Now in its 11th year, including the three it served as the National Folk Festival from 2008 to 2011, the Montana Folk Festival is well-established in Butte and beyond, drawing acts from around the country and around the world to the Richest Hill on Earth.
This year's festival will begin Friday at 6:15 p.m., when the Treme Brass Band leads a parade from the gates of the Original Mineyard to the stage set up below the Original headframe, and will go until Sunday around 7 p.m., when Annika Chamers will wrap up a set on the same stage.
In between, visitors to the free-as-ever event will be treated to guitar music from Mali, Greek music from Boston, Dominican music from New York and Native American music from Crow Agency, among much else.
A complete schedule of performances, a festival map and information about performers and vendors is available online at www.montanafolkfestival.com.
While the festival is free, organizers do ask that attendees donate — and follow a few other round rules:
- Please show your support and appreciation by dropping a suggested donation of $20 a day per person and $30 per family to ensure the festival remains without admission for all into the future.
- Please, don’t bring your pets to the festival.
- Please, no smoking in the audience or near the performance or audience areas.
- When coming to the festival please take full advantage of festival parking lots and buses.
- Please, travel light and leave your backpacks, bags, totes, and coolers at home.
- Please leave your high-backed chairs at home so the people behind you can enjoy the show.
- Please recycle.
- Please switch your cell phone to silent mode or vibrate in the audience and performance areas.
- Overall, please be respectful of your fellow audience members, the volunteers, and the performers, the volunteers, and the performers.