While winter is indeed beautiful in Bozeman, and the outdoor opportunities are plentiful, the short days and colder temperatures have a real effect on our bodies. The limited sunshine, which regulates our circadian rhythms, creates metabolic changes; serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter, is decreased, and melatonin, which makes us sleepier and more prone to sadness, is increased. During winter (and a pandemic), we tend to be less social, spending more time indoors and less time with other people. This time of year, in Bozeman, the sun is setting around 4:30 p.m., which makes the days seem incredibly short!
For the past 40 years, the Bozeman community has gathered downtown for the annual Christmas Stroll. Each year, the tradition marks the beginning of the season, with Santa leading the crowd down Main Street as the holiday lights brighten the sky. Food, libations, music, and shopping fill the area as people greet one another, excited for the season and the winter ahead.
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, you don't have to sit inside, just waiting for it to stop. So, we put together a list of ideas, activities, and places to visit to keep you busy when the sun isn't shining. Enjoy!
One of the enjoyable things to do while you are visiting a new place, is to check out the local museums. Bozeman is a great example. Bozeman is home to a handful of exceptional museums that will entertain and educate you on everything from dinosaurs to local history to computers. So take a walk through time as you explore some of Bozeman's most popular destinations. Here is our breakdown on what you need to know about museums in Bozeman.
Bozeman's Sweet Pea Festival is arguably one of the highlights of everyone's summer. The annual celebration draws family and friends together to celebrate art, music, theater, food, and entertainment. This will be the festival's 43rd year, and while it will look a bit different, the creative minds behind it have found a way to make it happen at a safe distance. Sans the parade, the fun run, and the Bite of Bozeman, many of the festivities are still taking place in a modified form.
Bozeman's newest gem, Story Mill Community Park, is quickly becoming a local favorite. The 60 acres adjoining the historic Story Mill have been revitalized into a vibrant community space complete with almost a mile of restored river frontage along the East Gallatin River and 15 acres of wetlands for birds and wildlife. And talk about the views— the park has a stunning backdrop of the Bridger Mountain Range.
We love this time of year! Between snowstorms, the warm sun lingers longer in the day, bringing with it the urge to get out and about—to stretch the legs. This month brings some delightful weekend events, along with plenty of live evening entertainment. Runners take note, the annual Run to the Pub takes place on Saturday, March 14, 2020! A perfect way to kick-off the St.Paddy’s Day holiday!
We like to think this year started off with the excitement of the roaring ’20s, and we’re not planning to stop. There are five significant productions this month, quite impressive for this sophisticated little mountain town. There’s live music at venues throughout the city, and those interested in an extra-special culinary experience will want to check out the Farm to Table Feast happening at the end of the month!
Tucked up in the mountains, Bozeman is full of entrepreneurs creating high-quality products and hosting amazing experiences. The slower pace of life allows people time to really delve into their creativity and talents, and the results speak for themselves. Plus, the shopping experience itself is worth the time; Bozeman is full of local retailers, and the historic downtown is completely walkable.
There is no shortage of holiday cheer in Bozeman. The snow doesn't slow people down around here; instead, the excitement of the upcoming season brings people out and about to celebrate food, art, culture, and community. So don your sweaters, beanies, and scarves, and get ready to spend the next few weeks in lively revelry!