2018 MONTANA: September to December 2018
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows, Events
(see also: 2016 - 2014 - 2012 - 2011)
September 8, 2018
Lewistown Chokecherry Festival
The first Saturday after Labor Day, central Montana ushers in the return of fall with the annual Chokecherry Festival, held in Lewistown, the geographical center of the state and the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana. The festival is attended by more than 4,000 people from far and near, enjoying the event and soaking up the beautiful scenery of central Montana. It's a time of wholesome fun for everyone from tiny tykes to Grandpa. Chokecherry culinary contest, pit spitting contest, live entertainment, etc. Attendance: 5,000+
September 27-28, 2018 Montana Brewers Conference
Montana Brewers Association. The Montana Brewers Conference provides brewery owners and staff, as well as those working in related partner industries, with a high-quality educational experience and opportunity to network with individuals throughout the local, regional, and national beer industries. In addition, the conference includes a trade show featuring services and products offered by participating sponsors.
September 27-29-October 4-6, 2018 Great Northwest Oktoberfest
Join us for two weekends of authentic German beer, food, music and fun - Montana-style! Sept 27-29 and Oct 4-6, 2018. Admission is just $5 per day. Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free. So what do you get for your 5 bucks? You get all-day access into the Oktoberfest Bigtop where you can purchase all kinds of German beer, food and souvenirs as well as access to our beer garden. Plus, you'll be entertained by great German music & you can chicken dance your lederhosen off! You also get to watch some of the craziest contests around like log sawing, keg throwing, stein holding & waitress races.
September 29, 2018 Montana Brewers Fall Rendezvous
Hosted by: The Montana Brewers Association. Join us at Caras Park in Missoula for a day of delicious beers, great food and a good time by the beautiful Clark Fork River. • ONLY Montana-made Beers from our own Montana Breweries • 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.
October 5-13, 2018 Annual Festival of Flavors - Kalispell, Montana
Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). The ten day gala consists of various events ranging from a Great Chefs dinners featuring intimate evenings with some of the Valley’s top chefs to a grand wine tasting event featuring over 200 choice wines to sample.
October 6, 2018
Liquid Apple Night
A hard cider festival that takes place directly following Apple Day. Sample delicious cider created by cider makers from the Rocky Mountain northwest, locally catered food, and music. This event takes place in Legion Park, in the evening, under the beautiful Montana sky. Burn barrels and propane heaters will be available for keeping warm and toasty! You must be 21 or older to participate. Tickets will be available in August.
October 6, 2018 39th Annual McIntosh Apple Day
Billed as the biggest bake sale under the Big Sky, the fest has apple butter bubbling over an open fire, apple juice being squeezed, a giant Farmers Market with arts and crafts, kids games galore, live music all day, a mega-raffle, fall vegetables and fruits and lots of specialty food items. Attendance: 20,000.
October 12, 2018 NE MT AG EXPO - Glasgow, Montana
October 13, 2018 Harvest Fest - Billings, Montana
Join us in Downtown Billings for the annual celebration of HarvestFest. Great fun for families… great fun for EVERYONE. Downtown will transform into a celebration of colors, seasons and all that is autumn in Montana. Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest! We will have tons of food, produce and arts/crafts vendors. This year HarvestFest is partnering with the NILE Lou Taubert Cattle Drive and Parade.
October 15-19, 2018 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.
October 31, 2018 Harvest Carnival - Bozeman, Montana
The Harvest Carnival is a community event for families with young children. It will be a fun night filled with carnival games, horse rides, cake walk, inflatables, candy, prizes and much more! All proceeds will be donated to Haven, a local domestic violence shelter. As an entrance fee we ask for a donation to Haven such as cash, canned food, gift cards, or used cell phones with chargers.
November 7-10, 2018 99th MFBF Annual Meeting and Trade Show
Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.
November 10-11, 2018 Holiday Food & Gift Festival - Billings, Montana
The Holiday Food and Gift Festival is the largest arts and crafts show of the season. Last year, more than 10,000 shoppers attended the 2-day show, buying unique products and services offered by more than 250 vendors. Admission is $3 at the door or $1 with a donation of a non-perishable item to the Billings Food Bank. Attendance: 10,000.
November 22, 2018 - THANKSGIVING DAY - Nationwide
There are so many events today they are to numerous to list.
December 7-8, 2018 A Stevensville Country Christmas
This festive celebration begins with the “Parade of Lights”, caroling down Main Street, the Christmas Story, and open houses. Decoration and beautiful lights adorn our historic town. Open houses at the businesses with complimentary, wonderful Christmas treats, with horse and wagon rides throughout the evening, and a hayride to boot! Santa arrives for pictures and a very memorable evening is always had by all.
December 10, 2018 - Terra Madre Day - Worldwide
A worldwide celebration of local food held every year on December 10. Through hundreds of diverse and unique events across the globe, together we show that a global food revolution grows from local roots.
December 31, 2018 First Night Missoula - Missoula, Montana
First Night Missoula is a community wide celebration of the arts. Now in its 25th year, the festival spans roughly 30 venues across Missoula happening from noon to midnight on New Year’s Eve. With over 80 performances and activities each year, the festival is packed with artists, musicians, dancers and plenty of family friendly fun.