These summer nights are prime time for both two-stepping the night away and lounging on the porch, all in one. The good news is, you can do both right here at the Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks. Embrace the slower pace of small-town life for an evening of music at the Sac. We have plenty of options, so take your pick from open mic nights, karaoke and live local favorites. Check out all the details below.
Located at The Bridge near Three Forks (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you’ll just have to head to the festival grounds to see the unusual backdrop), Rockin’ the Rivers really is rockin’. The lineup keeps things pumping well into the night, and you’ll love the headliners this year—everyone from Cheap Trick to Dead Fervor will be coming out to play. But there’s more to an event than just the music. Here’s the rundown of everything you need to know about the festival and how to prepare.
Small-town charm runs rampant at the Manhattan Potato Festival. Manhattan has been around since the mid-1800s and is a town that has been home to a diverse range of ranchers and farmers. An earthquake in 1925 destroyed many of the town’s original buildings, so the main drag has a distinct 1920s feel. Old US 10 passes right through Main Street, and there’s a whole lot of quaintness to check out. Immigrants from the Netherlands arrived in the Gallatin Valley in the 1800s, ready to grow barley for nearby malters, and the agricultural industry grew from there.
Held the third weekend in July, Bannack Days celebrates the history of this local ghost town, a testament to days gone by and the frontier past that is still alive in the region. The town was founded in 1862 when John White struck gold (well, panned it) in Grasshopper Creek. Prospectors made a rush to Bannack, hoping to strike it rich too, and with them came enterprising businessmen of the age ready to profit off of the influx of people. The town began to grow.
In mid-July, nearly a dozen of Montana’s best breweries come to party in Virginia City for the Dog and Grog Microbrew Festival. Not only can you experience this historic ghost town, preserved for you to explore, but you’ll find fun activities to enjoy between pints of local tasty beverages during the festival. Right next to the Bale of Hay Saloon, you’ll find the tent where the beer magic happens, where you can drink your way through some of the best craft breweries in Montana while you relax under the big top.
When it comes to holiday get-togethers, you want to set the scene for Montana winter magic. It’s up to you whether that comes from raising a glass to a great year of sales with coworkers or enjoying little moments with family from near and far. Go for the unexpected to set the holiday mood of twinkle lights and champagne (or sparkling cider) with all the venues in the Sacajawea to host the best holiday party. The historic Sacajawea Hotel in the heart of Three Forks, Montana, is the top spot for holiday party fun.
Small-town Montana ups the ante when it comes to winter fun. In and around Three Forks, you’ll find the charm all through winter and beyond, with these seasonal events that make snowy weather even better.
Change is in the air, and fall in the Headwaters region is the perfect time to relax, unwind and relish some activities you can only enjoy in autumn. Southwest Montana is all awash with fall colors and alpenglow sunsets, and a break from summer crowds means you have all this bite of Big Sky to yourself to enjoy. So saddle up, and set out to test some of these unforgettable tastes of fall fun.
The benefit of staying in Three Forks is being at the hub for easy access to everything Montana has to offer. Fall is prime time to take advantage of that—as days get crisp and leaves get crunchy, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore. The agricultural emphasis under the Big Sky takes an autumnal twist, with hay and corn mazes close at hand. Hop in the car for a quick drive to wind your way through classic fall flavor, and enjoy a little maze time.
Styling and floral by Katalin Green.
At the Sacajawea Hotel, all of life’s moments—from anniversaries to board meetings, wedding receptions to reunions—can be marked in the historic event spaces. With unending amenities and modern twists to classic offerings, you’ll find what you need for your next big event.