West Yellowstone Activity Calendar
With no shortage of activities in West Yellowstone, your biggest problem will be deciding which pastimes you're going to enjoy the most! Whether you're exploring solo, traveling with your family, or visiting with a partner on a romantic vacation, there are dozens of year-round and seasonal activities to take part in. From hot rod shows to rodeos, fly-casting clinics to holiday celebrations, the West Yellowstone activities available to you go far beyond simply sightseeing. Visit famous landmarks, learn about the natural, historic, and cultural significance of the region, get physical with outdoor recreation activities, participate in contests and skills trainings, and more.
Browse upcoming events and activities below, and continue to check back as your West Yellowstone vacation approaches, as this page is continuously updated to reflect current and upcoming activities.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 877-600-4308 for more information about any West Yellowstone activities.
September 1-30: Yellowstone Nature Connection
Visit the Yellowstone Nature Connection at the Historic Madison Ranger Station at the east end of the visitor center parking lot on Yellowstone Avenue.
Kids 6 and up can learn about smokejumpers and fire ecology, tools, parachutes, equipment used, and the physical fitness required to fight wild land fires. They are sworn in as Junior Smokejumpers and receive a tote bag, certificate, and a sticker. The center is open:
June 13-End of September, open every day 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
September 2-29: Afternoon Talk with a Yellowstone Park Ranger
Each afternoon at 2:00 PM, a ranger will present a talk on a captivating aspect of Yellowstone's natural or cultural history in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri - The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum is located at the corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street.
Tues, Thur, Sat - The Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is located at 201 South Canyon Street.
Talks are free and open to the public. There is a fee if you choose to visit the rest of the Yellowstone Historic Center or the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Accessible. 30 minutes.
September 5-7: Knothead Jamboree
60th Annual Knothead Jamboree square and round dance. More than squares, there's rounds and lines too! Beginner to pro, everyone is welcome to join in. A full weekend of calling, clapping and color for all ages.
To register, visit www.knotheadjamboree.com
Where: Union Pacific Dining Hall, 104 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Contact: 406-451-7536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 13: WYSEF Golf Tournament
Get ready to hit the links for a good cause! The 1st annual West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation golf tournament will be held on September 13 at 10:00 AM at Big Sky Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the WYSEF Scholarship Fund. Scramble format, four-person teams, great prizes.
Where: Big Sky Golf Course, Big Sky, MT
Contact: 406-640-5713 or email@example.com
September 19: Old Faithful Cycle Tour
What a terrific way to wind down a summer of riding and a unique way to experience Yellowstone National Park. Fall is a gorgeous time to be in the Park - the elk are bugling, the aspens have turned to gold, and the nearly crowd-free thermal areas continue to beckon the explorer. The supported ride is sixty miles round trip, with options available for one way travel. Cyclists in the tour can take advantage of two feed stations, three sag wagons, on-course bike mechanics and end the day with a group meal. The tour is limited by the National Park Service to the first 350 riders that complete the online registration. Registration opens September 15th at 8:00 AM.
September 19: West Yellowstone Foundation 23rd Annual Happening Celebration
Dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions beginning at 5:00 PM. This year's theme: "Our Town".
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting the West Yellowstone Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-646-1152.
The Annual Happening is an important fundraiser for the West Yellowstone Foundation, a non-profit community foundation established in 1992 dedicated to serving the West Yellowstone and Hebgen Lake Basin. West Yellowstone Foundation provides financial grants and is an advocate for the community's children, elders, cultural heritage, natural environment, and economic vitality.
Where: Union Pacific Dining Lodge, 220 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Contact: 406-646-1152 or email@example.com
September 26: Fee-Free Entrance Day
September 26th is National Public Lands Day! In honor of this event, entrance fees to Yellowstone National Park will be waived.
September 26: Yellowstone Rendezvous Trail Run
The air is clear and the trails are perfect... for running! The 2nd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Trail Run is scheduled for September 26th. Once again, all runners, walkers and stroller pushers will enjoy a great car-free run on wide, well-maintained trails. Enjoy the varying terrain as you take in views of the neighboring Yellowstone National Park and surrounding Gallatin National Forest. Start and Finish at the Rendezvous Trailhead Building (no shuttling required!) and recover with friends, family, and a free beer! Half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and a free 2k kid's run are available.
October 2: Annual Stew and Brew
Meet downtown at the Book Peddler/Bunkhouse Barn Interiors for great specials all day, plus extra deals and prizes from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Witch and Halloween costumes encouraged!
Where: Book Peddler & Bunkhouse Barn Interiors
Contact: 406-646-9358 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17-18: Beer Fest In West
Join us for a weekend of beer, food, music, and fun! This year's Beer Fest In West includes our main beer tasting event and chef's pairing dinner on Saturday, our HomeBrew Fest In West competition for amateur brewers, live music by The Gallatin Grass Project and Fool's Gold, and a "hangover" breakfast on Sunday.
All events are held at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. Visit our Beer Fest In West page for ticket sales, schedule of events, contest entry information and more!
Where: Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, 315 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Contact: 406-646-7365 or email@example.com
October 31: Fall Family Festival
Join in the fun at the Fall Family Festival at Community Protestant Church. Activities include games, candy, bowling, face painting, costumes, prizes, and more.
Where: Community Protestant Church, 505 North Electric Street, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
When: Elementary Activities 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM / Junior & High School Activities 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Contact: 406-646-7509 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***November 2: Yellowstone's West Entrance Closed to Motorized Travel***
Yellowstone's West Entrance closes to motorized travel effective November 2. It will re-open on December 15, 2015 to over-snow travel (snowshoe or cross-country ski, or via snowcoach or snowmobile). Daily tours are available from West Yellowstone through businesses with Yellowstone Park permits.
What's it like to take an over-snow snowcoach ride into Yellowstone Park in the winter? Read about it here!
Commercially guided snowmobile trips travel over snow-covered groomed roads to popular destinations including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. These vehicles travel on the same roads that you do in the summer over snow prepared by groomers. Read about it here!
November 11: Fee-Free Entrance Day
Yellowstone National Park entrance fees will be waived on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.