Celebrating our 43rd year, the annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts is a favorite among artists and visitors alike.
You are invited to be a part of this special weekend on August 7th and 8th. Many exhibitors have declared that this is their favorite show of the summer!
We are excited to be hosting this event and ask for your patience and support as we navigate a new festival layout and new regulations. Our well attended Festival fills the village of Bigfork with a fine selection of art, crafts, food, music and other entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. You are invited to be a part of this special weekend. Many exhibitors have declared that this is their favorite show of the summer!
If you are planning to attend, please be aware attendees will be required to follow all posted health guidelines. If face masks are required at that time, attendees and artist will be required to wear them in all artist areas. If you are unable to wear a face mask due to health reasons, please contact us to discuss alternative solutions that prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. It is our goal to keep the community and our artists safe and therefore, we will require masking or an alternative solution before entry into the artist areas.
The Bigfork Festival of the Arts will be Saturday and Sunday 9am-4:30pm. The first hour of each day is reserved for attendees who may be a part of a vulnerable population. Parking is available at the Bigfork School parking, on Electric Avenue (via Bridge Street) and Bethany Lutheran Church on Highway 35. There will be limited handicap parking at the UPS Store on Grand Avenue, decal is required. At this time, there will not be any shuttle service.
To fill out a vendor application, follow this link: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9157
It was May of 1978 when the idea of a Bigfork Festival of the Arts was first proposed. As so often happens in Bigfork, it started with a conversation on Electric Ave. between members of the community. The first festival was held on the first weekend in August of 1978. It was a resounding success despite the committee’s inexperience. The feedback from the community was very positive and the group agreed that it should become an annual event. Elna Darrow served as festival chair for several years. In 2005, a committee of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce took over leadership of the event with proceeds being earmarked for advertising/marketing Bigfork.
Over the years, the festival has grown steadily to its current size. In 2019, there were more than 140 booths representing a wide variety of arts and crafts by nationally and internationally recognized artists and craftsmen. Festival attendance is estimated to be more than 6,000.