So Much to See, So Much to Do this Spring

Spring 2019 Events Calendar

March:

When: March 5 and every Tuesday through April

What: Women’s Weekly Ski

Join Freeheel and Wheel for a women’s weekly ski, Tuesdays at 12:30pm. This will be a classic ski to start, geared towards beginners and intermediates. The ski will be an hour to an hour and a half long. We will meet at Freeheel and Wheel at 12pm for those who need rentals and then head to the trails.

Where: Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, MT

More info: http://www.freeheelandwheel.com

When: March 6

What: Mountainfilm on Tour

Bozeman Film Society is proud to present MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR – BOZEMAN, a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm Festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.

Where: The Ellen Theater, Bozeman

More Info: www.theellentheatre.com

When: March 8-10

What: Big Sky Headwaters Spring Runoff

This Junior Freeride event is a regional IFSA-sanctioned event. This big mountain event draws an amazing caliber of skiers and riders from all across the region. The Headwaters, Big Sky Resort’s steepest in-bounds terrain, becomes the focal point for this exciting freeride competition.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.freeskiers.org

When: March 9-10

What: The Slushy Slalom

Banked slalom down the natural gully below Slushman’s Ravine. Snowboard on Saturday and ski on Sunday. Best of two timed runs wins.

Where: Bridger Bowl

More Info: www.bridgerbowl.com

When: March 10

What: The Scottish and Irish Music Jam

The Scottish and Irish Folk Music Jams will now be a regular occurrence at the Bunkhouse. Join the Montana Reel & Strathspey Society (MRSS), a part of the Bozeman Folklore Society, for their Sunday jam sessions EVERY SUNDAY (unless otherwise stated) from 2-4PM to play and enjoy traditional Scottish and Irish folk music. Play an instrument? Want to learn traditional folk songs? All are welcome. Join this eclectic group of talented musicians for an afternoon jam session. About MRSS: MRSS is part of the Bozeman Folklore Society. We try to promote Scottish music, dance and culture through events and jams.

Where: Bunkhouse Brewery, Bozeman

More Info: www.bunkhousebrewery.com

When: March 15

What: 28th Annual West Yellowstone Snowmobile Expo

Mark your calendars for the 28th annual West Yellowstone SNOWMOBILE EXPO Powersports & Races, where manufacturers will unveil their new 2019 snowmobile lines to the public at the same location, for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West. Clothing, aftermarket parts and powersports exhibits will also be on display.

Where: West Yellowstone, MT

More Info: www.snowmobileexpo.com

When: March 16

What: Bridger Bowl Point and Chute Film Festival

Pre-juried film festival with a public screening of the top seven films. Go out, shoot some footage throughout the season, edit your story and enter it.

Where: Jim Bridger Lodge, Bridger Bowl

More Info: www.bridgerbowl.com

When: March 16

What: The 5th Annual Shedhorn Skimo

This event is two different races: The Shedhorn: approximately 16-18 miles, with an 8,600′ – 9,500′ elevation gain and the Pronghorn: 7.5 miles with a 4,000’ – 4,600′ elevation gain. This is a technical ski mountaineering race and is designed to test multiple skill sets. The race will incorporate one or two summits of Lone Peak and one summit of Three Forks, in Big Sky’s Headwaters terrain. Flags will mark the course. Please note uphill traffic will be in use on the Middle Road, Duck Walk, Liberty Bowl, A-Zs and Stillwater Road.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.bigskyresort.com

When: March 19

What: G Love and Special Sauce

Garrett “G.Love” Dutton, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott are celebrating their 25th year as touring and recording artists. With over 15 records released, this pioneering band has been an influence to artists such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Slightly Stoopid and many more. With their signature blend of Delta Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Roll and Jazz, Special Sauce have literally created their own funky stew of American music. Expect a high energy mashup of funky beats and songs written from the front porch to get the world smiling and dancing to the positive message of G Love and the blues.

Where: Rialto Theater, Downtown Bozeman

More Info: www.rialtobozeman.com

When: March 20

What: F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour 2019

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is a one of a kind experience. Each year anglers of all ages gather in big cities and small towns alike to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts yet unmade. In its 13th lap around the globe, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is packed with remarkable films, topnotch stories and imagery that will fuel your dreams for months to come.

More Info: www.flyfilmtour.com

When: March 21

What: Twiddle with special guest Iya Terra

With 12 years of relentless touring behind them, Vermont-based rock band Twiddle has built an impressive resume spanning Red Rocks to Bonnaroo, and multiple sellouts of historic rock venues including Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre and Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. And with the second half of the band’s third studio album, PLUMP, on the horizon, the band’s career continues to catapult forward. Buoyed by the generous support of 359 Kickstarter donors, the 27-song album does more than showcase the group’s beautiful music, but also tells an important story, comprised in PLUMP Chapters 1 & 2.

Where: The Rialto Theater, Downtown Bozeman

More Info: www.rialtobozeman.com

When: March 22

What: Smokin’ Aces Rail Jam

The Smokin’ Aces Tour is proud to bring you the raddest sunset slope style competition with the most stoke in the United States Northern Rockies. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels will be coming from near and far to throw down their best tricks. Free to spectate.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.bigskyresort.com

When: March 23

What: James Sewell Ballet

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. Combining their expertise, vision and chutzpah, they envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Over two decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country. The embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.
Where: Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, Big Sky

More Info: www.warrenmillerpac.org

When: March 23-24

What: Skijoring Championships

The whole skijoring season culminates here. In addition to championship races, the West Yellowstone Skijoring Championships will feature special events like the dog keg pull and a full evening of live entertainment.

