Photography: Rich Addicks

Round Up: Summer Music Festivals

From classical and jazz, to country and Rock n’ Roll, here are our picks of music festivals and concert series to catch this summer throughout the Northern Rockies…

Big Sky Brewing Summer Concert Series

May 17 – Aug. 17

Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre, Missoula, MT

The 2019 concert series features Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Jackson Brown, and Steve Miller Band, among others.

KettleHouse Amphitheatre

Various dates, June 2 – Sept. 27

Bonner, MT

On the banks of the Blackfoot River, enjoy the music of Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Trampled by Turtles, and more, with food and beverages served on site.

Music in the Mountains

Thursdays, June 20 – Sept. 5

Town Center Park, Big Sky, MT

Free weekly, family-friendly concerts in the Town Center Park start at 6 p.m., featuring the Futurebirds, Pinky and the Floyd, Town Mountain, and many more. Also check out the ninth annual Big Sky Classical Music Festival, Aug. 9 – 11.

Grand Teton Music Festival

July 3 – Aug. 17

Walk Festival Hall

Jackson Hole, WY

In its 58th year, this festival features some of the world’s best soloists, conductors, and orchestral musicians under the leadership of maestro 

Donald Runnicles. Highlights include performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony, among many others.

Montana Folk Festival

July 12 – 14

Butte, MT

This annual free event features multiple stages and continuous live performances centered around folk music and Montana culture.

Targhee Fest

July 12 – 14

Grand Targhee Ski Resort Driggs, ID

The 15th annual Targhee Fest features Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Nicki Bluhm, Drive-By Truckers, and many other musical ensembles.

Under The Big Sky Music 

& Arts Festival

July 13 – 14

Whitefish, MT

This festival’s debut takes place on a 350-acre ranch, featuring stars from across the spectrum of Americana, folk, and alt-country, including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, and more.

Red Ants Pants

July 25 – 28 

White Sulphur Springs, MT


Camping and concerts ramp up the summer fun with live music from Patty Griffin, Darrell Scott, Dustbowl Revival, Mipso, and more.

Sweet Pea Festival

Aug. 2 – 4

Lindley Park, Bozeman, MT

This annual event features a parade, food, art, theatre, and live music, with 12 main-stage bands and nine unique dance and theatrical performances.

Targhee Bluegrass Festival

Aug. 10 – 12

Grand Targhee Ski Resort Driggs, ID

The 31st annual festival, in the shadow of the Tetons, features Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, I’m With Her, Fruition, Billy Strings, and more.


Aug. 16 – 17

Moonlight Basin Madison 

Village, Big Sky, MT

This year’s line-up includes Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, The Wood Brothers, Satsang, Blackberry Smoke, and more, perched at the foot of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain.

The Cody Stampede Turns 100

The 100th Annual Cody Stampede Celebration kicks off July 1 and runs through July 4. Honoring a century of rodeo in a town that’s often referred to as the “Rodeo Capital of the World,” parades will highlight the history, and fireworks will serve as the center of the event.

Officially starting in 1919, the annual Cody Stampede Rodeo established the Wyoming town as the site of not only one of the longest-running, successful professional rodeos, but also the only place in the country that has a rodeo performance nightly. In honor of the 100th anniversary, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West presents Whoop It Up! Celebrating 100 Years of the Cody Stampede, featuring vintage photographs, artwork, artifacts, film footage, and more, running June 7 through March 31, 2020;

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