2024 Big Sky Summer Events Calendar


Big Sky is an outdoor paradise with adventures for everyone. Spend your days exploring the majestic mountains while hiking, biking, ziplining, white water rafting, or horseback riding, among many more summer activities. Our summer events include live outdoor music, festivals, bull riding, a summer farmers market, and lots more – so plan your magical mountain getaway so you can truly enjoy all that Big Sky has to offer.

16th ANNUAL BIG SKY FARMERS MARKET


The 2024 Big Sky Farmers Market will take place every Wednesday from 5-8pm, June 5th-September 25th in Big Sky Town Center (Market stretches from Town Center Plaza, along Town Center Ave. and over to Fire Pit Park). Please note that for the month of September the Fall Markets will downsize to a smaller venue tentatively at the Town Center Plaza. The market features 90+ vendors including farmers with fresh produce, professional artists, entrepreneurs, and so much more! Come out and support our local community this summer at the Big Sky Farmers Market.

DATE: Wednesdays – June 5 to September 25, 2024 

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: 5 PM to 8 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

16th ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS


For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians as well as established, well-known, and well-loved artists from across the country. The festival also includes the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival, and a free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

DATE: Thursdays – June 20 to September 5, 2024

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: Park opens at 6 PM and music starts at 7 PM

ADMISSION: FREE!

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: YES!

2024 Music Line Up: For a full guide to Music in the Mountains 2024, click HERE

SAVOR BIG SKY – Food, Wine + Spirits Festival


The Savor Big Sky Festival is a weekend-long celebration of food, wine, spirits, and the stunning landscapes of Big Sky, Montana. Indulge in fine dining, wine, and spirit tastings, live music, and epic outdoor adventures in the Montana mountains. Savor Big Sky is the ultimate adventure weekend for foodies.

DATE: Thursday, June 27 – Sunday June 30, 2024

LOCATION: Various locations at Big Sky Resort 

TICKETS: Buy tickets HERE

WHAT: Check out the full schedule of events HERE!

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES CONCERT


DATE: Tuesday 9 July, 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Big Sky Events Arena, Gallatin Gateway

On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, Trampled by Turtles, American bluegrass-influenced folk band from Duluth, Minnesota will be making their debut at the Big Sky Events Arena for a concert under Lone Mountain. General admission tickets are first come, first serve floor or seated bleacher access. Food and beverage available to purchase on site. Restrooms available on site. Children ages 2 and under accompanied by an adult ticketholder do not need a ticket and their entry is free. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

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BIG SKY PBR


Big Sky PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week” – a week of community events including three nights of action-packed Touring Pro Division PBR bull riding, fundraisers, vendor village, and more. It’s a great week to book a trip to Big Sky but tickets sell out first! Reserve your PBR tickets and Big Sky lodging soon.

DATE: July 18 to July 20, 2024

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

Bull Riding Night 1

DATE: July 18, 2024

TIME: 6:00PM

LOCATION: BIG SKY EVENTS ARENA

Bull Riding Night 2

DATE: July 19, 2024

TIME: 7:00PM

LOCATION: BIG SKY EVENTS ARENA

Friday Night After Party

DATE: July 19, 2024

TIME: 9:15PM

LOCATION: BIG SKY EVENTS ARENA STAGE

Bull Riding Night 3

DATE: July, 20, 2024

TIME: 7:00PM

LOCATION: BIG SKY EVENTS ARENA

Saturday Night After Party

DATE: July, 20, 2024

TIME: 9:15PM

LOCATION: BIG SKY EVENTS ARENA STAGE

BIG SKY ARTISAN FESTIVAL


Big Sky’s biggest week also includes the Big Sky Artisan Festival at Big Sky Town Center. The festival is a true celebration of local arts and crafts featuring a wide variety of stunning artwork and one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home with local food and drink vendors to make a day of it!

DATE: TBD

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: TBD

ADMISSION: FREE!

FREE ADMISSION TO YELLOWSTONE


Come celebrate 150+ years of Yellowstone National Park! National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. On five days in 2024, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone, these dates TBD.

