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.

Free Night at the Museum - "Harry's War"

April's free Night at the Museum will feature the classic film "Harry's War", the story of a postal worker who quits his job to fight the IRS who had treated his Aunt Beverly unfairly.  Harry has to use a WWII halftrack (just like the one on display at our museum) to fight for justice.  The museum displays some of the actual movie props.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.  Admission is FREE, but treats and donations are always welcome.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 4-27-2017 Ends: 4-27-2017
Mary Kaye - singer-songwriter

With a voice that ranges from expressively wistful to all-out powerful, Mary Kaye mixes upbeat two-stepping songs, swing tunes, and ballads in her one-night performance on April 28.  Performance is at 7:30 pm. All seats reserved.  Purchase tickets online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org or by calling 406-862-5371.  

Location: O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish

Starts: 4-29-2017 Ends: 4-28-2017
Taste of Bigfork

The annual Taste of Bigfork will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 2 to 5 pm in downtown Bigfork.  Stroll from venue to venue and enjoy wine, music and wonderful food from Bigfork restaurants.  This event is a fundraiser for Flathead Habitat for Humanity, Bigfork HS Wrestling and the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce.  At 5:30, the world's greatest raffle will follow at the Garden Bar & Grill.  The raffle will feature many great items donated by Bigfork area merchants.  Tickets for the Taste of Bigfork are $40 per person.  

Location: Downtown Bigfork

Starts: 4-30-2017 Ends: 4-30-2017
FVCC Spring Concert Series

Starting in February, members of the Flathead Valley Community College faculty will present a free concert every month.  The first concert will be "Wai & Friends", featuring concert violinist Wai Mizutani. Concerts will begin at 7 pm on February 3, March 10, April 14, May 2 and May 3.  

Location: Room 139 Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College 777 Grandview Drive Kalispell

Starts: 2-3-2017 Ends: 5-3-2017
Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate the famous cherry blossoms with food, music and crafts at the Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival.  Vendors will feature a wide range of items including Montana-made crafts, lunch will be provided by the Ladies Auxillary and there will be music all day.  The event begins at 10 am and runs until 4 pm.  Admission is free.

Location: Yellow Bay Clubhouse Yellow Bay

Starts: 5-13-2017 Ends: 5-13-2017
Spring Mack Days

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes are sponsoring the 2017 Spring Mack Days on Flathead Lake.  This Lake Trout Fishing contest/event offers up to $225,000 in cash and prizes.  All boats must be certified as mussel-free to enter the contest.  For more information, visit www.mackdays.com. 

Location: Flathead Lake

Starts: 3-17-2017 Ends: 5-14-2017
In-Studio with Manel Alvarez

On May 23, world-renowned Spanish artist Manel Alvarez shares a sneak peek of some of his finished and in-progress pieces that will be on exhibit later this spring at the Hockadaym Museum of Art.  Join the artist in his temporary Montana studio in an intimate gathering.  Learn about his materials and techniques and hear some of the stories about his work around the world.  Space is limited to 25 people.  Please reserve your tickets by May 12.  Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.  For tickets, call 755-5268.  

Location: 294 Second Avenue WN Kalispell, MT

Starts: 5-23-2017 Ends: 5-23-2017
Night at the Museum

The subject of the May free Night at the Museum will be Guns, Guns, Guns, featuring a mixed media program including an historic tour and presentations by shooting sports groups.  The program begins at 6:30 pm.  Ad mission is FREE, but treats and donations are always welcome. 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 5-25-2017 Ends: 5-25-2017
Bigfork Piecemaker's 2017 Quilt Show

Beautiful quilts created by members of the Bigfork Piecmakers Quilt Guild.  The show will feature quilts of all sizes, quilt raffle, vendors, boutique and lunch available for purchase.  Free admission.  The show will be open Friday, 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.  

