous Beer Festival - Missoula, MT - Sep 14, 2019
Sample Montana’s local brews at Caras Park in Missoula
MINT Film Festival - Billings, MT - Sep 19 to Sep 23, 2019
Montana International (MINT) is a five day film festival, organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. Enjoy premieres (past premieres include Stanley Tucci and Emma Thompson in The Children Act), walk the red carpet, and visit panel discussions, after parties and more.
Havre Festival Days - Havre, MT - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2019
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
Billings Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Billings, MT - Sep 21, 2019
The Babcock 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 21, 2019
Parade, 5k, festival and more
Great Northwest Oktoberfest - Whitefish, MT - Sep 26 to Oct 5, 2019
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
CVMAC Oktoberfest - Anaconda, MT - Sep 28, 2019
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 28, 2019
Brews and BBQ competition
Montana Film Festival - MIssoula, MT - Oct 3 to Oct 6, 2019
Watch screenings of new independent films plus the work of emerging artists.
Townsend Fall Fest and Oktoberfest - Townsend, MT - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2019
Friday features live music, car show, kids activities, hay sculpture contest, vendors, and more! 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 attend each year. On Sunday, 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
McIntosh Apple Day - Hamilton, MT - Oct 5, 2019
40th annual. Bake sale, arts & crafts, food and produce from the Hamilton Farmers Market. It is followed by Liquid Apple Night, a hard cider fest with local food, cider and music.
HarvestFest - Billings, MT - Oct 12, 2019
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.
Mondak Heritage Center Harvest Fest - Sidney, MT - Nov 8, 2019
Featuring live music by Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole, a selection of seasonal beers, German brats, and other refreshments. 21+ event
Haywire Made in Montana Festival – Sept 18-19, 2015
Flamenco Montana Festival – Sept 16-20, 2015
Tamarack Festival & Brewfest – Seeley Lake, MT – October 10-11, 2015
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