Festivals and Fun in the Sun

Limitless outdoor activities are calling.

The Gallatin Valley offers virtually endless opportunities for fun in the sun. There is no safer place to reconnect and be active than the great outdoors. This blog is jam packed with links to the many entertaining options you might consider for your next excursion to Big Sky country.

From two local weekly farmer’s markets and Music on Main, to monthly Downtown Art Walks, and our family favorite, the annual Sweet Pea Festival, that just celebrated its 44th year, there is literally something to attend every day of the week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Crazy Days is a good old fashioned downtown sidewalk sale that is worthy of its name. 

The Big Sky Country State Fair offers exceptional night shows, a Roundup Ranch Rodeo and boundless carnival entertainment, feasting, and games. 

The Festival of the Fourth is an experience not to be missed with synchronized patriotic music from the Bozeman Symphony. This has been on hiatus due to COVID but hopefully will return in the future.

If crowds aren’t your thing, you can paddle board around the pond at Glen Lake Rotary Park or drive up to Hyalite Reservoir. Multiple nearby rivers including the Gallatin, Madison, Missouri, Yellowstone, Smith, and Jefferson offer abundant opportunities for rafting and casting. You may be thinking that you don’t want to haul your recreational equipment with you. No worries, as there are plenty of rental options to fit you out for just about any excursion.

The list of local hikes, easy and hard, is extensive including Palisade Falls, the M, Drinking Horse, Storm Castle, and any other number of nearby treks. Bozeman is a bicycle friendly town with the Main Street to the Mountains trail system thoughtfully constructed over the years by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust.  

Popular public golf courses include Cottonwood Hills, Bridger Creek, Livingston Golf Course, and Headwaters in Three Forks. Each offers a unique opportunity to get out and enjoy the Big Sky vistas while working on your swing.  

For those who enjoy unique events, there are no less than two car shows – the Manhattan Classic Car Show & Farm Fun event along with Cruisin’ On Main which benefits the Cancer Support Community Montana.  

Summer wouldn’t be complete without beer and baseball, so visitors may want to take in an American Legion game at one of the three area ballparks – Bozeman Bucks, Belgrade Bandits, or the Gallatin Valley Outlaws. And speaking of beer, have you heard about the local craft brew scene? Bozeman is home to nine local breweries and several tap rooms that offer the perfect end to a day in the great outdoors.

Don’t feel limited to Bozeman as nearby Livingston, Belgrade, Big Sky, Three Forks and beyond all offer fantastic options for outside adventure. 

The opportunities for your next Montana adventure are unlimited and Cherry Creek Guest House is ready to serve as your home away.

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