2018 MONTANA: May through August 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2008)
May 5, 2018
Blues & Brews Festivals
Cottonwood Inn. Microbrews, Wine, Exclusive Mugs, Food, Raffles.
May 5, 2018
Annual Garden City Brewfest
This vibrant event takes place in downtown Missoula's Caras Park. More than 60 beers on tap, food and live music.
May 11, 2018 MT Brewers Spring Rendezvous - Bozeman, Montana
Taste beer from the far reaches of the state along with your hometown favorites. Our festivals feature only beer made in Montana, from those long-established beer producers, to the really small start up breweries that aren’t yet distributing their goods beyond their walls. We are so proud to feature Montana’s finest beers and introduce you to the brewers who are at the epicenter of this creative and tasty venture.
May 11-19, 2018 Feast Whitefish - Whitefish, Montana
Distillers Fest, Restaurant Week, Bonsai Burger Battle, Feast Grand Gala.
May 13, 2018 MOTHER'S DAY - Nationwide
Most restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today.
May 14-19, 2018 MSU Billings Wine & Food Festival - Billings, Montana
Tapas, Lunch and Learn. Seminars, cooking schools, guest chef dinner, iron chef competition and wine & food pairings.
May 19, 2018 Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival
Yellow Bay, Montana
Treat the entire family to a day of fun and food in Yellow Bay and, at the same time, help a good cause. Vendors will offer a wide array of items from metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, leather, clothing, home décor, Montana made items, to,of course, cherry products. Purchase a hearty lunch prepared by the Yellow Bay Ladies Auxillary. Enjoy Live Musical Entertainment throughout the day. This annual event is a major fundraiser for the Yellow Bay Club and helps offset clubhouse maintenance costs and provides funds for the club's charitable works.
June 2, 2018 - Willie’s Distillery 6th Annual Spring Pig Pickin’
Virginia City, Montana
Willie’s Distillery Annual Spring Pig Pickin’ & Water To Whiskey 5k Run. Pib Roast, Live Music, Door Prizes, Fun!
June 3-10, 2018
Great Falls Craft Beer Week
Great Falls, Montana
Great Falls hosts its first annual Craft Beer Week a fun-filled week devoted to local craft beer. Events include obstacle course fun, craft 101 courses, food and beer pairing events, collaboration releases, and a pub tour. Festivities culminate with the Beer and Gear Festival.
June 8-9, 2018 Beer and Gear Festival - Great Falls, Montana
Check-out the latest recreational gear both days and enjoy a microbrew festival on Saturday from 3-9 p.m. at Whittier Park. Chat with brewers and cider masters from across the state while sampling their wares. Food from local vendors and live music by three unique Montana bands are also part of this benefit for Rural Dynamics, Inc., a local nonprofit that helps Montanans achieve financial security.
June 9, 2018 Strawberry Festival - Billings, Montana
In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, fresh produce and strawberries, the scents of food-truck fare from Asian to BBQ, live street entertainment, and a 60' strawberry shortcake created by the Chefs and Cooks of Montana. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts & activities for all ages.
June 15-17, 2018 29th Lewis and Clark Festival - Great Falls, Montana
Highlights events of the Lewis & Clark expedition during their stay in Great Falls in 1805. You will observe reenactors in historic dress, taste the foods the Expedition ate, smell the burning campfires and understand the adventure along the banks of the Missouri River. Learn how the men worked and what they found. Join us in exploring the Lewis and Clark adventure. Live the experience, with many events planned for you. Events include demonstrations, children's activities, exhibits, float trips and more.
June 22-23, 2018 Western Heritage Days - Stevensville, Montana
Calcutta auction of Barnyard game teams, reception, and a live auction. Chuck Wagons for the Cook-Off arrive and are set up by 4pm for judging. Later in the evening they will host a reception for all wagon sponsors with pickin’ and grinnin’ and lots of story tellin’ around the campfire. Sunday: Parade with floats, horses, wagons and much more! The Salish will give a Cultural presentation of history, drumming, singing, and dancing. Arts and Crafts and vendors. Barnyard Games competition, and the Chuck Wagons will serve up the grub at about 12:30 pm. Living History Demonstrations! Historic home tours will be running throughout the day. Historic trolley wagon pulled by Belgian horses. Beer Garden and Food Court. country music and a fun street dance.
July 4, 2018 4TH OF JULY - Nationwide
There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 12-14, 2018 31st Annual Montana Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament - Fort Peck Lake, Montana
Walleye fishing at its best can be found in Fort Peck Lake. Plus Montana Governor's Cup is now a member of Walleyes Unlimited Circuit. The Montana Governor's Walleye Tournament brings anglers, from 18 states, Canada and all over Montana, who are willing to pay $300 per team to try for the $15,000 first place prize. Cash and merchandise prizes are given to the top 20% of the 200 two person teams. This is also an event for the entire family with a Gals & Guys Tournament on Thursday morning and a Youth Fishing Festival on Saturday morning. Other events are a barbecue for the fisherman and families and a Fish Fry open to the Public.
