Everyone lucky enough to stay in Bozeman for the summer months has seen and —hopefully — been a part of the various free events and entertainment, but for those of us who missed out this summer, don’t disparage. You may have missed the big mid-summer crowds at the Bogert Farmer’s Market and you’ll have to wait another year for a Music on Main and Bite of Bozeman, but there are still a few opportunities to experience Bozeman in the summertime as we shift into the fall.
Starting in June, art galleries and businesses displaying artwork along Main Street and the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture on South Grand Avenue invite the community to appreciate art. The art walks happen from 6 – 8 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. Many businesses and galleries offer free refreshments including wine, water and coffee as well as free hors d’oeuvres.
Live jazz and rock music played by local musicians is played along the downtown walk at four different locations, in front of First Security Bank, the Ellen Theater, US Bank and at Soroptimist Park on Rouse Avenue. In the past, Bozeman-famous sideshows — the giant singing head strapped on top of a car, for example — have made appearances at the Art Walks. In other words, these downtown Friday nights are not to be missed.
Aug. 14 and Sept. 11 are the final opportunities to experience Bozeman’s Downtown Art Walks in the 2015 summer season; the annual winter walk is scheduled for December 11. The full list of participating downtown businesses and a map of the art walks can be found at downtownbozeman.org.
There are two large markets in Bozeman: the Bogert Farmers’ Market at Bogert Park and the Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market in the Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin Fairgrounds. Each market has its own character; Bogert boasts an environment of socialization and evening entertainment, while Gallatin Valley has a much quieter, morning atmosphere.
Tuesday markets at Bogert Park include live music, food trucks and vendors as well as several alpacas and other four-legged friends. Food trucks at Gallatin Valley cater to the Saturday breakfast crowd; no dogs are allowed in the pavilion unless they’re small enough to be carried.
Comparing last year’s markets, the owner of Nana’s Baked Goods, who sells at both markets, said, “Bogert is crowded with young people and young families.” She went on to say, “The Gallatin market is better, for me. People come out on Saturday mornings to buy. The Tuesday market is more for socializing. People go to see their friends, eat dinner, hear music.”
Bogert Farmers’ Market is held every Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m. through Sept. 29. GallatinValley Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday 9 – 11 a.m. through Sept. 12. Both markets support local business and produce wonderful Bozeman foods, crafts and art. Neither should be missed by anyone calling Bozeman home for the fall.
Summer Flea Market
New this year, Bozeman Flea began Sunday Summer Markets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month at the Hotel Baxter on Main Street. There are only two more markets before it stops for the winter and they cannot be missed: Aug. 30 and Sept. 27.
“Bozeman Flea was conceived in response to a growing need for a cultivated market that brings together vendors with a wide range of aesthetic influences,” the website explains. “We offer a home for creators and curators to coalesce and inspire connection.”
The summer markets provide antique, vintage and handmade products from local vendors; in addition, Bozeman Flea shuts down the alley between Bozeman Spirits and Hotel Baxter for each market and provides live music, activities and food vendors with the flea market vendors, collectors and creators just inside the hotel. Mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar are also available inside.
Bozeman Flea is a brand new organization and its events have so far been spectacular. As this market expands further into the culture of Bozeman, it promises to promote creativity and community-centered fun. Don’t miss the last two Sunday Summer Markets of Bozeman Flea’s first summer here. More information can be found at bozemanflea.com.