Whitefish Songwriter Festival

Whitefish Songwriter Festival

Attention Music Enthusiasts!!! Boy, have we got an event for you to enjoy this week…. The Whitefish Songwriter Festival. This is a very unique songwriter experience that will take place at 8 different venues throughout downtown Whitefish, Montana. There will be 30 shows over the course of the course of three days starting Thursday, September 19 through Saturday September 18, 2021. These shows sell out quickly…so make sure you get your tickets or you may even want to consider an All Access Pass. 

“EVERYONE has a story to tell, and a unique voice with which to tell it. The trick is to uncover your own style in order to tell that story with a truth that connects with your audience in an original way.” ~ Whitefish Songwriter Festival Website 

Whitefish Songwriter Festival

Whitefish Songwriter Festival Details

There will be a lot of opportunities to listen, learn and even create music throughout the Whitefish Songwriter Festival. “Friday night the Hit Songwriters play at the O’Shaughnessy Center and Saturday night’s #1 Hit Songwriter Showcase will feature all seven hit songwriters who have more than 30 #1 hit songs to their credit.  There are 24 Rising Star shows throughout the afternoon and early evening on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus late night shows. ” Seven of the top songwriters in country music including two Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members will perform for you in the round at the O’Shaughnessy Center and the Performing Arts Center. Learn more – HERE

Tickets:

All Access Pass – $115

An All Access Pass includes admission to all the songwriter shows including Hit Songwriters and Rising Stars. We are offering 100 passes at this discounted rate. Prices will then increase to $115 per pass. Purchase now before the early-bird rate runs out!

Thursday, 9/16 – Rising Star Shows, x6.
Friday, 9/17 – Rising Star Shows x 12 and the Nashville Hit Songwriters at the O’Shaughnessy Center and the Late Night show at the Great Northern Bar & Grill.
Saturday, 9/18 – Rising Star Shows x 6, #1 Hit Songwriters Showcase at the O’Shaughnessy Center & the Whitefish Performing Arts Center (WPAC) and the Late Night show at Casey’s. Three or four hit songwriters will perform at each venue and switch venues at intermission so you see all hit seven songwriters perform.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable. If we have to cancel the festival due to Coronavirus related causes we will refund your ticket purchase. Get your All Access tickets –  HERE

Saturday at the Songwriter Festival, 9/18 – $75

Admission to Saturday night’s Hit Songwriter Showcase which will feature all six hit songwriters who have more than 30 #1 hit song to their credit. Attend either the show at the O’Shaughnessy Center or the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. Three hit songwriters will play at each venue then swap at intermission so you will hear all six songwriters. Your ticket also allows you admission into the Rising Star and late night shows on Saturday.

  • Live Interviews at the Festival – Fleur Bake Shop – 10:00 am (Free)
  • Songwriters in the Park – Depot Park – 1:00 pm (Free)
  • Rising Star Shows – Casey’s – 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm
  • Rising Star Shows – Great Northern Bar & Grill – 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm
  • Hit Songwriter Showcase –  O’Shaughnessy Center or Whitefish Performing Arts Center – 7:00 pm
  • Late Night Songwriter Band at The Great Northern Bar & Grill – 10:00 pm

Get your Saturday Tickets – HERE

Rising Star Wristband – $50

Your Rising Star All Shows Wristband includes admission into all Rising Star Shows and late night Jams on Saturday 9/18. These shows are at the Casey’s, Great Northern Bar & Grill, Tupelo Grille, and the Red Room.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable. If we have to cancel the festival due to Coronavirus related causes we will refund your ticket purchase.

Get your Rising Star Wristband – HERE

About The Songwriter Festival

The Rocky Mountain Songwriter Festivals Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation based in Red Lodge, Montana. We create and produce multi-day festivals that bring the creativity of songwriting to mountain communities in Montana and Wyoming. Our festivals are hosted in the downtown districts of Red Lodge, Montana, Whitefish, Montana and Cody, Wyoming. We utilizing the local venues of bars, restaurants, parks, coffee houses and theaters in order to incorporate the culture of each community into our festivals. Our festivals include live performances, songwriting classes and songwriting contests. Through these festivals we are able to fulfill our mission to promote music education through local public schools, private music schools, universities and colleges. Since our inception we have gifted over $40,000 to fulfill this mission. Learn more – HERE

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Great Northwest Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest’s back … and we’re ‘goin’ to town!

