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Montana Folk festival 2017

Thousands of people gather in the Original Mine yard to kick off the annual Montana Folk Festival in July 2017.

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

While the festival is free, organizers do ask that attendees donate — and follow a few other round rules: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Please, don’t bring your pets to the festival. 
  3. Please, no smoking in the audience or near the performance or audience areas. 
  4. When coming to the festival please take full advantage of festival parking lots and buses.
  5. Please, travel light and leave your backpacks, bags, totes, and coolers at home.
  6. Please leave your high-backed chairs at home so the people behind you can enjoy the show.
  7. Please recycle. 
  8. Please switch your cell phone to silent mode or vibrate in the audience and performance areas. 
  9. Overall, please be respectful of your fellow audience members, the volunteers, and the performers, the volunteers, and the performers.

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