Bitter Root Day – A Cultural Heritage Event

41st Annual Bitter Root Day

Saturday, June 12, 2021 

From 9am – 1pm

Ravalli Bitter Root Day

What is Bitter Root Day?

Bitter Root Day is a festival centered our state flower, the Bitter Root.

In 1893, at the World’s Fair, in Chicago, people voted for the Bitter Root to become our State Flower. Out of 5, 857 ballots, the Bitter Root won with 3, 671 votes.  The Salish revere the flower as a gift from the Creator and its appearance in spring is honored through celebration and feasts  (The Bitter Root Valley is the homeland of the Salish Tribe who currently reside on the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana.)

The Annual Bitter Root Day Festival includes authentic Salish drumming, dancing, and singing, free activities for children of all ages, arts, crafts, food and produce from local and out of area vendors, and a special exhibit.

This event is sponsored by:

  • Humanities Montana
  • Big League Builders
  • Trail West Bank
  • Montana Arts Council
  • Ravalli Republic
  • Jane S. Heman Foundation

Vendor Policy and Contacts:

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