Buckwild for Bull Riding in Big Sky

Annual professional bull riding competition in Big Sky, Montana

The event happens rain or shine. No ifs, ands, buts or bull(s) about it.

Only in its 6th year running, the Big Sky Professional Bull Riding competition is the biggest event in Big Sky.  Bringing together local families and attracting visitors of all ages from around the U.S., the week-long event is filled with impressive bull riding, mutton bustin’ with kids, community barn dancing, concerts, auctions and after parties. Last year, 76 bucking bulls, 40 bull riders, five live bands and 150 sponsors helped make the event a massive success creating both a social and economic impact, community building opportunity, entertainment and an electric energy that kept Big Sky buzzing for weeks.

Professional Bull Riding - Big Sky, Montana

And it’s happening again this year. The 2018 Big Sky PBR will run July 25- 28, 2018.

The multi-generational, wholesome affair provides an authentic taste of the Wild West right in Big Sky. The unique blend of cowboy culture, frenetic bulls, live entertainment, outdoor recreation, and surrounding natural beauty creates an action packed week that invigorates the sometimes sleepy facade of Big Sky, Montana.

The Big Sky PBR also proudly supports local and regional charities with proceeds from the Calcutta auction during each night of the event, raffle ticket sales and donations. To date, over $300,000 has been raised to support charities including: Rotary Club of Big Sky, Moonlight Community Foundation, Spanish Peaks Community Foundation and Rider Relief Fund.

Kick up some extra dust this year because they’ve added an additional night of bull riding on Thursday, July 26.  Five years running, professional bull riders have voted this the PBR Event of the Year — and you certainly don’t want to miss the 6th. If your kids are looking for their moment of glory, Mutton Bustin’ might be it! Similar to bull riding, children suit up and hop on the back of a sheep while the clock runs with them.  Whoever stays on the longest wins a trophy almost as tall as them.

Big Sky PBR competition- Mutton Bustin

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Wednesday, July 25

Big Sky PBR Golf Tournament to Benefit the Western Sports Foundation
Location:
Moonlight RESERVE Golf Course
Registration at 9am, Shotgun Start at 11am

Big Sky PBR Street Dance presented by LEVI’S®
Location: Town Center Ave, Big Sky Town Center
Immediately following Farmer’s Market, FREE

 

Thursday, July 26

Third Annual Big Sky Art Auction – bigskyartauction.com
Location: PBR Arena Tent
3-6pm, FREE

Big Sky PBR Bull Riding Night 1
Location: PBR Arena, 6-8pm

Music In The Mountains Big Sky PBR Kick-Off Concert Featuring Shovels & Rope
Presented by Big Sky PBR
Location: Town Center Park, 8pm, FREE

 

Friday, July 27

Big Sky PBR Bull Riding Night 2
Location: PBR Arena
5pm – Vendor Village opens and Golden Buckle gates open
6pm – Calcutta auction in the Golden Buckle tent and General Admission gates open
7pm – Bull Riding Begins

Big Sky PBR After Party & Music Featuring Steel Woods
Location: SAV Stage, 9pm
Concert access included with Big Sky PBR tickets. Music-only tickets available online.

 

Saturday, July 28

Big Sky PBR Bull Riding Night 3
Location: PBR Arena
5pm – Vendor Village opens and Golden Buckle gates open
6pm – Calcutta auction in the Golden Buckle tent and General Admission gates open
7pm – Bull Riding Begins

Big Sky PBR After Party & Music Featuring Thunderpussy
Location: SAV Stage, 9pm
Concert access included with Big Sky PBR tickets. Music-only tickets available online.

 

2017 Recap Video:

Few places feel as wild and free as Montana where communities offer that small-town charm and big-heart feel. Big Sky’s western charm has the special ability to make everyone feel warm and welcomed. So whether you’re a contender, onlooker, or visitor to Big Sky PBR event, come kick up your heels, and join the Big Sky community as it comes alive with cowboys, adrenaline and the rush of outdoor adventure.  Need a place to stay for the event?  Check out these family-friendly rentals at Moonlight Basin.

 

Mac and cheese sandwich at the Big Sky PBR festival

Cowboys entering the ring at the Big Sky Professional Bull riding competition

Big Sky PBR competition opening ceremonies