3RD ANNUAL WILDLANDS FESTIVAL


The Wildlands Festival, produced by Outlaw Partners, returns for a second year to celebrate music in the wide open spaces of Montana. The festival features a two-night line-up of iconic artists and food and drink vendors, come rain or shine. Relive Wildlands Festival 2022 HERE.

DATE: August 2 to August 3, 2024

LOCATION: Big Sky Town Center, 33 Lone Peak Drive, Big Sky

TIME: Gates open at 5 PM, opening acts at 5:30 PM, headliners at 8:45 PM

LINE-UP:
– DIERKS BENTLEY – READ BIO
– MAREN MORRIS – READ BIO
– LUKAS NELSON – READ BIO
– WYATT FLORES – READ BIO

TICKETS

Tickets for Wildlands Festival 2024 are ON SALE NOW. Act fast for the best chance to secure your tickets.

THE BIG SKY BIGGIE




Big Sky’s favorite cross-country bike races return for another season! The Biggie offers three different course lengths and is guaranteed to test your skills. Register now!

DATE: Saturday, August 17, 2024

The Big Sky Biggie is one heck of a mountain bike race in the heart of Big Sky, Montana!  Choose from three distances – 60 miles, 30 miles, 15 miles. Starting in Big Sky’s Town Center and climbing into the beautifully distracting views from Lone Peak and Buck Ridge, riders will connect on some of the area’s most exhilarating (and challenging) pieces of single-track, double-track, gravel roads and the occasional paved segment. This is a true community event celebrating the joy of riding mountain bikes at any skill level. Proceeds benefit the Big Sky Community Organization and SWMMBA Big Sky Chapter.


THE RUT


DATE: Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15, 2024

The Rut is a three-day mountain running festival bringing together athletes from all over the world. Designed to test all athletes, these races include several different courses – Vertical Challenge (VK), 11k, 20K, 28k, and 50k – all on the majestic Lone Mountain. ​

Due to tram construction, courses will not cover the summit of Lone Peak. Please check specific distance routes for more information. 

The 2024 Rut is SOLD OUT! There will be no waitlist. Kids 1K Runt Run is still open.

Event Schedule

Friday, September 13

  • 8 – 10:45 a.m.: VK/20K/Trifecta packet pick-up, Vista Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Runt Run/11k/28K/50k packet pick-up, Vista Hall
  • 10 a.m.VK start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 11 a.m.20K start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 3 p.m.VK Awards, Mountain Village Plaza
  • 4 p.m.20k Awards, Mountain Village Plaza
  • 5 p.m.: North Face Athlete “shake-out” run, Mountain Village. All are welcome!

Saturday, September 14

  • 6:30 – 7:45 a.m.: 28k packet pick-up, Vista Hall
  • 9:15 a.m.: Swift Current open to the public for spectators (scenic ticket required)
  • 8 a.m.28K start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 9 a.m.: Ramcharger open to the public for spectators (scenic ticket required)
  • 10 a.m.: North Face Athlete “shake-out” run, Mountain Village. All are welcome!
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Runt Run, 11k, 50k packet pick-up, Vista Hall
  • 4:45 p.m.Runt Run start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 5:20 p.m.: 28K Awards, Mountain Village Plaza

Sunday, September 15

  • 5 – 5:45 a.m.: 50k and 11K packet pick-up, Vista Hall
  • 6 a.m.50k start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 7:30 a.m.11K start, start line in Mountain Village
  • 8:15 a.m.: Swift Current open to the public for spectators (scenic ticket required)
  • 9:30 a.m.: Ramcharger open to the public for spectators (scenic ticket required)
  • 10 a.m.11k Awards, Mountain Village Plaza
  • 6:30 p.m.50K and Trifecta Awards, Mountain Village Plaza
  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Rut After Party

BIG SKY RESORT SUMMER ACTIVITIES


Big Sky is a home base for mountain travelers in search of adventure and exhilaration, scenic views, wellness and relaxation, guided hikes, and more. Take advantage of the many activities and experiences that make Big Sky an ideal summer destination.

SUMMER 2024 OPENING DATE 

Big Sky Golf Course – May 17 to September 29, 2024

Resort Activities – June 8 to September 15, 2024

2024 METAL IN THE MOUNTAINS



DATE: September 12, 2024

TIME: The park opens at 6 p.m., and music starts at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.

