- Contest Awards for "Best Band" and "Most Character"
- A late July event
- Held at the Thomas Ranch in Hamilton MT
Overview: If you happen to be anywhere near Hamilton, Montana, do not miss out on the Hard Times Music Festival. You will find the best Bluegrass Music in the state. Listen to the featured groups from both coasts and also from the Rocky Mountain area. Several professional groups attend the fest making this an event in the valley.
When: Held the 4th weekend of July each year. July 27th-29th, 2018.
Where: Thomas Ranch in Hamilton MT
Fees: Adults: $15, Sunday Only: $10, Kids (12 and under): $7, Camping: $15 for the weekend
Details: The Hard Times BlueGrass Festival kicks off Friday night and comes to a close by Sunday evening. Bring your friends, kids and lawn chairs for food, fun, kids bluegrass, and great music under the Big Sky.
Although the campgrounds are provided with running water and restroom facilities, the camping area is rather dry, i.e. there are no water, sewer or electricity hookups and costs $10 for the weekend. Do remember that alcohol and illegal drugs are taboo during the fest days. Pets are welcome but must be on leash at all times.
Featured Activities include 10 Performing Bands, Pioneers in Montana Bluegrass Band Contest Awards for "Best Band" and "Most Character" Kids in Bluegrass Bluegrass Gospel Sunday Morning Lots of Jamming!