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.

Fubuki Daiko

Mission Valley Live presents Fubuki Daiko, Friday, October 28 at 7 pm.  From Winnipeg Canada, Fubuki Daiko reinvents traditional Japanese drumming with their eclectic and energetic performances. Tickets are available at R&R Health Care Solutions, Ronan True Value, First Interstate Bank and Vine & Tap. Advance tickets are $13 or at the door for $15.00.  Free admission for children 18 and under.  

Location: Polson High School Auditorium

Starts: 10-28-2016 Ends: 10-28-2016
Mystery & Majesty: Native American Rock Art

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Mystery & Majesty: Native American Rock Art, an exhibition of Missoula photographer and curator Lee silliman's black and white phtographs.  The exhibition will be on display September 15 through October 29.  Silliman's photos tap into a few of the litterally thousands of chiseled and painted constructions left behind by Native Americans on boulders and stone walls. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults, 44 for seniors, $ 2 for college students. Students k-12 are free.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 9-15-2016 Ends: 10-29-2016
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Whitefish Theatre Company is thrilled to present the wildly popular parody The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) as the first mainstage theatre production of the 2016-2017 season.  The play is a hilarious, fast-paced romp through the Bard's extensive playbook.  Three madcap actors weave their wacky way through all 37 of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild evening that will leave you helpless with laughter.  Performances begin at 7:30 pm with a matinee on October 23 at 4 pm.  Cabaret and reserved seating are available.  Purchase tickets online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org. 

Location: O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center Whitefish

Starts: 10-20-2016 Ends: 10-29-2016
The Oldest Living Graduate

The Port Polson Players present The Oldest Living Graduate on October 28, 29 and 30.  Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.  

Location: Theatre on the Lake Boettcher Park Polson

Starts: 10-28-2016 Ends: 10-30-2016
Halloween Celebration

Children in costume are invited to trick or treat in Bigfork Village from 4 pm until 6 pm. 

Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 10-31-2016 Ends: 10-31-2016
Double Visions

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
Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon
To open the third season, Groovin' kicks off with a fabulous acoustic duo - Tom Catmull & Travis Yost.  Enjoy great music with your friends.  Your ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine on arrive.  Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased at Electric Avenue Gifts, Great Northern Gourmet and online.  The performance begins at 2:30 pm.

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 11-6-2016 Ends: 11-6-2016
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

A non-juried show, open to all artists.  Artistic interpretation of the theme "A picture is worth 1000 words".  The exhibition will be open October 1 through November 11 with an opening reception on October 7 from 5 to 7 pm.  

Location: Sandpiper Art & Gift Gallery 306 Main Street Polson

Starts: 10-1-2016 Ends: 11-11-2016
Flights of Imagination

The Glacier Symphony and Glacier Chorale and Chamber singers present their popular annual concert featuring music that evokes the imagination of humankind - the allure of flight, the mystery of the sea, the nobility of virtue, the spritual realm and the unknown, love. Performance begins at 7:30 pm. 

Location: Whitefish Performing Arts Center 600 East 2nd Street Whitefish

Starts: 11-12-2016 Ends: 11-12-2016
Fall Mack Days

The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes will sponsor the 2016 Fall Mack Days Fishing Event on Flathead Lake with up to $150,000 in cash and prizes.  The event runs from September 23 to November 13 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  New this year is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday bonus days for tagged fish only.  A fish fry for participants will be held on November 13 at Blue Bay starting at 3 pm.  The awards ceremony begins at 4 pm. To learn more about this event visit the official website at www.mackdays.com. 

Location: Flathead Lake

Starts: 9-23-2016 Ends: 11-13-2016
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stroll through the village of Bigfork after the Bigfork Elves have created their holiday magic.  Enjoy the thousands of colored lights, fresh garlands and trees befor gathering for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 7 pm.  

Location: Corner of Electric & Grand Avenues Bigfork Inn Bigfork

Starts: 11-19-2016 Ends: 11-19-2016
Holiday Bazaar

The KwaTaqNuk Resort will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19.  Hours are 7 to 7 pm Friday and 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday.  