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest is coming to town this September 23-25, 2021. This year’s fest will take place at three unique Whitefish, Montana, watering holes – the Great Northern Bar & Grill, Casey’s and the Montana Tap House. Each unique venue will host the wonderful Oktoberfest tradition on a specific date. 

“Oktoberfest may look a little bit different this year, but it’s gonna be the real deal … great German food, beer. music and dancing, along with all of the usual Oktoberfest nonsense — stein-holding, log-sawing, chicken-dancing and the coronation of a new Hop.” ~Chamber director Kevin Gartland

Great Northwest Oktoberfest

Great Northwest Oktoberfest

Thursday, Sept 23rd is “Locals Night” — Bring an ID that shows you’re a Flathead Valley resident and you ‘ll get your first Hofbrau draft or Bayern brew free! It’s our Opening Night celebration … at The Northern!

Friday, Sept. 24 is the “Hop Queen Qualifier” — This year’s Hop Queen candidates will take to the stage (and dancefloor) at Casey’s to make their case for winning the 2021 crown!

Saturday, Sept. 25 is “Family Day” — Kids 12 and under (with parents) get in free for a full afternoon of festivities outdoors in the Montana Tap House Beer Garden

Music

It isn’t Oktoberfest with out polkas, oom-pahs & chicken dancing! Join us this fall for music by one of America’s most popular Oktoberfest bands … and traditional German schuhplattler dancers as well:

The Europa Band
One of the top Oktoberfest bands in the country — Europa — is back by popular demand for their ninth year, providing authentic Oktoberfest music like no other! John, Milan and Adam travel coast-to-coast each Fall playing at Oktoberfests from Montana to Florida and back again, cranking-out the oom-pah, polka and waltzes … along with a bit of country, gypsy fiddle and Carlos Santana!

Europa takes the stage from 5:30-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights at Oktoberfest, and from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday. Check out the band and their music at: http://www.theeuropaband.com/

Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose
New this year to Whitefish — but not to Oktoberfest — will be performances by Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose, a traditional German folk dance troupe from Casselberry, Florida! Schuhplattler dancing features ornately-dressed performers stomping, clapping and slapping their shoes, thighs and knees in what Wikipedia calls “choreographed horseplay.” Two performances per night, the first weekend of Oktoberfest (Sept. 23-25 only).

MIA … The Western Senators
Much to our dismay, our original Oktoberfest Band — the Western Senators — are still being held hostage by COVID-19, and can’t make their way through the closed Canadian border to get here from Saskatchewan. We’re hoping they’ll be back with us is 2022; for info on the Western Senators go to: http://www.westernsenators.com/.

Food

This year’s Oktoberfest Grille will feature a variety of great German specialties. The menu is still being finalized, but here’s what we served-up in 2019, just to get your mouth watering:

Platters:
Hendle-Chicken
1/2 a savory rubbed rotisserie roasted chicken – a German Oktoberfest tradition!
Wurstplatte
Locally handmade Flathead raised Elk, German & traditional beer style bratwursts platter.
Kassler Rippchen
Authentic German style brined and smoked pork loin platter.

Bratwurst, Sandwiches, Soups & Sides:
Traditional Beer Bratwurst
¼ lb. locally handmade pork bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut
Smoked Elk Bratwurst
¼ lb. locally handmade Flathead raised elk and pork bratwurst piled high with sauerkraut
Schinken-Sandwich
Black forest ham, Sauerkraut & Munster cheese on a pretzel roll

Soups
Beer Cheese & German Potato Soups

Individual sides
– Sauerkraut or sweet & sour kraut
– German potato salad
– Sweet sauteed apples

Kids Menu
Hot Dog with Mac & Cheese
Two of kid’s favorite on one plate!

Beer

It isn’t Oktoberfest without beer, beer and more beer! This year we’ll be serving-up your favorite flavor’s from Hofbrau — the original Munich Oktoberfest bier — as well as variety of brews by our new Montana craft-brew sponsor, Bayern Brewing of Missoula!

Check back often for details on what’ll be on tap for this year’s fest!

