Round Out July with Sweet Montana Events

I’m not sure how things are in your neck of the woods, but I can tell you one thing: Montana is hopping!

This messy-haired girl has always been a strong supporter and lover of all things Montana during the summer months, from floating the Blackfoot River to basking in the long daylight hours and soaking up the sunshine.

One thing that makes my heart pitter-patter for Western Montana during the summer months are the events that take place. This region of Montana has some kick-in-the-pants events that are fun to the very last drop. To help you better make plans for your trip to Montana this July (who are we kidding, I’m actually making this list to help me plan out the remainder of my month), I’ve compiled some of my personal recommendations for events in Montana’s Glacier Country that should be placed firmly on your not-to-be-missed list.

Logger Days, Darby 
July 19 – 20
Logging is an important Montana past time and the cute town of Darby (located in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley) hosts this annual event. On the roster: 17 traditional logging competitions, activities for little lumberjacks, a logger relay and live music.

One of the logging competitions at Darby Logger Days.

One of the logging competitions at Darby Logger Days.

Flathead Cherry Festival, Polson
July 20 – 21
Celebrating one of Montana’s sweetest gems, the Flathead Cherry Festival is held in Polson on the shore of Flathead Lake and includes Made in Montana vendors, as well as fun events like a cherry spitting contest, cherry pie eating contest and live music.

Sweet Flathead Cherries grow in orchards along Flathead Lake.

Sweet Flathead Cherries grow in orchards along Flathead Lake.

Montana Baroque Music Festival, Paradise
July 23 – 25
Held at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in the aptly named Montana community of Paradise, this music festival showcases baroque music in a gorgeous setting. An added bonus: you can soak in the natural mineral waters of the hot springs after grooving to the music.

The road to Paradise and Quinn's Hot Springs Resort.

The road to Paradise and Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort.

The Event at Rebecca Farm, Kalispell
July 25 – 28
Horses and competitors come to Kalispell to compete in the nation’s largest equestrian triathlon—The Event at Rebecca Farm. An added bonus: admission is free.

Lewis & Clark Festival, Cut Bank
July 26 – 27
Celebrate the history of Lewis & Clark at this fun festival, with happenings that include a parade, chili cook-off and street dance. While you’re in town, be sure to check out the two nearby historic sites from the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

For more events throughout Western Montana, check out www.glaciermt.com/events.php.

Wishing you a fun-filled and happy July,
TT

PS: Mark your calendars for these awesome August events.
Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek, August 9 – 11
Epic Shore to Shore Race at Flathead Lake, August 10
Fill Your Own Bucket Day at Glacier County Honey in Babb, August 10
River City Roots Festival in Missoula, August 23 – 25
Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, August 26 – September 3

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