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.

Riverbend Concert - Flathead Valley Community Band
Description:

Enjoy an evening of traditional band music listening to the Flathead Valley Community Band.  Concert begins at 7 pm.  Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children.  Bring your own food, seating and join your friends for a musical evening on the park lawn.

Location: Sliter Park Bigfork

Starts: 7-31-2016 Ends: 7-31-2016
Montana Painters' Alliance Exhibition
Description:

The Montana Painter's Alliance is comprised of 30 of the most accomplished and esteemed artists from every corner of the state.  Their focus is on encouraging and fostering excellence among the state's professional painters in plein air, studio and landscape painting.  Members will present works in oil, watercolor, pastel and mixed media.  The Hockaday Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 8-6-2016
Smokin' on the Water
Description:

The 8th annual Smokin' on the Water will be held at Polson's KwaTaqNuk Resort from 11 am until 6 pm. Teams will be competing in a number of categories and visitors will have the chance to enjoy their work!  Music, food and fun for the entire family. 

Location: KwaTaqNuk Resort Polson

Starts: 8-6-2016 Ends: 8-6-2016
Water Daze
Description:

The 14th annual Water Daze 1-mile swim race will be held on Saturday, August 6.  Registration will open at 11 am with a start time of 1 pm.  The swim will be from Salish Point to  Boettcher Park.  For entry information call 406-883-4567. 

Location: Flathead Lake Polson

Starts: 8-6-2016 Ends: 8-6-2016
"Shadows on Oak Island"
Description:

The Port Polson Players present the mystery thriller "Shadows on Oak Island" from July 21 through August 7.  Performances are Wednesday through Sunday with a curtain time of 7:30 pm.  Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  For tickets and information go to www.portpolsonplayers.com 





Location: John Dowdall Theatre Next to Boettcher Park Polson

Starts: 7-21-2016 Ends: 8-7-2016
Riverbend Concert - LeftOver Biscuits
Description:

Enjoy an evening of Blue Grass on the Green Grass of Sliter Park during the Riverbend Concert Series featuring LeftOver Biscuits.  The concert begins at 7 pm.  Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.  

Location: Sliter Park Bigfork

Starts: 8-7-2016 Ends: 8-7-2016
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival
Description:

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
Summerfest
Description:

Enjoy three fun-filled days of Summerfest in Polson.  There will be a Car Show at Sacajawea Park, Family Fun Day at the Sports Complex, water activities on Flathead Lake and a special Brunch Cruise aboard the Shadow.  

Location: Flathead Lake Polson

Starts: 8-12-2016 Ends: 8-14-2016
Riverbend Concert - Willson and McKee
Description:

This Sunday evening, enjoy Celtic Rhythms under our big Montana skies with Willson and McKee.  The concert begins at 7 pm.  Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.  Bring your own food and seating.  

Location: Sliter Park Bigfork

Starts: 8-14-2016 Ends: 8-14-2016
Festival Amadeus
Description:

Montana's only week-long classical music festival brings exceptional artists and varied repertoire to concert halls in Whitefish and Bigfork August 8-14.  Centered in the mountain resort town of Whtiefish, the Festival week is chock full of activities including open rehearsals, special educational events and recetipons.  Three Chamber concerts, featuring the Festival guest soloists, will be held concurrently in the village of Bigfork.


Whitefish concerts begin on Monday, August 8, with performances through Sunday night.  Chamber concerts in Bigfork will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  For a complete list of performances and events, visit www.gscmusic.org. 


Location: Bigfork & Whitefish

Starts: 8-8-2016 Ends: 8-14-2016
Riverbend Concert - Fetveit Brothers
Description:

The Fetveit Brothers bring songs we love (with a twist) to Sliter Park during this Riverbend Concert starting at 7 pm.  Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children.  Bring your own chairs and picnic for an evening of musical entertainment on the lawn of Sliter Park. 

Location: Sliter Park Bigfork

Starts: 8-21-2016 Ends: 8-21-2016
Richard III
Description:

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks will bring their performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III" to Flathead Valley Community College this August.  The performance beings at 6 pm on August 24.   All performances are free and open to the public.  Audiences are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets and picnics.  For more information concerning the tour, visit www.shakespeareintheparks.org. 

Location: Flathead Valley Community College

Starts: 8-24-2016 Ends: 8-24-2016
Riverbend Concert - Ashley Creek Ramblers
Description:

The Ashley Creek Ramblers, one of the valley's favorite groups, will bring the Riverbend Concert series to a close this Sunday, August 28.  The concert begins at 7 pm.  Bring your picnic and chair.  Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. 

Location: Sliter Park Bigfork

Starts: 8-28-2016 Ends: 8-28-2016
Rumble in the Bay
Description:

Bigfork's annual car show, the Rumble in the Bay will be held in downtown Bigfork on Sunday, September 4, from 8 am until 2 pm.  This year has been dubbed the "Year of the Classic Truck" and organizers are looking for entries of as many classic trucks as possible.  Entries include classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.  There will also be food vendors, raffles, prizes and a Poker Walk. 


At the Ferndale Airfield,  more than 40 planes will be on display including war birds, helicopters and experimental planes.  There will be FREE parking at the airfield with a trolley service every half-hour to the Bigfork Rumble in the Bay.  

Location: Bigfork

Starts: 9-4-2016 Ends: 9-4-2016
Senior Tour & Tea Day
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art honors seniors age 60+ with free admission during Senior Tour and Tea Day, Thursday, September 8.  Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served.  A docent-led tour will begin at 10:30 am.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell, MT

Starts: 9-8-2016 Ends: 9-8-2016
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
Description:

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
Encounters - Nancy Erickson
Description:

Livingston, MT artist Nancy Erickson is a nationally recognized fiber artist.  Her artwork recognizes the individual dignity of wild creatures, often juxtaposing them with people or human enviornments.  This exhibition features her large-scale, free-form textile compositions which were inspired by the cave art found at Chauvet Pont d'Arc and Lascaux in France. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 7-28-2016 Ends: 9-10-2016
Montana Dragon Boat Festival
Description:

The fifth annual Montana Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Volunteer Park on the west shore of Flathead Lake.  The Park offers 190 feet of unobstructed Flathead lake shoreline with spectacular views of the Mission and Flathead Mountains.  The festival grounds spread along Lakeside Boulevard accommodating vendors, teams and additional activities.  Shops, restaurants and other Lakeside attractions are all within walking distance.  Races begin at 8:30 am Saturday and at 9 am on Sunday.  On Saturday evening, the Flathead Lake Dragon Bash dinner and concert will be held at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell.  

Location: Volunteer Park Flathead Lake Lakeside

Starts: 9-10-2016 Ends: 9-11-2016
Elizabeth Lochrie: Woman Alone in her Way
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art is proud to present a biography exhibit on Elizabeth Lochrie, one of the artists featured in the 2015 exhibition, A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park. Lochrie is celebrated for her incisive, well-observed, and affectionate portraits of Native Americans. Throughout her career, she painted more than 1000 portraits of people from the Native community, creating a unique historical record of Indian life.  Paintings from the Hockaday Museum's permanent collection will also be featured. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 8-4-2016 Ends: 10-8-2016
Double Visions
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Double Visions, an extraordinary exhibit telling the story of early Montana life through the art of Ron and Echo Ukrainetz.  The exhibition will be on display from September 15 through November 5.  Ron and Echo Ukrainetz will present a compelling visual interpretation of the unique history of Montana, using their two different perspectives and artistic styles.  The exhibition will cover broad themes, from the adventures of explorers like Lewis and Clark to the thrills of the famous wild west shows. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-15-2016 Ends: 11-5-2016