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2024 Big Sky Wildflower Festival

Grow Wild’s Big Sky Wildflower Festival Promises a Week of Learning, Creativity, and Thoughtful Exploration of the Outdoors

Grow Wild is hosting their first annual Big Sky Wildflower Festival out of their native plant demonstration garden, Crail Gardens located at 2100 Spotted Elk Road, Big Sky, MT from July 8 to July 12. There will be speakers with diverse backgrounds speaking on topics that range from creating native pollinator habitat to the vital relationship between riparian habitat and native trout. For the creatively inclined, there will be workshops on nature photography, watercolor and flower arranging-and with Crail Gardens as the backdrop, inspiration won’t be hard to come by. For a bit of competition, join Grow Wild that night at the Big Sky Farmers Market for their Noxious Weed Bouquet Contest and show off what you’ve learned. Lastly, for those who love to learn about the natural world on foot, there will be a wildflower and weed identification hike, a walk in the woods with their resident forester (and board chair), and an amazing opportunity to learn about relational foraging from a current PhD Candidate in Indigenous and Rural Health at MSU. Grow Wild is elated to share these unique experiences and learning opportunities to the community all for free. A full schedule of the festival can be found at their website, growwildmt.org/events as well as registration links for a handful of events, as some have limited capacity.

Grow Wild is an environmental non-profit that began in 2004 and has been serving the Upper Gallatin Watershed ever since. Their mission is to conserve native species through education, habitat restoration, and collaborative land stewardship. They envision functional and healthy ecosystems that are sustained by an informed and engaged community and believe their Wildflower Festival is the perfect opportunity to continue the pursuit of creating such a community.

Contact Abby Butler at conservation@growwildmt.org or by phone at 402-913-4411 for further questions.

 

Songs From The Sky: A Celebration of Original Music – May 22nd – 24th

The songwriter has always been the heartbeat of music. The soundtrack of our lives starts with a person pouring their heart out with an idea and a guitar. A simple act can then snowball into a piece of music that changes our lives forever. Songs From The Sky will allow Big Sky residents and visitors to celebrate national and local songwriters May 22nd-24th.

May 22nd

Lone Mountain Ranch and Lone Mountain Land Company are partnering to offer an unprecedented evening of music featuring some of Nashville’s most notable songwriters in Big Sky on the Ranch. Hear the stories and the inspiration behind the songs you know and love with dinner at Horn and Cantle, followed by a writer’s round featuring:

Barry Dean – “Pontoon” Little Big Town

Marc Holman – “Don’t Think Jesus” – Morgan Wallen

Lori McKenna – “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town, “I Bet You Think About Me,” Taylor Swift

Steve Moakler – “Angel Singin’” Reba McEntire

Travis Wood – “’98 Braves” Morgan Wallen

May 23rd

We want to celebrate and highlight the local songwriters thriving in our Big Sky community. As such, we’ll follow Wednesday’s showcase with a local writers’ round in the style of Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe on Thursday the 23rd at Block 3 to open our hearts and listen to the incredible music created by people in this special town.

May 24th

Friday, May 24th, will shift to the Tips Up for a show from Bozeman-based rock n’ roller’s The Love Darts.

May 24th, the focus moves to the Waypoint and features a celebration of music in film. Featuring films Stop Making Sense, ____, and _____, it will be a day to highlight the impact of music in the cinematic space.

Come celebrate the art of the songwriter here in Big Sky as Songs From The Sky takes its inaugural flight…

Barry Dean

Barry Dean takes nothing for granted. Even after earning a Grammy nomination for Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” and topping charts with four No. 1 singles, he remains awe-struck each time he hears a song he wrote on the radio. Dean still can’t help but think of how he seemed destined to work a 9-to-5 in Kansas––a fate that now seems preposterous, given his track record: two No. 1 singles for Little Big Town, “Pontoon” and “Day Drinkin'”; “Think a Little Less,” which topped the charts for Michael Ray; “Heartache Medication which hit #1 for Jon Pardi; Ingrid Michaelson’s Top 40 smash “Girls Chase Boys”; and an ever-growing list of country and pop successes including cuts with Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, George Strait, Amy Grant, Brothers Osborne and more prove that Dean is doing exactly what he was made to do.

Lori McKenna

From her home base in Boston, Lori McKenna has carved out an enviable niche for herself as one of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters while maintaining a prolific and remarkably consistent career as a solo artist. The release of her anticipated album, 1988, adds to a series of landmark years for McKenna and follows three widely acclaimed albums: 2016’s The Bird & The Rifle, 2018’s The Tree and 2020’s The Balladeer, of which the Associated Press praised, “McKenna has by now long established herself as one of the best songwriters working in any genre. And she does it again and again,” while The Tennessean asserted, “one of the sharpest pens in modern country and folk songwriting.”

