Bozeman is home to artists of all disciplines. The downtown is full of galleries showcasing pottery, paintings, and jewelry, to name just a few. Some say it is the beauty in the area that inspires so much creativity; but wherever it comes from, it’s abundant.
The picturesque scenery surrounding Bozeman, Montana, continues to bring filmmakers from around the world to set their stage with a beautiful backdrop. But the love of film in this town spreads far beyond what is shot here. With Montana State University, a highly creative community, and a wide range of venues, it’s the perfect location to celebrate the art of film.
Many visitors are drawn to Bozeman for the myriad of recreational opportunities the surrounding mountains and rivers provide. But after a busy day fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, or skiing, the town itself truly shines: Bozeman is home to a vibrant culture and rich history—the town itself can be as big an adventure as the surrounding mountains. Whether you prefer to explore summertime Farmer’s Markets at Bogert Park or take in an outdoor showing of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, here are the local’s favorite in-town adventures:
Winter days are perfect for taking in a flick. The Bozeman film scene is full of options like new releases, classic favorites, Indie films and outdoor documentaries. Grab a date and dinner then settle in for some quality entertainment.
You’d expect a college town to have a hoppin’ music scene, but Bozeman takes it to another level. Between big name bands, indie musicians playing in local taverns, the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Broadway musicals and area festivals, you could fill almost every night with some sort of jam.
This fall in Bozeman, there is no shortage of fun things to do, and we aren't just talking football games and exploring the mountains. Bozeman offers some great arts and cultural activities. From concerts to art walks to book sales, there is a little of everything going on. Here is our breakdown on what you can look forward to this fall in Bozeman.
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.”
Art is a (very) big deal in Bozeman. The area alone is inspiring with big skies and mountain vistas in every direction. The culture of the town also play a huge part of the thriving art community in Bozeman. Art begets art, and in this town, people love it.
Whether you are a collector, an admirer or an aspiring artist yourself, you’ll find an outlet to satisfy your creative side.
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.
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!