Don’t let the relatively small population fool you–like an oasis in the desert, Bozeman’s cultural scene belies its desolate surroundings. From live local bands to festivals to opera to a thriving downtown, the Bozone’s got enough going on to keep you happy all year long.
Bridger Raptor Festival
Early October is also the time to hit Bridger Bowl to check out the annual Bridger Raptor Festival. Free to the public, this event is centered on the largest known golden eagle migration in the United States.
To get yourself in the schnapps-fueled holiday spirit, head downtown on the first Saturday in December. The city of Bozeman blocks off Main Street and the jolly masses roam the streets, eggnog in hand, making for a festive holiday tradition.
Cold Smoke Awards
Just when the powder is starting to look its best, the CSAs roll through town to celebrate winter culture through film, music, and photos from both amateurs and professionals.
Come early March, head up to Bridger Bowl with your telemark gear and an elaborate costume for the Pinhead Classic. This ski festival offers tons of laughs and awards plenty of prizes in a festive, noncompetitive environment.
King and Queen of the Ridge
Bridger Bowl hosts this race each year to support avalanche-awareness education. Competitors hike up to the ridge as many times in a day as they can, and the man and woman with the most runs wins the title of King/ Queen of the Ridge.
The Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club sponsors this bike and gear swap just in time to dust off your old gear and trade in for some new-used deals. Come and get that cheap one-speed you’ve always wanted, or a killer road bike for summer adventures.
Huffing for Stuffing
This race is a Thanksgiving tradition in Bozeman. Participants can sign up for a 5k race, an untimed 5k fun run, or a 10k. Runners are encouraged to dress up in costume, and all proceeds go to Gallatin Valley Food Bank, providing Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. So get your turkey gear on and race!
For more up-to-date happenings visit Outside Bozeman‘s event calendar.