The Sweet Pea Festival is a three day festival of the arts held the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August. The week leading up to the Festival offers additional fun-filled, community events. Artists of all skill levels converge on Main Street on Tuesday for Sweet Pea’s Chalk on the Walk. Wednesday evening local restaurants line Main Street to offer up samples of their fare, while musicians entertain, during the ever popular Sweet Pea’s Bite of Bozeman and the Sweet Pea Art Show runs July 14 through September 1 at the Emerson Center for Arts & Culture.
The Festival kicks off late Friday afternoon in Lindley Park with a performance by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; Saturday begins with both a children’s and adult run and the Sweet Pea Parade that lead the community to Lindley Park where the festivities continue through 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend entertainment comes in many forms – music of all genres, performances by local theatre and dance troupes, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, a craft beer and wine garden featuring Montana microbrews, and over 100 arts and crafts vendors.
Admission to events leading up to Festival weekend is free. Admission to the events in Lindley Park requires the purchase of an admission wristband. (Children six and under admitted free.)
Sweet Pea is a 501c3 non-profit organization and proceeds from the Festival are given back to the community in the form of grants and sponsorships of arts organizations and arts education.