Location: KwaTaqNuk Resort Polson

Starts: 11-18-2016 Ends: 11-19-2016
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

The 9th Annual Polson Turkey Trot 5K Fun run/Walk will be held Thursday, November 24 at 10 am.  Start and finish at Century 21 Big Sky Real Estate on the corner of Highways 93 and 35.  The course will run down Highway 35 and around Mission Bay.  Registration opens at 8 am. Cost is $5 with proceeds to benefit the Polson Food Pantry.  For moe details visit www.polsonrunning.com 

Location: Highway 35 Polson

Starts: 11-24-2016 Ends: 11-24-2016
Community Open House

The Hockaday Museum of Art expresses its thanks to the community for their continued support by opening its doors with free admission and welcoming all to enjoy the current exhibitions. The Open House will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday November 25 and 26. 

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-25-2016 Ends: 11-26-2016
23rd Annual Nutcracker

The Northwest Ballet Company will present ist 23rd Annual Nutcracker starting Friday, November 25. Performances will be at 2 pm and 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 4 pm on Sunday.  

Location: Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 11-25-2016 Ends: 11-27-2016
Strings Concert

The Strings Students at Flathead Valley Community College will present a free concert on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 pm.  

Location: Room 139 Arts & Technology Building Flathead Valley Community College 777 Grandview Drive Kalispell

Starts: 11-30-2016 Ends: 11-30-2016
Two Bit Franks

Featuring some of the finest Bluegrass musicians in Montana "Two Bit Franks" feature homegrown original music, classic bluegrass and some great adaptations to tunes you never imagined.  The performance will be held at 7 pm on Friday December 2.  Tickets are available in Ronan at Ronan True Value and R&R Health Care Solutions and in Polson at Vine & Tap and First Interstate Bank.  

Location: Polson High School Auditorium

Starts: 12-2-2016 Ends: 12-2-2016
Handel's Messiah

Handel's beloved masterpiece will be performed by the Glacier Symphony Messiah Orchestra and Glacier Chorale.  Performance begins at 7:30 pm.  

Location: Bethany Lutheran Church of Bigfork 8559 Highway 35 Bigfork

Starts: 12-2-2016 Ends: 12-2-2016
Holiday Parade of Lights

Bring the kids and family to the annual Holiday Parade of Lights.  Line-up is at 5:30 with the parade starting at 6 pm.  Kids can visit with Santa after the parade.  

Location: Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 12-3-2016 Ends: 12-3-2016
Visit with Santa

Children of all ages can visit with Santa from 3 to 6 pm on Three Saturdays before Christmas, Saturday December 3, 10th and 17th.  Bigfork merchants will be staying open late with holiday specials.  

Location: Bigfork Station Electric Avenue Bigfork

Starts: 12-3-2016 Ends: 12-17-2016
A Christmas Story

The Whitefish Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story based on the classic 1983 movie. Set in 1940's Indiana, the play tells the story of Ralphie Parker who has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas --- a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle.  This is a show that the whole family will enjoy, capturing holiday wonder with wit and a heart of gold.  Performances are at 7:30 pm. 

Location: O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center One Central Avenue Whitefish

Starts: 12-1-2016 Ends: 12-18-2016
Holiday Pops

The Glacier Symphony presents a concert featuring such holiday favorites as the Nutcracker, March of the Toys, Christmas at the Movies, Canadian Brass Christmas, Skaters Waltz and many more.  This is a family favorite!  The concert begins at 3 pm. 

Location: Flathead High School 644 Fourth Avenue West Kalispell

Starts: 12-18-2016 Ends: 12-18-2016
Members' Salon

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces its annual Members' Salon, an exhibition of artist member works, to be on display November 3 through January 14, 2017.  This is the 15th event of its type at the Museum showcasing the diverse talents of its membership.  Artists of all skill levels present one piece of their recent work in a broad range of media.  The exhibition will feature the works of more than 80 Hockaday members. Everyone is invited to vote in the People's Choice Awards.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 3302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-3-2016 Ends: 1-14-2017
Journey:A Painter's Life

The Hockaday Museum of Art announces Journey: A Painter's Life, the first retrospective of nationally renowned watercolorist Karen Leigh's works.  The exhibition will be on display from November 10 through Janaury 21, 2017.  The exhibit encompasses decades of Karen Leigh's watercolor painting, including her sketchbooks and painting memorabilita. The nearly 40 paintings include landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still lifes.  The Hockaday Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm.  

Location: Hockaday Museum of Art 302 Second Avenue East Kalispell

Starts: 11-10-2016 Ends: 1-21-2017