MUSIC: Blistered Earth with emerging artist Scavenger.

For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists. Our state-of-the-art venue (Center Stage at Town Center Park) provides the perfect backdrop for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy incredible live music under the Big Sky.

NO DOGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK.

TOBACCO USE IS PROHIBITED IN THE CONCERT AREA.


Find the best lodging in Big Sky with Big Sky Vacation Rentals. Our selection of 120+ Big Sky properties includes rentals near the summer events in Big Sky Resort and Big Sky Town Center, or set away from the crowds on the slopes of Big Sky! Take a tour of the Big Sky neighborhoods or call our vacation planners at (888) 915-2787 to get started on the trip of a lifetime to Big Sky, MT.  

Yellowstone National Park Celebrates its 150th Birthday


March 1st marked the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first National Park and one of the top visited parks in the country!

Yellowstone National Park spans over 2 million acres and is home to historic & cultural sites, over 1,100 miles of trails with boardwalks, hidden waterfalls and unique scenery, an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, and over 10,000 hydrothermal sites. 

More than half the geothermal features in the world are found in Yellowstone – world-famous geysers, mud pots, natural hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and stunning travertine terraces – and one of the world’s largest volcanos, the Yellowstone Supervolcano lies beneath the surface of Yellowstone fueling many of the hydrothermal features and natural wonders throughout the park.  

The History of Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Parks boasts not only natural beauty and iconic landmarks, but a deep history dating back thousands of years. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, preserving over 2 million acres of wilderness and building a foundation to protect and preserve our natural and cultural treasures for the future.

The human history of the Yellowstone region is also well preserved with historical records documenting thousands of Native American tribes in the area as far back as 11,000 years. Today, the National Park Service recognizes 27 tribes with ties to the Yellowstone Region, and there are now over 63 US National Parks preserving more than 80 million acres of US history.

Top Attractions to Visit at Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park had its busiest year on record in 2021, with a record-breaking 4.9 million visitors to the park – over 1 million visitors entering Yellowstone in July alone! 

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, the spring season in Yellowstone offers visitors a unique experience. Wildlife abounds as Yellowstone’s residents emerge from hibernation, tiny offspring stumble through the alpine meadows and grass prairies, waterfalls and rivers flow at their finest with spring melt and there’s a breath of new life at every scenic turn. This is all before you’ve even spotted a hydrothermal feature or famous Yellowstone attraction!

Big Sky is only a 1-hour scenic drive to the West Entrance of Yellowstone and a guided Yellowstone tour is by far the best way to experience Yellowstone’s top attractions and learn the history of the area. If you’re planning a self-guided tour of Yellowstone, here are the top attractions to add to your day trip itinerary as not all Yellowstone attractions are open in early spring.

LOWER LOOP

Firehole River Swimming Area, Fountain Paint Pots – Lower Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring – Midway Geyser Basin, Old Faithful & Old Faithful Inn – Upper Geyser Basin, Artists Paint Pots – Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing, Yellowstone Lake & Lake Hotel.

UPPER LOOP

The Upper Loop covers the northern section of the park. Upper Loop attractions include the fumaroles at Roaring Mountain, Mammoth Hot Springs travertine terraces, spectacular wildlife viewing in Lamar Valley, and Yellowstone’s 20-mile long Grand Canyon.

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, with 67 species of mammals including black bears & big grizzlies – wolves, lynx & coyotes – mule deer & white tail deer – moose, elk, pronghorn antelope & the biggest population of bison on US public land. Yellowstone is the only known destination in the US where bison have lived continuously since prehistoric times and is well-known for its bison jams! Keep your distance, males can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and can run at up to 35mph! 

Whether you’re seeking a luxury Yellowstone experience with a private tour guide, hiking adventures in the wilderness, a bucket-list wildlife safari of Yellowstone, or a comfortable coach tour for your whole group – you’ll find the ultimate tour of Yellowstone National Park departing right here in Big Sky!

National Parks Free Entrance Days 2022


All National Parks that charge entrance offer FREE admission on select dates throughout the year. The summer opening date for the West Entrance to Yellowstone is April 15th, 2022, and April 16th marks the first day of the presidentially proclaimed National Park Week!

