Flathead Valley Events Calendar

Imagine schussing down fresh powder with a valley vista at your feet. Or peaceful cross-country skiing in Glacier National Park. Or exploring mountain landscapes by snowmobile.

Spring and summer may find you discovering natural wonders at state parks, hiking on trails as gentle or challenging as you like, swimming and boating on the Flathead’s many lakes, and reliving bygone days at historic lodges. Autumn brings colorful landscapes, crowd-free touring, and the freshest of nature’s bounty from local farms.

Spice up your vacation with good food and entertainment. Any evening you can enjoy fine dining at one of the Flathead’s top restaurants, which often serve locally grown meat and produce. You’ll find live theater and music nearby.

Experience the seasonal beauty and grandeur of the Flathead with one or more of the vacation specials detailed below. Members of the Flathead Convention & Visitor Bureau offer lodging and recreational packages and discounts to fit just about any budget.

37th Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts

More than 160 arts and craft booths will line the streets of Bigfork.  Also featuring food, entertainment and children's activities.  Bus Shuttles will run daily starting from the Potoczny Baseball Field and the Bethany Lutheran Church. Festival hours are 9 am until 4:30 pm both days. 

37th Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 8-1-2015 Ends: 8-2-2015
"Live at Finley Point Grill"

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) will feature guitarist Mike Murray and his band performing on the lawn overlooking Flathead Lake. The musical fundraising party begins at 6 pm with appetizers and drinks offered during a silent and live auction.  Auction proceeds will benefit the COCGF scholarships and programs.  There will be music throughout the evening as two students of the Crown Guitar class held at Salish and Kootenai College this winter will perform solo and with Murray.  All are scholarship recipients of the COCGF.  The Mike Murray Band will take the stage at 8:15 pm and play until 10:00 pm. Tickets for "Live at Finley Point" are $45 for singles and $40 for orders of two or more.  Price at the door will be $45.  Tickets include two drink coupons and appetizers.  Tickets are available at: Crow's Nest Gallery, Two Nineteen Main and Finley Point Grill or at the Crown Guitar office #104 Crestview Drive in Bigfork.  For credit card purchases, call 406-471-8757.   

"Live at Finley Point Grill"2807 North Finley Point Road
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 8-5-2015 Ends: 8-5-2015
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

The 34th Annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway with a pancake breakfast starting at 8 AM on Saturday, August 8th at the Swan Lake Day Park just off Highway 83 at the south end of Swan Lake. The festival will run until 4:00 PM.  Morning activities will include a Huckleberry Baking Contest and Huckleberry Baked goods Sale (come early, the pies sell out quickly).  Activities also include an Arts and Crafts Fair featuring more than 40 vendors offering a wide array of handicrafts, gifts, Montana-made products, food and country-made delicacies.  

The Ashley Creek Ramblers featuring Roy Wilhelm will play from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM.  There will also be a silent auction, grand prize drawing and raffles of donated items including gift certificates and products from area restaurants and merchants.  The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber and Community Club.  Festival proceeds will be used to fund maintainence of the Swan lake Community Center. 

Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival Unnamed Road Bradley
Blaine, South Dakota 57217
Starts: 8-8-2015 Ends: 8-8-2015
"Always...Patsy Cline"

Patsy Cline, the great country music singer is played by Amanda Caldwell performing such classics as "Crazy", "Walking After Midnight", "I Fall to Pieces" and "Your Cheating Heart".  The show also recounts Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston, Louise Seger, played by Scarlett Schindler.  Tickets available online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org. 

"Always...Patsy Cline" 75 Cleveland Avenue North
Merriam Park West, Saint Paul Minnesota
Starts: 7-29-2015 Ends: 8-8-2015
The best of Victor Borge

Danish conductor, pianist and comedian Victor Borge brought music and humor into millions of homes first over the radio and then through television.  If you remember watching Victor, now's the time to enjoy him once again.  And if you've never seen Victor Borge, you're in for a treat.  On Thursday, August 13, the Miracle of America Museum presents The Best of Victor Borge.  This is a guaranteed night of laughter.  The presentation is free and begins at 6:30 pm.  Treats and donations are welcome. 

The best of Victor Borge36094 Memory Lane
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 8-13-2015 Ends: 8-13-2015
Senior Tour & Tea Day

Seniors age 60+ are invited to take advantage of free admission to the Hockaday Museum of Art on Thursday, August 13.  A free docent-led tour begins at 10:30 am that will acquaint guests with all current exhibitions.  Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served from 10 am until 4 pm. 

Exhibitions will include Piecing Together a Changing Planet: Climate Change in America's National Parks, a juried display of 26 mixed media art quilts created by 22 Florida artists.  This exhibition will be shown at only eight locations.  The 2015 Summer Members' Salon will feature artist members works in a wide variety of media.  Permanent exhibitions at the Museum include the Crown of the Continent Glacier National Park Gallery and four fully-restored Glacier National Park murals.  

