Breaking News: Thank you to all who contributed to our gofundme campaign to retire bills from the 2016 Montana Folk Festival. In response to that outpouring of support for that effort, despite some shortfall that remains, we have decided to go forward with the 2017 festival July 7, 8 and 9. Organizers have initiated a new crowdfunding effort for the 2017 festival. If you are willing to help, or know someone who is able, please share this link to our 2017 gofundme campaign -- https://www.gofundme.com/MFF17 or invite them to mail a contribution to 2017 Montana Folk Festival, P.O. Box 696, Butte, MT 59703.
The tax-deductible funds raised with this effort will be used to pay the bills that will come for tents, transportation and other services and to keep the festival on track as we plan for 2017, the 10th year of its run.
The Montana Folk Festival. One of the Northwest’s Largest FREE Outdoor Music Festivals.
Please plan to join us in Butte, Montana July 7-9, 2017.
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 focused 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."
The event is 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 moves toward its seventh presentation in 2017 (seventh as the Montana, tenth 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.