Events & Festivals
In recent years, Butte has become known as Montana's 'Festival City' due to the numerous events held in the city, including many free events and festivals.
The list below includes major annual festivals and events, and check out the event and entertainment calendar at right for current listings:
- Freedom Festival, July 3rd and 4th: Butte is home to Montana's most spectacular fireworks display on July 3rd. It is launched from the base of Butte's famous "Big M". The celebration continues on July 4th with Montana's best attended 4th of July parade which runs on Harrison Avenue beginning at 10:00 a.m., get there early to claim your spot along the parade route!
- Montana Folk Festival: (July 12-14, 2019) Beginning in 2010, The Montana Folk Festival has been the integral part of Butte's Festival Season. This free three-day music and cultural event, features more than 200 musicians and other performers from all corners of the globe. The Montana Folk Festival is a can't-miss event, get more information here.
- Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race: The nationally recognized Butte 100 mountain bike race includes a 25, 50 and 100-mile all off-road race that draws professionals and amateurs alike - it is described as 'the most difficult mountain bike race in the country'. The race starts and finishes atop Homestake Pass and travels along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. For more information, please visit www.butte100.com.
- Silver Bow County Fair : The County Fair will return to the Butte Civic Center. The County Fair is a family oriented Montana tradition which includes stock shows, livestock judging , 4-H exhibits, carnival rides. Please visit buttesilverbowfair.com.
- An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival : Founded by the Montana Gaelic Cultural Society to promote and preserve Gaelic culture through language, music and dance, this Uptown Butte festival brings Ireland to the Mining City. To find out more visit www.mtgaelic.org.
- Butte-toberfest : The ninth annual Butte-Toberfest will once again be held at the Original Mine yard in Uptown Butte. This year's festival features 15 breweries, each bringing original beers to taste, a kids area, stein races, German food, live music and a best dressed contest. All proceeds will benefit the Silver-Bow Development Disabilities Council. For more information, please contact Todd Hoar at (406) 720-2070 or visit www.buttetoberfest.org.
- Covellite International Film Festival: After a successful inaugural festival in 2016, the Covellite International Film Festival will be back in Uptown Butte. The rich history of the city provides a unique backdrop that you will not find anywhere else in the country. Old mining headframes, churches, and mansions litter the landscape of Butte and gives it look all of its own. There is a story in every brick in Butte, Montana. Let's tell them.
- Christmas Stroll (November 30, 2018): The 27th annual Christmas Stroll will be held in Uptown Butte; shops, restaurants and attractions will be decked out in their seasonal finest. There will be a parade and tree lighting ceremony with an ice sculpting contest held across Uptown. For more information visit www.mainstreetbutte.org.
- SNoFlinga: Montana's winter festival has arrived in Butte. Now in it's third year, SNoFlinga, the Swedish word for snowflake, is an action packed weekend full of outdoor recreation activities located in and around Butte, Montana. Free to the public, events include: ice skating, Nordic skiing, fun runs, sledding, luge, outdoor kids CrossFit, curling, a fat bike expo, ski and snowboard rail jam events, and much more! For more information visit our website, www.snoflinga.org or follow us on social media, we'll see you in the snow!
- Chinese New Year: Butte's Mai Wah Society honors Butte's Chinese cultural history with 'the shortest and loudest parade in Montana' through the Historic Uptown, winding from the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse down to the Mai Wah Museum. Come help us celebrate the Year of the Rooster during this family friendly and free festival..
- St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2019): Butte's legendary, and free, St. Patrick's Day festivities begin with a parade through the Historic Uptown in the morning, followed throughout the day by a bonanza of music, local events and revelry.
- Uptown Farmers' Market (every Saturday, late May through early October, 2018): Held in the heart of Uptown since 1995, the Butte Farmers' Market has blossomed and grown, earning a reputation for providing shoppers with colorful and hardy hanging and bedding plants, farm fresh eggs, chickens, fruits and vegetables from many gardens in the Butte area, Hutterite colonies near Choteau, and Hmong vegetable gardens in the Missoula and Bitteroot area, along with much more.
- Uptown Art Walks (1st Thursday of the month, May through October, 2019): The Butte Art Walks were started by artists Ray Campeau and Philip Kunz as a way to stimulate economic development in Uptown Butte, Montana. Abandoned or otherwise unused buildings in historic Butte are turned into galleries for one night a month during the summer. Local businesses also participate and host artists throughout the month, having a special reception on the night of the Art Walk. Artists from around Montana and the US participate in these exhibitions. The public is invited to participate in this FREE activity.
- Montana Shakespeare in the Park:Date to be announced
Aside from regular festivals and events, visitors can find live entertainment and art happenings on a regular basis throughout the Uptown area.