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.
With 115 years of tradition, the NW Montana Fair & Roeo comes alive in August with three nights of PRCA Rodeo action, huge concerts, carnival rides and great fair food. Headlining the entertainment will be Dustin Lynche, performing on Wednesday August 16. Bailey Bryan will also perform and the show will be opened by local singer/songwriter Jael Johnson and her band. Other fair highlights include the Friday Fair parade in downtown Kalispell, Jr. Livestock show and sale and more than 100 commercial exhibitors. There will be more than 8000 exhibits from quilts to mini-horses, floriculture and livestock.
Location: Flathead County Fairgrounds Kalispell
Join us for a Solar Eclipse Viewing on August 21 from 10:30 am until 12 pm on the FVCC campus lawn adjacent to the Broussard Center. NASA-approved viewing glasses will be available so you can safely watch the eclipse. For more information, contact Jill Seigmund 756-3834.
Location: Lawn adjacent to Broussard Center Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell
The Kalispell Parks and Recreation Department will once again host Picnic in the Park starting on Tuesday, June 27. The free Picnic in the Park concerts are Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm and Wednesdays from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Food, but no alcohol, is sold during the event. This year, there will be 14 different acts performing a wide range of musical genres. For a full list of bands and performers visit www.kalispell.com/parks_and_recreation/PicnicInThePark.
Location: Depot Park Kalispell
Picnic in the Park brings music and entertainment to Kalispell's Depot Park every Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon from June 27 through Augst 23. Tuesday evening concerts begin at 6 pm with the Wednesday event starting at 11:30 am. For additional information call 758-7717 or visit the Kalispell Parks & Recreation website www.kalispell.com/parks_and_recreation.
Location: Depot Park Kalispell
The West Shore Community Library Speaker Series will feature topics of interest to the community on Wednesday afternoons starting June 14 and continuing through August 23. All presentations will begin at 4 pm.
- June 14: Women in Charlie Russell's life
- June 28: Meet Gracie and learn about Glacier National Park's first herding dog who works at the top of Logan Pass.
- July 5: Learning Mongolia: A Complicated Story by Woody Packard
- July 26: "Shrimp, Salmon, Trout & Mussels"; Invasive Seafood Chowder in Flathead Lake.
- August 9: MegaFires, why they are happening now and how we can protect our community and homes.
- August 23: Ripples in a Pond: The story of Mary Ronan and her wide circle of friendship.
Location: West Shore Community Library 100 Bierney Creek Road Lakeside
Join FVCC for the Grand Opening of Founders Hall, FVCC's new student housing. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours and refreshments on Wednesday, August 23, from 4:30 until 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Location: Flathead Valley Community College
During the free Night at the Museum, Thursday, August 24, Museum founder Gil Mangels will answer some of the most commonly asked questions heard from visitors including "How did this museum get started?" and "Where did you get all of this stuff?" This will also celebrate Gil's 75th birthday, so there will be cake and ice cream and root beer floats. The program begins at 6:30 pm.
Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson
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
The Riverbend Concerts take place every Sunday from June 25 through August 27. Concerts are 7 pm and the cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Season passes are available for $20.00. Bring a picnic, bring a seat and bring your friends!
Location: Everit L. Sliter Memorial Park Bigfork
The Historic Film Club presents a showing of the 1993 political comedy "Dave" on Monday, August 28 at 7 pm. The film tells the story of a man asked to impersonate an ailing president and the conflicts that result with staff and the Vice President. The film was a commercial and critcal success, earning an Academy Award nomination for Gary Ross' screenplay. There is no charge for the film, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of acquiring and showing these movies.
Location: Museum at Central School 124 Second Avenue E Kalispell
The 10th annual Bigfork Rumble in the Bay Year of the Mopar - Car & Truck Show takes place on Sunday, September 3 from 10 am until 3 pm. All makes and models are welcome including motorcycles and trucks. Besides the Show and Shine, there will be a Poker Walk, Best Custom Contest 50/50 Split the Pot and raffle prizes. A post-show party will take place at the Tall Pine Lounge. To register, visit www.bigforkrumble.com or call 406-260-8385.
Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork
Glacier Reflections is a well-deserved retrospecitve exhibition of three living legacy artists, each of whom has devoted a lifetime to painting Glacier National Park. In this exhibit curated by well-known watercolorist Karen Leigh, local artists Corinne Lundgren, Marsha Davis and Darlene Morgan all present rich histories of painting the people and places of the park.
Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell
The Montana Dragon Boat Festival brings spirited competition and colorful pageantry to Flathead Lake. Volunteer Park offers 190 feet of unobstructed Flathead lake shoreline with spectacular views of the race, the lake and surrounding mountains. The event kicks off with a welcome party and paddler briefing on Friday evening. Saturday races are 200 meters in length and begin at 8:30 am. Saturday afternoon activities include a concert by Gladys Friday, Paddle Board Boxing and Beer Garden Games. Sunday's schedule includes 500 meter races starting at 9 am, a 2,000 meter Exhibition Race, Kids' Race, a hula performance, live music and the awards ceremony.
Location: Volunteer Park Lakeside
The September Night at the Museum will feature David Polson and his daughter Agnes Polson. Learn more about the Montana rancher for whom the town is named. You'll also meet his daughter, Agnes Polson and learn more about the history of the area's pioneer families. Members of the public are invited to share their family's history in the Mission Valley. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm. The event is free, but treats and donations are welcome!
Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson, MT 59860
The Kalispell TreeCycle Ride is a family-friendly bike ride that will take participants on a tour of natable trees around Kalispell. The event is meant to educate while providing an enjoyable ride through the beautiful trees of the city. If you are unable to ride, feel free to follow the tour by car. The bike tour will begin and end at the Central School Museum. Please arrive perpared to ride. The ride will start at 2 pm and run until 4 pm.
Location: Central School Museum Kalispell