The Brothers Osborne, Country’s newest working-class heroes, will be in Great Falls to kick off the Montana State Fair and headline a variety of live music and entertainment. Brothers Osborne take the stage at 7:30pm, and until then, more than 1,000 adventures await in Great Falls; how will you create your perfect day in the basecamp?
When you wake, the air will be fresh, warm, and clear, so why not enjoy a walk or bike ride along the nationally-recognized River’s Edge Trail? A local favorite is the 3.5-mile Urban Loop that takes you across the Missouri on a pedestrian bridge, past West Bank landing, along the low-level wetlands, back across a different pedestrian bridge, and back into Gibson Park. Along the way, you’ll see amazing art, gorgeous scenery, and graceful birds.
After your trek on the trail, you’ll need a great breakfast. Look no further than the Celtic Cowboy; where you can enjoy a live music brunch. Order off the menu, feast on the omelet bar, sample from the salad and pastry bar and if that isn’t enough, you can build your own Mimosa or Bloody Mary. My favorite is the Irish oatmeal; my husband always orders the biscuits and gravy, and a local favorite is bangers and hash. There’s so much to love, and the live music will help you prepare for the concert!
By now, you’re ready to see the rest of Great Falls and experience true western art and culture; the CM Russell Museum collects and preserves the art of Charles M Russell, the famed ‘cowboy artist’ that brought the vivid colors, scenery, and heritage of the west to life in his paintings. Marvel at the vast collection of paintings and sculptures, tour Russell’s home and studio, and admire the art from modern artists that CM Russell inspired.
Curious how Great Falls got its name? As the only city with 5 falls along the Missouri River, Great Falls’ earliest settlers saw the potential for hydroelectric power. Today, you can witness the awesome power of nature just 5 miles north of Great Falls at Ryan Dam, where the namesake of our city, the Great falls, is located. Follow the signs from Highway 87 to arrive at Ryan Island, where you’ll cross a suspension bridge to a park that overlooks the Great falls. Here, you’ll hear the roaring water along the canyons just as the men on the Lewis & Clark expedition witnessed it. Take the short walk up the steps for a grander view of the falls; you might even see a bald eagle nest!
On a summer afternoon, there’s nothing better than a pint of cold craft beer. After your trek to the Great Falls, head downtown to the Mighty Mo Brewing Company, where you can enjoy a pint of (my favorite) Dam Fog, a light and crisp ale, outside. If you’re hungry, the Mo offers a full menu of salads, wings, pizza, and more. While outside, you’re bound to strike up a conversation with a local or another fan looking forward to seeing the Brothers Osborne take the stage; enjoy the camaraderie!
No fair experience is complete without a stop (or 2, or 3) to the food court! Before you get your fill of some of Nashville’s best, get your fill of a Viking, a hands-down favorite among the Fair’s food. A much-touted meatball on a stick, battered then deep-fried, it is the stuff of legends.
Head inside to enjoy the show. Listen to the sound of crowd cheering as the Brothers Osborne take the stage. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for, and you realize that it was the unexpected moments from the day you’ll carry with you.
There are plenty of great options for staying close to the Montana ExpoPark and the River’s Edge Trail. Check out a list of lodging properties for staying in Montana’s Basecamp that will make your trip memorable.