Events & Festivals

In recent years, Butte has become known as Montana's 'Festival City' due to the numerous events held in the city, including many free events and festivals.

The list below includes major annual festivals and events, and check out the event and entertainment calendar at right for current listings:
  • Freedom Festival, July 3rd and 4th: Butte is home to Montana's most spectacular fireworks display on July 3rd. It is launched from the base of Butte's famous "Big M". The celebration continues on July 4th with Montana's best attended 4th of July parade which runs  on Harrison Avenue beginning at 10:00 a.m., get there early to claim your spot along the parade route!
  • Montana Folk Festival (July 8-10, 2016): Beginning in 2010, The Montana Folk Festival has been the integral part of Butte's Festival Season. This free three-day music and cultural event, features more than 200 musicians and other performers from all corners of the globe on six stages. The Montana Folk Festival is a can't-miss event, get more information here.
  • Evel Knievel Days

     (July 21-23, 2016): Evel Knievel Days, Butte's longest running festival returns for its 15th year. Evil Knievel Days is the world's only celebration of its kind, in honor of the one of Butte's most famous sons' Evel Knievel. Come join us for one of a kind tricks, music and adventure in historic uptown Butte. Make sure to plan your visit by visiting
  • Butte 100 Mountain Bike Race (July 30, 2016): The nationally recognized Butte 100 mountain bike race consists of both a 50 and 100-mile all off-road race that draws professionals and amateurs alike - it is described as 'the most difficult mountain bike race in the country'. The race starts and finishes atop Homestake Pass and travels along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. For more information, please visit
  • Silver Bow County Fair (August 4-6, 2016):  This theme for this year's County Fair is: "Having a Barn Party" and will return to the Butte Civic Center. The County Fair is a family oriented Montana tradition which includes stock shows, livestock judging , 4-H exhibits, carnival rides and, for the first time join us for a brew festival hosted by Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce's on Saturday August 6 with live music to follow! For further information, please visit
  • An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival (August 12-14, 2016): Founded by the Montana Gaelic Cultural Society to promote and preserve Gaelic culture through language, music and dance, this Uptown Butte festival brings Ireland to the Mining City. This year's festival will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising and Butte's contribution to the rebellion. To find out more visit
  • Original Festival (September 9-10, 2016): The Original Festival premier music gathering, fusing electronic music and soulful grooves with performing artist of every stripe. Now in its fourth year, it features the best of local and international that exhibit the fierce and loyal spirit of Butte. For more information please contact Matt Boyle at (406) 498-3549 or visit their website
  • Butte-toberfest (September 24, 2016): The eighth annual Butte-Toberfest will once again be held at the Original Mine yard in Uptown Butte. This year's festival features 15 breweries, each bringing original beers to taste, a kids area, stein races, German food, live music and a best dressed contest. All proceeds will benefit the Silver-Bow Development Disabilities Council. For more information, please contact Todd Hoar at (406) 720-2070 or visit
  • Christmas Stroll

    (December 2, 2016): The 26th annual Christmas Stroll will be held in Uptown Butte;  shops, restaurants and attractions will be decked out in their seasonal finest. There will be a parade and tree lighting ceremony with an ice sculpting contest held across Uptown. For more information visit
  • SNoFlinga (January 20-22, 2017): Montana's winter festival has arrived in Butte. SNoFlinga, the Swedish word for snowflake, is an action packed weekend full of outdoor recreation activities located in and around Butte, Montana. Free to the public, events include: ice skating, Nordic skiing, fun runs, sledding, luge, outdoor kids CrossFit, curling, a fat bike expo, ski and snowboard rail jam events, and much more! For more information visit our website, or follow us on social media, we'll see you in the snow!
  • Chinese New Year

    (February): Butte's Mai Wah Society honors Butte's Chinese cultural history with 'the shortest and loudest parade in Montana' through the Historic Uptown, winding from the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse down to the Mai Wah Museum. Another of Butte's free events.
  • St. Patrick's Day

    (March 17): Butte's legendary, and free, St. Patrick's Day festivities begin with a parade through the Historic Uptown in the morning, followed throughout the day by a bonanza of music, local events and revelry.
  • Uptown Farmers' Market

    (every Saturday, late May through early October): Held in the heart of Uptown since 1995, the Butte Farmers' Market has blossomed and grown, earning a reputation for providing shoppers with colorful and hardy hanging and bedding plants, farm fresh eggs, chickens, fruits and vegetables from many gardens in the Butte area, Hutterite colonies near Choteau, and Hmong vegetable gardens in the Missoula and Bitteroot area, along with much more.
  • Uptown Art Walks (1st Friday of the month, May through October): The Butte Art Walks were started by artists Ray Campeau and Philip Kunz as a way to stimulate economic development in Uptown Butte, Montana. Abandoned or otherwise unused buildings in historic Butte are turned into galleries for one night a month during the summer. Local businesses also participate and host artists throughout the month, having a special reception on the night of the Art Walk. Artists from around Montana and the US participate in these exhibitions. The public is invited to participate in this FREE activity.
  • Evening Farmers Market

    (every Wednesday, late August through late September): Butte's newest farmer's market, sponsored by the Butte-Silver Bow Fair, runs every Wednesday evening, 5:00-8:00 p.m., on the lawn next to the City Bus Station on the north east corner of Harrison and Civic Center Road. 
Aside from regular festivals and events, visitors can find live entertainment and art happenings on a regular basis throughout the Uptown area.