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Great Art – Great Weekend

One of the reasons Bigfork was named “One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the West” is the Bigfork Festival of the Arts held the first weekend in August.  On August 1 and 2 of this year, Electric and Grand Avenues will be lined with more than one hundred booths featuring fine art and crafts of all types.  In addition, there will be food and entertainment, not to mention great specials in most of the shops, galleries and boutiques of the Village by the Bay.

For more than 30 years, the Festival has been a “must see/must do” tradition for visitors and residents alike. With more than 2000 artists and craftsmen in the Flathead Valley, you might think that this is a strictly Montana production.  But a stroll through the booths reveals that these are internationally recognized artists and craftsmen from throughout the Northwest and beyond. All have participated in an extensive jury process which ensures that the Festival’s reputation for quality is maintained.

Vendors change from year to year, but Festival booths always contain a wide variety of art and fine crafts – everything from traditional western landscapes and bronzes to delicate watercolors, ceramics, wood carving, basketry, wrought iron decorations and outstanding photography.  If you like art of the wearable kind, this is the place to make some selections from wonderful one-of-a-kind jewelry, woven fabrics and handmade clothing. The calendar may say August, but savvy shoppers tell us that family and friends really appreciate a Christmas or birthday gift chosen from the Festival selections.

Great shopping doesn’t stop in the Festival booths. Bigfork boasts more than 17 galleries and artist studios, most in downtown Bigfork.  Its shops and boutiques feature Montana-made products along with gifts from around the world.

To complete your day, rest and relax in one of the restaurants of the village.  Or buy a snack from one of the food vendors and enjoy the live entertainment along the Festival route.

And when the Festival closes for the evening, the curtain rises at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.    www.bigforksummerplayhouse.com. There’s also live music in several downtown venues.

We can’t promise wonderful weather, but we can tell you that traditionally this weekend is one of the best on the weather calendar.  Bring the sunscreen and enjoy a sunny day by the lake with great art, great food and great people.

The Festival is open from 10 am until 5 pm Saturday and Sunday.  The downtown area is closed to vehicle traffic, but there is plenty of off-site parking available.  Just watch for the signs and follow the directions given by our friendly Festival volunteers. www.bigforkfestivalofthearts.com or www.bigfork.org.

To learn more about Bigfork and the Festival of the Arts, visit www.bigfork.org.  Media queries may be directed to Carol Beck-Edgar at edgecomm@montanasky.us. 406-837-2061.


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