A Local Summer
by Angie Ripple
Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy all Bozeman has to offer. Visitors have traveled from every corner of the planet to our backyard, Main Street and mountains. You will find the Gallatin Valley’s largest and fullest events calendar at the back of this magazine as well as online at bozemanmagazine.com. We include everything from rodeos to farmers markets, music, classes, art and all things in between. I’ve chosen to highlight a few annual events and some of the newest events here, to be sure you don’t miss them.
Festival of the Fourth
The Bozeman Symphony and Gallatin Empire Lions Club present the Festival of the Fourth at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, Montana on July 4, 2017. The Symphony begins playing at 9PM, with fireworks to follow at dusk. For the past 21 years, the Gallatin Empire Lions Club has provided Bozeman’s premier fireworks display; this will be the 6th year that the Bozeman Symphony will perform patriotic and popular favorites in addition to the display. The Lions Club is seeking corporate sponsorship for the 2018 event. Without major support this may be the last FREE and open to the public event! If you would like to know more about sponsoring this long-running and local favorite please call (406) 585-9864.
The Big Sky Country State Fair formerly The Gallatin County Fair
Our local traditional western fair celebrates the Montana lifestyle with music, livestock, special entertainment, children’s activities, competitive exhibits, carnival, food, agriculture education, 4-H exhibits and animals, rodeo, mud bog, dog contests and more. This years fair runs July 15-23 at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. For more information visit www.406statefair.com.
Belgrade Community Market
Created by a group of Belgrade parents seeking to bring more community events to Belgrade, the Belgrade Community Market is in its first summer. Every Thursday night from 5-8PM, now through Aug. 24, rain or shine the event takes place in Lewis & Clark Park (near the splash park). Visitors are treated to homemade, handmade, and homegrown options from local vendors. Bring a picnic and the family for a fun night in Belgrade Thursday nights this summer.
This is the first summer for the Bozeman Public Library’s Bookmobile, a library on wheels! The Bookmobile travels throughout the BPL service area to visit playgrounds, neighborhoods, assisted living homes, schools and special events. At the Bookmobile, library patrons may get a library card, place and pick up holds, check out books, DVDs, audio books and Playaways, or attend a story time or a special program. Check the full schedule of stops at www.bozemanlibrary.org/bookmobile/
Enjoy lunch while you soak up some fresh air on the Emerson’s lawn (111 S Grand Ave)! Local food trucks will be parked on Babcock Street in front of the Emerson’s north lawn from 11am-2pm on Mondays, now through September 25 (except for Labor Day). The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is a non-profit organization housing 59 tenants that are arts and/or non-profit related, take a peek inside after you enjoy a mobile lunch/picnic. The Emerson’s beloved Lunch on the Lawn series begins July 5 (11:30am-1:30pm) with music by the Slomo Joe Trio.
There are SO many amazing events to share this summer in our area. Be sure to get out with your community and enjoy them, and please use our calendar to help you plan your next adventure!