Red Ants Pants Festival 2021.

We wanted you to be the first to know: we are overjoyed to announce a stellar 2021 lineup featuring festival fan favorites over the past decade! This year’s lineup features legendary three-time GRAMMY Award winner and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Taj Mahal. A 2017 Grammy win for TajMo, his collaboration with Keb’ Mo’, brought his Grammy tally to three wins and 14 nominations.

The lineup also features festival favorites and Grammy award-winning musicians, The Mavericks, who will headline the main stage on Saturday night. This year, The Mavericks the debuted their first-ever, all-Spanish album, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label.

Friday night’s headliner is Watchhouse, the band formerly known as Mandolin Orange, who topped Billboard’s Heatseeking Album’s Chart in 2019. The 2021 festival lineup also includes Lucero, The Lone Bellow, Hayes Carll, Suzy Bogguss, The Steel Wheels, Jeffrey Foucault, Mipso, Supaman, and more!

In all, the festival includes a free street dance on Thursday July 22nd along with 16 main stage and 14 side stage musical performances. With a reputation for paring Grammy award-winning superstars with festival producer Sarah Calhoun’s hand-picked rising stars, Calhoun has curated a special reunion lineup representing many of our favorite artists to celebrate the past ten years in the cow pasture – the festival has grown from 6,000 attendees in its first year to a record 18,500.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is locally-produced and supported by hundreds of volunteers. Thanks to your support, a portion of the proceeds from the four-day event have a lasting impact by supporting the Red Ants Pants Foundation’s mission of increasing women’s leadership, promoting rural communities and bolstering our working family farms and ranches.

Held in a working cow pasture on the Jackson Ranches just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival will take place July 22nd – 25th 2021. Each year, we feature this festival information along with 275 others in a yearly fashion.


• $25 per person covers you from Thursday at 11am – Monday at 12pm.
• Kids 12 and under are free, if accompanied by an adult.
• Camping bracelets available for purchase at campground entrances and main ticketing tent
• NEW for 2017: General Admission camping passes can be purchased online. You MUST present your printed proof of camping pass purchase at the campground entry for your purchase to be honored; there is NO will call for camping passes.
• The campground is divided into “Regular” and “Quiet” sections.
• Any camper, RV, tent, sheep wagon, teepee, or vehicle is welcome.
• Showers available on site for free.
• Potable water, porta-potties, hand washing stations, and trash receptacles are provided.
• Breakfast and ice available for purchase.
• There are no RV hook ups or power hook ups.

Sites are first come, first serve, but there is plenty of room for everyone. This is Montana-style camping, folks. Please only take the space you need and be nice to your neighbors!!

We ask that you leave no trace of your campsite upon departure, including trash. The Jacksons have been very generous in allowing us to use their ranch, so please show your thanks by leaving it in good shape. Thank you!

Festival Camping Rules

*NO PETS Seriously folks, leave them at home. We love listening to loud music, camping and carrying on in the hot sun, they don’t.

*NO OPEN FIRES (small camping stoves are allowed, but please use good judgment! This is Montana fire season and we don’t need to demonstrate how quickly a grass fire burns:) Thanks!

*NO WEAPONS, FIREARMS, OR FIREWORKS. Security will be checking weapons at the gate. You will be able to retrieve them at the end of the event. To save the headache just leave them at home. Thank you!

*PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER CAMPERS. Everyone is here to have a good time. PLEASE JUST BE NICE!!




*NO RUNNING ON THE DOCK. Just kidding, we don’t have any docks. LOL I saw that guys!

I usually include a nice Google map for every festival however I couldn’t find an address for this event so HERE is the local area motels:

Local Hotels:    

The All Seasons Inn and Suites: 406.547.8888
The Spa Hot Springs Motel: 406.547.3366
Tenderfoot Motel and Cabins: 406.547.3303
Gordon’s Highland Hotel: 406.547.3880 (Includes camping and tent sites with RV hookups.)

 Lodging a little further afield: 

Bob’s Bar Restaurant and Motel, Neihart: 406.236.5955
Checkerboard Cabins: 406.572.3373
Crazy Mountain Inn, Martinsdale: 406.572.3307
Cub’s Den, Monarch: 406.236.5922
Grassy Mountain Cabins and Lodge: 406.547.3357
Heriem House: White Sulphur Springs, nhereim [at] yahoo [dot] com, sleeps 6
Martin’s North Forty, Wilsall: 406.220.3225
Montana Sunrise Lodge, White Sulphur Springs: 1.888.379.5468
Roots To Rise Garden B&B, Wilsall: 734-657-3056

2021 Red Ants Pants Music Festival 10th Anniversary Lineup
Taj Mahal
The Mavericks
Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange)
Lucero * The Lone Bellow * Hayes Carll
Suzy Bogguss
The Steel Wheels
Jeffrey Foucault * Mipso
Supaman * Parsonsfield
Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs
Jessie Veeder * Smith River Young
Jackson Holte & The Highway PatrolPlus 14 Side Stage Performers!Also including…
Agriculture and Work Skill Demonstrations
Local Food, Beer, Wine, Art and Crafts
Kids tent and activities
Beard and Moustache, Yodeling and Cross Cut Saw Competitions!

This is the tenth year of the music festival, which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Held in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt, and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring in more than two dozen different artists performing on separate stages. The weekend-long, grassroots, Americana music festival brings in millions of dollars to the rural economy.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is also proud to announce the 2021 poster artwork contest winner, Kate Settle-Ruland of Broadus, Montana with her artwork entitled Montana In Song.

Artwork from additional submissions will be featured on festival tickets. Poster contest runners up are:

  • 1st Runner Up – Hat on the Range, Anna Moore (Park City, UT)
  • 2nd Runner Up – Party Animals Under Baldy, LoRae Hartman (Bozeman, MT)
  • 3rd Runner Up – Cows Around, Paul Gorsuch (Helena, MT)
  • 4th Runner Up – Nightly Stroll, Kayla Berg (Havre, MT)

Ticket information:

$155 in advance
SINGLE DAY PASS (choose Fri, Sat, or Sun)
$60 in advance
A limited number of VIP ticket holders will have access to a VIP area including premium, shaded seating with complimentary refreshments! VIP passes are available online and at the Red Ants Pants store in White Sulphur Springs, Montana ONLY.
$30 per person
Buy online, at a hard ticket outlet, or pay with cash at gate. Our campground is for festival attendees only.
NEW: Attendance is capped; tickets are limited.

Ticket purchasers can also avoid credit card fees and support rural and small businesses by visiting Red Ants Pants Music Festival hard ticket outlets. For ticket information and a full list of hard ticket outlets visit:

A word from our festival producer and founder, Sarah Calhoun:

“We know there is a lot of healing needed to move forward from a challenging year and we’re grateful to be a part of that process by bringing good folks together to celebrate rural Montana. We’re thrilled to share the depth, diversity, and incredible star power of our 2021 lineup. The life stories of our musicians include the dreams of immigrant families, the voices of our indigenous community, women leaders, along with rising artists that have earned loyal festival fans over the last decade. I envision moments where we all belt out the words to songs we know by heart, and moments of awe where we embrace something new. We thank the Meagher County community and the Jackson Family Ranch for their partnership over the last decade and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the cow pasture.”

Thank you and see you this summer!
Sarah and the Red Ants Pants Music Festival Family