Fall season in the Big Sky Country comes and goes faster than you can say Pumpkin Spice Latte. We want you to make the most of it while it lasts so here are the top 10 things to do in October around Bozeman!

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1. Museum of the Rockies 


One of Bozeman’s most well known and popular attractions is the Museum of the Rockies. Here children and adults can find exhibits including a full scale T-rex, a history hall, planetarium, and much more! It’s a great way to spend a gloomy, cold fall day as most guests spend about 4 hours on average exploring the museum. Tickets cost $14.50 for an adult and $9.50 for kids 5-17!

2. Rocky Creek Farm


Throw on a warm sweater, grab your boots, and head over to Rocky Creek Farm for a fun time at the pumpkin patch! Every weekend the farm has hay rides that take you right to the pumpkin patch where you can pick and take home your own pumkin. They also have apple picking, cider pressing, and a farmers stand with fresh veggies, fruits, and meats. It’s a great way to enjoy the cool weather!

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3. Catch a Show at The Ellen


Take a step into the history of Bozeman and head over to the Ellen on Main Street. Built in 1919, this building hosts almost everything from comedians, plays, singers, dancers, and, a personal favorite, showings of classic movies on Sundays. With something going on almost everyday, buy your tickets and spend a fall night in at the Ellen!

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4. Pumkpin Flavored Treats


In a town run by local coffee and tea shops, it’s not hard to find pumpkin flavored treats around here. Feed Cafe is a cute, cozy spot that serves delicous Pumpkin Spice Lattes to warm you up on a cold, fall day. Just for autumn, Wild Joe’s offers its seasonal menu with a bunch of fun Halloween themed drinks and Cafe M offers a latte made with real pumpkin, leaving it as one of the best reviewed fall drinks in town. But if coffee isn’t your thing, The Daily Coffee bar makes delicious pumkin cookies that you don’t want to skip out on while Townsend’s Tea house offers a selection of fall drinks as well. 

5. Cheer on the Bobcat’s


Nothings more of a “fall” activity than watching football, especially in a college town! Here in Bozeman, we cheer on our Bobcat’s during the football season. So grab your tickets and head to Bobcat stadium, donning your (warm) Blue and Gold attire to cheer our team on! 

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6. Get Lost in the Hay Maze


A great option for kids, the Bozeman Maze uses 5000 hay bales to create a tricky but entertaining maze. They also offer hay rides, a mini train ride, and concessions such as pumpkins and corn. The maze can be up to 6 feet tall, making it challenging for people of all sizes. 

7. Visit Raptor Fest


Hosted at the Bridger Ski Resort, right outside of Bozeman, Bridger Raptor Festival is a fun and educational weekend all about birds! For the weekend, Bridger Bowl will have bird viewing, guest speakers, kid’s activities, and more. Completely free, this a great event for not only a fun time but to raise awareness and appreciation for the birds of the Rockies!

8. Buy Local at the Winter Farmer’s Market


A special aspect of Bozeman is that we love buying local and supporting small businesses! An easy way to do this is going to The Winter Farmers’ Market! Every other Saturday from 9am-12pm, you can find local produce, baked goods, soaps, flowers, and more at the Emerson Cultural Center. Everything sold there is grown and made in and/or near Bozeman. 

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9. Listen to Elk Bugles 


Autumn and rutting season coincide here in Montana, meaning you’ll be able to hear elk bugling all over the place! Bull elk bugle as both a sign of dominance and as a way to find other elk. Hunters use mock bugles to locate and draw elk near them. A few great places near Bozeman to hear these awesome sounds are Jackson Creek Trail and Running Elk Ranch. 

10. Take A Hike!


Hiking in Bozeman in the fall weather is a must! A great trail to see bright orange and yellow trees is Triple Tree Trail, south of town. The hike is only 2.25 miles, but gaining 800 feet leads to a beautiful overlook of Bozeman. It can get very muddy after rain, but dries quickly due to high sun exposure. Remember a light jacket as it can be brisk early and late in the day!