Music Festivals and Events in Central Montana

From 3 day music festivals near the foothills of the Little Belt Mountains to evening concerts set under the stars at a local plant and garden nursery, Central Montana has a variety of music events.

Enjoy bluegrass, rock, country and pop played by national artists and if you are lucky, you’ll experience a local jamming band which could very well be farmers and ranchers from the area.

Come for the music, seek out our local breweries and shops, and enjoy our unspoiled vistas in Central Montana.

Bluegrass in the Park

Bluegrass in the Park

Friday, June 17, 2016
Gibson Park, Great Falls

Bluegrass in the Park, part of the annual Lewis & Clark Festival, will be held in Gibson Park, downtown Great Falls. Three bluegrass bands perform at the band shell including the aptly named Lewis & Clark Bluegrass Expedition from West Plains, Missouri, Two Bit Franks (Livingston, MT) and Grant and Lee (Great Falls). Food and beverage vendors will be available. The event kicks off at 5:30pm.

The Black Lillies

The Black Lillies

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Forde Nursery, Great Falls

The Black Lillies, an Americana band from Knoxville, Tennessee play in an outdoor setting on the beautiful grounds of Forde Nursery in Great Falls. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Hear a blend of music influences from rock, country, blues, bluegrass and jazz. RootboyProductions.com

Jeanne Jolly

Jeanne Jolly

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Forde Nursery, Great Falls

Jeanne Jolly, singer/songwriter from Raleigh, North Carolina performs an outdoor concert at Forde Nursery, 2025 2nd Ave NW in Great Falls. Jolly performs with a hint of jazz, earthy American roots music and some smoldering soul. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. RootboyProductions.com

Two Dot Street Dance

Two Dot Street Dance

Friday, July 1, 2016
Two Dot

Two Dot street dance, a chance to kick up your heels in the small community of Two Dot, Montana. Hear music by Comstock Lode, a classic rock and country western band from Bozeman, Montana.

Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass Festival

Monday, July 4, 2016
Choteau

Bands include The Gated Community and the Dirt Farmers. The Gated Community is based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and is a country/bluegrass band with rock influences. Music from 3pm – 9pm. Beer garden available.

Bear River Boogie

Bear River Boogie

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Shelby

On Main Street in Shelby, Montana.

Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin

Sunday, July 10, 2016
Centene Stadium

Time: 5:00 pm
Tickets: 452-5311
A benefit for the Great Falls Community Ice Foundation.

Lee Roy Parnell

Lee Roy Parnell

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Marias 4 County Fair, Shelby

Lee Roy Parnell performs at the Marias 4 County Fair in Shelby at 9pm in the grandstand. Parnell plays Texas roots music, is an ace guitarist, is distinctive on vocals and is also a hit songwriter.

Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt

Friday, July 29, 2016
Central Montana Fair, Lewistown

Travis Tritt and Daryle Singletary concert at the Central Montana Fair in Lewistown, 8pm. Tickets and information at CentralMontanaFair.com or 406-535-8841.

Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Red Ants Pants Music Festival

July 29-31, 2016
Jackson Ranch, near White Sulphur Springs

This three day music festival takes place on the Jackson Ranch two miles from White Sulphur Springs. This year’s lineup includes Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, Eileen Jewell, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Wynonna and The Big Noise, the Mavericks and more. Two stages feature nonstop music, and ranch work skills are demonstrated in another area. Food and beverage vendors, Montana product vendors, onsite camping and shuttles to and from town. RedAntsPantsMusicFestival.com

Alabama

Alabama

Sunday, July 31, 2016
Four Seasons Arena, Montana State Fair, Great Falls

Alabama, 3 time Entertainer of the Year award winner, will play at Montana State Fair in the Four Seasons Arena at 7:30pm. Hits include Dixieland Delight, Mountain Music, and If You Are Gonna Play in Texas. Tickets available at GoExpoPark.com

A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses

Monday, August 1, 2016
Four Seasons Arena, Montana State Fair, Great Falls

A Thousand Horses, known for playing muscular country, drawling rock, high gospel harmony and low-country blues, will fill the Four Seasons Arena during Montana State Fair in Great Falls. Cam, nominated by the ACM for New Country Female Vocalist of the Year, will round out the concert. Concert begins at 7:30pm, tickets and information available at GoExpoPark.com

Chris Young

Chris Young

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Four Seasons Arena, Montana State Fair, Great Falls

Chris Young, 2016 ACM Performer and Nominee, also received the Country Music Association’s Triple Play Award for songwriters who have co-authored three or more chart-topping hits. Hear him at Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls during the Montana State Fair. 7:30pm. GoExpoPark.com

Riders In The Sky

Riders In The Sky

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Lewistown

Riders In The Sky perform an evening concert at the annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown, Montana. MontanaCowboyPoetry.com

Wylie Gustafson

Wylie and the Wild West

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls

Wylie and the Wild West perform a concert on the lawn at Giant Springs State Park on the east edge of Great Falls.

Performances Open to the Public

Montana Fiddle Camp

Montana Fiddle Camp

June 5-10, 2016 and June 12-17, 2016
St. Thomas Camp, near Monarch, Montana

Montana Fiddle Camp is located at the St. Thomas Camp near Monarch, Montana the first two full weeks of June (June 5-10, 2016 and June 12-17, 2016). Lessons (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, cello) are scheduled throughout the day. Evening concerts and dances are open to the public. Enjoy the music in this scenic area. The Little Belt Mountains form a beautiful background as Belt Creek ambles through the camp. Information at MtFiddlers.org or 406-320-1150.

Ongoing Music Events

Music on Main

Music on Main

June-September
Lewistown

Corner of 2nd Street and Main Street, Wednesday evenings in Lewistown.

Music on the Mo

Music on the Mo

June 30, July 14, August 11
Great Falls

An afternoon and evening of family fun. Local music, food and brews, local vendors, crafters and pop up stores, petting zoo and kids fun zone. Free admission. Oddfellows Park between Broadwater Bay and the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.

Alive @ Lunch

Alive @ Lunch

June 18 – August 5
Great Falls

Friday from 12 noon – 1:30pm at Davidson Plaza, downtown Great Falls (Central Ave and 3rd Street).

Sounds on the Square

Sounds on the Square

June 15 – August 17
Havre

Every Wednesday, 6pm – 8pm June 15 – August 17 in downtown Havre.

Music in Library Park

Music in Library Park

July 5, July 12, July 19, August 2, August 9, August 23, August 30
Great Falls

Musicians perform at 7pm Tuesdays in the park behind the Great Falls Public Library, 215 First Avenue North. Free.