Wine, seltzer, water, & soda will also be available for non-beer drinkers

Contests

There are tons of crazy contests to participate in or to just watch from the sidelines, cheering your favorite contestant on to victory! We’ll have:

Stein holding (Mens’ & Womens’)

Log sawing (Mens’ & Womens’)

Kid’s Chicken Dance Contests [Sat. Sept. 25 at 2:45pm]

There’s no entry fee, and participants can sign up 1/2 hour before each contest at the table to the right of the Oktoberfest stage. (No sign up necessary for the Chicken Dance Contest.)

Special Competitions:

Sept. 24-25 — The 2021 Oktoberfest Hop Queen Pageant
Join us at Casey’s on Friday, Sept. 24 from 6-8 p.m. for the “Hop Queen Qualifier,” to meet the Hop Queen candidates and enjoy music by the Europa Band. Then be in the Beer Garden at the Montana Tap House on the final evening of Oktoberfest to see who gets crowned!

Sept. 25 — Men’s and Ladies Stein-Holding Grand Championships
Be in front of the Main Stage at 7 p.m. sharp, when the top finishers from this year’s stein-holding competitions square-off for the “Grand Championships,” and a shot a winning a spot in next year’s Hofbrau Stein-Holding National Championships in New York City!

Dates/Location

Thursday, September 23 — 5 to 11 pm @ The Great Northern Bar, 27 Central Avenue
Friday, September 24 — 5 to 11 pm @ Casey’s Whitefish, 101 Central Avenue
Saturday, September 25 — 12 noon to 8 pm @ Montana Tap House, 845 Wisconsin Ave.

Tickets

Admission is $10 per day ($8 in advance). Advance sale tickets are available at the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce (505 E. Second Street), and at each of the clubs.

Thursday and Friday nights are 21+ ONLY events; ID will be required. Kids under 12 (accompanied by a parent) are free on Saturday afternoon at the Tap House.

Advance sale tickets are on sale starting September 14, 2021. Stop by the Whitefish Chamber and each of the clubs that are hosting the fest. You can expect for the tickets to sell out, so get them soon. 

2021 Flathead Celtic Festival

2021 Flathead Celtic Festival

The 2021 Flathead Celtic Festival is coming to town September 10 through 11, 2021. The festival will be held at the Centennial Farm located at 563 McMannamy Draw in Kalispell, Montana. The festival is dedicated to promoting, preserving, and exposing our community to Celtic culture for the educational benefit of the people in this region and its visitors. Guests will enjoy music, dance, food an more.  

7th annual flathead Celtic festival

2021 Flathead Celtic Festival Details

Highland Athletics

Caber Toss

A long log is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor who balances it vertically holding the smaller end in his hands. Then the competitor runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper (larger) end striking the ground first. The smaller end that was originally held by the athlete then hits the ground in the 12 o’clock position measured relative to the direction of the run. If successful, the athlete is said to have turned the caber. Cabers vary greatly in length, weight, taper, and balance, all of which affect the degree of difficulty in making a successful toss. Competitors are judged on how closely their throws approximate the ideal 12 o’clock toss on an imaginary clock.

Weight Over the Bar

Also known as weight for height. The athletes attempt to toss a 56-pound (4-stone) weight with an attached handle over a horizontal bar using only one hand. Each athlete is allowed three attempts at each height. Successful clearance of the height allows the athlete to advance into the next round at a greater height. The competition is determined by the highest successful toss with fewest misses being used to break tie scores.

Sheaf Toss

A bundle of straw (the sheaf) weighing 20 pounds (9.1 kg) for the men and 10 pounds (4.5 kg) for the women and wrapped in a burlap bag is tossed vertically with a pitchfork over a raised bar much like that used in pole vaulting. The progression and scoring of this event is similar to the Weight Over the Bar. There is significant debate among athletes as to whether the sheaf toss is in fact an authentic Highland event. Some argue it is actually a country fair event, but all agree that it is a great crowd pleaser.

Scottish Hammer Throw

This event is similar to the hammer throw as seen in modern-day track and field competitions, though with some differences. In the Scottish event, a round metal ball (weighing 16 or 22 lb for men or 12 or 16 lb for women) is attached to the end of a shaft about 4 feet in length and made out of wood, bamboo, rattan, or plastic. With the feet in a fixed position, the hammer is whirled about one’s head and thrown for distance over the shoulder. Hammer throwers sometimes employ specially designed footwear with flat blades to dig into the turf to maintain their balance and resist the centrifugal forces of the implement as it is whirled about the head. This substantially increases the distance attainable in the throw.

