Get Ready for Some Rodeo!

Bull rider at the Red Lodge Rodeo Red Lodge, Photo by Andy Austin

Rodeo is as Western as it comes. What stemmed from skills needed to do actual ranch work has now evolved into a highly skilled competition requiring agility, finesse, strength and quick responses. It’s fast-paced and lots of fun!

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Livingston Roundup Rodeo, which began in 1924. It’s one of the bigger rodeos in the region, drawing professional cowboys from across the nation. This year’s events take place July 1-4, with an extra day added on for the milestone celebration. Also, to commemorate the anniversary, a community concert takes place on June 28, with CMA-award-winning artist John Michael Montgomery headlining the show. Montgomery recently announced he is winding down his touring career, so this may be one of the last opportunities to see him in Montana’s Yellowstone Country!  Local musicians Stephanie Quayle, Jessta James and Levi Blom are also performing.

The Valley View Rodeo at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman is back for a second year. A six-week series with the finals on August 30, this lively rodeo has amateur and professional competition. The events on July 4, August 29, and August 30 are followed by live music, so watch the schedule for times!

Young boys at the Three Forks, MT rodeo Three Forks, Photo by Kaden Harrison

Annual Rodeos:

Event City Dates (Updated for 2024)
Valley View Rodeo Bozeman, MT June 6,13, 20, 27
July 4 & 25
August 1, 15, 22, 29
West Yellowstone Rodeo West Yellowstone, MT June 14-August 17
Wilsall Rodeo Wilsall, MT June 15-16
Gardiner Roundup Gardiner, MT June 14-15
Jardine Rodeo Jardine, MT August 16-18
Sweet Grass Fest & Rodeo Big Timber, MT June 28 & 29
Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo Bozeman, MT July 17-21
Livingston Roundup Livingston, MT July 1-July 4
Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo Red Lodge, MT July 2-4
Three Forks Rodeo Three Forks, MT July 19-20
Livingston Classic PBR Livingston, MT July 13
Bozeman Stampede Bozeman, MT August 8-10
Big Sky PBR Big Sky, MT July 18-20
Big Timber Weekly Pro Rodeo Big Timber, MT September 7 (estimated date)
Big Sky Roundup at Diamond P Ranch West Yellowstone, MT Late summer (visit website for updates)
Hell’s A-Roarin’ Guts N Glory Rodeo Gardiner, MT TBD
Lone Mountain Ranch Rodeo Big Sky, MT Every Tuesday, June 11-Sept 10

Calf roper at the Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo Red Lodge, Photo by Andy Austin