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Published on June 7th, 2015 | by Guest Writer

5 Small Town Montana Summer Events You Won’t Want To Miss in 2015

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to the warmer weather, swimming, being outdoors, and having fun! Before your calendar gets too booked up, don’t forget that Montana has awesome festivals to fill your summer with additional memories! Check out these five locations that are just waiting for you to join in and have an adventure!

52nd Annual Boat Float July 10-12, 2015 (Starts in Livingston, MT at Mayors Landing)


via Flickr user Tom Hart:

Ever wanted to float down a river and then camp for three days? Then the annual Boat Float is for you! It’s a three day journey rediscovering the Lewis and Clark expedition as they made their way through Montana’s beautiful country side. The Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states, which makes it a great ride for your sense of adventure! While you’re floating down the river, you’ll experience awesome street parties, good food, and perhaps some sun burn. Learn more about the Boat Float on their website at


Rockin’ the Rivers Music Festival, August 7-9, 2015 at Three Forks

Love rock music? Love rock music with beer and good food? Then take a trip to spend three days at Three Forks, MT, where there’s three days’ worth of rockin’ music and great tasting food! Bands like Black n’ Blue, Skid Row, Hell’s Belles, and Whiskey River will all be there to give you an awesome show and to deafen your eardrums! To discover who’s all going to be there and ticket prices, go to

 Red Ants Pants Music Festival, White Sulphur Springs, July 23-36

via Billings Gazette:

via Billings Gazette:


Every summer, a sweet clover cow pasture just outside of White Sulphur Springs transforms into a weekend-long, grassroots, honky-tonkin’ music festival featuring local food and craft vendors along with beer and wine. At the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, you can catch world-renowned musicians and rising stars on stage while also learning about blacksmithing, horsemanship, chainsaw operation and a host of agricultural work skills. Catch the the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keb’ Mo’, Lee Ann Womack, Ryan Bingham, the Turnpike Troubadors, Lucero and more!  You can also see the Montana Beard and Mustache State Finals! See full lineup and ticket info here:

 Darby Logger Days, July 17-18, 2015

Located in Darby, MT, where loggers climb trees, try to out-saw a log, and throw axes like it’s nothing! Beginning on Friday, July 17, you can watch the Logger Relay, which is a throwing axe contest, the Limber Pole content that measures your skills of crossing a log as fast as you can, and participate in the loading contest. Saturday, July 18, experience more outdoor fun with axes, logging, stacking, and sawing! Chill out that night to a live concert. Get your family involved and create a team to compete against other Darby contestants! Check out what you can do at

 Augusta American Legion Rodeo and Parade, Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Augusta

via flickr user Alan877:

via flickr user Alan877:

Celebrate the largest one day rodeo in all of Montana in Augusta on June 28! Make a day trip to watch their famous parade and then cheer for your favorite rider as he battles control over a bucking horse! There will be food vendors to help you out with your appetite and there’s plenty of entertainment besides the rodeo! To learn more about this one day event, go to

May your 2015 summer be filled with adventures, concerts, parades, and plenty of rowdy rodeos! Make memories and celebrate the summer months with your family and close friends!

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This article written by Monica Miller.  She is a freelance writer for the Montana Mint.  Check what she can do for you at


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