We are excited that many of our favorite fall activities are returning to Bozeman this year!
#1 Visit Gallatin Valley Botanical at Rocky Creek Farm
A visit to Gallatin Valley Botanical at Rocky Creek Farm is a classic Bozeman tradition in the fall, and fun for the whole family! From late September to Halloween, the Fall Festival at Rocky Creek Farm is in full swing. They have hayrides to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, cider pressing, and more! They also have a farm stand that will be stocked with seasonal produce, carving pumpkins, apple cider, and many more items. While they are under new ownership, the new owners have done a fantastic job of keeping this Bozeman tradition alive.
#2 Go to a Corn Maze
We are excited that the Bozeman Corn Maze is returning this year! They are open October 1st through October 31st and will be back with all their usual fun! A hay maze, hay rides, concessions, and more. The Montana Corn Maze will be opening on September 18th in Manhattan. They will have a 5-acre maze as well as a barrel trail for kids and a wagon ride to and from the maze. They are encouraging online reservations and tickets this year to avoid the crowds. Visit their website for details. Photo credit: Montana Corn Maze Facebook page.
#3 Visit the farmers market
With harvest season in full swing, fall is the best time to visit Bozeman farmer's markets. There are a couple more left of the market at Lindley and the Bozeman Winter Farmers' market usually begins in October and it is a great way to find a wide variety of locally made goods and food. Click here for dates and directions.
#4 Try an escape room
Escape Rooms have gotten very popular over the last few years, and for a good reason, they are so fun! Escape Rooms are mystery game that puts you into a themed adventure with a mystery that you have one hour to solve. There are many different themes including Apollo 13, a diamond heist, and a missing Alice in Wonderland. There are two in Bozeman, the Bozeman Breakout Escape Room and Escape 406.
#5 Pitch a hammock in Lindley Park
Lindley Park is beautiful year-round, but as the leaves start to turn, this is the place you want to be! Tie your hammock to a tree and enjoy looking up at all the changing leaves. If a hammock isn't your style, bring a blanket or camp chairs.
#6 Take your bike for a spin
Have you ever ridden a bike through a pile of leaves? We don’t care how old you are, this is one of the best fall activities. Hop on your bike and enjoy the crisp fall air. Find the nearest Main Street to the Mountains trail access and explore this wonderful network of trails that winds throughout Bozeman. One of our favorite new bike rides in Bozeman starts at the new Story Mill Park and takes the "Path to the M", a paved multi-use path on the north side of Bridger Drive, to the M and Drinking Horse trailheads.
#7 Grab a pumpkin-spice-something and stroll downtown
There are a handful of great locally-owned coffee shops downtown that will be serving up some delicious, fall-inspired drinks. So grab a pumpkin spice something at Wild Joes, Rockford Coffee or Zocalo Coffee House and take a walk downtown! Here are our favorite local coffee shops.
#9 Go to a football game
Nothing says fall like a football game and after missing out last year fans are excited to get back into the stands! On any given game day Bobcat stadium will be full of fans cheering them on. There is also plenty of opportunities to cheer on our high school teams and head to a Hawks or Raptors game!
#10 Pumpkin carving contest
We can't say for sure if this event is happening this year, but it's one of our favorites so we are keeping it on the list! The Kenyon Noble Annual Junior Carpenter Pumpkin Carving Contest is a free event open to kids 12 and under. Kenyon Noble provides the pumpkins, and awards prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. They have three event locations in Belgrade, Bozeman, and Livingston. You can check the community page of their website for updates.
Looking for ideas outside of Bozeman? Click here for 10 things to do in the fall in Montana