In addition to her career as a solo artist, McKenna continues to enjoy success as one of the music industry’s most in-demand songwriters. In 2023, she was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song for co-writing “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault),” performed by Taylor Swift. In 2017, McKenna became the first woman to win the Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year award and the first woman to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year award two years in a row. She also won back-to-back Grammys for Best Country Song: for “Girl Crush,” performed by Little Big Town, in 2016, and “Humble and Kind,” performed by Tim McGraw in 2017. In 2021, McKenna won her third Best Country Song Grammy for co-writing “Crowded Table,” performed by The Highwomen, with Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby. She was also nominated for all-genre Song of the Year as a co-writer for “Always Remember Us This Way” (Lady Gaga) and “Beautiful Noise” (Brandi Carlile/Alicia Keys). In addition, McKenna has written songs for a multitude of award-winning artists, including Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Meg Moroney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and Hailey Whitters. McKenna celebrated her 3rd number 1 song in 2024 with Parker McCollum’s “Burn It Down.”

Steve Moakler

Steve Moakler is a country music singer/songwriter with Pennsylvania roots.  More than 15 years into his career, with a series of acclaimed albums, songwriter cuts with Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Ben Rector, Reba McEntire, Larry Fleet, Mackenzie Carpenter, and more, and cross-country tours with Old Dominion, Willie Nelson, Dan + Shay, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in the rearview, his new album Make A Little Room presents a recipe for something different.  A life of unforgettable moments savored in the spaces between. Writing or co-writing all ten songs on Make A Little Room, a set steeped in uncommon wisdom emerged and delivered with a spark of enlightened electricity.  Just as spacious in approach as in theme, it features an easy-going, rootsy, front-porch pop spirit, as tender vocals alive with gratitude join a bare minimum of bright, breezy guitars.  Throughout, Moakler wraps himself in the freedom of the here and now.  His 7th studio album features the title track and lead song, “Make A Little Room,” as well as tracks “Let’s Go To The Lake,” “Numbered,” and “’ You Being You,” all available now.

Travis Wood

Travis Wood is an award-winning songwriter and producer who signed a publishing deal with Creative Nation in 2019—2023; he earned his first Billboard Country #1 song with Parmalee’s “Girl In Mine.” A native Canadian, he has additionally penned 9 Canadian #1 singles, several of which were consecutive hits for James Barker Band.  In 2024, he earned his first AIMP Award – Publisher’s Pick with “‘98 Braves” (Morgan Wallen) and an additional Rising Songwriter of the Year nomination. Wood has earned additional cuts and releases from Morgan Wallen, Jordan Davis, Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Chris Lane, Corey Kent, Ella Langely, Ashley Cooke, and more with his unique perspective and hit songwriting ability.

Mark Holman

Big Loud Publishing and Warner Chappell Music have signed chart-topping songwriter Mark Holman to a co-publishing deal. Hailing from Ewing, Illinois, Holman found an early love for music through his older brothers and began writing and producing in 2008. Making the big move to Nashville in 2014, he scored his first #1 hit as a songwriter on Florida Georgia Line’s 2018 smash, “Simple,” and now has two singles at Country radio – Cole Swindell’s “Single Saturday Night” + Maddie & Tae’s “Woman You Got” – along with over 60 cuts from artists across a range of genres, including Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen, HARDY, Gary Allan, Three Days Grace, The Struts, Blue October, Halestorm, and Art of Dying.

 

2024 Music in the Mountains

For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists. Our state-of-the-art venue (Center Stage at Town Center Park) provides the perfect backdrop for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy incredible live music under the Big Sky. These family-friendly concerts are held every Thursday from June-September starting at 6 p.m., and the series also includes our annual July 4 concert!

The park opens at 6 p.m. each week, and music starts at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. and will be noted on each concert event listing. Each week enjoy rotating food and beverage vendors at Music in the Mountains. 

NO DOGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK.

TOBACCO USE IS PROHIBITED IN THE CONCERT AREA.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

The talented Madeline Thunder designed this year’s poster art for Music in the Mountains and Metal in the Mountains. Along with other merchandise, each poster will be available throughout the summer at the merch tent during the concerts!

2024 LINEUP:

June 20, 2024: Jeff Crosby Band with emerging artist Mike Murray. Sponsored by Lone Mountain Land Company.

June 27, 2024: Cool Cool Cool with emerging artist Gilda House. Sponsored by Montage Big Sky.

July 4, 2024: The Tiny Band with emerging artist DJ Chedda. Sponsored by HCI Builders.

July 11, 2024: El Laberinto del Coco with emerging artist Cruz Contreras. Sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby’s.

July 18, 2024: The Wood Brothers with emerging artist Buffalo Burrows. Sponsored by Outlaw Partners.

July 25, 2024: Mikaela Davis with emerging artist Jacob Rountree and the Somethings. Sponsored by 3 Rivers Communications.

