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.

Season Finale Concert

Robert deMaine, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will be the featured artist in the Glacier Symphony's Season Finale Concert.  deMaine will perform Victor Herbert's iconic Cello Concerto in E Minor along with a set of pieces for solo cello.  Also on the program will be Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe suite No.2 and the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.  Tickets for the concerts can be purchased at the Glacier Symphony Box Office by calling 406-407-7000 or online at www.gscmusic.org.  Youth through grade 12 are admitted free to the concerts when accompanied by an adult.  

Location: Flathead High Performance Hall Kalispell

Starts: 4-30-2016 Ends: 5-1-2016
High School Students Art Exhibition

The Hockaday Museum of Art begins its New Artists 2016 - High School Students Art Exhibition on March 31.  The popular annual show provides a venue for young artists attending local area high schools.  The quality of the show is a testament to the caliber of art instruction offered in area schools and the talent of Flathead Valley students. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 3-31-2016 Ends: 5-7-2016
Family Forestry Expo

Family Forestry Expo is an annual event that offers hands-on exposure to the role forests play in our everyday lives. During the week, school classes will visit Expo.  On Saturday, families are invited to visit the Trumbull Creek Educational Forest for a short forest walk with demonstrations along the way.  A grand stand show will be presented at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  The show will feature logging equipment demonstrations, the Forest Service Spotte Bear Ranger District mule pack string and a logging sports demonstration by the Flathead Valley Community College logging sports team.  A free logging camp lunch will be provided between 11 am and 1:00 pm.  Trumbull Creek Educational Forest is located about two miles north of the junction of US Highway 2 and Montana Highway 40, just west of Columbia Falls. 

Location: Trumbull Creek Educational Forest Columbia Falls

Starts: 5-2-2016 Ends: 5-7-2016
Spartan Race: Montana Beast & Sprint Weeked

At 12-14 miles, The Reebok Spartan Beast is the most difficult of the three Spartan Races.  The Spartan Sprint is a 3-5 mile sprint with more than 20 signature Spartan Obstacles.  There will be free shuttle bus service to bring racers and spectators to and from the lodge.  More information at www.spartanrace.com. 

Location: Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork

Starts: 5-7-2016 Ends: 5-8-2016
Senior Tour & Tea Day

Seniors 60+ are invited to visit the Hockaday Museum of Art on Thursday, May 12 for Senior Tour and Tea Day.  Seniors receive a free admission and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served. There will be a docent-led tour of all exhibits starting at 10:30 am.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 5-12-2016 Ends: 5-12-2016
2016 Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival

Treat the entire family to a day of fun, music and food in Yellow Bay.  Vendors will offer a wide array of items including metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, leather goods, home deor, Montana-Made products and, of course, cherry products.  A hearty lunch will be provided by the Yellow Bay Ladies Auxiliary. The event runs from 10 am until 4 pm, Saturday, May 14 and is a fundraiser for the Yellow Bay Club. 

Location: Yellow Bay Clubhouse Mile Marker 18, Highway 35

Starts: 5-14-2016 Ends: 5-14-2016
"WWII in Color"

In remembrance of Armed Forces Day, the Museum will show "WWII in Colr".  This digitally restored film contains actual footage showing the real brutality of war.  The movie is not recommended for young children.  Time permitting, a museum tour of artifacts from WWII will be available. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free to the public.  Treats and donations gladly accepted! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 5-26-2016 Ends: 5-26-2016
Bigfork Whitewater Festival

Kayak Races on the famous Wild Mile of the Swan River.  The course is visible from the downtown Bigfork bride and along the Swan River Nature Trail.  There will also be Stand Up Paddleboard demonstrations at the Bigfork Bay Dock.  

Location: The Wild Mile of the Swan River

Starts: 5-28-2016 Ends: 5-29-2016
Bigfork Piecemaker's 2016 Quilt Show

Quilts of all sizes and styles on display, vendors and craft boutique.  Raffle quilt is "Yaak River Cabin" designed by Jackie Robinson and quilted by Nancy Janikowsky.  The show is open on Friday from 10 am until 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Funds raised from the show will support community projects and scholarships. 

