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Whitefish, Montana

There is only one Whitefish. Tucked tight against Big Mountain and the stunning peaks of Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a year-round playground steeped in the romance of the rails. From its historic railroad depot to its charming Central Avenue, Whitefish was built on the personalities, generosity, and wisdom of its residents. Cafes mingle with gourmet restaurants, general stores share the downtown with galleries and boutiques, and a variety of western bars will suit any mood. You will also find sophisticated amenities like inns, hotels, rustic lodges, ski and board shops, outdoor gear stores and more. Whatever leads you to Whitefish - the historic downtown, the dramatic landscape, or your own wanderlust- you'll be glad you followed it.

Web site: www.WhitefishChamber.org

Major Events and Festivals

February

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

March

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.

Winter Classic
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).

June


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.

June/July

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.

July

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.

Glacier Challenge
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!

August

Huckleberry Days
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.

September

Brewfest
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.

Huckleberry HillClimb
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.

December

Christmas Stroll
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

Attractions

Alpine Theatre Project

Montana's only professional Equity summer theatre, bringing talent & productions fresh from Broadway and other major cities to the indescribable beauty of Montana's Flathead Valley. www.alpinetheatreproject.org

Glacier National Park

A stunningly beautiful ice-carved terrain of serrated ridges, jutting peaks, dramatic hanging valleys, 50 glaciers, more than 200 lakes, waterfalls and thick forests covering some 1.2-million acres.  Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears roam its wild vastness and are often seen by visitors.

Goat Lick overlook, for example, is a natural salt lick on cliffs overlooking the southern border of the park.  From a viewing platform just off US Highway 2 east of Essex you are sure to see mountain goats or other animals at any time of day enjoying the lick. Wild flowers, too, are abundant and put on a lengthy show of color as they follow spring up the mountains all summer long. The park is unique among US parks in its relationship with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada.  The two parks meet at the border shared by the two countries.  Though administered by separate countries, the parks are cooperatively managed in recognition that wild plants and animals ignore political boundaries and claim the natural and cultural resources on both sides of the border.  In 1932, the parks were designated the first International Peace Park in recognition of the bonds of peace and friendship between the two nations.  The two parks jointly share the name The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  Then, in 1995, The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated for inclusion as a World Heritage Site.

 
Recreation

Backpacking & Hiking

Biking

Fishing

Golfing

Horseback Riding

Skiing & Snowboarding

Water Sports



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