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.

Night at the Museum - "Timberjack"

The October "Night at the Museum" will feature the 1955 film "Timberjack" which was shot in Polson and Glacier National Park .  Set in Montana, the film features two logging operators who are competing for survival.  Stars include Sterling Hayden, Vera Ralston, David Brian and Adolphe Menjoy.  Hoagy Carmichael and Chill Wills make guest appearances.  As with all "nights", admission is free, but treats and donations are gladly accepted.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 10-26-2017 Ends: 10-26-2017
Fall Faculty Concert

The final faculty concert in the fall series is scheduled to include performances by Micah Hunter, Amy Beth Chisholm, Nicole Sanford and Wai Mizutani.  The FVCC Choral Ensemble will accompany the faculty members in "Jesu, Mein Freude" by Dietrich Buxtehude.  The performance begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.  

Location: Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell

Starts: 10-27-2017 Ends: 10-27-2017
The Falcon's Eye: Nature Photographs by Michael Sample

The Hockaday Museum of Art presents the photographic works of Michael Sample.  Sample captures the essence of Western wildlife and geography while revealing his own adventurous, yet quiet, nature.  This is a Montana Art Gallery Director's Association (MAGDA) traveling exhibit. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-14-2017 Ends: 11-4-2017
Glacier Symphony Masterworks - Mahler

The second Masterworks concert of the Glacier Symphony's 35th season brings an extrordinary concert featuring Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D minor "Titan". Also on the program will be guest artists Invoke, a young string quartet currently in residence at the University of Texas, Austin.  The group will perform a mini solo set along with the Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Benjamin Lees.  For information or to purchase tickets: www.gscmusic.org. 

Location: Flathead High School Performance Hall 644 Fourth Avenue West Kalispell

Starts: 11-18-2017 Ends: 11-19-2017
Plein Air Paint Out 2017

Renowned artists display the works created during a week of painting on location in Glacier National Park, the Swan Valley and the Flathead Valley.  The exhibition will run through December 2. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 10-3-2017 Ends: 12-2-2017
Lights Under The Big Sky
Enjoy live music, great food, incredible light displays, a snow play zone, Christmas Market and visits with Santa every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 pm, and Sundays 1-6 pm December 1 through December 24rh.  

Location: Lake County Fairgrounds 300 Third Avenue West Ronan

Starts: 12-1-2017 Ends: 12-24-2017
James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist

James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist contains more than 75 photographic images from the longtime Flathead artists, some of which are being displayed publicly for the first time.  This exhibition covers numerous subjects in the Flathead's past, from farm life to industry to Glacier National Park.  Better known as a painter, James Bakke was also a gifted photographer.  Although it can easily stand on its own, Bakke initially used his photography as a model for his paintwork.  The exhibition also includes some of his paintings on loan from the Stumptown Historical Society.  An opening reception for the exhbition will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 5 pm until 7 pm.  

Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 10-11-2017 Ends: 6-30-2018