Montana's Flathead Valley
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Flathead Valley Events Calendar

Looking for an all-season vacation destination? Northwest Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley offers many relaxing options any time of the year.

Columbia Falls Heritage Days

Celebrate the history and heritage of Columbia Falls during this annual celebration that includes a Car Show, Farmers Market, Parade, Golf Tournament, Open Rodeo, Boogie-to-the-Bank 10k Run, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Parade, Wild Horse Drive, Barn Dance and a Golf Tournament.  There are also evening events and fund-raisers. To learn more visit the web site at 

Starts: 7-23-2014 Ends: 7-27-2014
Benefit Wine Tasting & Art Auction

The annual Wine Tasting and Art Auction is the major source of revenue for the West Shore Library and has grown in size and scope since its inception in 2002.  This wonderful evening provides an opportunity to view and bid on fine art, taste a variety of more than 40 wines and micro brew beers and network with friends and neighbors.  

Starts: 7-30-2014 Ends: 7-30-2014
36th Annual Bigfork Festival of the Arts

More than 125 booths will line Electric and Grand Avenues where the arts and crafts booths will offer pottery, paintings, furniture, jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metal art and much more.  Food vendors will supply an array of mouth-watering treats, and live entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend.  

Festival hours ar 9 am until 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Downtown Bigfork will be closed to vehicle traffic.  Parking is available at various locations with a free shuttle service running continually during the Festival.  First-come, first-serve parking will be available at the Bethany Lutheran Church on Highway 35 and at Potoczny Field just west of the stoplight markking the intersection of Holt Drive and Highway 35. 

Starts: 8-2-2014 Ends: 8-3-2014
9th Annual Big Sky Antique & Classic Boat Show

More than 40 antique and classic boats in the water and on display on land.  Activities include a Friday evening reception and dinner on Saturday evening for participants and their guests.  There will also be a parade of boats on Flathead Lake at the close of the show on Sunday.  Other activities include boat building exhibits and demonstrations, marine antique flea market, in-water kayak safety demonstrations and many other boating-related displays and activities. 

Starts: 8-1-2014 Ends: 8-3-2014
Montana Cup Sailing Championships

The North Flathead Yacht Club will once again host the Montana Cup Sailing Championships on August 2 and 3.  Participants from Washington, Idaho, Alberta and Montana sailing clubs will compete for the cup during the two-day regatta. 

Starts: 8-2-2014 Ends: 8-3-2014
43rd Annual Outdoor Art Festival

Enjoy a wide variety of vendors featuring all types and styles of art on Saturday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm.  the Festival is sponsored by the Sandpiper Art Gallery. 

Starts: 8-9-2014 Ends: 8-9-2014
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival

For thirty-three years, the second Saturday in August has meant huckleberry pie, huckleberry treats, arts, crafts and music on the shores of beautiful Swan Lake.  The 33rd annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival will get underway with a pancake breakfast starting at 7 am.  The Festival will open at 9 am and run until 4 pm. 

Morning activities include the pancake breakfast, a Huckleberry Baking Contest at 11 am and Huckleberry Baked Goods Sale. (Come early, the pies sell out quickly!) Planned afternoon activities include a silent auction and raffles of donated items including gift certificates and products from area restaurants and merchants.  Two grand prizes will be offered - a handmade quilt and an iPad mini. 

The Festival will feature an Arts and Crafts Fair with 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. 

Starts: 8-9-2014 Ends: 8-9-2014
Festival Amadeus

Montana's only eight-day festival of classical music will be held in the picturesque communities of Whitefish and Bigfork. The Festival features a week of chamber music and orchestra concerts performed by internationally acclaimed soloists and the Festival Amadeus Orchestra. 

Featured performers include pianist Tanya Gabrielian, violinist Kinga Augustyn, pianist Spencer Meyer,and the Fry String Quartet.  The Festival Amadeus Orchestra is under the direction of John Zoltek. The Festival will open with a free Open Air Orchestra Concert in Depot Park in Whitefish.  The performance will begin at 7 pm.  All other performances will begin at 7:30 pm.  

Camp Festival Amadeus for students grades 7-12 runs concurrently with the Festival.

Starts: 8-3-2014 Ends: 8-10-2014
Summerfest on Flathead Lake

Summerfest on Flathead Lake is a new and exciting three-day event that includes the Car Show, Arts and Crafts Festival, Live Music Concerts, boat and water events, Poker Walk/Run, an Ice Cream Social, Pie-Eating Contest, Cook-offs, horse shoe competition, carnival, Quilt Show and Fireworks! 

Starts: 8-8-2014 Ends: 8-10-2014
INFR Flathead River Rodeo

The Indian National Finals Tour Rodeo is sponsored by the KwaTaqNuk Resort & Casino and the CSKT Tribes. Competition begins each evening at 6:30 pm.  Vendors, food and beverage concessions and music after the rodeo each night.  Voted Rodeo of the Year for the past two years!  

Starts: 8-21-2014 Ends: 8-23-2014
Chalk n' Rock

Bigfork turns over its village to the Chalk 'n Rock Festival for the first time this year.  The Festival is intended as a celebration of performance art, including both the visual art created on the streets and the auditory art created on the stage.  The Festival will be open to the public from 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday and from 10 am until 5 pm on Sunday.  Enjoy watching the artists at work on Saturday and view the spectacular results on Sunday. 

Starts: 9-20-2014 Ends: 9-21-2014
Conrad Mansion Museum Opens with Historic Clothing Exhibit: “A Glimpse at Downton Abbey Era Fashions at the Conrad Mansion 1912-1923”
Conrad Mansion Museum announces a new historic clothing exhibit inspired by the
popular PBS series, Downton Abbey.  A
Glimpse at Downton Abbey Era Fashions
at the Conrad Mansion 1912-1923

opens May 15 and runs through October 15.

popular PBS series Downton Abbey
provides the backdrop for this year’s Historic Clothing Collection.  The series’ first season began with the
sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and its current season ended with the year 1923.
Following this timeline, the exhibit displays beautiful examples of women’s
fashions during this time period.

men’s fashions stagnated in the early twentieth century, women’s fashions
changed in three to five year increments. 
By 1912, women’s fashions had changed from the heavy stiff fabrics,
rigidly fitted corsets, and floor length skirts of the nineteenth century to lighter
fabrics, a looser fit, and ankle length skirts, a precursor of what we wear
today.  In 1912, etiquette required a wealthy
woman have a completely different ensemble for different times of the day and
for each different occasion during the day. 
By the end of World War I in 1918, the rules had loosened.  This exhibit begins in the morning and follows
the fashions worn for each time and/or occasion during that day, similar to the
costumes worn on Downton Abbey.

The Conrad Mansion Museum offers tours
Tuesday - Sunday from May 15 through October 15.  Tours on the hour begin at 10 am.  Last tour starts at 4 pm.

Cost for tours is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for students, and
$4 for children.

The historic Conrad Mansion Museum is
located on Woodland Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets
East.  It is an outstanding example of
luxurious pioneer living and period architecture in the Pacific Northwest.  Charles E. Conrad, a founding father of
Kalispell, built the Victorian home designed by Spokane architect Kirtland
Cutter in 1895.  Ownership and occupation
of the shingle style 26-room mansion remained in the family until 1974, when
the Conrad’s youngest daughter, Alicia Conrad Campbell, gave the home and its
original family furnishing to the city of Kalispell to be maintained in
perpetuity as a historic site in memory of her parents.  Visit or call
406-755-2166 for more information.

Starts: 5-15-2014 Ends: 10-15-2014