July 19th-21st, Sacajawea Park in Livingston, Montana. Summerfest, a three-day music festival on the bank of the Yellowstone River, is in its 14th year. This family-friendly outdoor music festival offers some of the summer’s best entertainment. The 2013 line-up include The Trishas, The Clumsy Lovers, Gwen Sebastian, Screen Door Porch, Little Jane and the Pistol Whips, The Max, The Shufflebums, The Bop-a-Dips, and Western Skies. Summerfest continues to be a family oriented event with the proceeds going back to the community in the form of an expanded recreation department. Summerfest always has terrific kid’s activities, food and beverage vendors who provide plenty of fuel to keep you dancing to the music!
July 25th – 28th, at the Jackson Ranches near White Sulphur Springs, Montana. Red Ants Pants Music Festival is a home-grown Montana affair featuring Merle Haggard, Robert Earl Keen, Donna the Buffalo, and Greg Brown, along with more than two dozen other performers.
A three-day weekend pass is $115 in advance and $130 at the gate. A one-day pass is $45 in advance and $50 at the gate. Camping is $10 per person and the wristband is good from Thursday through Sunday nights. Camping passes are only available on site (there will be enough room for everyone). There will be a free shuttle between White Sulphur Springs and the concert venue, which is three miles away.
July 31st – August 3rd, Park County Fairgrounds, Livingston, Montana. Summer in Livingston, Montana is fair time — a time when locals gather to celebrate the time-honored traditions of rural Montana. Livingston hosts this county fair which features a carnival, rodeo, various livestock shows and exhibits, pig wrestling, elk bugling, a good old fashioned demolition derby and more. There’s something for the whole family every day of the fair — from pie eating contests to the auction and livestock sale. Don’t miss the fun at the Park County Fair!
August 2nd – 4th, at the Mercier Ranch at the mouth of the beautiful Paradise Valley south of Livingston. Every summer for over 36 years lovers of old-time fiddle music have congregated in Livingston, MT for a grassroots music jamboree known as the Fiddler’s Picnic. Founded by James “Doc” Allison, the event was originally organized as a potluck camp-out for fiddle players to come together and play old-time tunes. The Picnic has gotten larger over the years, but it’s stayed true to Allison’s original vision. Today musicians still perform impromptu jam sessions as crowds gather around. For old-time music enthusiasts or anyone looking for a genuine Montana experience, Fiddler’s Picnic is a rare opportunity to see some amazing musicians perform in an informal setting.
The Picnic format for 2012 will be the same as in past years with plenty of room for jamming, camping, and socializing. The organizers are planning to eliminate the use of the large tents for jamming areas.