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Bigfork, Montana

Located at an altitude of 2,900 feet in the spectacular mountains of northwestern Montana, the town of Bigfork hugs a sparkling blue bay where the swift waters of the Swan River flow into Flathead Lake. With more than 180 miles of shoreline, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, providing a scenic playground for fishing, boating and all varieties of water recreation.The town of Bigfork is a picturesque and charming place. World class art galleries, fine restaurants, a 27-hole golf course, live theatre and unique shops can all be found within a quaint Western setting. Located near by, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall and the Swan Wilderness areas are full of wildlife and offer endless recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Chosen as "One of the 50 Great Towns of the West" and designated as "One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation," Bigfork offers you and your family a part of the West that you will never forget.

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Major Events and Festivals


Sleigh Rides

Head to Bar W Ranch this winter for a sleigh ride! 406.863.9099


Big Fork Community Prom

Evening event held at BruMar Estate. 409.250.5594


St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Held St. Patrick's Day throughout town.


Taste Bigfork

Held in late April. Wine, music and wonderful food from the following dining places: Brookies, El Topo, Bugzy's, Garden Bar and Grill, La Provence, Montana Coffee Traders, Wild Mile, Cravings, The Grateful Bread, Terra, Showthyme!, Great Northern Foods, Swan Bar & Grill, Many Springs Flathead Lake Resort, Swan River Inn, Moroldos, Sitting Duck, Flathead Lake Lodge, Chris' Tea Cottage, Bigfork Bakery & Swan River Cafe. $40 per person. 406.837.5888


Annual Spring Art Walk

Held in mid-May. Come and experience the "ART" that Bigfork is known for. Visit all of our galleries and enjoy special treats as well as the artwork! 406.837.5888

Annual Bigfork Whitewater Festival - Kayaking Races

Slalom at 11am Sat., Expert Slalom at 3pm Sat., Triathalon Sunday, Downriver (Sunday at 11am), and Rodeo (Sunday at 3pm) races on the famous Wild Mile. Entertainment at local pubs & eateries throughout the weekend. Also triathalon, four mile paddle, 18 mile bike and 4 mile run. 406.752.2880

June - August

Riverbend Park Concert Series

Held Sundays in June through August.  Come and enjoy music of all types at Riverbend Park every Sunday. 406.837.5888


Celebrate the 4th in Bigfork

Held July 4th.


Annual Festival of the Arts

Held in early August. Downtown Bigfork hosts Artisans & Musicians Sat. & Sun. Over 125 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment, children's activities.

Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

Held in mid-August.  Come join us for a fun day of huckleberries, games, refreshements and fun. At the Swan Lake campground area. 406.837.5888


BDC Annual Fall Extravaganza & Auction

Held in mid-September. At Garden Bar & Grill. Live and silent auction to support Bigfork Development Company projects. Beer and Hale's Noodles provided to attendees. Sponsored by by Garden Bar. 406.837.5888


Annual Oktoberfest
Held in early October. German Food, Beer and Wine. Don Lawrence Band. Tickets at the door. 406.892.2435


Bigfork Art Walk

Held in mid-November. 15 galleries, Meet the artists. Refreshments and door prizes. Chance to win $100 gift certificate. 406.837.3790


Annual Magical Holiday Parade & Free Carriage Rides

Held in early December. All are invited to participate and watch! Horse Drawn Carriage Rides from 2-4pm. Free events. 406.837.5888


Art Galleries

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse

Celebrating nearly 50 seasons of live professional theatre.  Known by many as the "theatre by the bay", the playhouse brings talent from across the country to bring the finest live professional theatre in the Northwest and is a past recipient of the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts.

Flathead V-8 Museum

Classic, antique cars and trucks. Plus auto memorabilia. Open June-October, hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. 406.837.5435







Horseback Riding



Water Sports

Whitewater Rafting

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