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.

New Artists 2015 High School Students Art Exhibition
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art begins its New Artists 2015 - High School Students Art Exhibition on April 2.  This popular annual show provides a venue for young artists attending local area high schools.  Each school is given a set number of pieces depending upon student population and the exhibited pieces are juried by the art teachers at each school.  Homeschooled students' works are juried by the Hockaday.  The quality of the show is a testament to the caliber of art instruction offered in area schools. 


The Hockaday Museum is open year-round, Tesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

New Artists 2015 High School Students Art Exhibition320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 4-2-2015 Ends: 4-30-2015
Art Auction & Gala
Description:

The Annual Art Auction and Gala for the Salish & Kootenai College Student Foundation will be held on Saturday, May 2.  The event begins at 5:30 pm with a reception, silent acution and a live auction preview.  At 6:30, dinner, the live auction and student fashion show will take place.  Tickets are $50 or $75 for a couple.  For more information call 406-275-4983.

Art Auction & Gala
Starts: 5-2-2015 Ends: 5-2-2015
Evocations
Description:

Sibelius' inaugural Symphony No. 1 in E will be performed by the Glacier Symphony, John Zoltek, conductor.  Bartok's delightful Piano Concerto No. 3 will feature guest pianist Clair Huangci.  Also on the bill will be Williams' Theme from Jurassic Park. 


Tickets are available online at www.gscmusic.org or by calling 407-7000. 

Evocations
Starts: 5-2-2015 Ends: 5-3-2015
Community Bird Festival
Description:

The Community Bird Festival will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in the Joe McDonald Health & Athletic Center at Salish Kootenai College.  Short bird films from the International Wildlife Film Festival will be shown. At 4:30, awards will be given to the winners of the third grade poster contest.  

Community Bird Festival 51358-51370 U.S. 93
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 5-7-2015 Ends: 5-7-2015
Mother's Day Fun Run
Description:

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is sponsoring a Mother's Day Fun run/Walk on Saturday, May 9.  Registration is at 8 am and the race starts at 9 am in front of St. Joe's on 13th Avenue West.  Registration forms are available at the front desk.  Before May 1, a family registration is $25 and individuals are $8.  After May 6, a family if $20 with an individual at $20.  All proceeds go to Relay for Life.  

Mother's Day Fun Run 1617 South J Street
Hilltop, Pierce County United States
Starts: 5-9-2015 Ends: 5-9-2015
"To Hell & Back"
Description:
The Miracle of America Museum's Second Thursday presentation for May will be a showing of the 1955 feature length movie starring Audie Murphy.  The film is a true WWII action film that tells the story of how Murphy became the most decorated soldier in American history.  The presentation is free, but treats and donations are most welcome.  The film begins at 6:30 pm. "To Hell & Back" 58176 U.S. 93
Polson, Montana 59860
Starts: 5-14-2015 Ends: 5-14-2015
Senior Tour & Tea Day
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art invites Seniors age 60+ to enjoy free admission to the Museum on Thursday, May 14.  Complimentary coffee, tea and cookes will be served.  at 10:30 am, one of the Museum's trained docents will provide a tour.  On display this May are: Timeless Miniatures Exhibition, Gentlement Wear Black - Melissa Wilkinson, Restored Glacier national Park Murals and the Crown of the Continent Permanent Exhibition. 

Senior Tour & Tea Day 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 5-14-2015 Ends: 5-14-2015
Picnic for Lone Pine
Description:

It's time to celebrate spring!  Members of the Lone Pine Cemetery Association will hold a Picnic for Lone Pine on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8 PM in the Swan River Community Hall.  The evening will include dinner, silent and live auctions and music.  The picnic will raise funds for the maintenance and improvement of Lone Pine Cemetery located at the corner of Highways 83 and 35 just north of Bigfork. Tickets for the Picnic are $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.  Swan River Community Hall is located at the intersection of Highway 83 and Swan River Road across from Echo Lake Cafe and the Swan River School.  

Picnic for Lone Pine
Starts: 5-15-2015 Ends: 5-15-2015
Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival
Description:

Treat the entire family to a day of fun and food in Yellow Bay.  Vendors will offer a wide array of tiems from metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, leather, clothing, home decor, Montana-made items, and--- cherry products of course!  A hearty lunch will be prepared by the Yellow Bay Ladies Auxillary.  Live music throughout the day.  This annual event is a fundraiser for the Yellow Bay Club. 

Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival
Starts: 5-16-2015 Ends: 5-16-2015
"Shillelagh"
Description:

Featuring a cast of 20 Mission Valley performers, the Port Polson Players will present "Shillelagh" starting May 8 in the Port Polson Playhouse on Flathead Lake.  The musical combines traditional and modern Irish music.  Curtain time on Friday and Saturdays is at 7:30 PM with a Sunday matinee at 2 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.  Visit portpolsonplayers.com for more information. 

"Shillelagh"
Starts: 5-8-2015 Ends: 5-17-2015
Timeless Miniatures Exhibition
Description:

This national juried exhibition features the works of 40 artists who will share what inspires them on the search for their own timeless legacy.  The Hockaday Museum is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm. 

Timeless Miniatures Exhibition 320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 4-23-2015 Ends: 5-23-2015
Timeless Miniatures Exhibit and Fundraiser
Description:

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces the Timeless Miniatures exhibition featuring 9" X 12" and 4" X 6" works created specifically for the exhibition by renowned artists from throughout the United States.  Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the Museum.  A free opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 7 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The Museum is open year-round, Tesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM. 

Timeless Miniatures Exhibit and Fundraiser320 2nd Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
Starts: 4-23-2015 Ends: 5-23-2015
Spring Members Show
Description:

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 Show
Starts: 5-1-2015 Ends: 5-30-2015
 
Description:
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. 

 
Starts: 6-11-2015 Ends: 6-11-2015
Indigenous: A New Native America
Description:

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 America
Starts: 6-5-2015 Ends: 7-4-2015
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
Description:

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
Starts: 5-28-2015 Ends: 7-18-2015
Gentlemen Wear Black - Melissa Wilkinson
Description:

Melissa Wilkinson uses the romantic process of painting as a meditation on gender, identity construction and beauty.  





Gentlemen Wear Black - Melissa Wilkinson
Starts: 5-28-2015 Ends: 7-18-2015
Live History Days
Description:

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
Starts: 7-18-2015 Ends: 7-19-2015
Flathead Lake 3-on-3 Hoop Shoot
Description:

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 Shoot
Starts: 7-24-2015 Ends: 7-26-2015
Smokin' On The Water
Description:

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
Description:

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
Starts: 8-1-2015 Ends: 8-2-2015
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival
Description:

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
Description:

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
Polson Fly In
Description:

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
Starts: 9-12-2015 Ends: 9-12-2015