July 8-10,2016

Butte, Montana

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The Montana Folk Festival. One of the Northwest’s Largest FREE Outdoor Music Festivals.

Thank you to all who joined us in Butte, Montana July 10-12, 2015.

The continued success of the Montana Folk Festival has shown that the festival is here to stay and will continue to grow and evolve in coming years. The Montana Folk Festival will remain a new and exciting event each year at the same time it remains very familiar to anyone who has attended in previous years.

The Montana Folk Festival will continue to feature multiple stages with continuous live performances by some of the best traditional performers in the nation, including Montana's finest, some of the region's best traditional artists, ethnic and festival foods, a lively Family Area, and Folklife demonstrations and workshops that focus on a new theme each year that highlights Montana's heritage. In 2016, that theme will focus on the influence of Native Peoples on Montana lifeways -- "Native Voices: The Varied Expressions of Montana's Native Peoples and their influence on the Heritage of Montana."  

All of this will be presented in the spectacular setting of Butte, Montana surrounded by iconic headframes that evoke Butte's undergound copper mining heritage, tall buildings from the late 19th century and early 20th century, and spectacular views of the Northern Rockies in every direction.

We invite other organizations, individuals and corporations to support the event as it now moves toward its sixth presentation in 2016 (sixth as the Montana, ninth counting the three years as the National Folk Festival from 2008-2010) as a tourism engine and cultural magnet that will continue to feature top national cultural acts, as well as showcase Montana’s rich heritage.

The Montana Folk Festival will continue to market the natural and cultural wonders of Montana to new visitors in the middle of Montana in the middle of July. From the beginning, the goal has been to build coalitions and collaborations of arts and festival sponsors to ultimately support established summer festivals throughout Montana as well as to create a permanent base of support for the annual Montana Folk Festival in Butte.

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