Location: Bethany's Ark Bethany Lutheran Church 8559 Highway 35 Bigfork

Starts: 6-9-2017 Ends: 6-10-2017
Montana Senior Olympics

The 2017 Montana Senior Olympic Games will be held June 15 through 17 in Polson, Pablo and Ronan.  The competition is open to all persons age 50 and above.  There will be medals awarded in 14 summer sports in ten age categories. For additional information and registration forms, visit www.montanaseniorolympics.org 

Location: Polson High School Ronan High School Salish & Kootenai College

Starts: 6-15-2017 Ends: 6-17-2017
"World's Fastest Indian"

Motorcycle enthusiasts will love the June Night at the Museum presentation.  "The World's Fastest Indian" is a film based on the life of Burt Munro who set numerous land speed records with his modified Indian Scout motorcycle.  The evening will also include a tour of the Indians in the Museum's motorcycle collection. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and admission is free, but treats and donations are always welcome.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson, MT

Starts: 6-22-2017 Ends: 6-22-2017
Chamber Blast

The Polson Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Blast will be held on Saturday, June 24 at Big Sky Sporting Clays.  The event will begin with a shooters' safety briefing followed by the Sporting Clays Tournament.  A BBQ Lunch and Awards Ceremony will follow.  Cost is $110 per shooter or $330 for a three-person team.  Bring shotgun, eye protection and ear protection.  No experience is necessary!  Deadline for registration is June 17.  Contact the Polson Chamber at 418 Main Street for more information. 

Location: Big Sky Sporting Clays 42295 Irvine Flats Road Polson

Starts: 6-24-2017 Ends: 6-24-2017
"Wild Impressions"

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Wild Impressions, a new exhibition featuring painter Wanda Mumm's pieces created during her participation in the 2016 Artist Wilderness Connection Program.  Mumm is a longtime Eureka artist who works in oil and pastel and enjoys capturing Montana's beauty in landscapes painted en plein air.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 4-27-2017 Ends: 6-24-2017
Summer Symphony Pops

Enjoy an evening of music with the Glacier Symphony on the rolling lawn of Rebecca Farm in the Heart of the Flathead Valley.  This year's theme is "Drive-In Music" so bring your friends and family since entry is by the carload!  Picnics are encouraged. Bring your own or buy from vendors onsite.  Bring your own chairs and blankets or reserve a picnic table for 8 near the stage.  Concerts begin at 7:30 each night and will be held rain or shine.  To buy car passes or reserve tables, www.gscmusic.org or call 407-7000.  

Location: Rebecca Farm 1010 West Springcreek Kalispell

Starts: 7-7-2017 Ends: 7-8-2017
"Murder at the Howard Johnson's"

All is fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle that takes place in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn.  Who is plotting to murder whom?  Will they succeed? Performances are 8 pm Wednesday-Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and senior citizens.  Call 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com for reservations. 

Location: Theatre on the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson

Starts: 7-5-2017 Ends: 7-16-2017
Bob Marshall Music Festival

Enjoy a weekend of music and events during the Bob Marshall Music Festival in Seeley Lake.  The weekend begins with free music at local venues on Thursday, July 13.  Events include mountain bike races, competitive 50K, 10K and 5 K races, stand up paddleboard race, equipment demos, art, mill tours, enviornmental education and conservation presentations, farmers market and music jam sessions around town.  The weekend will end with a free church music session on Sunday.  Festival goers are encouraged to bring bicycles to ride to venues throughout Seeley Lake.  To learn more about the festival, visit www.thebobmusic.com.  

Location: Seeley Lake

Starts: 7-13-2017 Ends: 7-16-2017
Polson Main Street Cherry Festival

Celebrate the famous Flathead Cherries with a day in Polson including a craft fair, food vendors, music and contests including Cherry Pie Eating, Cherry pit spitting Contest and chilren's activities.  The festival runs from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. 

