Whitefish Winter Carnival
First weekend of February. Whitefish rolls out a grand celebration of winter.
The Carnival has been a major event in Montana for over 40 years. Carnival Royalty preside over ski races, ice hockey, figure skating performances, ski joring competitions, snow skate competitions, a torchlight ski descent and many other highlights. An old fashioned parade draws hundreds from around the region. www.whitefishwintercarnival.com
Whitefish Winter Games
A highlight of the winter season, the Special Olympics Montana State Winter Games bring together more than 200 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches for three days of winter sports competition at The Big Mountain Resort.
The winter classic features professional and collegiate football players helping to raise money for kids through an art show, basketball game, autograph signing sessions, auctions, V.I.P. dinner, outdoor cookout, brunch, poker run, and restaurant challenge.
May - September
Downtown Farmers' Market
Every Tuesday afternoon, May through mid-September Local growers sell their fruits and vegetables, flowers and crafts, and more outside on Central Avenue.
Whitefish Farmers' Market
Every Thursday afternoon, May through late September Local growers, bakers, and artists all sell their products outside in the parking lot of the Pin & Cue (6570 Hwy 93 South).
Whitefish Lake Run
At the end of June, participants compete in a 10K and 5K Track & Field Certified Race.
Big Sky Country Antique Fair
Held at the O’Shaughnessy Center, the Big Sky Country Antique Fair features the country’s finest dealers of quality antiques. Variety includes furniture, folk art, architectural, estate jewelry, primitives, china, quilts and linens, antique art and much more.
Whitefish Arts Festival
Held a the Credit Union Park across from the train depot. Over 100 artists from around the Northwest are represented in the Whitefish Arts Festival. Metal sculptures, paintings, photography, woodworking, pottery, jewelry, clothing, and home decorations are just some of the featured fine arts. All products are handmade.
Fourth of July
The evening begins at City Beach with a carnival including hoola-hoop contests, egg toss and face painting. A live music on the beach and a most spectacular display of fireworks explodes over Whitefish Lake at dusk.
Big Mountain Summer Fest
Guests are treated to art, music, food, children’s activities and live entertainment at Big Mountain Resort.
Covering 55 miles of the most beautiful country in Northwest Montana, The Glacier Challenge will be a race to remember! Centered around the quaint town of Whitefish, the race encompasses six different legs. These legs include: a Canoe Leg, a Road Bike Leg, a Mountain Bike Leg, a Kayak Leg, and 2 different Running Legs. Enter as a team, an individual, in our competitive divisions, or just for fun in our recreational divisions! There is a spot for everyone willing to take on the adventure!
In the middle of August, Whitefish celebrates the native huckleberry. This annual arts festival hosts the finest Artists in the U.S.. Browse through artwork, jewelry, paintings and crafts, all handmade and sold by the artists. Food vendors, kids activities and other special events accompany the festival.
Support the SNOW bus at the Brewfest at Big Mountain Resort. Try Montana micro brews, listen to great music and enjoy the day. Kids activities, too. The SNOW bus will be running from Whitefish.
Grab your gears for the Huckleberry Hillclimb mountain bike race. Come ride with us for the wildest event of the season with up to 14 miles and 3,800 vertical feet of grueling uphill. With anywhere from 30 to 50 racers, this competition brings out hillclimbers of all ages.
Taste of Whitefish
The first Thursday evening in September enjoy an open-air culinary extravaganza. The Taste offers guests the opportunity to savor samples of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts from dozens of Whitefish’s premier restaurants and chefs. There is also wine tasting of regional wines and beer produced by local brewers.
On the second friday in December, come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas. Roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides, carolers, and street vendors set the scene for t downtown Whitefish. At the annual Christmas stroll merchants go all out to display their wares and serve hot drinks and treats.
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade with Santa
Santa and his elves arrive on the Big Mountain escorted by a spectacular torchlight parade. This event has thrilled thousands over the years. After the parade, Santa will stroll the village and give gifts to the youngsters. December