Red Lodge Summer Events

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Peaks to Prairie Triathlon (Late April)

Enjoy spectacular scenery from the Yellowstone River to the Beartooth Mountains while participating in an 8.8 mile run leg, a 43 mile bicycle leg, and a 23 mile paddling leg. Relax and have fun in historic Red Lodge, MT. Annual; late April.

Beartooth All American Road Opening (Memorial Day Weekend)

Following an 8 month respite under a heavy blanket of snow and ice, the National Park Service and MDOT make a great effort to open the Beartooth All American Road by Memorial Day Weekend, each year. Join Red Lodge for the opening celebration (food & drink, music and merry-making) at the Red Lodge Ranger Station located on Hwy 212 on the south side of Red Lodge. This event is scheduled for noon, Saturday, of each Memorial Day Weekend.

Red Lodge Music Festival (June 4-12, 2011)

Promising student musicians, from throughout the region, join with an illustrious faculty (drawn from universities around the Nation) in giving nightly performances. Impromptu performances are held in downtown parks throughout the Festival.

75th Anniversary of the Beartooth All American Road (June 10-11, 2011)

Join in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the “Most Scenic Drive in America” that connects Red Lodge, Montana with the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Red Lodge will host the Celebration, including a parade, historic exhibits and much more.

Home of Champions Rodeo and Parades (July 2-4)

This annual event includes a daily parade through historic downtown Red Lodge followed by daily rodeos that attract top contenders from all over the Country. In 2011 Red Lodge will celebrate 81 years of this exciting rodeo.

Independence Day Celebrations (July 4)

The 4th of July each year brings thousands of people to Red Lodge to participate in or watch the noon parade through historic downtown. The celebration culminates with a spectacular fireworks display on the East Bench above Red Lodge.

Art in the Beartooths (Second Saturday of July)

This is an annual event typically held on the second Saturday of July. Regional artists participate in “painting on site” throughout the day in historic downtown Red Lodge. This gives visitors the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists. All the day’s work is auctioned early evening at a party under big tents in the Park. Great entertainment, food and drink are part of the celebration.

Rendezvous at Red Lodge (Late July)

Plan to participate in; or, just visit the week-long event held just north of town on Rock Creek. This 22nd “mountain man” gathering features authentic old time trade goods, period dress, music, contests, education, food and beverage and more.

Beartooth Rally and Iron Horse Rodeo (3rd weekend of July)

This, not so quiet event, draws motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the United States and Canada. Cars and trucks disappear and shiny Harley-Davidson motorcycles (many of them works of art) line both sides of Broadway through historic downtown Red Lodge. They come to ride their bikes over the magnificent and dangerous Beartooth All-American Road (with passes just under 11,000 ft. elevation), to visit Yellowstone Country, to participate in the numerous Rally and Rodeo events (e.g. motorcycle barrel races); and, just have a good time. Downtown side streets are closed, tents are erected and the live music and partying moves outside.

Shakespeare in the Park (Early August)

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks brings a performance to Red Lodge.

Festival of the Nations (First Friday and Saturday of August)

Locals and visitors alike participate in celebrating Red Lodge’s diverse ethnic history dating from the late 1800s when people came from around the world to work in the Red Lodge area mines. Flags of many nations are displayed throughout historic downtown. The celebration includes music, costumes, dancing and food representing cultures from around the world.

Beartooth Rendezvous BMW Motorcycle Rally (Mid August)

This annual rally of the quiet bikes usually is held mid-August. BMW riders and other motorcycle enthusiasts gather to socialize, enjoy live music and other entertainment; and, to ride the magnificent and dangerous Beartooth All-American Road (with passes just under 11,000 ft. elevation) and to visit Yellowstone Country.

Annual Red Lodge Fun Run for Charities (Saturday- Labor Day Weekend)

This event attracts runners (and walkers) from throughout the region who come to run or walk through historic Red Lodge and then participate in the celebration put on by over 30 area non profits. Following the Fun Run participants and visitors gather in Lyons Park for free food, live music and entertainment and to view the displays of area non-profits.

Annual Labor Day Arts Fair (Labor Day Weekend)

Regional artist and craftsmen display their works under tents in Lyons Park adjacent to the Depot Gallery. Live music, entertainment , good food and drink along with the work of more than 80 artisans make this a fun day for all.

Octoberfest (2nd or 3rd Saturday of September)

The folks in Red Lodge like to celebrate outdoors under a big tent, well in advance of the typical early October snowfalls. Thus it is that Oktoberfest is usually held the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of September. The afternoon and evening celebration includes traditional German music, food, fun and games for the entire family. Red Lodge Ales, the award winning local microbrewery, is featured.

Ongoing Events

All summer long, enjoy Street Concerts, Wine Tasting, Live Music at the different drinking establishments, Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides each evening, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, Bearcreek Downs Pig Races (Thursday-Sunday Evenings), classic car shows and cruising events and more. There are numerous events not listed. Red Lodge has hosted concerts featuring national entertainers. Willie Nelson has been in concert in Red Lodge twice in recent years. New events are being considered and scheduled throughout the year. The Red Lodge Area Chamber of Commerce has a Visitors Center on the north side of Red Lodge. They keep a current calendar of events on their website at: www.redlodgechamber.org or telephone: (406)446-1718

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