Fall Activities & Weather!
Fall in Montana is simply magical. From leaves changing colors, to fall festivals, to spending time outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this autumn!
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Flathead Valley (Whitefish & Bigfork)
Great Northwest Oktoberfest – 2 GREAT WEEKENDS! September 22–24 & September 29–October 1. Enjoy delicious German food, drinks, music and dancing, crazy contests, food trucks, artists, crafters and so much more! Stay Montana is proud to be one of this year’s premier sponsors of Oktoberfest in Whitefish! All of our Stay Montana guests that are attending Oktoberfest will be offered free entrance tickets!
Get a pumpkin spice latte and stroll Downtown Whitefish – Downtown Whitefish is particularly charming in the fall as the colors change and the air becomes crisp. It’s the perfect time to explore, shop, dine and enjoy a pumpkin spice drink!
Visit the Conrad Mansion through October 15th (open 7 days a week, 9am-4pm) – The Conrad Mansion is in Downtown Kalispell and was built in 1895. It gives us a glimpse into the life of early pioneers in Montana! This home is magnificently well maintained and makes you feel like a person from the past as you tour!
Visit Glacier National Park – GNP is a hidden fall gem. Tourist traffic tends to decline in the fall making it the perfect relaxing, nature getaway! The leaves in the park change colors and make for a very magical experience! Bike the Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike one of the many trails (we like the Apgar Lookout Trail), take a boat tour on Lake McDonald, and so much more!
Play a round of golf – Golf at Whitefish Lake Golf Club through October!
Make your way through a corn maze – Fritz Corn Maze is a Kalispell staple for fall activities! Tour the maze, haunted barn and even catch a drive-in movie!
Pick your own pumpkins at a pumpkin patch – Sweet Pickin’s Pumpkin Patch in Kalispell (Open Sept. 18th – Oct 31st – 7 days a week) Not only are there pumpkins, Sweet Pickin’s offers giant jumping pillows, a petting zoo, an apple cannon, kettle corn and more fun fall activities!
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Bozeman & Big Sky
Visit Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone is a beautiful fall destination as tourists thin out and the foliage changes colors. Go wildlife watching, take a hike, go for a bike ride, or do some fall fishing!
Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival (Big Sky Town Center, End of October) – Enjoy live music, the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, a costume block party, a horror film festival, Yappy Hour costume party for people and their pets, a haunted run to the pub, Pumpkin King & Queen carving competition, and many more festive, fall activities!
Visit Rocky Creek Farm in Bozeman and pick your own pumpkins! Take your little ones to pick our their own pumpkins and enjoy fall activities! Plus, they offer fall festival farm visits where you can reserve a time to bring your family.
Bozeman Maze (October) – The maze is an autumn staple in Bozeman. Enjoy the 5000 bale maze, concessions, powerjump bungee trampoline, hay rides, pumpkins, and much more with the whole family!
Catch a Bobcat home football game – You wouldn’t get the full Bozeman experience if you didn’t attend a Bobcat football game! Enjoy not only the game itself, but tailgating before the game and celebrations around town when they win!
Take a hike and enjoy the fall colors! – Ousel Falls Trailhead in Big Sky is one of our favorites!
Fall Weather in Montana
The weather in Montana tends to be more mild in the Fall months. September is a bit of a transitional month where it has warmer, sunny days in the 60s and 70s and cooler nights in the 30s and 40s.
October feels the most like fall with temps in the 50s and 60s during the day with lots of sun as the leaves change colors. The evenings really start to cool off and make for great sweater weather!
November is definitely more chilly as we start to see some snow in higher elevation areas, but don’t pack your fall sweaters too soon, there are still some warmer days here and there!