Weight Throw

Also known as the weight for distance event. There are actually two separate events, one using a light (28 lb for men and 14 lb for women) and the other a heavy (56 lb for men, 42 lb for masters men, and 28 lb for women) weight. The weights are made of metal and have a handle attached either directly or by means of a chain. The implement is thrown using one hand only, but otherwise using any technique. Usually a spinning technique is employed. The longest throw wins at the 2021 Flathead Celtic Festival.

2021 Flathead Celtic Festival Entertainment

Flathead celctic Festival 2021 Schedule

Katy Meyers took to the folk harp like a duck to water in 1998. She has been involved in several local music groups and has taken classes at the Irish Harp Centre in Castleconnell Ireland with Janet Harbison.

Kelly Garber – 88 Keys To Happiness
Growing up in a Mennonite/Amish community in Ohio, Kelly was very fortunate to take piano lessons at a young age where she discovered her passion for music, not realizing that one day it would be her career! She was heavily influenced by Irish music and would occasionally attempt to figure out the monstrosity that was her Mother’s vintage accordion, which led to her buying a small, much more manageable accordion only several years ago. Piano is still her first and main love, but the accordion is right on its tail.

An Daire Academy of Irish Dance was founded in 2006 by the husband & wife team of Jim Mueller, ADCRG and Lauren Crowe-Mueller, ADCRG, Oregon’s only certified Irish dance adjudicators. In 2020, after several workshops in Kalispell over the years, the opportunity for an An Daire Academy branch came to Kalispell. The Kalispell branch is led by director, Claire Gutschenritter. Like the oak tree from which the name An Daire comes, our dancers learn the benefits of hard work, strong character and deep roots in an environment focused on family, fun and fitness!

The Shamrockers
American-made Celtic music. Vocally-driven Irish quartet captivates with a unique brand of musicianship and humor. Traditional and original Celtic tunes, from toe-tappers to hanky-soakers, have graced venues from schools and churches to brewpubs to national festivals and Highland Games, all the way to Ireland.

Irish Folk and Fun
George and Diane Cowan playing mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer with friends, Linda Harshbarger adding in on the tin whistle and Gail Parrish on the electric bass. We strive to create a remembrance of those songs and tunes heard in childhood or Irish celebrations through the years and add humor with Irish jokes

The Missoula Irish Dancers was founded in 2005 in Missoula, Montana by students attending the University of Montana. Irish dance is a traditional art of the Irish culture, which is shared with the Missoula community and surrounding areas through teaching and performing for the public. Our mission is to preserve the Irish culture by way of teaching traditional Irish step dancing to new generations of dancers and performing.

Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. The dances are a spectacular combination of strength, agility, movement, music, and costume. Unlike other dance mediums, Highland dances are generally danced solo and in competition, by both men and women equally. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by an accompanying bagpiper.

Second Wind
Jason Foy is a lifelong musician, whose deft artistry on flute and whistles anchors this duo. His mandolin playing and his spirited accompaniment on guitar makes for an exciting ride. Jason’s musical expertise includes djembe and bongos, which add rhythmic interest as well as a gleeful spirit. Barbara Calm introduces herself as a veterinarian and musician from NW Montana. Her hammered dulcimer drives the rhythm and fills a room with warm vibrating sound. Playing the octave mandolin weaves lilting harmonies atop the rhythm, while her newest instrument, the Irish Bouzouki, is a treasured addition from a recent sojourn to Ireland. Barbara also plays penny whistle and guitar, and may add her marimba or trombone on occasion. Together they are Second Wind. Their background is in Celtic traditions and to these roots they remain true most of the time! They find joy in experimental approaches to traditional tunes and continually find new inspiration from some great contemporary bands from Ireland and the British Isles.

Max Armstrong is an electric/acoustic fiddle player who has been perfecting his art for 15 years and has recently finished achieving his associates degree in music. Voted into the top 10 finalists of Flathead’s Got Talent, Max plays a variety of Celtic music as well as some modern violin tunes that make for an extremely engaging and energetic performance. Max plays in Celtic and rock bands across Montana as well as his only solo shows.

