BUTTE – Butte is known as the city of festivals and many of its festivals and events will be back this summer and this is something more than businesses need.
“I need this! Yes, Butte really needs this and for my sanity, it’s really important that it comes back this year,” said Montana Folk Festival organizer George Everett.
the Montana Folk Festival and the An Ri Ra Irish Festival will return to Butte this summer after being canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic. Butte’s St. Patrick’s Day the parade will also return on March 17and after being sidelined for two years.
Events like these are important to Butte’s economy.
“If you ask any of these bars, restaurants or hoteliers last year or the year before what impact it had on them,” said St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizer Matt Boyle .
The folk festival, which started in Butte in 2008, is a free three-day music festival that draws tens of thousands of people to the mining town.
“And if we’re lucky, we can have the success that we had in 2019 with the same number of stages, same number of performances, different artists,” Everett said.
August will also see the return of An Ri Ra, which celebrates Butte’s Irish heritage through music, dance and culture.
“I think it’s important for the spirit of the community. It seems it has become safe enough to hold outdoor events and we hold most of our events outdoors at the original mine site,” said Tom Powers, organizer of An Ri Ra .
Organizers expect these events to be well attended, even though many have been closed over the past two years due to the pandemic.
“I expect we probably have more people than we can handle. And that would be nice, that’s a problem we’d like to fix,” Everett said.