Since 1919, The Ellen Theatre marquee has advertised variety shows, silent movies, musicians, comedians, revues and school bands. During its heyday, the theater hosted legends such as ventriloquist Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy and Vivian Vance, most well-known for playing Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy.”
There is a reason why Bozeman, Montana is called the "Last Best Place."
There is a vibrant buzz emanating throughout Bozeman. There is a multitude of summer activities available in and around Bozeman. From hiking the mountains to swimming in the lakes to experiencing the power of Yellowstone and its geysers, the surrounding land and water in the area is a magnificent way to spend your summers in Bozeman. Below is a list of our top 10 articles related to visiting Bozeman in the summer.
Sweet Pea Festival, a celebration to cultivate and promote the arts, is Bozeman’s premier summer event. This year marks the 40th anniversary, a testament to the community’s love of art.
Named after the sweet pea flower which grows prolifically in the area, the festival was modeled after the Sweet Pea Carnival that took place from 1906-1913. The carnival ended because of the impending war but was revived in 1977 as a celebration of the arts. Today, over 400 volunteers keep the festival alive.
Bozeman is an outdoor mecca. For runners and bikers, there is no shortage of Bozeman races to fuel the competitive spirit. You’ll find a variety of events, some more challenging than others, but they all include one thing; amazing scenery. There’s still time to register for most races, but if not, put it on your calendar for next year!
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Every town needs a good concert series and Bozeman’s “Music On Main” does not disappoint. Music on Main is a Bozeman tradition that brings out the community to listen to music and see familiar faces.
As they say, there’s nothing so certain as change, and as with most mountain towns in the west, change has altered the original landscape. While that trend is no different here, downtown Bozeman has done a great job of mixing its authentic western charm with a contemporary culture giving it both an upbeat vibe and a down home feel.
“Black Gold” is what residents of Gallatin Valley call the rich soil in the area. Lots of organic matter and high water content make the dirt dense in nutrients, creating a fertile ground for agriculture. Early settlers dubbed the area, “Valley of the Flowers”— with good reason.
Agriculture is one of our biggest economic drivers, so it’s no surprise our Bozeman Farmer’s Markets are top-notch.
It’s true, Bozeman is beautiful in the summer. The warm months find this town bursting with flowers, fresh food, wild rodeo, art, music, and festivals. The question is not what to do, but rather how to fit it all in! Here are some of the bigger Bozeman summer events lined up for 2017, but keep your eye out and mark your calendars for smaller occasions too—there’s plenty of entertainment!
Rodeos and Montana go together like peanut butter and jelly and summer around Bozeman is rodeo season. Bozeman hosts its own rodeo, the Bozeman Stampede for one weekend, but there are plenty of other rodeos around the area to check out. Plus, small town rodeos can really be a blast because the whole town gets excited for their annual chance to show off their Montana heritage. Here are a few of the best Montana rodeos near Bozeman to put on your calendar.
We get it, you came to Bozeman to enjoy the outdoors. You were so excited to hike, fish, mountain bike, rock climb, whitewater raft, and explore, but it's raining. Though rainy days in Bozeman aren't the regular, with over 300 days of sunshine, they do happen. When they do, it can be a challenge to find things to do in Bozeman. We've put together a list of ideas, activities, and places to visit to keep you busy when the sun isn't shining. Enjoy!