Location: Main Street Polson

Starts: 7-15-2017 Ends: 7-16-2017
Live History Days

Take a step back in time at the Miracle of America's Live History Days.  Exhibitors will be on site from 10 am to 4 pm demonstrating crafts such as woodworking, leatherworking, pine needle weaving, spinning and music.  Ride on the trains and military vehicles, watch live sawmilling demonstrations, shingle sawing and blacksmithing.  See the tennis ball cannon in action and find out what flint napping is all about.  Food and ice cream treats served from the vintage soda fountain.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 7-15-2017 Ends: 7-16-2017
Flathead Lake Festival of Art

Two-day juried art festival on the shore of Flathead Lake.  Artists from throughout Montana and the northwest will bring their art to Polson for this event.  Show hours are 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am until 5 pm Sunday.  Admission is free. 

Location: Sacajawea Park Polson

Starts: 7-29-2017 Ends: 7-30-2017
"Pump Boys & Dinettes"

The Pump Boys sell gas on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the Dinettes run the Double Cupp diner next door.  Together they fashion an evening of music full of heartbreak and hilarity with performances on guitars, piano, bass and even kitchen utensils.  Performances are at 8 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday.  For tickets & reservations: 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com.

Location: Theatre by the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson

Starts: 7-20-2017 Ends: 8-6-2017
Aber Day Kegger Reunion Concert

The Aber Day Kegger Reunion Concert is coming to Flathead Lake. The concert will feature the Mission Mountain Wood Band, Sam Riddle & His Band and Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the gate.  Children ages 7-12 are 415. Performances are scheduled from 3 to 9 pm.  Dry camping will be available in the fairgrounds.  For updates, visit www.aberdaykegger.com. 

Location: Regatta Shoreline Amphitheater Polson Fairgrounds Polson

Starts: 8-12-2017 Ends: 8-12-2017
46th Annual Sandpiper Art Festival

Founded in 1971, the Sandpiper Art Festival is a popular one-day juried, outdoor festival featuring fine art and artisan crafts.  The festival also offers food vendors and live entertainment throughout the day. The festival will run from 10 am until 5 pm. 

Location: Lake County Courthouse Lawn Polson

Starts: 8-12-2017 Ends: 8-12-2017
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

The 36th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway at 9 am, Saturday, August 12 at Swan Lake Day Park on beautiful Swan Lake.  Morning activities include a pancake breakfast starting at 8 am, Huckleberry baking contest at 11 am and Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale.  Planned afternoon activities include kids' games and activities, a silent auction, grand prize drawing, raffles, and an Arts & Crafts Fair with more than 50 vendors. The Ashley Creek Ramblers featuring Roy Wilhelm will play from 11:30 am until 3:30 pm.  Admission is free.  The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber & Community Club. 

Location: Swan Lake Day Park Mile Marker 72 Montana Highway 83

Starts: 8-12-2017 Ends: 8-12-2017
Festival Amadeus

Festival Amadeus will celebrate its 10th season with a grand concert performance of Mozart's popular opera "The Magic Flute".  The in-concert production will be a two-night finale for the week of classical chamber and orchestra concerts held August 8-13 in Whitefish.  Additionally two chamber concerts will be presented in Bigfork's Bethany Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 9 and Friday, August 11. Featured performers will include pianist Tanya Gabrielian, violinist Yevgeny Kutik and the Fry Street Quartet.  For a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.gscmusic.or or call the box office 406-407-7000.  Tickets are available as a full pass, pick-3 pass or single concert tickets.  

Location: Whitefish and Bigfork

Starts: 8-8-2017 Ends: 8-13-2017
"Death by Golf"

When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa's house, it doesn't take Grandpa long to realize he had better reschedule his golf game.  This comedy and murder mystery is full of fun and plot twists.  Performances are at 8 pm Wednesday-Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  For reservations: 406-883-9212 or www.portpolsonplayers.com 

Location: Theatre by the Lake Polson Golf Course Polson

Starts: 8-10-2017 Ends: 8-27-2017