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Picking, strumming, rocking, rolling, and even pirating... here’s a selection of outdoor festivals to catch this summer in the Northern Rockies

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June 2016


IDAHO


National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival

June 20 to 25 | Weiser, Idaho | fiddlecontest.org

This annual event, described as the “national finals of fiddling,” brings musicians from around the world together in a lively fiddle competition. 

Summer Music Festival at Roseberry

July 14 to 16 | Roseberry, Idaho | thesummermusicfestival.com

Hosted by the McCall Folklore Society, this festival features a variety of music genres that have taken the stage since the festival’s beginnings in the 1970s. This year’s lineup includes The Lil’ Smokies, Jeff Austin Band, and John Wayne & The Pain, among others.

Mountain Home Country Music Festival 

July 29 to 31 | Elmore County near Mountain Home, Idaho | mountainhomefestival.com

Leading performers from the world of country music will play at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. Headliners include Brantley Gilbert, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean.


MONTANA


Montana Folk Festival

July 8 to 10 | Butte, Montana | montanafolkfestival.com

The event includes a variety of live music, vendors, nonprofits, and Montana traditions at the 2016 Montana Folk Festival. This sixth annual free event features multiple stages, with continuous live performances from artists of Irish, blues, gospel, zydeco, and tribal music genres, to name a few. 

Pirate Party 

July 8 to 10 | Lolo Hot Springs, Montana | piratepartymt.com

The eighth annual Pirate Party returns to Lolo Hot Springs this July, offering a mix of electronic music, fire-spinning, and performance arts in the proclaimed “biggest pirate-themed music and art festival in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Red Ants Pants Music Festival 

July 28 to 31 | White Sulphur Springs, Montana | redantspantsmusicfestival.com

Music fans and performers will gather for the sixth annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival in the middle of a pasture in rural White Sulphur Springs, featuring Hayes Carll and Corb Lund, among many others.

S.L.A.M. 

August 6 to 7 | Bozeman, Montana | slamfestivals.org

Standing for Support Local Artists and Musicians, this event features just that, with live music, arts and craft vendors, food, and more.

Sweet Pea Festival

August 5 to 7 | Bozeman, Montana | sweetpeafestival.org

The festival features a parade, food, live music, art, theatre, and a sweet pea flower contest in a city park.

Rockin the Rivers Music Festival

August 12 to 14 | Three Forks, Montana  | rockintherivers.com

Even the hardest of rockers out there won’t be disappointed in the lineup for this festival’s 16th year, featuring performers who include Vince Neil, Loverboy, Ratt, Survivor, and more.

River City Roots Festival

August 28 to 29 | Missoula, Montana | rivercityrootsfestival.com

Two days of music, art, food, and family fun in downtown Missoula. 


WYOMING


Big Horn Mountain Festival

July 8 to 10 | Buffalo, Wyoming | bighornmountainfestival.com

A weekend full of acoustic, Americana, folk, old-timey, bluegrass, and traditional music in the mountains.

Targhee Fest 

July 15 to 17 | Grand Targhee Ski Resort | grandtarghee.com

Targhee Fest is back for its 12th year on the slopes of Grand Targhee Ski Resort, featuring Americana and rock music by the Drive-By Truckers, Grace Potter, Josh Ritter, and many more.
 
Targhee Bluegrass Festival

August 12 to 14 | Grand Targhee Ski Resort | grandtarghee.com

With the same setting and design as Targhee Fest, but featuring a different genre, Targhee Bluegrass Festival brings in new and seasoned bluegrass bands from around the country.

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