Summer Parades, Art, Music and Classic Cars.
Summer in Bigfork is always busy. But some weekends are more eventful than others. Like most towns, Bigfork has a 4th of July parade but years running Bigfork’s parade has been voted “Best Parade In The Flathead Valley”. People and entrants come from all over the area. The thousands of spectators line the main streets and the parade just flows through. Bigfork’s parade is open to anyone so whoever wants to be in the parade just shows up and parades with the rest of them. Bigfork’s parade always starts out honoring our country with the Veterans of Foreign War Color Guard, followed by our honored Grand Marshall and an hour later after floats, horses and clowns, come the Flathead Lake Lodge fire trucks as a finale.
Prior to the parade at 8:30 AM is the Freedom Fun Run / Walk along the scenic Wild Mile Nature Trail. After the race is the thrilling Ducks For Bucks River Race where people purchase a number little rubber duck and in the river they all go at 4:00 PM. The first three going under the old steel bridge are the winners and a cash prize is available to each. Proceeds from this race go to the Bigfork High School Scholarship Fund.
The day finally concludes with a fireworks extravaganza that “lights the skies” over Flathead Lake. There are vantage points all over Bigfork to find a spot to sit and enjoy the show. This is truly a great day to spend in Bigfork and to experience a true hometown Fourth of July celebration.
On August 4 and 5, the 34th annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts proves that the community certainly knows how to celebrate their artistic side. More than 140 booths will line Electric and Grand Avenues offering pottery, fine art, furniture, jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metal art and much more. Food vendors will have an array of mouth-watering treats and live entertainment will be scheduled throughout the weekend. One of the oldest arts festivals in Montana, this juried event raises funds to support the marketing of Bigfork. Festival hours are 9 am until 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The end of the August brings the sound of music to the shores of Flathead Lake as the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival begins on August 25. This week-long event includes six days of workshops in rock, jazz, classical, acoustic, singer-songwriter and beginner workshops along with jamming and nightly concerts. The event is held at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge just south of Bigfork.
Each of the 14 Artists-in-Residence will teach in the Workshop and perform at five public Festival concerts during the week. Evening concerts are set for August 25, 26, 26, 28 and 30. The public festival concert lineup includes Scott Tennant, the LA Guitar Quartet, Robben Ford, Pat Metheny Trio, Lee Ritenour, Daryl Stuermer, Melvin Lee Davis, Sonny Emory, Livingston Taylor and Mac McAnally.
With the end of summer, more than 300 classic cars and motorcycles will make their way into town with the 6th Annual Rumble in the Bay on Sunday, September 1. Registration will get underway at 9:00 AM with the show scheduled for 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.