It’s on! The peak of summer fun in Bozeman is well underway, and there is no shortage of activity. Whether you choose to adventure by day, and enjoy a night out on the town, or prefer a low-key day of exploring Bozeman, you won’t lack for entertainment.
History buff or not, exploring the museums in Bozeman is well worth the time. From dinosaur fossils to hanging gallows, the exhibits range from western culture to world history. Each museum is unique and well worth a visit, so set aside time to add a little education to your vacation!
July hits and Bozeman-ites start running fast and hard to get in as much summer fun as possible! The month is packed with special events; long-standing favorites like the state fair, big name musicians and fun runs throughout the valley. From date night to family day, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Fourth of July!
Kick off the month with a serious Fourth of July celebration. Start the day with an invigorating hike up the College ‘M’ or Drinking Horse trails. You’ll get a great view of the whole valley. Both trails are moderate, but if you’re feeling especially motivated, the ‘M’ has a steep route. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of Bozeman’s many restaurants, then perhaps take a little rest before the night gets going.
A long-time favorite, the Music on Main free concert series starts at 8:00 p.m. on Main Street. The street shuts down, food trucks come out and the watering holes offer drink specials. There’s a fun zone for the kids and bleachers if you need a little break!
Festival of the 4th
Denecke Park, Gallatin County Fairgrounds
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Bozeman goes all out when it comes to fireworks. The blasts are big and the show is long. For front row seats, plan to get to the fairgrounds early. However, the show can be seen all over town. Peet’s Hill and the Westlake Park Children’s Memorial Garden are great places to watch!
If you like to light your own fireworks, city regulations are in effect for certain times:
- July 3 and July 5, 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
- July 4, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Fireworks are not allowed on major streets or within 300 feet of hospitals or healthcare facilities. You can find firework stands on Huffine Lane and Highway 85 headed south.
Other July Events
Summer kicks off with music, film, food and serious adventure. One of the beautiful things about Bozeman is its proximity to the mountains, lakes, and rivers. We’re not kidding when we say you can fit both recreation and culture into the same day! We suggest building these great events into your itinerary, you’ll love the variety of entertainment in this vibrant college town.
May is lovely in Bozeman. Spring colors start to pop (yes, it’s a little later in these parts), and people are ready to get out and about after a cozy winter. Trail runs, craft brews, live music and engaging theater are all part of the transition to summer. So pick your passions, mark your calendar and get ready to enjoy the fun!
In Bozeman, the transition from winter to spring is seamless with events that help ease the inevitable spring fever. From inspiring talks and high caliber theater, to rowdy rodeos and ski hill shenanigans, April is a month to look forward to!
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Bozeman, MT is not your typical party. People gather from around the country for a long run followed by a cold beer, live music, and some serious camaraderie.
Rated #2 Best in the U.S. Half Marathon by Runners World, Pub 317’s Run to the Pub attracts everyone from serious runners to happy joggers. The run winds through a beautiful valley with picturesque, 360-degree views (bonus; ninety percent of the race is downhill!).
It’s close; the sounds and smells of spring are just around the corner, but there is plenty to do while we wait. For one, ski season isn’t over till it’s over—and that’s in April. But while the slopes stay snowy, the days are lasting longer and the air is getting warmer, bringing plenty of outdoor adventure and evening entertainment. We’ve listed the highlights, but local pubs host ongoing music, movies grace theaters old and new, and there are plenty of art, yoga and other classes to enjoy!
Nestling in for the winter isn’t typical in Bozeman, even in January. If Montanan’s aren’t out adventuring, they’re planning for the next season’s fun. A wide variety of cultural exhibits, music, art, and food round out the month. So if you’re visiting, take note of what’s happening around town!
December is busy in Bozeman; holiday festivities, the Bozeman Ice Festival and plenty of arts and culture round out the month. (Not to mention downhill skiing at Bridger Bowl and Nordic Skiing—or fat biking—at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.) You’ll want to plan carefully so you don’t miss anything…especially December 1, when the holiday season starts off with a bang!