On the First Friday of every month we have the First Friday Event with all stores staying open late, featuring special guests and bargains galore! Art is a part of the First Friday event. Often businesses will host an artist; the artist displays their work which is available for purchase. There is lots of music, food, and fun at this family friendly event. Stores and restaurants are open late and ready to welcome First Friday visitors. First Fridays are held every month except January. For more information call SMSA @ 777-3773 www.mainstreetstevensville.com
Stevensville First Fridays!
First Friday is celebrated the first Friday of every month except January. Businesses often feature special guests, artists, live music, and free refreshments! Many stores and restaurants stay open late, ready to welcome First Friday visitors. Check our Facebook page for the latest updates, or watch for First Friday fliers.
Montana Rockies Bluegrass Assn. Spring Festival
Saturday, April 14 Noon–8:30 pm
MRBA Spring Festival features 17 great bands which change every thirty minutes. Good music and good people guarantee a whole lot of fun. Food will be available. Admission charged. The event is held at Lone Rock School, 1112 Three Mile Creek Road, off the Eastside Hwy, 5.5 miles northeast of Stevensville, then east three miles on Three Mile Creek Road. Call Mike or Tari at 406-821-3777, www.mtbluegrass.com
Historic St. Mary’s Mission
Opens April 17 for the Season
Founded in 1841 as a Jesuit mission to the Native Americans, the church led to Montana’s first pioneer settlement. St. Mary’s Village, later Stevensville, grew up around St. Mary’s Mission. Guided tours available. Closed Sunday and Monday. Contact: Colleen Meyer 777-5734, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.saintmarysmission.org
Stevensville Harvest Valley Farmers Market
Come out to meet and do business with local food and crafts vendors on west 3rd Street every Saturday 10am to 2pm. Stacie Barker 406-381-6145 or facebook.com/stevifarmersmarket
National Day of Prayer, May 5
Nationwide annual event held on first Thursday in May from noon to 1:00 pm. The historic St. Mary’s Chapel will be open for private prayer. At 12 noon people will gather at the St. Mary’s Chapel flag pole for prayers emphasizing divine guidance for city, state and federal leadership. Sponsored by the American Legion and Masonic Lodge of Stevensville. Contacts: Joel Foster 273-0066 or Chuck Bergmeier 253-380-7016
Pie in the Big Sky Pie Auction
First Friday, May 4
Pies of every description! A live pie auction, sponsored by the SMSA, will be held on First Friday in May at the Rocky Mountain Bank at 6:30pm. We’ll keep having fun until all the pies are gone! Plan to attend this entertaining event.
Western Heritage Days
Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23
Friday, June 22 Lots of old West activities and fun events for kids and adults alike! Old-time chuck wagons, vendors, and kids’ activities are set up by 4pm. From 6-8pm join a campfire social with pickin’ and grinnin’ and tall tales at the Chuck Wagon Camp adjacent to Historic St. Mary’s Mission, 4th and Charlos Streets. Downtown, enjoy live music, beer garden, and street dance until 10pm at 3rd and Main.
Saturday, June 23. The parade starts at 11am with cowboys and cowgirls, Salish Indians, horses, and floats, all honoring our heritage. The Ned Larson Memorial Chuck Wagon dinner is a treat in every sense, served at 12:30pm. Salish music, dancing, and children’s activities 1-3:30pm at Historic St Mary’s Mission. Art, crafts, and food vendors on 3rd street; special retail events and open houses throughout the downtown; tours at Historic St. Mary’s Mission. Interpretive horse-drawn wagon tours to Fort Owen State Park, wagon rides to St. Mary’s Mission; beer garden and food court during the afternoon and evening. Downtown Saturday night live music and street dance until 10pm.
