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.

Plein Air Glacier 2016
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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
 
Description:

Back by request, the Museum will present two showings 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 presentations will be held on Thursday June 23 and Thursday June 30.  The show 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: 6-23-2016 Ends: 6-30-2016
Pablo Casals Celebration
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On June 30, the Glacier Symphony and Chorale will present a Pablo Casals Celebration featuring Israeli cellist Amit Peled in recital.  He will be performing on the famous Matteo Goffriller cello owned and played by Pablo Casals himself.  Made in 1733 by the Venetian luthier, the cello has recently been painstakingly restored.  The program will include a variety of pieces for cello and piano offering a glimpse into the sort of concert fare that a world-class cellist would have presented inthe early to mid 20th century.  Accompanying pianist will be Christopher Hahn, an accomplished performer and professor at the University of Montana.  The concert is scheduled for 7:30 pm.  A $50 premium seating option offers seats in the first three rows of the auditorium and includes an after-concert reception with the cellist.  For reservations, call 406-407-7000.  Reserved seats are $20 for all ages and are available online at www.gscmusic.org. 

Location: O'Shaughnessy Center Whitefish

Starts: 6-30-2016 Ends: 6-30-2016
Beauty and the Beast
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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
"Fools"
Description:
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
Live History Days
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Take the family back in time during Live History Days at the Miracle of America Museum. Watch crafters as they demonstrate handicrafts such as spinning, quilting or carving. Watch some historic movies. Take a ride on a vintage military vehicle.  Vist the old-fashioned soda fountain.  Learn more about "the good old days" with a tour through the Museum.  

Location: Miracle of America Museum 36094 Memory Lane Polson

Starts: 7-16-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Polson Main Street Cherry Festival
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Celebrate the famous Flathead Cherry during Polson's Main Street Cherry Festival.  Enjoy the great selection of vendors, Flathead Cherries, homemade cherry pies and pastries, unique arts & crafts, entertainment and sidewalk sales and specials throughout the weekend. 

Location: Downtown Polson

Starts: 7-16-2016 Ends: 7-17-2016
Flathead Lake 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
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Just a slam dunk away from beautiful Flathead Lake, the 3-on-3 backetball tournament will be played on the streets of downtown Polson.  Thanks to team fees and the support of corporate sponsors, the tournament is able to benefit some local charities.  Visit www.flatheadlake3on3.com for registration forms.  Sign up by e-mail or print and fax your registration form.  

Location: Downtown Polson

Starts: 7-22-2016 Ends: 7-24-2016
Montana Painters' Alliance Exhibition
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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
"Shadows on Oak Island"
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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
Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival
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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
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
A Timeless Legacy - Women Artists of Glacier National Park
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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
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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
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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
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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