Location: Bethany Ark Lutheran Church 8559 Highway 35 Bigfork

Starts: 6-10-2016 Ends: 6-11-2016
Native Sons of the American West

The Hockaday Museum of Art features Native Sons of the American West, an exhibit showcasing Paul Surber's oil and acrylic representations of Western Plains Indian Tribes in the 1800s and early 1900s. Surber represents Native American culture and authentic tribal wear with contemporary aesthetics. Guests will visually relate to the different tribes and their customs, expressed with colors and designs created with feathers, tradebeads and different animal furs and bones. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 5-5-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Above the Fruited Plain

The Hockaday Museum of Art features Dwayne Wilcox's Above the Fruited Plain, an exhibition of Native ledger drawings that are compelling, multi-layered, and beautifully executed.  Each humorous work begins with a story that draws the viewer in, usually by way of a cultural reference such as a powwow, a biographical reference or an historical reference.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 5-5-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo

The Mission Mountain NRA Rodeo features both youth and NRA Rodeo events including bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, team roping, tie down roping, ladies and youth barrel racing, ladies and youth breakaway roping and bull riding.  Tickets are available at the gate for  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  There will be live music following the Firday night performance.  

Location: Polson Fairgrounds 320 Regatta Road Polson

Starts: 6-24-2016 Ends: 6-25-2016
Plein Air Glacier 2016

The Hockaday Museum of Art announced Plein Air Glacier 2016, continuing the timeless tradition of painting in America's National Parks by holding its 9th annual Plein Air Paint Out event June 25-29 in Glacier National Park.  The lengthy list of renowned painters is given the freedom to choose a location anywhere within the boundaries of Glacier, creating as many paintings as possible during those three days, no matter the weather.  Paintings will be offered at fixed prices to benefit the Museum at a Party & Sale on Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 8 pm.  

The public is invited to board one of the iconic Red Buses for a Plein Air Tour on June 27-28.  The tour will include a boxed lunch and the opportunity to watch Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Linda Tippetts paint outdoors.  Reservations are required: 755-5268.

Location: Glacier National Park

Starts: 6-25-2016 Ends: 6-29-2016
"Smoke on the Waters"

Back by request, the Museum will present a showing of the Montana Centennial "SMoke on the Waters" documentary concerning steamboats on Flathead Lake.  There will be a segment covering the Paul Bunyan, the only remaining logging tow boat of Flathead Lake, along with a short film covering early day logging in the area.  If time permits, there will be a tour of the Paul Bunyan and related artifacts in the museum collection.  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm and is free to the public.  Treats and donations gladly accepted! 

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 6-30-2016
Beauty and the Beast

Eclectic and fun, "Beauty and the Beast" features works by Sandpiper member artists Marge Christensen (sculpture/paintin), Maer Rubley (impressionism), Suzie Berry (acrylics), Carole Carberry (watercolor/printmaker), Mary Kelly (oil painting) and jewelry artist Amber Nolan.  The exhibit runs from May 28 through July 8 with an opening reception on June 3. 

Location: Sandpiper Art and Gift Gallery 306 Main Street Polson

Starts: 5-28-2016 Ends: 7-8-2016
The Port Polson Players will open their summer theatre season with "Fools" by Neil Simon.  This comic fable is set in the small village of Kulyenchikov, Ukraine during the late 19th century.  The story follows Leon Steponovich Tolchinsky, a schoolteacher who takes a new job educating Sophia, the daughter of Doctor Zubritsky and his wife, Lenya.  Leon soon learns that there is a curse on the village that makes everyone stupid and complications ensue when Leon falls in love with his pupil.  Performances are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. 

Location: Port Polson Players Theatre Highway 93 near Boettcher Park

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

The 35th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will be held at the Swan Lake Day Park near mile marker 72 on Montana Highway 83.  Morning activities include a huckleberry pancake breakfast starting at 8 am and a Huckleberry Baking contest at 11 am.  Activities throughout the day include a Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale (come early, the pies sell out quickly), kids' activities and games, silent auction, grand prize drawing and raffles.  There will be an Arts & Crafts Fair with more than 50 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.  The Festival is sponsored by the Swan Lake Chamber and Community Club.  Festival proceeds will be used to fund maintenance of the Swan Lake Community Center.

Location: Swan Lake Day Park Mile 72 Highway 83

Starts: 8-13-2016 Ends: 8-13-2016
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park

A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park is an extraordinary exhibit featuring art by 27 of the nation's top women artists.  The exhibit will feature 75 new Glacier National Park-themed works including a mix of landscape, wildlife, Native American and Park subject matter.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 8-13-2016 Ends: 9-10-2016