Category Archives: Events

Native American Powwows


Indian Powwow
Native Americans celebrate at Crow Fair, Crow Agency, Montana. Photo courtesy Crazy Crow Trading Post.

Native American powwows and fairs are special events held annually at various cities around Montana. Powwows highlight singing, drumming, stories, dancing, and dress of Native American peoples. Fun for the entire family. The granddaddy of them all is Crow Fair near Hardin, Montana. Crow Fair attract thousands of visitors.

Montana Powwows/fairs:

    • Kyiyo Powwow, Missoula
    • American Indian Council Powwow, Bozeman
    • North American Indian Alliance Powwow, Butte
    • Little Shell Chippewa Powwow, Ulm
    • Last Chance Community Powwow, Helena
    • MSUB (Montana State University-Billings) Powwow, Billings
    • Sweetgrass Society Powwow, Havre
    • Salish Kootenai College Powwow, Pablo
    • North American Indian Days, Browning
    • Crow Fair, Crow Agency near Hardin

Dates of events may change from year-to-year. Just do a look-up on Google for a powwow/fair and find dates and a description of activities. NOTICE: Many events in Montana are being cancelled in 2020, due to concerns about coronavirus. So check on an event before you go to see if it still scheduled to take place in 2020.

A Native American powwow is a very special event. So interesting if you’ve never see one. A completely new experience. Go!

    Copyright © 2020 John Sandy

Red Lodge Music Festival


CANCELLED: “In this extraordinary time, all of us are making unprecedented sacrifices to ensure the safety of our families and our communities.  For 56 years the Red Lodge Music Festival’s first priority always has been the health and safety of our students, our world-class faculty, and the Red Lodge community.  With that priority uppermost in their minds, the Board of Directors met in February and decided once again that we must cancel the 2021 festival.

The highly acclaimed Red Lodge Music Festival is a premier event in Montana. Participants learn and perform:  musical groups include wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, and orchestras. Talent shows, ball games and more make this event so enjoyable.

Performances, by faculty and students, are scheduled for the general public and are held at the Red Lodge Civic Center Auditorium.

Schedule of performances open to public, Red Lodge Music Festival:

Faculty Chamber Concerts are June 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8.
Concerts begin at 7:30 and are held at the Civic Center.
Tickets are $12.00 each per concert.

Student ensemble concerts are Thursday and Friday the 6th and 7th and start at 7:00.  No charge. The final band and orchestra concert is Sunday afternoon, June 9th.

Don’t miss this one. A ton of talent here. So nice.
Copyright © 2020 John Sandy

Mountain Men Rendezvous


The era of the mountain men, the most active period being roughly 1810-1850, is one of the most interesting periods in northern Rocky Mountain history. People who live in Montana have not forgotten this special period.

Mountan men
Painting by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874) of mountain men crossing a stream.

Modern day folks gather to celebrate the culture and history of mountain men at rendezvous events. This summer, Sapphire Mountain Men, a dedicated bunch of locals in western Montana, will put on a great show.

For 2021, the Wild Horse Rendezvous, near Missoula, is on go, May 28-31.  Active participation or just hanging out at this rendezvous is okay.  Public welcome. Vendors come too with period clothing and food.

No Green River excesses (like wild days in the 1830s when mountain men gathered in Green River, Wyoming) at this rendezvous. This event is pure family fun. Contact:

For a brief account of the life of a famous mountain man, read about Thomas Fitzpatrick in blog post by Joe Gannon.

Visit the Sapphire Mountain Men Web site.
Copyright © 2021 John Sandy

Red Ants Pants Music Festival



The Red Ants Pants Musical Festival is pure fun for all.  The festival is this summer in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, July 23-26, 2020. Entertainment of all kinds makes this festival so enjoyable:  music, hayrides, dance, kids’ tent, a beer garden, and more with plenty of good food for everyone.  Non-refundable tickets available April 4, 2020.

Treat yourself and go!!
Copyright © 2020 John Sandy