Check out the 2021 Flathead Celtic Festival Website – HERE

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Huckleberry Days 2021

Huckleberry festival 2021

The 32nd Huckleberry Days Arts Festival will take place August 13 through 15, 2021, in the Depot Park (Railway St. & Central Avenue). Whether you are looking for great food and music or unique crafts and fine arts, The Huckleberry  Days 2021 Festival will have everything you are looking for and it’s FREE!  This festival is great for all ages. 

Huckleberry Days 2021 Logo

There will be over 100 different artists of fine arts and crafts. There will be great food and even an aerial dance performance by Levitation Nation on Saturday and Sunday courtesy of The Whitefish Vitality Team. Glacier Bank will be serving up free Huckleberry Ice Cream at their downtown offices on Friday, August 13th beginning at 11am until they run out…so get their early. 

 

Huckleberry Days 2021 Details

Friday, August 13, 2021:
*Arts Festival – Depot Park: 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday, August 14, 2021:
*Arts Festival – Depot Park: 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, August 15, 2021:
*Arts Festival – Depot Park: 10 am – 4 pm

Huckleberry Days 2021 Vendors

Raette Meredith
Graceful Woodturnings
Authentic Hemp Company
Autumn Teneyl Designs
Blue Snow Custom Furniture
Boise Art Glass
Bombshell Sweets
Cheyenne L Rouse Photography
Eric Reese Fine Art Photography
First Glass Recycled
Glacier Round House Pottery
George Jones Art
Allison Kallaway Jewelry
Hangloose Hammock Company
AJ’s Edible Arts
Big Sky Lavender Farms
Bitterroot Blades
Candicheart
Canna Beez
https://www.adorntorise.com/
Dakota Windsong Flutes
Dancing Bear Designs
Dannique Skin Care
www.debbiegotchart.com
De Los Angeles Weaving
Dobez DesignZ
www.westernmirrors.com
www.eastonjane.com
Ed Maul
Montana Leather Designs
www.sandybridgewater.com
Gen DeLorme Art
Golden Daisy Quilts
www.wooodenhairclaws.com
The Healthy Naturals
Sharpe Photography & Gifts
www.judypettersen.com
Jan Shultz Designs LLC
Jewelry by Janelle

www.fortyandfoundpress.com
Jim Tunnell Photography
www.jimswoodcraftsmontana.com
www.joshmeierphotography.com
Just Your Average Weekend Photography – Adam Birely
www.keytothemountain.com
Kiwi Signs
Kuntzie’s Kimonos, Home of the Original and One Of A Kind Wrap
www.resinvarmints.com
L and S Art Works
Lazy Bear Designs
Maggie May Collection
And many more…. Click HERE

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Cirque Ma’Ceo at the Majestic

Cirque Ma'Ceo

The circus has returned to the Kalispell Majestic Valley Arena August 7 through August 8, 2021. The Cirque Ma’Ceo is a revolutionary theatrical phenomenon unlike anything you have ever seen. 

“Step into our exclusive universe and settle back in time. The world of Ma’Ceo is proud to showcase an almost extinct gem from the ancient times. Only 500 left in the world, is one of the rarest equine breeds…the magnificent “Ben Hur de Bernaville” a Boulonnais Draft Horse Stallion. Mesmerizing acrobatic feats, aerial dancing, and exotic horses, come feast your senses on the beauty and mystery through the adventure of Cirque Ma’Ceo. “

Cirque Ma’Ceo Details

There will be over ten different breeds of horses performing live including the most classic of riding styles from fast-paced Cossack riding, Classical Dressage, to a Ballet dance atop galloping horseback in a high-energy, fully choreographed, original experience for guests to enjoy. In the grand arena, guests will enjoy a spectacular show that includes aerial dancing and heart-pounding acrobatic feats on galloping horseback. The entertainment to be seen is unlike any other traveling show in the world! A completely original experience appealing to all age groups, with exotic breeds of horses and breathtaking images…All shows are approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes long. 

Cirque Ma'Ceo at the Majestic

Cirque Ma’Ceo Tickets

Tickets start at $20 per person and group rates are available. Children 2 years and under are allowed to sit on your lap FREE of ticket charge. Click HERE to learn more about Tickets. 

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Thursday! Fest

Thursday! Fest

What are your plans on Thursdays throughout the hot summer months in Kalispell? We would like to recommend Thursday! Fest! Every Thursday until August 26, 2021, from 5 until 8pm, Thursday! Fest will take place the the Museum at Central School on 124 2nd Avenue E N in Kalispell, Montana. The Kalispell Downtown Association is supporting this free event that is located between 1st and 2nd Streets East in front of Northwest Montana History Museum. 

