We love our winters in Bozeman, but once the ski hills close and the snow starts to melt, spring fever sets in and we’re off chasing new activities and adventures. Part of Bozeman’s allure is the combination of outdoor recreation coupled with a cultured and vibrant community. It’s easy to be out in nature for the day and back in time for dinner and a live show! We’ve outlined a few of our favorite local activities, complete with ideas the whole family can enjoy.
Photo by Stacey Herries.
Stacey Herries is much more than an aspiring artist. Her day job as a high school art teacher inspires teenagers to be creative, while simultaneously her own artwork is flying out of galleries. I sat with her in her studio to hear her story. Her energy is as infectious as her artwork; bright, colorful and cheerful. She continued to work as we talked. Her process is fascinating and her drive is impressive!
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!
The magic of the holidays aren't limited to wide-eyed kiddos, adults celebrating in this quintessential mountain town can’t help but spread cheer.
For those in the know, Bozeman is a hub of activity when it comes to film. Since 1960, Montana State University has been turning out highly creative and technically savvy students who go on to pursue successful careers. The founder of the department, Jack Stonnell, had a strong vision for film in our community and in 1978 he went on to establish the Bozeman Film Festival, now known as the Bozeman Film Society. The organization consisted of a group of professors and community members who banded together and started showing American classics at the beautiful Rialto theater.
The Emerson Cultural Center has successfully weaved an art community into the fabric of Bozeman. From hosting summer camps, art exhibits and gallery tours, to providing art education to thousands of children and adults, the organization is building community through the arts and culture. The space, a retired elementary school, is an ideal place for community events, the summer concert series, “Lunch on the Lawn,” and is home to 58 working studios for arts and culture related tenants.
Summer evenings are made for live music. In Bozeman, that means closing Main Street, bringing out the food trucks and joining in a city-wide dance party. Each Thursday, bands from around the country perform for enthusiastic audiences with the beautiful Bridger Mountains as a backdrop. You’ll find community camaraderie, activities for the kiddos, delicious food and refreshing beverages. Shows run from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and are free to everyone!
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: