Bear Hug Mountain Festival (cancelled for 2020)

Sept 11,12,13

To all dancers ... from the Missoula Folklore Society Officers in consultation with the Bear Hug Mountain Festival Committee:

We, like everyone else struggling with the uncertainties surrounding the COVID -19 pandemic, are re-evaluating events in our lives right now.   After much discussion, and with input from the talent and the camp, it has been decided to cancel Bear Hug for this year.  We hope to see you at the 36th Annual Bear Hug Mountain Festival in 2021!

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.

Last updated - May 19, 2020