If spring is too soon, you can enjoy the park later in the year as admission to Yellowstone is also free on August 4th (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act), September 24th (National Public Lands Day), and later in the fall season on November 11th, 2022 (Veterans Day).  

Big Sky – Your Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park


Big Sky is an idyllic base camp for all your Yellowstone National Park adventures! Our selection of luxury condos, cabins & homes range from cozy hot tub retreats for just the two of you, to modern mountain lodges with platinum perks and luxury amenities for the whole crew.

Celebrating the birthday of America’s first National Park is easy with Big Sky Vacation Rentals! Find your dream home in the Montana mountains, download our Big Sky Vacation Guide to start planning your vacation, read our local tips to a memorable Big Sky vacation, and experience the best of Yellowstone National Park from your beautiful home away from home in Big Sky, MT.


Best Things To Do In Yellowstone In The Fall


Yellowstone National Park is one of the top most visited and one of the most beloved parks in the USA. Yellowstone even broke records and set new visitor highs this summer! While the summertime brings in the most visitors to the area, locals know that autumn is Yellowstone’s better and quieter season. With thinning crowds, bright sunny days, cool crisp air and a vibrant display of golden aspens, these gorgeous times make for some of the best days the park sees all year. Read on to learn about our tips for visiting the park this fall.

1. Fall Foliage Hikes in Yellowstone


Prime time for fall foliage in Yellowstone is from mid-September in the higher elevations above 7,000 feet through to mid-October in the lower valleys. The best way to see the autumn glow is on one of the many Yellowstone National Park hikes with ample leaf-peeping opportunities, wildlife viewing and panoramic vistas. The Bunsen Peak Trail south of Mammoth Hot Springs boasts 360-degree views of the Gallatin Mountains and Yellowstone River Valley. Safety first!

Local’s Tip: Be sure to carry bear spray at all times and know how to use it!

2. Autumn Fishing in Yellowstone


Fishing in Yellowstone during the autumn months offers some of the best fly fishing and the potential for the perfect catch. The brown trout spawn between late-October and mid-November, perfectly timed with Yellowstone’s fall foliage season. The Madison River near the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the Gardner River near Mammoth Hot Springs are prime spots for fall fishing in Yellowstone.

3. Check Out Yellowstone’s Geological Wonders


More than half the world’s hydrothermal features (more than 10,000!) are preserved at Yellowstone National Park from hot springs and mud pots to the world-famous geysers. “Geyser Gazers” flock to Yellowstone throughout the year to view these geological wonders. Top geysers easily accessible on a day trip to Yellowstone from Big Sky include the spectacular Grand Prismatic Spring and Old Faithful to the south and Artists Paintpots, Norris Geyser and the terraces and thermal pools of Mammoth Hot Springs up north.

4. Wildlife Viewing


Fall is the best time to see the Iconic Yellowstone wildlife, with best viewing times at dawn and dusk. Herds of elk and humpbacked bison migrate from higher elevations to the valleys for winter grazing, bears forage for food in preparation for winter hibernation and the hawks and raptors begin their annual fall migration (best seen in the Hayden Valley). Mid-September to mid-June is prime time for wolf watching in Yellowstone and the musical bugle of the elk during rutting (breeding) season can be heard from September and often as late as mid-October (best seen at Mammoth Hot Springs). Safety first! Stay well away from wildlife as the park suggests 100 years from bears and wolves, 25 yards from all other animals.

5. Don’t Forget: Check the Weather & Road Closures


The autumn weather in Yellowstone can be highly unpredictable and snow can begin to accumulate as early as October in the higher elevations! Be prepared to experience a wide range of temperatures from cool lows of 20 F to highs in the 60’s. 

Many of Yellowstone’s restaurants, services and lodging facilities close by mid-October, however the roads remain open until November 8th for guided and self-drive tours of Yellowstone. Always check for seasonal road closures when planning an autumn trip to Yellowstone.

Big Sky Vacation Rentals offer a premier portfolio of vacation rentals near Yellowstone, an easy drive from the west entrance on Highway 191, and our local team are ready to help you choose the perfect home-away-from-home and best tour of Yellowstone National Park for a memorable autumn escape and fall-foliage trip to Yellowstone National Park.