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.
Breaking News: The 2016 Montana Folk Festival was on track to be a record year for attendance on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, a deluge drenched sound equipment and forced the closure of two of the main stages for safety reasons. It was the right thing to do, but the move resulted in the loss of nearly $50,000 in revenues that are used to pay the essential bills that arrive after the festival. Organizers have since instigated a crowdfunding effort to fill the hole caused by the shortfall. If you are willing to help, or know someone who is able, please share this link to our gofundme campaign -- https://www.gofundme.com/2gzqf8k or invite them to mail a contribution to 2016 Montana Folk Festival, P.O. Box 696, Butte, MT 59703. The tax-deductible funds raised with this effort will be used to pay outstanding bills for tents, transportation and other services and to place the festival on solid footing as we gear up for 2017, the 10th year of its run.
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.