The week of August 23rd in Great Falls will see 4 new large scale murals created in our vibrant downtown.  Internationally acclaimed artist Cameron Moberg and local artist Sheree Nelson will adding new murals as well as two additional murals that will be created under the supervision and instruction of Moberg by six local artist chosen from a group attending his workshop on August 23rd.   Tours will take place on August 24th  at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm with tour groups being greeted by actors reenactments the historical figures pictured in each mural at the mural sites.  To take advantage of all the Falls has to offer during your stay, here is our suggested itinerary for your weekend:

 

Friday, August 23rd

GIANT SPRINGS 
Time: 8am – Dusk
Location: Giant Springs State Park

Giant Springs State Park is home to one of the largest freshwater springs in the country. The springs flow at a rate of 156 million gallons of water per day and the water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees. Over 500,000 visit Giant Springs State Park each year, making it Montana’s most visited state park. Accessible from The River’s Edge Trail, the park boasts views of Black Eagle Falls, a variety of bird life, a fish hatchery, and fishing ponds.

NIGHT MARKET DOWNTOWN
Time: 5pm
Location: Central Avenue

The Night Market features a variety of vendors, artists, and creative creations in a street market style venue alone the 300-400 blocks of Central Ave. Live music, food and drinks will be available. Bring the family and enjoy an evening of shopping and socializing in Downtown Great Falls!

GREAT FALLS VOYAGERS HOME GAME 
Time: 7pm
Location: Centene Stadium

Watch the Great Falls Voyagers in this home game against the Missoula Ospreys at Centene Stadium.  Special giveaways for lucky attendees will be available as part of Farmer’s Market Friday’s presented by Great Falls’ Original Farmer’s Market.

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New Mural Locations:

New Murals being created this weekend are located at:

15 5th Street S
by Cameron Moberg, Sheree Nelson, and local artists

15 5th Street S & 8 5th Street S
by Cameron Moberg

509 1st Avenue N
By Jenna Morello

Saturday, August 24th

GREAT FALLS FARMERS MARKET 
Time: 7:45am – 12pm
Location: 2 Park Drive S.

Great Falls’ Original Farmers Market can trace its roots back to the 1970s. The  Market boasts it is the biggest and best farmer’s market in Montana with 135-160 vendors every Saturday with food, musicians, crafts, and more. This Farmer’s Market will also feature a special arts vendors section on the 100 block of Central Avenue to coincide with ArtsFest.

ARTSFEST 2019
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: TBD

Join a guided tour of Great Falls’ existing downtown art and watch work on current projects being completed as part of ArtsFest 2019.  The tour will take place on Saturday, August 24th  at 11am with a welcome from Charlie Russell, himself! The route will take you past murals, sculptures, and other downtown art and end with a drink at one of our amazing local watering holes.

LITTLE SHELL ELDERS & VETERANS TRADITIONAL POWWOW 
Time:
Location: First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park

Take in the sights, sounds, and rich cultural heritage of a traditional Native American powwow put on by the Little Shell Chippewa and other nations at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park just 22 minutes southwest of town at this family friendly event.

ROOTSFEST 2019  
Time: 7pm
Location: Forde Nursery 2025 2nd Ave NW

Headliners The Black Lillies and Western Centuries   make for a not-to-be-missed night of Americana style music at Forde Nursery for Rootsfest 2019.  The outdoor concert festival is returning for its 5th year in a row now and continues to grow in attendance each year.

LUMINARIA WALK
Time: 7 – 11pm
Location: River’s Edge Trail

Luminaria Walk

Join the River’s Edge Trail foundation for the annual Luminaria Walk. Beginning at Gibson Park, this walk along the River’s Edge Trail features live music, art, food, and fun. 1,000 student decorated glowing bags will light the path across the Central Avenue West Bridge and beyond the Federal Courthouse.

Sunday, August 25th

BENTON LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE 
Location: 922 Bootlegger Trail

The gently rolling terrain of Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge is surrounded by native prairie grass and surrounded by mountain ranges on three sides. Benton Lake protects, enhances, and restores the Nation’s wildlife heritage. Covering 12,383 acres, the Refuge is a 6,000-acre shallow wetland created by the last continental glacier thousands of years ago. By Executive Order of President Herbert Hoover in 1929, Benton Lake was set aside as a “refuge and breeding ground for birds.” Today, you can take a leisurely drive to the Refuge, walk on the deck that surrounds the Refuge, and enjoy the variety of birds, wildlife, and natural beauty year-round.

“RETURN TO CALGARY” AT THE C.M. RUSSELL MUSEUM OF ART
Hours:10am – 5pm
Location: 400 13th Street North

In addition to seeing his home and studio, now is an exceptionally wonderful time to visit the C.M. Russell Museum of Art for their latest exhibit “Return To Calgary.”  The exhibit is an amazing exhibition of 22 of the original 24 pieces of art and 8 bronze sculptures that Charlie exhibited at the 1919 Calgary “Victory” Stampede.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of this event with the original artworks truly is a one of a kind experience that you will not see replicated anywhere else.