“We are excited to present the following line-up of musicians this year! Food vendors will be on site together with a beer and wine garden. This is a family friendly event.”

Thursday! Fest

Thursday! Fest Details

Thursday!Fest begins July 15 and continues each Thursday through August 26, 2021 from 5-8pm. The event is free and is located at Museum At Central School, 124 2nd Ave E N, Kalispell, MT 59901, USA.  Bring a chair or a blanket and come sit out on the lawn and enjoy the live music and festivities. 

“We are encouraging social distancing of your chairs and will not have picnic tables available this year. Extra hand wash stations will be available together with sanitizer and masks if desired. Out of respect to all of our attendees, dogs will not be allowed this year. We look forward to seeing you this summer.”

Thursday! Fest 2021 Music Lineup

July 29 – Mike Murray Duo
August 5 – The Groove Riders
August 12 – Cha – Comatose Posse
August 26 – Luke Dowler and The Midnight Conversations

If you are looking for more information, check out the Downtown Kalispell website – HERE

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Flathead Cherry Festival

The 22nd Annual Flathead Cherry Festival is coming to Polson, Montana, July 31 through August 1, 2021. This festivals is all about cherries and they promise to be at their peak ripeness for this festival. It is the perfect opportunity to shop artists, vendors and freshly backed treats while discovering the history of cherries all down Polson Main Street.

Flathead Cherry Festival

Flathead Cherry Festival Details

SATURDAY, July 31
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest In front of Cove Celi in Cherry Alley
Get ready and be creative on your block of the sidewalk—an all-ages contest with prizes for winners in different categories. Pick up chalk beginning at noon. The contest will be judged at 5 PM.

SATURDAY, July 31 & SUNDAY, August 1
Pancake Breakfast 7 AM-11 am ELKS LODGE
Enjoy a full pancake breakfast for $5 and start your morning right. Organized by the Polson Chamber of Commerce.

Exhibits and Montana Made Items: Come see, eat, purchase, or sell an amazing assortment of everything from art, photos, and crafts to foods and treats. Visit our fine vendors and local businesses Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Flathead Cherry Festival.

The purpose of The Polson Business Community (PBC) is to promote the interests of retail and service businesses in downtown Polson, and to enhance goodwill between our downtown and the residents of our community.

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The Montana Renaissance Faire

Montana Renaissance Faire2

Are you ready for the first ever Montana Renaissance Faire?

Come one and all for two weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at the Montana Renaissance Faire! Historic musical acts, non-stop entertainment, comedic characters, and a huge selection of authentic medieval games are just some of the fun entertainment that can be expected for this Montana Renaissance Faire.  Mark your calendars now for two weekends of fun – July 24-25 and July 30-August 1, 2021 – Rain or Shine 10am until 6pm at The Majestic Valley Arena located at 3630 US Highway 93 N, Kalispell, Montana. 

Patrons will enjoy an experience of a lifetime with high energy, real life battles, vivid raw horse to ground take downs, and the sheer excitement of a high speed joust. An action packed Hollywood worthy Tournament, the Dark Knights are truly the heavyweights of medieval warfare. FEEL the ferocity of thundering hooves rush the stage. Watch Knights in an epic battle, witness jousting, chariot racing, and ground combat! Enjoy comedic characters performing amazing stunts in a grand celebration. ~ Website

Montana Renaissance Faire Details

Get ready to indulge in medieval dining, libations and a shopping experience that will certainly delight everyone at all the Montana Renaissance Faire. There will be turkey legs, beer and even opportunities to meet “real” kings, queens, and knights. Tickets start at $15 and go up to $80 for a weekend family pass. 