August 1, 2024: Carolyn Wonderland with emerging artist Emma and the Ledge. Sponsored by Christie’s PureWest Realty.

August 8, 2024: Doom Flamingo with emerging artist Moth. Sponsored by First Security Bank.

August 15, 2024: Erica Falls and Vintage Soul with emerging artist Jazz Cabbage. Sponsored by American Bank.

August 22, 2024: Fruition with emerging artist Tuesday Night Rodeo Club. Sponsored by Hungry Moose Market.

August 29, 2024: The Lil Smokies with emerging artist North Fork Crossing. Sponsored by Yellowstone Club.

September 5, 2024: Pinky and the Floyd. Sponsored by Risk Strategies Company.

Wildlife Awareness

As the snowpack recedes higher in elevation, we are seeing more activity from our local wildlife. The elk and moose are becoming more prevalent in the area again, and the bears are searching for food wherever they can find it. During this time, it is important that we all do our part to keep the wildlife, wild. Giving these animals adequate space in an encounter is always advised. Even from inside a vehicle, it is important to give all wildlife enough space so they do not feel threatened. Another critical action that can be taken is to make sure all bear attractants are secured. A bear attractant can be anything that has a scent. Things like grills, bird feeders, and food trash will attract bears especially this time of year when they have limited natural food sources. It is important to keep these attractants in locations that a bear cannot get into. Please enjoy viewing these beautiful animals while keeping them wild.

Exciting News: Tips Up Unveils State-Of-The-Art Sound System

Tips Up is thrilled to share that a brand-new sound system has been installed! This major upgrade is set to position Tips Up as a premier music venue, rivaling top club-sized venues across the country.

With this transition to a top-of-the-line system, Tips Up will now have the capability to cater to the audio needs of top national artists, making it an attractive destination for tours stopping at similarly sized venues. This upgrade not only enhances our support for local and regional talent but also opens the doors for national acts to perform in Big Sky for one-night shows or multi-night residencies.

Music is at the heart of Big Sky’s identity, and Tips Up is dedicated to providing the best possible experience for both our local community and visitors. The vision is for Big Sky to be renowned not only for its world-class outdoor activities but also for its vibrant nightlife, with a world-class music scene as its centerpiece.

This upgrade marks a significant milestone for Tips Up, allowing them to elevate their music programming to the level of major market venues. Whether you’re a fan of Americana Country, New Grass Jam, Trance DJs, Story-Telling Singer Songwriters, or classic Rock n’ Roll, Tips Up will be delivering exceptional sound quality and a powerful low-end thump to enhance your experience.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey of enhancing our music scene and creating unforgettable moments at Tips Up!

2024 Big Sky Farmers Market

The 2024 Big Sky Farmers Market will take place every Wednesday from 5-8pm, June 5th-September 25th in Big Sky Town Center (Market stretches from Town Center Plaza, along Town Center Ave. and over to Fire Pit Park). Please note that for the month of September the Fall Markets will downsize to a smaller venue tentatively at the Town Center Plaza.

Application forms can be filled out and submitted HERE. Applications will be reviewed by our team for approval with an emphasis towards local/regional farmers, professional artisans, young artists/entrepreneurs, and community organizations – all with a goal of helping to foster and maintain a market that is true to our Big Sky mountain culture. The Fall Markets for the month of September are by invitation. Please let our team know if your brand is interested in attending. Once reviewed we will notify vendors of the status of their application. Thank you for your patience as we process your requests and we look forward to another great market season.

 

New Business Spotlight: Bluebird

Welcome to Town Center: Bluebird

Big Sky Town Center is excited to introduce Bluebird, the latest addition to Town Center Avenue!

Bluebird is a boutique where adventure meets the everyday. Our premium selection of men’s and women’s lifestyle and outdoor attire has you covered whether you’re headed to the tram or the lodge. You’ll find us nestled in the heart of Big Sky, conveniently located at 99 Town Center Avenue. Let us assist you in gearing up for your most stylish season yet.

Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

Grand Opening: November 21 – Join us in celebrating from 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Website: https://bluebird-bigsky.com

Instagram: @bluebird.bigsky

Stay tuned for updates on other new businesses soon to arrive at Town Center!

New Business Spotlight: Surefoot

Welcome to Town Center: Surefoot!

Big Sky Town Center is excited to introduce Surefoot, the latest addition to Town Center Avenue! Surefoot opened its doors a few months ago and is fully equipped to enhance your mountain experience. If you’re seeking a more comfortable day on the slopes, make sure to pay them a visit.

Skiers who’ve experienced Surefoot Ski Boots will attest to the unmatched fit, comfort, and performance that these boots provide. This is why Surefoot confidently guarantees your complete satisfaction. From our renowned Surefoot Insoles to our cutting-edge liners and ski boot shells tailored for different skill levels, Surefoot offers you ski boots that excel in comfort, performance, and style. Our custom liners offer tangible benefits that will elevate your skiing to new levels.

