Fall Montana Festivals

Find a Montana fall festival to attend in 2017. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2017 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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2017 Festivals

Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival - Bigfork, MT - Aug 27 to Sep 2, 2017
Workshops by day and exciting musicians by night.  This years headliners include Jim Messina, Lee Ritenour, Dweezil Zappa and many many more.

MonDak Heritage Center Annual Quilt & Needlework Show - Sidney, MT - Aug 29 to Sep 30, 2017
Come check out dozens of quilts and needlework from local and regional quilters, crafters, and artists.

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.

Ashland Labor Day Powwow - Ashland, MT - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
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 3, 2017
A free German festival in Caras Park. Traditional food, beer, music, folk dancing, chicken dance, keg tapping, commemorative steins and kids activities.

Rumble in the Bay - Bigfork, MT - Sep 3, 2017

Labor Day Rodeo - White Sulpher Springs, MT - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2017

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.

Libby Nordicfest - Libby, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017

Montana Dragon Boat Festival - Lakeside, MT - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2017
Join a team at Volunteer Park at Flathead County Park.  Lots of vendors, activities, and exciting Dragon Boats.

Billings Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Billings, MT - Sep 8, 2017
The Babcock 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)

Boulder Music & Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
Live local music, artists’ creations. Free admission. Always the first full weekend in September after Labor Day.

Chokecherry Festival - Lewistown, MT - Sep 9, 2017
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 - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

Chokecherry Festival - Lewistown, MT - Sep 9, 2017

Boulder Annual Music and Art Festival - Boulder, MT - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017

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.

Miles City Wild and Scenic Film Festival - Miles City, MT - Sep 14, 2017
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 14, 2017
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 15 to Sep 17, 2017

Belgrade Fall Festival - Belgrade, MT - Sep 16, 2017

Flathead Celtic Festival - Kalispell, MT - Sep 16, 2017
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 - Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2017
Activities include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits, and a book fair.

Great Northwest Oktoberfest - Whitefish, MT - Sep 28 to Oct 7, 2017
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

Townsend Fall Fest - Townsend, MT - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
Friday evening is music, beer and brats. Oktoberfest, arts & crafts, food vendors. Saturday parade; Sunday car show.

Townsend Fall Fest - Townsend, MT - Sep 29 to Oct 1, 2017
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

Montana Fall Brewers Festival - Missoula, MT - Sep 30, 2017
Friday evening from 4 to 9 PM.

Mondak Heritage Center Oktoberfest - Sidney, MT - Oct 6, 2017

HarvestFest - Billings, MT - Oct 7, 2017
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.

McIntosh Apple Day - Hamilton, MT - Oct 7, 2017
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.

Butte toberfest - Butte, MT - Oct 7, 2017
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

CVMAC Oktoberfest - Anaconda, MT - Oct 7, 2017
Hosted by the Copper Village Museum and Art Center

Original Festival - Butte, MT - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2017

Past Events

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

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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