Ticket Pricing:

ADULT DAY PASS: $25.00
CHILD DAY PASS: $15.00 (AGES 3-13)
ADULT WEEKEND PASS: $45.00
CHILD WEEKEND PASS: $25.00 (AGES 3-13)
PRIMITIVE CAMPING PASS: $20.00
(PER NIGHT- NO ELECTRICITY)
MODERN CAMPING PASS: $40.00
(PER NIGHT- ELECTRIC HOOKUP)
PARKING: $5.00 (PER DAY)

Get your Montana Renaissance Faire tickets – HERE

Camping:

Primitive and modern camping passes for each weekend are available at the Montana Renaissance Faire. “As for primitive camping explains itself, nothing fancy. Gather your family, friends, clan or club and join us for a one-of-a-kind camping experience. RVs, tents, and campers are welcomed! Be sure to select your camping pass when purchasing your faire ticket.” Tickets for camping range from $20-$40. See more – HERE

Montana Renaissance Faire

Entertainment:

The Baron of Treviso
Don Lorenzo The Baron of Treviso Will be on hand to welcome his Royal Majesty and all honored guests. He is our noble host it has prepared the Montana Renaissance Faire for the enjoyment of all.

Our King! Cosmo De Medici
Bongiorno! Come to the Montana renaissance Faire in celebration of the arrival of our King Cosmo De Medici! In honor of his first visit to our fair village of Treviso we have the finest entertainment and vendors. Welcome one and all!

Chariots
Chariots! Trick riding! Battlefield style Jousting!
A one of a kind out of this world jousting experience!

Salt Lake City Crusaders
The Salt Lake City Crusaders fight in real armor with real weapons with real consequences. Full Contact armored fighting at its best!

The Rogues
Houston’s Often Imitated but Never Duplicated AWARD WINNING Celtic Band. Founded in Houston in 1994, The Rogues created a new genre of Celtic music with exceptionally well-played pipes and driving percussion and have become award-winning international artists. From Scottish Highland games to performing with a symphony orchestra, The Rogues deliver a commanding performance. The Rogues have performed in Las Vegas, Scotland, Greece, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Canada, several cruises and all over the United States. Usually performing with 2 pipers and 2 percussionists, our roster includes 12 top notch players from around the country. Members of the band have competed all over North America and Scotland, and won 1st place at the 1998 World Pipe Band Championships.

OPAL the Fairy
Opal is a whismical fae creature that spreads joy through the art of bubbles! Bashful, yet graceful she embodies childlike wonder. She invites kids, young and old alike to share in her bubbly splendor! Presenting them with a small sparkly gift, and speaking volumes not through words but expressive mannerisms! And of course bubbles! Trained in slight of hand, ASL, and whismy, Opal is sure to leave an enamored audience! Oh and did I mention, BUBBLES!?!

Thomas Wood, Pyro Juggler
Thomas Wood, the Pyro juggler has been making his living as a showman for the past 20 years perfecting his whimsical art form to the point where he can make a living at it. He started off learning juggling from a book worked on it for several years until he got to know every trick in the book.
Juggler, fire eater, comedian, adventurer.

Franceska the pirate
Children of all ages, mostly the small ones. We’ll get a chance to battle Franceska the pirate and learn the art of swashbuckling and piracy in a kid friendly environment.

Songs of the nightingale
Songs of the Nightingale is all about the mystical magic of faeries, nature and finding the light within. The Nightingale reaches out to the hearts of children of all ages and invites them to find the bright side of the dark side Through ethereal poetry and song (original writing).

Connor O’Carraig, Magician
The worlds Tallest Leprechaun is excited to be joining us at the Montana Renaissance Faire! Connor O’Carraig has been a student of the Vanishing Arts for 20 years, and has been performing magic ALL OVER THE COUNTRY for the last 10 years! This silver tonged devil of Irish folklore is a master of sleight of hand and is armed with cunning wit, and hilarious jokes and stories! Don’t miss his Comedy Magic Show at MRF 2021!

The Pride of Ireland
“Winner of the “Best Solo Musical Act” in the 2019 Renaissance Festival Awards, The Pride of Ireland strives to bring the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle to Renaissance Faires and Festivals all over the country. Audience members are encouraged to join in the fun by shouting out requests, or drawing a card from the “Deck of Many Sings”, ensuring that you will never hear the same set twice. Combining a rich musical repertoire of toe-tapping pub songs to ballads charged with emotion, with toasts, jokes, and stories; this wandering rogue will have audiences clapping their hands and raising their glasses.”

The Maypole Man
GR Smith, the Maypole Man
He will teach an 8 ribbon Mayport Dance to the crowds, and pennywhistle them into twisty merriment! Interactive fun! But that’s not all!
He will write an Elizabethan Sonnet on a big flip pad, with the Audience’s interaction. Explaining the science and beauty of the form. (In under 10 minutes. Yes, it can be done. He has written thousands. It’s a skill). Once every two hours (opposite Maypole Man)

406 Buzz Montana News

Are you in the Buzz?

