Shakespeare in the Parks
In its 42nd season, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks aims to connect audiences in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington to theatre and the work of Shakespeare. This year the troupe will perform 75 shows in 61 communities in the region.
This year’s season opens with As You Like It, playing in the MSU Grove (the grassy knoll by the duck pond) June 18 – 21 at 8 p.m. In a Montana twist, the comedy will be set in Butte during the years of the Copper Kings and the union conflicts.
Shakespeare in the Parks will also presents Shakespeare’s well-known and timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet, playing at the MSU Grove June 25 – 28 also at 8 p.m..
With the exception of the performances at the Sweet Pea Festival (see below), all performances are free and open to the public. For a full list visit shakespeareintheparks.org/schedule.php.
Music on Main
Hosted by the Downtown Bozeman Association, the summer concert series Music on Main brings various artists and bands to the Main Street stage.
This year’s series kicks off on June 26 with music from The Clintons and runs until Aug. 14, located on Bozeman’s Main Street, which is closed off from Rouse Avenue to Black Avenue. The music is from 7 – 8:30 p.m., but come early for food vendors and downtown activities.
For a full schedule or artists see downtownbozeman.org/musiconmain.html.
Sweet Pea Festival
The Sweet Pea Festival is a three day arts festival held in Bozeman on Aug. 1-3. The festival brings together music of all genres, performances by local theatre and dance troupes, workshops, family friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show and over 100 art and craft vendors.
The week before the festival also brings Tuesday morning’s “Chalk on the Walk,” the Sweet Pea Art Show at the Bozeman Public Library and local restaurants lining Main Street to offer samples in the popular “Bite of Bozeman” on July 30. This year’s festival theme is “Create a Dream.”
The Bozeman Art Walk takes place the second Friday of the month during June through September. 6-8 p.m.
Participants are invited to stroll through art galleries and businesses along Main Street and the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture to experience the variety of Bozeman art has to offer. Most businesses also serve free appetizers and wine for participants.
For more information visit dowtownbozeman.org.
Bozeman Farmer’s Markets
Bozeman offers two summer farmer’s markets to connect vendors to the community. The Bogert Farmer’s Market runs June 3 – Sept. 23 every Tuesday night from 5 – 8 p.m. at Bogert Park on South Church Avenue. The Gallatin Valley Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday from June 21 – Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. All products sold at the markets are grown locally.
The Bozeman Community Band also presents concerts every Tuesday evening during the Bogert Farmer’s Market. The band features community members from across the Gallatin Valley, including several MSU students.
Gallatin County Fair
“Boots, Buckles, and Barrels of Fun!” The Gallatin County Fair, taking place July 16 – 20 at the County Fairgrounds, is a traditional western fair featuring the Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo, assorted food vendors, music, contests and the North Star Amusements Carnival. This year’s event highlights also include hypnotist Michael Mezmer, FFA Mutton Bustin’ and Double D Pig Wrestling.
As part of the fair, the Copper Mountain Band will be in concert on Friday, July 18.
Gates are open from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Visit www.gallatin.mt.gov for more information.
The same weekend as the Sweet Pea Festival (Aug. 2-3), the Support Local Artists & Musicians (S.L.A.M.) Festival takes over Bogert Park to offer two days of free art and entertainment. Now in its fourth year, the festival is a celebration of talent, offering all day local music, local food, local vendors and local brews. Artists will also demonstrate their crafts, such as glass blowing, iron forging, jewelry making and ceramics.
This year a bronze frog drinking fountain sculpted by local artist Mitch Billis and a mosaic by Sarah Anderson will be installed in Beall Park. Bricks will be available for purchase and inscription.
Not necessarily summer but worth checking out:
Museum of the Rockies
The Pioneer Museum
American Computer Museum