Gardiner, Montana, will be celebrating sunny days and summer evenings this Thursday through Saturday with a series of fun, music-filled events downtown set to kick off with the Gardiner Fire Ball July 14 feeding into Gardiner Brewfest July 16. Come join us for a weekend filled with good food, good folks, good places to stay, and live music in the shadow of historic Roosevelt Arch!
Lodging is available in Gardiner with an up-to-date list of open hotels, motels, and other options available through the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce. Many hotels are offering special rates over the course of the weekend to bring much-needed visitation to Gardiner. Most restaurants and other dining options in town are open for business. Round out your stay with a day trip into Yellowstone through an authorized tour guide (the only vehicles currently allowed) or a rafting, horseback riding, or hiking excursion on the nearby Custer-Gallatin National Forest, which is now open to the public.
Access into Gardiner is fully open via Highway 89 from Livingston Montana, while access into Yellowstone from Gardiner is limited to guests traveling in for the day with tour guides only. Visitors can travel on foot into the park to see first-hand the road from Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs so heavily damaged by the June 13 flooding. Witness the aftermath of a flood event that will go down in history!
Thursday, July 14 Fire Ball
The Fire Ball, in its second year, is an annual celebration of downtown Gardiner and the town’s volunteer fire department. The fun begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Park and Main streets and will include food carts, a full bar, a boot for donations to Gateway Hose Company, and loads of dancing and live music. The location is in transition following a massive structural fire that burned down businesses and historic buildings in 2020. ‘We’re having a celebration and remembrance of the fire that changed our landscape and will be gathering collections for the Gardiner volunteer fire department,” says Lisa Curtis. “We’re looking for a fun day.” The Curtis family owned and operated businesses affected by the fire and currently run the pop-up Blue Goose Saloon where the Fire Ball will be hosted. Kick up your heels to “Weston Lewis & the Juicebox Duo” and check out artist display tables where you can purchase paintings, pictures and locally made note cards and jewelry. Cost is free.
Saturday, July 16 Gardiner Brewfest
Whet your whistle with samplings from Montana breweries at the 18th Annual Gardiner Brewfest starting at 3 p.m. Sunday in Arch Park in downtown Gardiner. This family friendly event features locally operated food trucks and art vendors in addition to a “kids’ village” with ice cream and face painting, games, and educational activities. “Brewfest is a fundraiser for non-profits in Gardiner and this year proceeds will go to Snoopy School Cooperative Preschool, our only local preschool,” says event organizer Anna Holloway. In addition to a variety of breweries providing beer samples, wine and cider tastings are available for those choosing to drink gluten free. Enjoy live music on the outdoor stage at the base of Roosevelt Arch from “Pickin’ Pair,” Paul Lee Kufer,” and “Weston Lewis & the Juicebox Band.” Pre-sale tickets are available for $25 at the Tumbleweed Café; Tickets at the gate with beer credits cost $35, and under 21 (or non-drinking) tickets cost $10. All proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Gardiner’s only preschool.
More to Come!
With a lack of regular access to Yellowstone National Park this summer Gardiner, Montana, Nature’s Favorite Entrance to Yellowstone National Park™ is bringing you loads of fun in terms of live music, outdoor gatherings, and events like the Hell’s A-Roarin’ Outfitters’ “Guts and Glory Rodeo Series please keep an eye on our blog and our upcoming calendar of events. We look forward to seeing you soon in Gardiner!
Chelsea DeWeese writes from her hometown of Gardiner, Montana, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.