Munchkins Picks—Fun this Week

August 03, 2015

Posted By: Shaunescy

Hello Everyone, here is what is going on for the first week of August, 3-9th!

There isn’t much going on for Butte this week. August 4th and 6th there is a teens in training program at the World Museum of Mining. The program pairs teens with mentors to experience museum operation. Runs 9am to noon. August 5th and 10th there is a summer youth program at the World Museum of Mining: Out of Rock Unit Series/ Mystery Minerals, runs 9am to noon; cost $15. August 7th is the Uptown Art Walk which will run from 5pm to 9pm. Features paintings, photography, jewelry, drawings, handmade crafts, ceramics and more at multiple locations in Uptown Butte. For more info you can visit .

In Virginia City, August 7-9th, is the 40th Annual Virginia City Art Show which will feature juried artists from all over Montana and the Pacific North West who line the boardwalks and show their work in the Community Center Building. Friday 10am-6pm. Saturday 10am-7pm, quick draw and Auction event at 7:30pm in the Elks Lodge cost $5, Sunday 10am-4pm for more info visit

In Whitefish Montana from August 3rd through the 9th is the Glacier Symphony Festival Amadeus. Music Director John Zoltek promises “A Week of Mozart and Beyond” with acclaimed guest soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra. The chamber series includes performances by the Brasil Guitar Duo, Aug. 5; the Fry Street Quartet with Spencer Myer, Aug. 4; and saxophonist Ashu, violinist Yevgeny Kutik and pianist Spencer Myer, Aug. 6. The festival orchestra performs Aug. 5, 8 and 9; and the Festival Amadeus String Orchestra joins the Fry Street Quartet for “Baroque Romance Serenade,” Aug. 7. The festival finale, “Jupiter Double Trouble,” brings two grand pianos played by Spencer Myer and Andrew Staupe on Aug. 9. Many of the guest artists also perform in Bigfork Aug. 4-6. The event starts each day at 7:30pm at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center.

This week, August 4th-8th, is Bat Week at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. The park offers several days of bat-based educational programs and walks, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through 9 p.m. Saturday with daily offerings in the afternoon and evening.

In West Yellowstone there is the Yellowstone Shootout: Cowboy Mounted Shooting event, August 5th-6th at the Diamond P Ranch. The Wyoming Desperados Cowboy Mounted Shooters presents this event, watch horse and rider work as a team. Also in Yellowstone, August 6th-8th is the Yellowstone Rod Run, the weekend includes a Yellowstone Park cruise on Friday morning and dinner at the Holiday Inn; a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a show and shine from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Kids’ games and poker walks are also on tap.

Missoula, August 5th, is the Peace Crane Fold-In this event marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is engaging the Missoula community in folding 70,000 origami peace cranes, the symbol of peace that emerged from the efforts of Japanese school children after the Second World War. Fold peace cranes (instruction available if needed), and add your wishes for peace; the cranes hang in downtown Missoula during the month of August.

In Big Sky, August 7th-9th, is the Big Sky Classical Music Festival, the fifth annual festival opens Friday with Windsync, a quintet of “revolutionary chamber musicians” (Houston Chronicle). On Saturday, acclaimed violinists Angella Ahn and Rachel Barton Pine join violists David Wallace and Gillian Gallagher, and cellists Matt Haimovitz and Kathe Jarka in a string sextet by Brahms and more, at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. The festival culminates Sunday at Town Center Park with a concert by the Big Sky Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Peter Bay, in works by Brahms and Beethoven.

The Sweet Pea Festival is this weekend, August 7th-9th, in Bozeman. The Festival kicks off late Friday afternoon in Lindley Park with a performance by Montana Shakespeare in the Parks; Saturday ramps up with a children’s run and parade that lead the community to the park where the festivities continue through 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend entertainment comes in many forms – music of all genres, performances by local theatre and dance troupes, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, a beer and wine garden featuring Montana microbrews, and over 100 arts and crafts vendors to stroll through and purchase unique gifts for yourself, family, and friends.

I hope you have fun this week!!!

Shannon is Montana Parent Magazine's intern for the summer. She is currently a senior at the University of Montana Western, she just received her Associates degree and in a year will have her Bachelors. She is a Butte native with strong Irish roots. She doesn't have kids of her own yet but she has 4 dogs that she loves and treats as her own.

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