Where: West Yellowstone, MT

More Info: www.skijorwest.com

When: March 26

What: Brews & the Big Sky: Montana Made, Montana Brewed

Brews & the Big Sky explores the unique history of the Big Sky state paired with unique Montana brews. Enjoy an adults-only night out as the museum becomes a lively venue for drinks and local history. Sample beer from a featured Montana brewery, enjoy light appetizers and wander through MOR’s exhibitions. 

Where: Museum of the Rockies

More Info: www.museumoftherockies.org

When: March 29-30

What: 2019 Montana Flute Festival

Montana Flute Festival’s guest artists include Dr. Tadeu Coelho (University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and Dr. Virginia Broffitt-Keunzer (Auburn University). Workshops and Performances will culminate in an evening recital on Saturday, March 30.

Where: Montana State University

More Info: www.montana.edu

When: March 30

What: No Man’s Land Film Premiere

Join us at the Emerson Center in Bozeman for an action-packed night of family-friendly films featuring girls and women on epic outdoor adventures. Raffle and silent auction supporting Casting for Recovery.

Where: The Emerson Crawford Theater

More Info: www.theemerson.org

April:

When: April 4

What: MSU Leadership Institute: Astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly 

Capt. Scott Kelly, a history-making U.S. astronaut who spent a year in space, will speak April 4 at Montana State University. Kelly, who is also a bestselling author, is expected to discuss his space travel experiences, share lessons on leadership, reflect on his commitment to discovery and tell stories of perseverance. 

Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Montana State University

More Info: www.montana.edu

When: April 6

What: Galactic, featuring Erica Falls

Kick off April in Big Sky with Galactic, featuring Erica Falls. Saturday, April 6th at 4:30pm in the Mountain Village Plaza, snow or shine.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.bigskyresort.com

When: April 11-14

What: The 2019 Montana State University Spring Rodeo

The four-day rodeo will feature the men’s and women’s Bobcat Rodeo teams competing against nine other regional teams: University of Montana, UM Western, Great Falls College MSU, Miles Community College, Glendive Community College, Rocky Mountain College, Blackfeet Community College, MSU Northern and Northwest College.

Where: Brick Breeden Field House, Montana State University

More Info: www.montana.edu

When: April 11-14

What: Big Sky Big Grass

Music sounds better in the mountains. Spend the day on the slopes making first tracks before spending the evening tracking up the dance floor. As always, Big Sky Big Grass delivers an all-star lineup for 2019. Acts include: Big Grass seasoned vet Sam Bush Band; Nashville’s The Travelin’ McCourys; Drew Emmitt Band featuring the dynamic lead singer and mandolin player from Leftover Salmon; Jeff Austin, formerly of Yonder Mountain String Band; Jacob Jolliff Band, featuring the mandolinist from Yonder Mountain String Band; Montana’s own Lil Smokies; Grant’s Farm, an Americana band from Boulder, Colorado; Stomp-Grass tunes from Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs; Bozeman roots-rock band The Hawthorne Roots and local acoustics of the Lone Mountain Trio.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.bigskyresort.com

When: April 19

What: Road Opening in Yellowstone National Park

Where: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village.

More Info: www.nps.gov/yell

When: April 20

What: Big Sky Pond Skim

Pond Skim returns on April 20 to the Ambush headwall. Get your best spring costume together and do some skimming or come spectate and join the party. It’s time to celebrate an amazing season and party down.

Where: Big Sky Resort

More Info: www.bigskyresort.com

When: April 26

What: Bobcat Fest

Downtown Bozeman, several local businesses and MSU organizations invite all MSU students and faculty and the Bozeman community to Main Street in Downtown Bozeman. Don’t miss this great chance to get the MSU community together in Downtown to help thank MSU for being an essential part of the Bozeman Community through food and fun. 

Where: Downtown Bozeman

More Info: www.montana.edu

May:

When: May 3

What: Road Opening In Yellowstone National Park

Where: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village.

More Info: www.nps.gov/yell

When: May 4

What: Arlo Guthrie

Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years.

Where: The Emerson Crawford Theater

More Info: www.theemerson.org

When: May 10

What: Road Opening in Yellowstone National Park

Where: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall.

More Info: www.nps.gov/yell

When: May 11

What: Montana Brewing Association Spring Rendezvous Brewfest

Enjoy Montana craft beer while hanging out with brewers from across the state at the Montana Brewers Spring Rendezvous in Bozeman. This annual brewfest features only Montana-made craft beer as well as food vendors, live music from local band Solidarity Service and a collectible glass with every ticket purchased.

Where: Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman

More Info: www.montanabrewers.org

When: May 24

What: Road opening in Yellowstone National Park

Where: Tower Fall to Canyon Village (Dunraven Pass)

More Info: http://www.nps.gov/yellwww.nps.gov/yell

When: May 25

What: Yellowstone 2019 Fishing Season Opens

Where: Yellowstone National Park

More Info: www.nps.gov/yell

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