Bear Hug Mountain Festival 2020

Sept 11,12,13

Registration and more info about the performers - April 1
Payment by check or PayPal

About Bear Hug

Bear Hug is Montana’s longest running contra dance and old-time music weekend.  On the shores of Flathead Lake, it is an “all-inclusive” experience, with entertainment, food, and lodging provided.  From the first camp in 1984 through today, Bear Hug has offered folks of all ages a joyful, smile-filled weekend of dance and music, Montana style.

We feature three days of dancing, including Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning dancing.  Music and dance workshops, caller resources, a concert, and storytelling make this a truly folklore-filled event. 

In addition to dance and music, you can swim, sun, or paddle a canoe (provided) from a sandy beach or deep water dock.  The park-like wooded grounds of the peninsula offer many sanctuaries along the lake shore for self-reflection or quiet talks with old and new friends.  For the more competitive at heart, there are also basketball and volleyball courts, outdoor ping-pong tables and horseshoe pits.


Rodney Miller

Jeffrey Spero

Rob Zissette

Laura Zissette


Diane Silver

Woody Lane


$190 Early Bird Adult  (until July 15)
$215 Regular Adult
$240 Sleepy Bird  (After September 1)
$130 Early Bird Non-Dancing Adult   (Until July 15, $155 after July 15, $180 after September 1)
$100 Work Trade  (If still available, contact registrar)
$100 Youth Scholarship  (Ages 18-30, contact registrar to see if still available)
$80 child 12-17
$60 child 6-11
$0 child 0-5


Bear Hug offers a limited number of Work Trade scholarships for those with limited resources and six Youth scholarships available for dancers aged 30 or younger.  Contact: J. Sky Cova 406-459-1811,

Last updated - March 1, 2020