The Montana Folk Festival. The Northwest’s Largest FREE Outdoor Music Festival.
Join us in Butte, Montana July 11-13, 2014
The most recent success of the 2013 Montana Folk Festival has shown that the festival is here to stay and will continue to grow and evolve for years to come. 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 2013, that theme has focused on the influence of rivers on Montana lifeways -- "Gathering at the Headwaters: The Influence of Rivers and Riparian Lifeways in Montana and the Mountain West."
All of this 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 fourth presentation in 2014 (fourth as the Montana, seventh counting the three years of the National before) 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.