Gypsy Solstice Faire
Friday June 22 through Sunday June 24, 9 am to 8 pm, daily
For a little family fun, that goes completely the other direction from Western Heritage Days, do your thing in town, then come enjoy a gypsy camp full of mystic adventures and vendors with unique merchandise. Look for the encampment south of town at 3535 Eastside Highway. Vendor applications online. Call Anna at The Mystic Owl, 406-777-5571, facebook.com/gypsysolsticefaire, email@example.com
Blessing of the Cars Auto Show
Saturday, June 30, 9am-2pm
Enter your cherished car, truck or tractor for a $10 fee and then have fun enjoying the other entries, craft vendors, food and music on the grounds of Our Savior Lutheran Church, 184 Pine Hollow Road. Trophies and plaques will be awarded. Cars blessed for free. All funds will be donated to charity. Contact Hank Biesterfeldt, 262-331-1075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SMSA Golf Tournament
Saturday, June 30
Held at the Whitetail Golf Course at 4925 Wildfowl Lane adjacent to the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. Stevensville Main Street Association – PO Box 18, Stevensville, MT 59870 – VISITOR CENTER: 102-B Main Street – 406-777-3773
“Stars, Guitars and Cars” Auto Show
Sunday, July 9, 11am to 3pm
A car show and more: awards, music, food and fun! Call Stevensville NAPA Auto Parts, 406-777-5791.
Music at the Mission
July 15, 7 pm
Get together with your neighbors for an evening of gospel, sing-a-long, folk, and possibly accordion music in the Historic St. Mary’s Mission chapel. For more information go to email@example.com or www.saintmarysmission.org
Sapphire Quilt Club
July 13 & 14
The club’s bi-annual quilt show is a feast of color, design, skill and countless hours of dedication. Stevensville High School gym, Friday, 10-6, Saturday 10-4. Contact Rebecca Stapert at 406-273-9078 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
For a good look at wildlife in their own backyard, at riparian habitats, and at a great visitor center, visit the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. www.fws.gov/refuge/lee_metcalf or call 406-777-5552.
106th Creamery Picnic
Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4
This traditional Stevensville commemorates the gratitude of Howe’s Creamery when the townspeople rebuilt the creamery building after a devastating fire. Mr. Howe threw us a picnic a month later in August, 1911. Thereafter, we kept up the tradition ourselves. Enjoy breakfast at the Masonic Temple, 7-11am, 3rd and Church Streets, the parade at 11 AM, the Montana State Bar-B-Q contest, food vendors, many crafters and booths. Music, beer, great food, and fun! And why not have some ice cream? This family oriented event takes place in the Lewis and Clark Park and in Downtown Stevensville, beginning at 6:30pm Friday evening with the Kiddie Parade and reluctantly sputtering out in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Call Tonya Eckert, 406-239-9431. www.creamerypicnic.com
Tuesday, September 11, 11:00am
Veteran’s Park, 100 Main Street. Join us to pay respects to all of the valiant first responders, the victim/heroes of 9/11 and their families. Stevensville Fire Department, 406-218-8285.
Founders Day Celebration
Sunday, September 24
Stevensville ~ Where Montana Began ~ a celebration commemorating 176 years as the first community in Montana, beginning at 2pm at Historic St. Mary’s Mission, located at the west end of 4th Street. Contact email@example.com or www.saintmarysmission.org
This popular annual event begins on First Friday, encourages businesses, families, anyone, to create unique, entertaining or culturally current scarecrows to be displayed Downtown and along the Stevensville entrance trail. Entries are judged by those who view them. Winners are awarded prizes. Come to Stevensville, enjoy the usual evening of fun, festivities, and artistic talent, but don’t forget to check out all those scarecrows. Voting closes Saturday and awards are announced Monday. Many scarecrows will be available to view through the end of October.
Small Business Saturday
November 24 (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
After battling the hordes on Black Friday, don’t forget the old saying, “Shop at Home.” Save part of your Christmas budget to visit our local businesses. You will discover rare finds that will delight friends and family on your holiday list.
A Stevensville Country Christmas
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8
This festive celebration begins with the Parade of Lights, caroling down Main Street, the Christmas Story enactment, and holiday cheer. Decorations and lights adorn our historic town. Open houses at the businesses with complimentary Christmas treats, horse and wagon rides throughout the evening, and a hayride to boot! Santa arrives for pictures and a memorable evening is always had by all.
Splendor on Main
December 1 or 8 (TBA)
Stevensville Main Street Association’s annual fundraising gala with delicious food, great wine pairings, local micro-brews, silent and live auctions, door prizes, live music, and more.