Summer is a time of celebration in Livingston, with many community and cultural events. From the weekly farmers market in Sacajawea Park to the annual Old Time Fiddler’s Picnic, the Livingston area offers an abundance of special events.
You’ll find prepared food vendors, arts and crafts, baked goods and, of course, farm and ranch products featuring the freshest, healthiest food our region has to offer. In addition, the market includes live music, special event days to celebrate, educate, and inform, and surprises to delight. Find it all every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 PM in the summer, at the Miles Park Bandshell alongside the Yellowstone River.
Held every fourth Friday of each month in the summer, Livingston Art Walks are rare combinations of gallery tour and social gathering. An eclectic array of locals, out-of-towners and random art enthusiasts arrive in hordes to check out what’s hanging on the walls and who’s who.
Stroll from gallery to gallery enjoying food, wine, and entertainment while viewing some of the finest artwork in the region. From contemporary art to western art there is something for everyone at the openings and artists receptions during the Livingston Gallery Association Art Walk, 14 galleries 3 stop lights.
For a map, ask at one of the galleries or the Chamber of Commerce: http://www.livingston-chamber.com/galleries_museums.asp
Part of Livingston’s Fourth of July festivities, this outdoor art festival takes place in Depot Rotary Park. This annual arts and crafts fair attracts talented artisans from around the country. Stroll from booth to booth, talk with artists, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the shade as the trains thunder by the Depot.
Livingston’s Independence Day festivities get cracking with the July 2nd parade in historic downtown. The normally tranquil town of Livingston swells to max capacity with parade goers. In anticipation, locals stake out prime sidewalk frontage early in the morning. If your lawn chair isn’t in place by 10:00 AM, expect to stand. The Livingston Roundup Parade begins at 3:00 pm and winds down by 5:00 pm.
Every year, the Livingston Roundup Rodeo sees top rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from across North America compete in multiple events. The best saddle bronc riders, team riders, bull riders, and barrel racers compete for one of the biggest purses in the country over the Fourth of July.
This two-day music festival is held in mid-July. It is an outdoor, family-friendly event with some of the summer’s best entertainment. Dance the day and night away at beautiful Sacajawea Park alongside the Yellowstone River.
Summerfest continues to be a family-oriented event, with the proceeds going back to the community in the form of an expanded recreation department. Summerfest always has terrific kid’s activities, along with food and beverage vendors who provide plenty of fuel to keep you dancing to the music!
Red Ants Pants Music Festival is a home-grown Montana affair on the last weekend in July featuring more than two dozen contemporary musicians and performers from all around the country.
The party fires up Thursday evening with a street dance in downtown White Sulphur Springs. Festival performances start at 4:00 PM, Friday and run through Sunday evening. A three-day weekend pass is available in advance or at the gate or drop in with a one-day pass. Camping on site is available for any and all through the weekend or a free shuttle will run you between White Sulphur Springs and the concert venue.
For more info, to buy tickets or check on sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please go to the website.
The first week in August is fair time in Livingston. Locals gather to celebrate the time-honored traditions of rural Montana. Livingston hosts this county fair, which features a carnival, rodeo, various livestock shows and exhibits, pig wrestling, elk bugling, a good old fashioned demolition derby, and more. There’s something for the whole family every day of the fair — from pie eating contests to the auction and livestock sale. Don’t miss the fun at the Park County Fair!
Every summer for over 35 years lovers of old-time fiddle music have congregated in Livingston for a grassroots music jamboree known as the Fiddler’s Picnic. Founded by James “Doc” Allison, the event was originally organized as a potluck camp-out for fiddle players to come together and play old-time tunes. The Picnic has gotten larger over the years, but it’s stayed true to Allison’s original vision. Today, musicians still perform impromptu jam sessions as crowds gather around. For old-time music enthusiasts or anyone looking for a genuine Montana experience, the Fiddler’s Picnic is a rare opportunity to see some amazing musicians perform in an informal setting.
This free, community supported event brings approximately 3000 happy folks together to dance, eat, play and interact with downtown merchants on Historic Main Street. The event kicks off with Main Street closing at noon, creating a pedestrian area full of restaurants, sales and events by downtown merchants. At 4 PM, music starts on the second stage.
There is a kids activity area, and non-profit organizations and food vendors spread up and down Main Street. Main Stage music starts at 6 PM. It’s fun for all ages – don’t miss the Hoot!
Held in early September, this three-day, citywide arts festival includes music, performances, workshops, dance, and fine arts.
Held on the third Tuesday of the month September-June, filmmakers from around the country gather in Livingston to screen films about the natural world and about humans experiencing that world. LFF provides filmmakers a venue to both show their films and discuss them with other filmmakers and the viewers they are trying to reach. Each event is free and open to the public and starts with a cocktail hour followed by the screening itself and either a discussion or question and answer session with the filmmakers.