As summer wanes, free fall festivals in Boulder and Townsend welcome the changing season.
Boulder Music and Arts Festival
Musicians, authors and vendors converge in Veteran’s Park for the ninth annual Boulder Music and Arts Festival, noon-7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 11.
Bring a chair and sit and listen, or swing your partner to tunes by a host of Montana musicians. Headliners Wylie and the Wild West, featuring Montana’s favorite yodeling cowpoke and his posse of tune-wranglers, perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Other music-makers include the Heather Lingle Band, Junkman’s Choir, Anything Goes, Brigid Reedy, Longhorn featuring Clint Rieder, Clearwater, Mike Gurizy, Rick Wine, and the local gospel choir and high school choir students.
Browse books, art, photography, crafts, jewelry, pottery, rugs, and more; eat, drink and savor the end of summer.
Admission is free; call 406-461-5690 or visit www.bouldermtchamber.org.
Townsend Fall Fest
Townsend Rotary Fall Fest fills Heritage Park Sept. 30-Oct. 2 with free music and vendors in one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in Montana. Gates are open from 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
A veterans’ memorial ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the tapping of Bayern’s Oktoberfest keg at 2:30 p.m. One of the largest car shows in Montana is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, and Bob’s Brat-Eating Contest begins at 1 p.m.
Entertainers include Ten Years Gone and The Clintons on Friday; Jimni, Tom Catmull’s Radio Static, Ruby Sunset, the Max Hay Band, Shōdown and The Mighty Slick on Saturday; and Dan Henry, The Wench, Stephanie Quayle and Rabbit Wilde on Sunday.
Vendors offer their wares from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and Rotary sells beer and brats all three days.
Call 406-980-1648 or visit townsendfallfest.com for details.