Dino Shindig

July 27 & 28, 2024 at 9am to 5pm

Annual Dino Shindig

Cost: $10 Adults, $7 Kids (ages 16 and younger)

At Carter County Museum 306 N Main Street Ekalaka, MT 59324

The 12th Annual Shindig is July 27-28, 2024!

Named Montana’s Event of the Year by the Office of Tourism and Business Development, the Annual Dino Shindig takes place at the end of July. Visitors travel from all over the world to hear lectures from leading paleontologists, partake in kids activities, and dance the night away. Talks and kid’s activities on July 27 are $10 for adults and $7 for kids (under 13). They will go on sale in-person at the Carter County Museum on July 27. 

Additional programs on July 27 include a Ranch Rodeo & Match Bronc Ride at Ekalaka Track & Arena (4 p.m.) and a premiere of the documentary Why Dinosaurs? at 7 p.m. 

Extend your stay and join us on Thursday, July 25 at Medicine Rocks State Park for Sunset Yoga at 8 p.m. a Bat Walk at 9 p.m. and Dinosaurs & Dark Skies at 10 p.m. (Free admission).


(Free admission) 

The Science & Cultural History Gathering takes place at Medicine Rocks State Park

  • 10 a.m. Shawn Backbone, Crow Tribe (Sponsored by Humanities Montana)
  • 11 a.m. Brody Hovatter (Burke Museum, WA)
  • 12 p.m. microsite sorting fossil activity
  • 12:30 - 2 p.m. mosaic workshop co-hosted by Waterworks Art Museum,
  • 2 p.m. nature hike with Garrett Jericoff (Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks)

Fossil Field Expdedition

Cost: $100/person -- SOLD OUT

At Carter County Museum 306 N Main Street Ekalaka, MT 59324

Tickets for the Fossil Field Expedition include admission to July 27 activities as well as a sack lunch and Shindig t-shirt. Trained paleontologists will guide the field expedition and Carter County Museum will provide field tools. All fossils discovered during the Field Expedition will be deposited at Carter County Museum where they will be prepped, catalogued, and made available to researchers. All finds will include participant names as collectors and will be identified as such if put on display in the museum. Many of our visiting researchers are invited to speak at the Shindig to share the results of their studies with the community. 

Please Note: The Field Expedition may include strenuous tasks on loose, steep terrain, in high temperatures, and in intense summer sun. Please consult your physician if there is any question regarding your level of fitness in successfully accomplishing these tasks. All participants will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival for the field expedition. You may ask to see a copy of the waiver upon booking your tickets. Children under the age of 16 must have a parent/guardian present. We recommend that children be at least 8 years of age to participate. No dogs or pets are allowed on the Expedition per our agreements with landowners.