Location: 47 Town Center Avenue (Next to Pinky G’s)

Operating Hours: 10am – 5pm Daily

Stay tuned for updates on other new businesses soon to arrive at Town Center!

7th Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival

Looking for a scary good time this Halloween? Join us in Big Sky, Montana October 27-29 for the 7th Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival. This three-day all ages Halloween celebration in the Big Sky Town Center has become a Fall favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Come enjoy a weekend filled with traditional holiday activities, scary movies, live music, costume contests and races, a haunted house, and great Fall fun. Check below for the latest list of festival activities (updated 10/24*).

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2023 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 27th

Pumpkin Painting Party

Bring your pumpkin or purchase one for $5. Decorating supplies are FREE.

Come decorate your pumpkin at The Wilson Hotel Lobby Bar from 4-7 p.m. RSVP with the concierge at (406) 589-5806.

Submit your design to the annual Pumpkin King & Queen Carving Competition held at Fire Pit Park on Sunday, October 29th from 3-4 p.m.

Skull & Roses Ball

710 Ashbury brings their high-energy Grateful Dead tribute band to Big Sky as part of the Haunted Peaks Halloween weekend! The Ball will include a costume competition with prizes awarded to dedicated costume categories. Themed drinks, photo opportunities, and a whole lot of Grateful Dead will be adorning the halls of the Big Sky Waypoint.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Get your tickets: https://bit.ly/3LVQRX3.

Haunted Peaks Window Display Competition Day 1

Stroll through downtown and admire the spooky creativity of local merchants and artists as they decorate their stores for our annual windows and displays competition. Vote for your favorites by scanning the QR code at participating businesses. Note: they may be located on the window display or inside at the register.

Cast your vote by 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced Halloween day on Town Center’s Instagram and Facebook.

Saturday, October 28th

Haunted House

Join us for the Haunted House Presented By Lone Mountain Land Co. & The Big Sky Real Estate Co. Spooky adventures await those brave enough to enter. See poltergeists, vampires, werewolves, and more. All proceeds go towards the good work of the Big Sky Discovery Academy.

Open 2 – 6 p.m. at the River Rock Lodge located at 88 Big Pine Dr, Big Sky, MT 59716.

Haunted Run 5K & Kids Fun Run

Rock your favorite costume and brave 5k of terror and Halloween-themed challenges. Bring your kiddo(s) down to participate in the Kids Fun Run & Costume Parade! Events are hosted by Moving Mountains in support of Morningstar Learning Center and the Big Sky Discovery Academy.

5K race at 1 p.m. and Kids Fun Run & Parade at 2:30 p.m.

Please contact the race director at megan@movingmountainsmt.com for information and registration.

Mini Monster Mash

Spooky family-friendly Halloween party at The Big Sky Waypoint from 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy a kids costume contest, Charlie Brown Halloween movie, candy, specials, and more.

Halloween Bash With DJ Chedda

When it comes to Halloween Big Sky knows how to party. DJ Chedda will be spinning the best Top 40, Dance, and Hip Hop beats to shake your BOOOOOty to. Enjoy the black light dance party, costume contest for great prizes, Halloween cocktail specials, and more.

Join us at Tips Up on Saturday, October 28th. Admission is FREE (21+). Show from 9 p.m – 1 a.m.

Haunted Peaks Window Display Competition Day 2

Stroll through downtown and admire the spooky creativity of local merchants and artists as they decorate their stores for our annual windows and displays competition. Vote for your favorites by scanning the QR code at participating businesses. Note: they may be located on the window display or inside at the register.

Cast your vote by 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced Halloween day on Town Center’s Instagram and Facebook.

Sunday, October 29th

Yappy Hour Presented By The Rocks

Costume contest and happy hour for people and pets. Win prizes from our panel of pet-friendly celebrity judges, enjoy drink specials, treats, and help raise funds and awareness for RUFF (a local nonprofit providing vital veterinary care to the underserved members of the Big Sky community).

2 – 4 p.m. at Fire Pit Park across from The Rocks

Pumpkin King & Queen Carving Competition

Join us for the 2023 Pumpkin King & Queen Carving Competition on Sunday, October 29th. Bring your best pumpkin and jack-o-lantern designs (must be pre carved/decorated*) to show off and enter for a chance to win.

3-4 p.m. at Fire Pit Park

Haunted Peaks Window Display Competition Day 3

Stroll through downtown and admire the spooky creativity of local merchants and artists as they decorate their stores for our annual windows and displays competition. Vote for your favorites by scanning the QR code at participating businesses. Note: they may be located on the window display or inside at the register.

Cast your vote by 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced Halloween day on Town Center’s Instagram and Facebook.

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