July 20-21, 2018 15th Annual Dog & Grog MT Micro-Brew Fest
Virginia City, Montana
Dog and Grog at the Bale of Hay Saloon in Historic Virginia City, Montana hosts this annual Montana Micro-brew festival featuring the best micros made in Montana.
July 21-22, 2018 Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival
Cherry pit spitting and stem tying contests, recipe contest, pie sale, street dance, magic show and strolling bagpipers. Over 125 vendors will be selling their cherry related items as well as other merchandise. (also: www.montanacherries.com/CherryEvents_Community.asp )
July 27-29, 2018
5th Annual Bozeman Trail Chuck Wagon Cook Off
Virginia City, Montana
Vintage Chuck Wagons from MT......Authentic Dutch Oven/Campfire Cooking. @ Virginia City Train Depot. Free to the public, fun filled and educational activity. Appropriate for all ages. Experience some of the lifestyle of traveling on a wagon trail.
July 27-August 4, 2018
Montana State Fair
Great Falls, Montana
The Montana State Fair will be celebrating its 87th anniversary with another summer full of fun. Fabulous concert artists, food and tons of entertainment. The fair is going to be the coolest thing this summer, with fabulous fair food, midway rides, and competitive exhibits in 21 unique departments. Contests include the Montana Wheat & Barley-A-Thon baking competition, Ultimate Chocolate Montana-shaped cake contest, Healthy fruits & nuts fudge contest, Beef in the Kitchen, Great American Spam Championship, and the Veggie 500.
August 3-4, 2018 106th Creamery Picnic - Stevensville, Montana
This is a traditional celebration for Stevensville with a historic background. There is a parade, Montana State BBQ Championship, Microbrew Festival, food vendors, crafters, and booths of all descriptions. Incredible ice cream and a mobile dairy to show how we get milk products. Music, beer, great food and fun as well as live entertainment and a car show! Family oriented and takes place in the Lewis and Clark Park.
August 3-5, 2018 41st Annual Sweet Pea Festival - Bozeman, Montana
Every year hundreds of volunteers work together to put on a festival jam-packed with entertainment, art and family fun. Sweet Pea Festival highlights include: music of all genres, performances by local theatre and dance troupes, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, and over 100 unique arts and crafts vendors to stroll through. In addition, there are many fun-filled community events the week leading up to the Festival.
August 4, 2018 6th Annual Bale Beer Fest - Virginia City, Montana
The Bale of Hay Saloon in Historic Virginia City, Montana hosts this Montana Micro-brew festival featuring Montana Brewers. Beer, Booze and music flow under the big tent next to the Bale of Hay Saloon in Virginia City, Montana. Festivities start at high noon and end at 6pm with No Cover charge!
August 4, 2018 Montana Brewers Summer Rendezvous
Coming to Helena will be the Montana Brewers and their favorite beers. They will join the hordes of craft beer lovers in Helena and from around the state. • ONLY Montana-made beer from our own Montana Brewers, details to come. • Commemorative tasting glass to sample all your favorite brews- no beer tickets, just sample all the beers you’d like, and please drink responsibly! • Food Vendors • Great live music.
August 10-12, 2018 Huckleberry Festival - Trout Creek, Montana
Trout Creek was proclaimed "Huckleberry Capitol of Montana" by the state's legislature in 1981. The Huckleberry Festival, put on by volunteers from our community, has grown through the years. People flock to taste and purchase the berries, sold on the park grounds to benefit the festival. Food vendors feature the tasty "purple gold" in huckleberry ice cream cones, "huckleberry pizza," on cheesecake, in drinks, and even atop Polish dogs. The Trout Creek Fire Department offers its Saturday and Sunday morning huckleberry pancake breakfasts, and both children and adults bake the tastiest recipes they know for the honor of competing in the Huckleberry Dessert Contest.
August 10-12, 2018 Huckleberry Days Arts Festival & Bake-Off Contest
Annual Huckleberry Days Arts Festival and Dessert Bake-Off. The Bake-off contest has two divisions (Commercial and Non-Commercial) and all entries must contain Huckleberries in some form (fresh, frozen, jam, syrup, etc.) Cash prizes & bragging rights will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each division.
August 10-18, 2018 MontanaFair - Billings, Montana
MontanaFair is an agricultural celebration in the historic tradition of fairs. It is the region’s largest event with attendance of nearly a quarter of a million each year. Held at MetraPark in Billings, MontanaFair celebrates for nine days beginning the second weekend in August. Nearly 10,000 people will earn cash and ribbons for their entries which range from beer, wine, bunnies, crocheting, horticulture, horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, petit-point, pickles, to hobbies, and arts and crafts. Also Carnival, Entertainment, Kids Activities, etc. Attendance: 250,000.
August 18, 2018 Manhattan Potato Festival - Manhattan, Montana
A celebration held in downtown Manhattan in honor of the potato industry surrounding this community. Firemen's breakfast, music, parade, arts and crafts vendors, lawn mower races, car show, town dance, and lots of food. Also the Tasty Tators Potato Cookoff.