Senior Tour & Tea Day 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 8-13-2015 Ends: 8-13-2015
Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo

The Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo sponsored by the KwaTaqNuk Resort and CSKT Tribes will be held August 20-22 at the Polson Rodeo Grounds.  The rodeo begins at 6:30 pm each night with live music following the rodeo.  Food and beverage concessions and other vendors will be on site.  There will also be a professional bullfighting competition each night following the rodeo performance.  The event has been voted Tour Rodeo of the year for the past three years.  

Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo
Starts: 8-20-2015 Ends: 8-22-2015
Northwest Montana Fair

With more than 100 years of tradition, the Northwest Montana Fair and Rodeo offers three nights of PRCA Rodeo action, concerts, carnival rides and great food.  The Fair features a livestock show and sale and more than 6,000 exhibits showcasing the talents and passion of our regional residents.  Admission is $5 and seniors and children are admitted free.  The annual fair parade will take place in downtown Kalispell on Friday, August 21 at 10 am. 

Northwest Montana Fair 265 North Meridian Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 8-19-2015 Ends: 8-23-2015
Monte Dolack: Landscapes & Mythologies

The Bigfork Museum of Art & History presents a solo show of the celebrated Montana artist, Monte Dolack featuring his recent works as well as posters and lithographs from a 40-year career.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday in downtown Bigfork. Admission is free. 

Monte Dolack: Landscapes & Mythologies 628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 7-10-2015 Ends: 8-29-2015
2015 Summer Members' Salon: An Exhibition of Artist Member Works

As the Hockaday begins the 14th year of exhibitions featuring artist members' works, the Museum is proud to announce that there will be two displays of this type held each year.  The 2015 Summer Members' Salon is the first of its kind.  It will open on July 30 and run through September 5.  Hockaday members who are artists, submit one piece of their recent artwork in the media of their choice.  The result is a wide variety of media that includes glass, sculpture, pottery, textile, photography, jewelry and paintings using oil, watercolor, acrylic, and dye on silk.  Many pieces will be offered for sale at fixed prices with a percentage of the gross going to benefit the Hockaday. 

The Hockaday Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors.  College students with ID are $2 and students k-12 are free. 

2015 Summer Members' Salon: An Exhibition of Artist Member Works320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 7-30-2015 Ends: 9-5-2015
A Night at the Museum - The Patriot

One day before National Patriot Day, the Miracle of America Museum will present the feature film "The Patriot" starring Mel Gibson.  Following the film, Museum Director Gil Mangels will dry-fire demonstrate a couple of Revolutionary War guns and explain some of the accessories used by the Minuteman/Continental soldier.  The presentation is free and begins at 6:30 pm.  Treats and donations are always welcome! 

A Night at the Museum - The Patriot36094 Memory Lane
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 9-10-2015 Ends: 9-10-2015
Polson Fly In

Chapter 1122 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will host the 17th Annual Polson fly-In on Saturday, spetember 12.  Admission is FREE.  The public is invited to join pilots for an exciting day of aviation activities starting with a pancake breakfast at 8 am.  Static displays, float planes, antique aircraft, experimental airplanes and homebuilts,  concessions and raffles.

Polson Fly In 447-539 Irvine Flats Road
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 9-12-2015 Ends: 9-12-2015
Piecing Together a Changing Planet: Climate Change in America's National Parks

The Hockaday Museum of Art is pleased to be one of only ten museums chosen to host "Piecing Together a Changing Planet: Climate Change in America's National Parks".  The exhibit includes 26 art quilts created by 22 Florida artists that show how climate change is affecting our National Parks.  The show debuted at Biscayne National Park's Dante Facell Visitor Center Gallery on December 5, 2014. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, July 30 from 5 to 7 pm.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  

Piecing Together a Changing Planet: Climate Change in America's National Parks 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 7-23-2015 Ends: 9-12-2015
Comparisons Between Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery and Mexican Wolf Recovery

Former Wolf Management Specialist for MT Fish Wildlife and Parks, Kent Laudon, now US Fish and Wildlife Service Supervisory Biologist, Alpine, Arizona will provide a fascinating look at wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies and efforts to recover the Mexican Wolf in the southwestern US. The presentation begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.  

Comparisons Between Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery and Mexican Wolf RecoveryKollam-Theni Highway Changanassery
Kottayam, India
Starts: 11-5-2015 Ends: 11-5-2015
Native Bull Tourt in the South Fork of the Flathead Drainage

The Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks Community Lecture Series will feature Leo Rosenthal, Fisheries Biologist for the South Fork discussing "Native Bull Trout in the South Fork of the Flathead Drainage. He will tell how the population of bull trout was cut off from Flathead Lake by Hungry Horse Dam more than 50 years ago, but it is now thriving in the South Fork Flathead drainage.  Starting at 7 pm, the event is free to the public.

Native Bull Tourt in the South Fork of the Flathead Drainage101-199 Arts Lane
North, South Carolina 29112
Starts: 12-3-2015 Ends: 12-3-2015