Big Sky Country is known for its love of old-west culture from cowboys and music to hospitality and fashion, Montana loves to celebrate its roots. It is no surprise that this passion has made Montana one of the best states to catch a rodeo.
To help you on your trip, we have highlighted the best rodeos in Montana for you to check out. Whether you are an avid rodeo fan or a ‘greenhorn’ these events are certain to offer an unforgettable experience.
The 10 Best Rodeos in Montana
- Dillon Montana’s Annual Rodeo
- Last Chance Stampede Rodeo
- Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo
- Livingston Roundup Rodeo
- Missoula Stampede Rodeo
- Big Timber PRCA Rodeo
- Whoop-Up Days Rodeo
- Belt PRCA Rodeo
- Heritage Days Open Rodeo
- Rockin RC Fair & Rodeo
1. Dillon Montana’s Annual Rodeo
The Dillon Jaycees presents Dillon Montana’s Annual Rodeo happening during Montana’s Biggest Weekend.
Come out to the Beaverhead County Fairgrounds and see some of the best riders from all over and some local riders too.
This will be the 65th annual Dillon Jaycees Rodeo, but the rodeo itself has hosted people from around the state for much longer than a century; hence the nickname “Montana’s Biggest Weekend.”
Tickets are available at the gate. They will be available online beginning August 2nd. Bring the family and watch some great rodeo action! Don’t forget the concert on Sunday night!
If you are planning on visiting just to experience the rodeo, you can check accommodations in Dillon.
2. Last Chance Stampede Rodeo
This is an award-winning rodeo on many levels–even the announcer has won various accolades at this main event in the heart of Helena, Montana.
The 3-night event features many award-winning broncs and bulls along with Montana Circuit Cowboys and Cowgirls and top-level PRCA contestants from across the nation.
The show features seven events sanctioned by the PRCA, and in the evenings there is a concert.
You can find plenty of great accommodations in Helena, Montana if you are traveling to come to see the rodeo.
3. Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo
Here is an event that personifies the heritage, culture, and excitement of the NW Montana region. With more than 120 years of tradition, this event comes to life every year in August for three nights of PRCA Rodeo action.
Some of the highlights of the fair include the cream of local talent, a Livestock Show and Sale, commercial exhibitors, and over 8,000 hand-crafted, individual exhibits that showcase the talent and passion of local residents for cultural and artistic pursuits.
The fair also features a huge concert, some exciting carnival rides, and plenty of wonderful fair culinary delights.
4. The Livingston Roundup Rodeo
The Livingston Roundup Rodeo is one of those Montana institutions with something of a long and colorful history dating back one hundred years or more to the 1920s when the event was first established.
The idea came to fruition once a bunch of top bucking broncos had been brought into Livingston, Montana and a rodeo was officially recognized in Park County. The Livingston Roundup was originally one of eight Class A rodeos across the country that paid out big purses.
That local tradition continues today in the form of sell-out, cream of western rodeo action alongside some of the best rough stock in the country.
For those traveling to experience this unforgettable rodeo for themselves, there are plenty of accommodation options in the town of Livingston.
5. Missoula Stampede Rodeo
This exciting and well-known Missoula rodeo is held at the Western Montana Fair and organized by Sankey Pro Rodeo
This summer rodeo is one of the premier events in Missoula, coming across as a combination of the Western Montana State Fair and one of the best rodeos around.
The event is typically held over 3 days in August covering Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Missoula has plenty of options for accommodations for those looking to check out the Missoula Rodeo.
6. Big Timber PRCA Rodeo
Big Timber has a weekly PRCA Rodeo that hosts some great competitions and events including enthralling NFR specialty acts.
This is a well-organized event complete with a big screen for instant replays of the action. Also featuring a plethora of different vendors, NFR quality bucking stock, concerts and live music, world champion athletes–and a world-class announcer—the event runs from August to early September.
Spectators and competitors alike crowd in on this local rodeo event in Big Timber, Montana which is organized and operated by a company with half a century’s worth of experience in this game JS Rodeo Company.
Big Timber is limited in accommodations, so it is best to book in advance if you need a place to stay.
7. Whoop-Up Days Rodeo
Conrad’s rhubarb festival coincides with this annual Whoop-Up Days celebration to make one big event.
The rodeo is typically held over the first weekend of June and the Conrad Rodeo Grounds come to life. Now celebrating more than 70 years of events, the Annual Whoop-Up Days and Rhubarb Festival is a great place to bring the whole family if you enjoy a good rodeo and some other, ranch-style competitions and antics.
The activities usually kick off on Friday evening with a children’s carnival, and the following morning the Conrad Lions Club offers a free pancake breakfast.
Anyone wishing to work those off can join the Center Fun Run, while Conrad’s youth have another parade up Main Street before the Whoop-Up Rodeo begins at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, there’ll be plenty of rhubarb pies for sale too, along with more contests—this time of the pie variety.
If you are looking for a place to stay when checking out this rodeo, we recommend you check out the Super 8 by Wyndham Conrad and book in advance due to limited lodging options near the event.
8. Belt PRCA Rodeo
Locals in the small Montana community of Belt have been organizing, participating in, and enjoying this rodeo since 1961, and rodeo fans from all head over to this event typically held on Father’s Day weekend every year.
9. Heritage Days Open Rodeo
Columbia Falls is host to western Montana’s longest-running series open rodeo at the end of July when it hosts this mega 5-day event.
The annual celebration includes all kinds of community-style cowboy fun with competitions, activities, and concerts. This standing tradition series open rodeo features all the classic rodeo activities like saddle broncs, bareback, bull riding, team roping, chute dogging, and steer riding, to name but a few.
10. Rockin RC Fair & Rodeo
Late August is when Ravalli County plays host to this Bitterroot Valley event of the year by way of the fair.
The event features various rodeo events each day, and spectators can catch team events involving cowboys and cowgirls competing in events like trailer loading, and various other activities that might usually occur on a ranch.
You can indulge in a spot of spectating from the grandstands as local cowboys pit themselves against big bulls. This is a well-attended event with competitors and spectators alike traveling from all over to enjoy the annually-held fun which typically occurs over Labor Day weekend.
This is one of the best family-friendly fairs you are likely to encounter in Western Montana, and the event like many in Montana is considered the best way to celebrate local agricultural heritage and tradition by the coming together of like-minded people for a few fun-filled summer days at the end of summer.
The event kicks off with the Fair Parade on the Wednesday before Labor Day, in downtown Hamilton at around 10.00 am. You can check out accommodations in Hamilton to make sure you stay close to the action.