406.Buzz is your best resource for the latest events happening around the Montana Flathead Valley area. From Kalispell and Whitefish to Eureka and Columbia Falls, we’ve got the hottest events, best outdoor activities, restaurant lists, and so much more.  From farmers’ markets and breweries to festivals, music events and family fun entertainment, we know all the buzz happening around town.

Whether you are a local or a visitor, we have all the insider information on the best places to check out every day of the week. Check our calendar – HERE – and get in the buzz!

Montana Royal Junior Livestock Show 2021

Livestock show Montana

The Montana Royal Junior Livestock Show 2021 will take place Friday, July 16 through July 18, 2021. The show takes place the second weekend of July at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, Montana.  Learn more about all of the details – HERE

The Montana Royal Junior Livestock show got its start in 2010 by Brooke Johnston as the Birch Creek Junior Livestock Show. Brooke hosted the event on her ranch until 2012 when the location was moved to the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, MT. In early 2013, Brooke wanted to breathe new life into the show and decided to pass the torch. ~ Website 

Montana Royal Junior Livestock Show 2021

Montana Royal Junior Livestock Show 2021 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JULY 16TH
12:00 NOON – BARNS OPEN AT NOON… AND NOT A MOMENT SOONER.
3PM-5PM – HOG WEIGH INS* (IF YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING, PLEASE PLAN TO WEIGH YOUR HOGS FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
5PM-6PM – GOAT WEIGH INS* (IF YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING, PLEASE PLAN TO WEIGH YOUR GOATS FRIDAY EVENING)

SATURDAY, JULY 17TH
7:00AM – HOG WEIGH INS*
8:00AM – GOAT WEIGH INS*
9:00AM – HOG SHOW BEGINS
30 MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE HOG SHOW, THE GOAT SHOW WILL START
6:00PM – BUDDY BARROW SHOW
7PM-9PM – LAMB WEIGH INS (IF YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING, PLEASE PLAN TO WEIGH YOUR LAMBS SATURDAY EVENING)

SUNDAY, JULY 18TH
7:00AM – LAMB WEIGH INS*
8AM-11AM – BEEF WEIGH INS*, FOLLOWED BY HEIFER CHECK IN AT 11 (PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR HEIFER WITH YOU TO CHECK IN)
9:00AM – LAMB SHOW BEGINS
1:00 PM OR 30 MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE LAMB SHOW (WHICHEVER IS LATER) – BEEF SHOW BEGINS

Hockaday ARTS IN THE PARK

Hockaday Museum Festival

There is nothing like a weekend filled with arts, crafts, music, food and fun. The Hockaday Arts in the Park festival is certainly a local favorite. This festival is one of the longest running arts festivals in Montana. The festival is held in the Kalispell Depot Park in the center of Downtown Kalispell Friday through Saturday, July 16 to 18, 2021. Guests will expect to enjoy juried art and craft booths, food and specialty booths, live music and entertainment, premium wine and beer garden and lots of fun children’s activities.

Hockaday ARTS IN THE PARK Volunteers

Hockaday ARTS IN THE PARK Details

Arts in the Park is a benefit event for the Hockaday Museum of Art. All admission proceeds support the Museum in its mission and programs.
For your safety, Arts in the Park will be following all CDC and health department requirements regarding COVID-19 health requirements including masking, social distancing and increased sanitization measures.

Admission is $5 for a 3-day unlimited pass (which also grants you admission to the Museum during or after the festival), and children under 12 are free. Buy your pass button in advance at the museum for $4! Learn more about the Hockaday Arts in the Park – HERE.

Hours:
Fri July 16: 10-6
Sat July 17: 10-6
Sun July 18: 10-4
Fun volunteer opportunities for this summer event! Email: communications@hockadaymuseum.org

Hockaday Museum of Art

The cultural history of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park
The Hockaday Museum of Art itself is housed in a stunning classical-revival-style building, originally erected as the town library in 1901. In addition to rotating exhibits, it has a permanent “Crown of the Continent” exhibition that features 15 historic Glacier National Park murals, as well as work from some of the best-known Western artists, including Charles M. Russell and O.C. Seltzer. Learn more – HERE