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.

Bigfork's Fourth of July Parade

Join Bigfork in celebrating our nation's independence on July 4th at noon.  This parade, known as one of the best in Montana, features horses, clowns, fire trucks and floats of all designs as they move down Grand and Electric Avenues.  After the parade, the Bigfork Fire Department will be offering root beer floats. Donations are appreciated. 

Location: Bigfork

Starts: 7-4-2017 Ends: 7-4-2017
Chamber Blast - Sporting Clays Fun Day

The Polson Chamber of Commerce Annual Chamber Blast will be held on Friday, July 7 at Big Sky Sporting Clays.  The event will begin with a shooters' safety briefing followed by the Sporting Clays Tournament.  An 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: 7-7-2017 Ends: 7-7-2017
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
28th Annual Lakeside Community Fair

The Lakeside Community Fair will begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 am.  At 9 am, other events will open including the Attic Treasures sale, craft vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, Split the Pot and food vendors.  There will be a parade down Highway 93 at 11:00 at which time the Kids Zone will open in the school yard.  The watermelon eating contest is at 1:30.  Duck Races will take place at the Tamarack at 4pm.  The Fair is a fundraiser for the Lakeside Community Club.  

Location: Lakeside Elementary School and Grounds

Starts: 7-8-2017 Ends: 7-8-2017
FVCC Festival of Flavors Summerfest on Flathead Lake

The Foundation at Flathead Valley Community College continues its 2017 Festival of Flavors dinner series with a summer event at Flathead Lake Lodge.  "Summerfest on Flathead Lake" will feature the grilling skills of the students and faculty at The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC as they prepare an extensive menu highlighting grilled fish, local meats and fresh garden vegetables.  A no-host bar featuring beer, wine and summer cocktails will be available.  tickets are $150 per person.  The event begins at 6 pm.  To purchase tickets visit www.fvcc.edu/festival

Location: Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork

Starts: 7-13-2017 Ends: 7-13-2017
7th Annual Pints for Paths Brewfest

Join us for an evening of great Montana beer, rocking live music and one of the best views around.  More than 16 breweries will make this one of the best summer brewfests around.  Pints for Paths includes a brewed soda tent, with root beer and other brewed sodas.  Ice cream is available for an old-fashioned root beer float.  Live music by local and regional artists and food vendors. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and are available to West Glacier Bar, Stonefly Lounge, Hungry Horse Liquor Store.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 at the gate.  Pints for Paths Brewfest is an annual fundraiser for the Gateway to Glacier Trail, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and support of a separated bike and pedestrian path connecting the Flathead Valley to Glacier National Park. 

Location: Heavens Peak Lodge West Glacier

Starts: 7-15-2017 Ends: 7-15-2017
"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
"Wild Places"

An exhibition featuring photography, jewelry making and film making "Campfire Stories: Celebrating Montana's Wild Places and Community Camping Stories" opens Friday, June 30.  The artists include photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelry maker Erin Hawley and filmmaker Jeri Rafter who created their works during a wilderness residency at Mystic Lake on the edge of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and within the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.  The exhibition will remain open through July 22. 

Location: Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 6-30-2017 Ends: 7-22-2017
"The League of Grateful Sons"

The July Night at the Museum will feature the touching movie "The League of Grateful Sons" which pays tribute to the veterans of World War II.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.  The night is free to the public, but treats and donations are gratefully accepted. 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 7-27-2017 Ends: 7-27-2017
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
Ice Cream Social

Join the Parks and Recreation Department for a free community event sponsored by Park Side Credit Union.  We will be serving ice cream provided by Sweet Peaks, a local favorite here in the Flathead.  The band, Marshall Catch, will entertian.  The event runs from 6 to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 1.

Location: Depot Park Kalispell

Starts: 8-1-2017 Ends: 8-1-2017
"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
Bigfork Festival of the Arts

The 39th annual Festival of the Arts will feature more than 160 arts and craft booths, food, entertainment and children's activities.  bus shuttles will run from the parking areas at Potoczny Baseball Field east of the Post Office and the Bethan Lutheran Church.   The festival will run from 9 am to 4:30 pm both days. 

Location: Downtown Bigfork

Starts: 8-5-2017 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
Picnic in the Park

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

Starts: 6-27-2017 Ends: 8-22-2017
Picnic in the Park

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

Starts: 6-27-2017 Ends: 8-23-2017
Summer Speaker Series

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

Starts: 6-14-2017 Ends: 8-23-2017
"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
Riverbend Concerts

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

Starts: 6-25-2017 Ends: 8-27-2017
Rumble in the Bay Car Show

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

Starts: 9-3-2017 Ends: 9-3-2017
Glacier Reflections: A Retrospective

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

Starts: 6-29-2017 Ends: 9-9-2017
Night at the Museum - David and Agnes Polson

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

Starts: 9-28-2017 Ends: 9-28-2017
Treecycle Ride

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

Starts: 10-1-2017 Ends: 10-1-2017