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August When The Arts Take Over Bozeman
by Lindsey Keeley
Most people come to Bozeman for the landscape. Within an hour's drive of downtown, you can find two major ski mountains, a plethora of waterfalls and campgrounds, Yellowstone National Park, fly fishing, lakes... the list goes on. But what people don't realize coming here is Bozeman's particular support of the arts. And August is the prime month to celebrate.
Arts of August
Sweet Pea Festival
If you've been in Bozeman for more than a couple days, you've already heard about the Sweet Pea Festival. If you're new, you're in luck! It's Sweet Pea week, so you'll be seeing chalk drawings on downtown sidewalks, the Bozeman Running Film Festival and a specially sponsored Music On Main (see below for more details). When 3:30 PM hits on Friday, the festival gates at Lindley Park open to concessions, arts and crafts booths, merchandise booths, painting workshops, a flower show and various stage performances. For a full list of events and times, or to purchase tickets, visit the Sweet Pea website.
While Sweet Pea takes over Lindley Park, SLAM (Support Local Artists and Music) fills up Bogert Park with Montana-only arts, crafts and merchandise vendors, live music, artist demonstrations and a hoard of Bozeman's best food trucks (let me tell you it's hard to pick between them). And it's all for free! To view the schedule, artists and more, visit the SLAM website.
Music On Main
As promised above, I won't forget about Music On Main. While this event runs throughout the summer, it reaches its peak attendance in August. It's free to come and view the live band of the night. Pick up some dinner from one of the delicious food trucks and take advantage of the temporary open container allowance to enjoy a chilled beverage while socializing. Main Street opens at 6:30 PM Thursdays and music will run from 7-8:30 PM. For a list of the lineup and clips of their music, click HERE. This week is a 70s dance party so come dressed for the occasion!
Rockin the Rivers Music Festival
Technically, Rockin the Rivers is in Three Forks. However, it is a huge event the draws bands such as Alter Bridge, Blue Oyster Cult, Night Ranger, Tantric, Saliva and Alien Ant Farm. And that's just this year! Over four days, 24 rock bands will grace the two stages at The Bridge for over 10,000 people. If you like rock music even a little bit, add this event to your list. The Rockin the Rivers website has tons of information about camping, what to bring, the lineup and the facilities.
If you're looking for an art experience with a smaller crowd...
There are a number of places hosting events year-round. Drop by one of the galleries-downtown, take a class at the Emerson, have a Sip & Paint party at the Painted Buddha in Belgrade or simply check out a live band appearing in one of the numerous locations in town.
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