BIGFORK, MT…Anchored by a new fall festival, the events calendar in Bigfork is full of activities ranging from races to craft fairs and fundraisers. Bigfork’s new Chalk ‘n Rock Festival on September 20-21 will bring together visual artists and musicians with a two-day event that brings the ancient art of street painting to Electric Avenue. The Festival will feature the creations of local and regional artists along with Featured Artist Lori Escalera and Guest Artist Bill Spiess. Festival sponsors include the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce and its members, the Flathead Beacon and the Montana Office of Tourism.
September begins with two fundraisers. The Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork (CFBB) will host its Annual Auction on Thursday, September 4 from 4 to 8 pm in the Garden Bar. Art, trips, gift certificates and a wide array of goods and services will be available for bid. The Seventh Annual Brats, Burgers and Band fundraiser for the Bigfork Fire Department follows on Friday the 5th. Held at the Harbor Village Pavilion, the day will include a barbecue sponsored by Flathead Bank of Bigfork.
The next weekend, the Dragon Boats will again skim across the waters of Flathead Lake. The Montana Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for September 13 and 14th at Flathead Lake Lodge. Visitors are asked to park at the designated parking lot at the junction of Highways 82 and 35. By taking the Montana Trolley loop, race observers will have an opportunity to visit downtown Bigfork on Saturday at any time from 10 am until 5 pm. The trolley will run continuously from the parking lot to the Lodge and back to the parking lot via downtown.
Also on Sunday, September 21, the Bigfork Athletics Golf Classic is scheduled for Eagle Bend Golf Course. The golf classic is a fundraiser for Bigfork Schools athletic programs. The goal is to provide a pool of funds to be used by all sports teams to meet needs that cannot be met by the school system or Booster Club. Registration is scheduled for 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 9:30 am.
October opens with the annual Watermedia 2014 at the Bigfork Museum of Art. The show runs from October 3 through the end of the month and will feature the Montana Watercolor juried show of 50 artists from throughout the United States. Also during that weekend, the holiday craft shopping season gets underway with the Mountain Brook Quilt & Craft Market on October 3 and 4 and the Methodist Church Bazaar October 4.
On Saturday, October 11, Tamarack Time! joins with Oktoberfest for a day of celebration of all things Fall. The day will feature food tastings, harvest decorations and entertainment. There will be a chance to “make your own cider”, pumpkin carving face painting and the Raptors. Oktoberfest will take off as Tamarack Time! winds down. A winter fashion show will be held at the Mountaineer and there will be the Pink Power miniature golf tournament and beer, brats and music to end the afternoon.