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.

Spring Members Show
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The annual Spring Members Show at the Bigfork Museum of Art & History will run from May 1 through May 30.  Member artists will show their recent works.  An opening reception is secheduled for Friday, May 1 from 5-7 pm.  Admission is free.  

Spring Members Show628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 5-1-2015 Ends: 5-30-2015
 
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The Miracle of America Museum's Second Thursday presentation for June will feature local award-winning author Carmine Margo Mowbray who will share he new work of historical fiction.  "Havoc Red - Surviving the Alaska-Siberia Route, 1943" tells the tale of the Army Air Corps Seventh Ferrying Group that flew nearly 8,000 fighters and bombers from Great Falls to Fairbanks where the Russians flew them on to the front.  Mowbray will autograph copies of her book and is offering a discounted price of $15. $5 of that price will be donated to the Museum.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free, but donations are gladly accepted. 

 36094 memory Lane
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 6-11-2015 Ends: 6-11-2015
Plein Air Glacier - Exploring Glacier's Timeless Legacy
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The Hockaday Museum of Art continues its celebration of the timeless legacy of painting in Glacier National Park by holding its annual Plein Air Paint Out event June 17-19 in the Park.  Participating artists are given the freedom to choose their painting location anywhere within the boundaries of Glacier.  Artists will create as many paintings as possible during the three days, regardless of weather conditions.  Paintings created during the outdoor event will be offered at fixed prices to benefit the Museum.  The Party and Sale of these paintings will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 5 to 8 pm in the Hockaday's Centennial Pavilion tent.  

Plein Air Glacier - Exploring Glacier's Timeless LegacyGranite Park Trail Glacier National Park
West Glacier, Montana 59936
Starts: 6-17-2015 Ends: 6-20-2015
Indigenous: A New Native America
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The Bigfork Museum of Art & History will feature Indigenous: A New Native America from June 5 through July 4.  This will be a unique exhibit of contemporary mixed media by Native American artists from around Montana.  The opening reception will be hled on Friday, June 5 from 5 to 7 pm.  Admission is free. 

Indigenous: A New Native America628 Cascade Avenue
Bigfork, Montana 59911
Starts: 6-5-2015 Ends: 7-4-2015
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
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The Hockaday Museum of Art celebrates the pioneering women painters of Glacier National Park and their contemporary counterparts with A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park.  The exhibition recognizes the early bold, spirited women who overcame the challenges of society, weather and geography to paint in Glacier National Park.  The works of contemporary women artists continuing this legacy will be displayed alonside paintings of their predecessors, demonstrating the timeless tradition of painting in the Park.  An accompanying limited edition book and documentary film DVD will be available for purchase May 205.  


The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $2 for College students and K-12 are free.  

A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 5-28-2015 Ends: 7-18-2015
Gentlemen Wear Black - Melissa Wilkinson
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Melissa Wilkinson uses the romantic process of painting as a meditation on gender, identity construction and beauty.  





Gentlemen Wear Black - Melissa Wilkinson 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 5-28-2015 Ends: 7-18-2015
Live History Days
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Take a step back in time during the Miracle of America Museum's Live History Days, July 18 and 19, 2015.  Watch craftsmen at work, stroll through exhibits and learn about our nation's past.  Historic movies will be shown on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. 

Live History Days 36094 memory Lane
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 7-18-2015 Ends: 7-19-2015
Arts in the Park
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The 47th Annual Arts in the Park is Northwest Montana's largest and longest running art and entertianment fair.  This year's festival will have over 100 booths with fine artists and craftsmen, a premium beer garden and wonderful foods and great entertainment.  The event will be held from 10 am until 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday.  Daily admission is $3.00.  A weekend pass is $5.00. 

Arts in the Park 74-84 Loomis Street
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730
Starts: 7-17-2015 Ends: 7-19-2015
Flathead Lake 3-on-3 Hoop Shoot
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The 23rd annual Flathead Lake 3-on-3 tournament will be held on Main Street in Polson, July 24, 25 and 26. Up to 300 teams are expected to participate.  All proceeds are donated back to the community including $1000 to the Chamber for community beautification.  To enter and to learn more about brackets, go to www.flatheadlake3on3.com.  Packet pickup is Friday, July 24 from 5-9 pm at First Citizens Bank. Tournament games start at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday.  

Flathead Lake 3-on-3 Hoop Shoot5308 North Millgrove Road
Akron, Erie County United States
Starts: 7-24-2015 Ends: 7-26-2015
The Event at Rebecca Farm
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The Event at Rebecca Farm is a world-class equestrian event held annually in the Kalispell area.  There will be more than 600 competitors at this year's event.  In addition to the competition, there will be a trade fair with arts and crafts and a wide range of food concessions. 

The Event at Rebecca Farm 1385 Farm to Market Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 7-23-2015 Ends: 7-26-2015
Smokin' On The Water
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The 7th Annual Smokin' On The Water BBQ Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, August 1 from 11 am until 6 pm at the KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson.  The event will include BBQ, a Brew Tour, live music, games, giveaways and vendors.  Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded in all BBQ categories.  A shuttle to the event will run from Linderman Elementary School. 

Smokin' On The Water
Starts: 8-1-2015 Ends: 8-1-2015
37th Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts
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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
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival
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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
Starts: 8-8-2015 Ends: 8-8-2015
Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo
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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
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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
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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
Polson Fly In
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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
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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