Autumn is one of Glacier Country’s most vibrant seasons, and with it comes a few of our favorite things: scarecrows, pumpkins, the autumn harvest, seasonal microbrews and unmatched fall foliage. Breathe in the cool mountain air, put on your coziest flannel and join us for some of our best fall events.
FALL GATHERING AT THE MOON RANDOLPH HOMESTEAD
The Moon Randolph Homestead is Missoula’s public homestead and a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The 160 acres of land were purchased in 1889 by Ray and Luella Moon, who built a small claim shack and slowly planted apple and cherry trees on 30+ acres. In 1907 the Randolphs purchased the homestead and added laying hens, dairy cows and a vegetable garden to the premises. Purchased in 1996, and soon after reconstructed and preserved by the city of Missoula, the homestead is open Saturdays for tours of the old outbuildings and the maintained orchard. The Fall Gathering celebrates another year passed on the homestead. Gather under the moon for live music from local musicians, cider pressing, a harvest feast with fresh local food and homemade pie. This event is ticketed and occurs Saturday, October 8.
Additional Fall Harvest Celebrations:
- Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Annual Fall Festival, Sept. 25
- Lone Pine State Park Autumn Equinox Party, near Kalispell, Sept. 22
- Kalispell Harvest & Holiday Farmers Market, Oct. 29 + Farmers Markets throughout Glacier Country
- Halloweentime at Clydesdale Outpost, Oct. 7 – 31 Fridays and Saturdays
GREAT NORTHWEST OKTOBERFEST
Glacier Country continues to be a haven for beer enthusiasts, with more than 35 breweries in the region. So, of course, one of the ways we celebrate autumn is with an epic brewfest. The Great Northwest Oktoberfest in Whitefish is chock-full of delicious German beer, food, music and unique contests like keg hurling, log sawing and stein holding. Test your skills or cheer on competitors from the sidelines. There is a small admission fee, and food and beer are an additional cost. Prepare to wet your whistle and chicken dance your heart out for two weekends, September. 22 – 24 and September. 29 – October. 1.
- Montana Brewers Fall Rendezvous, in Missoula, Oct. 1
STEVENSVILLE SCARECROW FESTIVAL
You’d be hard pressed to find a more unique, family-friendly event than the Stevensville Scarecrow Festival and Brewfest. Locals and businesses craft the cutest, scariest and most creative scarecrows to be viewed and voted for by you. After you’ve voted, head to downtown Stevensville for music, food, a brewfest and more. Children will enjoy the straw maze, pumpkin carving contest, and hayrides. This festival is free to enter and takes place annually, this year October 7 + 8.
Other Unique Events
- Tour of the Arts by Alpine Artisans, Seeley Lake, Ovando, Condon and Lincoln, Oct. 8 + 9
- Tamarack Time!, in Bigfork, Oct. 8
- Battle of the States Bull Riding, Kalispell, Oct. 8
Please note: We ask that all our visitors and residents Recreate Responsibly by being mindful of the following: practice physical distancing; know before you go; plan ahead; play it safe; leave no trace; tread lightly; and build an inclusive outdoors.
September 19, 2022